Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Concert!

Well, last night was the concert. We had a great time. We rode the Waikiki shopping trolley down about half way to the venue and then we got out walked around, ate a snack and then made our way to the Waikiki Shell. We had to stand in line to get in, but it moved pretty quickly. There were parrotheads and fins everywhere! Our tickets actually turned out to be really good. The place wasn't huge, so all seats were pretty good...even the lawn.
Jimmy did a great job. He said that it was his 30th year playing in Honolulu and that he wasn't going anywhere...he plans for the same time and same place next year. We may have to go again.
He had actually played a concert on Maui, Feb. 24th. There were people in line with us who had been to the Maui concert and came to this one as well...obviously big fans!
We got to hear some not so familiar songs and then of course, all of the classics. Margaritaville, Son of a Sailor, Fins, Changes in Latitude, etc.
One of the backup singers actually took over and sang a song...and there were some local musicians playing as well. Jake Shimabukuro,( www.jakeshimabukuro.com ) , playing ukelele & Henry Kapono ( http://henrykapono.com/home.asp ), who sang and played guitar. They are very well known here and all over the world. They were awesome! During intermission, Jake played "As My Guitar Gently Weeps" (on the ukelele) with accompaniment by the Coral Reefer Band's steel drummer. Very good! And then one of the last songs played was a song called "Duke's on Sunday". Duke's is a local restaurant/bar on Waikiki Beach. Jimmy sang back-up for Henry on this song.
Standing in line for the bathrooms, I made a new friend. A girl standing next to me started talking about how long the lines were and we chatted a bit. She asked where I was from and I said KY. I think she must have known it was somewhere around there because she is from KY too and recognized the accent. She is from Western KY, but lives here now. Her husband is from here and is now deployed to Kuwait. We exchanged numbers and hopefully I will get to see her again.
After the concert, Jason and I made the long, long walk home. We felt too cheap to spring for a taxi...:-) I thought my feet were going to fall off and then it started raining. My pedometer tracked over 16,000 steps for our day! Needless to say, we are both dragging today.

3 comments:

Cindy S. said...

Yay for Jimmy Buffett and new friends :)

Brooke 2 said...

that sounds so fun!! And good exercise!

Allyson said...

I absolutely cannot think of a more fun and festive place to attend a JB concert than Hawaii!! So way better than Riverbend!