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Pittsburgh Concertgoers to Receive Refund, Sort of

posted July 10th, 2018 at 10:54 am

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by Josh Martin

Due to a bottleneck at security lines getting into Saturday night’s concert at KeyBank Pavilion in Pittsburgh, many fans were very late getting into the Jimmy Buffett show. Live Nation will be offering refunds in the form of “concert cash”:

Fans who did not pass through the gates of the Buggettstown venue by 8:25 p.m. will receive “concert cash” equal to the value of their Ticketmaster tickets, according to a statement Tuesday from Live Nation, the concert promoter handling shows at KeyBank Pavilion.

The statement did not say how fans will be notified of their refund. Live Nation has encouraged fans to reach out to Ticketmaster Fan Support at 1-800-653-8000 in the past.

Long lines stretched from the venue’s gates as the show started Saturday evening. Many fans reported waiting outside for hours and not getting inside until the show was nearly over.

Buffett’s fans, known as Parrot Heads, have demanded refunds. The concert cash can be used for other shows at KeyBank Pavilion or at any other Live Nation venue in the country. Ticket prices ranged from $50 for a lawn seat to $150 for reserved seating.

Live Nation has been absolutely silent on what caused the long lines outside the venue or what the company is doing to ensure it does not happen again. The company issued an apology Sunday and pledged to work hard to prevet it from happening again.



Tagged in Parrotheads, Touring



Buffett Caddies at Women’s Open Practice Round

posted July 9th, 2018 at 9:44 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was at the Women’s US Open practice round on Monday where he caddied for his niece.

The 71-year-old musician was on hand Monday for a U.S. Senior Women’s Open practice round and appeared to actually serve as a caddie for competitor Patricia Ehrhart.

It’s convenient for Buffett, as the tournament is being contested at Chicago Golf Club (from July 12-15) and he’ll be performing at Wrigley Field on Friday (with a Tuesday gig in Cincinnati in between).

But there’s more than just the matter of convenience: Ehrhart is Buffett’s niece.



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Watch Buffett’s Performance on ‘A Capitol Fourth’

posted July 5th, 2018 at 1:50 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett performed Wednesday night on PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth” program from Washington, DC. The cast of ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ performed a medley of songs from the musical with Jimmy joining them at the end to perform “Margaritaville.” He later joined the Beach Boys for a couple of songs.

As if The Beach Boys performing at this year’s A Capitol Fourth on PBS wasn’t enough of a treat itself, the band decided to collaborate with special guests Jimmy Buffett and John Stamos for a medley of hits last night (July 4).

The stars had clear chemistry on stage together, not missing a beat. The former Full House star rocked out on a red, white, and blue electric guitar, while Buffett looked relaxed as ever while strumming an acoustic guitar on the last two tracks.

The full broadcast is available to watch below:

Jimmy introduces the cast of ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ to sing a medley of songs – 13:15
Jimmy sings “Margaritaville” – 18:10
Jimmy joins the Beach Boys – 1:07:00




Tagged in Special Appearances, Television



Buffett to Appear on Upcoming Kenny Chesney Album

posted June 17th, 2018 at 5:17 pm

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by Josh Martin

Kenny Chesney has recruited a couple of his island friends for his upcoming album Songs for the Saints that will be released on July 27th. All proceeds from the album will go to Kenny’s foundation Love for Love City for hurricane relief in the Virgin Islands.

Kenny and Jimmy recorded a collaboration of “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season” for the album.

“Each one of them has a tie to my life in the islands, but also reflect some piece of what we’re trying to do,” he shared in a recent press release. “Ziggy Marley, and his family’s legacy, holds so much truth for all of the people I know down there. Mindy Smith’s ‘Come To Jesus’ was an album I lived with from morning to night when I was first going down there – and her voice sounds like an angel. And Jimmy, more than the lost shaker of salt, understands the poetry of the islands beyond what tourists see, the life in a way that made a song written decades ago so current. I’m honored they also want to help.”

Here’s the full track list:

  1. Songs for the Saints
  2. Every Heart
  3. Get Along
  4. Pirate Song
  5. Love for Love City (with Ziggy Marley)
  6. Ends Of The Earth
  7. Gulf Moon
  8. Island Rain
  9. Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season (with Jimmy Buffett)
  10. We’re All Here
  11. Better Boat (featuring Mindy Smith)

Pre-order the album now at Amazon or iTunes.


Tagged in Albums, Related Artists



Buffett to Perform on ‘A Capitol Fourth’

posted June 3rd, 2018 at 12:02 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett will perform on the PBS Independence Day program ‘A Capitol Fourth':

“A Capitol Fourth,” the annual PBS concert on the Fourth of July, will showcase Jimmy Buffett, the Beach Boys, the Temptations, gospel superstar CeCe Winans and violinist Joshua Bell this year.

John Stamos returns as host for the telecast at 8 p.m. on the nation’s 242nd birthday, the program announced Thursday.

Opera great Renée Fleming will perform “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from “Carousel” to honor service men and women. She is starring in the current Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Other performers include artist Pentatonix, country singer-songwriter Luke Combs and “American Idol” alum Lauren Alaina. Additional performers will be announced.

The National Symphony Orchestra will perform under the direction of conductor Jack Everly in the concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Buffett will perform with the Broadway cast of “Escape to Margaritaville,” which will start a national tour.

This year will be the 38th annual broadcast of “A Capitol Fourth,” which concludes with the traditional rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with live cannon fire supplied by the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery.

The concert can be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide, and it will be live-streamed on PBS, You Tube, Facebook and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth, It will be available as Video on Demand from July 4 to July 18, 2018.


Tagged in Special Appearances, Television



‘Escape to Margaritaville’ to End Broadway Run

posted May 30th, 2018 at 7:04 pm

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by Josh Martin

The Jimmy Buffett musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ will end its Broadway run on July 1st:

The Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical Escape to Margaritaville has announced a July 1 closing date, ending its Broadway run after just four months.

Produced by Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams, the romantic comedy set in a Caribbean island getaway threatened by an erupting volcano has been a modest earner at the box office since it began previews in February, suggesting that Manhattan is not a high-density Parrothead metropolis. Total grosses to date are $9.7 million.

While some had speculated that the production might hang on through the summer to attract the tourist crowd who are more likely to be Buffett fans, the box office in recent weeks indicated that the show was running at a significant loss, last week slipping to just 33 percent of its potential gross.

Producers have announced a road company kicking off in October 2019 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Despite some love from the critics for guitar-strumming lead Paul Alexander Nolan, who makes an appealing Buffett stand-in, the production came away empty-handed in Tony Award nominations, which is frequently a sign that an under-performing show’s life on Broadway will be terminated. The fact that it hung on for more than a month after nominations were announced suggests producers are using Broadway as a branding opportunity in the hopes of recouping in the regions.

Escape to Margaritaville will have played 29 previews and 124 regular performances by the time it closes.



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