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Buffett says North Carolina Law is Stupid

From ABC News: “Jimmy Buffett Slams North Carolina Law, but Won’t Cancel Shows

Jimmmy Buffett has spoken out against North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, but said he will not cancel his planned performances in the state.

The singer, who has two shows scheduled in North Carolina next week, leveled some harsh criticism at the aforementioned legislation, calling it a “stupid law.”

In a message posted on his official website, Margaritaville.com, Buffett explained that he’d “played many shows years ago, in many states where you could go to prison for 20 years for smoking a joint,” maintaining that that “was a stupid law based on stupid assumptions.”

He pointed out that “time has fortunately reversed a lot of that way of thinking. But now another stupid law, based on stupid assumptions, has sprung up like kudzu in North Carolina.”

Buffett went on to say that he believes most of his fans feel the same way he does about the law, and out of loyalty to them, he intends to honor his commitment to play the two gigs — on April 21 in Raleigh and April 23 in Charlotte.

“I am lucky enough to have found a job in the business of fun. These shows were booked and sold out long before the governor signed that stupid law,” he said. “I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year.”

As for whether he’ll play more concerts in North Carolina in the future, Buffett said it would “definitely depend on whether that stupid law is repealed. That is up to the good people of North Carolina and there are many, and I am confident that they will see that the right thing will be done. As Forrest [Gump] said, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.'”

Last week, Bruce Springsteen canceled a show in Greensboro, citing HB2 as the reason. Last night, Ryan Adams announced that he had canceled an upcoming show in Biloxi, citing a new Mississippi law that will allow religious organizations and some businesses the right to refuse service to gay couples.

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Buffett to perform at tribute for Allen Toussaint in New Orleans

One of the more intriguing sets listed on this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a tribute to Allen Toussaint, the legendary NOLA performer/composer who passed away in November 2015. Recently, the star-studded list of performers who will join members of Toussaint’s band at the Gentilly Stage on May 1 has been announced.

Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Jon Batiste, Jimmy Buffett and Davell Crawford will appear with members of the Allen Toussaint Band at the Fairgrounds on the final day of this year’s Jazz Fest according to NOLA.com.

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Sail on Merle Haggard

Country music legend Merle Haggard passed away yesterday on his 79th birthday.

Jimmy Buffett did a cover of Merle Haggard’s Silver Wings on the album “Take The Weather With You” back in 2006.

Buffett had this to say about Haggard and the song Silver Wings: “It’s interesting and I’m glad that people have picked me up on country radio after two or three failed careers in country. I have always loved those traditional songs and Merle Haggard is still out there doing it. Those you know, what do you say about Merle Haggard, I mean, a living legend.”

“That as I said before, one day I will do Early Morning Rain, but Silver Wings and Gordon Lightfoot’s Early Morning Rain are my favorite two airplane country songs. So as a pilot I thought, as spending a lot of time in a plane and flying a plane around, we pilots like certain kinds of songs, and this is one of them. So this is for anybody who flies out there, or wants to fly, or is afraid of flying. Put it on, and, and sit back and you might not be as afraid of flying when you finish.”

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Las Vegas Show Announced

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Tickets for the general public go on sale Monday, April 18 at 10 a.m.
American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Friday, April 8 at 10 a.m. through Thursday April, 14 at 10 p.m.
Eight ticket limit per customer

Tickets available at AXS.com, venue box office, or charge by phone at (888) 9-AXS-TIX.

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Margaritaville to return to Biloxi

From the SunHerald.com: “Margaritaville returning to Biloxi with a tropical fun resort

The brand’s latest incarnation will be as a tropical resort oasis.

In what had been Casino Magic on U.S. 90 at Point Cadet, Margaritaville Resort Biloxi will feature 373 guest rooms, many with private balconies overlooking the water and Deer Island, and 83 suites. It will also offer an indoor-outdoor entertainment center with a lazy river, the first indoor zip-line roller coaster and hundreds of arcade games.

About 600 people will be hired, and a job fair is scheduled for May 1-3 at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave. See the related story: “Want to work at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi?

The pool, lazy river and two water slides will be open only to hotel guests, but all of the other amenities of Escape, the resort’s 55,000-square-foot entertainment complex, will be available to all.

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At Margaritaville cubed — the third incarnation — adults will be able to keep watch on the kids and enjoy an icy tropical concoction. In Margaritaville style, LandShark Bar & Grill and 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar will be part of the resort experience, along with The Lost Key Bar.

Margaritaville Restaurant and Margaritaville Coffee Shop are among the eateries, along with Doe’s Eat Place, a James Beard Award-winning restaurant renowned for its porterhouse steaks and hot tamales.

The resort and its décor will be inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Pascagoula-born Jimmy Buffett, whose company is the licensing agent. It will have new ownership.

In 2007, Jimmy Buffett teamed up with Harrah’s to build a $700 million casino resort on a lot adjacent to this new resort. Construction never was completed following the world financial crisis, and a smaller Margaritaville Casino was built off Fifth Street. That ownership group closed the casino in 2014 in bankruptcy. (the Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi closed on Sept 15, 2014)

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