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Review: Jimmy Buffett brings mellow vocals, classics to Jones Beach (Includes first-hand account)

His dedicated fans, which are affectionately known as “Parrot Heads,” were there with him every step of the way, thus proving that they are one of the most loyal fan-bases in the modern music scene.

Buffett kicked off his set with the laid-back “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” and it was followed by the upbeat and fun “Tiki Bar is Open.” The mellow ballad “Pencil Thin Mustache” was a fun singalong. “Growing Older But Not Up” had a youthful and relaxing vibe to it. Equally nonchalant was “Son of a Son of a Sailor” and the mid-tempo “Come Monday,” which had a retro ’70s feel to it.

The two highlight tracks from the first half of his show were “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” which was his smash collaboration with Alan Jackson, and his signature anthem, “Margaritaville,” which ultimately left his fans “searchin’ for their lost shakers of salt,” to quote its classic lyrics.

Country musician Mac McAnally, who is a part of Buffet’s band, The Coral Reefer Band, tipped his hat to The Allman Brothers Band by playing a new instrumental version of “Little Martha” on his acoustic guitar, and his cover of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” left his listeners swaying and dancing along in the aisles. It is evident that Jimmy Buffett gets better with age.

The Verdict

Overall, Jimmy Buffett’s concert at Jones Beach was just exactly what the doctor ordered: a fun show, with a liberating vibe, that truly transported the fans and listeners to different realms. Buffett’s live show on Long Island garnered an A rating.

Written By

Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 15,000 original articles over the past 15 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a five-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past two years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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