You could soon be wasting away again in Margaritaville — in downtown Atlanta.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that the chain — which features a laid-back vibe in menu in keeping with musician and Margaritaville partner Jimmy Buffett’s lyrics — has been working with the owners of Skyview Atlanta, the Ferris wheel across from Centennial Olympic Park, to bring the restaurant to the area around the park. The restaurant is eyeing a summer 2017 opening, though its not a done deal — the design will need to go before city officials for planning and permitting.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “I Don’t Know” tour continued last night with a show at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor ME.
The set list from the show is now available. The featured album for the night was “Riddles In The Sand” released in 1984. Songs from the album included “Ragtop Day”, “Knees of My Heart” and “Who’s the Blonde Stranger”. For the final encore Buffett sang “Tin Cup Chalice”.
Buffett, who turns 70 this year, played a two-hour-plus set crammed with hits, fan favorites and a few deep cuts from his 27 albums. From radio standards such as “Margaritaville” and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” to stripped down acoustic versions of songs such as “Delaney Talks to Statues” and the jaunty “Pencil Thin Mustache,” Buffett is the consummate showman.
Though this was the first time Buffett and his 11-piece Coral Reefer Band have played in Bangor, the singer is no stranger to the state — he’s visited many times on his own, and he has had boats built at Hinckley in Southwest Harbor. From the stage, Buffett remarked that he finally got to play a show in Bangor, and that the seafaring culture in Maine fits right in with his beach-friendly music.
“We finally made it!” said Buffett, early on in his set. “I’ve built boats here, I’ve had fun here, and now finally get to come play here in ‘Bangah.’”
More than 15,000 people crowded into the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, with big lines at the gates, at the T-shirt stand and at the frozen margarita booth — a new addition to the venue for 2016, and likely much appreciated by Parrotheads.
The crowd gathered a little before 4 p.m. in the hot, open-air Margaritaville bar set up in front of Sedgefield Country Club’s stately Tudor clubhouse for the Wyndham Championship.
A few hundred people listened and sang along with “20 Ride,” a Zac Brown tribute band from Charlotte.
But they were waiting for more. Word was out: Jimmy Buffett would visit this temporary bar based on his chain of 24 permanent Margaritavilles in the U.S., Mexico and Carribean.
Buffett was dressed for business: light blue shorts, a pink polo shirt, and battered blue Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers with no laces. His curly gray hair poked out from beneath a white Navy Sailing baseball cap, his eyes hidden behind gold-framed aviator sunglasses with dark brown lenses.
The 69-year-old singer stepped on stage and borrowed a guitar. His friend Mac McAnally, a member of Buffett’s Coral Reefer band who has won the CMA’s Musician of the Year award eight times in a row, introduced him. And the intimate little crowd cheered.
“We been rehearsing this for hours,” Buffett deadpanned. He sang one song. That was all. And dozens of smart phones held high recorded it to make friends, family and colleagues jealous.
Where were you Monday? I saw Jimmy Buffett sing “Margaritaville” at the Wyndham.
The crowd tried to sing along, but Buffett changed the lyrics in key spots in his signature song from 1977 to reference Greensboro and the Wyndham.
“… But I know, it’s all Bobby Long’s fault,” Buffett crooned at one point, singling out the chairman of the Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation that owns Greensboro’s PGA Tour tournament.
And then he was gone, whisked away back to the airport to catch a private plane, headed for an airport with a curfew on late flights.
Make no mistake: This was a business trip for Buffett.
Besides the restaurants and bars, the chief Parrothead also owns Margaritaville Vacation Clubs by Wyndham, a growing chain of resorts.
“There’s one in St. Thomas (Virgin Islands), one in Puerto Rico and we’re going to be adding more,” said Steve Holmes, chairman and CEO of Wyndham Worldwide. “It’s just Jimmy’s effort to expand the Margaritaville brand working with us. It’s a great relationship.”
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “I Don’t Know” tour got back underway last night with a show on the the Atlantic City Beach in New Jersey.
The set list from the show is now available. The featured album for the night was “One Particular Harbour” released in 1983. Songs from the album included “Stars On The Water”, “One Particular Harbour”, and “Brown Eyed Girl”. The song for What’s Behind Door #3 was “Love And Luck”. For the final encore Buffett sang “Tin Cup Chalice”.
On Saturday afternoon, the deeply tanned, humorous, 69-year-old Buffett, his Coral Reef Band, and his opening act (onetime Philadelphians G. Love & Special Sauce) sold out the Atlantic City beach for the first concert of its season. Spanning from Missouri Avenue on the Boardwalk to Indiana Avenue and MLK Boulevard, an estimated 20,000 people were in attendance, many of whom seemed to know Buffett’s every lyric and between-song banter.
He commenced his Saturday set with the rock-and-sway of “Summerzcool,” a perfect elixir for those weighed down by Atlantic City’s current troubles.
You messed up, you read the paper.
You accidentally watched the news.
You inadvertently find yourself in the vicinity of the blues.
Buffett cackled before following those words with a chorus fitting the setting:
Get to the beach or at least in the pool.
On a break from their worldwide “Head Full of Dreams” tour, Coldplay performed at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Sunday night in a “secret” concert sponsored by Sirius XM satellite radio.
Signs of a big event were apparent on Amagansett’s Main Street many hours before the 6 p.m. show, when town police and fire marshals cordoned off areas for fans to wait and positioned themselves in front of the Talkhouse.
Among the guests in the audience of about 200 inside the Talkhouse on Sunday, besides ticket-winners, were Jimmy Buffett, John McEnroe, Christie Brinkley, Chad Smith, and Jon Bon Jovi.
Last week, the design committee of the Vieux Carre Commission gave unanimous approval for a new Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at 336 Decatur Street in the French Quarter.
The $7 million project includes a new, ground up three-story building with a rooftop terrace.
Developer Logan Trotter of TMJ Group of New Orleans is seeking to demolish the former gas station at 336 Decatur Street.
The project would create 150 construction jobs and 125 to 150 permanent positions. Architects and Builders of Lafayette is the general contractor .
The next step is for developers to secure design approval from the full VCC and the Architectural Review Committee.