Monday, June 09, 2008

Jimmy Buffett Recap

Saw Jimmy Buffett in concert. The most amazing part of it, for me, is what did NOT happen. It was striking how friendly everyone was. The show was sold out, everyone was packed in there like sardines. Entry and exit, everyone was so packed you had to shuffle. Yet, no one fought. No one was rude. No one pushed. Surely everyone had been drinking, but I did not see a single altercation. It was mind-blowing! It was truly like being at a huge party with your personal friends. I've never seen anything like it. My mom says the '70s were like that.

After the show, a guy parked next to us had a dead battery. Someone passing by on the street handed over their cables, told us where to leave them (his house was nearby) and drove off. We gave the guy a jump and returned the cables. Parking security came over and told us a secret shortcut to get out of the area faster than anyone else. It was just amazing friendliness. A nearby guy was offering beer as people waited for the crowd to thin out.

It was 100 degrees that day, so we didn't do the parking lot scene. Instead, we lounged in air conditioned comfort at Trader Vic's.

Here I am with the drink menu.

Here's Mitch. It had an outdoor feel, but it's glassed in.

Mitch had a tasty curried shrimp dish. I didn't get a photo of mine because I had to send it back...the scallops came out wrapped in bacon and I don't eat pork. Lesson: "pancetta" means pork.

Here are all my Buffett friends...this is the scene behind where we were.

Mitch says this is his "land shark" smile.

The stage set was beautiful. They had multi-level mock "docks", very tall palm trees and tiki torches. Sonny Landreth played slide guitar and Jake Shimabukuro played ukelele.

Cool show t-shirt featuring Buddha wearing a flower lei and shell necklace, surround by macaws, waterfalls and vines.

Ukelele player Jake Shimabukuro played a solo during Jimmy's break...he played Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" accompanied by a steel drum player. It was a truly magic moment. The crowd was totally silent and in his spell. See him play it in the video below.


Anonymous said...

I wanna go to Trader Vic's. Are they open for Christmas dinner? Lol

Anonymous said...

WOW! I don't think I've ever heard a Ukele played like this before. This is absolutely amazing. I can't imagine.