Buffett peforms in Mansfield MA

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band played the final show of the summer tour last night at the Xfinity Center (Great Woods) in Mansfield MA. This was the 60th show at Great Woods that Buffett has headlined (he also performed at the Walden Woods benefit show with Don Henley)

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights from the show included “School Boy Heart” and the show ended with “Nautical Wheelers” and “Tin Cup Chalice”.

Listen to Buffett performing Bob Marley’s “One Love” at last night’s show.

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers will resume the tour with three shows at La Cigale in Paris France from September 21st to 23rd.

Buffett performs in Camden NJ

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden NJ.

During the Bing and Bong show before the concert Buffett mentioned there will be a big announcement soon about the naming rights to the new amphitheater in Key West. Jimmy also mentioned that “we’ll be playing it sometime soon”.

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights from the show included “The Tiki Bar Is Open”, a cover of Paul Simon’s “American Tune”, and for the final encore a cover of Bob Marley’s “One Love”.

Buffett performs at Jones Beach

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY. The show marks the 30th time that Buffett has performed at Jones Beach.

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights from the show included “Growing Older But Not Up”, “Margaritaville” featuring Frank Marshall on guitar, and for the final encore a cover of Bob Marley’s “One Love”.

Forbes article on Margaritaville Multibillion-Dollar Empire

From Forbes: “How Jimmy Buffett Turned Hit Song ‘Margaritaville’ Into A Multibillion-Dollar Empire

Jimmy Buffett’s classic hit “Margaritaville” is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The song debuted on the 1977 “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” album and quickly took on a life of its own, becoming a state of mind and way of life rooted in fun and escapism for those “growing older, but not up”.

The song about life in this euphoric place where days are wasted away nibblin’ on sponge cake and watchin’ the sun bake has also morphed into a global lifestyle brand that currently has more than $4.8 billion in the development pipeline and sees $1.5 billion in annual system-wide sales. This year, Margaritaville Holdings announced a partnership with Minto Communities to develop Latitude Margaritaville, new active adult communities for those “55 and better”, including the $1 billion Daytona Beach, Florida location and a second in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

“Since I wrote the song 40 years ago, Margaritaville has affected just about everything we’ve done,” said Jimmy Buffett. “From getting me on the radio first, to the evolution of the brand in so many areas that we couldn’t possibly conceive of in the beginning.”

Buffett, 70, was reported to have a net worth of $550 million as of 2016 and was ranked No. 13 on FORBES first-ever list of America’s Wealthiest Celebrities. His 2016 earnings alone total an approximate $40.5 million. The singer, songwriter, bestselling author and business tycoon remains true to his loyal and like-minded fans.

“I love that as successful as we’ve become, the basic principle that I learned on Bourbon Street, of having fun and engaging with fans, has always been a focus,” Buffett said. “I love Margaritaville, the entire idea of it.”

Read the full article at Forbes.com

Miranda Lambert in Paradise

Margaritaville has a blog up with a recent special guest at the St. Louis show: “Miranda Lambert in Paradise

We were unloading trucks at 8 a.m. in St. Louis, getting ready to kick off the July leg of the tour, when our production office got a phone call. Miranda Lambert was on her way from Nashville to see her very first Jimmy Buffett show. I immediately sent word to Jimmy, and he texted back a few minutes later with a request to meet her before the show. Before I even ate breakfast, the St. Louis show had already promised to reach a new level.

A few hours later I brought Miranda and her crew to meet Jimmy. Miranda was wearing a flower lei as a headband, feeling the vibe of the day and explained to Jimmy this was her first Buffett show. The dressing room was full of smiles and chatter as Jimmy asked Miranda to be a guest on The Bing and Bong Show and then join him on stage to sing Margaritaville. She looked a little surprised, this was after all a little vacation for her, but how can you say no to the king of good times?

The Bing and Bong Show was its usual organized chaos and Miranda went with the flow with ease. You never know what Bing and Bong will bring you live and you have to roll with it depending on the day’s topic and viewer mail. During the broadcast Miranda mentioned that Son of a Sailor was one of her favorite Buffett songs and with that, she instantly became one of the best Bing and Bong guests of the year.

Read the complete post by Heikki Larsen at Margaritaville.com.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando Celebrates Groundbreaking

From the Orlando Business Journal: “Breaking ground: Construction to start on hotel in $750M Margaritaville Resort Orlando (Video)

Kick off your shoes and get ready to indulge in a tropical oasis being built right off U.S. Highway 192 southwest of Walt Disney World.

The only question now is if you prefer salt or sugar with your margarita in hand …

Project executives and Osceola County officials on July 27 tossed the ceremonial dirt for the next piece of the 300-acre, $750 million Margaritaville Resort Orlando — a 187-room hotel.

The new hotel in Kissimmee near Disney’s Animal Kingdom is expected to create host of new jobs once complete in fall 2018.

“We expect to create 700-1,000 jobs,” said Jim Bagley, managing director of project developer Encore Capital Management, during the ceremony where 250-plus people attended. “So, we think we are a big economic driver.”

Margaritaville Resort Orlando is one of several projects that will help the West 192 area attract more economic activity— an area that suffered severely because of the Great Recession, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal.

The Margaritaville hotel is just one part of the massive mixed-use development that will have 200,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, vacation homes, and a water park. In all, the resort will create hundreds of jobs and plenty more in economic impact.

WGN talks to Jimmy Buffett

Buffett did an interview with Chicago’s WGN 9 and answers questions about the musical “Escape to Margaritaville”

Singer, songwriter Jimmy Buffett was in Chicago recently, to perform some of the songs from his upcoming musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE.
The new musical will play Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre for a limited three-week engagement November 9 through December 2, 2017.
Escape to Margaritaville is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and the most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics.