Sunday, July 11, 2010

Jimmy Buffett Concert for the Gulf

WHEN? Sunday · July 11

WHERE? Gulf Shores, Alabama · find us on the map

WHY? "Jimmy Buffett and Friends" concert

Jimmy Buffett · photo courtesy of Mobile Press-Register

"It's Five O'clock Somewhere" has become one of my favorite phrases, so it is only natural that after all this time of having my favorite performers, I finally really discovered Jimmy Buffett. I think I read somewhere that five o'clock was when the live performance at Gulf Shores today really got underway. And, it was definitely the time to have the typical beach atmosphere kick in and the crowds at the beach for the live concert to move into high gear.

For many of the concert-goers, today was an all-day affair with the first shuttles arriving at the concert site around 11:00 AM. It is good that many people parked quite some distance from the site, roughly located between Lifeguard Station #3 and #5. Since I wasn't there, I'm really guessing, but the 90-minute concert I viewed on CMT showed enough of this beach we have frequented for me to make a somewhat educated guess.

Jimmy Buffett concert · photo courtesy of Mobile Press-Register

Since the Mobile Press-Register reporters and photographers were at the concert, let me refer you to Lawrence F. Specker's article they had online:

Jimmy Buffett brings joy: Son of a son of a sailor returns to Gulf Coast to promote tourism 7/12/2010
The above article mentioned several details I did not know, such as remembering the concert's other performers, but I will assure you Jimmy Buffett was on stage the entire 90 minutes of the CMT performance.

Buffett let several others take turns in the spotlight: Mobile native Will Kimbrough, Mississippi songwriter Jesse Winchester and New Orleans composer/songwriter Allen Toussaint.

He also made a point of dedicating "Come Monday" to Mobilian Milton Brown, who "kind of discovered me, all those years ago."

After a short break, what we didn’t see on the 90-minute televised portion was a 40-minute second set that focused less on Buffett's own music. Selections included Kimbrough's "Piece of Work"; "Southern Cross", a song made famous by Crosby, Stills and Nash; and Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl", his last tune of the night.

Speaking of last tunes, I encourage you to sit back and enjoy Buffett's final televised performance of the evening. Superb!

When The Coast Is Clear


  1. Many of us have been wondering when we can see this concert again, and possibly figure out how to record it this time. Here's the info from the Margarittaville website:
    CMT Concert Replay Schedule
    CMT has several replays of the Jimmy Buffett Concert for the Gulf scheduled this week. Check the schedule below.
    Wed 7/14 10:30p-12a
    CMT Presents Jimmy Buffett & Friends: Live From The Gulf Coast
    Sat 7/17 9:30a-11a
    CMT Presents Jimmy Buffett & Friends: Live From The Gulf Coast
    Sun 7/18 2p-3:30p
    CMT Presents Jimmy Buffett & Friends: Live From The Gulf Coast

  2. We checked CMT schedule, and it agreed with the above. Keep in mind the times listed are Eastern Time. We expect our TV schedule on cable to indicate one hour earlier for Central Time. But, we suggest everyone carefully checked their on way of receiving TV and what time these replays will show in your own area.