Preservation Hall

Buffett performs at Preservation Hall

From “Jimmy Buffett shook up a $2,000 margarita onstage at Preservation Hall Sunday night”

You never used to need a reservation at Preservation Hall,” goes the deep Jimmy Buffett cut “Reservation at Preservation Hall.” These days, you certainly need one for the Hall’s Jazz Fest Midnight Preserves series, a run of late-night concerts that take place each festival night and feature big-name performers from the Fair Grounds –- unannounced until they hit the venerable St. Peter Street stage –- in concert alongside members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Genial, charming and informal as always, he led a “Who Dat” chant with the audience, which apparently included silver-haired New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, in the middle of a set that included well-loved songs like “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “Pencil Thin Mustache,” “I Will Play For Gumbo” and, of course, “Margaritaville.” The Parrothead network may have had advance intel on the surprise performance; most of the audience knew the words to his songs as well as they knew “Who Dat.”

The previously packed room was emptier by then. Most of the Parrotheads had left behind their leader, perhaps having been hit hard by the unexpected shots of warm tequila Buffett poured for fans sitting on the front-row benches. To benefit the Preservation Hall’s education and archival arm, the Preservation Hall Foundation, Buffett fixed a margarita onstage that was auctioned off for a final price of $2,000.

Neither that bit of theater-for-a-good-cause nor, for that matter, the $100-and-up Midnight Preserves ticket prices (which also benefit the Foundation) likely would have been on the menu at the bohemian Preservation Hall of Buffett’s youth. But even 50 years later, the now internationally renowned institution isn’t as polished as all that. Jimmy Buffett’s mixology performance was cut short when a staffer came to the side of the stage to ask for the shaker back. The Hall only had the one, and the courtyard bar needed it to serve cocktails

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Buffett performs at Jazz Fest

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band played yesterday at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. The set list from the show is now available. Some changes included “I Will Play For Gumbo” and “Rhumba Man”

From “Jimmy Buffett showers followers with hits at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015

Barefoot bard Jimmy Buffett immediately charmed the Acura Stage audience at New Orleans Jazz Fest on Sunday (April 26) when he stepped to the microphone and absurdly identified himself as rapper Pitbull, who was actually appearing at the Congo Square Stage. Time and again during his two-hour performance, the 68-year old country/Caribbean singer delighted the crowd with references to the Crescent City, where he busked in the French Quarter 40 years ago.

During his recitation of the sand and sun anthem “Margaritaville,” the best-selling author modified the lyrics to match the mire that spread out in front of him in the rain-soaked racetrack infield.

“Nibbling on sponge cake,” he sang, “watching the sun bake, all of you at Jazz Fest covered in mud. Strumming my six-string, on my front porch swing, we’re looking a lot better than when there’s a flood.”

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Buffett performs in Orange Beach, AL

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band played last night for the first time at the Amphitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach, AL.

The set list from the show is now available. Some changes included “Pascagoula Run”, “Sweet Home Alabama” (last performed Sept 28th, 2013), and “Stars Fell On Alabama” (last played Feb 25th, 2012 in Birmingham, AL). has a review of the show: “Jimmy Buffett hits Orange Beach with mullet on his mind

Early in the show, Buffett told the crowd “we’re going to cover a little bit of I-10, highway 90, highway 98,” and that’s just what he did, packing in a lot of songs inspired by his coastal upbringing in Pascagoula and Mobile. He opened the show with “Pascagoula Run,” played “Bama Breeze” in tribute to the Flora-Bama and other coastal honky-tonks, and used “Changes in Latitude” to work in a plug for his other big show this weekend. “For all the people from Pensacola, I suggest you keep moving west,” he said as he introduced the song. “The church of Buffett will have services Sunday at Jazz Fest.”

The next show is on Sunday April 26th, 2015 at New Orleans Jazz Fest in New Orleans, LA.

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Buffett adds Pittsburgh Show

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
First Niagra Pavilion
Burgettstown, PA
Thursday August 13, 2015
Public on sale: May 4th
Citi pre-sale: April 30th

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New Mexico and Alpine Valley Shows Announced

From New tour dates announced for New Mexico and Alpine Valley, WI! Jimmy and the Coral Reefers have announced two new tour dates for the 2015 Workin’ ‘n Playin’ 2015 tour!

August 22nd – Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
October 20th – Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
Tickets for both shows go on sale April 27th.

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Buffett performs at Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute

From the Palm Beach Post: “Evening with Jimmy Buffett, Navy SEALs raises more than $1M

The biennial Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute started with a literal bang at its dinner dance, which took place March 30 at The Mar-a-Lago Club.

Rebecca Williams was chairwoman for the evening, which, after the SEAL drop, moved to the ballroom where Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally performed a moving God Bless America before they, too, slipped off unseen into the night.

More than 650 people attended the event, which raised more than $1 million for the Navy SEAL Foundation and for the Navy SEAL Museum, Trident House and Memorial.

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Buffett performs in Tampa FL

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band played last night at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa FL

The set list from the show is now available. Some changes included “Ragtop Day” (last played July 23, 2011 at Toyota Park in Chicago), “Cuban Crime Of Passion”, “Floridays”, and “Tin Cup Chalice” for the final encore.

The next show is on April 24, 2015 at The Amphitheater At The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL

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Margaritaville Isla Nublar

Margaritaville Isla Nublar appears in the upcoming movie Jurassic World that comes out on June 12th. The movie takes place 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park.

You can see Margaritaville Isla Nublar in the trailer for Jurassic World (at about 2:11).

From Enter to win an escape to Margaritaville Isla Nublar – as seen in Jurassic World! Enter for a chance to win a trip for 4 to the Jurassic World movie premiere in Hollywood, CA! Weekly drawings will also be held for Margaritaville gift cards. Check out more about Jurassic World, which includes Margaritaville Isla Nublar, and make plans to see the movie starting June 12th!

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