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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Parrotheads expected in droves for Jimmy Buffett's concert at Amway Center this week

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 10:46 AM

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The old saying goes that the only sure things in life are death and taxes, but if you grow up in Florida, there's one more inevitability: Jimmy Buffett. From tiki bars to beachside cafés to a Margaritaville-themed retirement community (coming soon to Daytona Beach, natch), the 70-year-old Alabama native's discography has become the de facto soundtrack for the Sunshine State. And it's easy to hear why: Yes, the songs often mention things like boats and margaritas, but beneath that, there's a weariness – an impulse to say "fuck it" and go grab a drink – that resonates with the Floridian mindset. Take the wistful subject of "A Pirate Looks at Forty," who spends the song recapping his life as an "over-40 victim of fate," then concludes with the desperate line "I feel like I've drowned, gonna head uptown." Though his output has ventured dangerously close to self-parody in recent years (see his 2013 duet with Toby Keith, "Too Drunk to Karaoke"), Parrotheads across the state – each masking their inner sadness with a deceptive shell of Hawaiian shirts, leis and nautical hats – are expected to make the journey to see Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band take the stage at Amway Center. Give in. Unwindulax

6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13 | Amway Center, 400 W. Church St. | 407-440-7000 | amwaycenter.com | $33-$132.50

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