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Jimmy Buffett to hold Saturday concert for Andrew Gillum, Bill Nelson

Jimmy Buffett is strumming for free again to help get out the vote for statewide Democratic candidates.

This time, however, Buffett’s melodies will favor Bill Nelson, who’s hoping to keep his U.S. Senate seat, and Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for Governor.

The event, free of charge, is open to the public. Buffett’s “small acoustic set” will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.

The last politics-focused concert held by the Florida musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist supported former congresswoman Gwen Graham, who ultimately lost to Gillum in the Aug. 28 primary.

But with less than a week away from the election, Buffett is making clear that he’s now firmly behind the Democratic Party and their candidates.

“If you haven’t noticed yet, there is an election next Tuesday, and I am glad to support Mayor Andrew Gillum for Governor, and my longtime friend Sen. Bill Nelson for re-election,” Buffett said.

“Clean water, clean beaches and clean energy are the lifeblood of Florida now and in the future.”

Joining Buffett on stage will be Nelson, Gillum and presumably other statewide Democratic candidates, described by the Florida Democratic Party as the “winning ticket.”

“As a fifth-generation Floridian, who loves our state’s unique environment, I’m proud Jimmy’s out singing for votes,” Nelson said of Buffett.

“As a life-long Floridian and music legend, Jimmy Buffett understands the essence of Florida, and what’s needed to protect our beautiful environment that inspires those ‘Floridays,’ ” added Gillum.

Later on Saturday, Republican statewide candidates are likely to be in Pensacola, where President Donald Trump will host his third 2018 rally in Florida.

Preceding Buffett’s concert is a rally with former President Barack Obama on Friday in Miami at Ice Palace Film Studios.

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Danny McAuliffe is a Tallahassee correspondent for Florida Politics. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as the editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau. He is a lifelong Floridian and indulges in swimming, hiking, running and memes when the news cycle permits. Reach him at dmcauliffe500@gmail.com.

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