Buffett to perform acoustic show in Hawaii

From KHON: “Jimmy Buffett to perform acoustic concert at Waikiki Shell

The singer and members of his band the Coral Reefers (Mac McAnally, Robert Greenidge, and Eric Darken) will perform in Hawaii for one night only.

The acoustic show will take place Saturday Nov. 4th at 7 p.m. at the Waikiki Shell as part of Buffett’s “I Don’t Know” tour.

Special guest Jake Shimabukuro will join Buffett on stage.

Tickets go on sale next Friday, June 9, at 9 a.m via TicketMaster. There will be an eight ticket limit per customer.

Buffett talks about “Escape to Margaritaville”

Jimmy Buffett was at the La Jolla playhouse for the opening of “Escape to Margaritaville” recently. The San Diego Union Tribune has an interview with Buffett: “Escape to Margaritaville goes down easy at La Jolla Playhouse

Margaritaville is both a place and state of mind. Word is that it’s also — and we’re working to confirm this now — the title of a popular song.

Seriously, though, it seems a genius move of theatrical jujitsu to name a new musical “Escape to Margaritaville,” when there has been no escaping from Jimmy Buffett’s boozy tune “Margaritaville” for the past 40 years.

You will not be surprised to learn there’s a good-time, party vibe to it all. No one expected this show to be “Les Miz” in flip-flops (much less Chekhov by the beach), but it’s still worth noting how “Escape to Margaritaville” delivers just about every bit of what the phrase “Jimmy Buffett musical” promises, from the splashy colors to the steel-drum beats to the palm-fronded beach bar slinging fruity cocktails.

Latitude Margaritaville coming to South Carolina in 2018

A new development geared toward retired Parrotheads is set to be built on a roughly 2,700-acre site on U.S. 278 in Hardeeville, SC.

“This is something that we have been working on and looking forward to for months,” Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams said Thursday. “It’s so exciting and a great compliment for the city and for the region that (the developer) chose us.”

The project — called Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head — is a partnership between the Jimmy Buffett-inspired Margaritaville brand and Florida-based developer Minto Communities.

The community will be built on the site of the southern portion of Hilton Head Lakes, which the developer has purchased, Minto senior vice president William Bullock said Thursday.

The Hardeeville location will be the second Margaritaville community. The first, in Daytona Beach, Fla., broke ground in March, according to a news release from the developers.

“We look forward to creating another port of paradise for those looking to live a life of fun and relaxation on the shores of South Carolina,” John Cohlan, chief executive officer of Margaritaville, said in a statement.

Bullock said the developer did months of consumer research, and potential residents surveyed overwhelmingly selected Florida and South Carolina “as their top two choices” for a Margaritaville community.

“We are very confident in our location choice,” he said, citing the proximity to airports, highways, shops, and the beach. “The great weather doesn’t hurt either,” Bullock said.

Plans for the 55 years-and-older Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head call for the construction of about 3,000 homes, a 290,000-square-foot retail center, and amenities such as a pool, fitness center, and tennis courts.

A variety of floor plans will be offered and home prices will start at around $200,000.

Construction is will start this summer and a sales center is expected to open early next year. “We expect the first residents (to be moved in) by the end 2018,” Bullock said.

For more information on LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE and to sign up to receive regular development updates, visit www.LatitudeMargaritaville.com.

Jimmy Buffett’s favorite Gulf Coast Bars

An article in June/July issue of Garden & Gun magazine lists Buffett’s favorite Gulf Coast Bars: “Why We Love the Gulf – Jimmy Buffett Drinks Here” (by Elizabeth Hutchison)

The son of a son of a Mississippi sailor, Jimmy Buffett got his start bouncing around Biloxi dive bars and New Orleans drinking dens before finding fame in Key West. “Culturally and historically, the Gulf is a unique stretch of water and land,” he says. “It always feels like home.” We asked the sun-
tanned troubadour to revisit his roots via his favorite coastal watering holes. “A place where you can have a cold beer and look out at the water,” he advises, “is the essence of throttling down.”

The list includes:
1) Bluegill – Spanish Fort, Alabama
2) Island Hotel – Cedar Key, Florida
3) Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar – New Orleans, Louisiana
4) LuLu’s at Homeport Marina – Gulf Shores, Alabama
5) Scranton’s – Pascagoula, Mississippi
6) Trapani’s Eatery – Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Buffett’s recent shows in Virginia and West Palm Beach

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow VA. The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights included: “The Wino And I Know”, “The Great Filling Station Holdup”, and “Defying Gravity”

Other recent shows include Virginia Beach on Thursday May 18th. Some of the songs played included “Pencil Thin Mustache”, “This Hotel Room”, and “Nautical Wheelers”. He also played West Palm Beach on Tuesday May 16th, including the songs “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season”, and “Last Mango In Paris”.

Bristow VA 5/20/2017
(photos courtesy Nick Iannamico‎)

Margaritaville Cleveland opens June 27th

Margaritaville Restaurant Cleveland will officially open its doors on June 27.

Jimmy Buffett’s restaurant and bar will be located in the Flats East Bank.

In preparation for its opening, the business will host a hiring event May 22-May 24. Open interviews will be held at the ALOFT Cleveland Hotel at 1111 West 10th Street in Cleveland from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Potential interviewees should visit margaritavillecleveland.com to apply.