Buffett to perform at tribute for Allen Toussaint in New Orleans

One of the more intriguing sets listed on this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a tribute to Allen Toussaint, the legendary NOLA performer/composer who passed away in November 2015. Recently, the star-studded list of performers who will join members of Toussaint’s band at the Gentilly Stage on May 1 has been announced.

Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Jon Batiste, Jimmy Buffett and Davell Crawford will appear with members of the Allen Toussaint Band at the Fairgrounds on the final day of this year’s Jazz Fest according to NOLA.com.

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Buffett performs with Jenny Lewis in Nashville

On Saturday Jimmy Buffett joined Jenny Lewis on stage at the Ryman in Nashville, TN.
They performed the song “Handle With Care” (a Traveling Wilburys cover).

From MusicCityMike.net: “Jenny Lewis @ Ryman Auditorium in Nashville TN

But tonight, it was the “where did that come from” surprise of Jimmy Buffett who Jenny billed as “making his first appearance ever on the Ryman stage.” Turns out that Jenny and Jimmy are friends who are working together on a “Margaritaville” musical.

Looking flashy enough to be playing the Opry in a bright green jacket covered with marijuana leaves, Buffett nailed the song’s Roy Orbison parts. And for a guy that I didn’t think would be considered Nashville hip, the crowd responded to his appearance as if Roy had come back from the dead. (Their thundering applause was repeated when Buffet came out from backstage to sit in the balcony for the second act.)

Video: “Handle With Care” (Jenny Lewis with Jimmy Buffett)

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Article on the Link Stryjewski Foundation Bal Masque

From NOLA.com: “Jimmy Buffett headlines at Link Stryjewski Foundation Bal Masque

The scene at the Orpheum Theater felt like an Oscars and operatic ball convergence, with a dose of Carnival festivity. Sophistication and creativity was the rule of the evening with women in long gowns, men in tuxedos — some partygoers came in costume. All wore masks.

It was the inaugural Link Stryjewski Foundation’s Bal Masque to benefit Kingsley House and Youth Empowerment Project. Co-hosts Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski have a longstanding reputation for throwing great parties, and with this fete their Link Restaurant Group (Herbsaint, Cochon, Butcher) and foundation made it the place to be at Saturday (Jan. 9).

For example, how many benefits, the first time, have Jimmy Buffett in concert? As the headliner, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band, with special guests Preservation Hall Horns, played the songs we all know and love. Preceding him on stage was Jon Cleary, the Cha Wa Indians and the Roots of Music marching band.

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