***First, a bit of blog-keeping: The winners of the tickets to Vintage Ohio have been chosen via random.org. Congrats to Lola Hu and Melange! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your addresses and I will mail you the tickets. Thanks to the Lake County Ohio Visitor’s Bureau for sponsoring this giveaway!***
Last night, I got to cross something off my “bucket list.” And I don’t mean my blog-olutions list. I mean my real-life, always-wanted-to-do-this bucket list. Yup, attending a Jimmy Buffett concert was on my bucket list. Go ahead, I’ll give you a minute to judge that however you want. OK, moving on… The last time Jimmy Buffett played in Cleveland was 2004. That summer, I wasn’t living in Cleveland and I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed for Buffett’s return to Blossom for a long time now.
Our evening started with tacos and margaritas at Johnny Mango World Cafe.
It was Taco Tuesday, which meant $1 beef or bean tacos. The tacos were basic (beef or beans, lettuce, tomato, and cheese), but good. They came up fast and provided a cheap, quick bite before the concert. We spent as much on drinks as on tacos, but who can resist watermelon margaritas?! These were the special of the day and I highly recommend them – sweet, summery, and refreshing!
After dinner, CLEguy and I trekked down to Blossom to meet up with a whole group of CLEfriends. We got to take in some of the all-day tailgaters while walking into the concert.
From grass skirts and coconut bras (on the men) to hats with stuffed sharks and margarita glasses, the people watching at the concert was one of the best parts of the evening!
The concert was sold-out and I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen such a sea of people at Blossom. Before the concert started, there was plenty of fun with beach balls, Landshark beer, and Bob Marley music. The entire lawn was covered with people by the time Jimmy Buffett took the stage. Buffett told the crowd that Blossom was the first venue of that size that he and the Coral Reefer Band sold out in the U.S.
I think we can be so sun-deprived in CLE that any beach and vacation-themed music is even more popular here!
Toward the end of the concert, Buffett covered a Mac McAnally song called “Back Where I Come From.” This has been a favorite song of mine for a long time. And when the song was mixed with images of CLE on the big screens…wow! It was such a great reminder of how happy I am to be in CLE and to be crossing something off my bucket list surrounded by CLEguy and my amazing CLEfriends.
I make it a point to say, that’s where I come from. Back where I come from, where I’ll be when it’s said and done. I’m proud as anyone, that’s where I come from. ~Mac McAnally