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Show Number Two from Mansfield Tonight

posted June 19th, 2010 at 12:23 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band are back at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts tonight for the second of two shows.

Tune into Radio Margaritaville on the web or on Sirius XM at 7:00 pm EDT for the preshow festivities. Then at 8 pm Ilo Ferreira will open for Buffett with a short set, then the man himself takes the stage.

Thursday’s soundcheck and show was not show on Ustream.tv, but you might check again this afternoon in case they do live stream this one.

The Boston Globe has an article up on Thursday night’s show, plus some pictures from the venue. Check it out here.

(photo: Rose Lincoln for the Boston Globe)

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Niagara Falls Margaritaville Opens Today!

posted June 18th, 2010 at 4:06 am

by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett’s latest Margaritaville Cafe, located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, opens its doors today at 11:00 am!

The Fallsview Boulevard location features a full stage, and Leanne Leach, sales and marketing manager for the restaurant, said there will be bands playing every night during the summer. In addition to the live entertainment, there will be stilt walkers making their way through the restaurant to help create a fun island-escapist atmosphere.

Leach said there’s one special guest who is known to pop into the restaurant franchise locations at will.

“With Margaritaville, you never know when Jimmy’s going to stop by,” she said, speaking of the music-man himself. “He’s been known to just pop into the restaurants if he’s in the area and there’s never a lot of notice. Sometimes, he’ll play intimate shows, other times he just stops by to say hi.”

Leach said if the restaurants know in advance that Buffett is coming, they try to sneak the information out to the public, but most of the time he just shows up on a whim.

“It’s a real treat for the locals though,” she said with a laugh.

The family-friendly restaurant is situated right on the corner of Fallsview Boulevard and Murray Street, just steps away from the falls. Margaritaville is 14,000 square feet in size with two indoor levels and four outdoor patios.

Visit the official site here. If you stop in, drop a comment and let us know what you think of the place.

Tagged in Business Empire, Margaritaville Cafes

First S.W.A.T. Boat Headed for Action

posted June 17th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

by Josh Martin

We reported a couple weeks ago that Jimmy Buffett was helping a Vero Beach boat builder in the oil relief effort, and now the first of four Shallow Water Attention Terminal (S.W.A.T.) boats is on its way to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory:

The first of four specially designed Shallow Water Attention Terminal (S.W.A.T.) boats built and designed by Florida-based Dragonfly Boatworks, and funded by Margaritaville Holdings and Landshark Lager heads to the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Southern Mississippi this week to begin a massive rescue effort.

Prompted by images of an ever-widening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which threatens Mississippi, Alabama and Florida’s coast, Vero Beach boat-builder, Mark Castlow, Jimbo Meador and Meador’s longtime friend, musician Jimmy Buffett, “had to do something.” All three men have long histories in, on, and around water earning their livings and loving the lifestyle. All three are concerned with short and long-term effects the spill will have on the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean, on visible marine life and the less-visible eggs and microorganisms that support the system.

“Instead of pointing fingers, we wanted to lend a hand,” Meador said. That led to the design of the S.W.A.T. boat. Using multiple resources, Buffett, Castlow and Meador designed the “life” boat for oil-injured wildlife. Unique features set the rescue boat apart: shallow draft with a bow-mounted trolling motor to avoid unnecessary noise, a worktable mounted mid-deck coated with a sanitary gel and a coarse surface to help animals grip without slippage, solar fans, a misting system to cool researchers and wildlife, plus a folding, collapsible canopy shading the entire boat. The Evinrude Company, showed it’s concern about the cleanup effort in the Gulf by promptly donating four low-maintenance 40-HP ETE outboards, which exceed all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. SWAT boats will also be equipped with a camera system so that researchers and the public can view the activities on the Internet.

View more photos of the boats at Margaritaville.com

Tagged in Charitable Causes

Tour Resumes Tonight in Mansfield

posted June 17th, 2010 at 12:26 am

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by Josh Martin

After a month-long hiatus, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band hit the road again tonight for the first of two shows at the Comcast Center (Great Woods) in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Listen to the show live on Radio Margaritaville on the web or on Sirius/XM. The pre-show begins at 7 pm ET and the show will get rolling shortly after 8 pm ET. Also be sure to check Ustream.tv for live video streaming of the soundcheck around 3 pm and during the show too!

Reminder: the parking lot opens at 3:00 pm today.

Buffett will play Mansfield again on Saturday (parking lot opens at noon), then head to Detroit next Tuesday and East Troy, WI on Saturday. View the full tour schedule.

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Buffett Visits USM Gulf Coast Research Lab

posted June 15th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

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by Josh Martin

Last week Jimmy Buffett visited the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory to see how their work is going as their Oil Response Team tries to combat the oil spill in the gulf:

The singer and songwriter met with the University’s President, Dr. Martha Saunders and her team of researchers on June sixth.

Buffett visited USM’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs to talk about their needs regarding the examination of this spill. To help out, Buffett partnered with a boat company from Florida called Dragonfly Boats. Designer, Mark Castlow is creating specialized boats for the lab.

Buffett is donating those vessels to the University. Dr. Saunders said Buffett e-mailed her about two weeks ago saying he wanted to see the lab’s work.

“So he came and met with our scientists and got a briefing on the kind of work we are doing. And Mark Castlow came and we talked about the progress of the boats and so it was a great day. We got to see a great alum and talk about what we can do together toward maybe improving the prospects with this oil spill,” said Saunders.

Jimmy graduated from USM in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in history.

You can donate to the Southern Miss Oil Spill Response fund visit at www.usmfoundation.com/oilspill and read about the Spill Response Team here.

Read more about Buffett and the Dragonfly boats here.

Tagged in Charitable Causes, Personal/Family

Briggs & Stratton Generators Clear Customs

posted June 15th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

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by Josh Martin

Last week we reported on Briggs & Stratton’s effort to get 240 generators to earthquake-stricken Haiti and how Buffett was trying to help move them through customs (read the story). Laura Timm, director of corporate communications for Briggs, left a comment today on our article letting everyone know they got through:

This is Laura Timm with Briggs & Stratton. Our generators cleared customs today (6-10-10). Thanks to Jimmy and everyone who helped us get the generators in the hands of those that need them most.

Tagged in Charitable Causes, Personal/Family


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