Jana Meikle came from Idaho Falls for her first Jimmy Buffett concert. She made the Mr. Potato Head in honor of the occasion. "It's got five songs in here," she says.
Indoor concert or not, Parrotheads turned out in force Thursday to pre-party in honor of Jimmy Buffett’s first-ever stop in the Treasure Valley. It looked like a game day by early afternoon in the parking lot outside Bronco Stadium, where RVs and canopies crowded into a miniature not-quite-tropical paradise. (Brrrrrr!)
The concert by Buffett and His Coral Reefer Band didn’t begin until 8 p.m., so revelers had plenty of time to show off their grass skirts, coconut-shell bikini tops and tequila-ingesting skills.
Were you there? How were the festivities? What was your opinion of the concert itself? (Assuming you remember.) How was the sound — and vibe — inside Taco Bell Arena? Feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments section.
Idaho Statesman photographer Katherine Jones took some fun photos of Parrotheads. View the entire gallery here.
Ten-year-old Reagan Cox, 10, and her dad, Doug Cox, drove from Pullman, Wash., through the snow, to Boise's Jimmy Buffett show. They also took in a show in Seattle on Tuesday. Reagan says she's been a Parrothead for 10 years, "since (I) was born." They got the license plates when they lived in Twin Falls years ago.
Cindy Wade is no novice to Jimmy Buffett concerts. "This is like my 31st," she laughs. She learned to blow a conch shell just for Boise's pre-concert party in the parking lot. She took in a show in Las Vegas last Saturday, too. "A true-blue parrot," teases a friend.