Parrotheads expected in droves for Jimmy Buffett's concert at Amway Center this week


The old saying goes that the only sure things in life are death and taxes, but if you grow up in Florida, there's one more inevitability: Jimmy Buffett. From tiki bars to beachside cafés to a Margaritaville-themed retirement community (coming soon to Daytona Beach, natch), the 70-year-old Alabama native's discography has become the de facto soundtrack for the Sunshine State. And it's easy to hear why: Yes, the songs often mention things like boats and margaritas, but beneath that, there's a weariness – an impulse to say "fuck it" and go grab a drink – that resonates with the Floridian mindset. Take the wistful subject of "A Pirate Looks at Forty," who spends the song recapping his life as an "over-40 victim of fate," then concludes with the desperate line "I feel like I've drowned, gonna head uptown." Though his output has ventured dangerously close to self-parody in recent years (see his 2013 duet with Toby Keith, "Too Drunk to Karaoke"), Parrotheads across the state – each masking their inner sadness with a deceptive shell of Hawaiian shirts, leis and nautical hats – are expected to make the journey to see Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band take the stage at Amway Center. Give in. Unwindulax

6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13 | Amway Center, 400 W. Church St. | 407-440-7000 | | $33-$132.50
Location Details Amway Center
400 W. Church St.
Orlando, FL