Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band
MGM Garden Theater,
October 15, 2011
This was no ordinary concert. It wasn’t even an event or a “happening”. It was a total multi-sensory, “you’ve got to see it to believe it” experience! The evening started early. We decided to stop by Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville restaurant for dinner before the concert. Apparently about 20,000 other people had the same idea. In celebration of the opening of the new “Margaritaville Casino,” the adjacent street was closed and there was a giant block party. People had been partying there for quite some time. There was a band, concession stands, bars and an amazing array of Parrot Heads in every imaginable costume. I felt pretty underdressed in a mere tropical print shirt and shorts, but we tried our best to “blend.” The centerpiece of this celebration of all things Buffet was “Lucky Rita” an enormous margarita, mixed over the preceding several days. The purpose (successful) of concocting “Lucky Rita” was to set the Guinness Book of World Records record for the world’s largest margarita.
This “frozen concoction of which I speak” started with 2125 gallons of Margaritaville Gold Tequila and 708 gallons of Triple Sec. They were selling margaritas for $38 per souvenir blender full. We opted for a couple of Land Shark beers.
Then it was on the MGM Grand Garden Theater. We joined a procession of very intoxicated people as we meandered through the casino, most of the crowd regaled in Parrot Head or Cheeseburger hats, flowered leis, shark costumes and tropical attire. This was a sight to behold. This procession drew curious looks from the casino patrons, who were, at least momentarily, distracted from pulling levers on slot machines, tossing dice and drawing cards.
The crowd was happily drunk. We didn’t really find anyone obnoxious, belligerent or unruly (well, at least not until the concert was over.) The crowd was almost as much fun to watch as Jimmy Buffet. There were all ages present, most in some sort of costume. By the end of the show, a lot these folks were having a hard time navigating the stairs.
The Wino And I Know
Brown Eyed Girl
It’s Midnight And I’m Not Famous Yet
Pencil Thin Mustache
Off To See The Lizard
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere
Life Is Just A Tire Swing
Son Of A Son Of A Sailor
Why Don’t We Get Drunk And Screw
Jolly Mon Song
School Boy Heart
A Pirate Looks At Forty
Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
Tin Cup Chalice