Margaritaville Resort coming back to Key West

From the Orlando Weekly: “Key West saw its Margaritaville resort close earlier this year, but a new one is already in the works

After a four-year run, the Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina rebranded earlier this year, leaving the Conch Republic with no accommodations dedicated to the island’s most famous living legend. But parrotheads won’t have to wait for space for long as Margaritaville will take up residence at another waterfront resort later this year.

Barbary Beach House Key West, located just across from Smathers Beach, underwent an $18 million renovation, with the resort being rebranded as Margaritaville Beach House Key West. With the pool, landscaping, lobby and all 186 suites updated recently, the switch to Margaritaville will be an easy one. New Jimmy Buffet-inspired design touches, Margaritaville dining concepts and an expanded retail outlet will anchor the $3 million upgrade to the resort, owned by DiamondRock Hospitality Company.

“We are excited to announce a new affiliation with Margaritaville at our Key West resort,” said Mark W. Brugger, President and Chief Executive Officer of DiamondRock Hospitality Company. “Margaritaville is synonymous with Key West and as a leading leisure hotel brand will drive more demand to the resort.”

Once open, Margaritaville Beach House Key West will give guests a true Key West experience with numerous on-site and nearby tropical-inspired amenities.

The first Margaritaville restaurant opened in Key West in 1985, about two miles from the soon to open Margaritaville Beach House Key West.The brand saw early success with its Margaritaville-themed restaurants. Since then, it has opened other Jimmy Buffet-branded restaurant concepts, such as LandShark Bar & Grill, JWB Prime Steak and Seafood and the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar.

In recent years, the brand has experimented with ever more ambitious endeavors, including multiple casinos, timeshare resorts, a lifestyle resort in Central Florida, campgrounds, and tropical-themed retirement communities. The Latitude Margaritaville planned housing communities made history earlier this year when a house in one of the neighborhoods was given away as a prize on Wheel of Fortune, the first house to be won on the long-running game show.

Most of the Margaritaville offerings are done via licensing agreements with the Orlando-based company ensuring each meets the laid-back lifestyle celebrated by its founder.

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Upcoming Delray Beach Shows on Radio Margaritaville

For the first time in over a year, Jimmy Buffett returns live in concert on Radio Margaritaville!! Hear two, intimate, outdoor, socially distanced performances from Delray Beach, Florida at Old Time Square!!

Monday, May 17th- 8pm ET- Jimmy Buffett and Coral Reefer friends perform with special guest Caroline Jones

Tuesday, May 18th- 8pm ET- Jimmy Buffett and Coral Reefer friends perform a Florida themed setlist

This broadcast will be exclusively on Radio Margaritaville, channel 24 and on the SiriusXM app, free for most subscribers! (free) (SiriusXM subscribers)

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Buffett Livestream Performance on June 20th

Kick off summer with a special Jimmy Buffett livestream performance from the iconic Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA this Father’s Day weekend! Jimmy has been performing at this historic seaside venue since the 1970’s and returned to play an intimate show for 40 guests – his first live performance since 2020! Join Parrotheads from around the world and experience this one-of-a-kind livestream! Exclusive merch will also be available, including a t-shirt and commemorative ticket. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Singing for Change.
June 20th, 2021 at 8pm Eastern
Belly up – Solana Beach, CA
Tickets now available: $17.50 Advanced // $20 Day-Of

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Buffett performs in Delray Beach

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band returned to touring with a show at the Old School Square in Delray Beach, FL on Thursday May 13th. The set list from the show is now available.

From the Sun Sentinel: “Remember fun? Jimmy Buffett’s opening-night concert in Delray Beach offers plenty of reminders

In his first concert in 14 months, trop-rock troubadour Jimmy Buffett on Thursday night led a sold-out Delray Beach audience on a transformative journey back in time. It was Margaritaville, circa 2019. And fun ruled.

In a 100-minute, 21-song set leavened by gratitude, Key West stories and tequila, Buffett played benevolent tour guide to nearly 900 pod-enclosed Parrotheads eager to take the trip they clearly spent time dressing for.

The show was the first of four outdoor concerts on Old School Square, the rest taking place Friday, Monday and Tuesday, May 14, 17-18. All of the more than 3,500 seats for the four shows are sold out.

On a day when the CDC recommended a major rollback on mask-wearing for the vaccinated, Buffett took several opportunities on Thursday for good-natured venting about the pandemic and how much he has missed playing for an audience.

“Hopefully, we’re on the other side of this. For the first time in human history, fun was stopped. We’re back,” he said.

To double-down on his good-times-ahead attitude, Buffett confirmed that plans for a “full tour” are in the works. “I’m hearing August, but we’ll keep you posted,” he said through a wave of applause.

Arriving onstage at around 8:30 p.m., to a standing ovation that never fully disappeared, Buffett and the “fully vaccinated old farts” in the Coral Reefer Band hit the ground running with fan favorite “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” the luscious steel-drum intro from Robert Greenidge flowing over the crowd in a warm wave.

Buffett’s bag of songs seems bottomless but if his fans were especially eager for the nostalgia of the singalong hits, he seemed to feel the same way.

“I know you’re all penned up out there, but you can still dance,” Buffett said before the band jumped into “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” The result was more enthusiastic arm waving that actual dancing, but we’ll get there someday.

“Son of a Son of a Sailor” was given a poignant reading, with Buffett on 12-string guitar, as did the gentle singalong “A Pirate Looks at 40” and “Come Monday,” a duet with guest country singer Caroline Jones.

Buffett performed a three-song encore, with the upbeat “Fins” sandwiched between the nostalgic regret of “One Particular Harbor” and the more hopeful closer, “Floridays.” On the latter, Buffett ended the night alone onstage, singing “I’m back to livin’ Floridays / Blue skies and ultra-violet rays / Lookin’ for better days.”

If you’re headed to one of Buffett’s next three shows, you’ll find that Delray Beach is firmly in the grip of Jimmy mania, with hundreds of Parrotheads parading through downtown in garish shirts and headwear before the shows.

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Buffett interview with Billboard on getting back to playing live shows

From “Jimmy Buffett On Getting Back to Playing Live: A Pirate Looks at 75

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. last year, it will surprise no Jimmy Buffett fan that the son of a son of a sailor thought of a boating analogy as he considered how to navigate through the shutdown.

“The pandemic comes along and I’m gin-clear focused on the things that I actually can do, and the things that I can’t do I can’t whine about,” he tells Billboard. “It’s like you getting on a boat: If there’s a storm, you can’t go back to the hotel and order Eggs Benedict. You gotta get your a– through the storm. So that’s what it was kinda like.”

As the storm clouds begin to lift in much of the country, Buffett is primed to return to what he loves best: playing live. The man whom Bob Dylan has called one of his favorite songwriters simply says, “I consider myself more of a performer than anything.”

Tomorrow, he will start a four-night stand (May 13-14, 17-18) at The Pavilion at Old School Square in Delray Beach, Fla., not far from his home in Palm Beach. The reduced seating allows for around 850 people per show— seated in fenced four-person pods. Tickets for all four shows at the open-air venue sold out in around 10 minutes.

Buffett calls the concerts “spring training” for when his summer job resumes — playing full-capacity shows, rescheduled from last year — in July. He played (and filmed) two shows at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, Calif. for an invited crowd of 40 people in April, but, otherwise, the Delray Beach concerts will be his first in 14 months, and his excitement is palpable.

You turn 75 on Christmas Day. So what does a pirate looks at 75 look like?

I’d like finish this rock and roll book I’m working on. It’s based on when we went to Montserrat and did the [1979] Volcano album. I’m making it fictitious, but it’s based on that whole episode, which you can’t believe the s–t that happened. I still can’t. There are so many stories and I file them away. It’s a funny book, but it’s a real rock ‘n roll book. It’s not a miserable experience, let’s just say.

I kept writing some songs, and so instead of some 75th anniversary thing — I don’t want to do that — I’d rather put another album out. I’ve got five songs now. I like what I’m doing. It’s a little more kind of down island — authentic Creole and Trinidadian and Calypso kind of influences are in it.

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