Of course we all know that Nashville has no coastline. But that's about to change, if only for a few short hours in May. While our readers here at the Cream are a diverse bunch with a wide range of musical tastes, I feel confident in hazarding a guess that our little bloggity blog isn't exactly rife with Parrotheads, or better yet: soldiers of The Buffett Army.
In the event that I'm wrong, I'll go ahead and announce that "legendary" gulf-and-western originator and marketing genius Jimmy Buffet is slated to transform The Sommet Center into a little slice of South Florida when he paddles his way to Nashville on May 1. This according to a press release we received this morning.
As Nashville prepares for the return of the proto-Chesney party singer, one question looms for Middle-Tennessee 'Heads: Will "Why Don't We Get Drunk (and Screw)" return to the big eight? "What's the big eight?" you ask. Why, it's the obligatory eight songs played at every single Buffet show -- with rare exceptions. C'mon, doesn't everybody know that? No? Well, let me bring you up to speed. In 2003 there was a shake-up when "Why Don't We Get Drunk" started being regularly omitted from the set, making room for other Coral Reefer "classics" such as "Son of a Son of a Sailor." The other seven songs on the mighty list include the inevitable "Margaritaville," "Come Monday," "Fins," "Volcano," "A Pirate Looks at Forty," the indelible "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and the 'tuderific "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes."
Buffett's Sommet soiree is part of his 2010 Under the Big Top Tour. Hopes are high that it will blow previous tours out of the water -- tours like the Beach House on the Moon Tour, the Beach Odyssey Tour, the Banana Wind Tour, the Coconut Telegraph Tour, the Last Mango in Paris Tour, the License To Chill Tour, the World Tour of Florida, the Off To See The Lizard Tour and my personal favorite, the Fruitcakes Tour.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster. I'm not yet sure how much they cost, but I'm willing to bet the price of admission is likely in the same neighborhood as a surf-and-turf dinner at one of Buffett's many Margaritaville restaurants. If this announcement has got you marking the shit out of your calendar, then I'll just go ahead and accelerate your joy by announcing that Hank Williams Jr. will also be coming to Sommet Center. His show is scheduled for Apr. 23. If that kind of red-state rabble-rousin' ain't your speed, then you'll probably instead opt to go see Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, who return to The Cannery Ballroom on May 14. Tickets to her show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. right here. They'll probably sell out. So, whether you're a godless hipster hankering for a neo-soul sock-hop, or a gun-toting teabagger ready for some football and a cheeseburger in paradise, I think we can all coalesce and agree that Nashville will party hard this spring.