Buffett makes surprise appearance in Buffalo

From WIVB: “Jimmy Buffett makes a surprise visit, takes Buffalo on a trip to Margaritaville

And from classical music to Margaritaville theater-goers at Shea’s were in for quite the surprise Friday night.

A music legend took the stage, Jimmy Buffett joined the cast of “Escape to Margaritaville” Friday night.

Buffalo is the last stop on the show’s national tour. The show features some of Buffett’s classic hits including “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Volcano.”

Buffett attends Paul McCartney’s Hamptons party

From PageSix: “Paul McCartney throws star-studded Hamptons party

Paul McCartney hosted a intimate bash at his Hamptons home on Thursday night, inviting his A-list pals including Chris Martin, Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Fallon and Alec Baldwin.

The Beatle was snapped leaning up against a car earlier in the day as he set up for his guests. He was wearing joggers, a hoodie and a white shirt as he chatted with staff.

The dress code for the night seemed to be casual, as Fallon, 46, wore a sport coat and pants and the Coldplay rocker, 44, wore a sweatshirt and pants.

The “Livin’ on a Prayer” singer, 59, wore a black button-down and jeans and his wife, Dorothea Hurley, wore a floral maxi dress.

Jimmy Buffett and Izak Senbahar, who threw McCartney’s daughter Mary a dinner for her book launch in 2018 — were also on hand to celebrate.

Photo: Jimmy Buffett hugs Jimmy Fallon

Buffett to perform “This Land Is Your Land” on PBS’ A Capital Fourth

From PR Newswire: Jimmy Buffett will debut a special rendition of “This Land Is Your Land” On America’s Independence Day Celebration A CAPITOL FOURTH On PBS.

This July 4, PBS’ A CAPITOL FOURTH, America’s Independence Day celebration, will feature the world premiere of multi-platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett’s inspired version of the Americana classic, “This Land is Your Land.”  Taped in Southern California overlooking the Pacific Ocean, interwoven with iconic scenes from across the country including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon, the performance also features Coral Reefer band members Mike Utley on keys and Robert Greenidge on steel drums.  Originally written in 1940 by folk singer Woody Guthrie, “This Land is Your Land” was not recorded until April, 1944 in New York when Guthrie was on shore leave from the Merchant Marines.  In 2002, it became one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.  Buffett previously performed on the 2018 edition of A CAPITOL FOURTH with the Broadway cast of the  musical Escape To Margaritaville.  

“I have always been a big admirer of Woody Guthrie’s…his simple songs and poignant lyrics,” Buffett remarked. “They were some of the first songs I learned to play. I have been lucky enough to travel this land, and think it is the best song that encapsulates what America means and is.”

Hosted by multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams, the 41st annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS Sunday, July 4, 2021 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.  The program can also be heard in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide, and will be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2021.  

Article on Buffett’s private show at the Exit/In

From the Tennessean: “Jimmy Buffett plays private Exit/In show, 50 years after his first gig at the iconic Nashville club

Before he gets back to playing the amphitheaters and arenas he’s packed for decades later this summer, Jimmy Buffett paid a visit to one of the first stages he ever stepped on.

On Monday night, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band played a private show at Nashville’s Exit/In — 50 years after he helped open the iconic club.

As Exit/In co-founder Brugh Reynolds recalled, the club was under construction in the summer of 1971 when “this guy wanders in off the street.”

“He said, ‘Well, I play music,'” Reynolds said in a 2015 documentary for Uproxxx. “He went and got his guitar. I think he played a few things for us, and so Jimmy Buffett was the first act to ever play the Exit/In.”

A few months later, the then-fledgling Nashville-based country artist would take a fateful trip to Key West, and the rest is history. He’s never lost touch with Music City, though — a fact underlined by Monday’s guest list.

Country superstar Kenny Chesney joined him on stage, singing “Margaritaville” and “Back Where I Come From” [written by Mac McAnally]. After the show, Buffett came down to greet former Vice President Al Gore in the crowd.

Exit/In is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021. Opening on Elliston Place in 1971, the club also hosted early performances by Billy Joel, The Police, Tom Petty, R.E.M. and Steve Martin, and later became the heart of the city’s burgeoning rock scene.

Buffett and his band have been rehearsing in Nashville for their summer tour. They will return to town next month to play three shows at Ascend Amphitheater on July 6, 8 and 16.

Last year, Buffett topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with his 30th studio album, “Life On the Flipside.” In 2019, he opened a Margaritaville Hotel in downtown Nashville.