Jimmy Buffett maps summer tour plans

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Snow is on the ground but the summer concert season is just a few short months away. Perennial summertime favorite Jimmy Buffet revealed plans earlier this week for his annual summer tour. The “Under The Big Top” tour will stop at the Comcast Center in Mansfield for shows on Thursday, June 17 and Saturday, June 15. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $36 to $136, go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. though Live Nation. There is a six ticket limit per customer.

Buffett is touring in support of his latest release, Buffet Hotel. The new album, his 28th studio effort and first since 2006, was released last December through the singer’s own label Mailboat Records. The title track has a strong West African influence and was conceived during a trip to the “Festival In The Desert,” a music festival that takes place annually near Timbuktu, Mali. “It was one of the best musical experiences of my life,” said Buffett in a press release. It was there that he ran across the Buffet Hotel, an old colonial era train station/hotel where the music scene flourished in Mali after its independence in 1960. Parrotheads may recall three of the new tunes from last year’s tour: “Summerzcool,” which became the 2009 tour name; “A Lot To Drink About,” a commentary on current events; and “Surfing In A Hurricane,” the first surf song Buffett has ever written.

Buffett is also gearing up for the release of Encores, a new live acoustic album that will be comprised of the intimate final encore songs at the of each concert, many solo, and some with band members or special guests. No exact release date has been set but fans can expect Encores to drop in stores this April.

 

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