Buffett visits Mobile and talks about an upcoming documentary

From AL.com: “Why was Jimmy Buffett in Mobile today?” Jimmy Buffett and reporter Jared Boyd talk about an upcoming documentary project chronicling the singer’s start on the Gulf Coast during a chance encounter at Dew Drop Inn on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

On the 1982 song, “I Heard I Was in Town,” Jimmy Buffett sings about walking the streets of his former stomping grounds. On a recent trip to Mobile, the renowned singer-songwriter was caught bringing the words of his song to life, stopping into the Dew Drop Inn in Mobile on Thursday afternoon for an impromptu chat with fans.

The late lunch encounter began with a table of women pointing out of the window.

“Jimmy,” I heard one of the women saying. “That is him,” she continued. “Jimmy Buffett.”

Sure enough, I caught a glimpse of the tropical-shirted figure stepping into a white late-model Nissan van in an adjacent lot on Old Shell Road.

Quickly, the woman sprang up from the table and sprinted out of the restaurant’s back door. Through the window, I could see her waving to flag Buffett down.

So, why was Jimmy Buffett walking “old streets again,” as he sings in his aforementioned song?

According to the man, himself, he’s saluting his Mobile roots in a documentary film about his early career. While in town, Buffett says he is gathering shots and meeting with local musicians who were integral to the making of his first records.

“I’m hoping to get out to McGill-Toolen in a minute,” the “Margaritaville” singer said of his alma-mater. “I’ve got some fond memories and some not-so-fond memories there.”

Of those not-so-fond memories, he joked that he was no stranger to trouble with the nuns and fathers on campus. “They would chase you around with rulers and pop you. That’s why our track team was always so good!”

Sarah Delaney Buffett, a filmmaker and Jimmy Buffett’s daughter, is among the list of names Buffett says is involved with the project.

“So, now you’ve got the scoop,” he said, after a short spiel.

Margaritaville Key West Resort Coming Soon

Ocean Properties Ltd. & Affiliates and Margaritaville Holdings, LLC announced that the Westin Resort and Marina located at 245 Front Street in the iconic U.S. paradise, Key West, will be rebranded as Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina.

The prestigious AAA Four Diamond waterfront resort will begin operating under the Margaritaville flag later this month. The Margaritaville brand management team will provide support to the existing management team and employees throughout the conversion.

The downtown waterfront resort features oversized rooms and suites and is ideally located one block from Duval Street and just steps from Mallory Square, home to the famous Key West Sunset Celebration. The resort currently features more than 6,000 square feet of indoor function space and an oceanfront restaurant and bar.

Details on renovations and a celebratory re-flagging event are expected later this year.

For reservations call 855-366-8045 or visit www.MargaritavilleKeyWestResort.com.

Buffett to perform at Bluesfest in Australia

Bluesfest today announced that Jimmy Buffett will be performing an Australian exclusive peformance at the festival over the Easter long weekend.

Jimmy Buffett joins the lineup off the back of the disappointing announcements that neither Neil Young nor Barry Gibb will be performing at the 2017 festival as originally announced.

Said Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble: “Hey Parrotheads…..Jimmy Buffett is coming…..to play one totally exclusive show at Bluesfest on April 14….YES, Jimmy is coming all the way to Australia to play one show just for you! Jimmy and The Coral Reefers will be present and presenting his unique “island escapism” style at the epicentre of Australian escapism…..Byron Bay.”

Buffett will be joined by his full band, the Coral Reefers.

Jimmy Buffett joins a huge lineup that includes Patti Smith, Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, Billy Bragg and a huge — and growing — list of artists from around the world. Bluesfest takes place at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, April 13-17 2017.

Buffett appears on Hawaii Five-0 on Friday January 13th

Jimmy Buffett will reprise his role as Frank Bama for the CBS show Hawaii Five-0 on Friday January 13th, 2017. Buffett has appeared on three other episodes of Hawaii Five-O (back in November 2011, April 2013, and March 2015).

From CarterMatt.com: “‘Hawaii Five-0’ season 7, episode 13 preview: Masi Oka’s Max says goodbye

Synopsis – “As Max prepares to say goodbye to his Five-0 ohana, they must investigate a murder during a police convention on the Island, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Jimmy Buffett returns as Frank Bama.”

Here’s one other bit of irony when it comes to this episode: Buffett was also in the news last year, but for comments that the show could be ending in the near future that turned out to be false. Who knew an episode in January would be so eventful?

Escape to Margaritaville – New Orleans and Houston dates

From Margaritaville.com: The producers of Escape to Margaritaville announced today that the new musical featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, will premiere in New Orleans, LA and will play Houston, TX in 2017 as part of the production’s pre-Broadway tour before sailing into Broadway in the Spring of 2018.

As previously announced, the show will have its World Premiere steps from the ocean at the Tony Award®-winning La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California in May 2017, and will make its last stop before Broadway at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in November 2017. Please visit www.EscapeToMargaritavilleMusical.com for more information.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to make it to Broadway!” said Jimmy Buffett. “After our world premiere this May in La Jolla, we’ll set sail from California on a pre-Broadway national tour stopping first in the city that gave me my start-New Orleans, then to some of my other favorites – Houston and Chicago – before arriving at that port of all ports, Broadway and New York City.”

The current engagements are as follows:

May 9 – June 25, 2017 – World Premiere
La Jolla Playhouse
Mandell Weiss Theatre
2910 La Jolla Village Drive|
La Jolla, California 92037
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October 20 – 28, 2017 – Pre-Broadway Tour Premiere
East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans
Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

October 31 – November 5, 2017
BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center
800 Bagby Street
Houston, Texas 77002

November 9 – December 3, 2017
Broadway In Chicago
Oriental Theatre
24 West Randolph
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Group tickets on sale now!

Parrot Heads Documentary Video / DVD

The Parrot Heads Documentary is now available for Video On Demand at the outlets below! The DVD will be available February 17 and can be pre-ordered at Mailboat Records. This heartfelt, feature length documentary features never before seen interviews and footage of Jimmy Buffett and the in-depth world and lives of all of his most FINtastic fans!

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