Buffett- Omaha 2012

April 14, 2012

I was glad I made it in, but Nebraska sure wasn't enticing me to come back.

United $134
#4088 AUS 9:07AM to IAH 10:06AM
#5189 IAH 11:25am to Omaha 1:32pm

Morning of show got a second row seat I had been keeping my eye on off of ticketzoom for about $260.

On the hotel shuttle I was with Delta flight crew and was able to sell my original ticket to Kim the pilot for $90 (I bought the second it went on sale, section 103- the best non-floor area).

My very first visit to Nebraska. So oddly, much like Kansas City, from the Omaha airport you end up driving through Iowa to get back to Omaha. So while I have now techically been in Iowa, I won't count it.
Four states remaining that I haven't been to.

Nine nine nine! I can't tell you the last time I actually saw a Godfather's Pizza. Well Herman Cain, they have one in the Omaha airport.

Good advice Warren, that's what I'm doing here.

DoubleTree Hotel Omaha Downtown

In the pouring rain checked out the near by sculpture garden.

I then walked over to the Old Market area, but the streets were empty with everyone seeking shelter, so I did so myself.
I had a disappointing late lunch of a patty Melt at Rock Bottom.

After a little break back at the hotel I was able to meet up with Kim at the bar, and her flight attendant friend who was hammered. We took the shuttle over to the arena.

Buffett fans washed away by the rain
"Saturday was a gloomy, rainy spring day in Omaha,but inside the tent at the Old Mattress Factory, it may as well have been in the Bahamas.
As a cover band played Buffett songs and other similarly-styled tunes by Alan Jackson and Zac Brown Band, fans formed a conga line, tipped back cocktails and danced with friends.
Lynne Hawk showed off a picture of her and Buffett, which she took the night before at the Hilton Hotel bar. Buffett was very gracious, but quiet, she said, and took pictures with a few others.
Over at CenturyLink Center parking lots, rain kept away some tailgaters. In the early afternoon, some smaller lots were empty and none were full, though dozens of RVs and cars were in the lots. When a little rain came down, some stuffed games and grills back into their cars and others took shelter under tents they had set up.
Charcoal grill fires could be smelled blocks away and, despite a gloomy day, the party went on with fans dressed as pirates and parrots. Some flew an American flag and others a Jolly Roger and others brought sand and palm trees, but almost all of them were blasting Buffett music from car stereos or big speakers.
Decked out in grass skirts, leis and rainbow-colored hats shaped like parrots, Lisa Strasheim and her friends sipped cocktails, grilled hamburgers and waited for 10 to 20 more to join them. Her group had secured a coveted corner spot in the parking lot at 8:30 a.m.
They were worried about the weather, but figured they'd relocate to the Old Mattress Factor, where they could get more food and booze, if the weather got bad enough.
“We do have an evacuation plan in place,” Strasheim said with a laugh.
She and her friends work at Alegent Health Center in the neonatal care unit and they run an organization called Parrotheads for Premies. Almost all of them had seen Buffett in concert before, some as many as nine times.
“But the tailgating is the real experience,” said Peg Baker.
They also hoped to spot Buffett. Sometimes, they said, he comes and walks around the tailgaters and they use the footage during the night's concert.
"We've been trying to talk up security whenever they come by," Strasheim said, chuckling."

Welcome to Fin Land Tour
CenturyLink Center – Omaha NE
Saturday April 14th, 2012

"Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha NE (the last time he performed there was in 1985). The set list included the debut of Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” for the final encore."

Warren Buffett Intro

1 One Particular Harbour

2 Fruitcakes
3 It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

4 Growing Older But Not Up

5 Son Of A Son Of A Sailor
6 Come Monday
7 Knee Deep
8 Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
9 Swingin’ Hula Girl
10 Volcano
11 Cheeseburger In Paradise
12 Weather With You
13 Creola (for Ralph)
14 It's My Job
15 Pascagoula Run
16 Margaritaville (with the New Verse)
17 A Pirate Looks At Forty
18 Back Where I Come From
19 We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About
20 Southern Cross

First Encore
21 The Wino And I Know (acoustic)

22 Pencil Thin Mustache (acoustic)
23 He Went To Paris (acoustic)

Band Intros:
Miss Tina Gullickson, Miss Nadirah Shakoor, Mr. Eric Darken, Peter Mayer, Dangerous Doyle Grisham, Mac McAnally, Roger Guth, Uncle Jim Mayer, That Peppy Lad From Trinidad Robert Greenidge, Dancing Johnny Lovell, On Weather, Geography and Whatever Else It Is Michael Utley, Special thanks to Warren Buffett.

24 Brown Eyed Girl
25 Fins

26 All Night Long

First time they have performed this- awesome!

Articles and pics

Jimmy's first public Omaha performance since 1985.

Before the start of the show with the pre-show guys (what do we call them?).
Also I believe that is Jimmy's sister Lucy Buffett in the background as well.

A special guest at Buffett concert
"An unbilled guest star appeared on-stage with Jimmy Buffett at his concert Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.
Warren Buffett, coming off his recent performance at the Omaha Press Club Show, took the stage again, but this time he didn't sing nor did he play his famous ukulele.
Instead, Warren Buffett jokingly welcomed everyone to the Berkshire Hathaway stockholders meeting.
At that point, Jimmy interjected, telling Warren that the meeting was actually next month.
This is not the first joint appearance by the two Buffetts, who are not related, though they confess to being longtime fans of one another. At the 2007 annual Berkshire meeting, in a movie shown before the start of the session, one snippet included Warren playing his ukulele with Jimmy on guitar.
During the concert, Jimmy Buffett jokingly made repeated references to Berkshire and to his "distant cousin" Warren Buffett. The crowd roared every time."

Utley looks like a mad man in this pic.

What Would Jimmy Do?

Last time I saw these guys...was about a month ago in Hawaii.

Held out to the last minute for a decent price, and upgraded my seat for this show to the far left of the second row.

I must say that I can't stand the Nebraska football team.

The shadow from my home made shark hat.

So Warren and his wife (I assume) were seated to the left of the stage about 20ft away from me. Since Jimmy is worth about $400 million I guess he has to get investment tips from somewhere.

Proof! (That is him to the left of my hat)
At one point he waved at me. Seems like a good guy, and he stayed for the whole show.

Not sure why this shot came out like this, but it looks cool, especially if Touchdown Jesus wasn't in front of me.

Fins up...

A land shark.

Third show for my new hat, but a brand new Hawaiian shirt for this brand new state.

Jimmy Buffett plays to Parrotheads at sold-out show
It was a feeding frenzy in Omaha on a stormy Saturday night.
Jimmy Buffett delivered his tropical tunes and his "Fins" fans ate it all up.
While the rain raged outside of CenturyLink Center Omaha, Buffett made the arena feel like an island getaway.
For more than two hours, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band entertained the crowd with its songs about margaritas, cheeseburgers, pirates, parrots, harbors, Mondays, fruitcakes and fins.
Jimmy Buffett's "distant cousin," Warren Buffett, made an onstage cameo at the beginning of the concert to introduce the band.
"I want to welcome all of you to this 2012 annual meeting," Warren Buffett said with a laugh.
"Cousin Warren," Jimmy Buffett interrupted, "that's next month."
Warren Buffett then moved to the side of the stage where he sat for the rest of the concert, occasionally rising to cheer on his "cousin."
Up onstage, Jimmy Buffett looked ready for the beach in bare feet, blue shorts and a yellow T-shirt.
"It might be stormy outside but it's sunny in Omaha tonight," the singer said.
Buffett entertained the sold-out crowd of more than 16,000 with a bunch of songs including his famous nine: "Margaritaville," "Come Monday," "Fins," "Volcano," "A Pirate Looks at Forty," "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes," "One Particular Harbor" and "Five O'Clock Somewhere."
The Parrotheads were having a party. Some stumbled through the concourses apparently intoxicated from too many frozen concoctions imbibed during a long day of tailgating. They and others also clogged the hallways in search of more margaritas and beer.
Once in their seats, the crowd behaved like a stormy sea, swinging and saying in their seats while noisily singing along.
During songs such as "Margaritaville" and "A Pirate Looks at Forty," the fans nearly drowned out Buffett's voice.
On woman's energy was amazing. Despite being one of the farthest-away fans — her seat was at the top of the arena on the far side from the stage — she stood up and danced like a flickering flame during the entire concert.
Fans ate up everything from the big songs to the less-famous tunes such as "It's My Job." They also loved Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" and "Back Where I Come From," a song originally by Coral Reefer Mac McAnally, but more recently made famous by Kenny Chesney.
The Coral Reefer Band consisted of 11 members on guitars, drums, percussion, steel guitar, keys, horns and steel drums. They were able to take songs such as "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Southern Cross" and give them a distinctly Caribbean flavor, but 12 total musicians (the band plus Buffett) was a bit much sometimes.
During a cover of Zac Brown Band's "Knee Deep," which featured Buffett in its recorded version, the band had four people on percussion and four on guitar. It was overkill and muddled what is originally a pretty simple tune.
Songs such as "Son of a Son of a Sailor" have an evolved, slightly different arrangment than their original versions. It's probably a result the band playing those songs for decades, but it gives the audience a fresh take on those songs, too.
Part of the fans' excitement came because it was Buffett's first public Omaha performance since 1985.
"Something tells me there have been people preparing for this for a long time," Buffett said. "It is great to be back in Omaha and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I promise it won't be this long before I'm back again."
Buffett offered a lot of jokes in between songs and told about how he wrote his tunes. He also made lots of references to "cousin Warren," eating at Piccolo Pete's and the stormy weather outside both between songs and by subbing Omaha-friendly lyrics during some songs.
The fans screamed and cheered every time.
I've never seen an artist receive that kind of open and absolute affection from a crowd.
"I've felt the love here for a long time," Buffett said. "I'm glad we got to do it here tonight."

Sunday 15th

Found out my flight was canceled and I wasn't going out until 630pm, then 730, then pushed to Monday, then Kerry at the airport counter got me back on the evening flight.

American $132
Original 11:10am to 2:55pm flight canceled due to Dallas weather.
#2211 Omaha 6;30pm to Dallas 8:25pm
#1452 DFW 9:05pm to AUS 10pm

Actually landed in Austin about 12:40am.