Review of the Belly Up show

Posted on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 6:09 am
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The San Diego Union Tribune has a review of Tuesday’s show: “Jimmy Buffett plays surprise Belly Up concert — six things of note

“I don’t know what tour this is,” Jimmy Buffett said after he walked on stage Tuesday night at the Belly Up Tavern with his band, the Coral Reefers. “But we’re starting here.”

With his new theatrical work, the Broadway-bound “Escape to Margaritaville — The Musical,” set to begin previews May 9 at La Jolla Playhouse, Buffett may well become a temporary fixture here. (It opens May 29 and runs through June 18, although an extension is possible if “Escape” fares as well at the box office as Buffett and playhouse honchos hope it will.)

Announced last Wednesday, barely two hours before it went on sale, his Tuesday night Belly Up show sold out in less than a minute.

That was great news for the lucky 600 fans who were able to score tickets for the all-general-admission show, but not for the approximately 7,000 others who tried — and failed.

Here’s what they missed.

1. A long, long wait to get in

2. A 19-song performance that clocked in at 95 minutes

It opened with “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” and concluded with a spirited romp through Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” Some of the highlights included the bluegrass-tinged versions of Buffett’s “Gypsies in the Palace” and the Eagles’ “Take It Easy,” the mass audience sing-along on Crosby, Stills Nash’s “Southern Cross” and Buffett’s amusingly literal physical interpretations of the lyrics to his perpetually sizzling rave-up, “Cheeseburger in Paradise” … He also performed “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” and “Come Monday”.

3. A disappointment …there was no encore Tuesday.

4. A preview, of sorts, of “Escape to Margaritaville — The Musical”

5. A pre-tour warm-up show … Buffett and his ace band knocked the rust off and got their music lubricated again.

6. Cleanup on aisle 1 … The Belly Up on Tuesday had the stickiest bar floor this writer has encountered.


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