Buffett Performs at Key West Margaritaville

posted February 14th, 2009 at 10:48 am

by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett performed a surprise show at his Margaritaville Cafe in Key West on Thursday night. The Key West Citizen has an article on the performance:

Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett rolled out his musical road map of Key West and Stock Island during an unpublicized concert at Margaritaville Thursday night.

Buffett, along with guitar player Mac McAnally, performed a special acoustic show for his employees, friends and fans. Before admitting the general public, Buffett gave his employees and their families front-row seats.

During the show, Buffett paid homage to Sunshine Smith, a Key West resident and his longtime business associate he referred to as his “dear partner.” Smith has managed the 62-year-old star’s merchandising ventures for decades and oversaw the first Margaritaville in the Key West Bight in the 1980s.

He told Margaritaville employees, who usually have to work during his concerts, that he wanted to make sure they got to see his show while he was in town this time.

“I don’t give a s— if you come to work tomorrow,” he joked, saying he understood if they had hangovers on Friday. “I don’t care what Sunshine says.”

Buffett mainly focused on songs that were written in or about Key West and Stock Island, including “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” “Woman Going Crazy on Caroline Street” and “Grapefruit Juicy Fruit,” which he called the “national anthem of Stock Island.” Buffett also debuted a new song called “We’ve Got A Lot to Drink About,” which he played twice.

Read the entire article here.

Tagged in Margaritaville Cafes, Special Appearances

  • Tommy T

    Island Icon should make it more of a point to show up for MOTM like the rest of his band did!

  • http://www.travelogged.com Travelogged

    I was at the concert — it was an awesome experience!!! I thought I wouldn’t get in, but the Margaritaville staff kept letting people in whenever anyone left — very cool!

    I wrote all about the concert on my blog:

  • Miskatha

    My husband and I were in KeyWest celebrating my 50th Birthday. We took a chance and went to the back of the line, never thought we would get in! We we did and what a great concert!! It was so great! It’s a memory that will live with us for a lifetime! What a great Birthday Gift!


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