Buffett to perform in Tulsa in Jan 2017

From Tulsa World “New Margaritaville in Tulsa a place to make people happy

If you love the Margaritaville Casino in Las Vegas, the one that opened Thursday in Tulsa is bigger and better.

If you love Margaritaville Cafe, Landshark Bar and Grill or the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, the ones opening in Tulsa are larger and more luxurious.

The Margaritaville Casino and Cafe, and many of the amenities that will eventually help serve guests of a 483-room hotel, opened during a star-studded grand opening on Thursday.

The only thing missing was Jimmy Buffett. And officials confirmed Buffett is tentatively scheduled to play the new Paradise Cove Theater at Margaritaville on Jan. 28.

Even though the ribbon has been cut for the casino and assorted bars and restaurants, still under construction are a 27-story hotel, 2,500-seat showroom and expansive pool deck with Margaritaville Tiki Bar and Landshark Landing Bar nestled along the Arkansas River. The “L” shaped pool will be surrounded by 120 loungers and 12 cabanas, and it will include a swim-up pool bar.

All of the resort is scheduled to be finished in January/February of 2017. That’s when Buffett, the music and lifestyle icon to millions of extremely loyal Parrotheads, is scheduled to come back to Tulsa for another ribbon-cutting, opening celebration.

Margaritaville’s 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar opens in Tulsa

From Tulsa World: “Margaritaville’s 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar opens over holiday weekend” and “First taste of Margaritaville to open Friday at River Spirit Casino

Guests at the 5 o’Clock Somewhere bar, opening Friday, will be greeted by stiltwalkers, giveaways and the largest bar of its kind in the nation.

At 5,000 square feet, it’s the first branded venue of the Margaritaville expansion at River Spirit Casino, and it opens at 11 a.m., July 3.

“It’s the first time everyone will get a glimpse of what to expect when the rest of our Margaritaville at River Spirit expansion opens,” said Jerry Floyd, general manager for River Spirit Casino.

The bar is in the center of the current casino, in place of the former Mystic River Lounge. Part roof, part open air, the bar is designed with an island feel. A mural depicting the ocean and beach will enclose the bar, which will contain palm trees.

This is the next milestone in the construction phase of the River Spirit Phase II resort, which includes a 27-story hotel and a Margaritaville Casino at River Spirit on the banks of the Arkansas River.

The casino and restaurants are planned to be completed in late fall of 2016, with the theater and the hotel tower opening in the winter of 2016.

Buffett visits Margaritaville Biloxi

From GulfLive.com: “Jimmy Buffett makes surprise visit to Margaritaville Biloxi

– Pascagoula native Jimmy Buffett made a surprise visit to his Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant on Friday.

The casino’s Facebook page noted Buffett stopped in to “thank our employees for all of their hard work and dedication. He also took time for photos and autographs with some very lucky guests”

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway and the casino’s management team accompanied Buffett as he strolled through the facility, interacting with employees and gamblers.

See some pictures here

There is also an article at WLOX: “Jimmy Buffett surprises employees, gamblers at Margaritaville Biloxi

Buffett made a quick walk through the property with Margaritaville managers and Mayor AJ Holloway to share his ideas for the hotel that’s in the works. Architects are working on those plans right now. And while there’s no timetable for construction, leaders hope to be breaking ground by the end of the year.

Buffett also stopped to visit with employees and say thanks for all the hard work they do to keep the 24/7 operation running smoothly.

Buffett performs at Margaritaville Bossier City

Jimmy Buffett performed on Wednesday July 3rd for the opening of the new Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, LA.

Duck Dynasty (Willie Robertson) joined Jimmy on stage to sing ‎Margaritaville at the Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, LA concert on Wednesday! Thanks to the Margarillas for the pic.

From the Shreveporttimes.com: The Big Show: Jimmy Buffett’s sold out show at Margaritaville’s Paradise Theater drew crowds from across the region and even well outside the state. No matter the cost, people were looking for fun.

Buffett appeared from backstage with a casual gait, dressed in a bright blue T-shirt and yellow shorts. He kicked off his flip-flops almost as soon as he was on stage.

He began by remembering a show he played in Monroe in 1982, which cost his fans a whole $8 to see. “Tonight is free,” Buffett said.

Buffett kicked off his show with “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” the title track from his breakthrough 1977 record, which remains the best selling of his career. It was just the mellow kind of tune to warm up an audience eager for the hits.

I watched Buffett peel off a green-yellow-and-red wristband and hand it directly to a baby being thrust up at the stage. That’s some souvenir for a child who, like I did out on my grandparents’ boats, will likely grow up with the man’s songs.

“Thank you for raising your children on this music,” Buffett said. “That makes my job easier.”

Buffett to perform at Margaritaville Bossier City

From KSLA.com “Jimmy Buffett to perform July 3 at Margaritaville Bossier City

Jimmy Buffett will perform at the Paradise Theater on Wednesday July 3 to celebrate the grand opening of Margaritaville Resort Casino.

“We are so happy to finally be able to announce our Jimmy Buffett performance,” said Barry Regula, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Margaritaville Resort Casino. “It’s been a hard one to keep under wraps!”

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 7 at 10am via Ticketmaster, with a select number of tickets available to the general public. Paradise Theater doors open at 4pm on July 3 and the show starts at 5pm.

Tickets to the performance start at around $200.

Buffett was last seen in Bossier City in February 2012, for the groundbreaking of the casino. Buffett who owns the property, along with two other Margaritaville-themed casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada and another is in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Bossier City casino will be the largest of the three.

Margaritaville Casino and Resort planned for Tulsa

From UrbanTulsa.com: Jimmy Buffett’s iconic brand is coming to the banks of the Arkansas River. Muscogee (Creek) Nation officials have announced plans to build a Margaritaville Casino and Resort near their existing River Spirit Casino in south Tulsa.

The estimated $250 million construction project will include a 500-room hotel tower, convention and theatre space, and a Margaritaville restaurant, bar and retail complex, Creek officials said in a March 19 news release — describing the project as “the largest private Arkansas River development in Tulsa’s history.”

“We’re excited that we’re going to be collaborating with the Margaritaville group. We feel like it’s a good mesh. We’re known for being leaders in the Indian gaming. … They’re known for being at the top of the entertainment part of the industry,” Principal Chief George Tiger said in an interview.

Construction has yet to start, but “initially, we’re looking at early fall, maybe around August” for work to begin, Tiger said, adding that the new site will be “just north of the present casino” and open probably in 2015. Existing casino operations will not be disrupted, he said.

Jimmy Buffett, 66, still draws large crowds as a touring musician. Crofts said Buffett’s agent is working to bring the singer to the BOK Center, with hopes of multiple visits before Buffett comes to town for the grand opening of the facility.

In a written statement, Buffett described his connection to Tulsa.

“I am happy to bring a few palm trees and frozen concoctions to the banks of the Arkansas River,” Buffett said in the statement. “The first time I ever saw Tulsa was from the stage at Cain’s ballroom awhile back. It is an honor to be returning as part of this great new entertainment complex in association with River Spirit and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. I look forward to getting back to Tulsa and playing there again real soon.”