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Margaritaville corporate headquarters expanding

posted December 21st, 2007 at 10:58 pm

by Josh Martin

Margaritaville Enterprises LLC, Buffett’s company that manages his restaurants, merchandise, and other enterprises, will move their corporate headquarters to a newly constructed nearby office complex. The Orlando Business Journal has the story:

Buffett’s Margaritaville Enterprises LLC — which earns an estimated $100 million annually through music, restaurants, casinos, beer, tequila and clothing — recently signed a 10-year lease for 62,502 square feet of industrial space at Crownpointe Commerce Park.

Tom McFadden of Southern Commercial Real Estate Advisors, who represented the landlord, says the Buffett-owned company plans to use the space as its corporate headquarters. The company will build 12,000 to 15,000 square feet of office space and use the remaining space to store merchandise for Buffett’s Parrotthead empire.

Tagged in Business Empire, Margaritaville Cafes

Save the Manatees license plates get makeover

posted December 20th, 2007 at 11:00 pm

by Josh Martin

The new design for Florida’s Save the Manatees license plates was unveiled today and residents will soon be able to purchase one.

Save the Manatee Club was established in 1981 by Jimmy Buffett and former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham. The Gainesville Sun has the story:

The new plate design was done by Nancy Blauers, a Margaritaville Merchandising Senior Artist who designs “Margaritaville lifestyle” products for Margaritaville stores.

The redesigned plates are available from your local tax collector or at www.buyaplate.com. Last minute gift shoppers may be interested in knowing they can buy a manatee plate gift certificates at any authorized tax collector’s office in Florida.

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Super Bowl bash at newly opened Margaritaville

posted December 16th, 2007 at 11:01 pm

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by Josh Martin

From the Arizona Republic:

With all the buzz about Super Bowl parties in Scottsdale, NFL agents Eugene Parker and Roosevelt Barnes wanted to make sure the West Valley – home of Super Bowl XLII – wasn’t left out.

The duo’s Maximum Sports Management is throwing “Big Game Bash ’08” at the newly opened Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Café at Westgate City Center, just a stone’s throw from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Among the celebrities confirmed: former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith, the Cardinals’ own Larry Fitzgerald, Academy Award nominated actor Michael Clark Duncan of The Green Mile fame, pro beach volleyball’s Holly McPeak, softball phenom Jennie Finch and former NFL players Deion Sanders, Curtis Martin and Jerome “The Bus” Bettis.

The Feb. 1 party, which gets under way at 9 p.m., benefits a number of charities, including the Pat Tillman Foundation, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Packages from Home. Tickets are $1,500 each. Details: http://www.msmbiggamebash.com.

Tagged in Margaritaville Cafes

JB plays surprise set in New Orleans

posted December 5th, 2007 at 11:01 pm

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by Josh Martin

This past weekend, Jimmy Buffett was at the bar d.b.a. on Frenchman Street when he took to the stage and performed a few songs. Jacob Brooks of The Bogalusa Daily News writes about the experience:

Around midnight or so, I was feeling the music, dancing, having a good time. I noticed this guy right in front of me. He was an older gentleman, and I didn’t recognize him at first.

Soon, the band took a little break, but when they came back on, the older gentleman who was right in front of me was on stage playing guitar and singing. It was Jimmy Buffett.

He sung “No woman, no cry,” a Bob Marley song, and a few others before turning the stage over back to the band.

When he was on stage, he said he loved New Orleans, which he called the “Capital of the Caribbean.” When people in the audience realized it was him, the cell phone cameras came out and weren’t put away until Buffett left the bar.

Read the entire article here.

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Buffett again one of the top tours of the year

posted December 5th, 2007 at 7:02 am

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by Josh Martin

Stubhub has released its second annual report on concert ticket sales activity, and Buffett’s 2007 Bama Breeze Tour did very well, despite having far fewer dates than most top performing tours.

Buffett placed 7th on the list of the Top 10 Selling Tours of 2007 (based on total dollar volume of tickets sold), even though he only played 25 national dates, compared to an average of 48 dates for the other 9 tours on the list. In 2006, Buffett ranked number 5 on the Stubhub list.

The average ticket price for a Bama Breeze show was $136, which did not even place on the list of the Top 10 Highest Average Tour Ticket Prices. The highest was Celine Dion with $347, and number 10 on the list was Michael Buble at $195.

Comparing the 2007 Bama Breeze Tour with the 2006 Party At The End Of The World Tour, Stubhub notes that Buffett saw a 30% increase in actual number of tickets sold for 2007, and a 34% increase in total gross sales.

One interesting note that Stubhub mentions: For the second consecutive year, six of StubHub’s Top 10 Selling Tours of 2007 also toured in 1986 or prior (The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Jimmy Buffett, Bon Jovi, Genesis)

Read the entire Stubhub report here.

Tagged in In The News, Touring

Buffett to play benefit show in Hong Kong

posted December 4th, 2007 at 9:34 pm

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by Josh Martin

According to ThomasCrampton.com, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will play a benefit show in Hong Kong on Friday, January 18th.

From the blog:

Thanks to a chance encounter with Jimmy Buffett in the Paris newsroom of the International Herald Tribune last May, I convinced him to come out to Hong Kong on January 18 to give a charity concert for the FCC Charity Fund.

The fund, which I co-founded a few years ago, raises money to educate the children from Hong Kong’s Po Leung Kuk orphange.

Jimmy has generously agreed to donate his time and been extremely involved in the event. Held in the Hong Kong Football Club, it is sure to be a great event, so spread the word book your tickets soon!

For more information, visit this site.

Tagged in Charitable Causes, Concerts, Tour Dates, Touring


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