Thursday, April 18

Jimmy Buffett Sings in Indianapolis While Lulu Buffett Serves Up Fun and Food in Gulf Shores, Alabama

JIMMY BUFFETT AND THE CORAL REEFER BAND
"Songs from St. Somewhere" Tour 2013
Thursday - June 27 - 8 pm

In a 2013 summer concert lineup heavy in country artists, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band is one of few standing out at Klipsch Music Center for alternate options. For one performance, Buffett will take the stage, Thursday, June 27, as part of his “Songs From St. Somewhere” Tour 2013.

The artist will be back in the studio to record a new album, tentatively titled "Songs from St. Somewhere," to be released on Mailboat Records. Last summer the Margaritaville singer-songwriter released a new CD/DVD on Mailboat Records called "Welcome To Fin City," which was recorded during two Las Vegas concerts.
Having not been to a Buffett concert as of this date, my curiosity is piqued. Perhaps mostly because others crow about the fun and I dined at his sister's restaurant recently in Gulf Shores, AL. Fans may have known the touring party guy has a sister, but it was news to me.

The happening spot, called Lulu's, (www.LuluBuffett.com) is a restaurant, live music venue, gift shop and bar all rolled into one, giant party-atmosphere adult and child play land of sorts. Although I attempt to keep an open mind when reviewing all the various restaurants I review, patterns do form and generally tourist town food offerings are not the strongest point at "fun palaces." However...Lulu's is one of the exceptions. In fact, the food was outright phenomenal rising high above expectations.

What's the best food to order from the menu?

Easy ~ seafood. You are in a Gulf Shores beach town after all.

First off, a must-try are crab claws. They are fresh, blue claws and you will want them fried.

Yes, fried ~ you're on vacation and calories don't count, right? Besides, and you can trust me on this one, you will be in the Gulf's water swimming, kayaking and playing so much you will absolutely burn off any calories you might accidentally pick up. This is the first travel-writing trip ever where I arrived home weighing less than before I went ~ by four pounds, to be exact. Also get the oysters (fried) and the fried green tomatoes.

One other must-get... smoked tuna dip served with various dippers. Once you try smoked tuna dip, you will look for it on menus all over town.

Lulu's exemplifies the very essence of Gulf Shores attitude, which is: Have fun! Whether playing sand volleyball, hollering at friends sitting nearby or dancing the night away to the live music entertainment, it is difficult to not let the waves of happiness and relaxation wash right over you, sweeping your troubles right on out with the tide.

Having visited his sister's jumping joint, it is only fitting to now visit the one who started the whole idea that hanging out and having fun past the age of 30 is perfectly okay. If I make Jimmy Buffett's concert, you will be able to catch the review right back here.

Tickets: Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, (800) 745-3000.
Buffett images: Provided by Klipsch
Lulu's images: Izzy Evans & Elizabeth J. Musgrave

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, an in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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