Huey Lewis cancels 2018 Tour Due to Hearing Loss

Huey Lewis and The News have cancelled all of their 2018 performances including shows that were scheduled with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at Fenway Park in Boston on August 9th and the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on October 20th.

Announcement from Huey Lewis:
Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing. Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing. The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch. I’ve been to the House Ear Institute, the Stanford Ear Institute, and the Mayo Clinic, hoping to find an answer. The doctors believe I have Meniere’s disease and have agreed that I can’t perform until I improve. Therefore the only prudent thing to do is to cancel all future shows. Needless to say, I feel horrible about this, and wish to sincerely apologize to all the fans who’ve already bought tickets and were planning to come see us. I’m going to concentrate on getting better, and hope that one day soon I’ll be able to perform again.

Sincerely Huey

Buffett adds Phoenix AZ to SOASOAS Tour

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band are bringing the Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour to the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix AZ on Saturday, Oct. 13. This is Buffett’s first appearance in Phoenix since 2013.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, April 23, at Ticketmaster.com, the venue box office and 800-745-3000.

Buffett’s Support Helps St. Barts

From the New York Times: “Jimmy Buffett’s Support Helps St. Barts Move Forward

It has been 40 years since Jimmy Buffett traveled on a whim to the French island often known as St. Barts.

He liked what he saw then from the deck of his sailboat, and he has continued to return: surfing off its beaches, writing books and songs and celebrating many a holiday, including Christmas, which is his birthday.

He is 71 now, as much business mogul as entertainer, branding Margaritaville to sell everything from pool floats to retirement homes.

But he has also used his clout and voice to support St. Barts after Hurricane Irma, sending private planes to help ferry supplies in the early days after the storm and giving a benefit concert in the port of Gustavia in December. He is one of the ambassadors for Les Voiles de Saint Barth, the annual sailing regatta that will take place this month despite the challenges posed by the island’s recovery efforts.

He is in the process of building his latest home on the island and plans to race aboard a friend’s yacht during the regatta. He did this interview from his boat in the Bahamas. It has been condensed and edited for clarity.

Why was it important to you to be involved in this race?

I think anything we can do to make it known that St. Barts is on the way back is good, and as my friend said, “I guess your house will be ready just in time for the next storm.”

And I was going, “Please God, don’t let it be a big one.”

I think there’s a little bit of that apprehension in everybody there who went through Irma but you’ve got to keep moving on forward, breathe in and breathe out and move on. That’s kind of the way I think about it.

Read the full article

Les Voiles de Saint Barth – April 8th – 14th, 2018

Buffett postpones Charlotte NC show

CHARLOTTE PARROTHEADS – Due to forecasted rain and extreme cold weather, the Jimmy Buffett concert scheduled for this Saturday 4/7 at PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte has been rescheduled for Friday 4/27. Tickets purchased for the 4/7 date will be honored on Friday 4/27, no exchange necessary. Refunds available at point of purchase. Tickets are on sale now here: http://livemu.sc/2psfJdX

Buffett to perform at Hattiesburg’s Saenger Theater

From the Sun Herald: “Jimmy Buffett is playing a rare show in South Mississippi

Pascagoula native Jimmy Buffett is playing a rare, small show in South Mississippi. Buffett will play the Saenger Theater in Hattiesburg on Thursday, April 26.

Tickets to the show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at the Saenger Theater box office and at Eventbrite.com. There is a two-ticket limit per person.

He will be joined by his Acoustic Airmen — Coral Reefers Mac McAnally, Robert Greenidge, Eric Darken, Nadirah Shakoor and Tina Gullickson, along with special guests Sonny Landreth and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.

Buffett Sings 75th Anniversary Tribute to ‘Oklahoma!’

From Variety: Jimmy Buffett Sings a 75th Anniversary Tribute to ‘Oklahoma!’

During this weekend’s performance of Jimmy Buffet’s new Broadway show “Escape to Margaritaville,” the iconic singer appeared in the show’s closing number for a rendition of “Surry with the Fringe on Top” in honor of the 75th anniversary of “Oklahoma!.” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical had its original opening night on March 31, 1943, and Buffett, outfitted in one of his famed Hawaiian shirts and Easter bunny ears, gave his own spin on the tune along with the show’s cast.

“I grew up on Rodgers and Hammerstein and I wish my mother were here to see this!,” Buffett said following the performance. “Oklahoma!” ran for more than 2000 performances between 1943 and 1948 and has had four Broadway revivals since its original production, in 1951, 1953, 1979 and 2002. As part of a yearlong 75th anniversary celebration, other shows including “The King and I,” “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” and “The Sound of Music” also celebrated “Oklahoma!” over the weekend.