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Calling All Parrotheads, Land Sharks and Margaritaville Maniacs

March 15, 2012
The Maui Weekly

It's those changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes--nothing remains quite the same," except maybe Jimmy Buffett! On Friday, March 16, Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) welcomes Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band back to Maui.

As part of the 2012 Fin Land Tour, this concert marks the 30th anniversary of Jimmy's first appearance in Hawai'i. The buzz surrounding a Jimmy Buffett concert keeps growing, mostly because, as Jimmy says on his bio, "[the] Margaritaville state of mind is now a state of being."

In 1974 after a budding solo career, Buffett started the Coral Reefer Band and they did some serious touring through 1982 as their hits began to rise on the charts. In 1977, "Changes in Latitude" was released and went to number 12 on the Billboard chart. When "Margaritaville" rose to number eight on the Pop Chart, it secured its place as the definitive Jimmy Buffett song. "Changes in Latitude" was also his first platinum album, selling over one million copies.

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A Jimmy Buffett concert is so much more than a live performance of studio songs.

With Buffett's laid-back charm and natural charisma on stage, a Jimmy Buffett concert develops into much more than a live performance of studio songs. It becomes an event. Vacations are planned around a concert date, marriages are postponed and schedules are totally revamped in order to see a Buffett and Coral Reefer Band appearance. Concert-goers on Maui have been known to walk through the MACC entrance gates wearing parrot beaks, shark fins, or carrying blow-up sharks and whales, and MACC staff have been involved in dropping hundreds of blow-up beach balls around the amphitheater seating. Everyone gets involved in one way or another--you can't help getting caught up in the free-spirit fun that Buffett is renowned for.

In addition to all the favorite hits, Jimmy will also be performing songs from his most recent release, "Encores." This live, acoustic, double CD features 22 of Jimmy's intimate final encore songs recorded in multiple U.S. cities as well as Paris. The compilation is unlike anything he's released before, so Friday's concert is sure to please even the most discerning fans.

Tickets are $59, $89 and $136 (plus applicable fees). Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or go online to Enjoy dining and drinks from a variety of vendors, including Brigit & Bernard's Garden Cafe, Mulligan's On The Blue, Outrigger Pizza, Star Anise Indian Cuisine, Whole Foods Market, Maui Macaroons and the MACC.



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