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Toyota Releases The Midnight Rider Tundra Tailgater

Posted by Dave On November - 9 - 2009


When you think of concert tailgating, what musical artists do you think of? For me, Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney immediately leap to mind as the gold standard artists who encourage pre-concert tailgating. But what about Brooks & Dunn? Tailgating? Really?

Apparently the folks at Toyota think that country music fans are big tailgaters and have come out with The Midnight Rider Tundra Tailgater by Brooks & Dunn. The truck is a tribute to the legendary country music duo’s career that has spanned over 20 years.

No matter what you opinion on the inspiration, when parked the truck converts into a killer tailgating machine. By sliding out the tailgate which exposes a Grill N Chill cooking area, the pull-out Grill N Chill features a cooking space with counter tops, infrared barbecue, beverage tap and ice chest. An electronically operated tonneau cover lifts to reveal a bed-installed 42-inch flat screen TV and sound system by Kicker. The sound system features a dual subwoofer system and a separate amp, four two-way speakers with tweeters and deparate crossovers and dual two-channel amps with separate equalizers and speaker control units. (They fail to mention if the sound system can only play Brooks & Dunn music.) There are more details on the truck including the types of wheels, custom door handles, leather seats, etc. Instead of listing them all here, you can check out Toyota’s Pressroom web page and check them out for yourself if interested.

Conveniently Toyota fails to mention a price for this fully customized Midnight Rider Tundra Tailgater which leads me to assume that it will be quite pricey. Then again, when it comes to price, if you have to ask you probably can’t afford it.

Video: Jimmy Buffett Tailgate Hula Hoop

Posted by Dave On July - 21 - 2009

This video of a Jimmy Buffett tailgate party has almost everything you would normally see Parrotheads doing. There is a cornhole game going on the side, mobile tiki bars set up and a woman doing a hula hoop. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. There is also a woman humping an inflatable shark in the background.

Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper #57: Kim Kardashian Edition

Posted by Dave On July - 15 - 2009

With all apologies to those of you looking for the Weekend Wrap-up, I had to skip it this week. I’ll spare you the details as to why but I will assure you that this week’s eye-candy wrapper will be the Big Ass Wrapper edition. And speaking of Big Asses, who better to lead things off than Kim Kardashian captured on film while grilling. I doubt she was really tending the grill and just posing next to it but you have to respect that. This photo combines my two favorite things; beautiful women and outdoor cooking. Links following the shot of Kim Kardashian.

Kim Kardashian grilling

buffett_tailgate_pirate_ship.JPGCloudy skies and lots of rain. That usually spells disaster for your average outdoor party. But this wasn’t just any party – it was a Jimmy Buffett concert – and a little rain wasn’t going to stop anybody’s good time.

Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band came to Camden’s waterfront concert venue (which is probably changing its name as I write this), as part of their annual summer tour. While the show was amazing – one big party of college-aged kids, 50-something moms and dads, and everybody in between, singing along to songs about beaches and bars – the tailgate was the real party. Of course it was. Nowhere does a parking lot feel more like a backyard than at a Jimmy Buffett concert. Or, more accurately, nowhere does a parking lot feel more like a thousand backyards, all geared up for their biggest BBQ of the summer!

jimmy_buffet_tailgate.jpgThe Parrotheads, Jimmy Buffett’s huge following, are known for some of the best tailgating of any audience. There are always Corona and limes, flip flops and bathing suits, great smelling grills and ice-filled coolers, not to mention hundreds of decked-out RVs and the most leis, parrots, and pirate flags this side of the Caribbean.

The easygoing vibe of the music probably plays a part in the great tailgating scene, along with the songs romanticizing beach bums and pirates. It also probably has a little to do with the disposable income of many of Buffett’s fans, who tend to be a little more gainfully employed than your average Phish or Grateful Dead fan.

One thing Parrotheads definitely have is passion, something very evident on this “summer” day. Rain was all over the forecast, and everything was basically windy and wet. But nobody complained. Moms and dads pulled out the ponchos they had brought for just this occasion, while college kids and other poor planners cut holes in the black garbage bags they had brought. Some camps had sturdy tents established and spent the periods of rain relaxing as if they were home on their front porch, while others struggled trying to fasten lines and secure knots (ahem, nobody you know). Others had huge RVs with built-in roofs, and some just sucked it up and walked in the rain, usually in just a bathing suit.

tiki-bar.bmpThe point is nobody was ready to pack it in and go home. And everyone’s perseverance was eventually rewarded. As it got closer to show time, the rain stopped and the sky cleared up. I was able to walk around and get a good feel for the concert. One of the things I love about tailgating is the creativity and attention to detail fans show. Seeing a guy flying around on a motorized cooler is always fun. When that same guy has a beach umbrella propped up, shielding him from the rain, it becomes awesome. There were some amazing cornhole sets; hand-painted with the same themes I was seeing over and over again – parrots, pirates, beaches, and boats. One of the more impressive features I saw was a Buffett-themed tiki bar. I never realized how important a tiki bar could be to a tailgate, but it really took things up a notch (I guess it doesn’t hurt when that tiki bar has a bowl full of fresh shrimp resting on it and ice cold Coronas underneath).

Along with the passion and creativity, one of the best parts of any tailgate is the camaraderie between tailgaters. Buffett concerts really have that camaraderie on full display. For one thing, it is a total family affair, which means you will see a group hanging out with little kids running around, dads grilling, and even grandparents relaxing in beach chairs. It tends to make people act more like they are at a BBQ than a bar or club. The sharing was pretty awesome, too. I couldn’t keep track of how many margaritas I was offered. It was also pretty easy to get in a game of cornhole or washers, as everybody was willing to make friends with strangers.

When the concert started and everybody walked in to the venue, I found myself on the grass lawn, surrounded by thousands of my newest friends. We had great music playing, blankets set up, and a fantastic view of the Philadelphia skyline across the river. The weather had finally cleared and we were all grooving along to the music. Good times, all around. The only thing that could have been better? Maybe if we were all still hanging out in the parking lot!

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Videos: Jimmy Buffett vs. Kenny Chesney Tailgating

Posted by Dave On July - 2 - 2009

The debate rages. Which musical fan base tailgates better? Jimmy Buffett fans or Kenny Chesney fans?

I recently came across these two videos that are a pretty good representation of both. So now it is up to you to decide. Cast your vote on who tailgates better in the comments section below.

Jimmy Buffett Tailgating

Kenny Chesney Tailgating





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