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Concert review: Humphreys by the bay in San Diego

Jimmy and the Coral Reefers performed for an intimate crowd at Humphreys by the bay in San Diego on Tuesday, October 18th, for the first time since 1984! The San Diego Union-Tribune pointed out that it was the longest span between performances by any artist in the venue’s 35-year history.

“This feels like working at a big bar,” Buffett said, in between “Last Mango in Paris” and “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” the 18th and 19th selections of his one-hour-and-56-minute concert. “We’re going to do a couple more of these things, where people (will) say: ‘He’s playing where?!’ ”   

The other record Buffett set Tuesday, although impossible to precisely quantify, was the number of “boat people” who listened and watched for free from the marina at the right of the Humphreys stage.

They numbered in the hundreds and appeared to top the amount present for this June’s two Bob Dylan concerts at Humphreys and Stevie Wonder’s 2007 show there. On Tuesday, they stretched back the equivalent of several blocks, with fans in vessels that ranged from canoes and kayaks to schooners and yachts.

“We’re going to send this to all of you out on the boats — here’s a sailing song for you,” Buffett said. He then launched into his fifth selection of the night, the engaging title track to his 1977 album, “Son of a Son of  a Sailor.”

Check out the rest of the article at, including photos from the show!