Jimmy Buffett announced a show at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Texas just a week ago, and between then and Tuesday the city received historic rainfall that caused widespread flooding. The show went on as scheduled, and Buffett donated the proceeds of the ticket sales to Austin charities for flood relief.
Since Buffett usually plays outdoor sheds of around 15,000, C3 Presents instituted a smart policy for the 2,200-capacity show: Each ticket holder had to pick up at will-call and then immediately enter the venue. As a result, the atmosphere was warm and festive on the Stubb’s lawn, as an all-ages crowd awaited its frivolous and fearless party leader.
Buffett wasted no time getting into his show. He walked on at 8 pm sharp, outfitted casually in a purple T-shirt and the brightest yellow shorts ever worn by man. The yacht rocker’s band barely fit on the Stubb’s stage.
An 11-piece outfit found him flanked by backup singers, a horns section, and seven-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally as a vocal and guitar foil. The move is a smart one: Buffett has always been more of a songwriter and ringleader than a singer, and the big band helped bring his well-honed odes to escapism into brighter focus.
After opening with hit “License To Chill,” Buffett discussed Monday’s flooding and mentioned that the band had decided to leave the night’s ticket proceeds (likely around $200,000) in the hands of Austin charities to help with flood recovery.
Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally dropped into the Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute back in March:
The biennial Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute started with a literal bang at its dinner dance, which took place March 30 at The Mar-a-Lago Club.
Rebecca Williams was chairwoman for the evening, which, after the SEAL drop, moved to the ballroom where Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally performed a moving God Bless America before they, too, slipped off unseen into the night. Margery McCloskey and Jane Woodman were co-chairwomen.
The evening also included dinner and remarks from Jessica Buchanan, a kidnapped aid worker who was rescued by SEALs, and from Rear Adm. Scott Moore, who commanded several rescue operations in Afghanistan and off the coast of Somalia.
More than 650 people attended the event, which raised more than $1 million for the Navy SEAL Foundation and for the Navy SEAL Museum, Trident House and Memorial.
Environmentalists from across Florida are expected to make their way to the Capitol to push for efforts to save the Everglades, including a proposed state purchase of thousands of acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee owned by U.S. Sugar.
Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Coalition, said the organization is asking lawmakers to purchase 46,800 acres of land to store and treat water from Lake Okeechobee, which is polluted by farming activities. Right now, the U.S. Corps of Engineers diverts billions of gallons of water from the lake to the west and east, into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, causing toxic algae outbreaks, health warnings, fish kills, job losses and depressed home values, he said.
By buying the land, the water could return to its natural flow south, recharging the aquifer that supplies drinking water to eight million Floridians. Buying the land would cost an estimated $350 million to $500 million. An option for the state to buy the land expires on Oct. 12.
Next month Jimmy Buffett will perform an acoustic set in Tallahassee as part of the third annual Everglades Action Day.
The singer-songwriter, who often dips his toes into the waters of politics, will appear at a rally to “Save Florida’s Drinking Water” hosted by the Everglades Coalition. Everglades Action Day brings Floridians to Tallahassee to meet with lawmakers on the importance of the Everglades, which provides about 8 million Floridians with drinking water. Buffett will appear with fellow musicians Mac McAnally and Robert Greenidge.
It will be Buffett’s second appearance in Tallahassee within the past year. In October, he played a show for supporters of U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham during her congressional campaign.
You’ve probably seen the Ice Bucket Challenge going around the internet lately to raise awareness and money for ALS disease. Jimmy Buffett’s daughter Savannah, plus a few others, challenged him and he accepted:
Buffett passed the challenge on to Don Johnson, Kelly Slater, and Betsy Whidden.