Buffett performs in Tampa, pays tribute to Gregg Allman

Posted on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 7:13 am
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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa FL. The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights included “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season”, “Love and Luck”, and “Defying Gravity”.

The Tampa Bay Times has a review of the show: “Jimmy Buffett serves up tributes, Florida love at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

A week had passed since the death of Gregg Allman, and as a fellow elder statesman of Sunshine State songwriting, Jimmy Buffett couldn’t let the night get far without tribute.

“This is for Gregg,” Buffett said early in his concert Saturday at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, as his Coral Reefer Band transitioned The Great Filling Station Holdup into a rowdy rendition of the Allman Brothers Band’s Midnight Rider.

“Thank you Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers,” he added afterward, “for everything you did for us.”

At 70, a year older than Allman, Buffett’s adoration of all things Floridian is never buried too deep in the sand. And for his first full Tampa concert in two years, the king of Caribbean conch rock and a sold-out crowd of 19,000 piled the love for one another on thick.

“It’s nice to be back here in Florida playing, I’m telling you that,” he said, a salty goatee barnacled to his permanently suntanned face. “I haven’t been back here in about two years; sorry about that. But time flies.”

Allman even got a second tribute, a dynamic solo acoustic guitar performance from McAnally of the Allman Brothers Band’s Little Martha.

“That was pretty cool,” Buffett laughed afterward – and it was; McAnally’s solo was the best pure musicianship in the show.

But with Buffett, it was never just about the music. Like Allman, he created an aesthetic and movement that’ll outlive him by eons. Whenever he sails off into the great unknown, he’ll get his stage tributes, too, and plenty of margaritas in the air acrosss Florida. The Midnight Rider would no doubt approve.


Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/06/04/26895/

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