Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett brought his Fin Land Tour to Verizon Arena in North Little Rock Thursday (March 1) for a sold-out show in support of his live double album Encores, 22 songs compiled from the second encores that ended his concerts in 2008-2009.
Photographer Mark Wagner was there and shares these images. An avowed fan, here's what he had to say about the concert:
I thought the show was fantastic, but you're asking a Parrothead's opinion. To me it had the right mix of old and new songs. He really played to the Arkansas crowd -- he had Michael Utley (a native of Blytheville and the band's musical director) lead everyone in calling the Hogs.
[The performers were on] a simple stage with a big screen behind it that showed pictures (sometimes slide shows) during the songs.
Buffett really didn't stray into any new stuff. He played all the big hits -- Volcano, Come Monday, A Pirate Looks at 40, Brown Eyed Girl, Margaritaville.
Including Buffett there were as many as 13 people in the band. The band left the stage a time or two and it would just be Buffett or Buffett and [Misssissippi singer/songwriter] Mac McAnally doing songs acoustically.
Average age of the crowd was probably mid to late 40s and early 50s.