Buffett performs at Wrigley Field

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at Wrigley Field in Chicago IL. Buffett last performed at Wrigley on September 4th and 5th in 2005.

Ryan Sandburg and Rick Sutcliffe from the Chicago Cubs brought in the World Series trophy from 2016 (photo courtesy the Margarillas).

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights from the show included “Fins” (featuring Huey Lewis on harmonica), “Margaritaville” (featuring Frank Marshall on guitar), “This Hotel Room”, and “Tin Cup Chalice”.

Margaritaville is coming to The Lake of the Ozarks

From St Louis Today: “Lake of the Ozarks’ Tan-Tar-A resort sold, rebranding as Margaritaville property

Tan-Tar-A Resort, a popular Lake of the Ozarks hotel and conference center for more than a half-century, will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation and be rebranded as a Margaritaville hotel, the chain of resorts named for singer Jimmy Buffett’s best-selling song.

The 500-room Osage Beach resort 185 miles southwest of St. Louis is joining a growing list of Margaritaville hotels located primarily in coastal vacation spots, including Key West and the Cayman Islands.

Its new name effective March 2019 will be Tan-Tar-A, a Margaritaville Resort, said the resort’s longtime general manager Fred Dehner. All 500 of the resort’s employees are being retained, he said, and new food and beverage employees will be hired for a Margaritaville restaurant and LandShark Bar & Grill that are being added.

On June 29, Miami investment firm Driftwood Acquisitions & Development acquired Tan-Tar-A Resort from Bethesda, Md.-based CWCapital with joint venture partner Sefira Capital, a Miami-based investment boutique, the companies announced Thursday. Driftwood has a licensing agreement with Margaritaville Holdings, Buffett’s company. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Buffett performs in Detroit

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Tuesday night at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit. The set list from the show is now available.

A review of the show from the Oakland Press: “Review: Jimmy Buffett starts the weekend early at DTE”

“Starting the weekend early” is how Jimmy Buffett described his annual visit to the metro area on Tuesday night, July 11, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. And the Parrotheads certainly proved him correct throughout the two-hour show — and even before.

Buffett and his 11-member Coral Reefer Band provided more than just a soundtrack to the festivities, though the two-hour, 24-song show gave the Parrotheads the desired combination of party songs and sea chanteys. But chilling the theatrics and scripted elements of previous summer outings, it was also a testament to the depth of the singer’s 47-year catalog, a combination of his own rich songwriting — never better than on ballads such as “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor,” “A Pirate Looks At 40” and “Come Monday” — and smartly chosen covers.

Buffett pandered unapologetically to the home crowd all night, from a “Hello, Pine Knob!” at the start of the show to several lyrical alterations nodding to Detroit and Michigan in general. And for the group’s rendition of McAnally’s “Back Where I Come From,” the rear-stage video screen showed images of the Detroit skyline as well as images of area icons from Bob Seger and Aretha Franklin to Glenn Frey, Mike Ilitch, Gordie Howe and Michigan and Michigan State football.

Buffett performs in St Louis with Miranda Lambert

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St Louis, MO. The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights included “The Great Filling Station Holdup”, “Only Time Will Tell”, and “Tin Cup Chalice”.

Miranda Lambert was a special guest for the show and she joined Buffett and the Coral Reefers for the song “Margaritaville”.

Miranda Lambert Jimmy Buffett

Margaritaville opens in Cleveland

From Cleveland.com: “Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville brings tropical flair to The Flats East Bank

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville might have opened at 11 a.m. on Monday, but it felt like 5 o’clock for everyone who was inside.

About 30 patrons waited outside before the doors opened to get in and grab cheeseburgers in paradise, volcano nachos and, of course, margaritas during Margaritaville’s soft public opening. The restaurant is at 1150 Front Ave.

“We’re just ready to rock and roll,” general manager Joe Jalsevac said. “We like to have fun, and our margaritas are the best.”

The restaurant will have a grand opening Tuesday, July 11, complete with live music and a ribbon cutting.

Margaritaville has a full menu filled with island-themed dishes, and the space includes three bars. The rooftop Landshark bar offers a great vantage for views of downtown and Lake Erie.

Even though Cleveland is not a tropical destination, the restaurant provides an escape for those who want to pretend they are on a private island.

A conversation with Buffett in Chicago

From the Chicago Tribune: “Tickets on sale for ‘Jimmy Buffett in Conversation with Chris Jones’

Are you a pirate two hundred years too late? Got a Caribbean soul you can barely control? When you see a salt shaker, do you worry it will get lost?

If you answered yes to any or all of the above — or even if you just are intrigued by a singer-songwriter whose career spans some 45 years and has ranged from protest songs to the consummate party ditties — you should join me for a frank, intimate, no-holds-barred conversation with Jimmy Buffett. We’ll talk about his career, his relationship with his fans, his fast-growing Margaritaville empire (yes, there are plans for retirement homes) and his new Broadway musical, “Escape to Margaritaville.”

“Jimmy Buffett in Conversation with Chris Jones” is 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 17 at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago. Tickets at tribtix.com. “Escape to Margaritaville” is coming Nov. 9 to the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St.; more at broadwayinchicago.com.