Buffett politely declines class reunion

From Gulflive: “Pascagoula native Jimmy Buffett politely declines class reunion invite, but sends video

Jimmy Buffett was born in Pascagoula on Christmas Day 1946, but moved away with his family to Mobile before starting school.

If the world renowned singer/author/entreprenuer/actor would have remained in Jackson County however, he may well have been celebrating his 50th reunion with his former classmates this weekend.

And his relocation at such a young age didn’t stop one member of the Pascagoula High Class of 1964 from reaching out with an invitation.

Danny “Toad” Smith, one of the committee members for the reunion, sent Buffett a message earlier this year through mutual friends to gauge his interest in attending the event, even though Buffett never attended school in Jackson County.

Smith got a bit of a surprise as a response.

“He sent us a 45-second DVD, recorded on his boat while he was tuna-fishing in Nantucket Sound,” Smith, who like Buffett was born in 1946 at the old Jackson County Hospital, said. “I had no illusions about the probability of his attending, but figured, what the heck, what if he happens to be in the area?

“Along with his regrets that he couldn’t attend he sent his best wishes and mused that had his father had not decided to move to Mobile when Jimmy was five, he might well have graduated with us in 1964 at PHS rather than McGill lnstitute in Mobile.”

Smith, through the help of a friend that works behind the scenes at the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, was able to get a Pascagoula High School Class of 1964 T-shirt to Buffett after his show at the Acura Stage in 2012. Normally reluctant to take such gifts from fans, he accepted the shirt since it came from Pascagoula.

Buffett has maintained ties to Pascagoula over the years through relatives including his grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. In a short chapter he wrote for the book, “Growing Up In Mississippi,” Buffett describes summer vacations at his grandmother’s house in Pascagoula on Parsley St., “free of the grasp of the Mobile parochial school system.”

Buffett to perform at Coyote Drive-In

On June 19, Fort Worth will be, for an evening, the center of the Parrothead universe.

From the Star-Telegraph: Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will perform an intimate show at Coyote Drive-In as the inaugural musician in the “Live at the Drive-In” series, an idea conceived and produced by Coyote Drive-In owner-operators Brady Wood and Brandt Wood via their company, Woodhouse, in conjunction with Austin-based juggernaut C3 Presents.

“There is not another artist we’d rather be working with,” Brandt Wood says. “Jimmy has taken a personal interest — he grew up at drive-ins.”

What Wood described as “a big film crew” will be on hand during Buffett’s performance, which will be broadcast live, via DirecTV, to every participating, digitally-equipped drive-in across the country.

The concert will be a regular, full performance, according to Wood, who says this concept, which Woodhouse has been working on for the last year, is the biggest of its kind that’s ever been attempted.

Tickets for the Coyote Drive-In concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Buffett’s website or the Coyote Drive-In box office.

Ticket prices for Fort Worth were not made available Tuesday, although a Woodhouse spokesperson did say tickets would be $18 at other drive-ins nationwide. (Prices for the Fort Worth show will obviously be higher, sources said, given that it’s the site of the actual concert.) The list of the participating national drive-ins will be announced Friday.

Buffett at Battioke 2014

Jimmy Buffett attended Shane Battier’s 2014 Battioke fundraiser in Miami on Monday January 27th.

From Instagram: Pat Riley & Jimmy Buffet laying down “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” at Battioke2014 with a little background help

Buffett performs in Las Vegas

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought their “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The set list from the show is now available. They played the song “Colour Of The Sun” from the album “Songs from St. Somewhere” (it was also performed on Thursday in Phoenix). For the final encore Jimmy performed the song “You Never Can Tell” (Chuck Berry cover), which he also did for the two recent shows in Paris.

The tour will resume on November 30th with a show at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY. Followed by stops in St. Paul MN, Tulsa OK, Little Rock AR, and Honolulu HI.