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Buffett to Perform in Hershey, PA on Labor Day Weekend

posted May 12th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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by Josh Martin

news_southerngroundJimmy Buffett will headline the first day of the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival, put on by the Zac Brown Band:

Jimmy Buffett will be performing at Hersheypark Stadium at 8 p.m. on August 30 as part of the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, which will be held at Hershey on Labor Day Weekend.

Buffett will be the headliner for the first day of the festival, with country superstars Zac Brown Band headlining the second and final day – Aug. 31.

Tickets for the Jimmy Buffett performance will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 16 on ticketmaster.com. Tickets for the Zac Brown Band will go on sale at 10 a.m. on May 17. Patrons will need tickets for each show.

This year will mark the first time the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival has gone north of the Mason Dixon Line. The festival is also held in Nashville, Tenn. and Charleston, SC.

Alan Jackson is also scheduled to perform on the 30th.


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More of Buffett at Jazz Fest

posted May 3rd, 2014 at 8:46 pm

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by Josh Martin

The New Orleans Jazz Fest is in full swing and Jimmy Buffett has made a couple more appearances since grabbing a bowl of gumbo on Friday.

Buffett’s daughter Savannah is hosting some Jazz Fest programming again this year on AXS and recorded a spot with her dad at Margaritaville on Friday night. Watch the video here, which includes an acoustic performance of “Life is Just a Tire Swing.”

Then on Saturday Jimmy joined Allen Toussaint for a couple songs:

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Photo by Chris Granger, The Times-Picayune

Allen Toussaint played songs spanning over half a century on New Orleans Jazz Fest’s Acura Stage Saturday afternoon. The hit parade was an autobiography in song, but like the career Toussaint’s set surveyed, the show wasn’t all about him.

An early highlight was “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley,” the Toussaint original Robert Palmer took as the pop-funk title track of his 1974 debut, and that was followed by “Two Trains,” another party-pleasing Toussaint song popularized by someone other than him, in its case Little Feat.

Soon after Toussaint called Jimmy Buffett to the stage to sing lead on two songs: “Fortune Teller” (you may know Benny Spellman’s version, or perhaps Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s) and “Wave Bye Bye,” the tender Jesse Winchester ballad that moved the dense early-day crowd (many obviously homesteading for Bruce Springsteen, who plays the same stage later) to sway in unison.

Read more at NOLA.com.


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Jimmy Visits Jazz Fest

posted May 2nd, 2014 at 9:21 pm

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by Josh Martin

NOLA.com reports that Jimmy Buffett swung by the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Friday, making a beeline for gumbo:

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After parking his golf cart on the dirt track behind the Jazz & Heritage Stage, Buffett and a friend made a beeline for Food Area II. Once there, he walked right up to the Prejean’s Restaurant booth and ordered two cups of pheasant, quail and Andouille sausage gumbo.

His culinary choice shouldn’t come as a surprise: Buffett’s 1999 album “Beach House on the Moon” contained a song called, “I Will Play for Gumbo.”

And he could certainly afford the $7 price tag: When he performed at Jazz Fest in 2011, he made enough to buy about 80,000 servings.

His affection for New Orleans in general and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival specifically is well-documented. He performs every few years with his Coral Reefer Band. In 2012, he played an acoustic set as a last-minute fill-in for an ailing Eddie Vedder.

Buffett is one of the most popular acts in the contemporary era of Jazz Fest; tens of thousands of his Parrotheads fill the field in front of the Acura Stage whenever he plays. But on Friday, in a baseball cap, sunglasses, shorts and a white polo shirt, he was able to navigate the festival grounds anonymously. Shari Menard, who sold him the gumbo at the Prejean’s booth — and provided covers for the steaming Styrofoam cups of dark roux — had no idea who he was. “I was totally shocked,” she said, when later informed by a reporter.

Read the full story here.


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