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  posted on 8/29/2008 at 11:41 AM
Anyone who's been to Jones Beach to see the ABB (or anyone for that matter) knows what a pain in the a$$ the park police are about tailgating. Well, Jimmy flexed his muscle and got the Orwellian society that exists there on concert nights shut down for his show. Read on....


PAVEMENT PARTY
BUFFETT'S FANS LAND ON THEIR ASPHALT
By DAN AQUILANTE
Parrotheads Greg Andriano (left) and Brian Dowling dressed up for Tuesday's show.
Posted: 3:38 am
August 29, 2008

NO shirt, no shoes, no ticket . . . no problem.

The place to hear Jimmy Buffett spin his pirate yarn about letting the good times roll wasn't from the seats inside the Jones Beach amphitheater Tuesday night. It was in the sprawling parking lot with his devoted followers, affectionately known as Parrotheads.

Sure, had you bought a ticket, you could have watched the bald, aging singer work his way through his greatest-hits set, restricted to your seat and unable to buy anything stronger than Pepsi in the dry venue.

The poor, ticketless masses who worked up a sweat dancing to Jimmy B's lusty cover of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" got to quench their thirst with beer that flowed plentifully. And not that I recommend it, but if you happened to be a smoker (which seems to be a Parrothead prerequisite), it was pretty easy to get one toke over the line.

Anybody who knows Jones Beach knows that parking-lot tailgating parties involving alcohol and combustibles are a sure way to get busted by the New York State Park Police. These guys make the "Star Wars" stormtroopers look like sissies.

An off-duty cop named Jimmy - beer in hand, parrot hat on head - explained the hands-off policy to me.

He said that, when Buffett played Jones Beach in 2006, scores of his fans were arrested and fined for public drinking or worse. Buffett supposedly got so many complaints from his legions that he skipped the venue altogether last year. According to Jimmy the cop, Buffett would agree to this gig only if the police's Parrot-hunting policy stopped.

Theater management wouldn't confirm the story, and a park police officer denied looking the other way. Still, at this one show, it seemed safe to party.

Anyone will tell you Buffett is better with a buzz - especially when he steers clear of his country leanings.

But even if you weren't performance-enhanced, you could still appreciate the carnival-like atmosphere, complete with a stilt walker, a neon palm tree lighting the night sky and revelers dressed in costumes.

There were eye-catchers such as the busty pirate girl with an eye patch and parrot on her shoulder, plus plenty of hula boys wearing grass skirts, leis and coconut bras. All were set against a parking lot full of the colorful beaked hats that made the tag Parrothead a literal description of the Buffett faithful.

The sound on the outside was loud and clear. Among the show's top tunes was "Cheeseburger in Paradise," which had the fans inside and out singing backup. The steel drums wafted beautifully in the night air during "Son of a Son of a Sailor" and "A Pirate Looks at Forty."

"Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes," played early, was inspired. As you'd expect, Buffett's signature "Margaritaville" was the night's showstopper - at least to fans on the tarmac.

Jones Beach is missing a trick. Concerts should be free, but they should charge for parking-lot privileges.


 
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  posted on 8/29/2008 at 11:44 AM
Jimmy is a very cool guy. Good job

 

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  posted on 8/29/2008 at 12:19 PM
Good times.
My wife is a hard-core parrothead.
They do like to have phun and party hardy.

Sunny Landreth is a big supporter, as are many of the Muscle-Shoals session players.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2008 at 12:25 PM
This shack is his recording studio in Key West. Located right next to the Conch Republic restaurant.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2008 at 02:47 PM
It is a bull$hit double standard that has been going on at Jones Beach for years. If you get caught with one beer at an ABB show you're getting a ticket, at a Buffet show you can break out a batery powered mixer and start pounding pina coladas and margaritas. I never in my life saw so many out of control drunks as I did the last time I went there for a Buffet show. I guess because they are Jimmy Buffet fans they are less likely to kill someone on the road after the show. What a bunch of cr@p!!!

 

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  posted on 8/29/2008 at 04:21 PM
I go to the beach for a number of concerts a year of different types. Older crowds get less enforcement, younger crowds are heavily enforced. At the ABB concert the only ones I saw get hassled (Big Time) by the Parks Police were underage drinkers. Older folks smart enough to use Red Cups were left alone. Al least where I was. The OAR and John Mayer concerts were VERY heavily policed and even older folks were under the scrutiny of the police. It didn't work well though because there seemed to be a constant stream of ambulances full of kids leaving the venue.

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