Buffett to Perform at Coyote Drive-In

April 29th, 2014

Jimmy Buffett will perform a special show at the Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth two days before his concert in Frisco, TX.


Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will perform an intimate show at Coyote Drive-In as the inaugural musician in the “Live at the Drive-In” series, an idea conceived and produced by Coyote Drive-In owner-operators Brady Wood and Brandt Wood via their company, Woodhouse, in conjunction with Austin-based C3 Presents.

“There is not another artist we’d rather be working with,” Brandt Wood says. “Jimmy has taken a personal interest — he grew up at drive-ins.”

What Wood described as “a big film crew” will be on hand during Buffett’s performance, which will be broadcast live, via DirecTV, to every participating, digitally-equipped drive-in across the country.

The concert will be a regular, full performance, according to Wood, who says this concept, which Woodhouse has been working on for the last year, is the biggest of its kind that’s ever been attempted.

The one-off performance allows Buffett, currently touring in support of last year’s LP Songs from St. Somewhere, to reach “fans that are in the secondary and tertiary markets,” Wood says, “that are often out of range of his normal tour.”

While Wood declined to specify the Buffett concert’s potential capacity, previous Star-Telegram reports indicate that the Coyote Drive-In, which opened a year ago on Panther Island, holds about 1,300 cars.

Tickets for the Coyote Drive-In concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Buffett’s website.

Ticket prices for Fort Worth were not made available Tuesday, although a Woodhouse spokesperson did say tickets would be $18 at other drive-ins nationwide. (Prices for the Fort Worth show will obviously be higher, sources said, given that it’s the site of the actual concert.) The list of the participating national drive-ins will be announced Friday.

Read more at the Star Telegram

Tagged in Special Appearances, Tour Dates

Margaritaville Restaurants Bought by Brazilian Firm

April 28th, 2014

Margaritaville Enterprises has sold its Margaritaville restaurants to Brazilian firm International Meal Company.

Brazilian-based International Meal Co. has purchased a dozen Margaritaville restaurants and plans to grow the chain.

Margaritaville Enterprises sold the restaurants this month for an undisclosed price. Margaritaville’s Orlando-based hospitality division ran the restaurants, employing about 40 corporate employees here.

About 25 of those employees will now work for International Meal Co., while the rest will remain with Margaritaville and handle services such as marketing.

No workers are losing their jobs, the companies said.

“Not only does it stand for more growth domestically, now those employees have the opportunity to go around the world as part of a larger operation,” Margaritaville Enterprises Chief Executive Officer John Cohlan said.

The purchase includes 11 Margaritaville restaurants, including one at Universal CityWalk. It also includes LandShark Bar and Grilles in Atlantic City, N.J., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

“The motivation here was really about growth,” Cohlan said. “They’re better positioned to grow Margaritaville than we really would be domestically.”

Cohlan and Gavilian declined to discuss sales for the chain, founded by singer Jimmy Buffett and named after one of his signature songs.

International Meal Co. will have exclusive rights to develop and own Margaritavilles in the United States and Latin America. This year, Margaritaville will open restaurants in Brazil and the Dominican Republic and in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Read more at the Orlando Sentinel.

Hat tip @sawman71

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Songs From St. Somewhere Tour Ends in West Palm Beach

April 27th, 2014

The Songs From St. Somewhere Tour wrapped up in West Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday night, almost a year to the day that it began.

Check out the set list from the show here. Jonathan Edwards and his daughter Grace were special guests. Buffett and Edwards performed “Sunshine” together and then joined Grace as she sang “Imagine One Day” during the encore. Buffett ended the show with Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry.”

The This One’s For You Tour kicks off on Saturday, May 24th in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The first leg will see shows in Atlanta, Houston, and Austin.

View the full tour schedule and get tickets here.

Virginia Beach will also see the debut of Margaritaville TV, which will reportedly broadcast concerts live!

Tagged in Show Reviews, Touring

Songs From St. Somewhere Tour Hits Raleigh

April 22nd, 2014

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band returned to Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday night for the first time since 2011.

The set list was largely the same as Saturday night’s show in Tampa, with the exception of “Coast of Carolina” being played for the first time since 2012.

View the full set list here and see photos from the show.

Jimmy Buffett stays in North Carolina with a show at Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavilion on Thursday.

Get tickets to this show or any 2014 show now!

photo by Scott Sharpe – Raleigh News Observer. View more photos from the show here.

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Buffett Performs in Tampa

April 20th, 2014

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band were on the road Saturday night for the first time in 2014, performing a show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa.

Buffett paid tribute to Jesse Winchester, who died on April 11th, with “Rhumba Man” and then “Defying Gravity” as the final encore song.

View the full set list here.

Buffett has three shows remaining on the Songs From St. Somewhere Tour: Raleigh on Tuesday, Charlotte on Thursday, and West Palm Beach on Saturday. Then in May the This One’s For You Tour kicks off in Virginia Beach. Find tickets now!

(thanks to Linda P for photo)

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