Buffett plays surprise set in Montauk

From the New York Post (Page Six): “Jimmy Buffett plays surprise set at Surf Lodge

Jimmy Buffett surprised a crowd at Surf Lodge in Montauk on Wednesday night by performing a half-dozen songs with local rocker Nancy Atlas — including a cover of “Brown Eyed Girl” and his own hit, “Margaritaville.”

“He didn’t want to leave the stage,” said an impressed attendee.

“He jokingly said he would ‘play until tomorrow.’ ”

Hamptons fixture Buffett, 70, is on a break from his world tour, which resumes later this month in Paris.

(Photo courtesy Ken Grille)

Buffett talks with Chris Jones in Chicago

From the Chicago Tribune: “Jimmy Buffett and his Parrot Heads take over the Playhouse

The event was Jimmy Buffett talks with Chris Jones and Christopher Ashley, but it could have been a listed as a quadruple bill: Jimmy Buffett, the Tribune’s Chris Jones, Christopher Ashley and a house full of Parrot Heads, so much a part of the proceedings were the room full of Buffett fans Monday night at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.

Buffett, fresh off a concert at Wrigley Field this weekend, was still in town come Monday to talk about “Escape to Margaritaville,” his current project, a theatrical musical based on his songs and directed by Ashley, set to stage in November at the Oriental Theatre. The conversation in the intimate Playhouse covered a grab bag of topics, from Buffett’s early days playing in Chicago at the now-defunct Quiet Knight Bar, where he crossed paths with a musical influence (Bob Marley), to what song he had better not leave out of his musical, as demanded by some cheerfully boisterous booing from the crowd (“A Pirate Looks at Forty”).

Other topics for the evening’s conversation: Buffett’s Margaritaville empire (there are plans for retirement homes, with yoga, paddle board “and yes there will be medical marijuana”). Why Buffett crowds still feel welcoming in our divided times (folks at his concerts are in a “state of exuberation,” he said, “ and then on Monday everyone has to go back to work.”) A funny anecdote of him falling off stage in Australia, only for him to wake up in a hospital watching a video of him falling off stage in Australia. The low point of his musical career when his record company tried to make him a country music star (“I got out of Nashville. I went to Key West. There was a reason.”). His own retirement (“Retire from what?”).

A conversation with Buffett in Chicago

From the Chicago Tribune: “Tickets on sale for ‘Jimmy Buffett in Conversation with Chris Jones’

Are you a pirate two hundred years too late? Got a Caribbean soul you can barely control? When you see a salt shaker, do you worry it will get lost?

If you answered yes to any or all of the above — or even if you just are intrigued by a singer-songwriter whose career spans some 45 years and has ranged from protest songs to the consummate party ditties — you should join me for a frank, intimate, no-holds-barred conversation with Jimmy Buffett. We’ll talk about his career, his relationship with his fans, his fast-growing Margaritaville empire (yes, there are plans for retirement homes) and his new Broadway musical, “Escape to Margaritaville.”

“Jimmy Buffett in Conversation with Chris Jones” is 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 17 at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago. Tickets at tribtix.com. “Escape to Margaritaville” is coming Nov. 9 to the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St.; more at broadwayinchicago.com.

Buffett makes surprise appearance at Jazz Fest

Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on Friday.

From the New Orleans Advocate: The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is built to run when it rains. But the festival runs a whole lot better when it doesn’t.

The sun was shining as Earth Wind & Fire threw down “Do You Remember and “Let’s Groove Tonight” for a big Congo Square Stage crowd Friday.

It was shining a few minutes earlier when a barefoot Jimmy Buffett ambled onstage with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at the Acura Stage.

The big video screens cast Matthews’ facial expressions in high relief as he and Reynolds played off of, and impressed, each other.

At 6:30, Matthews welcomed Buffett to the stage. Even when he’s not on the schedule, Buffett tends to roam around the Fair Grounds, anonymous in a baseball cap, sunglasses, T-shirt and shorts.

Buffett greeted his buddy with, “Too bad you can’t draw a crowd here, man.” The flag-flying crowd wasn’t Elton John-big, but it may have been the largest Acura Stage crowd of the 2017 festival.

“You’re wearing the same thing you were wearing yesterday,” Matthews observed.

“Yes … I ironed it,” Buffett responded, before noting that he is a “Dave Matthews Band fan, and a fan of the man.”

He recalled how, in late 2005, Matthews quickly volunteered for the post-Hurricane Katrina benefit concert “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy” in New York.

That was it for the serious talk. “If I stand here long enough next to Tim Reynolds, I hope I’ll be able to play like him when I leave,” Buffett cracked.

Earlier, someone told him that he must have brought the good weather. He disagreed: “I know that’s not true, because I know Allen Toussaint brought this weather.”

With that, the trio set sail on “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” Buffett’s bittersweet acknowledgment that the adventure may soon be over. A similarly dark undercurrent also underpins more than a few of Matthews’ songs.

Buffett performs at Margaritaville Universal CityWalk Hollywood

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Thursday at the opening of the Margaritaville Restaurant at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood CA.

From PR Newswire: Universal CityWalk Toasts the Arrival of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant, the First-Ever to Open in California, with a Celebratory Performance by Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

At 5 O’Clock today, Universal CityWalk toasted the official arrival of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant to its destination marking the occasion with an exciting performance by singer, songwriter and best-selling author, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.

Hundreds of Parrotheads and fans alike joined in the celebration that also marked the first-ever Margaritaville restaurant to open in California.

Jimmy Buffett said, “I walked onto the site of CityWalk when it was still under construction, and my first thought was ‘I want a Margaritaville here.’ Thanks to the great folks at Universal, we made it. It’s great to play at the opening and I look forward to visiting regularly on my journeys to the West Coast. Fins Up!”

“Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is a perfect complement to Universal CityWalk,” said Karen Irwin, President and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “With its inviting tropical vibe, incredible selection of Margaritas and signature dishes, Margaritaville offers another exceptional dining experience at CityWalk that everyone can enjoy.”

Buffett rehearsing in San Diego

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band have been rehearsing for the upcoming tour at the Belly Up in Solana Beach CA. Some of the songs they have been practicing include “La Vie Dansante” and “School Boy Heart”.

Buffett performs in Islamorada FL

Jimmy Buffett performs at the Green Turtle Inn in Islamorada FL on Tuesday March 7th. Some of the song he performed included “Cuban Crime of Passion”, “My Head Hurts My Feet Stink and I Don’t Love Jesus”, “Grapefruit Juicy Fruit”, and “Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season”.

Also performing at the show were Paul Nolan (star of “Escape to Margaritaville” the Musical) and Norbert Leo Butz (plays Kevin in the Netflix series “Bloodline”)


(video and photos courtesy Kelly Kincaide Richardson)