The last time I checked, Key West was still somewhere down in Florida and its sandy beaches and tropical trees hadn't been moved. The same goes for all the little shacks on the beach serving drinks and cracked crab, or the juke joints along the highway that play music well into the night and serve Margaritas so cold that your teeth chatter when you drink them.
New Orleans is still on the Gulf Coast, staggering to her feet after the latest barrage that the storms of the ocean threw at her last hurricane season. In fact from what I hear, they managed to start up the parades again and some of the music is now going strong. I'm sure the same wasn't true over Labor Day Weekend of 2005, which could explain why it might have seemed that the sand and surf beach culture of the Gulf Coast had moved up into the Midwest.
It takes a lot more than wishful thinking to turn the beaches of Lake Michigan into oceanfront property near the Everglades, and there can be no disguising the fact that Chicago is not Key West. The pace is a whole lot different, there is quite a bit more concrete, glass and steel in attendance, and you sure won't find many people in the Keys selling pork belly futures. Cooking a whole pig over a roaring fire on the beach, drinking beer, and dancing under the stars is much more likely.
But once in a while things can seem a whole lot different from their reality, and for 84,000 people over the course of the Labor Day weekend in 2005, that was the case. Wrigley Field in Chicago was not only home to a night game preceded by a matinee that featured only one team, it was also the first time ever that a live concert was performed in the confines of that ball park.
The original beach bum and pirate from the Gulf Coast, Jimmy Buffett and his batting order, The Coral Reefers, showed up with sand in their flip-flops and partying on their mind. Now almost a year later, the good folk at Mailboat Records have released a double disc DVD of the show - Jimmy Buffett Live At Wrigley Field. Not only is it a memento of a special occasion, it also marks the first ever release of a full-length Jimmy Buffett concert on DVD.