Dave's Miami Marine Stadium Benefit

Dave's Miami Marine Stadium Benefit
Coral Gables, FL

January 9, 2014

Buffett show #64

Thursday 9th

Took the red eye in from work at CES in Vegas.

Spirit Air $225
#214 Las Vegas 12:50am to DFW 5:18am
#972 DFW 6am to FLL 9:37am

"Jimmy Buffet and Gloria Estefan celebrate the Miami Marine Stadium at the Museum
Sold out!

Few places capture the spirit of South Florida quite like Miami Marine Stadium.

From the roar of hydroplanes to dazzling performances on the bay, it was here that Miami turned its cultural heartbeat into a spectacle the world couldn't resist.

On Thursday, January 9, from 6:30-10:30 PM at Coral Gables Museum we relive those glory days with two legends who once graced the stadium's dramatic floating stage - Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan.

Hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this celebration will shine a spotlight on these two musical icons as NBC 6 anchor Jackie Nespral interviews the stars about their memories of the stadium's past, as well as their hopes for its comeback as a world class sports and performance venue. Jimmy Buffett will close the evening with a short performance.

All guests will receive a one-year membership to the National Trust, as well as free admission to "Concrete Paradise," the Coral Gables Museum's critically-acclaimed exhibition dedicated to Miami Marine Stadium. Complimentary cocktails and heavy appetizers will be served throughout the evening. There will also be a silent auction featuring original stadium seats signed by the stars.

Proceeds benefit the National Trust's work to restore the stadium, as well as our host for the evening - the Coral Gables Museum. Only 300 tickets have been sold.

The program will begin at 7:30 PM, and seating will be unassigned. We expect the program to conclude at 9:00 PM. Afterwards, attendees will have free access to "Concrete Paradise" until 10:30 PM."

Miami Herald article

All you can drink! I had one- republicans refer to me as a profit creator.

Food too.

The stage- had about an hour to kill from after they let us in.

All the front seats were reserved.

With former Florida Governor Bob Graham. Funny enough he was a guest at my very first Jimmy Buffett concert too- also a charity event where he came on stage to sing "Smart woman in a real short skirt".

Seats from the stadium signed by Jimmy and Gloria being auctioned.

Got to meet Jimmy's first daughter, Savannah Jane.

The architect Hilario Candela.

Jimmy waiting to come out.

Local anchor Jackie Nespral comes out- she did the interviews.

The first part was Jackie discussing with Gloria and Jimmy their experiences with the Miami Marine Stadium. They even had guests submit questions for them on note cards, but it was cut short because of impending rain.

I got to video 2 songs I didn't have before- covers of "Everybody's Talking" and "No woman no cry".

Setlist- all were just Jimmy on acoustic with Robert on steel drums:
Everybody's Talkin' (Fred Neil cover)

Cuban Crime of Passion

Grapefruit, Juicyfruit

Son of a Son of a Sailor



No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley cover)

Mentions meeting Bob Marley in Bayfront Park- that is where I saw my first Jimmy show!

A Pirate Looks at Forty

Margaritaville (with Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan)

Got two new songs on video! Both covers.

For the closing song Gloria goes up to help sing "Margaritaville" and her husband Emilio goes back up as well. I was hoping for Jimmy to due a duet of a Miami Sound Machine song, but it was not to be.

With Jimmy's steel drum player Robert Greenidge. He was the only Coral Reefer here tonight.

Hangin' with Gloria.

"Every city has a building that is emblematic of its culture and history. New York has the Empire State Building and Paris has the Eiffel Tower. For Miami, Florida, that building is the Ralph Munroe Marine Stadium, a modernist concrete structure that looks like an origami rendition of the Sydney Opera House. Designed in 1963 by a young Cuban architect named Hilario Candela, this 6,566-seat stadium is a marvel of design and engineering that takes its architectural cues from Havana’s Tropicana Nightclub. With a football field-length roofline (356 ft.) that was the longest span of cantilevered concrete in the world when it was built, the stadium was designed for watching speed boat racing at a time when Miami was the epicenter of the sport. The Marine Stadium also mirrored the cultural heartbeat of Miami, hosting stars like Jimmy Buffett, Gloria Estefan, Dave Brubeck, the Beach Boys, and Ray Charles on its dramatic floating stage. Flamboyant enough to serve as a set for Elvis Presley’s film Clambake, it was also majestic enough to host religious services and political rallies."

Fellow Buffett fans. Here you see where we could put our own graffiti, cool idea.

DLS is gonna rock ya!

Savannah added some graffiti to mine.

Saturday 11th

Why just look at a picture when you can see it in person?

Jimmy jumping in after a show in the fabulous 80's.

Me and the parents in Key Biscayne.

Then we stopped at Lincoln Road so I could visit the Romero Britto gallery.

They treated me well and even showed me the back room!

Sunday 12th

Delta $190, upgraded to first class
#25656 FLL 6:45am to ATL 8:39pm
#1858 ATL 9:41am to AUS 11:23am