Margaritaville May Come to Atlantic City

June 29th, 2012

The newest Margaritaville may be coming to Atlantic City, according to the Press of Atlantic City:

Steeplechase Pier, once the regular host to an 85-piece orchestra conducted by John Philip Sousa, could soon bear the name of another musician if it’s rebuilt as one of singer Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurants.

Resorts Casino Hotel has applied to the state for an environmental permit to rebuild the pier — destroyed in a 1988 fire — and construct a restaurant, bar and surf shop in its place. According to the casino’s application, the $6 million project would construct a Margaritaville Landshark Bar & Grill in the footprint of the former pier.

Aaron Gomes, executive vice president of operations at Resorts, said earlier this month that the casino has been talking to Buffett of “Margaritaville” fame and other potential developers about the site. It would be premature to talk about specific plans for the property, he said at the time.

Buffett’s involvement, however, would instantly bring some high-profile name recognition to the project if the singer becomes one of the developers — and that notoriety could draw larger crowds, which Resorts speaks to in its 78-page permit application.

Tagged in Business Empire, Margaritaville Cafes

Katie Couric Hangs Out with Jimmy

June 27th, 2012

Katie Couric has a new show this fall and she hung out with Jimmy at his Mohegan Sun show Tuesday night to film a segment.

Couric says she’ll be doing more with Buffett where they help people make their dreams come true and check items off their bucket list.

Watch below:

Tagged in TV Appearances, Videos

Tour Resumes in Mansfield Tonight

June 23rd, 2012

After a couple weeks off Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band resume the Lounging at the Lagoon Tour tonight in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

You can listen to the show live from the Comcast Center beginning around 8 pm ET on Radio Margaritaville.

This leg of the tour also sees stops in Uncasville, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. See all the dates and get your tickets now!

Tagged in Touring

Buffett Music Video Appearance Haunted Bob Graham’s VP Vetting

June 21st, 2012

Did an appearance in a Jimmy Buffett music video cost former Florida senator Bob Graham the nomination to be Michael Dukakis’ vice president? Probably not, but it did scare those that were doing the vetting:

Then a first-term U.S. senator and former two-term governor of Florida, Graham was under close consideration by Democratic presidential nominee-to-be Michael Dukakis in 1988. Political strategists, legal counsel, an accountant and a private detective gave him a thorough going-over, he recalled in a recent interview.

They didn’t find any skeletons in his closet, Graham said, but someone came across the Buffett video for the 1984 song “Who’s the Blonde Stranger?” about adulterous affairs. Graham makes a cameo as a drink-holding, grinning businessman about to hook up with a waitress. Graham said he joined the filming at short notice on a request by his friend Buffett, who co-founded with Graham an effort to protect and save manatees, the endangered sea mammal.

“They kept hammering away about it,” Graham recounted. And the accountant wanted to know why Graham hadn’t recorded his payment for the appearance – Graham explained there wasn’t one; it was a favor for a friend.

“Playing in the video may not have been the best judgment in the world, but I finally became irritated at the questioning about what I considered a trivial incident,” he said.

Everything else went fine, he said, but Dukakis chose veteran Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas. In 1992, Graham got a call from Bill Clinton asking him to come to Washington. They had a long pleasant interview, Graham said, but Clinton went with Al Gore.

Watch the “Who’s the Blonde Stranger” video:

Tagged in Politics, Videos

Watch More Scenes from Live in Fin City

June 15th, 2012

Another preview of Jimmy Buffett’s new DVD/CD ‘Welcome to Fin City – Live in Las Vegas’ is now available.

This 3 1/2 minute video contains clips from a few songs, plus a portion of the never-before-seen “Elvis Presley Blues” music video.

Be sure to pre-order Welcome to Fin City now either as a DVD/CD combo ($13.68) or Blu-ray/CD combo ($14.99).

It will be released June 19th. See the track list here

Tagged in DVD's