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Margaritaville Casino coming to Biloxi

posted May 15th, 2007 at 12:18 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett and Harrah’s Entertainment announced on Tuesday plans for Margaritaville Casino & Resort on the shores of Biloxi, Mississippi.

The Margaritaville project is expected to cost more than $700 million, representing the single largest investment in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina, Harrah’s announced in a statement.

“I have always considered myself a “Gulf Coast kid,” Buffet said in a statement released by Harrah’s. “I was born there, grew up there and jumped on a stage for the first time there, before hitting the road. I have seen the world, traveled to distant shores, written a few songs and lived a few tall tales along the way, and now it is good to be coming back home.“

Margaritaville Casino & Resort will be developed on 46 acres of land south of U.S. 90 in Biloxi on the site formerly occupied by Grand Casino and Casino Magic. With a projected development start date of summer 2007, the Margaritaville Casino & Resort should be completed by spring 2010.

Read more in these news articles:

SunHerald – “Margaritaville Casino coming to Biloxi” (photo)
BusinessWire – “Harrah’s Entertainment and Jimmy…”
RGJ.com – “Harrah’s, Jimmy Buffett to open casino”

Tagged in Business Empire, In The News

Buffett to attend Harrah’s press conference

posted May 14th, 2007 at 12:10 am

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by Josh Martin

The Sun Herald reports that Jimmy Buffett will attend a press conference held by Harrah’s Entertainment for the announcement of a beachfront casino in Biloxi.

Harrah’s Entertainment will announce plans for a casino on the beach in Biloxi tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffet will join Harrah’s CEO Gary Loveman and Vice Chairman Charles Atwood, a Pascagoula native, at the press conference at Grand Biloxi Casino.

Tagged in Business Empire, In The News

Tickets on sale this morning for MSG shows

posted May 14th, 2007 at 12:08 am

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by Josh Martin

Tickets for the two Madison Square Garden shows in September go on sale Monday morning at 9 am EDT.

Ticketmaster purchase links:

Tuesday, September 18th show
Thursday, September 20th show

Prices are $51.50 – $201.50

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Steve Goodman profiled in new book

posted May 8th, 2007 at 12:20 am

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by Josh Martin

West Seattle author Clay Eals spent the past four years researching and writing a book called “Steve Goodman: Facing the Music.”

A songwriter and performer in the 1970s and early ’80s, Goodman’s most famous song was “City of New Orleans,” which was made into a hit by Arlo Guthrie. A lyric from the song was the inspiration for the name of the TV program “Good Morning America.”

Goodman also wrote “Banana Republics” and “This Hotel Room” for Jimmy Buffett.

Eals, a North Admiral resident and former editor of the West Seattle Herald, interviewed more than 1,100 people for the book. Among them were a score of musicians including Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Randy Newman, Pete Seeger, Doc Watson and Loudon Wainwright III.

Goodman opened 200 times for comedian Steve Martin, who wrote that it took only about 30 seconds for Goodman to capture an audience.

Read the entire article here.

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Buffett in TicketNews Top 10s

posted May 8th, 2007 at 12:15 am

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by Josh Martin

TicketNews announces its exclusive weekly Top 10s and analysis for the week of 4/30/07 – 5/06/07. Jimmy Buffett moved into the top 10 for Overall Events, placing at number 8. Buffett also climbed the Top Concerts list from number 8 to number 2, just behind Kenny Chesney.

Overall Top 10 Events

1. Oscar De La Hoya
2. Wicked
3. Boston Red Sox
4. Kenny Chesney
5. Jersey Boys
6. New York Yankees
7. Chicago Cubs
8. Jimmy Buffett
9. The Police
10. Tool

Top 10 Concert Events

1. Kenny Chesney
2. Jimmy Buffett
3. The Police
4. Tool
5. Josh Groban
6. Gwen Stefani
7. Céline Dion
8. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
9. Rush
10. Dave Matthews Band

Tagged in In The News, Touring

Buffett appears at Berkshire Hathaway meeting

posted May 5th, 2007 at 12:21 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett appeared at the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder’s meeting in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday. Berkshire Hathaway is led by “Uncle Warren” Buffett, a distant cousin of Jimmy.

From the AP: Jimmy Buffett Opens Berkshire Meeting

The chief “parrothead” joked that as Warren’s distant cousin, he was taking over for the 76-year-old billionaire chairman and chief executive.

“Since blood is thicker than water, I’m your new chairman,” the singer said.

Then Jimmy Buffett sang a version of his hit song “Margaritaville” that had been rewritten to honor Berkshire Hathaway and its companies.

And a second article from Reuters: Buffett Says May Hire 4 CIOs, Insurance To Weaken”

The singing Buffett, who performed a version of his hit “Margaritaville” adapted for the meeting, stumbled through lyrics placed at his feet. “Warren gave me a really big budget for a Teleprompter here,” he joked.

Tagged in Concerts, In The News


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