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1981 PARTY TIME ’81/COCONUT TELEGRAPH TOUR

1981 brought another tour, this time the Party Time ’81 tour starting in early February. February also saw the release of the new album, “Coconut Telegraph” which provided 9 new songs for the set list. The February 27 show in St. Petersburg was scheduled to be video taped for future use, though nothing has ever surfaced in video or audio from this show so it’s unknown if it actually happened. The end of May saw Jimmy make his first appearance at Caesars Casino in Lake Tahoe, a tradition that would be repeated in August and for the next few years. These engagement’s where likely Jimmy’s inspiration for “It’s Midnight and I’m Not Famous Yet.” The summer Coconut Telegraph tour began in late June with a benefit in Aspen and then onto all the normal summer stops. On November 28, Jimmy returned to Key West to play a benefit for the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center and a few days later he performed at a Manatee benefit in Miami. Check out all the dates we’ve uncovered for 1981 below!

1981 Coral Reefer Band:
Jimmy Buffett – Vocals, Guitar
Barry Chance – Guitar
Harry Dailey – Bass, Background Vocals
Michael Utley – Keyboards
Deborah McColl – Background Vocals

Greg “Fingers” Taylor – Harmonica, Background Vocals
Andy McMahon – Organ
M.L. Benoit – Percussion
Matt Betton – Drums
Josh Leo – Guitar

1981 Party Time ’81 Tour Dates:

Date Location Venue Additional Info
02.02.81 Sunrise, FL Sunrise Musical Theatre None
02.03.81 Sunrise, FL Sunrise Musical Theatre None
02.04.81 Sunrise, FL Sunrise Musical Theatre None
02.05.81 Sunrise, FL Sunrise Musical Theatre None
02.10.81 West Palm Beach, FL West Palm Beach Auditorium None
02.12.81 Ft. Meyers, FL Lee County Arena None
02.13.81 Gainesville, FL O’Connell Center View Set List
02.14.81 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Civic Center None
02.17.81 Tallahassee, FL FSU Tully Gym None
02.18.81 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Coliseum None
02.20.81 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Coliseum None
02.21.81 Greenville, NC ECU-Minges Coliseum None
02.22.81 Durham, NC Cameron Indoor Stadium None
02.25.81 Birmingham, AL Boutwell Auditorium None
02.26.81 Atlanta, GA The Omni None
02.27.81 St. Petersburg, FL Bayfront Center Arena None
02.28.81 Orlando, FL Seminole Jai Alai Fronton None
03.01.81 Portland, OR Paramount Theatre None
03.04.81 Carbondale, IL SIU Arena None
03.06.81 Dallas, TX Dallas Convention Center Theatre None
03.07.81 College Station, TX G. Rollie White Coliseum None
03.29.81 Austin, TX UT Special Events Center None
04.10.81 Spokane, WA Spokane Coliseum None
04.15.81 Eugene, OR McArthur Court None
04.17.81 Seattle, WA Seattle Opera House None
04.21.81 San Francisco, CA Civic Auditorium None
04.23.81 San Luis Obispo, CA Unknown None
04.25.81 Sacramento, CA Memorial Auditorium None
04.26.81 Anaheim, CA Anaheim Convention Center None
04.28.81 San Diego, CA Golden Hall None
04.30.81 Anaheim, CA Anaheim Convention Center None
05.01.81 Stateline, NV Caesars Tahoe None
05.02.81 Stateline, NV Caesars Tahoe None
05.03.81 Stateline, NV Caesars Tahoe None

1981 Coconut Telegraph Tour Dates:

Date Location Venue Additional Info
06.08.81 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre View Set List
06.22.81 Aspen, CO Children’s Deaf Camp Benefit None
06.24.81 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre None
07.11.81 Salisbury, MD Wicomico Youth & Civic Center None
07.12.81 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion None
07.13.81 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion None
07.14.81 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum None
07.16.81 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall None
07.17.81 Holmdel, NJ Garden State Arts Center None
07.19.81 New York, NY The Palladium None
07.21.81 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center None
07.22.81 Hoffman Estates, IL Poplar Creek Music Theatre View Set List
07.24.81 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Sportscenter None
07.25.81 Rochester Hills, MI Meadowbrook Music Festival None
07.30.81 Phoenix, AZ Compton Terrace None
08.06.81 Stateline, NV Caesars Tahoe None
08.07.81 Stateline, NV Caesars Tahoe None
08.08.81 Stateline, NV Caesars Tahoe None
08.09.81 Stateline, NV Caesars Tahoe None
08.10.81 Stateline, NV Caesars Tahoe None
08.11.81 Stateline, NV Caesars Tahoe None
08.12.81 Stateline, NV Caesars Tahoe None
11.28.81 Key West, FL Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center Benefit
11.30.81 Miami, FL Gusman Cultural Center Solo Manatee Benefit
12.01.81 Miami, FL Gusman Cultural Center Solo Manatee Benefit