There are a few things that make summer special in Cincinnati to some it is the crack of the baseball bat, others Graeter’s for that ice crèam cone, Kings Island’s rides, Coney Island poolside atmosphere, to some the festivals, and others grilling out. However, one cultural institution that makes summertime in Cincinnati so special, it is the yearly Jimmy Buffett visit in which he brings the free-spirited essence of the ocean, the beach, and party here. Monday night represented his 47th live performance to the Queen City.
Concert goers lined the roads leading up to Riverbend, there was tailgating, talking and celebrating as fans know as Parrotheads awaited this special night. These fans were dressed in colorful outfits ranging from Hulu skirts, to parrot, shark and lobster hats. The official beverage of the night was margarita and there was lots of it beening consumed.
Jimmy Buffet and Coral Reefer Band entered the stage as beach balls were tossed throughout the crowd. The packed audience was filled with excitement as the band started with one of their favorite songs, Fins. The crowd's hands were in the air in movement to the song, there was singing and dancing in the aisles that continued during the night. Other favorite tunes played included, Juicy Fruit, One Particular Harbor, A Pirate looks at Forty, He went to Paris, Volcano, It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere, and his theme songs Cheeseburger in Paradise, and Margaritaville. This was a great event were everyone was friends and family for one night of engagement.
Jimmy Buffet in addition to his music has been involved with several projects, businesses and charitable outreaches over the years. He currently has two restaurant chains one called Cheeseburger in Paradise, the other Margaritaville, as well as two minor-league baseball teams. He has written books and children’s stories. Some of his charitable works have been with saving marine life such as his “Save The Manatee Club” to protect the Manatee from extinction, "Surviving the Storm" venture to raise money for victims of four hurricanes that occurred in 2004 in the gulf coast region of the United States. He also held a free concert in July 2010 to get people back to Gulf Shore beaches after the BP spill.
More information on Jimmy Buffet can be obtained on his website: Margaritaville.com more information on other concerts at Riverbend Music is available online at: http://www.riverbend.org/