Monday, July 12, 2010

jimmy buffett's concert for the gulf coast

last night jimmy buffett and the coral reefer band played a free concert on orange beach, in gulf shores, alabama. the benefit for the gulf shore region battered by the bp oil spill was originally set for july 1, but had to be postponed because of concerns over hurricane alex. the show was broadcast live, commercial free, over cmt cable - and billed as "jimmy buffett & friends: live from the gulf coast."

because of the rescheduled appearance, the original list of friends was altered. kenny chesney and zac brown couldn't appear last night. but buffett brought on a few local favorites to expand the spectrum of sound on stage. he introduced singer-songwriter jesse winchester (who performed "rhumba man" and "mississippi, you're on my mind") and new orleans legend allen toussaint (who performed "yes we can, can") mid-way through the 90 minute performance

buffett took the opportunity to play up the oil spill and changed the lyrics to "margaritaville" when he declaimed, "it's all bp's fault!" he again toyed with the lyrics of his encore, "when the coast is clear." but the biggest surprise was the extended show beyond the 90 minute cmt broadcast window. buffett announced that there would be, and then played, more music after the live broadcast officially concluded.

if you missed the original broadcast on cmt, check the listings because cmt plans to rebroadcast the show!

here is the setlist:

the pascagoula run
one particular harbor
it's 5 o'clock somewhere
come monday
nobody from nowhere
son of a son of sailor
rhumba man
mississippi, you're on my mind
changes in latitude, changes in attitude
bama breeze
yes we can, can
cheeseburger in paradise
where the boat leaves from
a pirate looks at 40
back where i came from


when the coast is clear

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