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Starlight Musicals: a Buffett of summer music

Starlight Musicals: a Buffett of summer music

A popular outdoor concert series starts a week earlier this year, and that's just fine with one Jimmy Buffett tribute act.

Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways will open the 36th annual Bank of America Starlight Musicals at Holiday Park on Friday. The series usually kicks off in mid-June, but because July 4 falls on a Friday and a celebration is planned for the park that day, the city of Fort Lauderdale needed to begin now in order to present the full series of eight concerts.

Stowe, who has been a summer series regular for 10 years, got his normal date of mid-August moved up.

"Sometimes, it takes a couple of weeks for people to be aware of the series, but I hope they...