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.
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.
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
05. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere (w/ Mac)
06. Bama Breeze
07. Windows on the World
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)
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
set ends at 10:17pm
Encore 1 (starts at 10:21pm)
27. Scarlet Begonias
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
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