Jimmy Buffett has one of the most extensive, eccentric, and diversified setlists in pop music history. Not only does the historical everyman have upwards of 25 solo studio albums to his name, but he has an overwhelming number of cover songs in his total palette. More interestingly, his cover material spans nearly the entire scale of musical genres of the greater pop landscape and he randomly throws in an acoustic version of a popular rock hit with no warning.
This makes a Jimmy Buffett setlist rather dense to look through, but there are some patterns in 2015. Buffett brings out a 30 minute acoustic set that acts as the middle portion of the show and plays a handful of deeper album cut originals in an acoustic format. This usually leaves the big hit tracks in their standard rock format. His impressive acoustic rendition of Crosby, Stills, & Nash’s classic, “Southern Cross,” is a showstopper.
From there, Buffett brings out a rather absurd rendition of “Margaritaville,” changing up the verses and demanding a crowd chant. It is the show closer prior the encore.
Buffett brings out covers from the experimental rock artist, Van Morrison, in the rock staple “Brown Eyed Girl,” which appears on nearly every setlist. He also plays with the more traditional folk format of Alan Jackson’s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.” He plays covers from more obscure artists as well, including Crowded Houses’ “Weather With You” and Will Kimbrough’s “Piece of Work.” Kimbrough has been known to appear on stage at select dates as well.
His most recent cover addition is the ever-popular , Zac Brown Band’s “Knee Deep,” to close the encore. The rest of the setlist is rather consistent, with Buffett changing up the ending most often. He may come back onstage and play a quick acoustic rendition of the quaint and simple “Tin Cup Chalice,” but he may also come back to play a massive crowd chanting rendition of Bob Marley and the Wailers immortal tune, “No Woman, No Cry.”
Jimmy Buffett plays about a single original track from a majority of his most popular records, but the setlist is really propelled by the interplay with his cover selection. The below setlist covers the majority of what Buffett will play in 2015 with a few changes expected.
Brown Eyed Girl
Weather With You
Pencil Thin Mustache
Knees of My Heart
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere
Son of a Son of a Sailor
Too Drunk to Karaoke
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Piece of Work
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
A Pirate Looks at Forty
Back Where I Come From
One Particular Harbour
We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About
Imagine One Day
All Night Long (All Night)
No Woman, No Cry / Lovely Cruise
Will I hear any new material?
Jimmy Buffett released the very country oriented Songs from St. Somewhere in 2013. He plays two songs from that album, including the rather silly “Somethin’ Bout a Boat” and the equally straightforward “Too Drunk to Karaoke.” They fit in perfectly with his classic country pop/reggae sound.
How long is a Jimmy Buffett concert?
Jimmy Buffett is known to really bring the heat for upwards of three hours. His 2015 shows are coming to about two and a half hours across 25-30 songs.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Jimmy Buffett’s tour?
The most effective way to obtain Jimmy Buffett presales is through the official website called BuffettWorld. Alternatively, you can look through the American Express platform that offers presales. They are not covering Buffett extensively in 2015, but a few select shows are available.
Who is Jimmy Buffett’s publicist and press contact?
Jimmy Buffett works with HK Management based out of Los Angeles. Because of the size of the firm, only phone contacts are made public. You can reach them at 305-296-9089.
You may have a better chance of getting a prompt response using the contact form on Jimmy Buffett’s official website. You can also email the Jimmy Buffett company known as Margaritaville, at firstname.lastname@example.org , which will certainly spur a solid response.
“Let’s face it: One Jimmy Buffett concert is just like every other. This is praise of the highest order: And if a crowdful of many/mostly gray-haired fans are willing to don Styrofoam fins on their heads, and parade around the streets in coconut bras and grass skirts and many other bizarre forms of pseudo-tropical gear and show up by the hundreds you know he’s doing something right.” – Wanda Adams of Honolulu Pulse
“As a blizzard of confetti fired during a long intro settled, the man who immortalized the margarita took the stage in yellow shorts and a turquoise T-shirt, playing a more than two-hour-long set that often referenced Detroit and balanced singalong hits, new material and album tracks.” – Dustin Blitchok of the Oakland Press
“Jimmy Buffett’s music is the tonic that allows his fans to reclaim their youth, even if it is just for a few hours. Bouncing beach balls, loud flowered shirts, the mass consumption of fruity cocktails all made Tuesday night’s concert in Veterans Memorial Arena a frat party for the over-50 set.” – Dan Macdonald of Jacksonville Florida Times Union
Jimmy Buffett 2013
Tour Opening Acts: Mac McAnally, Will Kimbrough, James Taylor
Started January 31, 2013 in Lake Worth, Florida | Ended December 14, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Jimmy Buffett Welcome to Finland 2012
Tour Opening Acts: Mac McAnally, Zac Brown Band
Started January 16, 2012 in Stanford, Connecticut | Ended November 27, 2012 in Washington, DC
Jimmy Buffett 2011
Tour Opening Acts: Mac McAnally, Kenny Chesney, Jesse Winchester
Started February 18, 2011 in Port Everglades, Florida | Ended October 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Jimmy Buffett Under the Big Top 2010
Tour Opening Acts: Mac McAnally, Ilo Ferreira, Sonny Landreth
Started January 8, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii | Ended December 6, 2010 in Houston, Texas
Jimmy Buffett 2009
Tour Opening Acts: Joe Perry, Mac McAnally
Started February 12, 2009 in Key West, Florida | Ended November 24, 2009 in New York City, New York
Jimmy Buffett 2008
Tour Opening Acts: Mac McAnally, Sonny Landreth
Started April 9, 2008 in Glendale, Arizona | Ended November 8, 2008 in Uncasville, Connecticut
Jimmy Buffett Bama Breeze Tour 2007
Tour Opening Acts: Bill Payne, Sonny Landreth
Started February 3, 2007 in Miami Beach, Florida | Ended November 3, 2007 in Tampa, Florida
Jimmy Buffett Party at the End of the World Tour 2006
Tour Opening Acts: Mac McAnally, Jake Simabukuro
Started April 13, 2006 in Irvine, California | Ended December 22, 2006 in Aspen, Colorado
Jimmy Buffett 2005
Tour Opening Acts: Paul Simon
Started January 11, 2005 in Asheville, North Carolina | Ended December 21, 2005 in Aspen, Colorado
Jimmy Buffett 2004
Tour Opening Acts: Alan Jackson, George Strait
Started Jan 14, 2004 in Middleton, Wisconsin | Ended December 8, 2004 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Jimmy Buffettt’s Far Side of the World 2003
Tour Opening Acts: Mac McAnally, Alan Jackson
Started February 1, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia | Ended December 5, 2003 in Key West, Florida