Latitude Margaritaville breaks ground in Daytona

From the Daytona News Journal: “Fins up in Daytona: Latitude Margaritaville breaks ground

Jimmy Buffett wasn’t there, but that didn’t squelch the giddiness of local elected officials and business leaders who turned out Tuesday to help break ground for a planned community here inspired by the singer/songwriter’s music and laid-back Key West lifestyle.

“This is very exciting,” said Nancy Keefer, president and CEO of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, one of more than 50 people attending the invitation-only event to kick off the initial phase of the planned 6,900-home Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach, community for residents age 55 and older.

The community — which has drawn national attention, including coverage by the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and Rolling Stone magazine — is set to be built on the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95.

Cohlan noted that Buffett, while having yet to visit the site, is involved in the project. “I’m sure (Buffett) will be here, schedule permitting,” Cohlan said. “He usually attends grand openings (for Margaritaville Holdings projects).”

Cohlan added that Latitude Margaritaville will include a music bandshell at its residents-only town center and that it is likely that Buffett at some point would perform there. “You never know when or where he’s going to show up, but he does,” Cohlan said

Model homes touting an Old Florida/Key West architectural style are on track to open by January with the first new homes ready for move-in by fall 2018. Prices for homes are expected to range from the low $200,000s to the mid-$300,000 with lots ranging in width from 54 feet to 64 feet.

escape to margaritaville musical

Escape to Margaritaville tickets on sale March 26th

La Jolla Playhouse announced today the complete casting and public on-sale date for its world-premiere musical Escape to Margaritaville, featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett. Performances are scheduled for May 9 to June 18, 2017.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Sunday, March 26 at noon and will be available online at LaJollaPlayhouse.org, by phone at (858) 550-1010, or in person at The Playhouse’s Patron Services Office (hours: Tue – Sun, noon to 6pm) at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive.

Joining the previously announced Paul Alexander Nolan, Alison Luff (Matilda The Musical), and Lisa Howard are Charlie Pollock, Don Sparks, Andre Ward, and Rema Webb. The ensemble includes Matt Allen, Sara Andreas, Katie Banville, Hanz Enyeart, Marjorie Failoni, Samantha Farrow, Keely Hutton, Justin Keats, Mike Millan, Justin Mortelliti, Ian Paget, Sharone Sayegh, Alex Michael Stoll, Jena VanElslander, and UC San Diego M.F.A. students Andrew Gallop, Volen Iliev, and Mo Rodvanich.

Buffett adds Cincinnati show in July

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will make a stop in Cincinnati as part of Buffett’s “I Don’t Know” tour.

Buffett will perform at Riverbend Music Center on Saturday, July 8 at 8 p.m. This is the first time in several years for Buffett to perform on a weekend in Cincinnati. Tickets go on sale March 31 at 10 a.m.

The Tri-State is home to a loyal Buffett fan-base. He’s played upwards of 50 shows in Cincinnati throughout his career.

Buffett adds show at Belly Up in San Diego – Sold Out

From Pacific San Diego: “Jimmy Buffett to Play Surprise Show at the Belly Up

History does repeat, at least when it comes to Jimmy Buffett and the Belly Up.

The tropical-pop troubadour and his band, The Coral Reefers, will perform at the Belly Up Tuesday as a warm-up date for their April 1 concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Tickets go on sale at noon today, Thursday, online only. More information appears below.

In 2013, Buffett and his band played at the 600-seat Belly Up as a warm-up date for their subsequent show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

That Belly Up date sold out in two minutes, as an estimated 20,000 fans tried to buy tickets. Expect an equally swift sell-out when tickets for Buffett’s Tuesday Belly Up show go on sale.

All tickets are priced at $95, plus service charges. They will be available only online through frontgatetickets.com.

Buffett will not play at Alpine Valley this year

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: There was a time when Alpine Valley Music Theatre was among the most elite music venues in the nation.

In its prime in 1989, the East Troy amphitheater hosted some of the biggest acts in the world: the Rolling Stones and the Who and the Grateful Dead and Metallica. The Dead played 20 shows there in the ’80s, and Pearl Jam brought its 20th-anniversary festival to Alpine in 2011.

But for its 40th anniversary year this summer, the 27,100-capacity Alpine Valley won’t host a single concert. It will be closed for an entire season for the first time in its history.

Jon Reens, vice president of marketing for Midwest music for Live Nation, which manages Alpine, said the usual acts that swing through Alpine chose to play different venues instead.

“We started in the middle of 2016 working on the 2017 calendar. We went and discussed with a multitude of artists about playing the building for the first time in their careers, and it was met with universal acclaim,” Reens said. “It just didn’t work out. Artists wanted to play different venues. There was a definite desire with some of the artists to play stadiums. And in some cases, the production didn’t fit in the building.”

Wrigley Field also got into the concert business in 2005, and will have its busiest season yet this summer. Among the 10 headliners: Alpine regulars Zac Brown Band (which also booked a Summerfest show for its 50th season) and Jimmy Buffett. Dead & Company, the Grateful Dead spinoff that played Alpine last summer, also opted for the Friendly Confines.