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)

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Buffett attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jane attended the Vanity Fair Oscars party on Sunday night.

From Vanity Fair: The first wave of party guests—including James Corden, J.J. Abrams, Jean Pigozzi, Jimmy Buffett, Rashida Jones, and Jon Hamm—made their way into a circular, wood-paneled dining room to find their seats (signified with a custom-inscribed miniature Oscar) and watch the ceremony. As Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel took the stage on flat-screen TVs, guests tucked into dinner, courtesy of French Laundry and Per Se mastermind Thomas Keller: avocado louie, classic chicken pot pie, black truffle lasagna, and, as the grand finale, banana splits.

Buffett performs at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa

From TulsaWorld.com: “It’s 5 o’clock in Tulsa: Jimmy Buffett performs at namesake casino resort

At 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon, it was Margaritaville in Tulsa. And at the stroke of 5, the man who wrote “Margaritaville” and the chief Parrothead himself, Jimmy Buffett, declared it so.

“To the city of Tulsa, it’s great to not only play here, but to be part of the city,” Buffett said to the nearly 3,000 Parrotheads in attendance at the new River Spirit Casino Resort venue, Paradise Cove.

Saturday served as a grand opening party for the Margaritaville addition to the River Spirit Casino Resort, a feather in the cap of a $365 million renovation that has opened in stages over the last six months, starting with the Margaritaville casino and restaurant, then the hotel tower and music venue.

Buffett played just over an hour at the venue, a departure from the festivals, stadiums and arenas he’s used to, but neither he nor his fans seemed to mind the change in atmosphere. It was still a party in Tulsa on Saturday night.

Margaritaville’s first ever Facebook live is a cool walk through of the beautiful new Margaritaville at River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, along with some of Buffett and the band’s soundcheck.

Buffett makes surprise appearance at McAnally’s show in Pascagoula

Jimmy Buffett surprised an audience at Mac McAnally’s concert at the Grand Magnolia in Pascagoula on Saturday January 14th.

From the Sun Herald: “Jimmy asks the mayor why Pascagoula hasn’t spent more on Buffett Bridge

It was tearing up Facebook over the weekend — Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance at the Mac McAnally concert Saturday at the Grand Magnolia.

McAnally, an old stomping buddy of Buffett’s, played a few songs and then Buffett walked out on the stage to a crowd that caught on quickly and roared approval.

He played more than a half-dozen songs with McAnally at the beginning of the concert and returned again at the end. He was having fun, audience members said.

He quipped at the mayor, saying the lighthouse looked good, but asked why the city didn’t spend more coin on Buffett Bridge, a little span over a bayou near the city’s Buffett Beach.

“He did a lot of talking,” audience member Danny Smith said. “He was funny. He made jokes.”

He took requests.

And when the audience got to shouting them, “he said all the yelling sounded like a Trump press conference,” Smith said.

Buffett was in Mobile on Friday. He showed up at the Dew Drop Inn and there was talk of a documentary he was making with a relative.

So there were rumors he might show up at McAnally’s concert, but there was just as much debunking the rumors, Smith said. Word was he had to fly to Los Angeles for an event his wife wanted him to attend.

Then he showed up at Scranton’s Restaurant, where they were holding a VIP event for McAnally. So he and McAnally were able to rehearse a little before the concert.

There were 350-plus at the concert, an intimate venue at the Grand Magnolia.

“The crowd was kind of genuinely shocked,” Smith said. “Mac came out and did two songs, then Mac sat down at the piano and told the story about writing ‘When the Coast is Clear,’ a song that he and Buffett co-wrote in New Orleans.

“He starts playing the first verse and Buffett just appears on the other side of the stage, comes out and starts singing in the microphone. It was just incredible. Everyone started yelling, stood up and clapped, but it quickly died down so you could hear the song.”

Scranton’s owner Richard Chenoweth said they didn’t have more than five hours’ warning that Buffett might actually show.