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Gulf Coast Concert Rescheduled for July 11th (Updated)

posted June 28th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

by Josh Martin

Multiple outlets are now reporting that the Gulf Coast concert with Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and others has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 11th.

Officials worried that winds and storm surge from Tropical Storm Alex could threaten the stability of the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama where the concert is to be held. The stage, which had been going up this week, is already being taken down.

A Facebook fan tells us that a note was put up on Margaritaville.com, including a quote from Jimmy, but was quickly taken down.

Your tickets to the show will of course still be honored on July 11th. If you made reservations with a hotel or condo, call them to discuss your accomodations.

Update – Here is Buffett’s statement from Margaritaville.com:

“Nobody hates this more than I do but I guess, as the song says, it’s hard to reason with hurricane season,” Jimmy said. “For those going anyway, thank you. My sister Lulu will take good care of you. For the rest of you, we will see you July 11th!”

Tagged in Charitable Causes, Concerts, TV Appearances

Gulf Coast Concert May Be Postponed

posted June 28th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

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by Josh Martin

There are reports that the July 1st Jimmy Buffett concert with Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, and others on the beach in Gulf Shores may be postponed due to concern over storm surge from Tropical Storm Alex:

Alabama Press-Register:

City officials this afternoon are huddling to discuss what to do about the Jimmy Buffett concert scheduled for Thursday.

The free concert — to be simulcast on the CMT network — could be postponed because of concerns over wind and other effects from the storm, which is expected to go ashore in Mexico or Texas later this week.

As of 4:20 p.m. today, no official announcement had been made with regard to a change in status for the highly anticipated concert, in which native son Buffett was to appear with a cast of friends and special guests in an attempt to boost tourism and spirits in light of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

As of lunchtime today, the Gulf Shores City Council was holding a special meeting to discuss plans for the show and a crane was lifting parts of the state into place.

Buffett World will post the news when an official decision has been made.

Tagged in Charitable Causes, Concerts, TV Appearances

Buffett Interview with Anderson Cooper on Thursday

posted June 28th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

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by Josh Martin

A producer/writer for Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN tweeted today that Jimmy Buffett will be interviewed by Cooper for Thursday night’s show:

Anderson Cooper 360 airs weeknights on CNN at 10 pm ET.

Tagged in Interviews, Television

How the Gulf Concert Came Together

posted June 28th, 2010 at 10:53 am

by Josh Martin

The Alabama Press Register has an article on how the July 1st Gulf Coast concert with Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, and others came to be: “Jimmy Buffett concert comes together quickly”

“To give you the exact timeline,” Philips said, “we literally made the connection the night of the CMT Awards, which was June 9.”

That meant that the day after CMT staff members put on “the biggest production of their lives,” he said, they were being turned on a dime for the Buffett show.

“We’re sending everybody,” Philips said. “It takes an army to make a show this big.”

A.J. Niland of Mobile-based HUKA Entertainment said he expects that by Thursday, the ranks of event workers will have surpassed 700, maybe 900. That includes those managed by HUKA, which is in charge of the site and infrastructure; the contingent from CMT; Buffett’s touring entourage; and a sizeable security team.

Niland said the show owes a lot to the recent Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival, which HUKA also produced. That experience, he said, helped HUKA convince Buffett’s team that the Gulf Shores beach was a viable location.

“Shows on the beach are very, very rarely done anywhere,” Niland said of large-scale events like the Hangout fest. “It’s not an ideal venue. We made it an ideal venue.”

Niland, like Philips, described Buffett as being extremely selective about where and when he plays.

“It’s important to them that the fans get the best Buffett experience,” Niland said. “We’re creating Margaritaville on the beach, for sure.”

Mike Foster, marketing manager for the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Buffett’s emphasis on quality was a major factor in determining how many concert-goers could attend.

The stage and sound system can only be so big, he noted.

Niland speculated that if the show were open to all, 200,000 fans might have tried to jam in. But a crowd that size would require video and sound production far beyond what was possible, to say nothing of the safety and traffic issues.

“It has to be a safe, enjoyable experience,” he said.

CMT will broadcast the show beginning at 7 pm Thursday. It will rebroadcast an edited version at 6 pm Friday, 8:30 pm July 3, 1 pm July 4, and 10:30 am July 5.

The show will also be shown on CMT.com, and can be heard on Radio Margaritaville.

Tagged in Charitable Causes, Concerts

Margaritaville Beach Hotel Opens Today

posted June 28th, 2010 at 12:15 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola, Florida officially opens its doors today at 4 pm, according to WINK News. The hotel hosted an open house on Sunday and reportedly had a very large turnout.

“It makes a world of difference to us,” says a nearby restaurant owner. “For this establishment to be as beautiful as it is, and open at the time it does, it’s inspirational to me and my fellow businessmen who’ve been here for years and years, that we will survive, we will make it. We’ve got confidence that some of the big wigs and big powers are with us.”

With so much of Florida’s economy based on tourism, the hotel also is a sweet song to Governor Charlie Crist.

“Jimmy Buffett’s a great Floridian, he cares a lot about our state, clearly cares a lot about our environment. But his entrepreneurial spirit cannot be put down, no matter what. And that encourages a lot of people,” Crist said.

Go to WINK News to watch a 3 minute video story on the open house. It contains some great shots of both the interior and exterior of the hotel.

Visit www.margaritavillehotel.com for more info.

Tagged in Business Empire, Margaritaville Hotel

Wisconsin Goes Under the Big Top

posted June 26th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

by Josh Martin

The circus came to town Saturday night as Jimmy and the Reefers moved the Under The Big Top Tour to the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI.

Notable additions to the set list this time included “License to Chill,” “Pencil Thin Mustache”, and “Brown Eyed Girl”. “Bama Breeze” was tonight’s final encore, dedicated to the Gulf.

View the entire set list here.

Did you attend the show? Share your thoughts on our Discussion Board.

The third leg of the Under The Big Top Tour is now over. The next show will be July 2nd in Gulf Shores. The tour will resume on August 7th in Camden, NJ. You can still get your tickets now!

Tagged in Tour Dates, Touring


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