Long Island Goes Under the Big Top

August 31st, 2010

The circus came to town Tuesday night as Jimmy and the Reefers moved the Under The Big Top Tour to the Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY.

Notable additions to the set list this time included “Cuban Crime of Passion,” “Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit,” and “Growing Older But Not Up,” both done solo acoustic in the middle of the set. The Gulf Coast Version of “When the Coast is Clear” was tonight’s final encore.

View the entire set list here.

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

The fourth leg of the Under The Big Top Tour will continue Thursday night with the first of two shows in Bristow, VA. You can still get your tickets now!

Tagged in Buffett, Tour Dates, Touring

Mac McAnally Earns CMA Nomination

August 31st, 2010

This morning the Country Music Association (CMA) announced the first batch of nominations for the 44th Annual CMA Awards and Coral Reefer Band member Mac McAnally is once again nominated for Musician of the Year.

Here’s who Mac will be going up against in the category:

  • Paul Frankin — Steel Guitar
  • Dann Huff — Guitar
  • Brent Mason — Guitar
  • Randy Scruggs — Guitar

Mac has won the award the last two years. Can he win a third straight? Tune in Wednesday, November 10th to find out.

Tagged in Awards, Coral Reefers

Tour Resumes Tonight on Long Island

August 31st, 2010

Jimmy Buffett is back in action tonight as the Coral Reefers join him for a show at the Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater in Wantagh, New York.

You can listen to the show live on Radio Margaritaville on the web or Sirius 31 / XM 55. The pre-show will begin around 7:30 pm ET with Jimmy taking the stage a little after 8 pm.

There are only a handful of shows left in this year’s Under The Big Top Tour. On Thursday and Saturday Buffett’s makes his annual trek to Bristow, Virginia. Then it’s off to Paris on September 24th. In October, Buffett makes a west coast swing, hitting Vegas, LA, San Francisco, and Portland. View all tour dates and get tickets here.

Tagged in Concerts, Touring

Buffett Referenced in ‘Memphis Beat’ Episode

August 26th, 2010

Jimmy Buffett was referenced in the season finale of the new TNT drama “Memphis Beat” that aired earlier this week:

Dwight and Whitehead pay a visit to Drake’s wife Noreen. She divulges that she hardly knows her husband anymore — three years ago, something happened and he changed overnight, stopped sleeping, stopped eating, and he said he “buried the old me.” The only person he hangs out with is Martin Matthews, the man to whom she sold his old Nissan.

Over at Martin’s house, we see he’s a Parrothead, an uber-fan of Jimmy Buffett. Though he has an alibi, a quick background check shows that Drake has been making weekly payouts to “Pencil Thin Mustache LLC.” Aha! Not only have we unearthed a blackmail scheme, but now that song is going ’round and ’round inside my head!

It’s not uncommon for Jimmy to be referenced in television shows. He’s been mentioned on 30 Rock, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, David Letterman’s Top 10 List, and was even lampooned by South Park in 2008.

(hat tip to Wes for passing this along)

Tagged in Parrotheads, Pop Culture References, Television

Vote Jimmy for Space Shuttle Wakeup Song

August 23rd, 2010

The space shuttle program is winding down and NASA is giving you the chance to decide what wakeup songs will be played for the final missions.

The wakeup song has been a part of the space program since the days of the Apollo missions. Jimmy Buffett’s music has been played at least three times: “Window on the World” earlier this year, “Oysters and Pearls” in 2008, and “Twelve Volt Man” in 2006.

NASA has chosen 40 previously played wakeup songs (with Jimmy’s “Window on the World” being one of them) and they want you to vote for your favorite. The two songs with the most votes will be played during the STS-133 mission that is scheduled to launch on November 1st.

Go to songcontest.nasa.gov to vote for Jimmy now!

“Window on the World” is currently at #9 with 1,900 votes. The current top two vote-getters are the “Star Trek Theme Song” with 23,000 votes and “Countdown” by Rush with 17,000 votes, so Jimmy needs our help!

Tagged in Contests, Miscellaneous