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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band (MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas; 13,000 seats; $ 150 top) Presented by Fey Concerts in association with the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino. Band: Mike Utley, Greg "Fingers" Taylor, Robert Greenidge, Ralph MacDonald, Mac McAnally, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer, Jim Mayer, Amy Lee, John Lovell, Thom Mitchell, Claudia Cummings, Tina Gullickson, Nadira Shakoor. Reviewed Oct. 5, 1996. In a well-paced show with few surprises, Jimmy Buffett provided a near-perfect Saturday night bash for a crowd diverse in age but committed to the partying principles of the mythical Conch Republic. He led a 13 ,000-voice singalong through "Fins," "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Margaritaville" and others, as the playlist consisted of nonstop Parrot Head favorites. The balding, soon-to-be-50 Buffett knows what his audience expects, and he delivers with more energy than would be expected as the four-month tour winds down. With a Floridascape as a backdrop, Buffett informed the crowd, "Our job is to prolong the summer as long as possible." The harmonies were hot, the steel drums festive, and the guitars, horns and rhythm section spirited. Mac McAnally, in particular, provided a pleasing vocal balance to the rowdy Buffett when he was given his turns in the spotlight, and the Coral Reefers' harmonies were sometimes downright beautiful. At times, however, Buffett and his 14 beach buddies' instruments sounded tinny and muddy, even shrill. Buffett sang a few numbers from his most recent album, "Banana Wind," including "Jamaica Mistaica," an account of an incident in which his seaplane was mistaken for a drug-smuggling aircraft. But nothing was offered from "Don't Stop the Carnival," his musical collaboration with author Herman Wouk that is expected to open in Miami next spring. The music was augmented by video tours of the Las Vegas Strip , with many sites fitting in nicely with song themes most notably the Mirage volcano eruption during "Volcano." And a 15-minute "halftime" video gave the audience some insights into how Buffett spends his time between tours. This summer's Caribbean-based sojourn sails into its final port at Irvine Meadows on Friday and Saturday. David Rush

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band (MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas; 13,000 seats; $ 150 top) Presented by Fey Concerts in association with the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino. Band: Mike Utley, Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Robert Greenidge, Ralph MacDonald, Mac McAnally, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer, Jim Mayer, Amy Lee, John Lovell, Thom Mitchell, Claudia Cummings, Tina Gullickson, Nadira Shakoor. Reviewed Oct. 5, 1996. In a well-paced show with few surprises, Jimmy Buffett provided a near-perfect Saturday night bash for a crowd diverse in age but committed to the partying principles of the mythical Conch Republic. He led a 13 ,000-voice singalong through “Fins,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Margaritaville” and others, as the playlist consisted of nonstop Parrot Head favorites. The balding, soon-to-be-50 Buffett knows what his audience expects, and he delivers with more energy than would be expected as the four-month tour winds down. With a Floridascape as a backdrop, Buffett informed the crowd, “Our job is to prolong the summer as long as possible.” The harmonies were hot, the steel drums festive, and the guitars, horns and rhythm section spirited. Mac McAnally, in particular, provided a pleasing vocal balance to the rowdy Buffett when he was given his turns in the spotlight, and the Coral Reefers’ harmonies were sometimes downright beautiful. At times, however, Buffett and his 14 beach buddies’ instruments sounded tinny and muddy, even shrill. Buffett sang a few numbers from his most recent album, “Banana Wind,” including “Jamaica Mistaica,” an account of an incident in which his seaplane was mistaken for a drug-smuggling aircraft. But nothing was offered from “Don’t Stop the Carnival,” his musical collaboration with author Herman Wouk that is expected to open in Miami next spring. The music was augmented by video tours of the Las Vegas Strip , with many sites fitting in nicely with song themes most notably the Mirage volcano eruption during “Volcano.” And a 15-minute “halftime” video gave the audience some insights into how Buffett spends his time between tours. This summer’s Caribbean-based sojourn sails into its final port at Irvine Meadows on Friday and Saturday. David Rush

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

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