Mac McAnally wins 10th CMA Award

From AL.com: “Mac McAnally wins 10th CMA Award for Musician of the Year

Mac McAnally probably needs to buy a new trophy case. Tonight at the 52nd Annual CMA Awards, he scored his 10th win as Musician of the Year.

McAnally — a guitarist, songwriter, singer and producer — has a lock on this category, winning the CMA in 2008-2015 and 2017. He’s clearly a favorite among voters in the Country Music Association, but as McAnally will be the first to tell you, he never takes a CMA victory for granted.

“I continually demand a recount for every one I get,” McAnally told AL.com in 2016, after his eighth win. “And I feel compelled to call myself out, every time I make a mistake during a studio recording session. I’ll stop and say, ‘Let’s do one more for the Musician of the Year.’”

The musician, 61, probably is best known as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, but McAnally also has a solo career as a singer-songwriter. His songs are in demand among many artists in the country world, and have been recorded by Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Sawyer Brown, Ronnie Dunn, the Alabama band and more.

Most recently, one of McAnally’s songs, “It’s My Job,” was featured in “Escape to Margaritaville,” a Buffett-themed musical that spent four months on Broadway.

Jimmy Buffett adds Boise to 2019 SOASOAS Tour

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise Idaho on March 13, 2019 as part of his Son of a Son of a Sailor tour. Tickets to the Buffett concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, for $56.50 and $116.50 at Ticketmaster and the Taco Bell Arena box office.

Buffett, 71, last played Boise State’s arena in fall of 2012 — his first Idaho concert. The show triggered an influx of laid-back crazies — er, fans known as Parrotheads — who spent the day pretending Boise was a tropical island while tailgating in the parking lot. More margaritas and LandShark Lager (Buffett’s beer brand) were sold inside the arena, where Buffett delivered easygoing favorites such as “Come Monday,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.”

Margaritaville at Mohegan Sun to close January 2019

From HartfordBusiness.com: “Mohegan Sun’s Margaritaville closing

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant will close its two-floor dining space at Mohegan Sun in January, resulting in 59 layoffs, according to a Department of Labor filing.

Restaurant owner IMCMV Connecticut LLC said it will permanently close its facility at 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard on Jan. 2 after deciding not to renew its lease, the company said in a WARN notice filed Monday with the Labor Department.

The 59 employees who will be terminated in January are not part of a union, the company said.

The tropical-themed restaurant, with multiple bars and a concert stage, opened its Mohegan location in Sept. 2008. Margaritaville will no longer have a presence in New England, as it maintains over 30 international locations.

“We have enjoyed a 10-year relationship with Margaritaville, and while we don’t have specifics to share at this time, we continuously explore fresh and exciting offerings to enhance our guests’ experience and will provide details as soon as we are ready to announce,” said Ray Pineault, Mohegan Sun’s president and general manager.

Jimmy Buffett announces first two shows of 2019 tour

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers announced two shows for the 2019 Son Of A Son Of A Sailor Tour.

Mar 16, 2019 – Golden 1 Pavilion – Sacramento, CA
Pre-sale tickets: November 2-4
Public on sale: November 5th

Apr 23, 2019 – The Wharf Amphitheater – Orange Beach, AL
Tickets on sale: November 2nd at 10 a.m. at the Wharf Box Office or Ticketmaster.com.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ to Give Away $350,000 Margaritaville Home

This October, for the first time ever, Wheel of Fortune will make it possible for one lucky viewer to win a new “Home Sweet Home.” America’s Game® is partnering with Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings to give away a new home valued at $350,000 at Latitude Margaritaville, a new active adult community, in the “Home Sweet Home Giveaway,” airing nationally October 29 through November 2.

“After 35 seasons it’s not an easy feat to do something for the first time, but thanks to Latitude Margaritaville, we’re doing just that by giving away a house,” said Wheel of Fortune executive producer Harry Friedman. “Our viewers welcome us into their homes each night, so we’re returning the favor by welcoming one of them into a new home of their own.”

In addition to the grand prize of a house, 20 Margaritaville gift cards valued at $500 each will be given away as first prizes. The gift cards will be redeemable at www.MargaritavilleStore.com and select Margaritaville resorts and restaurants.

To enter, viewers should tune in to Wheel of Fortune each night October 29 through November 2, take note of the bonus round puzzle solution and input it at www.wheeloffortune.com for an entry. Members of the Wheel Watchers Club, Wheel of Fortune’s loyalty program, will be awarded an additional entry in the drawing. Winners will be chosen at random.

A “Home Sweet Home” themed week on Wheel of Fortune will air in conjunction with the exciting giveaway. It will feature a custom set including images from Latitude Margaritaville communities and Margaritaville-branded products. During the week of shows, Wheel of Fortune contestants will compete to win luxury vacations to popular Margaritaville Resorts including those in Florida, the Carribean and The Great Smoky Mountains

“We can’t think of a more fitting place for Wheel of Fortune to land than in Margaritaville,” said John Cohlan, chief executive officer of Margaritaville. “Regardless of their current latitude, we look forward to offering the show’s contestants and viewers a chance to win a piece of paradise.”

More information about the “Home Sweet Home Giveaway” and details on how to enter are available here.

Buffett performs in Las Vegas

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed at the MGM Grand Arena last night. It was the final show of the 2018 Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour.

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights included a medley of “Last Mango In Paris” and La Vie Dansante”, “Margaritaville” (featuring Frank Marshall on guitar), and Bob Marley’s “One Love”.