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Story and photos by Terry MayerWhat better way to start off the first weekend of summer then with a beach party and who better to head up the party, but the big kahuna himself Jimmy Buffett and his forty thousand partying parrotheads at Alpine Valley?
"Welcome To Fin Land" signs greeted their favorite guest as they entered the gates with their passports (tickets) to the tropical isles tightly in hand. Jimmy got the Tour of Fin Land started with the atmospheric "The Wino and I Know," the classic Van Morrison "Brown Eyed Girl" and the spunky "Off to See the Lizard." The parrotheads were ecstatic in their amphi-aviary as Buffett sat on his perch and continued the breezy fun night with "Ragtop Day," "Its Five O'Clock Somewhere," "Changes in Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes" and then treated all to jaunty "The Great Filling Station Holdup" from his 1973 album A White Sport Coast & A Pink Crustacean.
Buffett was having fun (as his perpetual smile helped light the stage) that cemented the camaraderie between the Coral Reefers and their fans. Midway through the Fin Land trip were the stronghold songs "Cheeseburger In Paradise" and "One Particular Harbor" and then the wonderful "Use Me" which featured some awesome vocals from Nadirah. Other stops in Fin Land featured a world Coral Reefer debut of "Knee Deep" along with "Volcano" and a not so lost verse of "Margaritaville."
As the night on the "beach" was winding down, Buffett segwayed into "Southern Cross" and "Scarlet Begonias." Then finishing off the fun with "Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season." Buffett at Alpine is a sure bet, its much more then just the show, in fact the show might even be secondary to the experience of partying with fellow Parrotheads in the vast parking lots before and after the show.
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