Review of the Austin Show

Posted on Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Culture Map Austin has a review of last night’s show: “Jimmy Buffett brings an intimate beach party to ACL Live

The venue was packed (tickets, priced at a below-usual cost for Buffett at just around $100, sold out in a brief two minutes the morning they went onsale) for the kickoff show on Buffett’s “Lounging At The Lagoon” summer tour. Buffett explained that the ACL Live date was something of a warm-up, “a big surprise in a little package,” as a theater show for an artist who usually plays venues with ten times the capacity.

For all the arena-readiness of Buffett’s band and material, though, the set scaled nicely to the ACL Live stage. The thing that’s easy to forget about the man’s material — especially the ones he wrote during his prime as a songwriter in the mid-70’s — is how personal and introspective it is.

For his part, Buffett, too, seemed to treat the opportunity to make the show a more intimate sort of beach party as a special occasion. In between leading the sing-alongs, he treated the crowd to some unique moments and reflections of Austin – not just the usual shout-outs to Barton Springs (but, sure, those too), but also reminiscing about Jerry Jeff Walker, covering Nanci Griffith and playing a handful of songs that had been out of the perennially on-the-road band’s rotation for over a decade.

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