Buffett plays surprise set in Montauk

From the New York Post (Page Six): “Jimmy Buffett plays surprise set at Surf Lodge

Jimmy Buffett surprised a crowd at Surf Lodge in Montauk on Wednesday night by performing a half-dozen songs with local rocker Nancy Atlas — including a cover of “Brown Eyed Girl” and his own hit, “Margaritaville.”

“He didn’t want to leave the stage,” said an impressed attendee.

“He jokingly said he would ‘play until tomorrow.’ ”

Hamptons fixture Buffett, 70, is on a break from his world tour, which resumes later this month in Paris.

(Photo courtesy Ken Grille)

Shark named by Buffett visits Jersey Shore

From the Asbury Park Press: “Great white shark named by Jimmy Buffett visits Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore saw two new visitors to its waters this week — baby white sharks.

JD, a tagged 75-pound juvenile male white shark that was named by singer Jimmy Buffett — who was on the vessel when the shark was tagged — was only yards from the Barnegat Light beaches Wednesday morning, according to the shark’s satellite tag.

The 5-foot 4-inch long shark was tagged by OCEARCH researchers on Aug. 14 after it was captured off the coast of Montauk, N.Y. during the group’s monthlong Empire State and Garden State expedition to search for great white sharks.

The shark traveled 178 miles from its capture site to Barnegat Light since being tagged.

Chris Fischer, OCEARCH’s founder and expedition leader, explained why the “Margaritaville” singer was on board the vessel at the time JD was tagged.

“Jimmy has been a real big supporter of OCEARCH,” said Fischer. “He named the shark after his dad, James Delaney.”

OCEARCH is researching the life-cycle of white sharks, an apex ocean predator. The sharks are known scientifically as Carcharodon carcharias and can grow up to 21 feet in length and weigh over 4,000 pounds.

Fischer estimates JD, which can be seen being tagged in the video above, is one year old and is feeding on small prey fish such as mackerel, menhaden and squid.

Buffett peforms in Mansfield MA

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band played the final show of the summer tour last night at the Xfinity Center (Great Woods) in Mansfield MA. This was the 60th show at Great Woods that Buffett has headlined (he also performed at the Walden Woods benefit show with Don Henley)

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights from the show included “School Boy Heart” and the show ended with “Nautical Wheelers” and “Tin Cup Chalice”.

Listen to Buffett performing Bob Marley’s “One Love” at last night’s show.

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers will resume the tour with three shows at La Cigale in Paris France from September 21st to 23rd.

Buffett performs in Camden NJ

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden NJ.

During the Bing and Bong show before the concert Buffett mentioned there will be a big announcement soon about the naming rights to the new amphitheater in Key West. Jimmy also mentioned that “we’ll be playing it sometime soon”.

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights from the show included “The Tiki Bar Is Open”, a cover of Paul Simon’s “American Tune”, and for the final encore a cover of Bob Marley’s “One Love”.

Buffett performs at Jones Beach

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh NY. The show marks the 30th time that Buffett has performed at Jones Beach.

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights from the show included “Growing Older But Not Up”, “Margaritaville” featuring Frank Marshall on guitar, and for the final encore a cover of Bob Marley’s “One Love”.

Forbes article on Margaritaville Multibillion-Dollar Empire

From Forbes: “How Jimmy Buffett Turned Hit Song ‘Margaritaville’ Into A Multibillion-Dollar Empire

Jimmy Buffett’s classic hit “Margaritaville” is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The song debuted on the 1977 “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” album and quickly took on a life of its own, becoming a state of mind and way of life rooted in fun and escapism for those “growing older, but not up”.

The song about life in this euphoric place where days are wasted away nibblin’ on sponge cake and watchin’ the sun bake has also morphed into a global lifestyle brand that currently has more than $4.8 billion in the development pipeline and sees $1.5 billion in annual system-wide sales. This year, Margaritaville Holdings announced a partnership with Minto Communities to develop Latitude Margaritaville, new active adult communities for those “55 and better”, including the $1 billion Daytona Beach, Florida location and a second in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

“Since I wrote the song 40 years ago, Margaritaville has affected just about everything we’ve done,” said Jimmy Buffett. “From getting me on the radio first, to the evolution of the brand in so many areas that we couldn’t possibly conceive of in the beginning.”

Buffett, 70, was reported to have a net worth of $550 million as of 2016 and was ranked No. 13 on FORBES first-ever list of America’s Wealthiest Celebrities. His 2016 earnings alone total an approximate $40.5 million. The singer, songwriter, bestselling author and business tycoon remains true to his loyal and like-minded fans.

“I love that as successful as we’ve become, the basic principle that I learned on Bourbon Street, of having fun and engaging with fans, has always been a focus,” Buffett said. “I love Margaritaville, the entire idea of it.”

Read the full article at Forbes.com