Dave's JazzFest 2011

Jazz Fest
New Orleans

May 6-8, 2011


Southwest #1917 AUS 5:55pm to DAL
New orleans 8:30pm
$437 RT

Of course there was rumor that Jimmy would be at Margaritaville, so we stopped in.

Then ended up having dinner at Fiorella's right down the street.
Good huge crab cake, then some yummy red beans & rice with sausage. I'll be back.

Tropical Isle for a hand grenade.

View of Bourbon Street.

I had forgotten how much great Parrot Head stuff this place had.

Doubletree Hotel New Orleans
300 Canal Street- just about a perfect location
#85 of 148


Around 10am wait in line right around the corner for Mothers.

Sat with this couple from RTP North Carolina celebrating their anniversary.
Got the omelette with the famous black ham, mushroom, and green onions (this place claims "The world's best baked ham" so I should have gone the more purist route with ham and eggs to better appreciate it). Asked for some cheese to be added. Fun homestyle place, but not on the would die for food list.

Next Harshal and I walk over to the Sheraton where we meet up with friend Micah and her group.
After many a delay we get on a shuttle bus...

and a short ride later we arrive at the race track.

25th Buffett show

Not a cloud in the sky, but not a tree for any shade either.

Our spot towards the back of the Acura stage.
Super smart to plant a flag, or else you would be hard pressed to find your group again.

As I get older I am more and more willing to simply pay good money for the things I want, and that includes good seats at a concert. But I couldn't justify over $600 for a four day Grand Marshall pass that I would only use for one day. I tracked down a lead on Craig's list to get a wrist band just for today at a very reasonable price, but after walking about 2 miles to find the guy he bailed at the end without telling me (turns out to be an employee selling wristbands and tickets on the side), so I wasted at least two good hours...

May 7th line up

I was able to make it to about the third row of the GA fence, right behind the Grand Marshall area where personal space, freedom to move, and a fantastic up front view was had by all. In hindsight time would have been better invested here, but risk/reward I suppose.

Made it just in time to see this...

Jimmy makes a special appearance in Allen Toussant's set for I Wanna Hang With Jimmy Buffett.

The crowd behind me.

Welcome to Fin Land Tour
New Orleans Jazz Festival New Orleans LA
Saturday May 7th, 2011

Right on time about 5:25pm...


1 The Wino And I Know
2 Brown Eyed Girl
3 Off To See The Lizard (Aussie Lyrics)

4 It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
5 Life Is Just A Tire Swing
6 Come Monday

Filmed by someone else

7 Pascagoula Run

8 Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
9 Son Of A Son Of A Sailor

Filmed by someone else

10 Rhumba Man (featuring Allen Toussaint and Jesse Winchester)

11 Biloxi (featuring Allen Toussaint and Jesse Winchester)
12 I Will Play For Gumbo (featuring Allen Toussaint)

13 Volcano
14 Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw
15 Window On The World

16 Cheeseburger In Paradise
17 A Pirate Looks At Forty (Jimmy and Mac)
18 Fins


19 Margaritaville (with the no longer lost verse)


20 One Particular Harbour

Band Intros: Tina Gullickson, Miss Nadirah Shakoor, Peter Mayer, Eric Darken, Doyle Grisham, Mac McAnally, Roger Guth, Jim Mayer, Robert Greenidge, John Lovell, Michael Utley
Thanks to Sonny Landreth, Allen Toussaint and Jesse Winchester

21 Last Man Standing

Jimmy and I.

Me and Jimmy.

Somehow Mary and her friend Jennifer made their way through the crowd and were able to find me among the tens of thousands of people, what were the odds?
You can see the moment at the beginning of the Rhumba Man video I was filming.

Jimmy's bodyguard Charleston.

Good abs and willing to show them.

Fins to the left!

After the show with Buffett-buddies Rob & Mary, and fellow Gator fans Jennifer and Kevin.

"Jimmy Buffett gives New Orleans Jazz Fest crowds a happy taste of Margaritaville"
"Spirited Parrotheads celebrated their favorite star of beach rock this evening as headliner Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band created an island vibe at the New Orleans Jazz Fest with steel drums, sparkling back-up dancers and lyrics that conjure up sand between the toes.

Buffett and his band entertained a crowd of Parrotheads in their most festive regalia -- hats topped with parrots or shark fins, Margaritaville shirts and tank tops - danced, clapped and sang along to Buffett anthems like "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Margaritaville" and "A Pirate Looks at 40."

Buffett's island style lent new significance to typical Jazz Fest sights and smells: the beach balls that bounce through the crowd at the Acura Stage, the beach towels spread throughout the Fair Grounds, the coconut scent of suntan lotion that floats in the air. Typical Jazz Fest attire - the flip-flops, straw hats, bikini tops, tropical shirts - seemed even more appropriate as Buffett made the crowd feel like a beach must be nearby, somewhere just beyond the massive crowd. Maybe the ocean view is blocked by those tall guys with the parrots atop their hats?

But never mind that. Nothing matters when Buffett starts singing about pirates and sailors, cheeseburgers and margaritas. He starts strumming and you can practically smell salt in the air, hear waves sloshing against the shore.

"I don't know who's having more fun - y'all out there or us up here," Buffett told the crowd near the middle of the show.

It was a good question, because as happy as crowd members appeared, Buffett also looked to be having a blast. Barefoot and amped with a casual energy, the performer bounced around wearing a relaxed grin along with his beach-worthy shirt and shorts. Several audience members commented on how much Buffett seemed to enjoy himself while entertaining the crowd.

Buffett's cover of country singer Alan Jackson's song "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" drew loud cheers. Buffett makes a cameo in the original version of the song but this evening, he sang the lead and had his guitar player fill in for Jackson on a portion.

"This is the biggest crowd I've ever pretended to be Alan Jackson in front of," guitarist Mac McAnally joked before performing the song.

Buffett joked and talked with the crowd between songs, often mentioning his own "misspent youth" on the Gulf Coast, how for years, his travels kept to U.S. 90 between New Orleans and Pensacola. The banter often included references to New Orleans and specifically Jazz Fest. Buffett introduced the beloved tune "Let's Just Get Drunk and Screw" with "It's Saturday night in New Orleans - come on!"

Later, he acknowledged New Orleans as a "pirate town," a definite compliment coming from a singer wearing shorts patterned in skulls and crossbones and a guitar strap covered in pirate flags.

"Can I get in trouble in this town?" he asked the crowd, which responded with various versions of "yes."

The crowd grew even more energized when Buffett played his song, "Fins," now changed to reference land-sharks. Audience members danced harder and used their hands to form shark fins on their heads, swaying back and forth with enthusiasm at Buffett's direction.

"The land sharks come to Jazz Fest for the annual mating ritual," Buffett said. "Feeding frenzy at Jazz Fest on a Saturday night!"

Buffett likes to dedicate songs. "Son of a Son of a Sailor" went to friends in Kraemer, a small community just north of Thibodaux. "Come Monday" went to those who raised children to his music as well as those "who had children to this song, and the very few of you who had children at Jazz Fest to this music." "I Will Play for Gumbo" went to New Orleans radioman Garland Robinette, who referenced the song in his painting of Buffett featured on a 2011 Jazz Fest poster. One thing Robinette got wrong: there should be less money in the tip box, Buffett joked. Buffett dedicated one of his biggest hits, "Margaritaville," to his Louisiana fans.

"We've survived a lot of things here in Margaritaville, Louisiana," Buffett said.

The musician, who wore a gold cap with a fleur-de-lis, also changed lyrics in his popular songs to include shout-outs to South Louisiana places and culture. In "Margaritaville," the lyrics changed in spots to mention "all you Jazz Fest heads covered in oil" and a "Slidell cutie."

Buffett also incorporated New Orleans sounds into his show when he invited piano master Allen Toussaint to join the performance for several songs. Songwriter Jesse Winchester sat in with Toussaint and Buffett as well, performing his own tune, "Rhumba Man." Winchester broke into a fast foot-shuffling dance at several points during the sassy song. Lafayette area guitarist Sonny Landreth also backed Buffett for part of the set.

"Sonny, don't you go anywhere. We got some gumbo to cook up right now," Buffett told the guitarist, to a roar from the crowd, who anticipated their helping of "I Will Play for Gumbo."

Festivalgoers said Buffett sat in during Toussaint's performance, which happened just before Buffett's show on the Acura Stage. The musicians have worked together in the past to raise money for disasters affecting the Gulf Coast.

Buffett did not seem to want today's good times to end. He returned on stage for not one, but two encore songs, including a hardcore island jam that played up the steel drums. He continued picking his guitar and hopping up and down, making a few silly faces at the video camera, as the festival wound down.

"Have a great Jazz Fest!" he shouted.

He certainly seemed to be having one."

Mary said they had a cab driver who would come back to pick them up...like expecting your favorite stripper to come back to you at the end of the night after your money has been spent, that sounds like something that might not happen, but it was good to spend time with these friends.
Eventually we caught a city bus back to Harrahs right next to my hotel for $1.25 each.

Shower, reconnect with Harshal, 9:15 walk across the street to a fine dinner at Morton's, then we head over to

Our new bouncer buddy confirmed Jimmy was already there, and Rob & Mary had heard there was supposed to be a special guest...

That turned out to be Ilo, not Jimmy...

Here in the 2nd level private area you could see Robert, Michael, and Peter. Also up there were Jim Meyer and Nadira.

Jimmy's first child Savannah does a quick introduction.

And then you could see Jimmy! He was sitting and enjoying the band as well.

Playing For Change were an awesome, fun group so it was a great evening, even though it would have been epic to actually get to see perform Jimmy at a Margaritaville Cafe.
And you have to put yourself in a position for it to happen, even though odds are it won't.

Some hurricanes at Pat O's.
Gee, how old are we? It was too sweet to finish, like sugar death in a plastic cup.


View from our room.

Finally get to Johnny's about 1130!

Ohhhh yeah...

Pass the Superdome on the way to the airport.

Southwest #2218 New Orleans 3:10pm to Houston 4:25pm

Here you see the most interesting man in the world...and the guy from that beer commercial.

#104 5pm to AUS 5:45pm

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