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Buffett performs with Jenny Lewis in Nashville

On Saturday Jimmy Buffett joined Jenny Lewis on stage at the Ryman in Nashville, TN.
They performed the song “Handle With Care” (a Traveling Wilburys cover).

From MusicCityMike.net: “Jenny Lewis @ Ryman Auditorium in Nashville TN

But tonight, it was the “where did that come from” surprise of Jimmy Buffett who Jenny billed as “making his first appearance ever on the Ryman stage.” Turns out that Jenny and Jimmy are friends who are working together on a “Margaritaville” musical.

Looking flashy enough to be playing the Opry in a bright green jacket covered with marijuana leaves, Buffett nailed the song’s Roy Orbison parts. And for a guy that I didn’t think would be considered Nashville hip, the crowd responded to his appearance as if Roy had come back from the dead. (Their thundering applause was repeated when Buffet came out from backstage to sit in the balcony for the second act.)

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Jake Sullivan Series special offers

Want to become a fan of Jake Sullivan? Now is your time. From Saturday, February 6, 2016 through Wednesday, February 10, 2016, “Come Monday”, the first volume in the Jake Sullivan Series will be free on Amazon Kindle and a Book Bub daily selection on Sunday, February 7th!

Additionally, the remaining six books in the series will be on sale for $0.99 during the same period. Join Jake and Mike as they travel from Miami to Key West and then to the beautiful Caribbean on one adventure after another. Visit the author’s page at amazon.com/author/chipbellauthor.com

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Four Additional Tour Dates Announced

Some additional tour dates for Jimmy Buffett’s 2016 “I Don’t Know” Tour have been announced:

Saturday 06/04/2016
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston TX

Thursday 06/23/2016
Klipsch Music Center – Indianapolis IN

Thursday 08/18/2016
Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor ME

Tuesday 08/23/2016
First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburgh PA

Tickets for these shows will go on sale Friday February 12th via Ticketmaster.

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Jimmy Buffett Musical to Premiere in San Diego

From the San Diego Union Tribune: “La Jolla Playhouse to premiere Jimmy Buffett musical”

From the Parrotheads (and musical-theater fans), get ready: Margaritaville is moving to San Diego.

La Jolla Playhouse is announcing this morning that a new, as-yet-untitled musical featuring the music of Jimmy Buffett will have its world premiere at the theater in May 2017.

The show’s producers had announced in December that Christopher Ashley, the Playhouse’s artistic chief, would direct the project. But now the musical will officially launch at the theater that has sent more than two dozen productions to Broadway.

Production dates are set for May 16 to June 25, 2017. Don’t line up for tickets just yet, though: They’ll initially be available solely via 2017-18 season subscriptions, and right now the Playhouse is only selling subscriptions for its 2016-17 season.

Although there’s no word at this point on what specific songs the musical will include, it will offer a mix of Buffett classics and original songs. (In case you somehow missed his work over the past four-plus-decades, Buffett’s most popular tunes include “Come Monday,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “A Pirate Looks at Forty” and, of course, the 1977 hit “Margaritaville.”)

Producers also have revealed a bit more information about the storyline of the show, centered not just on the music but on the good-time vibe of the massively popular Buffett, whose devoted followers proudly dub themselves “Parrotheads”.

The musical, written by the television pros Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, “is the story of a part-time singer, part-time bartender and full-time good ol’ boy named Tully who suddenly finds himself in uncharted territory — falling in love with a beautiful, career-minded tourist.” (Which sounds more than a little like a backstory to the lyrics of “Margaritaville.”)

The show is produced by special arrangement with Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams, Broadway veterans who among them have numerous connections to past Playhouse shows.

There’s no official word at this point on potential Broadway prospects for the show, although based on those commercial producers’ involvement, you can bet that Buffett has trained his pirate eye on New York.

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Tulsa’s Margaritaville Casino-Hotel holds topping-off ceremony

From TulsaWorld.com: “Milestone celebrated Creeks top off Margaritaville hotel and casino complex

In a topping-off ceremony, builders of tall buildings often choose a native tree to place at the top of a building to show respect for the land.

But with the Margaritaville Restaurant and Casino complex under construction at the site of the River Spirit Casino Resort, the choice of vegetation for Friday’s ceremony was clear — a tropical palm tree.

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With Jimmy Buffett’s most famous song playing on speakers, construction workers hoisted the tree on a beam to the top of the hotel tower to mark the completion of the frame for the 27th and final floor of the new addition to the River Spirit Casino Resort.

The Margaritaville expansion is the biggest development the nation has undertaken in the area by far — $365 million for 1.2 million additional square feet, 483 hotel rooms that will be more than any other facility in the area, and 1,000 additional full-time jobs.

During the topping-out ceremony, officials announced that everything except the hotel tower will be finished Labor Day weekend.

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John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville, called the local Margaritaville development one of the better-executed Margaritaville projects the company has seen, and the opening is likely to draw the special visitor Parrotheads have been hoping for.

“I think it’s safe to say he (Buffett) wouldn’t miss it,” he said.

The centerpiece of the casino-level addition will be a two-level Margaritaville restaurant, bar and retail outlet with a stage for live music, two outdoor decks overlooking the Arkansas River, a seaplane and a volcano that erupts lava into a giant blender.

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Enter the Winter Escape Sweepstakes

Margaritaville Vacation Club® by Wyndham the world’s largest vacation ownership company is inviting those looking for a warm getaway to enter the “Winter Escape Sweepstakes” now through March 31, 2016. Prizes include weekly drawings for $100 Margaritaville gifts cards and one grand prize drawn after March 31 — a seven-night vacation package aboard the Norwegian Escape with a retail value of up to $8,000.

Margaritaville fans can enter the sweepstakes and complete an online entry form on the Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham website, where they can also explore and learn more about the newest Margaritaville Vacation Club resorts. These resorts are fully immersed in the brand’s escapism and island lifestyle — from decor and design to site amenities and common areas that reflect the Margaritaville brand. To learn more about the “Winter Escape Sweepstakes,” please view the Official Rules for complete entry details.

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Tickets for five shows go on sale on Friday 1/22

Tickets for the following shows go on sale to the public on Friday January 22nd starting at 10:00 AM EST via TicketMaster.com and LiveNation.com.

April 16, 2016 – Virginia Beach, VA (Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater)

April 19, 2016 – Birmingham, AL (Oak Mountain Amphitheater)

April 21, 2016 – Raleigh, NC (Walnut Creek Amphitheater)
with Huey Lewis and the News

April 23, 2016 – Charlotte, NC (PNC Music Pavilion)
with Huey Lewis and the News

Tickets for the Frisco TX show go on sale on Friday January 22nd at 10:00 AM CST via FCDallas.com.
May 28th, 2016 – Frisco, TX (Toyota Stadium)
with special guests ZZ Top

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