Buffett performs in Key West for Doug Jones

Jimmy Buffett performed last night at the Margaritaville Café in Key West. Mayor Craig Cates and Senator Elect Doug Jones made an appearance.

Update from TheHill.com: Singer Jimmy Buffett reportedly serenaded Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and his wife, Louise Jones, in Key West, Fla., on Saturday as the couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

The event, which was first reported by Politico, took place at Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant less than a week after Jones scored a surprise victory over Republican candidate Roy Moore, who was plagued by sexual misconduct allegations.

Buffett sang “Stars Fell on Alabama” to the couple and gave them a special shoutout, according to the news outlet.

Jimmy Buffett planning a free concert in the Caribbean

From the Caribbean Journal: One of St Barth’s favorite sons is planning a major concert in Gustavia this month.

Jimmy Buffett, the music superstar and frequent St Barth visitor, is planning to play a free concert in Gustavia on Dec. 27.

The concert will be held on the quai in St Barth’s tiny capital; Buffett will be accompanied by local musician Soley and other musicians from the island.

“He hopes that by performing there he will persuade a few more people to come down for the holidays,” said Stiles Bennet, president and CMO of Wimco Villas. “It’s a fun way for folks to support the island’s recovery.”

Buffett has had a decades-long relationship with the island, and some of his most legendary songs were inspired by St Barth, including One Particular Harbor, Au Tour de Rocher and Cheeseburger in Paradise.

As Caribbean Journal reported, St Barth has been making a rapid recovery in the wake of Hurricane Irma; Buffett’s concert should only provide an even bigger boost.

Buffett to Headline ForEverglades Palm Beach Benefit

From EvergladesFoundation.org: “Buffett at The Beach! Jimmy Buffett to Headline the 2018 ForEverglades Annual Palm Beach Benefit

The Everglades Foundation is proud to announce that Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will headline its ForEverglades Annual Benefit on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at The Breakers in Palm Beach.

This year’s event will celebrate the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary. It is especially appropriate that Buffett will headline this year’s celebration, having been one of the Foundation’s supporters from the beginning with founders Paul Jones and the late George Barley.

Singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett has become a legend of popular culture as the composer of such classic songs as “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday” and “Cheeseburger In Paradise.” He has recorded over fifty albums, most of which have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. His sold-out concert tours are an annual rite of summer for his legions of fans, affectionately known as Parrotheads, many of whom are professionals by day and who dress in spectacular and outrageous tropical outfits and headwear when Jimmy comes to town.

“Jimmy Buffett is a longtime friend and tireless advocate for America’s Everglades. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the stage to help raise awareness for Everglades restoration,” said Eric Eikenberg, Everglades Foundation Chief Executive Officer.

Proceeds from the evening will support the science, education and advocacy of Everglades restoration.

To purchase tables and tickets online please visit www.forevergladespalmbeach.org or call Debbie Fife or Katie Lesser, 212-245-6570, email: everglades@eventassociatesinc.com.

Buffett and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of “Hamilton: An American Musical”, spent time with Jimmy Buffett in Chicago this past Saturday. Buffett was Miranda’s guest at a matinee performance of Hamilton at the CIBC Theatre that afternoon, and then Miranda was Buffett’s guest at an evening performance of Escape to Margaritaville at the Oriental Theatre. During the final curtain call Miranda joined Buffett onstage for a surprise performance of the latter’s iconic hit song “Margaritaville”.

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.