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Apr 07
2015

From the Miami Herald: “Jimmy Buffett rallies parrotheads for U.S. Sugar land purchase

With musician Jimmy Buffett singing about “changes in latitudes” Tuesday outside Florida’s Capitol, proponents of buying Everglades land from U.S. Sugar Corp. hope in the next few weeks to change the attitudes of lawmakers opposed to the deal.

Introduced by Miami Herald columnist and novelist Carl Hiaasen, Buffett played a 25-minute mid-day acoustic set as part of an Everglades Day rally that attracted more than 500 people to the Capitol courtyard.

“What would Skink do?” Buffett asked the crowd in reference to the fictional former Florida Gov. Clinton Tyree, who appears as a wild hermit known as Skink in a number Hiaasen’s novels.

“He’d do the right thing,” Buffett answered his own question. “Governor. Legislature. Do the right thing. … We want to preserve our water. We want to save our swamp. And we want to have a future for our children in Florida.”

A video is available on Youtube

Songs that Buffett played: “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”, “Migration”, “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, “Growing Older But Not Up”, “Floridays”, and “Margaritaville”

Apr 01
2015

From USA Today: “Norwegian opens first Jimmy Buffett-themed bar

Norwegian Cruise Line has opened its first 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar on the Norwegian Star, installed along with a number of other improvements in a recent dry dock.

The 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar is the fruit of a partnership with entertainer Jimmy Buffett, who has other such bars on land. The one aboard Norwegian Star will be the first at sea.

The Buffett-inspired bar will serve signature margaritas and “boat drinks” such as the “Who’s to Blame Margarita,” along with LandShark Lagers and more. The bar will also have nightly live musical performances.

Another 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar is being installed on the new Norwegian Escape coming to Miami in the fall. Margaritaville Holdings LLC and Norwegian Cruise Line are also building a Margaritaville resort on Harvest Cay, in Belize and on Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.

Jan 31
2015

Jimmy Buffett toured a cannabis farm with Eric Williams on Thursday January 29th, then he stopped by MiNDFUL a cannabis dispensary in Denver.

Erik Williams is a political consultant, marijuana activist and medical marijuana professional, and Director of Government & Public Affairs at MiNDFUL.

MiNDFUL’s CEO Megan Sander was recently featured on 60 Minutes (View the video here).

There is speculation that Buffett may invest in the cannabis company.

Dec 05
2014

From the Miami Herald: “Norwegian cruise ship to feature Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant

Norwegian Cruise Line’s next ship, which will be based in Miami, will have Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant and the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar on board, the company announced Thursday.

Margaritaville will be a complimentary restaurant on the Norwegian Escape, which will debut in Europe next October and begin week-long Caribbean cruises out of Miami starting Nov. 14. The 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will be an outdoor bar on the ship’s Waterfront zone and will feature live music nightly.

Norwegian’s port at Harvest Caye, Belize, will have a Margaritaville when it opens next fall, and a 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will open next year on Norwegian’s Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.

Margaritaville eventually will be expanded to the rest of the fleet, but details haven’t been set yet, said Vanessa Lane Picariello, Norwegian’s director of public relations.

Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s CEO, announced the new partnership with Buffett at the annual company-wide employee meeting in Miami and brought Buffett on stage to perform for cheering employees.

“I always wanted a navy,” Buffett said. “If you see me out on my little 26-foot sailboat, please do not run over me.”

Dec 02
2014

On the Tony Kornheiser Radio Show on Washington DC radio station 980AM, Tony was interviewing Greg Garcia who said that he and Mike O’Malley were currently writing ‘Margaritaville – The Musical’ for Broadway. He said that Jimmy Buffett is on board to use his catalog and to write a few new tunes.

Greg Garcia is the TV show creator on “My Name Is Earl”, “The Millers” and “Raising Hope”. Mike O’Malley is and actor, TV show writer and play writer.

(thanks to Scott French for passing that along to us)

Oct 10
2014

Buffett asks Spotify for a Raise

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From Digitalmusicnews.com: “Jimmy Buffett Asked Spotify for a Raise. Here’s What They Said

at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, audience Q&A portion.

Jimmy Buffet to Daniel Ek, Spotify CEO: “Do you see anything in your future where we might get a raise directly from you as opposed to the bullshit you have to go through to deal with a label these days? Musicians only get a trickle after [Spotify payments] have gone through the major label executives.

“How the stream of revenue gets to the artist, particularly the younger struggling artist… it’s really hard to make it in real life if you’re a young artist. So I’m hoping that all the music services would look at that.”

[audience smattering of laughter, applause]
“Because it’s one thing when it goes to the record label, but most of it doesn’t get to the artist.”

Daniel Ek: “Obviously I agree. At first there were a lot of artists that didn’t understand streaming, was it good, was it bad for them. And Spotify, quite quickly started becoming the biggest music service, and right now we’re about 70 percent of all revenues in Sweden, including physical as well. So this is a massive part of the music industry which has actually gone up in revenues.

“And because we started publishing that, that started creating the dialogue between the artist and the industry. And as a side consequence because streaming became such a massive part of the revenues, labels even changed how they started paying out the artists. So instead of once a year, they started paying out much more frequent.
“And right now, we’re actually paying out more than a billion [dollars] in rights payments this year, and more than 70 percent of our revenues go to rights owners.”

Buffett: “But that’s actually still lower than what we used to get.”

Ek: “Of course.”

Buffett: “Which is why I was hoping for a raise.”

Irving Azoff (moderator): “If you’re looking for money, you’re better off selling one of your planes.”

[audience laughter]

Oct 03
2014

Margaritaville to open in Syracuse NY

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From Syracuse.com: “It’s official: Destiny USA confirms Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is coming to Syracuse

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville will open at Destiny USA early next year.

The mall officially confirmed this morning what regular readers here have known for months. The entertainment and dining venue is heading to a spot on the third floor of Destiny’s expansion section across from Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.

The Margaritaville will include 12,000 square feet of entertainment and dining space, a 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar with a live performance stage, multiple dining areas with total seating for 330 people and a 700-square-foot Margaritaville store.

It’ll feature the chain’s signature margaritas and coastal-style food.

A Margaritaville had been rumored for Destiny for years, but things really began to pick up steam in 2014.

The state Legislature passed an exemption to the state’s liquor laws this summer that the venue needed in order to open and hints about the brand’s arrival have been dropping at the mall and elsewhere.

Construction on the space is already underway.

Sep 14
2014

From Al.com: “Crazy Sista Lucy Buffett to open second LuLu’s restaurant in Destin in 2015

Lucy “LuLu” Buffett, owner of LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, recently announced her plan to open a second LuLu’s location in Destin in a low-key way, via Facebook. She posted: “Uh, did I forget to mention…” along with a photo of a sign at the new spot. “Keep calm and eat gumbo,” the sign reads. “Destin 2015.”

Buffett’s new venture will be located close to her brother Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, which opened in Destin in February of this year. The siblings grew up in Mobile.

Jimmy Buffett has his Parrotheads fan club, but Lucy Buffett has gained fame in her own right as a restaurateur and cookbook author.

Like her brother, she even has her own beer. His is Landshark Lager, distributed by Budweiser in St. Louis; hers is Crazy Sista Honey Ale, brewed at Back Forty Beer Co. in Gadsden, Ala.

But unlike her brother, Lucy Buffett returned home after spending, as she writes on her website, www.lulubuffett.com, years in Los Angeles. When she came back to the Alabama Gulf Coast, she first opened a tiny eatery, LuLu’s at Sunset Grill, “a burger joint with great food,” on Weeks Bay near the Fish River Bridge, in 1998.

LuLu’s became a popular place for people to sit outside, wait for the sunset and eat food based on Buffett’s grandmother’s recipes: fried crab claws, fried green tomatoes and “L.A. Caviar,” her signature black-eyed pea dip.



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