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311 Jiffy Lube Live July 29th 2011

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For Christmas I got Nancy tickets to a comedy show at the DC Improv, but the show got canceled.  Not to be disappointed she finds out 311 is playing locally and wants to see them instead.  She has wanted to see them for a while, last year we missed the show at Jiffy Lube because we were in San Francisco for the weekend.  In hind sight the trip to California was worth missing 311.  This turned out to be the perfect gift for Nancy.  Later we found out Saundra is a big fan and her birthday was on the same day as the show, so we invited her up for the weekend and bought her ticket as a gift.

We got an early start to the venue as Sublime with Rome was opening and Nancy wanted to see them.  We already know that tailgating was not an option after hearing Jiffy Lube killed the idea for Buffett.  Even with plenty of time before the show, getting past security was a trip.  We read online we could bring water, snakes, blankets, and chairs into the venue.  Halfway to the gate we found out no blankets or chairs allowed in, there went our comfortable seat on the lawn.  When we finally made it to the entrance there were 6-7 lines, each stretching 200 feet.  Security was methodical in patting everyone down and searching all bags making getting in extremely slow going.  Give me a break.

By the time we got through security with a beer in hand Sublime with Rome was already on stage.  We found ourselves a spot on the lawn and enjoyed the rest of their set.  Little did we know it would be hotter than last Friday’s Sweeney Todd show if that was even possible.  7:30 and it was well over 90 degrees and humidity around 60%.  The beer was cold so it made it a little bearable.  The weather would have been more bearable if Sublime with Rome was better.  I remember listening to Sublime in the ’90’s before Bradley Nowell over dosed on heroin and they rocked.  The new incarnation of the band lacks the spark that made the original lineup so great.  The playing seemed force with no creativity.  I also felt their take on the songs just sucked, much to slow and melodic.  I was hoping for more energy which the band just didn’t delivery.

Fortunately after Sublime with Rome left the stage security personnel were handing out tickets.  Upon further investigation they were giving out pavilion seats to people on the lawn.  The 300 section, especially the far wings, where undersold for the show.  To make the pavilion look full they upgraded people from the lawn.  After a quick discussion we decided to pack up our gear and head in for a closer perspective and actual seats sense we couldn’t bring out own in.  The only down side was the tin roof trapped the heat and humidity, raising the temperature by several degrees under the pavilion.  Even after the sun went down and well into the 311 set it was hot.

By show time the pavilion finally started to fill in.  The pit and the lower sections were full, however even with free upgrades the 300 sections remained rather empty.  The lawn was pretty full, but only in the center.  In all it was over half full but I am sure much fewer tickets were sold than anticipated.

Nancy and Saundra loved the show and I was impressed.  I have heard a few of their songs over the years and recognized them when played.  I am not much of a rock fan but it was still a good show.  They would change the tempo often from fast to slow and back again keeping the audience engaged.  A couple of things struck me during the show, one was the drum solo Chad had.  Everyone left the stage and he kicked the shit out of the drums.  Slowly the roadies started wheeling out covered drums that the rest of the band played with Chad, forming a giant drum circle.  Really cool.  Later P-Nut had his own solo, sitting on the stage lip whaling on his bass.  Again, I was very impressed with his performance.  I know I don’t have much detail, it was a good show and I enjoyed it.  Most of my enjoyment came from watching Nancy and Saundra who are true 311 fans.

After the show ended we headed to the car and got out of the venue rather quickly which was unusual for the place.  On the way home I got pulled over for the usual sobriety check point, stupid and un-necessary.  For Buffett they even check you on the way into the show.  This past year this venue has gone down hill and I personally don’t want to see a show there again.  All forms of tailgating are banned, security is a bitch, they hassle you all the time, and getting into and out of the venue still sucks after 16 years.  Every show I have seen at Jiffy Lube, previously Nissan Pavilion, has been great.  Over the last few years the venue has killed the experience.  Way to go Live Nation.

 

Start time 8:58pm
01. Hive
02. All Mixed Up
03. You Wouldn’t Believe
04. Sunset In July
05. Jackpot
06. Champagne
07. Wild Nights
08. Beautiful Disaster
09. Don’t Let Me Down*
10. Applied Science
11. Weightless
12. Do You Right
13. Freak Out
14. Amber
BASS SOLO
15. Nutsymtom
16. Come Original
17. Beyond The Gray Sky
18. Time Bomb
19. What Was I Thinking
20. Creatures (For a While)
Set ends 10:26pm

encore:
starts 10:29pm
21. Omaha Stylee
22. Down
house lights 10:38

* Last played 3/11/2008

Jimmy Buffet Big Top Tour, copyright Beanhammer

Jimmy Buffett at Jiffy Lube Live September 4th 2010

Jimmy Buffet Big Top Tour, copyright Beanhammer
Big Top Tour, copyright Beanhammer

Labor Day weekend is here again and Buffett was playing his annual run at Jiffy Lube Live. Nancy and I planned months ago to attending when tickets went on sale and we coordinate with Dave and Mike from last year and we had extras so we invited Cassee and Chris who we went to Tom Petty with a few weeks ago.

We started the long day early with some pre-game at Dave’s house who fortunately live 5 minutes from the venue. He made margaritas while we sat out on the patio.  I would have loved to join everyone but I knew there would be police check points going to venue and decided to wait. We would be in the lots for hours so I was certain I would have my fill of drinks. We had several six packs of beer and a blender to make boat drinks.  We brought banana colada and Dave brought with him margarita stuff.  Then there was the food we all brought.  Nancy and I had buffalo chicken dip with some home made burgers.  Cassee brought some marinated chicken on a skewer that was soooo good.  Dave brought more dips and brats to be grilled.

We arrived at Jiffy Lube just before 3pm when the lots opened to the general public.  We found out that you could get in at noon for an extra $30, maybe next time.  As soon as we arrived we setup shelter, brought out the coolers and I fired up the grill.  It was a chaotic mess as everyone was running around doing their own thing without much direction.  After 10 minutes or so we had the canopy setup, chairs out, grilled started, beers cracked and a new addition to our setup, a porta pot for the ladies.  Nancy got a small changing tent and a camping toilet so she wouldn’t have to pee in the woods.

A couple of beer down and two dips killed I wanted a hamburger really bad so I fired up the grill again and started cooking.  From here on it was on like Donky Kong with me manning the grill cooking a ton of meat.  The burgers came out perfect with Cassee’s chicken bits up next, they were so good I couldn’t stop eating the bit size peaces of goodness.  As for the brats no on really ate those, but they certainly came in handy after the show, so I was glad I cooked them up.  To wash all this food down I must of had 4 beers and several mixed drinks.  We had some difficulties with the power convert for the car to power the blender.  Nancy tested the setup in her Jeep successfully but it didn’t work in my truck or any car we had with us.  Not sure why, only thing I can figure it our old ass cars couldn’t handle the current draw.  The blender was slow and wouldn’t run constantly but I got my banana colada and a vary strong margarita.

tailgating for Buffett at Jiffy Lube Labor Day weekend
tailgating for Buffett at Jiffy Lube Labor Day weekend

For hours we just chilled in the lot eating, drinking, and smoking cigars.  I could not think of a better way to spend a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  The weather certainly was cooperating with us all day.  Hurricane Earl passed by a day earlier off the coast and brought with it 80 degree temps with a nice breeze all weekend long.  By showtime the temps dropped further give a nice crisp chill to the air.

All afternoon things were rolling along quite well till the pee incident!  The bathroom Nancy bought was strictly female only.  I was totally fine with this because I didn’t want anything to do with clean up.  As a man I could always find a tree, bush, or two cars to do my business.  As the day went on the rule got loosened so all the men started using it.

Nearing the end of our time in the lot Dave needed to make one last piss.  Things were going well till all of a sudden he walks out of the makeshift bathroom holding the bag of piss!  We couldn’t believe what had happened, nor did we know exactly what happened.  But we looked at the floor and it was covered in pee.  He begins to tell us when he opened the lid the bag of pee feel and despite his better judgment he quickly reached for it.  In the process, getting pee all over him and dumping half of the bags contents onto the tent floor.  Nancy’s saw this and almost went ballistic, she kept her cool but I could tell she was upset with the whole situation.  Her tent was ruined, but at least Dave was covered in pee as punishment.  To his credit he was very apologetic and immediately began to clean the mess.  We went through a whole roll of paper towels and a gallon of water cleaning it out.  All the contents used to weight down the tent and keep it from blowing away in the wind was written off as a loss, no one wanted pee covered anything.

After the pee incident was cleaned up we started to dismantle Camp Buffett in preparation for the show.  In no time everything was put away and we were getting physced for the show.  I even put the grill into the bed of my truck so it wouldn’t get stolen this time.  We each grabbed one last beer and started to follow the hordes into the venue.  From our lot it took several minutes as we passed fellow concert goers still partying in the lots.  While walked Dave couldn’t wait for a bathroom so he stopped at a porta pot and we continued on.  When we finally got up to the gate the line were huge and moving very slowly.  We all finished out drink and just sat in line, nothing we could do.  While talking I see a flash of a blue Hawaiian shirt, I turn to look and it’s Dave weaseling his way into the venue, before us!  I tried to get his attention but he was focused on getting in and his next mission was getting beer.  We finally caught up to him in the beer line which I promptly cut in to help carry beer for everyone.

crowd getting into venue, copyright Beanhammer
crowd getting into venue, copyright Beanhammer

Next up was the long walk up the back of the hill to get to the lawn.  I had a beer in one hand and a cigar in the other on my way to see Buffett perform, life is good.  When we made it to the top it was just before 8pm so the sold out lawn was just smashed with people.  I didn’t feel much like fighting the crowds so I lead my group to an open spot on the left side of the stage.  Surprisingly when 8pm hit there was an opening act, never caught the name and they only lasted a few minutes.  Finally the spectacle begins with a couple guys shooting t-shirts into the audience and the stage lights go crazy while slowly the band meanders on stage.

All I can really say for the show is it was great.  The set started off great with a good mix of new and old tunes, slow and fast.  The vibe from the audience was intense with everyone up on their feet dancing around.  Myself I never once sat down much to the chagrin of Nancy.  She rented a seat with Cassee and Dave and I would catch them several times during the show sitting down with Chris, I just couldn’t do it.  At one point we lost Mike for a while as he got another beer and meet up with some friends.  About the same time we lost Dave as well, not sure where he was or what he was doing but he was gone for a long time.  Probably chatting it up with others after a bathroom break.

We heard several of the classics that you want to hear including: Piece of Work, Volcano, Changes in Latitudes, Son of a Sailor, check out the set list below for more detail.  I was happy to hear two Grateful Dead cover that Jimmy is known to cover regularly; Brown Eyed Girl and Scarlet Begonias.  While in the lot I heard them sound check Scarlet Begonias so I was pretty certain it would make an appearance that night.  The party  went strong for over two hours with no set break.  Every time I have seen him before there was a set break after about an hour, not this time.  The band took a small break while Jimmy did a solo and vice versa when Nadirah sang Creola.

The show ended strong with Southern Cross and Magaritaville two hours after it started.  By this point we already lost Cassee and Chris and Dave and Nancy decided to bug out before the encore.  The two of them have gotten into the habit of leaving at the encore to grab a seat at the car and have another beer.  Mike and I were the only ones to stay to the bitter end, not till the houselights come on do I leave.  Because we stayed I got my Scarlet Begonias and the ever popular Fins.  For the second encore it was a Jimmy solo acoustic He Went to Paris.  Speaking of solo acoustic Jimmy at the beginning this summer released an album called Encores with nothing but Jimmy on acoustic guitar.  The album featured songs from the 2009 Summerzcool tour where he would play a song or two solo acoustic each night for the encore.  A great idea, I just have not gotten it yet.

Jimmy usually does some sort of weird location in January or February.  A small venue in a far flung part of the world.  Last year he played in Hawaii for two shows and we were fortunate enough to catch him at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu.  We turned it into a week long Hawaiian vacation because of the show, what a fantastic trip.  I hope to do it again in early 2011, but we probably wont have the money because we are saving for our wedding.  Another fantastic Labor Day weekend with Buffett and some close friends.

Set 1 (start 8:18pm)
01. Nobody From Nowhere
02. Piece of Work
03. Knees of My Heart
04. Wings
05. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere (w/ Mac)
06. Bama Breeze
07. Windows on the World
08. Volcano
09. Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
10. Where the Boat Leaves From (Zac Brown Band cover)
11. On Particular Harbour
12. Brown Eyed Girl
13. Brahma Fear (solo acoustic)
14. Why Don’t We Get Drunk (Jimmy and Mac)
15. It’s My Job (Jimmy and Mac)
16. Mexico
17. Creola (Nadirah on vocals)
18. Gypsies in the Palace
19. Son of a Son of a Sailor
20. Come Monday
21. Cheeseburger in Paradise
22. A Pirate Looks at Forty
23. Back Where I come From (Jimmy and Mac)
24. Woman Goin’ Crazy on Caroline Street
25. Southern Cross
26. Margaritaville
set ends at 10:17pm

Encore 1 (starts at 10:21pm)
27. Scarlet Begonias
28. Fins
encore 1 ends at 10:29pm

Encore 2 (starts at 10:31pm)
29. He Went to Paris (solo acoustic)
encore 2 ends at 10:35pm

Notes:
Sonny Landreth was a guest for this show
Brahma Fear was last played November 20th 1999 in East Hampton, NY
It’s My Job was last played November 3rd 2007 in Tampa, FL

Tom Petty at Jiffy Lube Live August 15th 2010

Tom Petty, copyright Sam Jones
Mr. Cool aka Tom Petty, copyright Sam Jones

Nancy used some of her United Miles points to purchase tickets to the Tom Petty show at Jiffy Lube Live.  We got a “deal” on the lawn tickets.  The price was only $41 with no service or shipping charges tacked on.  I have listened to Tom Petty for years but never thought about going to see him live, this would be an experience.

We got some friends to come along and we planned the whole afternoon, the only wild card was the weather but we planned accordingly.  We go to Cassie and Chris’s house early to load up her Escape, it was the only vehicle that would accommodate all of us and our crap for tailgating.  We had a canopy, chairs, a small grill and most importantly a huge cooler filled with beer.  Packed we were ready to roll to the venue to arrive just after 4 o’clock when the lots opened.  Funny thing is on the way we had to pass a sobriety check point.  People that needed to pre-pre-game should have been caught.  There was plenty of time in the lots to drink all the beer you wanted to be drunk when you walked in for the show.  No need to drink at home and drive to the venue.

When we got in the lots were just starting to fill up and we got a spot right next to the venue entrance.  This would be great for walking to the show, but hell on earth when we wanted to leave.  There was a threat of rain all day and the first thing when you are tailgating or camping is setting up shelter.  After we popped the canopy it was smooth sailing from then on.  We got the chairs and cool out and cracked open our first beer.  The next few hours we spent hanging out, drinking, and eating some perfectly grilled hot dogs and brats.  There is nothing better than brats and beer on a summer afternoon.  Even the weather cooperated with us.  I keep checking the skies hoping it wouldn’t rain.  It was a little breeze with temps in the mid to upper 70’s the whole day.  The cloud cover actually helped to block the sun and make things that much cooler.  In fact the only problem we had was deciding where to pee.  They never have enough porta johns at the venue and the lines are incredible long for those they do have.  We all opted for the short walk to the woods when we had to go, just needed to watch out for cops and number twos.

tailgating before the show
tailgating before the show

As 7 o’clock approached I was itching to get inside, I wanted to see Crosby, Stills, and Nash (CSN).  Unfortunately Cassie, Chris and Nancy had no idea who they were.  I am an old hippie so of course I know who they are.  When we got into the venue it was another pee break, beer time, and then finding a spot on the lawn.  By the time we got to the top of the lawn it was pretty full and spots were at a premium, as CSN were already on stage.  Crap.  We fortunately found a good spot some ways down from the top of the lawn.  By good I mean we had some kick ass people around us.  There was a group of three woman to my back right and a family of four right in front.  The woman and Nancy had my back and wanted to kick the shit out of anyone that walked between our two plots, some had the gall to stand on my rain jacked.  You should have seen them, Nancy and these three ladies were get ready to go ballistic.  The family in front of us had two kids and this was their first concert, the father was really excited and proud about this.

Once we got settled in and CSN played a few well known songs everyone in the group realized who they were.  They might not know the songs off the top of their heads, but they know the rhythm and beats for certain.   As the show wined on they already played for 75 minutes with no sign of stopping. Their song catalog is wide and varied over their 40 year carrier.   I know them mostly for their great harmony from their early years, but they certainly busted out some solid rock ballads to mix things up.  They got the crowd to sing along several times during the performance and it was great.  Usually opening acts have a hard time drawing the crowd in, but CSN had over 80% of attending crowd dancing in their seats when they started their set.

  1. Woodstock
  2. Military Madness*
  3. Long Time Gone
  4. Bluebird@
  5. Deja Vu
  6. Long May You Run
  7. Ruby Tuesday#
  8. Our House
  9. Southern Cross
  10. Chicago
  11. Almost Cut My Hair
  12. Wooden Ships
    encore 1:
  13. For What It’s Worth@
  14. Love the One You’re With
    encore 2:
  15. Teach Your Children

*Grahm Nash cover
@ Buffalo Springfield cover
#Rolling Stones cover

Tom Petty@Jiffy Lube Live
Tom Petty@Jiffy Lube Live

After a 30 minute intermission with a break for beer and bathrooms we settled in for the main attraction of the night, Tom Petty.  When the band walked on stage the audience erupted with excitement.  As Tom hit his first note the full glory of their stage setup came to light.  They had huge monitors to display various graphics during the performance, one that was showering falling diamonds which was really cool.  He started the set off rather slowly, working in some old classics before getting into some very familiar songs the crowd just ate up.  Right in the middle of the set he played a repertoire from his latest album Mojo.  Here I think he lost the crowd a little, he certainly he lost me.  There are only a few songs from the new album I dig, fortunately he played Running Man’s Bible and I Should Have Known It which I like.  After I Should Have Known It was played we were rolling again with the classics.

The set alone was an solid 90 minutes of kick ass booty shacking music.  Much to the dismay of Nancy I didn’t much feel like dancing, but I certainly was swaying to the beats.  I was feeling the vibe from the crowd as was Tom Petty that night.  For the encore he played two more classics everyone loves to hear and throw in a second cover, Carol, by Chuck Berry.  After reviewing several other set lists from the current tour the Chuck Berry cover was certainly something special that night.  As the band walked off stage and before the house lights came on we started to head back to the car.  I couldn’t figure out why we were leaving so early, leaving is such a nightmare.  If you don’t leave before the encore break you are going to be there a while.  Once we got back to the car, again I was shocked, we piled into the car and got in line with everyone else.  Unfortunately my grill didn’t make it.  I left it outside to cool off a little more and someone absconded with it.  I would like to think it was the clean up crew and not a fan, Chris was highly upset it was missing, I was the only one who was not bummed.  RIP little Charbroil Grill, you served me well over the last few years, I will miss you.

The weather that night turned out to be perfect for an outdoor show.  We tailgated our asses off before the show and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves for Tom Petty.  Throw in Crosby, Stills and Nash for an opening act and the musical talent that night was top notch.  Everyone was surprised by how well CSN played.  They wanted to tailgate a little longer, but everyone was glad we headed in to catch the majority of their performance.  On the way back to the card we talked about the upcoming Jimmy Buffett show which we are all looking forward to as well.  Can’t wait for that one!

show starts  at 9:01pm
1. Listen to her Hearts
2. You Don’t Know How it Feels
3. Won’t Back Down
4. Free Fallen
5. Oh Well#
6. Marry Jane’s Last Dance
7. Kings Highway
8. Break Down
9. Jefferson Jericho Blues
10. Good Enough
11. Running Man’s Bible
12. I Should Have Known It
13. Learning to Fly
14. Don’t Come Around Here No More
15. Refugee
set ends at 10:24

encore starts at 10:29
16. Runnin’ Down a Dream
17. Carol*
18. American Girl
house lights on at 10:45

Notes:
# Fleetwood Mac cover
* Chuck Berry cover

Toby Keith Nissan Pavilion September 12th 2009

a hole lot of man
a whole lot of man

A couple of months ago Nancy asked if I wanted to go to the Toby Keith concert at Nissan Pavilion.  I was shocked see asked.  I certainly am not a fan of either Toby or country music and neither is she.  But she said her sister was getting tickets for Greg and was looking for others to come along.  With that in mind I told her I would go under one condition, I had to be drunk when I walked in.  Oh what we do for love.

The previous week we planned it out to meet at Greg’s house at 4 to carpool to the venue for a little pre-show tailgating.  Fortunately this allowed me enough time to see the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at the Rosslyn Jazz Festival earlier in the afternoon.  I would have loved to stay the whole day, but I had to get to a country concert.

I arrived right on time at Greg’s house and helped him load the Durango with supplies.  I was in charge of bringing the grill and hot dogs, check.  We waited a few minutes for Marty and Malissa to arrive and we were off.  I already felt a little out of place.  Everyone had jeans on, most had boots, and “southern” shirts on.  I came in shorts and sneakers, I did grab my Phish “High Geere” shirt which is the closest things to country I have.  Oh and my car-wont-start-and-its-cold-as-balls-outside emergency flannel jacket I keep in my truck.  My t-shirt actually fooled a state representative from Illinois and it gets a lot of people.  If you quickly look at it you associate it with John Deere, but if you look closely it is anything but.  Damn hippies!

rock out dude!
rock out dude!

Any how we headed to the venue and got there in pretty good time taking a lot of back roads from Centreville.  We lucked out and were able to park right on the access road leading into the lots.  When it was time to leave there was no wait getting out, just jumped off the curb and away we went.  Once parked we broke out the goods and setup quick so the parking attendants couldn’t get anyone behind us.  We got the table out and filled with food and I immediately started getting the grill fired up for to cook some meet.  We also made nice with two couples next to us, they had a cooler full of shots and jello shooters, good people.

I love talking to people.  At this show it was a whole new experience talking to rednecks.  I talked with the minivan next to us, later a Land Rover with three older woman pull up behind us and I chatted with them.  One of the times I headed off to the forest to pee I spoke to a couple for about 10 minutes.  I eventually ran back to the party just when they started to wonder were I was.  It was such a different group of people I stood along the access road and just watched the constant flood of people coming into the show, chatting with some now and again.  Two guys asked for Dixie Cups and I was happy to oblige them.  Saw a lot of rednecks, and trucks, and cowboy hats, etc…  The cliches are absolutely true.  But they are friendly people who love to talk.  I made the mistake of telling one lady that I went to the Obama inauguration and how many port-o-pots on there were on the Mall.  I quickly realized I probably should not have mentioned that trip.  But it was so cool just interacting with a different people than I am use to.

As the sun set across the lot the time came for us to break camp and head into the show.  We all grabbed one last beer and started walking toward the entrance.  Getting in this night was much easier than the Buffett show a few weeks earlier.  Much shorter lines and security didn’t seem to care as much about patting everyone down.  Another round of beers once we got in and we settled in for a long night of country music at the top of the lawn.  Once nice thing about having fewer people was the amount of space we had to ourselves.  There was some pre-opening band on that played for a few minutes, not bad.  Next was Trace Adkins for his one hour set and finally the headliner Toby Keith came out for an hour and a half or so.  Not much to say about the music, it’s country, not my thing.

Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins

Because of this I didn’t mind talking with fellow concert goers and I got beer a couple of times for everyone too.  That walk up the hill is a bitch however, I made it one to many times that night and I was soar the next morning.  On one of my excursions to the bathroom I decided to slide down the railing.  It’s fun, quick and easy, or so I thought.  I forgot that I was completely drunk and had no balance.  Halfway down the railing I realized I was going over.  To the left of me was the conreat stairs and the right was the grass.  I quickly weighed my options and fell over into the grass.  I was surprised my brain process all this information so quickly.  Scraped my left wrist and right knee.  The worst of the fall was taken by my right wrist.  I didn’t know it at the time, but I sprained it pretty bad.  About 2:30am when I finally went to bed it hurt horrible, I could hardly move it.  Here it is a week later and it still hurts.  Crazy people do crazy things when they are drunk.

After the show we immediately left the lot and were home in 20 minutes.  I was hoping to do a little post-concert tailgating but with our rock star parking there was no need to wait around.  We decided to do the after party at the house where we drank some more, smoked cigars and talked a lot of politics.  The politics got a little heavy by about 2am, but it was fun.  I was the only “liberal” in the group so it was a good debate from my perspective.  I didn’t plan on changing any opinion that night, but I hope I got them to think.

As much as I hate country, it was a great concert.  I can now say I have at least been to a country concert.  Hell I went to Watkins Glen to see a NASCAR race back in August 2008.  Anyone who knows me, knows I absolutely HATE NASCAR, but I did it for the experience.  I think I will stick with Formula 1.  To summarize the Keith/Adkins concert: the people are nice, the tailgating kicked ass and even in the venue it was fun hanging out with everyone.  Not saying I would do it again, pretty sure I have had my fill of country for a lifetime.

Jimmy Buffett Nissan Pavilion September 3rd 2009

the man himself
the man himself

Photo Gallery

Last year I saw Jimmy Buffett at Nissan Pavilion over the Labor Day weekend for the first time and again in Hawaii early this year.  Last years show was great and I was looking forward to this years show at Nissan when it was announced again over the Labor Day weekend.  This year my Dad and Pat got tickets and were coming with us.  Pat has been wanting to see Buffett for sometime but getting tickets just never worked out.  However we all got tickets this year and planned to do a little tailgating and then see the show.  We also planned to head to Rehoboth Beach for the weekend turning it into one long party weekend.

Well the best laid plans of man sometimes don’t work out.  My Dad got horrible sick and couldn’t make the show so Pat had to scramble to find someone the day of to go with her, fortunately her friend Kay said she could make it.  Then the beach house got rented, not only for the week before Labor Day, but also the week OF Labor Day, which never happens.  So much for hitting the beach for a long weekend after the Buffett show.  As chaotic as the day was in the end it turned out to be a great show.

I meet Nancy at my Dad’s house about 3 and we headed towards the venue.  We had to fight a little traffic getting there, but we were in the lot about 4:45 and immediately setup the canopy to provide us with some shade and steak out our territory.  Next we cracked open a beer and sat in the chairs for a while.  After a long couple of days fretting about what we were doing, where we were meeting, who was going, etc…we were in the lot awaiting the show.  Pat and Kay wouldn’t be able to make it till much later, but that was not a problem.

broke that rule...copyright Darin Bokeno
broke that rule...copyright Darin Bokeno

We quickly made friends with our neighbors, David and Mike.  Their wives were suppose to come, but both bailed so Nancy and I filled the gap of their missing compatriots.  We had so much food and beer it was a logical choice to invite them over anyhow.  It is crazy the people you meet a Buffett show, these two followed us off the deep end which was cool.  A lot of fun to talk to, they made great drinking buddies.  Eventually Pat and Kay made it to the lot and after getting lost finding us, about 7 I tracked them down and joined everyone at the tent.  They were playing catchup but were able to enjoy a little wine and some food.  About the time Pat and Kay showed up another friend of mine, Joe Camacho and his lovely wife found us and stayed for a beer.

The lot was so much fun we were pretty late getting into the venue.  We had to break down the canopy and put all the crap away, by the time we did this it was almost 8pm.  We were not the only ones late either, after a long hike from the lot the entrance was smashed with people.  Then getting in was a hassle, they found Kay’s camera, apparently a no go item.  But I ninjaed that shit in and it came in handy as you can see from the pictures.  Just inside the venue we all needed one last beer, $11/beer, we headed up to the lawn to enjoy the show.

We had already missed 20-30 minutes, but I didn’t care.  The experience so far was great and I was loving every minute of it.  We could hardly see Jimmy on stage we were so far back, but that didn’t matter.  We could hear the music, see the jumbo trons and everyone around us was having a great time.  But as quick as I got settled in it was time for another beer run.  Fortunately they have a stand at the top of the lawn but that didn’t matter.  With the number of people it was still a 20 minute process to get a beer.  While in line I talked to Mandi from Scotland,  who is a teach for Loudon County public schools.  Great person to talk to, helped pass the time while waiting for the beer.

me, Nancy, and David
me, Nancy, and David

About the time I got back with a beer the first set was over, no sooner did we get there and half the show was over.  We took the opportunity to relax and sit for a while.  There was a full moon on a clear night so things were perfect.  The air was crispy, in fact a little chille at about 65 degrees.  When the second set started no one realized it.  The house music was Bob Marley’s One Love, what we didn’t notice was that Jimmy and two others had walked onto the stage.  The house music faded out and the three of them picked up right on queue to finish out the song.  Then they started with My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink and I Don’t Love Jesus.  As the set progress all the band members come out.  Some set two highlights included a good Southern Cross and two fan favorites Margaritaville and Fins to close out the second set.

For the first encore a new song premiered from his new album Far Side of the World album, Beautiful Swimmer.  He also did a cover of the Beatles song, Yellow Submarine which was pretty cool.  I have heard a few other covers Jimmy has done and they are always good to hear.  However sometimes he doesn’t do the song justice, but gets an A for effort.  His cover of Scarlet Begonias from the Live at Fenway is not the greatest, but it’s cool to hear Jimmy pay homage to the Dead.

When the show finally ended it was almost 11pm and I was exhausted, still drunk, but thoroughly entertained.  Everyone in our group had a great time.  As we walked across the top of the lawn with the throngs of people, already there was a line of cars attempting to leave the lot.  We were parked in the extreme back and knew there would be little hope of us getting out early.  I walked Pat and Kay to their car then met up with David, Mike, and Nancy back at her Jeep.  We pulled out the chairs and proceeded to dine on some munchie food and talk about the show.  We must have sat there for an hour before a police office finally came by and told us it was time to leave.  He said “Traffic is moving along now, do you guys mind getting in your car and heading out.”  He was so polite we couldn’t refuse his request.

the entire crew, what a great time
the entire crew, what a great time

On the way out of the lot we had one last act of kindness to fulfill.  A guy flagged us down asking for a jump start.  Of course we would help a fellow parrothead out, but we didn’t have any jumper cables.  Luckily a third car had cables that we use and got the guy going so we could all make it home.

As we drove down the highway we had Sirius tuned to the Margaritaville station and they were replaying the concert we just attended.  The full moon lit up the sky at night and I just gazed at the brightest stars in the heavens with Jimmy playing in the background.  Reliving one of the most incredible shows I have seen in my life.  Things started off chaotic, but everything feel into place in the end making a wonderful experience.

I had such a great time, so much so I was still drunk when I woke up the next morning.  Nancy had to drive me to my car and I was not looking forward to going into work on Friday.  I started off pretty good, but I dragged ass for the second half of the day.  When I got home later that night I crashed heard around 8pm and slept for twelve hours.

Set 1: start time not sure, arrived late
01. Lage Nom Ai
02. Stars on the Water
03. Summerzcool
04. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere (with Mac)
05. Mañana
06. Conky Tonkin’ (with Nadirah)
07. Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
08. Volcano
09. Cheeseburger in Paradise
10. Come Monday (The Beach Band)
11. Son of a Son of a Sailor
12. Brown Eyed Girl
13. One Particular Harbor
14. A Lot to Drink About (acoustic)

set 1 ends at 9:25pm

Set 2: start time 9:40pm
01. My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink and I Don’t Love Jesus (ukulele version)
02. Frank and Lola (Jimmy, Mac, Johnn Lovell)
03. Grapefruite Juicy Fruit (The Beach Band)
04. Let Me Love Again (Ilo Ferreira)
05. Gypsies in the Palace
06. Last Mango in Paris
07. Surfin’ in a Hurricane
08. Southern Cross
09. A Pirate Looks at Forty (solo)
10. Margaritaville
11. Fins

set 2 ends at 10:30pm

Encore 1: encore beings at 10:32pm
12. We are the People our Parents Warned Us About
13. Yellow Submarine
14. Beautiful Swimmers*

Encore 2:
15. Tin Cup Chalice (solo)

house lights come on at 10:51pm

notes:

Ilo Ferreria was a special guest for this show
* First known performance of the Far Side of the World demo “Beautiful Swimmers”