Sunday, April 17, 2011


Jimmy Buffett concert
Tampa FL

Saturday morning, Kathy and I left the house at 7:30AM for a concert that was scheduled at 8PM.  This is how Parrot Heads roll.  We had breakfast at Bob Evans and made the 90 minute journey to the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa for the Jimmy Buffett show.  Arriving early and tailgating is half the fun of a Buffett show.  We had joined Jimmy's fan club, the Parrot Heads, last year and it paid off by scoring these reserved seats with Parrot Heads from 28 chapters, all over Florida.

We spent the day with two new friends from the club, Joe and Nancy from Port Charlotte (winters) and Cape Cod, Mass. (summers).  They had just joined the club in December but had been to many JB shows in their life together.  They are both retired teachers/administrators from the New England area. 

We all had a wonderful time and highly recommend everyone see Jimmy Buffett perform live, if you ever get the chance.  Below are the photos we shot during the day.

Tiki bars were trucked/trailered in by tailgating fans

More tailgaters getting setup early

Live music began in the tailgate area, 8 hours before the concert

A Tampa radio station setup this pirate ship

We saw many of these gas powered cooler carts

No, that's not MY truck being towed away!

Joe and Nancy represent the Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club

Remember Dr. Suess' Thing 1 and Thing 2?

Wind powered sail trike.  Awesome fun!

Fans strolling by our tent

Golf carts large and small frequented the tailgate area

This parrot head came ready to fly

Wide view from our seats, before showtime

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

The MAN!

To Jimmy's left, Coral Reefer Mac Macanally.  He is also a celebrate song writer, winning the CMA songwriter of the year award 3 years running

Coral Reefer Nadira Shakur; great vocalist

Jimmy preforms his classic, Come Monday

Reserved seats don't matter much when fans spend nearly the entire show on their feet

Fans participate, Fins to the left; Fins to the right

After 4 encore songs, Jimmy closed with a solo acoustic version of Lovely Cruise

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