6 p.m. July 22--
The tropical circus known as Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band appeared before 40,000 fans Saturday night at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wis. and is now moving on for shows Thursday and Saturday night at Toyota Park outside of Chicago. Those gigs will draw another 35,000 fans each night.
Those are good numbers for a bad economy.
Here's some testimony we gathered in the Alpine parking lot on Saturday. Thanks to Sun-Times cameraman Chris Sweda for the run through the high waters.