Buffett and McAnally on the Steve Cochran Show

From WGN Radio: “Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally relive amazing stories and perform live on The Steve Cochran Show

A record breaking 10-time CMA Musician of the Year, Mac McAnally swings by the Steve Cochran Show with a very special guest…music legend, Jimmy Buffett. They chat about stories from their start as musicians, their early inspirations and who they see making waves in the Country music scene today.

Buffett performs at Block Island Race Week

From BlockIslandRaceWeek.com: Legendary musician Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance at the final awards party for Block Island Race Week, presented by Margaritaville.

Buffett took the stage to address the huge gathering of sailors enjoying Margaritaville margaritas and LandShark lager and expressed total enthusiasm for the regatta his lifestyle company sponsored this year. 

“I think Margaritaville is Block Island right now,” said Buffett, who performed an impromptu concert to cap off Margaritaville Race Day. “I always thought it would be kind of cool to have a regatta that was part of Margaritaville. Thank you Block Island for being the very first one.”

Buffett, performing solo, then launched into renditions of ‘Son of a Sailor’, ‘Margaritaville’ and ‘Five O’Clock Somewhere’ to the delight of the massive crowd jammed into the big top tent.

Several hours earlier, long before Buffett arrived on the island, Kevin McNeil sat on a bench at Payne’s Dock drinking a Mudslide from Mahogany Shoals. The Annapolis skipper was the very picture of exhaustion, relief and satisfaction all rolled into one. 

McNeil and his team aboard Seabiscuit had just captured an incredibly competitive class by winning the eighth and final start at Block Island Race Week, presented by Margaritaville. HeadFirst3, a Canadian entry skippered by Peter Toombs, had given Seabiscuit all it could handle in PHRF 2. 

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Buffett’s surprise show at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando

From the Orlando Sentinel: “Jimmy Buffett surprises Margaritaville Resort Orlando guests with concert

Island-style rocker Jimmy Buffett surprised guests with a pop-up performance at the recently opened Margaritaville Resort Orlando in Kissimmee on Tuesday.

During a roughly 30-minute set, the 72-year-old icon, dressed in green polo, khaki shorts and New Orleans Saints ballcap, played through a series of hits, including “Volcano,” “Pencil Thin Mustache” and, of course, “Margaritaville.”

In a video of the performance shared Wednesday, Buffett takes the stage and plays along with the crowd a little bit.

“I thought I’d cruise up to Orlando and see Margaritaville Orlando Resort and play for y’all and we’d have a good time having fun and making money,” he said at the mic.

The $800 million 184-room hotel, entertainment and water park complex, which sits on 300 acres just southwest of Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom theme park, opened officially last month.

Buffett showed off some of the charisma that has followed him during his more-than 45 years as a performer.

“I’ve been doing this a long time; this is the guitar’s first one,” he quipped.