Parrotheads Flock To L.A. Trop/Rock Show
The fins were up, the feathers were out and the tiki bars were set up at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater for the return of Jimmy Buffett to a Saturday concert in Los Angeles.
Buffett concerts are The World’s Greatest Single-Day Party and Irivne is among the best venues for Parrotheads on the tour. That’s because it has a massive parking lot and on Oct, 24, the Parrotheads flocked in RVs, motorhomes and buses. Buffett has not played Irivne in a Saturday in about a decade.
PubClub.com was there, too, on our own party bus.
Tiki Bars In Paradise
There were about seven rows of partying Parrotheads who set up pop-up tiki bars, motorcycle-powered blender, lots and lots of “fin spins” for girls to win things like free shots, people doing keg stands and a long board of shot glasses raised in unison.
There was even a band.
Dressed in tropical attire with Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts and cloth hats in the shape of shark fins, parrots and cheeseburgers, the Parrotheads were all laughing, smiling dancing and having a great time. That’s the way it is at Buffett shows -– there’s nothing but laughter and good times; it’s a very upbeat, positive, happy crowd.
PubClub.com was – once again – interviewed by Art Mann of Art Mann Presents, so look for a report on the tailgate party on an upcoming show.
While Irvine officials didn’t open the parking lot until 4 for the concert – causing a massive traffic jam with vehicles waiting up to 45 minutes to enter – the Parrotheads responded in typical party style. Irvine seems to go out of its way to take the fun out of this show but the Parrotheads have fun anyway.
In fact, it was amazing how quickly they set up their portable bars and how quickly the party got going; it seemed like mere moments after parking.
As far as the concert, well Jimmy and Coral Reefer band continued to make it a party. They played the typical songs – “Margaritaville,” “Fins,”A Pirate Looks at 40,” “Volcano – and Jimmy ended the evening with a solo encore.
The backdrop to the band on what ended the Workin’ n’ Playin’ Tour was sensational: scenes of beaches, water, boat (Catalina harbor got a big response from the crowd) and the old Seven-Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys.
All in all, it was another night of “stories we could tell,” and another fun Fins Up-filled Buffett show.