From the Orlando Sentinel: “Jimmy Buffett surprises Margaritaville Resort Orlando guests with concert”
Island-style rocker Jimmy Buffett surprised guests with a pop-up performance at the recently opened Margaritaville Resort Orlando in Kissimmee on Tuesday.
During a roughly 30-minute set, the 72-year-old icon, dressed in green polo, khaki shorts and New Orleans Saints ballcap, played through a series of hits, including “Volcano,” “Pencil Thin Mustache” and, of course, “Margaritaville.”
In a video of the performance shared Wednesday, Buffett takes the stage and plays along with the crowd a little bit.
“I thought I’d cruise up to Orlando and see Margaritaville Orlando Resort and play for y’all and we’d have a good time having fun and making money,” he said at the mic.
The $800 million 184-room hotel, entertainment and water park complex, which sits on 300 acres just southwest of Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom theme park, opened officially last month.
Buffett showed off some of the charisma that has followed him during his more-than 45 years as a performer.
“I’ve been doing this a long time; this is the guitar’s first one,” he quipped.
Jimmy Buffett will be singing the National Anthem at the NFC Championship game between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday January 20th. You can watch it on FOX at 3:00 PM EST.
From the New Orleans Saints site: Prior to the game, musician, songwriter and author, JIMMY BUFFETT, who is responsible for recording hit songs including “Margaritaville”, which ranked 234th on the Recording Industry Association of America’s list of “Songs of the Century” and “Come Monday,” will lead the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the National Anthem.
Jimmy Buffett joined several artists for the “Willie: Life & Songs Of An American Outlaw, A Willie Nelson All-Star Concert Celebration” last night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The show was filmed for an upcoming A&E TV concert special.
Jimmy and Willie performed “The Harder They Come” (written by Jimmy Cliff).
Other performs for the tribute show included Chris Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Bobby Bare, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson, Margo Price, Micah Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ray Benson, Steve Earle, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, and Vince Gill.
Jimmy Buffett appeared on SiriusXM The Highway yesterday and performed “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Margaritaville” at the Margaritaville Cafe in Nashville.
Also last night Buffett and several members of the Coral Reefer Band performed an impromptu show at the Margaritaville Cafe in Nashville. The set list from the show is now available.
Jimmy Buffett with Lukas Nelson (son of Willie) perform Margaritaville