Warrior Surf Foundation will host its 5th Annual Surfboard Auction & Raffle at Bohemian Bull on August 28th from 6 pm to 9 pm. The nonprofit works to provide free surf therapy, yoga, wellness classes, and community to Veterans struggling with PTSD and other mental health challenges.
From now through August 28th, surfers can go online and bid on a collection of three autographed boards from music legend Jimmy Buffett’s private quiver. A variety of other items like a three-night stay at Swell Guatemala and a week vacation on Folly Beach will also be up for auction. Bidding ends on August 28th at 8 pm.
One hundred percent of all bids and raffle tickets sold will go directly to Warrior Surf Foundation. By bidding and purchasing tickets, participants will not only help to provide critical services to our nation’s veterans, but they will assist in spreading awareness about the mental health crisis facing so many who have served our country.
In 1978, American singer Jimmy Buffett was riding high on the success of louche beach bum anthem “Margaritaville” when he flew to London to mix his live album You Had to Be There at AIR Studios. There he was introduced to owner George Martin, the legendary producer and arranger known as the “fifth Beatle” for his influence on the band’s sound. Martin suspected he’d found a kindred spirit in Buffett, and began earnestly pitching him on his latest ambitious venture. He wanted to build a second base for AIR Studios on Montserrat, a volcanic island in the Caribbean he’d recently visited and fallen deeply in love with. Martin envisioned it as the ultimate rock star home-away-from-home: sun, sea, sand and the most impressive bespoke recording console that pioneering audio designer Rupert Neve could build him. “I just said: ‘You really don’t have to sell this to me, George!’” says Buffett with a laugh, speaking over the phone from northern California. “I can sail to work!”
AIR Studios Montserrat opened in 1979 and over the course of the next decade produced a string of hits to rival any studio on the planet. Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder’s “Ebony and Ivory”, Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” and Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life” all came into the world beside the deep blue pool at Martin’s idyll. The Police included Montserrat locals in the video for “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, taken from the Ghosts in the Machine album they recorded on the island.
Then, in 1989, disaster struck. First Hurricane Hugo tore through the studio, destroying buildings and most of the equipment. Then, in 1995, Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills volcano erupted, displacing two-thirds of the island’s population and leaving the ruins of AIR in a mandatory exclusion zone in which it remains to this day.
The volcano was considered dormant when Buffett turned up in Montserrat with his Coral Reefer Band early in 1979. He arrived still hunting for a title for the record he planned to make there, and didn’t have to look far for inspiration. “The house we rented had this big picture window facing the volcano, so we sat there and wrote the song ‘Volcano’ looking out at it,” he remembers. The chorus goes: ‘I don’t know where I’m a gonna go when the volcano blows.’ “At the time, people were going up and bathing in the sulphur mud baths,” points out Buffett. “It was never considered harmful, and then it blew!”
“Our songs are escapist, but we weren’t there to escape,” he says. “We went down there to do work that would reflect the kind of songs I was writing and the kind of life I was living on St Bart’s. We really felt it should be recorded in the same environment, so that’s why I was so glad and so lucky that George put that studio down there. We came out with what I still think is one of our best records.”
Under the Volcano’ is available now on digital, Blu-ray and DVD
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed the fifth show of the 2021 Life on the Flip Side Tour on Friday night at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville TN. The set list from the show is now available.
Buffett paid tribute to Greg “Fingers” Taylor when the band played “Everybody’s In the Phone” from 2006’s “Take the Weather with You” using a great recording of Fingers playing the harmonica as only he could. The song was last performed live on August 11, 2016 at the House of Blues in Boston.
The tour will resume on August 7th with a show at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band have added four shows to the 2021 Life on the Flip Side Tour:
September 14, 2021 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP September 16, 2021 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Ampitheater September 19, 2021 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Ampitheater October 17, 2021 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (on sale now)
Tickets for the September shows go on sale Friday, July 23, at 10am.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed the fourth show of the 2021 Life on the Flip Side tour on Tuesday night at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati OH. The set list from the show is now available. The song Havana Daydreamin was added to the set list (last played on August 27, 2016).
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued the Life on the Flip Side tour last night with a show at the Ruoff Music Center in Indianapolis, IN. The set list from the show is now available (thanks to Joe for the photos).
For the last 50 years, a ticket to a Jimmy Buffett concert has served as an invitation to kick back and cut loose. But on Tuesday, the “Parrotheads” of Nashville were ready to do so like never before.
The laidback rocker kicked off his “Life On The Flip Side” tour at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater Tuesday night, in the first of three shows he’ll play at the venue this month.
But it was also one of the first large-scale concerts Music City has seen in a year and a half, as the nation bounces back from a pandemic that put the live music business on hold.
“We are back to work!” Buffett exclaimed after opening with the new “Down at the Lah De Dah.”
While always an affable presence on stage, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band seemed downright giddy to get back to business.
“Walking on this stage — I’ve got to be honest with you. I’ve done this a long time, but that felt as good as anything I’ve ever (expletive) done.”
Below, a few highlights and notable moments from the two-hour-plus show.
A tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker: As Buffett explained to the crowd, it was the late outlaw country legend who first brought him to Key West, driving there in a 1947 Packard. And he clearly owes the singer-songwriter (who died last year at age 78) for more than that life-changing trip. The penultimate song on the setlist was a loose yet reverent cover of his “Sangria Wine,” drawing a clear line of influence between Walker’s work and his own.
“Get that vaccine”: “There were days when I didn’t know whether or where we would ever play again,” Buffett said in the show’s final minutes.