Native son Jimmy Buffett came home Tuesday and opened Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant in Biloxi, the town where his career began.
Buffett reminisced with the crowd of about 4,000 invited guests who danced at the foot of the outdoor stage and watched the hour-long concert from the casino balconies overlooking Back Bay.
Those who didn’t have VIP tickets formed an impromptu Parrothead yacht club near the marina and listened from their kayaks and party boats.
His sister Lulu Buffett and New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis were spotted in the crowd, along with Buffett’s longtime Biloxi friends.
From Local15tv.com: “Jimmy Buffett Celebrates ‘Margaritaville’ Opening With Fans”
The newest branch in Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ franchise is open for business. The restaurant and casino on Biloxi’s Back Bay celebrated with a grand opening ceremony Tuesday, led by none other than the king of Margaritaville himself.
“You know what I like to do? Before all the hoopla starts cranking up I like to spend a little time with the people who built it,” Buffett told Local 15 News.
Jimmy Buffett and some members of the Coral Reefer Band performed at the grand opening of the Margaritaville Biloxi Casino and Restaurant on Tuesday.
The set list from the show is now available:
01 Stars On The Water
02 It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere
03 License to Chill
04 Pencil Thin Mustache
05 Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
06 Son of a Son of a Sailor
07 Pascagoula Run (thank you Uncle Bill!)
08 Bama Breeze
10 Come Monday
Band Intros – Peter Mayer, Roger Guth, Jim Mayer, Nadirah Shakoor
11 Margaritaville (with some special lyrics)
From Margaritaville.com: Jimmy’s performance at Margaritaville Biloxi sneak peek event to be broadcast on Radio Margaritaville. On Tuesday, May 22nd, Jimmy is performing at a sneak peek opening event at the Margaritaville Biloxi Casino & Restaurant, and everyone is invited to listen to it LIVE on Radio Margaritaville from 6-7pm Eastern! Margaritaville Biloxi will be open to the public starting at 8pm Central.
Imagine sitting with billionaire Warren Buffett at a restaurant, listening to him talk business over root beer floats while Jimmy Buffett of “Margaritaville” fame gives an impromptu show at the same table.
That was the setting for 19 University of Wyoming College of Business finance students who attended a nearly five-hour session Friday, April 13, in Omaha, Neb., with Warren Buffett, widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful investors.
To the surprise of the crowd, in walked Jimmy Buffett, a close personal friend of the other Buffett.
With guitar in hand, Jimmy Buffett went to the end of the UW students’ table, put one foot up on a chair and broke into “Smart Woman (In a Real Short Skirt)” followed by “Margaritaville,” the song that made him famous.
“During lunch, we heard a few stories from their friendship, and learned that out of curiosity, they’ve checked through DNA tests to see if they were related — they’re not,” Schumacher says.
“It was so awesome to have Jimmy Buffett playing two feet in front of us and, on top of that, to sit right next to him and right across from Warren Buffett at lunch,” Inschauspe says. “By far, one of the best experiences in my life.”
From jbfinscj: A few people noted that they thought last nights show seemed a little short. It might have been because Jimmy was spotted at the D.B.A. in New Orleans and played a few songs! A buddy of mine called me from New Orleans and told me Jimmy was in the house!!
Also a Tweet from Randy Glein: Jimmy Buffett shows up at dba off the French Quarter last night . . . Just chillin b4 his big #finalfour concert tmrw.
Jimmy Buffett performed at Baz Bar on St Barts on Monday December 26th. He played “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (Rolling Stones cover) and a St Barts version of “Volcano” with the Tomas Doncker Band.
Last night (Thursday night) was a pretty amazing one for the Child Mind Institute. Several hundred friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the fantastic strides kids with psychiatric and learning disorders can make when they get the right treatment, and to raise more than $5 million to help more kids get the attention they need.
Matt Lauer, the evening’s host, eloquently sang the praises of the evening’s honorees, Jane and Jimmy Buffett, but happily he left the singing itself to Jimmy,gala performance Jimmy Buffett who rocked the house with “Song for the Little Children” and “Volcano.” In a video message Amy Poehler and Will Arnett toasted the Buffetts, who were receiving the Child Advocacy Award, saying they’d personally give them an award for “the best fake Southern accents for real New Yorkers, the best collection of flip flops for a CEO,” and for being “the coolest rich people on the planet.” Getting slightly more serious, they noted that “wealth is measured by kindness and generosity,” and on that score the Buffetts richly deserve the evening’s honor.
Jimmy Buffett performed at Thursday night’s “Child Mind” gala, which was held inside Cipriani 42nd Street and was hosted by the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer. The event helped raise over $5 million for the Child Mind Institute, which helps children with mental-health issues.
Every now and again, guests wonder how a boldfaced name got set up with a certain institution, but that wasn’t that case here. Mr. Buffett, whose hits include “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” seems to have an incredibly pleasant emotional interior and very sound mental health. Also, he’s friends with Harold S. Koplewicz, the institute’s president.
“I’ve never had a stress-related problem the beach couldn’t solve,” Mr. Buffett said, true to form.
New York City residents in particular, he has noticed, seem sort of stressed-out a lot. “They need to remember they’re on an island,” the singer said. “There are beautiful beaches just over the bridge.”