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Feb 18

From the Wall Street Journal: The annual benefit for the Everglades Foundation at the Breakers over Presidents Day weekend brings out New York’s power players and big-name singers. Jimmy Buffett of ‘Margaritaville’ fame and Zac Brown come together for a tune.

PALM BEACH, Fla.—They could have had snooze-worthy guests, served terrible food and provided awful entertainment at last weekend’s benefit for the Everglades Foundation.

But the hundreds of guests who attend this casual gala at the Breakers were still excited to be there, because it meant being out of the New York City cold.

That’s the kind of winter it has been.

“It’s snowing right now up there as we speak,” the New York-based music executive and entrepreneur Tommy Mottola said during the cocktail hour, as he headed outside for a drink and a gander at the full moon in the balmy Floridian night.

This party, which takes place in Palm Beach over Presidents Day weekend and brings out some of New York’s biggest power players thanks to the foundation’s board chairman, Paul Tudor Jones, is anything but snooze-worthy.

Each year, it features a full concert. Past artists have included Dave Matthews, Sting and Kenny Chesney. Last year’s entertainment was ZZ Top. This year’s musical guest stars were the Zac Brown Band, the country/folk group out of Atlanta.

Katie Couric, the evening’s master of ceremonies, borrowed a cowboy hat for the occasion, and even she admitted she was thrilled to be “away from one of the snowiest winters on record.”

This auction was “so silent, in fact, that we will only take bids via email,” read the program. That silence served as a counterpoint to the raucous Zac Brown Band, who was eventually joined by the great Jimmy Buffett.

When the band hit the stage, decorated with blue and green lights and eco-friendly water bottles, the Palm Beach guests left the dark-chocolate alligators at their tables, forgot about the snow up north, grabbed their cowboy hats and got ready to rock.

Jan 10

The setlist from the fundraiser is now available:
Everybody’s Talkin
Cuban Crime of Passion
Grapefruit Juicyfruit
Son Of A Son Of A Sailor (with Emilio Estefan)
Migration
Volcano
No Woman No Cry
A Pirate Looks At 40
Margaritaville (with Gloria & Emilio Estefan)

Some photos from the Miami Herald: “Jimmy Buffett, Gloria Estefan hold fundraiser for Miami Marine Stadium

From NBCMiami.com: “Jimmy Buffett, Gloria Estefan Discuss Miami Marine Stadium at Coral Gables Museum Event

Gloria and Emilio Estefan shared a stage with Jimmy Buffett for the first time Thursday night to perform his classic “Margaritaville.”

The musical first happened as Gloria Estefan and Buffett joined forces to back the iconic South Florida fixture that gave them voice: Miami Marine Stadium.

They came together for a conversation on the stadium’s legacy Thursday at the Coral Gables Museum – amid a renewed push to restore the venue on the water.

Both musicians have performed at the stadium and have been longtime supporters of renovation efforts. In 2009, Buffett recorded a public service announcement calling for renovation and in May 2013, Estefan became the face of the National Trust’s restoration campaign.

The 6,500-seat Virginia Key stadium has been closed since 1992 after it became damaged by Hurricane Andrew.

In July, Miami City Commissioners agreed to allow a nonprofit group to develop a plan to renovate it. The decision gave the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium control over it and gave the group the go-ahead to start raising the $30 million needed to restore and re-open it. The renovations would create a multipurpose venue for concerts, boat races, sailing regattas and community events.

The group has two years to raise money for the renovation.

Buffett is hoping to bring back the fun to what he calls one of South Florida’s true treasures. He once famously jumped into the water at the stadium following one of his concerts.

“You can still have boat races, why not have paddle board races?” Buffett said. “I mean, there’s a great variety of things that are a part of the joy and fun of living in South Florida that can be expressed in that stadium.”

Thursday’s event kicks off the final weekend of the museum’s “Concrete Paradise” exhibit which closes Sunday. The exhibit features video from Buffett’s historic 1985 performance at Miami Marine Stadium. The museum is offering two-for-one adult admission to the exhibit throughout the weekend.

Jan 09

Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan headline a fundraiser tonight for Miami Marine Stadium. The show takes place at Coral Gables Museum on Thursday, January 9, from 6:30-10:30 PM.

From the Miami Herald: “Margaritaville does the Conga: Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan headline fundraiser for Miami Marine Stadium

Surfer, author, environmentalist, budding new-media mogul, Margaritaville impresario and sometime musician Jimmy Buffett is on the phone, spinning out some not totally improbable ideas for the kind of events a revived Miami Marine Stadium might host.

Suffice to say it involves a melange of concerts live-streamed around the world and “hot chicks in bikinis’’ racing on stand-up paddleboards around the stadium’s oval watercourse, sponsorship by Budweiser. And, come to think of it, gay guys on paddleboards, too, why not? All demographics welcome.

“I have my shameless promoter hat on now,’’ Buffett says, laughing as he exercises his fertile imagination on behalf of his latest cause: Helping to bring the iconic but weatherworn, graffiti-covered stadium on Virginia Key back to life after a prolonged dormancy of more than 20 years.

“The marine stadium was a pretty special place, and Miami’s always been great to me, so why not?’’ Buffett said, speaking from his Palm Beach County home. “I’m in the fun business and things that make people happy. The first time I played it, I fell in love with it. How could you not? You’re on a floating stage surrounded by people in boats, and those incredible sunsets. It was such a unique place to play in.”

Buffett played the stadium a bunch of times, including a 1985 show memorialized on the Live by the Bay DVD. Just as it was for Estefan, playing the marine stadium for the first time was a big step up for Buffett, whose biggest show before that had been at a jai-alai fronton.

His most memorable at the marine stadium: the time he jumped from the barge that served as a stage into the scrum of swimmers, boaters and floaters in the water at the end of one especially sweaty performance. He had played two shows, which had been preceded by a 56-piece steel-drum band from Trinidad, the Desperadoes.

“I remember very vividly,” Buffett said. “It was the perfect opening act. It put people in a rather festive mood. It was like being in a water carnival. There was space between the barge and the first seats in the grandstand. There were people swimming in there. It was not out of control exactly, but it was rockin’.

“No one expected that diversified amount of floating objects from large yachts to inner tubes. The size of the crowd in the water was amazing.

“It was also extremely hot. At one point, I told my stage manager, ‘When this thing’s over, take my guitar, because I’m goin’ in.’”

Dec 20

From Margaritaville.com: “Celebrating Miami Marine Stadium: An Evening with Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Few places capture the spirit of South Florida quite like Miami Marine Stadium.

From the roar of hydroplanes to dazzling performances on the bay, it was here that Miami turned its cultural heartbeat into a spectacle the world couldn’t resist.

Join us at the Coral Gables Museum on Thursday, January 9, from 6:30-10:30 PM as we relive those glory days with two legends who once graced the stadium’s dramatic floating stage – Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan.

Hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this celebration will shine a spotlight on these two musical icons as NBC 6 anchor Jackie Nespral interviews the stars about their memories of the stadium’s past, as well as their hopes for its comeback as a world class sports and performance venue. Jimmy Buffett will close the evening with a short performance.

All guests will receive a one-year membership to the National Trust, as well as free admission to “Concrete Paradise,” the Coral Gables Museum’s critically-acclaimed exhibition dedicated to Miami Marine Stadium. Complimentary cocktails and heavy appetizers will be served throughout the evening. There will also be a silent auction featuring original stadium seats signed by the stars.

Proceeds benefit the National Trust’s work to restore the stadium, as well as our host for the evening – the Coral Gables Museum

Important note: Doors will open for general admission at 6:30 PM. The program will begin at 7:30 PM, and seating will be unassigned. We expect the program to conclude at 9:00 PM. Afterwards, attendees will have free access to “Concrete Paradise” until 10:30 PM.

Get more info and purchase tickets here.

Dec 20

Jimmy Buffett performed at a recent “Kokua for the Philippines” benefit concert.

A recent article in the Star Advertiser “Philippines benefit concert raises $1.76M despite weather

A thunder storm dampened television coverage and attendance at the outdoor Kokua for the Philippines benefit concert, but a shortened show went on and still raised nearly $1.76 million for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The live television broadcast of the concert was canceled because the outdoor venue on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village was rained out by a thunder storm.

Performers appearing on shortened event included: Henry Kapono, Mick Fleetwood, Kristian Lei, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, a special appearance by Jimmy Buffett with Jake Shimabukuro, Brother Noland, Aidan James, Clifford Naeole, Kealoha, Kalei Gamiao, EMKE, AJ Rafael, and Marco Lopez.

Proceeds from phone bank and on-site gifts will be donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

More details are posted on www.kokuaforthephilippines.com

Dec 10

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers will be playing a special private show at The Beachcomber in Honolulu, Hawaii on Thursday December 12th, 2013.

Ticket Information (use code: finsup)

Aug 15

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on the Today Show this morning. They played “Margaritaville”, “Fins”, “Something About a Boat”, and “Too Drunk to Karaoke”.

The Today Show has an article and videos on there website: “Jimmy Buffett, wastin’ away again at the TODAY Plaza

It just isn’t summer without Jimmy Buffett — that’s something both his loyal Parrothead fans and casual listeners who mainly know his big hit “Margaritaville” can agree on.


Barefoot, Buffett popped up on the TODAY plaza Thursday to promote his new studio record, “Songs from St. Somewhere” and sing a few tunes, including classics “Margaritaville” and “Fins” and new songs “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Boat” and “Too Drunk to Karaoke.” And he took a few minutes out from playing to explain that last title a bit more.

“I have been in that predicament myself,” Buffett said about “Too Drunk,” adding, “and it was my own song!”

He mentioned that he’s been “on vacation” for a while, but is now hitting the road again, and noted that he’s producing a Broadway show, “Big Fish,” based on the 2003 movie.

And it turns out, he runs into Matt Lauer every so often when he’s not on the road: “I see you in your boat occasionally,” he told him, but made sure to add, “My boat’s bigger than his boat.”

Aug 12

From SiriusXM: Jimmy Buffett will be opening for his good friend and surfing buddy Tom Curren at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY on Thursday August 15th. We will be airing Jimmy’s portion of this evening LIVE, starting at 8pm ET



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