Review of the Belly Up show

The San Diego Union Tribune has a review of Tuesday’s show: “Jimmy Buffett plays surprise Belly Up concert — six things of note

“I don’t know what tour this is,” Jimmy Buffett said after he walked on stage Tuesday night at the Belly Up Tavern with his band, the Coral Reefers. “But we’re starting here.”

With his new theatrical work, the Broadway-bound “Escape to Margaritaville — The Musical,” set to begin previews May 9 at La Jolla Playhouse, Buffett may well become a temporary fixture here. (It opens May 29 and runs through June 18, although an extension is possible if “Escape” fares as well at the box office as Buffett and playhouse honchos hope it will.)

Announced last Wednesday, barely two hours before it went on sale, his Tuesday night Belly Up show sold out in less than a minute.

That was great news for the lucky 600 fans who were able to score tickets for the all-general-admission show, but not for the approximately 7,000 others who tried — and failed.

Here’s what they missed.

1. A long, long wait to get in

2. A 19-song performance that clocked in at 95 minutes

It opened with “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” and concluded with a spirited romp through Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” Some of the highlights included the bluegrass-tinged versions of Buffett’s “Gypsies in the Palace” and the Eagles’ “Take It Easy,” the mass audience sing-along on Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Southern Cross” and Buffett’s amusingly literal physical interpretations of the lyrics to his perpetually sizzling rave-up, “Cheeseburger in Paradise” … He also performed “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” and “Come Monday”.

3. A disappointment …there was no encore Tuesday.

4. A preview, of sorts, of “Escape to Margaritaville — The Musical”

5. A pre-tour warm-up show … Buffett and his ace band knocked the rust off and got their music lubricated again.

6. Cleanup on aisle 1 … The Belly Up on Tuesday had the stickiest bar floor this writer has encountered.

Latitude Margaritaville breaks ground in Daytona

From the Daytona News Journal: “Fins up in Daytona: Latitude Margaritaville breaks ground

Jimmy Buffett wasn’t there, but that didn’t squelch the giddiness of local elected officials and business leaders who turned out Tuesday to help break ground for a planned community here inspired by the singer/songwriter’s music and laid-back Key West lifestyle.

“This is very exciting,” said Nancy Keefer, president and CEO of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, one of more than 50 people attending the invitation-only event to kick off the initial phase of the planned 6,900-home Latitude Margaritaville, Daytona Beach, community for residents age 55 and older.

The community — which has drawn national attention, including coverage by the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and Rolling Stone magazine — is set to be built on the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95.

Cohlan noted that Buffett, while having yet to visit the site, is involved in the project. “I’m sure (Buffett) will be here, schedule permitting,” Cohlan said. “He usually attends grand openings (for Margaritaville Holdings projects).”

Cohlan added that Latitude Margaritaville will include a music bandshell at its residents-only town center and that it is likely that Buffett at some point would perform there. “You never know when or where he’s going to show up, but he does,” Cohlan said

Model homes touting an Old Florida/Key West architectural style are on track to open by January with the first new homes ready for move-in by fall 2018. Prices for homes are expected to range from the low $200,000s to the mid-$300,000 with lots ranging in width from 54 feet to 64 feet.

Buffett rehearsing in San Diego

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band have been rehearsing for the upcoming tour at the Belly Up in Solana Beach CA. Some of the songs they have been practicing include “La Vie Dansante” and “School Boy Heart”.

escape to margaritaville musical

Escape to Margaritaville tickets on sale March 26th

La Jolla Playhouse announced today the complete casting and public on-sale date for its world-premiere musical Escape to Margaritaville, featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett. Performances are scheduled for May 9 to June 18, 2017.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Sunday, March 26 at noon and will be available online at, by phone at (858) 550-1010, or in person at The Playhouse’s Patron Services Office (hours: Tue – Sun, noon to 6pm) at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive.

Joining the previously announced Paul Alexander Nolan, Alison Luff (Matilda The Musical), and Lisa Howard are Charlie Pollock, Don Sparks, Andre Ward, and Rema Webb. The ensemble includes Matt Allen, Sara Andreas, Katie Banville, Hanz Enyeart, Marjorie Failoni, Samantha Farrow, Keely Hutton, Justin Keats, Mike Millan, Justin Mortelliti, Ian Paget, Sharone Sayegh, Alex Michael Stoll, Jena VanElslander, and UC San Diego M.F.A. students Andrew Gallop, Volen Iliev, and Mo Rodvanich.

Buffett adds Cincinnati show in July

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will make a stop in Cincinnati as part of Buffett’s “I Don’t Know” tour.

Buffett will perform at Riverbend Music Center on Saturday, July 8 at 8 p.m. This is the first time in several years for Buffett to perform on a weekend in Cincinnati. Tickets go on sale March 31 at 10 a.m.

The Tri-State is home to a loyal Buffett fan-base. He’s played upwards of 50 shows in Cincinnati throughout his career.