Is­land crooner Jimmy Buf­fett has big plans for his gig at Blues­fest, but he says the au­di­ence will have the fi­nal say on what he plays

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - JAVIER ENCALADA

Jimmy Buf­fett has an­nounced his Blues­fest gig will be a big-band ex­trav­a­ganza with spe­cial guests and plenty of hits.

The Mar­gar­i­taville singer is ea­ger to meet again with his Aus­tralian fans, called “par­rot­heads”, as he prom­ises to im­press.

“This is the big band for­ma­tion we tour the US with every year ... it’s gonna be fun and we’re gonna be ready,” he says.

“It’s one show only, so we are go­ing to crank it up.”

Asked how he will get ready for the Blues­fest gig, Buf­fett says he has planned a cou­ple of surf­ing stopovers on the way to Tya­garah.

“I turned 70 last De­cem­ber, so I am go­ing to go to Tavarua in Fiji first, and then af­ter a cou­ple of days at Wat­e­gos in By­ron Bay, I’ll be ready for it.”

Buf­fett says the mu­sic list for the show will be dic­tated by the au­di­ence.

“Peo­ple pay good money to come see us and I’m go­ing to play what they want to hear,” he says.

“That said, there is about 12 to 14 songs that I call the ‘play them or get killed’ songs. In an av­er­age show at a fes­ti­val we do about two hours and 10 min­utes, so that gives us enough time to play the hits, and com­ing Down

Un­der I will have some lit­tle sur­prises for the lo­cal au­di­ence. As a long-time per­former you play for your au­di­ence, not to them.”

Buf­fett says he will prob­a­bly ask Hawai­ian ukulele mas­ter Jake Shimabukuro to join him on stage dur­ing his show.

He’ll also have the chance to ask three-time Grammy win­ner Zac Brown to play

Knee Deep, the song they recorded to­gether in 2010.

“Last time I checked Zac Brown was as much of a shame­less per­former as I am, so I’ll say the chances are very high,” he says. Jimmy Buf­fett, Blues­fest Cross­roads stage, 7.30pm to­mor­row

Amer­i­can mu­sic leg­end Jimmy Buf­fett plays Blues­fest.

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