Wednesday, May 20, 2009

changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes

Me and my pops at the show

I am fortunate to have a dad who has good taste in music (well...mostly) and who raised me to have a deep appreciation for music as well. Among other artists (The Beatles, Paul Simon, Steve Miller Band, The Temptations, etc.), Jimmy Buffett albums were on heavy rotation at our house growing up. Instead of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm", songs like "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise" were my childhood nursey songs instead. So when I saw that Jimmy Buffett was coming to the Bay Area for a concert, I immediately called up my dad and said, let's go! He has seen Jimmy perform many many times when we lived in Colorado but surprisingly had never seen him here in California. And since I became a Jimmy fan because of my dad, I figured it would only be fitting to go to my first Buffett concert with him. So we got some tickets off Craigslist and put May 19th on the calendar.

Last night was the show and it was the only concert at a large venue I've been to where pretty much everyone was standing up and dancing throughout the show. I knew that Jimmy Buffett fans (aka Parrotheads) can be pretty hardcore, dressing up in full Hawaiian luau garb and it was entertaining to see the variety of grass skirts and coconut bras (many of which were worn by men). The atmopshere at the concert was lighthearted and playful, largely due to all the margaritas being consumed, but also because Jimmy Buffett songs can transport you to a tropical island mindset where there is not a care in the world. There was only one new song that brought the crowd back to reality called "A Lot to Drink About" (alluding to bailouts and global wars), but even this song had an upbeat twang to it.

All in all, it was a fun evening and I am glad I've finally seen Jimmy Buffett live!
Grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts galore

Parrotheads know how to party

My dad on his second grossly overpriced margarita