Buffett to perform at New Orleans Jazz Fest

Jimmy Buffett and his Acoustic Airmen (not the full Coral Reefer Band) are scheduled to perform at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on Sunday April 29th. Tickets are now on sale via TicketMaster.

The 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be held April 27 to May 6 at the New Orleans Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Organizers of the long-running event have detailed the musical lineup for this year’s Jazz Fest.

Among the newly confirmed acts playing Jazz Fest 2018 includes Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Jimmy Buffett and his Acoustic Airmen, Jack White, Beck, Lionel Richie and David Byrne. Jazz Fest 2018 will also present performances by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Revivalists, Steve Miller Band, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Toots & The Maytals, Aaron Neville, Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, Blind Boys of Alabama, John Mayall, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Rebirth Brass Band, Tank and the Bangas, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Soul Rebels and scores of others. Jazz Fest will host a special tribute to the late great NOLA legend Fats Domino, with featured guest Jerry Lee Lewis.

Margaritaville Beach Resort to open in Nassau

From the Caribbean Journal: “Margaritaville to Open $250 Million Resort in Nassau

A major new resort is coming to The Bahamas.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville brand is opening its first property in Nassau, with plans for a $250 million, six-acre development centered at The Pointe, a mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Nassau.

Already under construction, the property will feature a 150-room Margaritaville Beach Resort, along with 150 luxury oceanfront residences, 100 of which will be branded One Particular Harbour at The Pointe.

Margaritaville Holdings’ newest project will also include a marina, a water park, a spa, an entertainment center, signature Margaritaville food and beverage concepts, retail shops and a kids’ club.

“The Bahamas – one of the most beautiful places in the world – is an absolutely perfect location for a Margaritaville lifestyle destination,” said John Cohlan, chief executive officer of Margaritaville. “We’re excited to combine our casual-luxe brand with the local Bahamian culture, known for its warmth and hospitality, to create a one-of-a-kind paradise to vacation, visit, live or just kick back and relax. Nassau is an ideal destination for our lifestyle brand as we continue to expand our global hospitality footprint.”

The project is expected to begin a phased opening in mid-2019.

The Margaritaville Beach Resort at The Pointe will also include an open-air shopping concourse, a movie theater, a bowling alley, an outdoor performance stage and a cascading water pool.

Other amenities will include the St. Somewhere Spa, retail huts, a private beach and a special blue hole diving pool, among others.

The 45-slip marina will feature modern floating berths for up to 150-foot yachts.

Possible Margaritaville Resort coming to Jacksonville Beach

From Action News Jax: “Jimmy Buffett ‘Margaritaville’ hotel possibly coming to Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach will have the opportunity to get into the “Margaritaville state of mind” after the beachside city confirmed a proposal to construct a “Margaritaville” hotel project.

Jacksonville Beach director of planning and development Bill Mann said the project is planned for the vacant, oceanfront block between 6th and 7th Avenues North.

Mann said the hotel project would connect with the city’s seawalk boardwalk to the south along the oceanfront.

The project is in development plan review with the city’s Planning and Development Department. Mann said there’s no start date yet for the construction.

Mann called the project “a great addition to our downtown area.”

Longtime Jacksonville Beach resident Carol Wakefield couldn’t agree more.

“An ocean front hotel with an amazing bar and restaurant. What could be better than that?” Wakefield said. “It’s something we need, you can see there’s a gap here. Something needs to make this area come alive.”

Buffett named ambassador for the Les Voiles de Saint-Barth

From ABC News: “Jimmy Buffett sails to aid of regatta on storm-hit St. Barts

Jimmy Buffett knows all about hurricanes and sailing, so it’s appropriate that the singer-songwriter has been enlisted to help promote a regatta on the Caribbean island of St. Barts and show that life is returning to normal after a direct hit from Hurricane Irma in September.

Buffett will serve as U.S. ambassador for the Les Voiles de Saint-Barth, April 8-14, a mainstay on the Caribbean yacht racing circuit.

“I sailed into the harbor in 1978 and it’s always kind of been my second Caribbean home, after Florida,” Buffett said by phone from New York, where he’s getting ready for the Broadway premiere of his musical, “Escape to Margaritaville.” ”My kids all kind of grew up down there. I have a fond attachment from those early days. I’ve seen it in a lot of phases and I think it’s one of the most unique spots on the planet.”

Buffett owns a villa on St. Barts that was undamaged by the storm. He said he’s impressed with how the island residents are bouncing back and he’s eager to help.

“They’re pretty resilient people there. They always have been,” he said. “They did an amazing job, I thought, in getting the place in any way presentable.”

Buffett played a free concert on the main dock in Gustavia on Dec. 27 to give locals a break from the recovery work and attract visitors to the island.

“People know St. Barts as a ritzy place, but what makes it so unique is the people in the service industry, the working people on the island,” he said. “They don’t live in mansions on the hill. They live in houses that took the brunt of storm. Everyone has worked together to get back to normal.

Buffett will be onsite for the regatta but won’t be sailing and isn’t scheduled to play a concert. But he has done impromptu sets at local bars.

“It’s been known to happen,” he said, adding: “It’s always fun. It’s always been a sailing community. Sailors sing, sailors sing in bars and all the accouterments that go along with it are there.”

Buffett adds three shows to 2018 Tour

Three additional shows have been added to Jimmy Buffett’s 2018 “I Don’t Know” tour

Friday April 6th, 2018 – North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC
Tickets go on sale January 12th.

Saturday April 7th, 2018 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
Tickets go on sale January 12th.

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 – Verizon Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
Tickets go on sale January 12th.