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Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2006 2:57 pm | Updated: 5:10 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

They sound like something out of a Roger Corman horror flick from the ’50s. They are known as “Heads,” those ardent fans of bands like the Grateful Dead (Deadheads), Phish (Phishheads) and Dave Matthews Band (Daveheads).

Locally, we have the Peaceheads, fans of Tempe's Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers.

But while what you need to fit in with Deadheads (tie-dyed shirt, funky brownies), Daveheads (shorts, T-shirt) or Peaceheads (straw cowboy hat, petroglyph medallion) is pretty simple, fitting in with the Parrotheads, those wacky Jimmy Buffett “PHanatics,” requires a lot more to blend in with the “PHlock.”

Here is Get Out's guide for everything you need to hit Jimmy Buffett's show Tuesday.


No real Parrothead just shows up for the concert. Here is what you need for the huge party in the parking lot before the show.

Buffett CD

You want to get the party started by cranking up some Buffett on a boom box. The king Parrothead has released countless albums since his official debut record in 1973, but a greatest hits disc is perfect for setting a mellow vibe in the parking lot.

Grill and charcoal

You'll be cooking over an open fire. A portable grill and a bag of Kingsford is a must.

Cheeseburger fixins

Listen to Buffett's “Cheeseburger in Paradise” for the necessary ingredients to make your own cheeseburger in paradise (even though you'll be soaking up the rays in the Cricket Pavilion parking lot). “I like mine with lettuce and tomato.”

Cooler and ice

If you forget everything else, remember this. It is, after all, a Buffett show.

Corona and limes

Nondrinkers can substitute soda, but beer is a staple among Parrotheads. Any Mexican beer will do, but Corona was the first sponsor on a Buffett tour, so Corona, with limes, it is.

Tequila and margarita mix

Buffett has his own line of “Margaritaville” tequila and marg mix. Support the home team.

Aspirin, coffee and ice bag

Many Parrotheads tend to party hard in the parking lot and end up sleeping it off in the bed of a pickup during the show. Revive with aspirin and coffee and stop the pounding head with some ice, then enjoy the show.


There is no more colorful group of fans than Parrotheads. Here's what you need to wear, most of which can be ordered from parrotfanalia.com.

Margaritaville flip-flops

You don't want to step on a pop top, blow out your flip-flop, so Jimmy makes a sturdy brand of sandal guaranteed to withstand even the feistiest of Corona bottle caps. Available on margaritaville.com.

Grass skirt

Hey fellas, nobody's going to laugh at you for wearing a grass skirt at Buffett show, but you might get laughed at if you don't. Channel your inner hula dancer.

Aloha shirt

The louder the better. If you don't have a good Aloha shirt, you can score a Buffett-approved one on margaritaville.com. Or at any thrift store in the Valley.

Buffett-themed T-shirt

If an Aloha shirt is too dressy, score yourself a colorful Caribbean Soul, Buffett song-themed T-shirt.


Wear to start? Get yourself everything from parrot hats to felt shark hats (phins up!) to a cheeseburger hat to parrot sunglasses. Seriously.

>>Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band perform 7 p.m. Tuesday, April

>>18, at Cricket Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $36-$126. (602)

>>254-7200 or cricket-pavilion.com

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