Review: Jimmy Buffett thrills Minnesota fans

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 4, 2013 - 10:42 AM

We all want to belong, don’t we?

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jeffrow75Dec. 4, 13 7:08 AM

Someone tell the author of this article that the "Kenny Chesney" song was actually written by Jimmy Buffett's guitar player Mac McAnally. Kenny Chesney even mentions this fact at his shows.

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tcb4epDec. 4, 13 8:25 AM

Jimmy has played in 49 states, what state has he NOT played in? Yep North Dakota, time to turn the Fargo Dome into parrot heaven Jimmy! Thanks for an awesome show! The travel agents should have been outside handing out travel brochures. Makes you want to shoot six holes in your freezer!

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towle008Dec. 4, 13 8:50 AM

Last night was our 2nd Jimmy Buffett show after seeing him in Vegas in October. (We decided to road trip to see him given he hadn't been here in nearly 10 years! Sure enough, his local show was announced shortly before we left for Vegas.) What a blast! Three generations were at the show last night - mom (grandma), wife and I, and teenage daughter. Not a lot of acts on the road today where three generations can go and have an all around good time - singing, dancing, and dressing silly. We made some custom shirts. My wife and I, two months away from turning 40, had on sailor hats and jerseys with the number 40 and the phrase "Looking At." Our daughter's shirt said "Keep Calm and Come Monday It Will Be Alright" (on the back it said "Why don't we get lunch at school?" Inside joke most Parrotheads should get...) Just an all around night of fun. Well behaved crowd. Everyone enjoying a couple of hours of virtual tropical weather. Is he the world's best musician? Nope. Does he know how to create the "get away" experience without really having to get away? Definitely. And the two bonus Dylan songs were a great local treat. Thanks Jimmy!

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DinosjbeDec. 4, 1310:28 AM

Poor Jon hasn't heard CSN do Southern Cross for a while if he believes that Jimmy does it better.

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kfb55364Dec. 4, 1311:30 AM

The Dylan encores made the relatively sedate 'Minnesotan' level of the rest of the evening worthwhile. It was in honesty probably the most 'polite' Buffett concert I have ever been too as our group of Parrotheads were scowled at for merely singing along (no kidding!). As for the Wild Jersey? If they were to put them up for sale I would (and the rest of our party) buy one in a freakin' heartbeat! Jon's right, the crowd got into One Particular Harbor (finally) and Fins but the crowd was more like 'a Pirate looks at Medicare'. He did a very nice homage to the Northland. Thinking however it might be another 10 years and I'll probably be sticking with Alpine Valley for real Parrothead fun.

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boozer97Dec. 4, 13 1:05 PM

That is why they call them Critic's they are "glass 3/4 Empty" types

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micrn01Dec. 4, 13 1:42 PM

My first concert experience since moving to the Twin Cities was very different. This has to have been the most subdued Parrothead crowd I've ever seen! I missed the tailgating experience that is the usual pre-concert warm-up so maybe they were suffering from low tequila titres? There were so many people in the audience just spectating or standing with their arms crossed or hands in their pockets looking bored...and I was in the 5th row on the floor where the excitement is! Jimmy tends to feed off of the crowd's enthusiasm--definitely NOT a feeding frenzy! All-in-all, my group had a great time singing and dancing and taking it all in! I'll continue to travel to warmer Buffett shows for tailgating and Parrotheading but glad I got to seem HIM in MN.

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jonbreamDec. 5, 13 3:44 AM

Agree about the sober/somber/mellowness of the crowd. I commented about it on our Artcetera blog, which also has the set list: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/blogs/234383841.html

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