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Margaritaville Media hires key individuals

From Variety: “Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Hires Gawker Head of Video Production Sarah Ramey

The digital media group of Margaritaville Enterprises, the hospitality, merchandise and media firm based on the carefree lifestyle invoked by Jimmy Buffett’s music, has made three key hires including Sarah Ramey, formerly in charge of video production and development for Gawker, as head of content.

Margaritaville Media, led by former YouTube exec Laura Lee, also has tapped Sam Keene, who previously worked at NASCAR and Red Bull, as head of digital marketing and platforms; and Talar Sarkissian, formerly with mobile-video app startup SpeakUp, as head of business development and operations. All three report to Lee, president of Margaritaville Media and chief digital officer.

Under the direction of Lee, Margaritaville Media is attempting to expand the reach of the Buffett-inspired brand to younger demographics with video series, editorial and branded content, as well as immersive digital experiences.

“With Sarah’s deep content capabilities across digital, TV and film, Sam’s proven leadership in building digital audiences for lifestyle brands and Talar’s strong operational experience, we are perfectly positioned to take Margaritaville Media to the next level and grow our company’s social presence,” Lee said in announcing the hires. “We look forward to creating fun and escapist content that continues to inspire our younger fans to embrace the Margaritaville lifestyle.”

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Escape to Margaritaville Musical to premiere May 2017

From the Hollywood Reporter: “Jimmy Buffett Musical Sets San Diego Premiere

‘Escape to Margaritaville’ will feature both original songs and the singer’s classic tracks.

It turns out Margaritaville is pretty close to Los Angeles.

The new Jimmy Buffett musical will have its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in the San Diego area, producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams announced Monday.

The limited engagement will begin previews on May 16, 2017, ahead of its opening night on May 28, and will play through June 25.

Officially titled Escape to Margaritaville, the musical will feature both original songs and Jimmy Buffett classics. It tells the story of a tropical island resort and its charming bartender-singer who falls for a beautiful, career-minded tourist.

The show will include an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia (creator of My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope and Yes, Dear) and Mike O’Malley (Yes, Dear and Glee), with Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley (Memphis, Xanadu) on board to direct. The creative team also will include choreographer Kelly Devine, scenic designer Walt Spangler, costume designer Paul Tazewell, lighting designer Howell Binkley and sound designer Brian Ronan.

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Buffett performs in Chicago

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “I Don’t Know” tour continued last night with a show at the the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Chicago, IL.

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 “We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About”, “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”.

This wraps up the June leg of the “I Don’t Know” tour. The next leg of the tour begins on August 13th with a show at the Atlantic City Beach in New Jersey.

Before the show Buffett stopped by the Margaritaville Bar & Grill at Navy Pier in Chicago
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Margaritaville comes back to Biloxi

From the Sun Herald: “Margaritaville comes back big in Biloxi

Jimmy Buffett again has a presence in Biloxi, and a crowd turned out Thursday to open the new Margaritaville Resort Biloxi.

Buffett was about to go on stage at a concert in Indianapolis and couldn’t attend the ribbon-cutting, but sent a message.

“Well, as you might guess, I am very excited about this latest and greatest Biloxi project,” Buffett wrote. “It has been a long and sometimes trying adventure to get the right kind of place in Biloxi and I couldn’t be happier with this great project, its location and your involvement,” he told the developers.

“On the water is what I always wanted,” he said of the location — the former Casino Magic, which hasn’t been open in the 11 years since Hurricane Katrina.

“The added attraction of the landing on Deer island is something that really strikes home,” said Buffett, who was born in Pascagoula and played his first professional gig in Biloxi.

Buffett said he hopes to get to the new resort for a quick visit in July and definitely for Saints games and angling for redfish.

Margaritaville Resort Biloxi offers games for all ages and a volcano climbing wall that “erupts” periodically in the Margaritaville restaurant as climbers enter through the floor. There are several other restaurants as well, and for those who stay in one of the 373 hotel rooms or suites, water views and sunsets, and access to the waterpark and lazy river, which will open Friday (June 24th).

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Buffett performs in Indianapolis

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “I Don’t Know” tour continued last night with a show at the the Klipsch Music Center in Indianapolis IN.

The set list from the show is now available. The featured album for the night was “Coconut Telegraph” released in 1981. Songs from the album included “Coconut Telegraph” and “Growing Older But Not Up”. The song for What’s Behind Door #3 was “Lone Palm” (last played November 20, 1999 in East Hampton NY).

This leg of the tour concludes on Saturday June 25th with a show at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park, IL (Chicago).

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Buffett performs in Cincinnati

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “I Don’t Know” tour continued last night with a show at the the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati OH.

The set list from the show is now available. The featured album for the night was “Volcano” (released in 1979). Songs from the album included “Boat Drinks”, “Fins”, “Volcano”, and “Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants” for the final encore. The song for What’s Behind Door #3 was “Incommunicado” (last played on May 31, 2001 in Denver). Buffett surprised everyone by including “God’s Own Drunk” (last played in 2012 in Louisville KY).

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