Buffett’s first comeback concert in Delray Beach

From the Sun Sentinel: “Why is Jimmy Buffett playing his first comeback concerts in Delray Beach, Fla.?

When sun-baked rock star Jimmy Buffett announced his first live performances in more than a year would take place next week on Delray Beach’s Old School Square, the Jimmy-sphere went coconuts.

The full allotment of 3,552 seats for his four outdoor concerts on May 13-14, 17-18, sold in four-person pods that started at $450 each, were gone in 10 minutes. Soon, a handful of tickets were ricocheting around internet resale sites, including a pod reportedly priced at more than $10,000.

The buzz quickly went nationwide — one pod will reunite four Parrotheads from Idaho, Indiana, Ohio and New York, who have combined to see more than 500 Buffet concerts — and then global, with media requests from as far away as Australia. The local effect will be obvious at nearby Atlantic Avenue hot spots gearing up with Jimmy-themed parties and shows.

The explantion for why Buffett’s comeback shows are happening in Delray Beach is not something the singer was willing to discuss directly, and his management team declined requests for a statement. But in many ways it’s no mystery at all.

What Sinatra is to New York and the Eagles are to California, Buffett is to Florida, the embodiment of an attitude and a lifestyle reflected in his accessible lyrics and an unending parade of turquoise beaches, surf breaks, bars and bonefishing on his Instagram.

And as a longtime resident of Palm Beach, it’s an easy commute.

Old School Square’s Brinkman says the venue and Buffett were disappointed to see some tickets turn up on online reselling sites, including industry powerhouse Vivid Seats. She notes that they comprised less than one-half of 1 percent of tickets sold.

“We knew the demand would be overwhelming and that people would be attempting to do this. We were certainly proactive,” Brinkman says. “From Jimmy’s perspective, it was important that this show be affordable and accessible.”

Preventative measures were in place to discourage brokers from grabbing blocks of seats: Tickets could be purchased only through a single vendor (Eventbrite); each purchase was limited to a single, entire four-person pod; and the tickets were nontransferable, with guests admitted only with an ID associated with the purchase.

“It’s important to Jimmy Buffett, too, that people aren’t getting scammed and ripped off. He wants to make sure that we are doing our best to help and to mitigate it,” Brinkman says.

According to Florida law, ticket resellers must provide a full refund if a ticket buyer is denied admission to an event. That’s a small consolation, which Old School Square is trying to avoid, Brinkman says.

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Wheel of Fortune gives away a home at Latitude Margaritaville

From Yahoo Entertainment: “Woman makes history winning insane prize on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

It was a historic night on Wheel of Fortune Tuesday night, when Laura Trammell, a sixth grade teacher from Mission Viejo, became the first person ever to win a house during the bonus round during Wheel of Fortune’s “Home Sweet Home” giveaway, which is happening every night this week in partnership with Minto and Latitude Margaritaville.

Heading into the bonus round, Trammell had already won $23,690 including a trip to St. Thomas for a tropical island getaway. However, after solving the bonus round puzzle with the phrase “I caught a glimpse,” Trammell caught a glimpse of her future life of sipping margaritas, when she found out she had landed on the home envelope during her spin, which won her a new crib valued at $375,000 in Margaritaville.

“This is just nuts,” said host Pat Sajak. Trammell, who was initially speechless, later told Sajak, “I am beyond excited, I’m still in shock. I still can’t believe it just happened.” Meanwhile, viewers on social media were also speechless and shocked about Trammell’s historic win, and many took to Twitter to congratulate her:

Ultimately, Trammell walked away with $398,690 in cash and prizes, and Vanna White walked away with her eye intact, as Sajak explained, “First thing, I have to tell you that, when you won, Vanna was running across the stage, and the confetti came out, and you got whacked in the head by a clump of confetti!”

“Thank goodness, it wasn’t my eye,” White replied to Sajak, who exclaimed, “You could’ve put your eye out!”

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Buffett adds 4 shows in Delray Beach FL – May 2021

Jimmy Buffett will return to live performances with four socially distanced outdoor concerts on Delray Beach’s Old School Square 8 p.m. May 13-14, and 17-18.

Tickets to see Jimmy Buffett with Coral Reefer Friends go on sale 10 a.m. Monday, April 26. The cure for your pandemic blues is not cheap: Pods of four seats start at $450. A VIP table for four in the front with bar service costs $2,000. For more information, visit OldSchoolSquare.org.

Parrot Heads can expect these shows to dive into some deep cuts. Buffet’s most recent album is a November acoustic release titled, “Songs You Don’t Know By Heart,” the response to a challenge he made to fans to submit a list of little-known Jimmy Buffett songs they wanted him to revisit.

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Wheel of Fortune’s Home Sweet Home Giveaway

The Home Sweet Home Giveaway is BACK! The week of April 26th to the 30th, you could win a new home by watching Wheel Of Fortune! Learn more about the contest at WheelofFortune.com.

Live the Margaritaville lifestyle, every day! Sit back, relax and watch all week long for your chance to win a brand new home in a Latitude Margaritaville community by Minto. Choose from Watersound, Daytona Beach, or Hilton Head and start dreaming about your life in paradise.

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Reservations now available for Margaritaville Resort Times Square

Margaritaville plans to debut its Margaritaville Resort Times Square in New York by late spring, recently launching online reservations for stays starting June 15.

Set to open at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 40th Street, the 32-story development will feature 234 guestrooms, each outfitted with floor-to-ceiling soundproof windows. 

One of the property’s highlights will be a year-round, outdoor heated pool, which will be perched on the building’s sixth floor. Other amenities will include a fitness center, a street-level Margaritaville retail store and a variety of food and beverage concepts, including outposts of the brand’s Margaritaville Restaurant, LandShark Bar & Grill, 5 o’clock Somewhere Rooftop Bar, License to Chill Bar and Joe Merchant’s Coffee & Provisions.

Ahead of its opening, the property is promoting a new Escape to Margaritaville Resort Times Square exclusive offer, applicable on stays booked by June 1. The package includes a 30% savings on two-night accommodations, two welcome drinks, a $50 dining credit, tickets to the Edge observation deck, a waived resort fee, a 1 p.m. late checkout and a Margaritaville Resort Times Square robe.

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Jimmy Buffett’s performances available on nugs.net

30 years of Jimmy Buffett’s live performances are now available for fans to access via nugs.net! In the absence of Jimmy touring, Parrotheads are being offered the chance to have on-demand access to audio and video from full shows, like the ones replayed every week on Radio Margaritaville. Head to nugs.net/buffett to learn more and listen for yourself with a free trial today. If you love live music, you’ll want to check it out.

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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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