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Reisman
05-31-2012, 09:43 AM
I saw Jimmy Buffett in concert last night and was pleasantly surprised to see him break out his KoAloha Uke a couple of times. At one point he was playing his and the bass player was playing is UBass too. I thought I would share the phone pic I took of Jimmy.

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BigSkyUkuleleGirl
05-31-2012, 09:52 AM
Cool, what songs did he play? I am looking to get the Koaloha longneck pineapple.

mds725
05-31-2012, 10:04 AM
I'm curious to know which of his songs (or which songs of others that he played) he wanted to play using an ukulele instead of a guitar. Beyond the ukulele-related implications, I really like it when musicians take advantage of the live concert format to tinker with their own songs instead of feeling compelled to sound like the produced record/radio version at concerts, so kudos to Jimmy for that, too.

Reisman
05-31-2012, 10:18 AM
The first song he played with it was "Swinging Hula Man" (??????), and I can't remember the other songs he played on Uke-I was in Margaritaville you know:-)

Brad Bordessa
05-31-2012, 01:40 PM
Jimmy is a brilliant business man. He's managed to bottle a "vibe" in his music - in his case the island relaxed feel. I can't think of anything better to complement that than the 'ukulele. The Parrot-heads must love it.

wconley
05-31-2012, 02:01 PM
The Parrot-heads must love it.

I've been a Jimmy Buffett fan most of my adult life. Never saw him play an ukulele. Now I'm going to find even more of his songs to play -much to the dismay of my wife I'm sure.;)

PoiDog
05-31-2012, 02:05 PM
I'm not a parrot head, but I have enjoyed Buffet on occasion. Still, I don't ever recall Jimmy Buffet and 'ukulele ever used together in the same sentence.

I sure hope this isn't just a case of some performer picking up the uke as the accessory du jour.

I guess I'm just a cynic ...

coolkayaker1
05-31-2012, 03:06 PM
KoAloha. Down one Brittni Paiva, but up a Jimmy Buffett.

mds725
05-31-2012, 06:25 PM
Jimmy Buffett's not new to the ukulele. According to this article (http://archives.starbulletin.com/2005/06/13/features/story2.html)in the Hawaii Star Bulletin on June 13, 2005, On the advice of a member of the Coral Reefer band, Jimmy asked Jake Shimabukuro to sit in with him and his band for a few songs at a performance at the Waikki Shell in April 2005, and then he invited Jake to be the opening act for seven of his concerts later in 2005. I suspect that Buffett has been an ukulele player since then.

Here's Jake telling the story:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVB5N_HQOmo&feature=relmfu

Trinimon
05-31-2012, 07:15 PM
That's awesome! I've been to a few Jimmy Buffett concerts when he's in Toronto and I've never seen him bring out the uke. There certainly isn't any shortage of fun at a Jimmy Buffett concert, that's for sure! Gotta luv it! :)

Jake's story on him meeting/playing with Jimmy Buffett was awesome!

mm stan
05-31-2012, 08:20 PM
Thank you for sharing...must have been a margarita night..

Uke Whisperer
06-01-2012, 04:47 AM
He's been playing uke for a long time. I saw him playing it outside of Washington DC back in 1990 or 1991.

Check-out this of him playing uke in informal setting.

http://www.margaritaville.com/videos.html?ma_id=2&mc_id=536

BigSkyUkuleleGirl
06-01-2012, 05:06 AM
I would think Jimmy Buffet and a ukulele go together like PB & J.....it just works!! I play a few of his tunes on the uke and he has been seen on stage with Jake S. in the past. I want his Koaloha tho'.

SailingUke
06-01-2012, 05:08 AM
Here's a bunch of Buffet songs all arranged for the ukulele.
http://www.amazon.com/Uke-An-Play-Jimmy-Buffett/dp/0739076108/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1338563265&sr=1-1-catcorr

mds725
06-01-2012, 10:28 AM
He's been playing uke for a long time. I saw him playing it outside of Washington DC back in 1990 or 1991.

Check-out this of him playing uke in informal setting.

http://www.margaritaville.com/videos.html?ma_id=2&mc_id=536

Ha ha ... Jimmy says "Eat your heart out, Jake" at 2:40.

Trinimon
06-01-2012, 10:52 AM
^^^ LOL, awesome.

Christie
06-02-2012, 07:08 PM
So glad he has something nicer to play than what he is photographed with on the Uke'can Play Jimmy Buffett cover!

Reisman
06-24-2012, 03:41 PM
Just ran across a video of one of the songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqrjSj_GyqE

wconley
06-24-2012, 04:01 PM
I would think Jimmy Buffet and a ukulele go together like PB & J.....it just works!! I play a few of his tunes on the uke and he has been seen on stage with Jake S. in the past. I want his Koaloha tho'.

A couple of years ago, Jake openned for Jimmy's tour so technically, Jake was seen on stage with Jimmy. At a recent concert he thanked Jimmy for the opportunity.