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Review of Private Houston Show

posted December 9th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

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by Josh Martin

Ken Hoffman of the Houston Chronicle attended Monday night’s private show for American Express platinum cardholders at the Toyota Center. In a review of the concert, he explains how it wasn’t your typical Buffett show. ” I’d never been to a rock show with commercial breaks before.”

American Express e-mailed two free tickets to local platinum-card holders as a thank-you for years of paying their bill on time. It was a very platinum-looking crowd, too, not Buffett’s regular throng of Hawaiian-shirt-wearing pretend beach bums and surfer girls.

When we entered Toyota Center, there was a sign, “Food and soft drinks are complimentary.” American Express picked up the bill for all the hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders, soft drinks and pizza. I should have told Garfield to meet me in front of Toyota Center. Beer was not free. People in line at the concession stand ordered “two hot dogs (free), two hamburgers (free), three sodas (free), popcorn (free), peanuts (free) … and one beer ($7.50).” On average, it was a pretty good deal.

Buffett is a huge star, especially in Houston. If this were a normal concert, with normal ticket sales, the place would have been packed, every seat filled to the top row, front and back. American Express blocked off the entire upper deck and behind the stage Monday night. American Express gave away 7,500 tickets, hoping to present an intimate concert event.

There were empty seats throughout the lower bowl. Some rows, including mine, were less than half-filled. I figure maybe 6,000 people were inside the 19,000-capacity Toyota Center.

Buffett usually walks onstage without a formal introduction. The fans know who he is. Monday night, an American Express spokeswoman welcomed the crowd and introduced Buffett with a weird flowery speech and commercial for American Express.

Buffett opened with two songs from his country album, License to Thrill. Then he launched into a story about having lunch with his distant relative Warren Buffett – one of the few people in the world with more money than Jimmy Buffett. Jimmy said Warren told him that he judges America’s economic strength by how many people are paying for things with their American Express credit card. Buffett mentioned American Express throughout the concert.

He did everything but use an American Express credit card to slice and dice potatoes “faster than a food processor!”

There was no intermission, like a regular Buffett show. The fans didn’t know how to do “fins to the left, fins to the right,” during the closing song. And for his encore, he did a rocked-out Brown-Eyed Girl instead of an acoustic ballad.

There were no tables selling T-shirts in the lobby. I saw only one beach ball being batted about in the audience.

And Houston area parrotheads… Hoffman says that Buffett hinted that he’d be back in the Spring.


Tagged in Show Reviews, Special Appearances



Land Shark Bar & Grill Coming to Myrtle Beach

posted December 8th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett is expanding his business empire once again, this time opening another restaurant in Myrtle Beach. There’s already a Margaritaville Cafe in the resort town, but the Sun News announced today that Buffett will open a Land Shark Bar & Grill at the SkyWheel attraction in May:

The 3,000-square-foot restaurant will have mostly outdoor seating, said David Busker, president of Koch Development, which will operate the SkyWheel and is developing it along with Pacific Development. Busker declined to talk about the restaurant’s concept.

Officials are staying tight-lipped about the restaurant. Al Mers, a partner in Pacific Development, said this afternoon that he couldn’t comment about the restaurant until Dec. 15. The Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board likely will consider the restaurant’s sign requests during its Dec. 16 meeting.

There’s a Land Shark Landing restaurant in Pensacola, Fla., beside the Margaritaville Beach Hotel that serves items such as fish tacos, nachos and, of course, a Cheeseburger in Paradise fixed the way Buffett describes in the song by the same name. It’s unclear whether the Land Shark Bar & Grille in Myrtle Beach will serve similar food.

The restaurant will be part of the $12 million to $15 million SkyWheel complex emerging on the oceanfront. Crews are installing the 106 pilings that will support the nearly 200-foot-high Ferris wheel, which will have 42 glass enclosed, temperature-controlled gondolas that plan to operate year-round.

The Land Shark restaurant will bring a different kind of venue to downtown Myrtle Beach that will lure Buffett’s followers who are likely to check out downtown’s other offerings after stopping by the new restaurant, said Dave Sebok, executive director of Myrtle Beach’s Downtown Redevelopment Corp.

“It will offer something that is obviously new and has a different theme to it than what we have on the oceanfront now,” he said. “It’s a name that is nationally and internationally known so to me it’s likely to be able to attract customers and business downtown.”

Read the full story here.


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Vintage Video: Jimmy Does “Volcano” in 1979

posted December 7th, 2010 at 8:21 am

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by Josh Martin

Check out this video from 1979 of Jimmy Buffett and his band performing “Volcano” at Circle Sounds Studio in San Diego, California

(hat tip Geeky Randy)


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Buffett Performs at Andy Roddick Gala

posted December 4th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

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by Josh Martin

On Saturday night in Austin, Texas Jimmy Buffett headlined the Andy Roddick Foundation’s 5th Annual Charity Gala.

John Legend joined Buffett on stage at one point (photo below). Legend tweeted “Just jammed a Bill Withers song with Jimmy Buffett. My life is an adventure.”

On Sunday, Jimmy will perform at the New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness 25th Anniversary Gala.

Then on Monday, Jimmy heads to Houston to play a private show for select American Express cardholders.




Tagged in Charitable Causes, Special Appearances, Sports



Photos from Jimmy’s Appearance in Nashville

posted December 3rd, 2010 at 10:32 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance with Mac McAnally and Will Kimbrough on Thursday night at his brand new Margaritaville Cafe in Nashville.

Below are some photos from WSIX Big 98 Country (hat tip Ashley for passing them along):

View all of the photos here.


Tagged in Margaritaville Cafes, Photos, Special Appearances



Buffett Makes Surprise Appearance at Nashville Margaritaville

posted December 2nd, 2010 at 9:33 pm

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by Josh Martin

According to a couple of tweets, Jimmy Buffett made a surprise visit on Thursday night to his new Margaritaville Cafe in Nashville that opened on November 22nd.

“Sitting at Margaritaville in Nashville!!!! Who shows up….. Yes JIMMY BUFFETT!!!! Totally unexpected by the workers and everyone else!!!!” — jscavitt

“Only in Nashville!! Jimmy buffet just walked into margaritaville in nashville!!” — Nashvilleblake

“Jimmy Buffett is in the house at Margaritaville. Like for real. The actual Jimmy Buffett.” — Jenny_Ann

Mac McAnally and Will Kimbrough are playing a show and we expect Jimmy will take the stage too at some point. We’ll provide more information as it becomes available.

Update – Jimmy has taken the stage:


(photo by @Jenny_Ann)


Tagged in Business Empire, Margaritaville Cafes



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