Sail on Howard Kaufman

From Billboard: “Howard Kaufman, Veteran Rock Manager, Dies at 79

Howard Kaufman, a frequent collaborator of Irving Azoff’s and an influential artist manager whose clients have included some of the biggest names in rock n’ roll, has died, Billboard has confirmed. He was 79. The cause of death is as yet unknown.

Kaufman’s longtime management company, H.K. Management, had an artist roster that included Aerosmith, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffett, Chicago, Lenny Kravitz and Def Leppard.

In 1974, Kaufman teamed with Azoff to form Front Line Management, which notably guided the careers of the Eagles, Steely Dan, and Buffett, among others. The company disbanded in the early 1980s, around the time the Eagles began their long hiatus, but was resurrected by the pair in early 2005. The revamped Front Line experienced rapid growth and in 2008 was acquired by Ticketmaster, which named Azoff CEO.

From Coral Reeferette Nadirah Shakoor: The music industry and the world lost a great man last night, Mr Howard Kaufman. He always told it like it was, straight no chaser. Howard was a colleague, a mentor and a friend. He definitely made his mark in history as one of the greatest! I am honored to have known him for over 30 years and my heart aches at his loss. If Prince and Michael need management on the other side they are in the best of hands. Rest in peace my dear friend you will be well remembered. My heart felt Condolences to his wife, three children, Jimmy and his many clients and friends

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Buffett makes surprise appearance at McAnally’s show in Pascagoula

Jimmy Buffett surprised an audience at Mac McAnally’s concert at the Grand Magnolia in Pascagoula on Saturday January 14th.

From the Sun Herald: “Jimmy asks the mayor why Pascagoula hasn’t spent more on Buffett Bridge

It was tearing up Facebook over the weekend — Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance at the Mac McAnally concert Saturday at the Grand Magnolia.

McAnally, an old stomping buddy of Buffett’s, played a few songs and then Buffett walked out on the stage to a crowd that caught on quickly and roared approval.

He played more than a half-dozen songs with McAnally at the beginning of the concert and returned again at the end. He was having fun, audience members said.

He quipped at the mayor, saying the lighthouse looked good, but asked why the city didn’t spend more coin on Buffett Bridge, a little span over a bayou near the city’s Buffett Beach.

“He did a lot of talking,” audience member Danny Smith said. “He was funny. He made jokes.”

He took requests.

And when the audience got to shouting them, “he said all the yelling sounded like a Trump press conference,” Smith said.

Buffett was in Mobile on Friday. He showed up at the Dew Drop Inn and there was talk of a documentary he was making with a relative.

So there were rumors he might show up at McAnally’s concert, but there was just as much debunking the rumors, Smith said. Word was he had to fly to Los Angeles for an event his wife wanted him to attend.

Then he showed up at Scranton’s Restaurant, where they were holding a VIP event for McAnally. So he and McAnally were able to rehearse a little before the concert.

There were 350-plus at the concert, an intimate venue at the Grand Magnolia.

“The crowd was kind of genuinely shocked,” Smith said. “Mac came out and did two songs, then Mac sat down at the piano and told the story about writing ‘When the Coast is Clear,’ a song that he and Buffett co-wrote in New Orleans.

“He starts playing the first verse and Buffett just appears on the other side of the stage, comes out and starts singing in the microphone. It was just incredible. Everyone started yelling, stood up and clapped, but it quickly died down so you could hear the song.”

Scranton’s owner Richard Chenoweth said they didn’t have more than five hours’ warning that Buffett might actually show.

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Buffett attends Cubs visit to the White House

From the Chicago Tribune: “Obama welcomes Cubs to the White House: ‘It took you long enough’

After being honored at the White House on Monday afternoon, the Cubs revealed the real reason why they desperately wanted to make the trip before President Barack Obama left office.

Touring the White House and being celebrated for their first championship since 1908 was certainly fun for the team, but it wasn’t nearly as important as converting the die-hard White Sox fan into a Cubs fan, a task more difficult than turning Hillary Clinton supporters into Donald Trump backers.

The Cubs celebration was the last public White House event of Obama’s presidency. The audience in the East Room was filled with politicians like Sen. Dick Durbin, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with former Obama adviser David Axelrod and singer Jimmy Buffett, a longtime Cubs fan.

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Buffett visits Mobile and talks about an upcoming documentary

From AL.com: “Why was Jimmy Buffett in Mobile today?” Jimmy Buffett and reporter Jared Boyd talk about an upcoming documentary project chronicling the singer’s start on the Gulf Coast during a chance encounter at Dew Drop Inn on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

On the 1982 song, “I Heard I Was in Town,” Jimmy Buffett sings about walking the streets of his former stomping grounds. On a recent trip to Mobile, the renowned singer-songwriter was caught bringing the words of his song to life, stopping into the Dew Drop Inn in Mobile on Thursday afternoon for an impromptu chat with fans.

The late lunch encounter began with a table of women pointing out of the window.

“Jimmy,” I heard one of the women saying. “That is him,” she continued. “Jimmy Buffett.”

Sure enough, I caught a glimpse of the tropical-shirted figure stepping into a white late-model Nissan van in an adjacent lot on Old Shell Road.

Quickly, the woman sprang up from the table and sprinted out of the restaurant’s back door. Through the window, I could see her waving to flag Buffett down.

So, why was Jimmy Buffett walking “old streets again,” as he sings in his aforementioned song?

According to the man, himself, he’s saluting his Mobile roots in a documentary film about his early career. While in town, Buffett says he is gathering shots and meeting with local musicians who were integral to the making of his first records.

“I’m hoping to get out to McGill-Toolen in a minute,” the “Margaritaville” singer said of his alma-mater. “I’ve got some fond memories and some not-so-fond memories there.”

Of those not-so-fond memories, he joked that he was no stranger to trouble with the nuns and fathers on campus. “They would chase you around with rulers and pop you. That’s why our track team was always so good!”

Sarah Delaney Buffett, a filmmaker and Jimmy Buffett’s daughter, is among the list of names Buffett says is involved with the project.

“So, now you’ve got the scoop,” he said, after a short spiel.

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Margaritaville Key West Resort Coming Soon

Ocean Properties Ltd. & Affiliates and Margaritaville Holdings, LLC announced that the Westin Resort and Marina located at 245 Front Street in the iconic U.S. paradise, Key West, will be rebranded as Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina.

The prestigious AAA Four Diamond waterfront resort will begin operating under the Margaritaville flag later this month. The Margaritaville brand management team will provide support to the existing management team and employees throughout the conversion.

The downtown waterfront resort features oversized rooms and suites and is ideally located one block from Duval Street and just steps from Mallory Square, home to the famous Key West Sunset Celebration. The resort currently features more than 6,000 square feet of indoor function space and an oceanfront restaurant and bar.

Details on renovations and a celebratory re-flagging event are expected later this year.

For reservations call 855-366-8045 or visit www.MargaritavilleKeyWestResort.com.

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