Guitar Talk interview with Buffett, “Boat Shows” tour in 2021

Guitar Talk: “Jimmy Buffett on His Evolving Collection of Golden-Era Instruments“. The article mentions that Buffett is planning a series of socially distanced “boat shows” across the Southern U.S. coast in 2021.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time catching up with all my guitars down here in Pandemic-ville,” quips Jimmy Buffett, relaxing at his home studio in Palm Beach, Florida. “Y’know, if you’re lucky enough to get to that point where you’re on the road and you’ve got a little money, in any town you pull into you’re looking at and probably buying guitars. The thing is, I buy them when I’m on the road, and then I send them back home. Now, since I probably only bring five or six of my real workhorses with me on the road, these other great guitars sort of sit at home. Well, suddenly I find myself with the time to really enjoy playing and caring for these great instruments. That’s been a silver lining in this whole damn thing.”

Other gems from Buffett’s evolving collection include a 1951 Martin D-18 that he picked up in Paris and immortalized on his song “Rue de la Guitare”; a ca. 1887 Martin 0-28 that he played on “Tonight I Just Need My Guitar”; a cutaway Benedetto Andy 3/4-scale archtop that he likes to play through a Henriksen combo amp; an “incredibly loud-sounding” 1949 Epiphone Emperor that was a birthday gift from McAnally; and newer Martins, including a clutch of his own signature D-18s, the LX Jimmy Buffett “Little Marlin” Special Edition, and a “sweet” 000-28 with a built-in L.R. Baggs pickup system and tuner that Buffett plans to use for a series of socially distanced “boat shows” across the Southern U.S. coast in 2021.

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Slack Tide Tour 2021 Concert Update

Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band are rescheduling the following concerts on the Slack Tide Tour 2021 to 2022:

Coastal Credit Union Music Park – Raleigh NC – April 23, 2022
PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte NC – April 30, 2022
Ascend Amphitheater – Nashville TN – June 1, 2022

Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band are unfortunately unable to reschedule the following dates, so they will no longer be happening:

North Charleston Coliseum – N. Charleston SC – April 15, 2021
Colonial Life Arena – Columbia SC – April 22, 2021

As always, we appreciate your understanding. Fans with tickets to the rescheduled dates are encouraged to hold on to your tickets, as they will be honored at the rescheduled dates in 2022.

If you are a ticket holder and cannot make the new date, you will be contacted directly via email with refund options for your show. If your show was cancelled, there is nothing further you need to do, refunds will automatically be issued at your point of purchase.

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Colt Clark and the Quarantine Kids dance lesson from Tina and Nadirah

From Colt Clark and the Quarantine Kids: A couple weeks ago we got the opportunity to be interviewed by SiriusXM radio for Radio Margaritaville and Margaritaville TV. Needless to say we were very excited! Bellamy got to learn some dance moves and background vocal tips from the professionals, Nadirah Shakoor and Tina Gullickson who are in Jimmy Buffett’s band. Then Colt and the kids got to perform “Fins” live. This was such an amazing opportunity and we are so thankful to have been apart of it.

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Buffett kicks off Mardi Gras for All Y’all

From Nola.com: See highlights from Night 1 of Mardi Gras for All Y’all: From Muses to Cajun country … and Ouachita

It’s hard to call it Carnival without parades, but Friday was time to kick off Mardi Gras for All Y’all.

The first of the three-night event featured live music, in-depth features on the Krewe or Muses and other Mardi Gras staples, appearances from Cam Jordan, Jimmy Buffett and many others, along with some impromptu Louisiana pronunciation quizzes.

From Jimmy Buffett: “I think Mardi Gras should be a national holiday in America, and that everyone should get two days off …”.

Watch Jimmy Buffett’s appearance from the first night Mardi Gras for All Y’all

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Margaritaville Resort Times Square to open Spring 2021

From the New York Post: “Times Square Margaritaville with outdoor pool to open amid COVID-19 pandemic

Musician and businessman Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Resort empire is coming to Manhattan and, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, plans to open in Times Square late this spring. 

Initially set to open in fall 2020, the new Midtown leisure behemoth will feature 234 guest rooms, 4,861 square feet of ground-floor retail space, five restaurants and bars (License to Chill Bar, 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, Landshark Bar & Grill, Joe Merchant and Margaritaville Restaurant), Times Square’s only outdoor pool, sweeping rooftop views and at least one margarita-equipped Statue of Liberty replica across its 32-story building at 560 Seventh Ave., Curbed reported based on renderings.

Construction is estimated to have cost about $300 million. An exact date was not given but it’s set to open amid an industry-wide crisis.

The lot previously held a six-story Parsons School of Design building, the first floor of which was occupied by the Garment Center Congregation temple. (The synagogue managed to maintain pricey commercial property thanks to its rent being just $1 a year due to a 99-year 1970s-era lease.) When the New School sold the building in 2014, the buyer was required to negotiate with the temple, and ultimately came to the agreement the new building would house the congregation, Curbed reported.

While cheeseburgers are not allowed in the Jewish heaven on Earth, onion slices certainly are, and Garment Center’s new home is equipped with a kosher kitchen as well as a terrace and two below-ground levels, in addition to a first-floor space. It will be the Margaritaville conglomerate’s first in-house temple. 

The Jewish house of worship sets the new Manhattan Margaritaville apart, but it’s otherwise quite humble in comparison to the over 20 other Margaritaville locations, which feature spas, zip lines, erupting volcanoes and even an amusement park at the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, branch.

NYC guests, however, will be able to enjoy valet parking, a gym, laundry, Keurig coffee makers, walk-in rain showers and other amenities.

“Margaritaville Resort Times Square will bring an authentic no worries vibe to the city that never sleeps,” the resort’s homepage promises to potential customers and tourists

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Camp Margaritaville to open Spring 2021 in Tennessee

From WVLT TV 8: “Margaritaville RV Resort coming to East Tennessee

With the RV industry really hot, developers of the Pigeon Forge Margaritaville brand say they want to merge the two for a first of its kind Margaritaville RV Resort.

Construction sounds are all over the 37-acre property in Pigeon Forge. Much of the asphalt for the drive has been laid as well as the concrete pads for the RVs. Developer Darby Campbell said it just made sense for the first of its kind RV park where they say it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.

“This is the first ‘Camp Margaritaville’ in the country. So we’re pretty excited about the amenity package. We’ve got a bar, grill restaurant,” said Campbell. “The RV industry has just exploded during this pandemic and then to have the Margaritaville Brand coupled with the RV Industry is a no-brainer. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.”

He hopes to tap into the RV market which is different than the other three Margaritaville hotel properties in Pigeon Forge.

“This is our 4th Margaritaville branded product here and all of them the occupancies are doing great. People are loving them and I just think it’s the lifestyle, that we have with Margaritaville,” said Campbell.

The site includes nearly 180 RV sites where the parking spaces were for the former Boyds Bear Factory. That property has stood vacant and for sale for 14 years. Campbell plans to transform the building into a new 79 room lodge that features a restaurant, bar and pool. Guests of the RV park will get a chance to enjoy the amenities at the Lodge.

Campbell says this puts a $40 million, once bankrupt property, back on the books in Pigeon Forge.

“It’s significant project for Pigeon Forge, but we’re really excited and the city is too and I’m glad. The city has been really good to us so to find a way to get this failed project back into the tax rolls is exciting for us,” he said.

This entire project is different from most Jimmy Buffet themed hotels you’ll find on the beach. But what Campbell says is even more unique is how close you are to the busy parkway, yet relaxing at any 5 o’clock hour you choose.

“One unique thing about this location is it’s elevated about the city of Pigeon Forge, so when you look you’re really only looking at the mountains.”

Phase one is set to open this spring at Pigeon Forge.

Also Margaritaville RV Resort is opening at Lake Lanier near Atlanta, GA.

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