Jimmy Buffett interview in the New York Times

The New York Times has an article and interview with Buffett: “Jimmy Buffett Does Not Live the Jimmy Buffett Lifestyle

Mr. Buffett hasn’t stopped touring in his nearly half-century as a performer, but it had been a long time since he did a last-minute set at a bar. He had to get on a stage with a pickup band like in the old days and really get back into the original iteration of Jimmy Buffett.

That night, he went to the original Margaritaville bar in Key West, which he opened in the mid-1980s, unannounced, and played a three-and-a-half-hour set. He told stories between songs. He kept the audience active. It felt good to be back there, remembering who he once was.

Because that, in a coconut shell, was the problem. Jimmy Buffett is not really Jimmy Buffett anymore. He hasn’t been for a while. Jimmy Buffett — the nibbling on sponge cake, watching the sun bake, getting drunk and screwing, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere Jimmy Buffett — has been replaced with a well-preserved businessman who is leveraging the Jimmy Buffett of yore in order to keep the Jimmy Buffett of now in the manner to which the old Jimmy Buffett never dreamed he could become accustomed. And therein lies the Margaritaville® Mesquite BBQ Rub: The more successful you become at selling the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle, the less you are seen as believably living the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle.

Mr. Buffett and I both saw “Escape to Margaritaville” in New Orleans on Oct. 28, which is a day that fans have long since designated as Parrothead Day, though Mr. Buffett doesn’t know why. In the audience, fans wore feathers on their heads. When they sang along, it was in a unified hum, reminding Mr. Buffett of the recitation of prayers in church during his altar boy days.

After the show, there had been a big party where Mr. Buffett D.J.’ed alongside the movie producer Frank Marshall, who is his friend and one of the show’s creators. He had a tequila on the rocks and “a lot of water.” He’s 71, a married father of three adult children. He only occasionally drinks margaritas these days. “I don’t do sugar anymore,” he said. “No sugar and no carbs. Except on Sunday.” He doesn’t smoke pot anymore, either. Now he vapes oils, only sometimes after work.

A FEW WEEKS before the Broadway debut of “Escape to Margaritaville,” Mr. Buffett had breakfast at the Mandarin Oriental, next to his apartment at the Time Warner Center, where he stays when he’s in town. Once, a long time ago, he left Key West because it had become too commercialized. Now he lives at the mall.

Read the full article and interview at NYTimes.com

Buffett and Caroline Jones video premiere: “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On”

From Yahoo Entertainment: Last November, a group of musicians came together for a very special cause: the Trying to Reason Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert in Tallahassee, Fla., which was assembled with the hope of assisting communities in Florida, Puerto Rico, and other islands affected by hurricanes in 2017.

Yahoo Entertainment is pleased to debut the duet between singer-songwriter Caroline Jones and legendary entertainer Jimmy Buffett, “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On,” from this benefit for fans to enjoy. The song will be available for download Feb. 2 here, and a portion of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to Singing for Change for their continuing efforts for the hurricane victims.

Jones noted of the collaboration: “Jimmy is authentic to his message through and through. Nowhere is that more evident than in the lyrics of ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On,’ which is a song about the beauty and resilience of the human spirit in life’s challenging times. Performing the song at the Trying to Reason Hurricane Benefit was a goose-bump moment for me. I’m so honored to be able to share it with the world, in hopes that the song will inspire others the way it has inspired me.”

“This is for all of us right now,” Buffett added. “That’s the way you get through anything in life — breathe in, breathe out, move on.”

You can still help with relief efforts in these areas. Check here for options to donate.

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head Sales Center Opens Soon

From Island Packet: “You can reserve a Margaritaville Hilton Head home soon. Here’s how much $$ you’ll drop

Longtime Jimmy Buffett fans or folks who just like the singer’s vibe are days away from a peek inside a new Margaritaville-themed residential community being built in Hardeeville. And if they’re ready, they can make a deposit on a home.

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head’s sales center opens Feb. 17, according to Bill Bullock, senior vice president at Minto Communities, a residential building group that’s partnered with commercial developer Sutton Properties Inc. and Buffett’s Margaritaville brand to bring the community to Jasper County.

On that day, Bullock said, prospective buyers — aged 55 and up — can put money down to reserve a lot and home of their choice, or they can forgo a deposit and just get a feel for the place. Whatever they decide to do, they can to set up a March 10 follow-up appointment with a contractor to talk about construction, he said.

But it will be “first come, first serve” Feb. 17, Bullock said. And while there’s no pressure to make a financial commitment during the ensuing “preview period” through March 10, he said, people who don’t make a deposit might not get the lot they want.

Deposits will cost $10,000, Bullock said. They are refundable until the final contract is signed March 10. Homes in the community will range from the “mid-$200,000s to upper-$300,000s,” he said.

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.