Jimmy Buffett’s Island Party in Phoenix

Party goers and music fans from around Valley united on Thursday for the biggest beach party downtown Phoenix has ever seen.  Wait a minute, a beach party in Phoenix!?  The only occasion that could bring a party that shuts down the city is Jimmy Buffett’s Songs from St. Somewhere Tour.

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The high-rise concrete jungle of downtown Phoenix’s US Airways was transformed into an exotic island party crazy enough to please even the most devout parrothead.


Special thanks to the Arizona Bird Store in Mesa.  Click here to find out more about the birds you saw at the Jimmy Buffett pre-party. 

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With a pre-show party that lasted all day from noon until concert time, we’re guessing some concert fans partied too hard to even make it into the concert.  The party shifted from the street to the plaza closer to show time, where local band and winners of the KOOL FM Battle of the Bands, Johnny Anonymous rocked the rowdy crowd with a pre-show performance.

Inside, the arena was filled with fans whose cheers and excitement were undoubtedly fueled by island fever, and Buffett seemed just as excited when him and his Coral Reefer Band came on stage around 8 p.m.  Buffett, famous for his tropical sounding tunes, made the crowded arena seem like an intimate island escape.  Buffett cheerfully crooned all the famous tropical getaway anthems like “Margaritaville,” “Fins,” and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” as the crowd danced and sang along.   Buffett continued the high-energy concert as he interacted with the audience and even covered other famous classic rock artists.

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Thursday was declared Jimmy Buffett Day!

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In the photo from left to right: Jason Rowley, Suns Team President, Mr. Buffett, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Ralph Marchetta, GM of US Airways Center

Buffett started his music career as a country artist in Nashville in the early 1970’s.  The country music vibe switched to a laid-back beach bum vibe after he moved to Key West, where he then released a series of albums that will make any listener reminisce on a day at the beach with a cold beer in hand. This relaxed attitude has become his signature sound ever since.  After releasing over 20 albums and almost 40 tours, it’s obvious that Buffett will do anything to keep the parrotheads happy.

Jimmy Buffett KOOL Pre-Party [photo by Randall Tyree] (4)

As an artist who is more famous for his tours than his album sales, it was a guarantee that the Songs from St. Somewhere Tour would not disappoint.  We also know any tour sponsored by Landshark Lager and Margartitaville Tequila is sure to be a party that lasts until the morning after the concert.  We’re willing to guess some parrotheads took a sick day at work this Friday.

Megan Miller, CBS Intern


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