Jimmy Buffett 2016 Year in Review

posted December 28th, 2016 at 4:35 pm

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by Josh Martin

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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