Buffett surprises ISU Prep Band with free tickets

From KTVB: “Jimmy Buffet surprises ISU Pep Band with free tickets to his Boise concert

The Idaho State University Pep Band got a very nice surprise from a music legend while in Boise Tuesday for the Big Sky women’s basketball tournament.

The Bengals had just lost to Eastern Washington when Jimmy Buffet approached the band’s director.

“The game had just ended and we were all sad we didn’t win,” said Tom Kloss, ISU Pep Band director and ISU associate director of bands. “And Jimmy Buffet came up to me and said, ‘I love the kids, they’re great.’ I looked at him and thought, ‘my gosh, it’s Jimmy Buffett.’”

Kloss said some of his students didn’t know who Jimmy Buffet is.

“I said to the kids, ‘hey, this is Jimmy Buffett’ and some looked a little confused and I said, ‘you know, Margaritaville’ and they all said ‘wow, Jimmy Buffett.’”

Kloss said Buffett spent time talking with the students and shaking hands, and then asked if the band would like to attend his Boise concert the next night at Taco Bell Arena.

“So I said, ‘hey kids, want to go to the concert’ and they all screamed ‘yes,’” Kloss said.

“The concert was excellent. He’s 72 and puts on a great show. It was packed and sold out. Half of our seats were on the floor where everyone was dancing and the other half were at stage level.”

Kloss described the whole experience as “pretty ridiculous” and “amazing.”

He said the band returned to Pocatello at 3 a.m. Thursday and it was totally worth it.

Buffett performs in Idaho

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band kicked of the 2019 Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour last night at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise Idaho. The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights from the show included “Jolly Mon Sing”, “Margaritaville” featuring Frank Marshall on guitar, and “Last Mango In Paris”.

“Escape to Margaritaville” Open Casting Call

The first national tour of the Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical “Escape to Margaritaville” is holding an open casting call in New York City for all principal roles.

Join the first national tour of the Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical “Escape to Margaritaville.” Talent, aged 20 and older, is wanted for all principal roles in the production, including Tully, Rachel, and others. There will be an open casting call on March 26 and 27 in NYC. Rehearsals will begin on or about Aug. 26, followed by travel for tech around Sept. 23 in Providence, Rhode Island, and a press opening on Oct. 3. Contracts run through Aug. 23, 2020. Pay is $750 per week with a weekly per diem, travel, and housing provided during the tour. Apply here!

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations – Rehearsals begin on or around Aug. 26 in NYC; travel for tech on or around Sept. 23 in Providence, RI; press opening on or around Oct. 3 in Providence, RI. Contracts run through approx. Aug. 23, 2020.

Buffett performs a new song for The Beach Bum Soundtrack

From Yahoo News “Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum Soundtrack Announced

Harmony Korine’s new film The Beach Bum hits U.S. theaters on March 29 (via NEON). The comedy stars Matthew McConaughey as the Floridian burnout Moondog, as well as Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron, Jimmy Buffett, Isla Fisher, and others.

Today, the soundtrack has been announced. The Beach Bum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is out March 22 via Milan Records. The album includes John Debney’s score, as well as an original song called “Moonfog,” written by Jimmy Buffett and Snoop Dogg and performed by Buffett. Hear it below. Also below, watch the trailer for The Beach Bum and find the soundtrack artwork and tracklist.

The Beach Bum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

01 Jimmy Buffett: “A Pirate at Forty”
02 Bertie Higgins / Moondog: “Key Largo (Live at the Schooner Wharf Bar)”
03 Gerry Rafferty: “Right Down the Line”
04 Waylon Jennings: “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)”
05 Eddie Money: “Two Tickets To Paradise”
06 Gordon Lightfoot: “Sundown”
07 Stephen Bishop: “On and On”
08 Van Morrison: “Into the Mystic”
09 Jimmy Buffett: “Moonfog”
10 John Debney: “Poem for a White Cat”
11 John Debney: “Sucking Toes and Playing Tennis”
12 John Debney: “Moondog and Minnie”
13 John Debney: “Goodbye to Minnie”
14 John Debney: “Beautiful Moondog”

Margaritaville NYC obtains financing to move forward

From TheRealDeal.com: “Happy Hour: Sharif El-Gamal secures $270M in financing for Margaritaville site

Sharif El-Gamal has finally landed a construction loan for his Margaritaville hotel development in Times Square. The financing allows him to pay the investor who held the distressed note and complete construction of the ambitious project.

“On Friday, through the blessing of God, we got a $270 million loan,” said El-Gamal. “It’s a real case study in the intricacies of high-stakes real estate in New York.”

The loan is backed by senior lenders Related Fund Management (the debt arm of Related Companies) and investment bank Angelo Gordon, as well as mezzanine lender, South Korea-based Hana Bank. Related and Angelo Gordon did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but a source said the senior lenders provided $180 million in debt.

The project, a 234-key, 170,000-square-foot Margaritaville hotel at 560 Seventh Avenue, is expected to open at the end of 2020, and will top out at 30 stories. Musician Jimmy Buffett’s hotel chain agreed to sign on as building manager in April, and is also leasing the retail space.

Buffett adds Anaheim and Las Vegas to the 2019 Tour

Two more tour dates have been added to Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s 2019 Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour

October 12, 2019 Honda Center Anaheim, CA
Tickets go sale Monday, March 4 at 10am PT on Ticketmaster.com
American Express Presale starts Tue, Feb 26 @ 10:00 am

October 19, 2019 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, NV
Tickets go sale Monday, March 4 at 10am PT on Live Nation
AXS and Live Nation members Presale starts Mar 1st at 10AM PT