First Jimmy Buffett announced a concert in Austin. Houston next. Then no more Texas show announcements for about three weeks. I thought the Parrotheads in North Texas might pack up and move to Finland.
But no, the surfer-singer is officially headed to Frisco again this year, home of what’s considered one of the best tailgates each year on the Jimmy Buffett tour. The show is June 21 at Toyota Stadium (formerly FC Dallas Stadium, formerly Pizza Hut Park.)
John Fogerty is the opening act.
This year marks the second in a row for a Frisco-based concert, as the Coral Reefer Band took a detour to Dallas in 2012. That didn’t work out so well, according to most Parrotheads we interviewed, and by 2013 the show had returned to Frisco.
If the 2014 concert in Frisco mirrors past events, expect a weekend-long RV parking lot party, where concertgoers in board shorts and grass skirts flip and flop in land-locked Frisco. There’ll be margaritas, flying Jell-O shots and searches for that lost shaker of salt.
Serious Parrothead Ron McKay already booked hotel rooms at the Inn at Stonebriar even before he was sure of the June 21 concert date, he said. The Frisco show will be his 14th Buffett concert. He already has big plans for the weekend:
“Plans are to party with a purpose,” he explained via email. “We will begin the party as soon as the date is announced — that’s a reason enough all by itself. [Then] start gathering the essential ingredients for the event: blender, ice — and lots of it — salt, salt, salt, rum, kiddie pool/sand, portable tiki bar, margarita mix. Usually the tailgating will begin as soon as the gates are open.”
Information about whether golf carts will be allowed or when gates will open for eager tailgaters is not yet available. Ticket prices also have not yet been announced, though they go on sale at 10 a.m. March 7.
Palm Beach, Florida (February 18, 2014) – It was a celebrity filled night with host Katie Couric, honorary chair, Michael Keaton, and special musical guests; Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett performing for a crowd of more than 800 at the ninth annual ForEverglades Benefit held at The Breakers on February 15.
With record attendance and selling out weeks in advance, the 9th Annual ForEverglades Benefit celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Everglades Foundation shattering its goal of raising more than $2 million dollars for the restoration and protection of America’s Everglades.
The evening began with cocktails for the blue jeans and boots clad guests followed by dinner in the Ponce de Leon ballroom decorated with a tropical setting befitting of America’s Everglades. Guests enjoyed a Southern feast inspired by Zac Brown Band’s own Southern Ground recipes. Legendary journalist and television host Katie Couric emceed the event which featured a special video celebrating the Everglades Foundation’s 20th Anniversary.
Couric, who frequently tweeted about the event to her more than 1 million Twitter followers, introduced Everglades Foundation CEO, Eric Eikenberg. He spoke to the crowd about the importance of the restoring and protecting America’s Everglades – an international treasure. Eikenberg also reminded the crowd that the Everglades provides the drinking water for more than seven million Floridians and millions of visitors.
After dinner, author and Everglades champion Carl Hiaasen took the stage to present the Everglades Advocacy Award to actor and advocate Michael Keaton for his exemplary work in furthering conservation, protection and restoration of America’s waterways. Keaton spoke eloquently of the importance of restoring America’s Everglades to ensure the long-term health of Florida’s residents, ecosystems and economy.
Everglades Foundation Chairman Paul Tudor Jones II, thanked guests for their continuing support of the Foundation and America’s Everglades. “Its environment has been threatened with collapse and we need your help to protect and restore it,” said Jones.
Jones noted that because of the Foundation’s efforts restoration of America’s Everglades is winning renewed support in Tallahassee and Washington from both Republicans and Democrats. “We’re seeing progress but we still have a great deal of work to do,” said Jones.
ForEverglades featured a special silent auction with bids entered via email for exciting adventure trips to Africa, Argentina, Costa Rica, Islamorada and even a swamp buggy ride into the heart of the Everglades.
Guests rushed forward when Grammy winning Zac Brown Band – Zac Brown, Jimmy De Martini, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowles, Chris Fryar, Clay Cook, Matt Mangano and Daniel de los Reyes took the stage. Then midway through the band’s set, Zac Brown Band surprised the crowd by bringing Jimmy Buffett onstage.
It was a rare opportunity to hear two of the best musical performers today play together. The result was sensational. Guests sung and danced to tunes such as Where the Boat Leaves From, Volcano, A Pirate Looks at 40, Toes, Free/Into the Mystic and Margaritaville.
Notables in attendance included, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fl.), U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fl.), State Sen. Joe Negron (R-Stuart), State Sen. Wilton Simpson, (R-New Port Richey), House Minority Leader Mark Pafford (D-West Palm Beach), State Rep. Amanda Murphy (D-New Port Richey), and State Rep. Jamie Grant (R-Tampa).
ForEverglades Benefit raises money to support the science, communications, advocacy, education and legal programs of the Everglades Foundation — all geared to protecting and restoring America’s Everglades. The board of directors supports all of the Foundation’s administrative and fundraising expenses, allowing 100% of the money raised at the benefit to directly support these programs.
Jimmy Buffett will be the biggest concert events to play at Bethel Woods this year and has been one of the most requested artists from our patrons,” said Darlene Fedun, Chief Executive Officer of Bethel Woods, a not-for-profit cultural organization. “Jimmy Buffett is an icon in the music world, and we are honored to have him perform for the first time at the historically significant site of the Woodstock festival.
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