Buffett appears in Ripple video

Jimmy Buffett appears in the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary video “Ripple”. The Grateful Dead played its final show on July 5th. Playing for Change has released a video featuring an international cast of musicians — some well-known, some not — playing “Ripple”, a song from the great 1970 album American Beauty. The new clip features appearances by Bill Kreutzmann, Jimmy Buffett, David Crosby, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos.

“Ripple” is in support of the Playing For Change Foundation’s music schools and programs for children worldwide and we need your help. Watch the video and then let’s turn that inspiration we all share into something bigger. Join the “Ripple Effect” campaign so we can all leave the world better than we found it, one heart and one song at a time. As Jerry Garcia said, “Let there be songs to fill the air…”

JOIN THE #RippleEffect CAMPAIGN HERE: https://playingforchange.com/rippleef

Buffett performs at Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute

From the Palm Beach Post: “Evening with Jimmy Buffett, Navy SEALs raises more than $1M

The biennial Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute started with a literal bang at its dinner dance, which took place March 30 at The Mar-a-Lago Club.

Rebecca Williams was chairwoman for the evening, which, after the SEAL drop, moved to the ballroom where Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally performed a moving God Bless America before they, too, slipped off unseen into the night.

More than 650 people attended the event, which raised more than $1 million for the Navy SEAL Foundation and for the Navy SEAL Museum, Trident House and Memorial.

Buffett to perform at Everglades Day rally in Tallahassee

Jimmy Buffett to Make Special Appearance at Everglades Day Rally in Tallahassee, FL to Save Florida’s Drinking Water

Jimmy Buffett accompanied by Mac McAnally and Robert Greenidge, will make a special appearance and play a short acoustic set at the Everglades Day Rally, hosted by the
Everglades Coalition on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 on the steps of the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla.

The rally is part of the Everglades Coalition’s third annual Everglades Action Day, which brings Floridians from across the state together in Tallahassee to meet with decision makers about the importance of America’s Everglades, which supplies 8 million Floridians with drinking water.

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Steps of the Old Capitol (East Side)
400 South Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399

McAnally and Coral Reefer Band to play benefit show

From AL.com: “Mac McAnally, Jimmy Buffett band members to play Extra Table benefit at Beau Rivage

Songwriter Mac McAnally and other members of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band will play a special “concert for a cause” this April at Beau Rivage.

On April 28, McAnally and other members of Buffett’s band will appear at the Beau Rivage Theatre along with the USM Festival South Orchestra in a concert benefiting the nonprofit organization Extra Table. According to promotional information, Extra Table works “to fight hunger in Mississippi by providing healthy food in bulk to food pantries sand soup kitchens.” Its partner organizations include Feed My Sheep in Gulfport, Loaves and Fishes in Biloxi, Our Daily Bread in Pascagoula, St. Gerard Community Outreach in Bay St. Louis, and The Lord is My Help in Ocean Springs.

“I am honored and excited to perform at Beau Rivage on behalf of Extra Table,” McAnally said in a press release announcing the event. “Extra Table represents a great cause which solely benefits the needy in my beloved home state. Playing with several of my Coral Reefer Band family, as well as an orchestra full of Mississippians, equals about four or five dreams coming true all at the same time. Come join us and celebrate Mississippi, while helping make it even better!”

Tickets are $24.99 and $34.99 plus tax and fees. They are available at the Beau Rivage box office and via Ticketmaster. For more information, visit www.extratable.org

Buffett and Estefan perform tonight at Fundraiser for Miami Marine Stadium

Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan headline a fundraiser tonight for Miami Marine Stadium. The show takes place at Coral Gables Museum on Thursday, January 9, from 6:30-10:30 PM.

From the Miami Herald: “Margaritaville does the Conga: Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan headline fundraiser for Miami Marine Stadium

Surfer, author, environmentalist, budding new-media mogul, Margaritaville impresario and sometime musician Jimmy Buffett is on the phone, spinning out some not totally improbable ideas for the kind of events a revived Miami Marine Stadium might host.

Suffice to say it involves a melange of concerts live-streamed around the world and “hot chicks in bikinis’’ racing on stand-up paddleboards around the stadium’s oval watercourse, sponsorship by Budweiser. And, come to think of it, gay guys on paddleboards, too, why not? All demographics welcome.

“I have my shameless promoter hat on now,’’ Buffett says, laughing as he exercises his fertile imagination on behalf of his latest cause: Helping to bring the iconic but weatherworn, graffiti-covered stadium on Virginia Key back to life after a prolonged dormancy of more than 20 years.

“The marine stadium was a pretty special place, and Miami’s always been great to me, so why not?’’ Buffett said, speaking from his Palm Beach County home. “I’m in the fun business and things that make people happy. The first time I played it, I fell in love with it. How could you not? You’re on a floating stage surrounded by people in boats, and those incredible sunsets. It was such a unique place to play in.”

Buffett played the stadium a bunch of times, including a 1985 show memorialized on the Live by the Bay DVD. Just as it was for Estefan, playing the marine stadium for the first time was a big step up for Buffett, whose biggest show before that had been at a jai-alai fronton.

His most memorable at the marine stadium: the time he jumped from the barge that served as a stage into the scrum of swimmers, boaters and floaters in the water at the end of one especially sweaty performance. He had played two shows, which had been preceded by a 56-piece steel-drum band from Trinidad, the Desperadoes.

“I remember very vividly,” Buffett said. “It was the perfect opening act. It put people in a rather festive mood. It was like being in a water carnival. There was space between the barge and the first seats in the grandstand. There were people swimming in there. It was not out of control exactly, but it was rockin’.

“No one expected that diversified amount of floating objects from large yachts to inner tubes. The size of the crowd in the water was amazing.

“It was also extremely hot. At one point, I told my stage manager, ‘When this thing’s over, take my guitar, because I’m goin’ in.’”

Buffett & Gloria Estefan to perform at benefit in Miami

From Margaritaville.com: “Celebrating Miami Marine Stadium: An Evening with Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Few places capture the spirit of South Florida quite like Miami Marine Stadium.

From the roar of hydroplanes to dazzling performances on the bay, it was here that Miami turned its cultural heartbeat into a spectacle the world couldn’t resist.

Join us at the Coral Gables Museum on Thursday, January 9, from 6:30-10:30 PM as we relive those glory days with two legends who once graced the stadium’s dramatic floating stage – Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan.

Hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this celebration will shine a spotlight on these two musical icons as NBC 6 anchor Jackie Nespral interviews the stars about their memories of the stadium’s past, as well as their hopes for its comeback as a world class sports and performance venue. Jimmy Buffett will close the evening with a short performance.

All guests will receive a one-year membership to the National Trust, as well as free admission to “Concrete Paradise,” the Coral Gables Museum’s critically-acclaimed exhibition dedicated to Miami Marine Stadium. Complimentary cocktails and heavy appetizers will be served throughout the evening. There will also be a silent auction featuring original stadium seats signed by the stars.

Proceeds benefit the National Trust’s work to restore the stadium, as well as our host for the evening – the Coral Gables Museum

Important note: Doors will open for general admission at 6:30 PM. The program will begin at 7:30 PM, and seating will be unassigned. We expect the program to conclude at 9:00 PM. Afterwards, attendees will have free access to “Concrete Paradise” until 10:30 PM.

Get more info and purchase tickets here.

Kokua for the Philippines

Jimmy Buffett performed at a recent “Kokua for the Philippines” benefit concert.

A recent article in the Star Advertiser “Philippines benefit concert raises $1.76M despite weather

A thunder storm dampened television coverage and attendance at the outdoor Kokua for the Philippines benefit concert, but a shortened show went on and still raised nearly $1.76 million for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The live television broadcast of the concert was canceled because the outdoor venue on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village was rained out by a thunder storm.

Performers appearing on shortened event included: Henry Kapono, Mick Fleetwood, Kristian Lei, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, a special appearance by Jimmy Buffett with Jake Shimabukuro, Brother Noland, Aidan James, Clifford Naeole, Kealoha, Kalei Gamiao, EMKE, AJ Rafael, and Marco Lopez.

Proceeds from phone bank and on-site gifts will be donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

More details are posted on www.kokuaforthephilippines.com