"PALM CITY — Jimmy Buffett, who is known for his political activism as well as his music, is performing Sunday at a fundraising event for Democratic Congressional
candidate Patrick Murphy.
The intimate concert will be at a private home in Palm City. Only 200 tickets at $100 each will be sold along with VIP tickets for $2,500, which include a
preconcert reception and photo with Jimmy Buffett. Tickets sales support The Friends of Patrick Murphy.
This is not the first time Buffett has campaigned for the Democratic Party in the last two months.
At an event for Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson last month in Orlando, Buffett sang acoustical versions of "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" and "Margaritaville"
in a hangar at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport.
Buffet, a long time conservationist, supports Murphy's view on the environmental issues.
"Mr. Buffett offered to do the concert," said Erin Moffett, a spokeswoman for Murphy's campaign.
Buffett, a longtime Florida resident, is involved in a variety of charitable efforts. He and former Sen. Bob Graham founded the Save The Manatee Club
in 1981. The organization's mission is protect endangered manatees and their aquatic habitat. In 1995, Buffett started Singing For Change, a charitable
organization which supports nonprofits that address the root causes of social or environmental problems.
He also has performed many free concerts, including Hurricane Relief in 2004 and in response to the BP oil disaster in Alabama in 2010.
JIMMY BUFFETT CONCERT
When: Doors open at 3 p.m. Nov. 4
Where: Palm City ticket purchasers will get exact address and details
Cost: General tickets $100 or VIP tickets at $2,500
Tickets: Limit 4 per person. Available at https://secure.actblue.com/page/jimmybuffettevent "
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Lunch at a local Mexican place on our way in. Some foreshadowing!
We run into the candidate on the way in.
Yep, lifestyles of the rich and famous.
Turns out they would have free drinks and burgers/dogs at the event.
Entrance to the VIP hut and volunteers.
Heading to the tiki bar.
Beach area with pirate ship bar and lagoon/waterfall.
"PALM CITY -- More than 320 Jimmy Buffett fans packed into a Palm City backyard Sunday to see the Florida icon perform on behalf of Democratic congressional
hopeful Patrick Murphy.
Alongside country star Mac McAnally on guitar, a barefooted Buffett played for an hour at the 52-acre ranch of Paul and Lehr Felipe. Buffett stuck to stories
and songs detailing Florida life and didn't get too political. He also performed at an event for Democratic U.S. Sen Bill Nelson this cycle.
"It's great to be in a bipartisan county in Florida; I gotta say that," Buffett said.
He did poke fun at Republicans once or twice mid-song, including a reference to Murphy's opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West.
Buffett doctored the lyrics to "Margaritaville's" refrain, specifically the line, "Some people claim that there's a woman to blame. But I know. It's my
own damn fault.' He switched it to say, "It's all Allen West's fault."
Next time, he said, "It's that binder of women's fault." GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said during a debate that when he was governor, he was handed
"binders full of women" when he asked for more female applicants for his cabinet in Massachusetts. The remark went viral.
The campaign sold 300 general admission tickets at $100 each, and 20 VIP tickets at $2,500 each, benefiting Murphy's election bid. The Jupiter Democrat has
raised $3.6 million and has $243,000 left before Tuesday's election, while West has amassed $16.8 million and still has $3.4 million on hand.
Lehr Felipe and her husband have hosted weddings, nonprofit events like United Way's Fantasy Island and more in their meticulously detailed tropical backyard.
But Lehr Felipe, who owns a landscaping company with her husband and supports Murphy, never had Buffett stop by.
"He's great, really a nice person, and down to earth," she said.
Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder, who lost to West in the District 18 Republican primary, introduced Murphy. Then Murphy detailed Buffett's environmental
advocacy in his introduction.
Murphy said he had never met Buffett before, but his mother and birth mother have known Buffett for decades since Murphy was raised in the Keys. So has his
father, Thomas Murphy Jr., who has worked on developments in Key West as CEO of Coastal Construction Group.
In response to Buffett's appearance, West's campaign revisited Murphy's 2003 arrest at age 19 for disorderly intoxication and using a fake ID. Charges were dropped.
"If everybody's ever been to a Jimmy Buffett concert before and seen the kind of stuff that goes on, I hope Patrick Murphy's dad has his checkbook
ready, because he's probably going to have to get his son out of trouble," West Campaign Manager Tim Edson said. "There's probably a 50-50 chance that he'll
verbally assault a police officer following the event."
Murphy did not verbally assault a police officer following the concert."
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