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

Jimmy Buffett

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.

Danny McAuliffe

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 [email protected]


  • Ann Hughes

    October 31, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Would like to know , why? Why do you support the Democratic party? What have they done in 8 years? What do you think about immigration? How many do you want to sponsor? You have restaurants and stores. How many meals and t -shirts do you want to donate?

    • Angel King

      October 31, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      Good questions! Ann Hughes.

      I’m wondering if he is actually being paid but they would never tell.

      • Phil Morton

        October 31, 2018 at 7:59 pm

        Guess you missed the longtime friend part. Buffet has been doing free concerts for Nelson since 2006, that I know of.

      • Snow Flake Johnson Hughes

        October 31, 2018 at 9:30 pm

        Oh look it’s Ann Hughes the snowflake!

    • Leonard lombardi

      October 31, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      You realize this is mostly candidates for state government, so this isn’t really about immigration. It’s the fact the Florida is in the middle of a MAJOR ecological disaster as direct result of the deregulation the previous two-term republican governor gifted to his donors. We are losing millions of sea creatures, manatees, sea turtles, dolphins…. Not to mention tourist dollars. Who wants to go to a beach full of dead fish? Lake Okeechobee is a toxic mess, all because of pollution. How could even think of voting for Scott after he absolute destruction of our environment. Also, if you complain about any sort of welfare for the poor with out mentioning the fact that almost 40% of American tax dollars go to CORPORATE subsidies, you need to do a little research. The same corporations that just received a massive, permanent, tax break. Could be why Buffett is supporting Democrats, but what do I know I’m just a parrothead.

      • Russell Anderson Johnson

        October 31, 2018 at 10:44 pm

        Right on fellow parrothead

      • Teresa Ginsberg

        November 1, 2018 at 7:30 am

        Ecologically, Florida is a mess and I tip my hat to my fav Florida son whom I loved since I saw him at a concert in Melbourne where we brought out the lawn chairs to listen and even back in the 70’s he has been a champion for the environment. Please get out and vote Floridians, so there will still be, “Fins to the Left, fins to the right!”

      • Alan

        November 1, 2018 at 4:07 pm

        And Nelson has been there for 20 plus years and suddenly he cares….you think?

        • Mary Ellen

          November 1, 2018 at 10:07 pm

          He has ALWAYS cared!
          I am 76 and know more about Bill Nelson than you do! Wake up.

        • Leonard lombardi

          November 2, 2018 at 3:42 pm

          No, but Rick Scott is directly responsible for the this disaster. Not a chance in hell I would vote for him. But Gillum, Shaw and Fried I do believe will make a difference. For one, they believe science and the same cannot be said for the other guy. DeSantis will just be more corruption, more pollution and nothing changing.

      • Jenny

        November 2, 2018 at 5:01 pm

        I vote for you!

      • Sheila Cunha

        November 3, 2018 at 7:09 pm

        You are spot on 🙂

    • Robert W Tarbox

      October 31, 2018 at 11:08 pm

      Why are you so afraid?
      There are 300million Americans, we have the mightiest military in the world. And you are all afraid of 5000 people, walking across Mexico.
      What is the president’s fav line…SAD

      • KRS

        November 3, 2018 at 3:03 pm

        Good comment!

    • Bob

      November 1, 2018 at 4:04 am

      Wake up Ann you need to open your eyes you have been brainwashed and don’t even realize it

    • Mark Combs

      November 1, 2018 at 9:18 am

      Jimmy is the best. It’s about love not hate. Remember, decisions are made by those who show up. So go vote.

    • Sue

      November 1, 2018 at 9:28 am

      If you read the article, he says he supports clean air, clean water, and clean beaches. He’s doing it for the environment, the number one unique asset of the State of Florida.

    • Jerry Schofield

      November 1, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Really Ann Hughes? Can you explain how Rick Scott’s income legally increased by $83 million dollars as Governor of Florida in 2017? Can you explain why you’re upset with Jimmy Buffett’s political choice when the Constitution gives all Americans the right to vote for the Candidates of their choice? The GOP does not Believe in Climate Change, hell Scott wouldn’t even allow State employees to mention Climate Change, because he is owned by the fossil fuel industry…. Scott’s company Columbia HCA was found guilty of Medicare Fraud and paid a $1.7 Billion Dollar fine… Rick Scott Defrauded the same Government he wants to go to work for!!! How Ignorant are we if we put a known Criminal in the US Senate?

      • Terri

        November 2, 2018 at 1:13 am

        Pretty ignorant considering you are wanting to elect a criminal for governor. Do you really think he gives a shit about anything you just listed? Have you taken your head out of CNN’s behind to even read or listen to the video that came out yesterday? It’s all a scam and you fell for it hook, line, and sinker!

    • Freida

      November 1, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      Awe…..sad huh?

    • Terri

      November 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Florida has been under Republican rule for the past 20 years. Almost 1/2 of the jobs here are very low wage-no benefits. Our governor rejected healthcare for 800,000 Floridians. Our schools are ranked 45th nationally & our teachers pay is ranked 40th. Our waterways have been turned into toxic cesspools & we have record amounts { 12 tons} of marine life that died because of it. That includes dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, crabs & a variety of fish. We want a governor who believes the science of climate change, who will bring decent paying jobs in clean energy. A governor who believes in equal pay for women & most importantly will protect our ACA & coverage for pre-existing conditions Florida is desperately in need of change. That is why I voted BLUE.

    • Scott

      November 1, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      what does him donating meals and t-shirts have anything to do with supporting the dem party? You sound like a moron Ann. Sounds like you are just a triggered snowflake.

    • Perry Turner

      November 1, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      Jimmy, so ashamed of you. I am a Mobile boy, one month older than you,! I can not believe you support these politicians.

      You have been in Long Island way too long! Why did you leave Alabama and Mississippi?
      No more Jimmy for me!!

      • Lynne

        November 3, 2018 at 11:51 am

        I am positive that your opinion of Jimmy Buffett will not matter one little bit to him. He is holding this free concert as a “get out the vote” effort for politicians he supports and believes in. We need people in power who will work for, not against, the best interests of all Americans, not just the super-rich, racists or “fake Christians”.

      • Sheila Cunha

        November 3, 2018 at 7:12 pm

        You are spot on 🙂
        Perry if you are this ignorant, no great loss to the rest of us.

    • Dick

      November 1, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Because the Republicans are destroying the Country?

    • Linda Aubeuf

      November 2, 2018 at 3:11 pm


    • Catherine Biggart

      November 2, 2018 at 6:06 pm

      Surely you lived in the US during the last 10 years. My 401k tanked in 2008, prior to the election. It came back thanks to democrats. Now Republicans, along with their guidance, the Heritage foundation, want to take my medicare and social security, which, btw, I’ve paid for every year since I was 16. The country had a positive attitude vs. the vitriol that is present today. When I was in Ireland last year it was very sad to listen to the people and see how far their opinion of us has fallen in 2 years.

      • Sheila Cunha

        November 3, 2018 at 7:13 pm

        You are too right. Sadly.

    • Kurt Sprague

      November 3, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      I have been a Democrat for many years and started voting as a means to protest this country’s participation in the Vietnam war debacle! I also marched in the streets, with thousands of others my age to protest that war. I am very proud that I did!

      Then and until these current times I have never seen a political leader who was as corrupt and unlawful as Richard Nixon. That is not until today. In 2018 we have Donald Trump, the family he sired, and their love of money and corruption.

  • Jan

    October 31, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Everyone needs to do there part, Rick Scott has done Nothing good for the state of Florida and someone needs to fix it, that cares about the state and not his bank roll, or kickbacks !

  • Duffey

    October 31, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Compare the Governor candidates @https://www.facebook.com/ZapDuff/videos/10216500490561435/

  • RickHogan

    October 31, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Trump rally this Saturday at Meyer Ampitheater! MAGA! I hear Jimmy Buffett is performing!!!

    • Another Parrott Head

      November 1, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Who cares? Trump has rallied so much, he has nothing new to say. Vote for the people who will clean up Florida’s waterways, rivers and beaches, so there is something left for our children & grandchildren!! Go listen to Buffett in West Palm Beach, enjoy the day (without a bunch of negativity speeches) and vote Blue everyone!!

    • Scott

      November 1, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      sounds like you have no clue about facts, which doesn’t shock anyone considering you voted for a liar. “I hear” haha, sounds like how Don the Con states his lies… he”hears” many things, but they are all lies.

      • Terri

        November 2, 2018 at 1:18 am

        If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance. Sound familiar? Lies!! If Barry’s mouth was moving, he was lying!

        • Ishkabibble

          November 2, 2018 at 10:54 am

          The ACA had a grandfather clause to let people keep their old plans if they wanted to. Greedy insurance companies changed those plans after the grandfather date and made them ineligible. Obama’s statement was true, but he failed to appreciate just how hard insurance companies like to screw their customers and how stupid people like you are to blame him for it.

    • Matt

      October 31, 2018 at 11:36 pm

      What an idiotic statement as well as total lies like Trump tells every hour! Blue wave coming next week🌊🌊🌊

      • Kurt Sprague

        November 3, 2018 at 2:59 pm

        LOVE IT ~ ! !

    • Minaj on 'em

      November 1, 2018 at 11:38 am

      I honestly can’t believe how stupid you are.

    • Scott

      November 1, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      the fact you have deplorable in your name, just shows what a piece of trash you are.

    • Environmental Champion

      November 1, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      And you want to keep Florida going downhill?
      You will feel it when you can’t drink clean water or go to the beach or have to pay more taxes because tourism dallors have dropped off due to the state of Florida’s condition.

    • Kurt Sprague

      November 3, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      You are a hopeless and lost vote for this country. PFD you are and always will be! VOTE RED IN THE EARLY SIXTIES WOULD BE ENCOURAGEMENT TO VOTE FOR SOVIET RUSSIA! How do you think people would embrace that kind of encouragement? We all know of the humiliation of seeing “our president” .. berated by the soviets Putin in public! Humiliation dealt with by Trump because of what Putin has stored information on and the details of those matters. NO SIR! I will definitely never, ever vote red for Trump!

  • Toni Brown

    November 1, 2018 at 12:50 am

    💙💙💙Jimmy Buffet is a true Florida lover and knows Andrew Gillum will do more for our state than anyone has in far too long!

    We are battling a crisis at every turn, and change is needed desperately. From the toxic oceans, polluted rivers, phosphate disasters destroying the aquifers, high ocean levels, poor air quality, continuous oil seepage into the gulf, overcrowding by tourists and endless construction, inadequate roads for the massive population pouring into the state, the hate, division and violence…Andrew Gillum must bring it home!

    Nothing like a little music to bring us all together in peace.

    • Matt

      November 1, 2018 at 8:06 am

      If you think Gullium will do anything but line his pockets with money if he gets in your misguided, the guy is a crook. Gov Scott finally got the reservoir approved for Lake Ochecobbe have you not been reading?

  • Gerard Harbison

    November 1, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Wasting away again in Mar-a-Lago-ville
    Looking for my lost 1040 form
    Some people claim that Obama’s to blame
    But I know they’re not even warm.

    • Terri

      November 2, 2018 at 1:22 am

      Don’t quit your day job. Wait, you do have a job, right?

  • Ray Wallace

    November 1, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Jimmy Buffett has a love for Florida and Scott has really raped it. I hope Sen Nelson wipes him out.

  • Karen

    November 2, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    When will artists understand they should leave politics out of there public life? I am a lifelong fan that now has to know Jimmy Buffets political standing, which is what I completely disagree with. I would have been blissfully happy to have continued to blindly love him and his music but now I can’t ignore the fact that he is just another snowflake.

  • Robert Zarranz

    November 5, 2018 at 12:03 am

    If Buffett is so concerned about Florida why is he silent on the water crisis?

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