Rock the Kasbah

Buffett hosts ‘Rock the Kasbah’ screening

Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jane hosted the screening for the movie “Rock the Kasbah” on Friday August 28th in East Hampton NY. Pictured in the photo: Musician Bruce Springsteen, former U.S President Bill Clinton, musician Jimmy Buffett, screenwriter Barry Levinson, and actor Bill Murray.

Open Road Films’s new comedy “Rock the Kasbah,” starring Bill Murray, Kate Hudson and Bruce Willis, debuted at the United Artist Theater in East Hampton, N.Y. on Friday night for a special sneak preview. The screening — presented by the Peggy Siegel Company and hosted by famed singer Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jane — was a crowd pleaser. Guests raved about Murray’s funny yet heartfelt performance as a washed up rock manager.

But it was the post-screening after party at the Blue Parrot Bar & Grill that drew the most buzz. A star-studded guest list that included Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and President Bill Clinton joined the film’s cast to celebrate the pic and enjoy a casual nightcap. All eyes were on Clinton. The 42nd president of the United States received the most attention and selfie requests from the partygoers. Even the musicians and actors seemed to be starstruck.

“It’s very exciting that the President is here,” Murray told Variety at the party. “It’s an honor to meet him and get to talk to him.”

Murray greeted Clinton with a firm handshake and shared a lighthearted conversation. The two posed for photos and then Willis and his wife Emma introduced themselves to the president. Clinton made his way to the Blue Parrot’s outdoor dinning area where McCartney, Springsteen and Buffett stood in a circle socializing amongst a crowd of partygoers. Clinton joined in on the conversation with the prolific musicians and briefly chatted. Meanwhile, Mellencamp was in a corner socializing with some friends and Bon Jovi worked the room, conversing with all the guests.

Read the article on the screening: “Bill Clinton, McCartney and Springsteen attend Bill Murray’s ‘Rock the Kasbah’ screening

From the Wall Street Journal: “Bill Murray’s ‘Rock the Kasbah’ Party Is the Stuff of Rock ‘n’ Roll Legends. Afterparty brings out John Mellencamp, Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett and more”

Mr. Buffett who had just finished chatting with former President Clinton, said he doesn’t get any preshow jitters, either.

His usual routine: “I have a shot of tequila and a nap.”

“I’m not nervous, I’m aware,” Mr. Buffett said. “Years ago, I learned two things: never forget to duck and never forget it can go to hell at any moment.”

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WGN Radio interview with Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett did an in depth interview with Dave Hoekstra on WGN Radio: “Jimmy Buffett talks about the state of the music business, Steve Goodman, Walter Cronkite and the importance of Chicago to his early years“.

Jimmy Buffett joins Dave Hoekstra for an in studio discussion about his long career as a singer/songwriter and head of the Coral Reefer Band. They talk about his travels in Europe and that audience’s response to the music, the impact of the Chicago club scene on his early career, the state of the recording industry and the benefit of an artist holding the rights to their material, his friendship with Walter Cronkite and much more. Listen to the interview at WGN Radio.

Buffett mentioned he’s been working on a new book off and on for awhile. It’s a collection of travel stories. It will be published by Mailboat Publishing and will be direct to retail and available on Amazon.

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Workin’ and Playin’ in Alpine Valley

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band ended the summer leg of the Workin’ n Playin’ tour last night at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy WI.

Huey Lewis and the News was the opening act for the show. Huey came out later and joined Buffett and the band during the song “Fins” and played harmonica. This was the first time the Huey and Buffett performed together during one of the shows.

The set list from the show is now available. Buffett and the band played 24 songs including “SummerZcool”, “Gypsies In The Palace”, and “Dreamsicle” (last played Feb 25th 2012 in Birmingham AL)

The tour resumes with two shows in Paris on September 26th and 27th, followed by shows on the west coast in October (Santa Barbara CA, Las Vegas, Albuquerque NM, Los Angeles CA, and Irvine CA).

(photos courtesy Jane)

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Alpine 2015 East Troy WI

Workin’ and Playin’ in Alpine Valley tonight

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band perform tonight at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI. It’s the last stop of the summer for the 2015 Workin’ n’ Playin’ Tour.

LISTEN to the show on Radio Margaritaville or SiriusXM 24
WATCH the show online on Margaritaville TV!
Pre-show begins at 7:50 Central and the show starts around 8:20 Central.
Follow along to the set list at

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Workin’ and Playin’ in Camden

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought the Workin’ n Playin’ tour to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden NJ last night.

The set list from the show is now available. Buffett and the band played 23 songs including “SummerZcool” (last played Feb 27 2010 in Ft Lauderdale FL), and “I Have Found Me A Home” (last played July 16, 2013 in Cincinnati OH)

The tour continues on Saturday August 22nd at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy WI.

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Plans for MargaritaVillage revealed

From the Orlando Sentinel: “Water park, swim lagoon part of MargaritaVillage plans

New details about the proposed MargaritaVillage development in Osceola County emerged during a county meeting Wednesday, including information about a water park planned for the resort and a central lagoon licensed for swimming.

“The hotel, time shares and condominiums will be surrounded by a lagoon that will be … Florida Department of Health-licensed as a swimming pool,” said Bagley. A similar feature is part of plans for several Florida developments, including a resort in the Lake Nona area, where an 11-acre man-made lagoon would anchor some watersports activities similar to those planned for MargaritaVillage.

At Wednesday’s meeting, during which county officials asked about a construction timeline and potential traffic problems, committee members approved the project’s preliminary subdivision plan.

Plans for MargaritaVillage’s multifaceted development will be submitted and reviewed in phases, said Bagley. The county will need to approve all engineering plans for the project before developers can start construction, scheduled for the second half of 2016.

Providing more detailed information than was provided for last week’s public announcement, Bagley said Wednesday that the hotel would have about 200 rooms and 437 vacation-rental homes, 300 time-share units, and 340 apartments would be built on site.

He also better described the planned layout and construction of the resort. Amenities of the resort, including the water park and 200,000 square feet of retail, are expected to open in early 2017 and be complete by midyear. Bagley said full build-out of the vacation-rental homes will be by 2021.

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