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Buffett to Play Little Rock in March

posted January 5th, 2012 at 9:06 am

by Josh Martin

Add another tour date to the 2012 leg of the Welcome to Finland Tour. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform in Little Rock this March.

Thursday, March 1st
Little Rock, AR
Verizon Arena

Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 14th through TicketMaster.

Michael Marion, the General Manager, said, “The Verizon Arena is beyond excited to host our first ever Jimmy Buffett concert. He has been the #1 most requested artist and everyone is thrilled at his long awaited return to Arkansas.”

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Jiffy Lube Live Lifts Tailgating Ban

posted January 4th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

by Josh Martin

Rejoice parrotheads! After banning tailgating last year, Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia reversed course and announced today that they are lifting the ban:

Jiffy Lube Live, which is owned and operated by concert promotion colossus Live Nation, says that the decision was inspired by their patrons’ unhappiness over the ban.

“Fan feedback is critical to help improve our operations and create the best possible concert experience for our fans,” Matt Rogers, the venue’s general manager, said in an email. “The decision was made after listening to our fans and doing our due diligence.”

Rogers says that meant researching the tailgating policies of more than 30 sports arenas and concert venues across the country to find out what works and what doesn’t.

“With the new policy and guidelines, we want nothing more than to work with our fans to create a safe and friendly “pre-concert” environment,” he said.

So here are the rules. Grills will now be allowed. Tents and canopies will still be forbidden. Driving aisles must be kept clear of chairs and tables. And members of the Prince William County police, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Jiffy Lube Live staff will continue to enforce a ban on open alcohol containers in the parking lot. Underage drinking will also be targeted aggressively, Rogers said.

“Jiffy Lube [Live] coordinated with us in making this policy change and we feel that their operational plan will create a safe and manageable environment in the parking lot,” said Maj. Stephen Hudson, Assistant Chief of the Prince William County police in an email.

Jiffy Lube Live (formerly Nissan Pavilion) outside of Washington, DC has been an annual stop for Jimmy Buffett for years.

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Mac Interview with American Songwriter

posted January 2nd, 2012 at 8:27 pm

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by Josh Martin

American Songwriter has an interesting interview with Coral Reefer and reining CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally:

You’re known as a great storyteller, both lyrically and in your live show. Was there any particular writer or performer coming up that inspired you to be the storyteller you’re known as today?

I’m sure that I was a sponge and was influenced by almost everything I heard musically. But the storytelling probably comes from two places. First the church. My mother was the piano player at church when I was young and we were always going to Baptist “association,” which was like a preaching competition with endless sermons over a two or three day period. I was very young and probably would have chosen to be elsewhere but I did take note of what did and did not work for the men, and a woman or two, in the pulpit. Secondly and probably a more direct influence were the old guys who sat on the “gossip bench” at the courthouse downtown and whittled and told stories. I was told not to hang around these guys and sat at their feet and listened to them for a big chunk of my early time. The new live CD is a response to years of being asked to record the stories that accompany the songs.

You’ve had cuts by Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett and many others. Do you have a song that was particularly hard to let go of?

When I wrote “Back Where I Come From” I thought that it was a hit, but also that it said something that I personally wanted to be the first to say. As a publisher I knew I was devaluing the copyright by singing it myself instead of passing it onto better and bigger singers, but I did it anyway. One of many of my classically bad business choices, but thankfully Kenny Chesney was kind enough to bail me out and cut it again. Thanks again KC.

Read the full interview here.

And be sure to pick up Mac’s new album Live in Muscle Shoals.

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Get Buffett World on Your New Kindle

posted January 1st, 2012 at 7:58 pm

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by Josh Martin

Did Santa bring you an Amazon Kindle for Christmas? Well, if you’ve got one of the popular e-reading devices, you can get Jimmy Buffett World’s news articles delivered automatically to your Kindle!

The subscription runs 99 cents per month and includes a 14-day free trial. The news is auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle and updated throughout the day. Full articles and any images are included.

This is just another way to get the best and latest Jimmy Buffett news. You can also stay connected through Facebook, Twitter, RSS, and E-Mail Updates.

Get BW on your Kindle now! You can also find it by searching for “Jimmy Buffett” in the Kindle Store right from your device.

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