Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jane attended the Vanity Fair Oscars party on Sunday night.
From Vanity Fair: The first wave of party guests—including James Corden, J.J. Abrams, Jean Pigozzi, Jimmy Buffett, Rashida Jones, and Jon Hamm—made their way into a circular, wood-paneled dining room to find their seats (signified with a custom-inscribed miniature Oscar) and watch the ceremony. As Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel took the stage on flat-screen TVs, guests tucked into dinner, courtesy of French Laundry and Per Se mastermind Thomas Keller: avocado louie, classic chicken pot pie, black truffle lasagna, and, as the grand finale, banana splits.
At 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon, it was Margaritaville in Tulsa. And at the stroke of 5, the man who wrote “Margaritaville” and the chief Parrothead himself, Jimmy Buffett, declared it so.
“To the city of Tulsa, it’s great to not only play here, but to be part of the city,” Buffett said to the nearly 3,000 Parrotheads in attendance at the new River Spirit Casino Resort venue, Paradise Cove.
Saturday served as a grand opening party for the Margaritaville addition to the River Spirit Casino Resort, a feather in the cap of a $365 million renovation that has opened in stages over the last six months, starting with the Margaritaville casino and restaurant, then the hotel tower and music venue.
Buffett played just over an hour at the venue, a departure from the festivals, stadiums and arenas he’s used to, but neither he nor his fans seemed to mind the change in atmosphere. It was still a party in Tulsa on Saturday night.
Margaritaville’s first ever Facebook live is a cool walk through of the beautiful new Margaritaville at River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, along with some of Buffett and the band’s soundcheck.
It was tearing up Facebook over the weekend — Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance at the Mac McAnally concert Saturday at the Grand Magnolia.
McAnally, an old stomping buddy of Buffett’s, played a few songs and then Buffett walked out on the stage to a crowd that caught on quickly and roared approval.
He played more than a half-dozen songs with McAnally at the beginning of the concert and returned again at the end. He was having fun, audience members said.
He quipped at the mayor, saying the lighthouse looked good, but asked why the city didn’t spend more coin on Buffett Bridge, a little span over a bayou near the city’s Buffett Beach.
“He did a lot of talking,” audience member Danny Smith said. “He was funny. He made jokes.”
He took requests.
And when the audience got to shouting them, “he said all the yelling sounded like a Trump press conference,” Smith said.
Buffett was in Mobile on Friday. He showed up at the Dew Drop Inn and there was talk of a documentary he was making with a relative.
So there were rumors he might show up at McAnally’s concert, but there was just as much debunking the rumors, Smith said. Word was he had to fly to Los Angeles for an event his wife wanted him to attend.
Then he showed up at Scranton’s Restaurant, where they were holding a VIP event for McAnally. So he and McAnally were able to rehearse a little before the concert.
There were 350-plus at the concert, an intimate venue at the Grand Magnolia.
“The crowd was kind of genuinely shocked,” Smith said. “Mac came out and did two songs, then Mac sat down at the piano and told the story about writing ‘When the Coast is Clear,’ a song that he and Buffett co-wrote in New Orleans.
“He starts playing the first verse and Buffett just appears on the other side of the stage, comes out and starts singing in the microphone. It was just incredible. Everyone started yelling, stood up and clapped, but it quickly died down so you could hear the song.”
Scranton’s owner Richard Chenoweth said they didn’t have more than five hours’ warning that Buffett might actually show.
After being honored at the White House on Monday afternoon, the Cubs revealed the real reason why they desperately wanted to make the trip before President Barack Obama left office.
Touring the White House and being celebrated for their first championship since 1908 was certainly fun for the team, but it wasn’t nearly as important as converting the die-hard White Sox fan into a Cubs fan, a task more difficult than turning Hillary Clinton supporters into Donald Trump backers.
The Cubs celebration was the last public White House event of Obama’s presidency. The audience in the East Room was filled with politicians like Sen. Dick Durbin, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with former Obama adviser David Axelrod and singer Jimmy Buffett, a longtime Cubs fan.
Some of the songs played:
Jingle Bell Rock
Knees of My Heart
Son of a Son of a Sailor (with James Taylor)
Mexico (James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett)
Lighthouse (James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett)
How Sweet It Is (James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, and Sarah McLachlan)
“How Sweet It Is” – James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, and Sarah McLachlan
“Son of a Son of a Sailor” – Jimmy Buffett and James Taylor
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