Margaritaville is Back in Biloxi

June 28th, 2016

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is back with a presence in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Jimmy Buffett again has a presence in Biloxi, and a crowd turned out Thursday to open the new Margaritaville Resort Biloxi.

Buffett was about to go on stage at a concert in Indianapolis and couldn’t attend the ribbon-cutting, but sent a message.

“Well, as you might guess, I am very excited about this latest and greatest Biloxi project,” Buffett wrote. “It has been a long and sometimes trying adventure to get the right kind of place in Biloxi and I couldn’t be happier with this great project, its location and your involvement,” he told the developers.

“On the water is what I always wanted,” he said of the location — the former Casino Magic, which hasn’t been open in the 11 years since Hurricane Katrina.

“The added attraction of the landing on Deer island is something that really strikes home,” said Buffett, who was born in Pascagoula and played his first professional gig in Biloxi.

Buffett said he hopes to get to the new resort for a quick visit in July and definitely for Saints games and angling for redfish.

Margaritaville Resort Biloxi offers games for all ages and a volcano climbing wall that “erupts” periodically in the Margaritaville restaurant as climbers enter through the floor. There are several other restaurants as well, and for those who stay in one of the 373 hotel rooms or suites, water views and sunsets, and access to the waterpark and lazy river, which will open Friday.

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Buffett Musical Gets Name and Tony-winning Creative Team

June 27th, 2016

More details were unveiled on Monday for the upcoming Jimmy Buffett musical, now titled “Escape to Margaritaville.”

A world premiere in California is set for Jimmy Buffett’s musical, which has just brought aboard some accomplished Broadway veterans.

“The musical, now titled ‘Escape to Margaritaville,’ will feature choreography by Kelly Devine (‘Rocky’), scenic design by Walt Spangler (‘Tuck Everlasting’), costumes by Paul Tazewell (‘Hamilton’), lighting by Howell Binkley (‘Hamilton’) and sound design by Brian Ronan (‘If/Then’),” the AP reports. “The show, combining Buffett’s tunes with an original story by writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, will start grooving onstage in May 2017 at La Jolla Playhouse. Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley will direct.”

According to Hollywood Reporter, the musical will begin previews on May 16, 2017, ahead of its opening night on May 28, and will play through June 25 at La Jolla in San Diego.

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Margaritaville Holdings CEO Talks Business and Buffett

June 19th, 2016

John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville Holdings, recently gave an interview to Bloomberg Business where he gave some insights into Jimmy Buffett’s empire of restaurants, resorts, merchandise, and more. 

Cohlan revealed that Margaritaville did over $1.5 billion in sales in 2015 and is growing at about 20% annually.

Watch the video below:

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New Buffett Christmas Album Coming

June 8th, 2016

It appears a new Jimmy Buffett Christmas album is in the works. In the same article about “Margaritaville” being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a sound engineer spills the beans:

Alan Schulman, who has been engineering and mixing Buffett recordings since 1997, agreed with McAnally’s assessment.

“It has a lot to do with a lifestyle,” Schulman said. “It projects the sun, the ocean flip-flops. He kind of lives like that. He’s a fun man to be around. I think what it does is it gives people a chance to have a different lifestyle from their normal jobs a couple times a year, to go to a Jimmy concert and feel like they’re on the beach.”

Schulman said he was just booked to engineer a new Buffett Christmas album.

Jimmy’s first and only holiday album, Christmas Island, was released in 1996.

(hat tip Jeff)

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Buffett Adds Chicago House of Blues Show

June 8th, 2016

Jimmy Buffett has added another tour date to his 2016 I Don’t Know Tour:

Chicago, IL
Thursday, June 16th, 2016
House of Blues

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 10th at 10am through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices are $136.

Check out all of Jimmy’s 2016 tour dates.

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