Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber opens early 2009

Jimmy Buffett’s new restaurant at the Beachcomber in Waikiki is expected to open early in 2009 according to the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber. A show at the Waikiki Beach Shell in Honolulu is rumored to take place in February 2009.

It’s taking $15 million to build out 22,000 square feet for the new 400-seat Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber. And it will be every bit an adventure in paradise.

Simulated sunsets and rolling surf. The Hot Spot Bar where action will surely be volcanic. Ocean Waves Dining Booths for the North Shore vibe. You’ll enjoy music from up-and-coming local talent and food that’s not too complicated but full of flavor: fresh seafood, juicy burgers and casual island favorites. Cocktails will find tropical inspiration, too, with boat drinks, ice-cold brews and of course, signature margaritas.

Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber opens in early 2009.

Mohegan Sun Margaritaville Show – Private Party

During the preshow interview before last night’s show in Las Vegas Jimmy Buffett mentioned he will be doing a show at the new Margaritaville at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Saturday November 8th.

Update from Margaritavillle.com:

Private party to celebrate the opening of Margaritaville Mohegan Sun
The November 8th concert is a private event – tickets will NOT be for sale, but there will be an opportunity to win passes on many local radio stations as well as Radio Margaritaville. Stay tuned for more information on how to win!

Time Change Saturday Sept 6th Comcast Center

From Margaritaville.com“: September 6th Start Time Changed to 3pm for Comcast Center show in Mansfield, MA

Trying to reason with hurricane season…. Due to the weather expected from Hurricane Hanna that is approaching New England, Saturday’s show will start at 3:00pm instead of 8:00pm.

Parking lots will open at 8:00 AM Saturday morning.
Door time will be 2:00 PM.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reef Band will perform at 3:00 PM

Alpine Valley Video

A blog by David Hoekstra of the Chicago Sun Times has some clips from the Alpine Valley show on Saturday: Jimmy Buffett Alpine Video

Some highlights from David’s article:

My favorite sight? The group of middle-aged housewives from Sugar Grove, Ill. called “Steel Crazy.” [www.steelcrazyband.com] They actually set up about 10 steel drums under a tent in the parking lot and played beautiful Buffett songs like “One Particular Harbor” and “A Pirate Looks at 40.”

The concert itself was remarkable. Buffett’s fine band was as tight as usual and on stage shennaigans were kept to a minimum. The nice surprise for hard core Buffett fans was the return of blues harmonica player Greg “Fingers” Taylor to the fold. Taylor’s searching riffs are to Buffett what Mickey Raphael’s harp is to Willie Nelson.

Buffett told me that during this years New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival he was out with Quint Davis of the Jazz Fest and some folks from the edgy Cajun/Southern restaurant Cochon when they stumbled across a hard driving Mississippi-based act “The Juke Joint Duo.” Turned out they were drummer Cedric Burnside, the grandson of electric Mississippi blues great R.L. Burnside and his guitar slinging partner in crime Lightin’ Malcom.
Cedric Burnside, who appeared in the film “Black Snake Moan” with Samuel L. Jackson is a fierce spot-on drummer who guided the band through “Hey, Bo Diddley,” a tribute to another one of Mississppi’s favorite sons. The center stage summit between Malcom, Buffett’s guitarist Mac McAnally, Taylor and Buffett was sparked by improvisational energy. They tore the roof off the place—well, if Alpine had a roof.

Article on the Coral Reefers

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a great article on the Coral Reefer Band: “Buffett’s band will strike a ‘Coral’ chord at Alpine Valley” (thanks to Todd and CaptainP for passing that along)

What doesn’t often get recognized is the 11-piece band providing the soundtrack for the never-ending party.

What’s remarkable about the group of musicians that Buffett has chosen for his Coral Reefer Band is that it isn’t just a ragtag group of background musicians who will back Buffett for his sold-out show Saturday at Alpine Valley Music Theatre.

In fact, many people might be surprised to learn that the group that creates the live sound behind “Margaritaville” and “Fins” includes a Christian recording artist, a few Grammy-winning songwriters, a former member of Arrested Development, revered studio musicians who have appeared on records with Aretha Franklin, Kris Kristofferson and James Taylor, and an award-winning children’s recording artist.

Articles on the upcoming Cincinnati Show

The Cincinnati Enquirer has a couple of articles leading up to the show at Riverbend on Thursday: “Jump on the Buffett bandwagon – Examining the origins of the Parrothead species” and “Margaritaville makes money

Some excerpts from the articles:

Jimmy Buffett brings his “The Year of Still Here” tour to Riverbend Thursday, representing the 20th anniversary of his first performance at the venue in 1988. This show is his 41st consecutive sell-out at Riverbend. This one sold all of the 20,000 tickets in 10 minutes. Make it his 47th consecutive sell-out in this market, if you count the six shows he did at Kings Island from 1984-87.

Buffett managed to turn a fantasy lifestyle into a marketable product, selling escapism for a night or so and he was on his way to being the Margaritaville mogul. Given his current sold-out summer tour, it is a “product” that never goes out of fashion. As Buffett sings, “I’m growing older, but not up.”

From beer to sneakers, it’s usually all about selling a lifestyle these days when it comes to marketing any consumer product. Jimmy Buffett practically wrote the book on that kind of marketing, or at least he wrote the song. Buffett has managed to turn a mythical beach bum lifestyle into a financial empire that reminds one of another financier named Buffett. That would be Warren, no relation.

Buffett has turned his musical fantasies into what is estimated to be a $400 million brand, making him one of the richest musicians in the world. Rolling Stone magazine estimated in 2006 Buffett was the seventh richest rock star, earning $44 million that year.