Buffett to Perform at Chris Evert Gala

posted October 27th, 2016 at 10:22 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett will perform at a gala for Chris Evert’s charity in November:

Singer/songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett will perform at Chris Evert’s annual Gala on Saturday, November 19, as part of the 27th annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity weekend.

The three-day event (Nov. 18-20) serves as a fundraiser for Chris Evert Charities, with proceeds going to combat drug abuse and child neglect in Florida.

Evert has hosted the event since retiring from the professional game in 1989, and her charity weekends have raised more than $22.5 million to meet needs in the South Florida community.

The elegant evening Gala will be held at the Boca Resort & Club and includes a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions and an exquisite dinner that precedes an inspiring message by Evert, the 18-time Grand Slam champion, followed by an acoustic performance by legendary singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. Buffett will be accompanied by eight-time Country Music Association (CMA) Musician of the Year Mac McAnally.

“We are honored and thrilled that Jimmy chose to perform at our event in the middle of his very busy tour schedule,” said Evert. “This is a great opportunity to see one of the world’s most talented performers in an intimate setting. It will be fun to be a Parrothead that evening!”

Tickets are $750 per person and can be secured online at chrisevert.org. The cocktail hour begins at 6:00 pm.

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Buffett Records Video on Florida Ballot Issues

posted October 24th, 2016 at 9:02 am

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by Josh Martin

While on tour out west the past couple of weeks, Jimmy Buffett recorded a video urging Florida residents to vote on ballot issues concerning solar power and medical marijuana:

From Politico:

Buffett boiled down his message about the state constitutional amendments 1 and 2 in a bilingual pitch: “No on one. Yes on two. No para uno. Si para dos.”

Amendment 1 has come under increasing criticism because it’s little understood and could trick residents into believing it expands solar-power choices, though it basically enshrines the status quo in the Florida constitution.

Amendment 1 would preserve a right for residents to own or lease solar devices, while prohibiting customers who don’t have solar from subsidizing those who do have them.

Just last week, The Miami Herald reported how Sal Nuzzo of the conservative James Madison Institute praised Amendment 1 as “an incredibly savvy maneuver” because it “would completely negate anything they (pro-solar groups) would try to do either legislatively or constitutionally down the road.” After he was caught, Nuzzo claimed he “misspoke.”

Former Vice president Al Gore recently spoke out against Amendment 1 because it would roll back what’s known as “net-metering,” a state rule requiring utilities to pay customers who produce solar energy.

Utilities backing the measure now have donated at least $17 million of the $22.1 million raised by Consumers for Smart Solar, according to POLITICO Florida analysis of campaign finance reports. Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen said their involvement is a red flag for how anti-consumer the amendment is.

“Let the scum shine,” Hiaasen wrote.

In his video message, Buffett was more understated.

“It’s obvious what’s going on there,” Buffett says. “We’ve been enjoying the sun for most of our lives living in Florida. Now it’s time to use it right, and use it for everybody’s benefit.”

Buffett livened up when it came to Amendment 2, which allows people with debilitating medical conditions access to medical marijuana.

“Amendment 2. Medical marijuana — Duh!” Buffett chuckles.

Opponents of medical marijuana say it’s a backdoor way to outright legalization. Supporters say the amendment is intentionally designed to limit itself to those deemed severely sick by a licensed Florida physician.

Buffett said he used cannabis medically after he had a stage accident in Australia.

“I can tell you from first-hand experience that medical-marijuana is a great cure,” Buffett says.

Buffett also supported a medical marijuana initiative that failed in 2014.

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Jimmy Buffett Plays Irvine for the Last Time

posted October 23rd, 2016 at 5:08 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett played one of the final shows at the Irvine Meadows amphitheater on Saturday night.

Such a time was definitely this weekend when Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band played their 33rd and final show at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.

Buffett and his band have headlined the Orange County venue more often – by far – than anywhere else in Southern California, and the chance to celebrate the singer’s beach-inspired bachanalia brought out a capacity crowd of 16,000. Buffett’s fans, known as Parrotheads, were suitably attired in aloha shirts and other tropical finery.

Near the start of his set, Buffett acknowledged the amphitheater’s impending closure and warned, “We ain’t going quietly.” Throughout the show, which hit staples of his catalog such as “Pencil Thin Mustache,” “Fins,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and, of course, “Margaritaville,” old photos and videos of fans partying in the Irvine Meadows parking lot were shown on the high-definition screen behind the band.

View the set list from the show here.

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Listen to Each Track from ‘Tis The SeaSon’

posted October 15th, 2016 at 4:15 pm

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by Josh Martin

Radio Margaritaville is giving you the opportunity to hear every track on Jimmy Buffett’s new Christmas album ‘Tis The SeaSon’ before it’s released on October 28th.

Leading up to the album release on October 28, one track will debut daily at both 7 am ET and 7 am PT, and the song will also be featured on Radio Margaritaville throughout the day. (See below for the release schedule.)


Saturday, Oct 15th:
Track 1: Wonderful Christmastime

Sunday, Oct 16th:
Track 2: Jingle Bell Rock

Monday, Oct 17th:
Track 3: All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth

Tuesday, Oct 18th:
Track 4: Drivin’ The Pig (Manejando el Cerdo)

Wednesday, Oct 19th:
Track 5: The Twelve Days of Christmas (Parrothead Version)

Thursday, Oct 20th:
Track 6: What I Didn’t Get For Christmas

Friday, Oct 21st:
Track 7: Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

Saturday, Oct 22nd:
Track 8: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Sunday, Oct 23rd:
Track 9: Santa Stole Thanksgiving

Monday, Oct 24th:
Track 10: Mele Kalikimaka (Featuring Jake Shimabukuro)

Tuesday, Oct 25th:
Track 11: Winter Wonderland (Featuring Robert Greenidge)

Wednesday, Oct 26th:
Track 12: Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Featuring Nadirah Shakoor)

Thursday, Oct 27th:
Track 13: White Christmas

You can pre-order the album now now at Mailboat Records or Amazon.com.

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Buffett Musical Heading to Chicago in Fall

posted October 11th, 2016 at 9:17 pm

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by Josh Martin

After debuting in San Diego, “Escape to Margaritaville” will head to Chicago in the Fall.

The Jimmy Buffett musical is bringing Margaritaville to Chicago. The Broadway-aimed Escape to Margaritaville will play the Windy City’s Oriental Theatre next fall, with performances beginning on November 9. As previously announced, the Parrothead-infested musical is set to make its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in California in May.

The new show will feature Buffett’s classic hits about cheeseburgers, paradise, et cetera, as well as new, original songs from the singer/songwriter. The story, crafted by book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, follows a part-time bartender and singer at a tropical island resort who questions his relaxed ways when he encounters (and falls in love with) a career-minded tourist.

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Buffett to Play Intimate Show in San Diego

posted September 25th, 2016 at 5:01 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band have just announced that they’ll play a show in San Diego on October 18th at Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay, his first appearance at the venue since 1984.

Humphreys has a capacity of just 1,450. Securing Buffett to performs there is a coup for the venue, which opened in 1982 and this year has featured concerts by Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and the Tom Petty-led band Mudcrutch.

“Buffett’s agent called us in December and asked us to hold a date in October. They didn’t tell us who it was for, which is not that unusual for a big act,” said John Wojas, the vice president for AEG Live San Diego, which exclusively books Humphreys.

“Two weeks later they told us the hold was for Buffett, and we were thrilled. Then they said we couldn’t announce it until after KAABOO, which is fine, because this will sell out in an instant. The fastest sell-outs we’ve had at Humphreys are Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Whitney Houston and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss. This could beat those.”

Tickets for the show at Humphreys go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are priced at $159 each, plus service charges, with a four-ticket per customer limit. No tickets will be sold at Humphreys or at Ticketmaster outlets.

Also note this about tickets:

To prevent ticket-scalping, only paperless tickets will be sold. Upon arriving at the venue, attendees must have a valid ID and the credit card they used to purchase their tickets. Ushers at the entrance will scan each credit card, print out a receipt, ensure the name on the ID matches the name on the credit card, then escort attendees to their seats.

“This is the first time we’ve ever used paperless tickets,” said Humphreys Concerts Vice President Bobbi Brieske. “It’s to make sure tickets stay in the hands of the fans who bought them.”

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