B stands for Jimmy Buffett and Jones Beach, and there's no better combo for the ultimate summer party and this year's "Songs From St. Somewhere" tour.
A Brown Eyed Girl intro gave way to the dramatic blowing of conch shells to introduce Kinja, after which Buffett celebrated "Long Islanders who got through (superstorm) Sandy and know how to party" with Landfall, earning overwhelming gratitude from nearly 15,000 onlookers in the second of two-sold out shows.
Buffett immediately became a kindred spirit, but then again, that's his gift no matter where he plays. Add the tropical stage décor and breathtakingly beautiful HD backdrops of sailboats, beaches and sunsets and you're immediately whisked away to St. Somewhere.
This tour and his new album (released Aug. 20) of the same name have finally taken Buffett to St. Somewhere, the title coming from the lyrics of Boat Drinks ("I've got to fly to Saint Somewhere"), and according to Buffett, "it's been a party for 40 years."
Buffett put out a healthy sampling from this summer's CD, including Tides (his first time playing this live and done precisely when high tide was approaching at 9:11 p.m.), Too Drunk To Karaoke (which he co-wrote for Toby Keith) and Somethin' 'Bout A Boat. He incorporated Lionel Richie's All Night Long (All Night) into the show for an added party kick and Mac McAnally dueted with Buffett on stage for It's Five O' Clock Somewhere and his self-penned The City.
Longtime Buffet faves like, Boat Drinks, Crowded House's Weather With You, Cheeseburger In Paradise, Volcano, Crosby, Stills and Nash's Southern Cross (a Buffett concert staple), A Pirate Looks At Forty and One Particular Harbour flowed in abundance, and allowed the audience to sing along and have a blast. Of course the crowd participated during Fins.
The encore consisted of Zac Brown Band's Knee Deep (in which Buffett is featured) and Margaritaville, which included an extra verse about his real-life 2011 fall in Australia, and the resulting acupuncture, sake and physical therapy in Hawaii. The second encore had Buffett soloing with Tin Cup Chalice and basking in the glow of the audience.
A Buffett show is a fun-infused escape, a vacation from the ordinary, even if it's just for a few hours. It's a chance to revel in music you know and love to sing along with, as well as experience Buffett's ever-evolving music catalogue. He takes you to this magical place and no matter what the latitudes or attitudes are around you, you take his positive energy with you.