About the book: Buck Reilly’s a lot like the rest of us–trying to make ends meet and hoping for better times. He’s living in a Key West hotel and operates Last Resort Charter and Salvage aboard a 1946 Grumman Widgeon flying boat, hunting for sunken treasure and taking on an occasional passenger, no questions asked. But when he delivers a mysterious woman to a mission boat destined for Cuba, things start going downhill quick. He faces down the dark forces of Santeria priests, Cuban Secret Police, and an FBI agent with a grudge. Buck has nothing but ingenuity to save his skin and the lives he put in peril … and prevent a war with America’s longest-running enemy … When you see the world through Buck Reilly’s eyes, the view will never be the same.
World-renowned stars and home folks who love New Orleans’ rich musical heritage crowded into a historic theater Friday to bid farewell in words and song to Allen Toussaint, a prolific songwriter, performer and producer who died last week at age 77.
Jimmy Buffett sang “Fortune Teller.” Davell Crawford accompanied himself on piano, singing a haunting version of “Southern Nights,” the New Orleans-born Toussaint’s reminiscence of childhood visits to relatives in rural south Louisiana. Other performers included John Boutte, Dr. John and New Orleans’ “Queen of Soul” Irma Thomas, who said farewell with a gospel tune. The Preservation Hall Brass Band joined Trombone Shorty to close out the performances with a rousing “I’ll Fly Away.”
Earlier, Boz Scaggs and Elvis Costello were among those delivering eulogies.
(Photos: Allen Toussaint and Jimmy Buffett at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Saturday, May 3, 2014; Buffett performs at the memorial service Nov 20, 2015 )
From Studentprintz.com: “University to honor legendary musicians”
Two legendary musicians that met on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus 40 years ago will be commemorated Nov. 21 at the very spot they first encountered each other. Jimmy Buffett and Greg “Fingers” Taylor, who together created the famous Coral Reefer Band, met at Shoemaker Square in the early 1970s.
The ceremony will honor the musicians with a bronze marker outside The Hub at 10 a.m. Saturday, prior to the USM and Old Dominion football game.
Some say it was destiny that the two musicians met and became one of America’s most prized musical collaborations. Buffett graduated from USM in 1969. Shortly after, he met Taylor, who was still enrolled at the time. This meeting occurred on the front steps of The Hub. Buffett was on campus to play his guitar for a group of students in between classes, and Taylor, known for his confidence, asked if he could join in.
Their chemistry sparked a friendship that led to their renowned collaboration, which created the band’s hit songs, including “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” Fervent fans of the Coral Reefer Band are named “parrotheads” who continue to support and be inspired by their music. The legacies of Buffett and Taylor will be recognized on Saturday by a platoon of groups associated with Southern Miss, including the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Buffett was a member of Kappa Sigma during his undergraduate career.
Buffett was said to be thrilled about the ceremony and has sent a video for audiences to view during the football game. Speculation claimed that Buffett would attend the ceremony, but his schedule conflicts with the event.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Saturday at the grand opening of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood FL.
The show was part of the Workin’ and Playin’ Tour. The set list from the show is now available.
From the Miami Herald: “Jimmy Buffett-themed resort officially opens with the star taking the stage”
The Maestro of Margaritaville took to the stage for a soggy beach-blanket blowout in Hollywood on Saturday afternoon, signaling to many who grew up and live in this humble, once-sleepy beach town that the tides have forever changed.
As the sun dropped and the rain drifted out to sea, thousands of people massed along the Broadwalk in front of Margaritaville for the official grand opening of the Buffett-themed resort that now stands as the beach’s new centerpiece. The $150 million attraction offers more than just 349 rooms, eight bars and a spa — it’s also a beacon of hope that this snowbird paradise will at last become a first-class tourist destination.
“Let’s put the top down on this place!” Buffett shouted to kick off the one and a half-hour free concert.
Two mammoth digital screens were erected on the sand, towering over the beach’s iconic little Bandshell, one of the last remnants of old Hollywood that locals have stubbornly fought to keep from the wrecking ball of progress.
“I finally get to play the Bandshell,” Buffett joked from his perch across the Broadwalk from the old beach stage.
From CNS Business: “Cayman to get another shot of Margaritaville”
The Treasure Island hotel in the heart of Grand Cayman’s tourist district is to become a full-scale Margaritaville Resort, new owners have said. Howard Hospitality Group (HHG) has bought the site, which was on sale for just over $15 million, and said it is already planning a major redesign and renovation of the building to convert it into a branded beach resort. The owners said it would open in December 2016, complete with and a two-story Margaritaville pool slide, multiple bars and restaurants and 280 rooms.
Renovations are expected to begin early in the New Year the new owners stated and once open, the operational management will be led by Trust Hospitality of Miami.
From the Sun Sentinel: “Jimmy Buffett to perform at Margaritaville on Saturday”
Parrotheads, get your flip flops ready and prepare to party.
The chief Parrothead himself — Jimmy Buffett — will perform Saturday at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort as part of its grand opening festivities, a hotel spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.
Buffett is expected to perform between 4 and 6 p.m. in the iconic band shell along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk — now under management of the 349-room resort that opened in September.
Only registered hotel guests and special invitees will be able to attend the concert, but beachgoers should be able to view Buffett’s performance on digital monitors erected around the bandshell, the hotel spokeswoman said.
Rooms are still available at the hotel for the weekend for people interested in taking in Buffett’s performance. Rates start at $399 a night, which will include a Margaritaville Beach Party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For information, go to Margaritavilleresorts.com/events.