Tracking the elusive Jimmy Buffett

From the San Diego Union Tribune: “Changes in latitudes: Tracking the elusive Jimmy Buffett (and Playhouse’s ‘Margaritaville’)

We dropped in for a rehearsal of La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere musical “Escape to Margaritaville” earlier this week, and got to hear some Jimmy Buffett songs set to a Jimmy Buffett-minded story with a very Jimmy Buffett vibe.

The only question was: Where’s Jimmy?

And the answer, judging by social media, seems to be: Kind of everywhere.

To back up a bit: Buffett was in town about three weeks ago to meet with the cast and creative team of “Margaritaville,” the Broadway-bound show built around his song catalog as well as some brand-new music. Here’s a quick clip from his visit:

He also snuck in a “secret” show at Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern that sold out quicker than you can say “Son of a son of a sailor”.

And he took a moment out of his busy schedule of surfing and singing to snap this shot at the Torrey Pines golf course.

So where did he go?

First it was off to Fiji — on a private plane with a full quiver of surfboards, because if you’re Jimmy Buffett that’s just what you do.

Then it was on to Australia, to perform at an Easter weekend concert festival and chill with the likes of pro surfer and 11-time world champion Kelly Slater.

Now, Buffett — who’s also an accomplished pilot — appears to be winging his way around New Zealand.

Buffett heads to Australia for Bluesfest

From News.com.au: “Jimmy Buffett hopes to not fall off stage and stay away from sharks on his return gig to Australia”

Famed American singer Jimmy Buffett hopes to share a margarita with the Sydney trauma doctor who “probably saved my life” when he returns to Australia to perform at Bluesfest on Friday April 14th.

The Margaritaville star walked off the stage towards the end of his Hordern Pavilion concert on Australia Day in 2011 — at the tailend of his first Australian tour in more than two decades — and sustained a head injury.

St Vincent’s Hospital head of emergency Professor Gordian Fulde was enjoying the concert from the front row and leapt over the barricades to treat the performer.

Buffett hopes the doctor will join the rest of his legion of Parrothead fans at his one-off concert at the Byron Bay festival on Friday.

“Hopefully I am going to get him up to Byron. That fall off the stage is a memory burned into whatever part of my brain I fell on,” Buffett said ahead of his Australian visit.

“I remember coming to with Gordian over me and telling me I had fallen but to stay with him and keep looking him in the eye.

“He was in the front row … who else gets the head of trauma surgery on Australia Day sitting in their front row? “I am sure they probably saved my life.”

As the news of his fall went viral, Buffett said he startled the fellow patients and staff in the hospital’s intensive care when he guffawed at the first text he received from his close friend, world champion surfer Kelly Slater.

“Kelly sent me a text saying ‘Did you make it?’ I just started laughing and the people in intensive care thought I was crazy or they had given me the good medicine.”

Buffett’s next spin-off from his successful “lifestyle” brand is a retirement village in Florida.

“I’m already thinking of the street names,” he said. “This thing has gone so viral now the challenge is to deliver to the standards we set for it to be the best place to spend your life.”

Buffett visits Mobile and talks about an upcoming documentary

From AL.com: “Why was Jimmy Buffett in Mobile today?” Jimmy Buffett and reporter Jared Boyd talk about an upcoming documentary project chronicling the singer’s start on the Gulf Coast during a chance encounter at Dew Drop Inn on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

On the 1982 song, “I Heard I Was in Town,” Jimmy Buffett sings about walking the streets of his former stomping grounds. On a recent trip to Mobile, the renowned singer-songwriter was caught bringing the words of his song to life, stopping into the Dew Drop Inn in Mobile on Thursday afternoon for an impromptu chat with fans.

The late lunch encounter began with a table of women pointing out of the window.

“Jimmy,” I heard one of the women saying. “That is him,” she continued. “Jimmy Buffett.”

Sure enough, I caught a glimpse of the tropical-shirted figure stepping into a white late-model Nissan van in an adjacent lot on Old Shell Road.

Quickly, the woman sprang up from the table and sprinted out of the restaurant’s back door. Through the window, I could see her waving to flag Buffett down.

So, why was Jimmy Buffett walking “old streets again,” as he sings in his aforementioned song?

According to the man, himself, he’s saluting his Mobile roots in a documentary film about his early career. While in town, Buffett says he is gathering shots and meeting with local musicians who were integral to the making of his first records.

“I’m hoping to get out to McGill-Toolen in a minute,” the “Margaritaville” singer said of his alma-mater. “I’ve got some fond memories and some not-so-fond memories there.”

Of those not-so-fond memories, he joked that he was no stranger to trouble with the nuns and fathers on campus. “They would chase you around with rulers and pop you. That’s why our track team was always so good!”

Sarah Delaney Buffett, a filmmaker and Jimmy Buffett’s daughter, is among the list of names Buffett says is involved with the project.

“So, now you’ve got the scoop,” he said, after a short spiel.

Buffett enjoys crab cakes and sails near Annapolis

From Fox 5 DC: “Jimmy Buffett enjoys crab cakes at Annapolis restaurant, goes sailing

Jimmy Buffett took some time to get away from Margaritaville to sail the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

The star musician was in Annapolis on Thursday to meet up with a group of people from the Naval Academy for the sailing adventure.

Buffett also visited the Boatyard Bar and Grill for lunch. The owner of the Annapolis restaurant, Dick Franyo, said Buffett ordered the crab cake. Franyo was even invited by Buffett for the sailing outing.

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“I went out and sailed with him and some of our other Naval Academy friends,” said Franyo. “He was gracious. He was just so nice to everyone.”

It was no cheeseburger in paradise, but Buffett is a big fan of the crab cake he had.

“He said I have never seen so much crab in a crab cake. This is amazing,” Franyo recalled.

It’s not surprising because everyone knows crab cakes and football — that’s what Maryland does!

Buffett with the Stones in Cuba, and Margaritaville Havana?

Jimmy Buffett was backstage at the Rolling Stones concert in Havana on Friday: “The Rolling Stones Dazzle the Crowd at Historic Concert in Cuba

The crowd was lightly sprinkled with glitterati, including Richard Gere, who posed for snapshots with a dozen young Cuban journalists. Jimmy Buffett, leader of the Parrot Heads, allowed that he hoped to perform soon in Havana — perhaps next year. “Living in Key West, it has been so close for so long, but it’s been so far for so long too,” said Buffett, dressed for the occasion in shorts and flip-flops.

Is Buffett’s Havana daydream about to come true? He is looking at the possibility of opening a Margaritaville restaurant in Cuba: “U.S. companies line up to do business in Cuba

And then there was singer and businessman Jimmy Buffett rubbing elbows at a cocktail reception with top White House advisors. He is said to be exploring the possibility of bringing his Margaritaville restaurant chain here.

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