The Mississippi-born Buffett moved to Key West in the 1970s, where he created his beach-bum persona and blended bits of country/western, rock, and reggae. By the late ’70s, he’d become bona fide pop star. Key West became synonymous with Buffett’s music and themes — from his early hits “Why Don’t We Get Drunk,” “Come Monday,” and “Margaritaville” and others.
His home state certainly appreciates him. Earlier this year, the Florida House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing April 16 as “Jimmy Buffett Day” in appreciation of Buffett’s “charitable efforts, support of the environment, and positive economic impact in the state.”
Buffett’s 2011 Welcome to Fin Land Tour kicked off in April in Tampa. His latest releases include a 10-song digital release titled Volcano: Live and a 22-song acoustic double-album titled Encores.
Tickets go on sale for the concert at 10 a.m. on Sat. Nov. 5 at the coliseum box office, online at ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-745-3000. For more info, visit margaritaville.com and northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com.