Buffett Bridge Artist Brenda Kitchen

From GulfLive.com: “Pascagoula artist Brenda Kitchens overwhelmed by response to Jimmy Buffett bridge art

It’ll be “really cool” if Jimmy Buffett likes the beach scene that Pascagoula artist Brenda Kitchens recently painted on the Buffett Bridge, but it’s the community that Kitchens cares most about.

“The people, to me, are so important because if it weren’t for the people of Pascagoula, I wouldn’t be able to do this,” Kitchens said Thursday from the work site.

Kitchens has painted a span of the bridge over Baptiste Bayou, which will be named to honor Buffett during a Saturday ceremony.

She painted a beach scene with tropical waters, sea oats, a shrimp boat named “Billy B” to honor Buffett’s grandfather, Round Island in the distance, a crab and starfish, some birds and the words “Buffett Bridge.”

The bayou that runs under the bridge is personally significant for Buffett, who will attend the ceremony and perform some acoustic songs for an anticipated crowd of 10,000.

Buffett, who was born in Pascagoula, spent much time at his grandparents’ waterfront home on Parsley Avenue. As a boy, he went crabbing in Baptiste Bayou from his family pier.

As drivers passed the bridge Thursday, they honked, stopped to talk to Kitchens and asked to take pictures of her.

“The response has just been fantastic,” she said. “It makes me feel great.”


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Buffett appears at Stephen Talkhouse

Jimmy Buffett performed last night during Peter Mayer’s show at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY. Peter Mayer along with his son Brendan Mayer and Scott Kirby performed with Buffett on “Volcano”, “Margaritaville”, “A Pirate Looks at Forty”, “Son of a Son of a Sailor”, and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”. Thanks to Kenny Newman for posting the videos.

A Pirate Looks at Forty (click on the image below for the video)

Volcano (click on the image below for the video)

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Buffett will be in Pascagoula on Sept 19th for bridge dedication

The City of Pascagoula will honor world renowned native son Jimmy Buffett next week. Buffett is expected to be in attendance on Saturday, Sept. 19 for the dedication of Jimmy Buffett Bridge, which spans the Baptiste Bayou.

The day will transform into one of celebration and song, as Buffett is expected to bring his guitar with him and perform a brief acoustic set to commemorate the occasion while accompanied by Coral Reefer guitarist and seven time Country Music Association Musician of the Year Mac McAnally on the beach at the corner of 11th Street and Beach Boulevard.

City officials will present Buffett with a key to the City, and the City and State Legislature will proclaim May 6th Jimmy Buffett Day at the local and state levels in honor of his parents’ wedding anniversary. Jimmy Buffett signage will also be placed at Pascagoula’s three entrances advertising it as his birthplace.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this free event. Due to the limited amount of parking near the beach, motorists should park in designated areas and ride the shuttle, which will be provided free of charge by the City of Pascagoula.

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Rock the Kasbah

Buffett hosts ‘Rock the Kasbah’ screening

Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jane hosted the screening for the movie “Rock the Kasbah” on Friday August 28th in East Hampton NY. Pictured in the photo: Musician Bruce Springsteen, former U.S President Bill Clinton, musician Jimmy Buffett, screenwriter Barry Levinson, and actor Bill Murray.

Open Road Films’s new comedy “Rock the Kasbah,” starring Bill Murray, Kate Hudson and Bruce Willis, debuted at the United Artist Theater in East Hampton, N.Y. on Friday night for a special sneak preview. The screening — presented by the Peggy Siegel Company and hosted by famed singer Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jane — was a crowd pleaser. Guests raved about Murray’s funny yet heartfelt performance as a washed up rock manager.

But it was the post-screening after party at the Blue Parrot Bar & Grill that drew the most buzz. A star-studded guest list that included Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and President Bill Clinton joined the film’s cast to celebrate the pic and enjoy a casual nightcap. All eyes were on Clinton. The 42nd president of the United States received the most attention and selfie requests from the partygoers. Even the musicians and actors seemed to be starstruck.

“It’s very exciting that the President is here,” Murray told Variety at the party. “It’s an honor to meet him and get to talk to him.”

Murray greeted Clinton with a firm handshake and shared a lighthearted conversation. The two posed for photos and then Willis and his wife Emma introduced themselves to the president. Clinton made his way to the Blue Parrot’s outdoor dinning area where McCartney, Springsteen and Buffett stood in a circle socializing amongst a crowd of partygoers. Clinton joined in on the conversation with the prolific musicians and briefly chatted. Meanwhile, Mellencamp was in a corner socializing with some friends and Bon Jovi worked the room, conversing with all the guests.

Read the article on the screening: “Bill Clinton, McCartney and Springsteen attend Bill Murray’s ‘Rock the Kasbah’ screening

From the Wall Street Journal: “Bill Murray’s ‘Rock the Kasbah’ Party Is the Stuff of Rock ‘n’ Roll Legends. Afterparty brings out John Mellencamp, Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett and more”

Mr. Buffett who had just finished chatting with former President Clinton, said he doesn’t get any preshow jitters, either.

His usual routine: “I have a shot of tequila and a nap.”

“I’m not nervous, I’m aware,” Mr. Buffett said. “Years ago, I learned two things: never forget to duck and never forget it can go to hell at any moment.”

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Buffett performs surprise show in East Hampton NY

Jimmy Buffett performed a free concert at Amagansett Square in East Hampton, NY on July 18th, 2015. He also received a recognition award for his support and commitment to Soldier Ride / Wounded Warrior Project .

From Troprockin.com: “Jimmy Buffett Surprises Wounded Warriors & METRO Parrot Head Club

The METRO Parrot Head Club had 28 volunteers reporting for duty at 6:00 a.m. to our east end Commander, Joe Lombardi. Joe has been coordinating the club’s participation in this wonderful event since 2007 when the ride route passed the location of our annual family picnic.
Wounded Warrior/Soldier Ride was established through the dedicated efforts of East Hampton’s own Chris Carney and Peter Honerkamp. The Soldier Ride program offers a variety of services to injured service members including the therapeutic physical benefits of cycling. Soldier Ride takes place all year in various locations throughout the United States and overseas. For the past several years the Hampton’s Ride has been dedicated to Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter, a Marine from Sag Harbor who was killed in Iraq in 2008.

Read more about the show at Troprockin.com

Also read more about the event in the EastHamptonStar.com

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Buffett in People Magazine

Jimmy Buffett is in the June 29th issue of People Magazine on page 88 in the Second Look feature (see if you can find the differences in these two pictures).  The photo is from the Jurassic World premiere after party in Hollywood on June 9th. Click on the picture below to enlarge.

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Chris Pratt, left, and Jimmy Buffett perform at the after party for the premiere of "Jurassic World" in Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Chris Pratt & Buffett sing at Jurassic World Party

From Billboard.com: “Chris Pratt & Jimmy Buffett Sing ‘Margaritaville’ at ‘Jurassic World’ Party

Chris Pratt was ready to rock out following the premiere of Jurassic World Tuesday night, and luckily, he had the perfect opportunity: At the after-party for the film, the actor joined Jimmy Buffett onstage for a performance of “Margaritaville.” Everyone in attendance quickly knew there was a job to be done — document this incredible delight for the rest of us.

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