Grab that lost shaker of salt, because Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band have announced they will return to a long, lost concert venue in 2019: Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas.
Since 2007, Buffett and his trop-rock troupe has played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco nearly every year. Exceptions include a stop in 2012 at the outdoor amphitheater in Fair Park (which is today called Dos Equis Pavilion) and no North Texas show at all in 2018. (In 2014, Buffett also played a special show at Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth, but he made an appearance at Toyota Stadium as well.)
The move from Frisco’s soccer stadium to the amphitheater in Dallas will be controversial among parrotheads. The long-popular Frisco show boasted one of the best tailgating concert venues on Buffett’s summer tour, where flip-flop-wearing fans were allowed to live in RVs outside the stadium for the weekend. The location in Frisco inspired a margarita-fueled party for 36 hours leading up to the concert, one where people dragged boats, stages and games to the parking lot to make the landlocked area feel like a beach.
This year, after a hiatus from North Texas (during which Buffett did a few shows in 2018 opening for the Eagles, though none were in Texas), concert promoter LiveNation announced that he’ll return to the stage in Dallas. The concert will be at 8 p.m. June 8 at Dos Equis Pavilion. President of LiveNation Dallas Anthony Nicolaidis said in a press release he is “thrilled” for the band to return to the venue.
Notably, LiveNation spokesman Matthew Leishman says tailgating and RVs will be allowed during the Buffett concert, though other details weren’t yet available. LiveNation will place more information as the date approaches online.
The concert will be part of Buffett’s Son Of A Son Of A Sailor tour, so named for his late-’70s song that embodies the beach life that Buffett has turned not only into a singing career but also a casino brand (Margaritaville) and a beer (Landshark Lager), among many other business ventures.
Forbes reported in 2016 that Buffett is worth $550 million, making him No. 13 among celebrities in the U.S. at that time. Those Hawaiian shirts and songs about boat drinks have established Buffett’s beach lifestyle as one of the most lucrative brands in music.