HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Excited is an understatement for how Jimmy Buffett fans felt when they found out their favorite artist was coming to the Hub City. But, for many fans, that joy was short-lived.
Tickets for the April 26 show at the Saenger Theater went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Within minutes, the entire venue was sold out.
As you can guess, many ticket seekers weren't thrilled with their lack of success getting tickets into the small venue. According to the theater, its seating capacity is 997.
Rick Taylor, Executive Director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission, said the concert is a production of Live Nation, and the company reached out to the commission about Buffett playing the Saenger.
Because the concert is a Live Nation production, Taylor said, they control the show. Taylor said the company set aside a "sizable block" of tickets before they went on sale, which the company is allowed to do as the producer. Taylor would not comment on exactly how many tickets were available to the public.
According to Taylor, the Buffett concert sold out in under two minutes, which set a record for the Hattiesburg Saenger,
Even if you missed out on tickets, you can still enjoy the "Margaritaville style" street party at 5 p.m. the night of the concert.
Buffett is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. The night of the show, he will be joined by his Acoustic Airmen Coral Reefers Mac McAnally, Robert Greenidge, Eric Draken, Nadirah Shakoor and Tina Gullickson, along with special guests Sonny Landreth and ukulele virtusos Jake Shimabukuro.