Buffett brings Haiti earthquake relief

Buffett flew his seaplane down to Haiti to help bring supplies to the homeless victims of the earthquake.

Jimmy Buffett may sing about “Surfing in a Hurricane,” but cruising through Haiti’s earthquake-ravaged capital nearly left the singer without words.

“It’s like it was bombed,” the singer told The Associated Press after touring the ravaged country’s capital. Buffett loaded his seaplane with tents for some of the 1.2 million Haitians who lost their homes and set a course for the Caribbean nation on Tuesday.

The singer is a lover of Haitian music who has his own room named after him at the famed Hotel Oloffson.

“Haiti’s something worth saving to me,” he said.

He was convinced to make his first visit to Haiti since 1994 because of the needs of so many after the magnitude-7 quake struck on Jan. 12. On Tuesday, he was escorted by U.S. Embassy security personnel past downtown and the destroyed national cathedral.

Summerzcool Tour Ends in Ft Lauderdale

Jimmy Buffett’s Summerzcool Tour came to an end at the BankAtlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale FL on Satuday night. The Summerzcool tour began ten month ago with a show at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta GA.

The Set List and comments from the show are now available. The set list included some changes including “Wings” from the album Buffet Hotel during the first set. “Cuban Crime Of Passion” was added to the second set (last time it was performed was on Feb 12, 2009 at the Margaritaville Cafe in Key West, and it was last performed during the 2004 tour). The show ended with an acoustic version of “Tin Cup Chalice“.

Summerzcool hits Orlando

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed at the Amway Arena in Orlando FL on Thursday night as part of the Summerzcool Tour. The last time Buffett performed in Orlando was three years ago on Feb 8th, 2007 at the same venue.

The Set List and comments from the show are now available. Some changes to the set list included “License To Chill” during the first set, “Door Number 3” during the second set, and “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season” during the encores.

The Summerzcool Tour ends on Saturday February 27th with a show at the BankAtlantic Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

The Orlando Sentinel has a review of the show: “Jimmy Buffett does it old-school at Amway Arena

He waxed nostalgic about the many times he played the Orlando Arena, which is scheduled to give way to the new Amway Center later this year.

“I’m gonna miss this place,” he said. “I think I’ll just buy it.”

He can afford it. At the same time, videos on vintage Buffett the screen and the singer’s stories were potent reminders that the wealth and fame are grounded in the roots of genuine troubadour.

At the end of the night, standing alone with his guitar, he recalled riding around the state in the early days with iconic Florida folksinger Gamble Rogers and talking to him about music at the Tradewinds lounge in St. Augustine. Then, he looked at the crowd:

“I’m a lucky, lucky guy,” Buffett said.

Margaritaville Eyewear Line Coming this Summer

From Marketwatch: “Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Partners with Orange21 to Produce Iconic Eyewear Brand

World-renowned singer/songwriter/author and pilot Jimmy Buffett has teamed up with Orange21 to produce a signature line of eyewear for his Margaritaville brand. Launching in key retailers this summer, the premium eyewear line joins the Margaritaville products that include all of the essentials for the tropical escape lifestyle.

The collaboration with Orange21 was a natural choice for Margaritaville, “America’s leading lifestyle brand.” Jimmy Buffett has personified the aviator/adventurer for three decades and his evocative lyrics and lifestyle have inspired a cross-generational following. The Margaritaville concept translates vividly into attire, foods, spirits, and party/tailgate essentials, attracting a diverse customer base that enjoys bringing Margaritaville with them wherever they go.

Summerzcool in Columbia SC

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia South Carolina on Tuesday night as part of the Summerzcool Tour. The last time Buffett performed in Columbia was five years ago (Feb 17th, 2005).

The Set List and comments from the show are now available. Some changes to the set list included “School Boy Heart” during the first set and “Coast Of Carolina” during the encores.

The State has more on the show and tailgating: ‘Come on, man, it’s Buffett‘ and “Photos and video: Jimmy Buffett in Columbia