Margaritaville Tulsa to open on Thursday 8/25

From Tulsa World: “Margaritaville promises to be ‘big, really big’ for Tulsa

Just inside the Margaritaville hotel’s cavernous front lobby, with an elegant check-in desk on one side and a concierge station on the other, Pat Crofts was watching video footage on a giant TV screen — 50 feet across and 16 feet tall, from the floor to the ceiling.

It was showing glitzy images of London and the Rocky Mountains and other “travel destinations” around the world. But later this week, it will be showing newly edited shots of Tulsa. Because on Thursday, when the public gets to walk past this big screen for the first time, Tulsa is going to be the travel destination, pulling tourists from across the region if not across the country.

“Tulsa doesn’t know what’s about to hit it,” Crofts said, silhouetted against the screen’s flickering light. “I mean, this is going to be big. Really big.”

With a 27-story glass tower overlooking the Arkansas River near 81st Street, the finished resort will include a 483-room hotel with a tropical theme unlike anything else in Tulsa, featuring poolside cabanas, palm trees, fire pits and a Margaritaville “Tiki Bar.” Turn left from the main entrance, and the hallway leads to the existing River Spirit Casino. Turn right and it leads to the new 50,000-square-foot Margaritaville casino and restaurant with Jimmy Buffett’s “fun-in-the-sun” aesthetic — a volcano erupts lava into a giant blender while a seaplane swoops low over the dining room.

The hotel won’t open until December; the theater and the outdoor area next to the river won’t be ready until 2017.

“People are blown away by what they’ve seen already,” said Senior Program Manager Randall Hull, who led the tour. “But they haven’t seen everything yet. Just wait.”

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Buffett’s New Christmas Album

Jimmy Buffett’s new Christmas album “‘Tis the SeaSon” will be released on October 28, 2016. It is now available For Pre-Sale at Mailboat Records. On the Bing and Bong show Jimmy said the name of the album is “‘Tis the SeaSUN”. No information is currently available on the song list for the album.

In 1996 Buffett released the album “Christmas Island” and it included some original songs including “Ho Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Rhum”, “A Sailor’s Christmas”, and “Merry Christmas, Alabama”.

The album cover has Buffett on his surfboard paddling his two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

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Buffett performs in Boston area

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “I Don’t Know” tour continued last night with a show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield MA.

The set list from the show is now available. The featured album for the night was “Last Mango In Paris” released in 1985. Songs from the album included “Gypsies In The Palace”, “Jolly Mon Sing”, and “Last Mango In Paris”. The song selected by the fans for What’s Behind Door #3 was “Quietly Making Noise” (last played December 29, 1997).

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Margaritaville could be headed to Atlanta

You could soon be wasting away again in Margaritaville — in downtown Atlanta.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that the chain — which features a laid-back vibe in menu in keeping with musician and Margaritaville partner Jimmy Buffett’s lyrics — has been working with the owners of Skyview Atlanta, the Ferris wheel across from Centennial Olympic Park, to bring the restaurant to the area around the park. The restaurant is eyeing a summer 2017 opening, though its not a done deal — the design will need to go before city officials for planning and permitting.

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BANGOR, MAINE -- 08/18/2016 -- Jimmy Buffett plays a Thursday concert at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on the Bangor Waterfront. Micky Bedell | BDN

Buffett performs in Bangor ME

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “I Don’t Know” tour continued last night with a show at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor ME.

The set list from the show is now available. The featured album for the night was “Riddles In The Sand” released in 1984. Songs from the album included “Ragtop Day”, “Knees of My Heart” and “Who’s the Blonde Stranger”. For the final encore Buffett sang “Tin Cup Chalice”.

The Bangor Daily News has a review of the show: “Fins to the left: Jimmy Buffett puts on quite a show in Bangor

Buffett, who turns 70 this year, played a two-hour-plus set crammed with hits, fan favorites and a few deep cuts from his 27 albums. From radio standards such as “Margaritaville” and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” to stripped down acoustic versions of songs such as “Delaney Talks to Statues” and the jaunty “Pencil Thin Mustache,” Buffett is the consummate showman.

Though this was the first time Buffett and his 11-piece Coral Reefer Band have played in Bangor, the singer is no stranger to the state — he’s visited many times on his own, and he has had boats built at Hinckley in Southwest Harbor. From the stage, Buffett remarked that he finally got to play a show in Bangor, and that the seafaring culture in Maine fits right in with his beach-friendly music.

“We finally made it!” said Buffett, early on in his set. “I’ve built boats here, I’ve had fun here, and now finally get to come play here in ‘Bangah.’”

More than 15,000 people crowded into the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, with big lines at the gates, at the T-shirt stand and at the frozen margarita booth — a new addition to the venue for 2016, and likely much appreciated by Parrotheads.

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Buffett performs at the Wyndham Championship

From “Jimmy Buffett makes whirlwind trip through the Wyndham Championship

The crowd gathered a little before 4 p.m. in the hot, open-air Margaritaville bar set up in front of Sedgefield Country Club’s stately Tudor clubhouse for the Wyndham Championship.

A few hundred people listened and sang along with “20 Ride,” a Zac Brown tribute band from Charlotte.

But they were waiting for more. Word was out: Jimmy Buffett would visit this temporary bar based on his chain of 24 permanent Margaritavilles in the U.S., Mexico and Carribean.

Buffett was dressed for business: light blue shorts, a pink polo shirt, and battered blue Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers with no laces. His curly gray hair poked out from beneath a white Navy Sailing baseball cap, his eyes hidden behind gold-framed aviator sunglasses with dark brown lenses.

The 69-year-old singer stepped on stage and borrowed a guitar. His friend Mac McAnally, a member of Buffett’s Coral Reefer band who has won the CMA’s Musician of the Year award eight times in a row, introduced him. And the intimate little crowd cheered.

“We been rehearsing this for hours,” Buffett deadpanned. He sang one song. That was all. And dozens of smart phones held high recorded it to make friends, family and colleagues jealous.

Where were you Monday? I saw Jimmy Buffett sing “Margaritaville” at the Wyndham.

The crowd tried to sing along, but Buffett changed the lyrics in key spots in his signature song from 1977 to reference Greensboro and the Wyndham.

“… But I know, it’s all Bobby Long’s fault,” Buffett crooned at one point, singling out the chairman of the Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation that owns Greensboro’s PGA Tour tournament.

And then he was gone, whisked away back to the airport to catch a private plane, headed for an airport with a curfew on late flights.

Make no mistake: This was a business trip for Buffett.

Besides the restaurants and bars, the chief Parrothead also owns Margaritaville Vacation Clubs by Wyndham, a growing chain of resorts.

“There’s one in St. Thomas (Virgin Islands), one in Puerto Rico and we’re going to be adding more,” said Steve Holmes, chairman and CEO of Wyndham Worldwide. “It’s just Jimmy’s effort to expand the Margaritaville brand working with us. It’s a great relationship.”

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Buffett performs at Atlantic City Beach

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “I Don’t Know” tour got back underway last night with a show on the the Atlantic City Beach in New Jersey.

The set list from the show is now available. The featured album for the night was “One Particular Harbour” released in 1983. Songs from the album included “Stars On The Water”, “One Particular Harbour”, and “Brown Eyed Girl”. The song for What’s Behind Door #3 was “Love And Luck”. For the final encore Buffett sang “Tin Cup Chalice”.

From “Like a good margarita, Jimmy Buffett helps Atlantic City forget its troubles – at least for a few hours

On Saturday afternoon, the deeply tanned, humorous, 69-year-old Buffett, his Coral Reef Band, and his opening act (onetime Philadelphians G. Love & Special Sauce) sold out the Atlantic City beach for the first concert of its season. Spanning from Missouri Avenue on the Boardwalk to Indiana Avenue and MLK Boulevard, an estimated 20,000 people were in attendance, many of whom seemed to know Buffett’s every lyric and between-song banter.

He commenced his Saturday set with the rock-and-sway of “Summerzcool,” a perfect elixir for those weighed down by Atlantic City’s current troubles.

You messed up, you read the paper.
You accidentally watched the news.
You inadvertently find yourself in the vicinity of the blues.

Buffett cackled before following those words with a chorus fitting the setting:
Get to the beach or at least in the pool.

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