Jimmy Buffett 2016 Year in Review

December 28th, 2016

Another year is nearly in the books and for parrotheads it saw another busy tour from Jimmy, multiple Margaritaville restaurant and resort openings, a new Christmas album, and a special birthday milestone. Relive 2016 with our annual Year in Review:


  • Several tour dates had already been announced by mid-January with tickets going on sale later in the month
  • In an email to the Miami Herald, Jimmy shared a remembrance of his good friend Glenn Frey, who died in January


  • It was announced in early February that the Escape to Margaritaville musical will debut in San Diego in 2017
  • Jimmy made a surprise appearance at The Ryman in Nashville, teaming up with Jenny Lewis on a cover of “Handle With Care”
  • By mid-month, nearly every spring and summer show had been announced
  • Jimmy went for a demo ride in the new Icon A5 amphibious airplane


  • Jimmy and his wife Jane were spotted at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party
  • President Obama made a trip to Cuba in March and Jimmy also went along where he attended a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National team.


  • Our annual April Fools Joke, that Jimmy endorsed Donald Trump for president, hooked many BuffettWorld visitors. Later in the year, Buffett campaigned for Hillary Clinton

  • Jimmy played a private show at The Masters golf tournament
  • After North Carolina passed the controversial “bathroom bill,” Jimmy released a statement where he referred to it as a “stupid law” but said he’d still play his two planned shows in the state
  • Buffett played his first show of 2016 in Virginia Beach, VA. The show was considered a continuation of 2015’s Workin’ ‘N Playin’ Tour
  • Jimmy also played shows in Birmingham, Raleigh, and Charlotte
  • The governor of Mississippi signed into law a bill naming a stretch of Pascagoula beach after Jimmy


  • Jimmy kicked off the 2016 I Don’t Know Tour in Austin, Texas with a performance at Austin City Limits Live
  • Buffett implemented the “Door Number Three” contest where fans could vote on rare songs for Jimmy and the band to play each night
  • Alan Jackson joined Jimmy on stage at his show in Nashville where they sang “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” together
  • Shows were also played in Frisco, TX and Orange Beach, AL


  • Jimmy played shows in Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and a second Chicago show at the House of Blues
  • “Margaritaville” is inducted into Grammy’s Hall of Fame 2016
  • The Margaritaville Biloxi Resort opened


  • Jimmy opened his first Margaritaville in Texas with a location in San Antonio
  • Buffett attended the US premiere of the latest “Jason Bourne” film that his friend Frank Marshall produced
  • At the end of the month, Jimmy performed on The Today Show as part of their summer concert series


  • Jimmy caused a little bit of a stir in TV land when he said in an interview that Hawaii Five-O would be ending after the next season
  • Buffett played on the beach in Atlantic City to as estimated 20,000 parrotheads
  • Shows were also played at Boston’s House of Blues, Bangor, Mansfield MA, Pittsburgh, Wantagh NY, and Camden, NJ
  • At the Wyndham Championship golf tournament, Jimmy played at the temporary Margaritaville bar
  • The Margaritaville Casino in Tulsa opened its doors
  • Jimmy performed with Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in the Hamptons


  • The St Louis Cardinals hosted a Jimmy Buffett Night at Busch Stadium
  • A Margaritaville restaurant opens in the Mall of America in Minneapolis
  • Buffett played shows in Omaha, East Troy WI, and two gigs in Paris


  • Jimmy released “Tis The SeaSon,” his second holiday album, at the end of October
  • Buffett played shows at Red Rocks in Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego, Sacramento, and Irvine CA
  • After some west coast shows in October, Jimmy flew his jet north to Alaska and then on to Japan where he played a couple shows for service members stationed there

Surfing Okinawa!? That was cool

A photo posted by Jimmy Buffett (@jimmybuffett) on


  • On his way back from Japan, Buffett filmed some Hawaii Five-O scenes, reprising his role as helicopter pilot Frank Bama
  • Buffett performed at a Get Out The Vote Rally featuring vice president Joe Biden in St Petersburg, Florida the day before the election


  • Jimmy performed music from his new holiday album “Tis The SeaSon” on The Today Show
  • Buffett joined James Taylor and Sarah MacLachlan for a show in Brooklyn
  • On Christmas Day, Jimmy turned 70 years old

We hope you had a wonderful 2016! Thanks for visiting BuffettWorld and we’ll see you in the new year!

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Happy 70th Birthday to Jimmy Buffett

December 25th, 2016

It’s been seventy trips around the sun for Jimmy Buffett!

Born December 25th, 1946 to James Delaney Buffett and Mary Loraine, Jimmy shares his birthday with Humphrey Bogart, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Mandrell, Sissy Spacek, Annie Lennox, Justin Trudeau, Karl Rove, and Jesus of Nazareth.

Happy birthday Jimmy and Merry Christmas to all of you!

We’ll post a 2016 Buffett Year in Review soon!

Tagged in Personal/Family

Listen to Jimmy on SiriusXM Artist Confidential

December 21st, 2016

If you haven’t already heard it, you can catch Jimmy Buffett on SiriusXM’s Artist Confidential as it replays on Radio Margaritaville the next few days:

Wednesday 12/21 10am, 3pm, 9pm
Thursday 12/22 9am, 1pm, Midnight
Friday 12/23 10am, 11pm
Saturday 12/24 6am, Noon, 10pm
Sunday 12/25 7am, 7pm, Midnight

all times Eastern

Radio Margaritaville DJ Kirsten Winquist posted a blog entry about the recording:

A little behind the scenes on this session…our SiriusXM performance theater is lovingly called “the fishbowl” by staffers. It’s called this because it’s a 20’ x 20’ space enclosed entirely by glass and yes, we managed to fit Jimmy, the entire Coral Reefer Band PLUS instruments and ME into that small space. Now, despite the glass and the tight fit, the acoustics are incredible. My chair was squeezed into a corner about two feet from Mac McAnally’s face and maybe three feet from Jimmy’s. Being in a room that packed with amazing musicians and listening to the sound pouring from them in such close quarters is an experience that I will never forget! It reminded me why I started doing this radio thing and why I still love it so much.

Jimmy was jovial, talkative, and genuinely excited to be there performing for people. We had a small audience of SiriusXM subscribers and parrotheads (outside of the glass) there to enjoy the very intimate recording session with Jimmy. After performing four songs from ‘Tis The SeaSon and answering plenty of questions, Jimmy casually walked out of the fishbowl & chatted with people making sure to take a picture with every fan (and quite a few staffers) that had fought the chilly NY weather to see him perform.

Thank you, Jimmy and the Coral Reefer Band for joining us on a cold winter day to spread Holiday cheer and share your music with us!

Here are a couple videos from the recording:

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Buffett Says He’ll Play Wrigley Field in 2017

December 19th, 2016

Jimmy Buffett played two shows at Wrigley Field in 2005, and he’ll reportedly head back there in 2017 after the Cubs won the World Series this year.

A twitter friend that was listening to Radio Margaritaville heard Jimmy make the pronouncement.

The 2005 Wrigley Field shows were the first ever concerts at the landmark stadium. It took Buffett a decade to persuade the front office to hold a show there. The back-to-back gigs were wildly successful and a live DVD was released a year later: Live at Wrigley Field.

(hat tip Chris Remington)

Tagged in Sports, Tour Dates

Buffett #13 on Forbes Wealthiest Celebrity List

December 15th, 2016

Forbes has released its first ever list of America’s Wealthiest Celebrities and Jimmy Buffett is number 13 on the list with an estimated net worth of $550 million!

Key source of fortune: Margaritaville restaurants, hotels and casinos

Future growth: As long as people enjoy being drunk on the beach, expect the Margaritaville empire to continue to expand.

  1. George Lucas – $4.6 billion
  2. Steven Spielberg – $3.7 billion
  3. Oprah Winfrey – $2.8 billion
  4. Michael Jordan – $1.2 billion
  5. David Copperfield – $850 million
  6. Diddy – $750 million
  7. Tiger Woods – $740 million
  8. Dr. Dre – $710 million
  9. James Patterson – $700 million
  10. Jerry Seinfeld – $670 million
  11. Jay Z – $610 million
  12. Madonna – $560 million
  13. Jimmy Buffett – $550 million
  14. Bruce Springsteen – $460 million
  15. Howard Stern – $450 million
  16. Jon Bon Jovi – $410 million
  17. Rush Limbaugh – $400 million
  18. Phil Mickelson – $375 million
  19. Barbara Streisand – $370 million
  20. Kathy Ireland – $360 million

Tagged in Business Empire