Fresh off a New Year’s Eve stint in New York City, Jimmy Buffett heads to New Orleans next week to headline a charity event:
Some top names in the worlds of food and music are coming to town next week, tapped by a team of New Orleans chefs to support a pair of local causes.
The occasion is the Bal Masque, the first major event from the Link Stryjewski Foundation, created by chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, the chef/partners in Cochon, Peche Seafood Grill and other restaurants.
The event takes the form of a top-dollar costumed Carnival ball, held at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 9, with Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band headlining and Mario Batali among a brigade of big-name chefs serving the food. Tickets are $1,000 each.
While masks are required for guests at the party, the event’s goals are undisguised, and they’re aimed at one of the city’s most starkly blatant needs.
The Link Stryjewski Foundation was created “to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans,” according to the foundation’s mission statement.
You’ve probably seen it on your ticket stub for Jimmy Buffett shows… price includes “$1 for SFC.” But you probably don’t know what Jimmy’s charitable foundation Singing For Change actually does.
InsidePhilanthropy.com has a rundown of Singing For Change and the charities that it supports.
The main beneficiaries? Environmental projects, humanitarian and disaster relief, and youth and human services.
Read the full rundown for more details on Singing for Change.
Last Saturday Jimmy Buffett surprised Wounded Warriors and the Metro Parrothead Club by playing a few tunes at a local fundraiser.
As you know, Parrot Heads have many distinct characteristics, including the ability to phlock to the front of, well, anything. METRO was center-stage and ready for the great music of Nancy Atlas and her band, The Nancy Atlas Project, and then the opening act walked out on stage. Jimmy Buffett appeared to entertain the Warriors and we all shared the fun!
Jimmy rocked the Square with opening song, “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” but then paused when he spotted a few children selling chances to win tickets to his show at Jones Beach. He purchased, and donated, ‘5 for $20’.
See more pictures and read the full story at troprockin.com.
Jimmy Buffett announced a show at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Texas just a week ago, and between then and Tuesday the city received historic rainfall that caused widespread flooding. The show went on as scheduled, and Buffett donated the proceeds of the ticket sales to Austin charities for flood relief.
Since Buffett usually plays outdoor sheds of around 15,000, C3 Presents instituted a smart policy for the 2,200-capacity show: Each ticket holder had to pick up at will-call and then immediately enter the venue. As a result, the atmosphere was warm and festive on the Stubb’s lawn, as an all-ages crowd awaited its frivolous and fearless party leader.
Buffett wasted no time getting into his show. He walked on at 8 pm sharp, outfitted casually in a purple T-shirt and the brightest yellow shorts ever worn by man. The yacht rocker’s band barely fit on the Stubb’s stage.
An 11-piece outfit found him flanked by backup singers, a horns section, and seven-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally as a vocal and guitar foil. The move is a smart one: Buffett has always been more of a songwriter and ringleader than a singer, and the big band helped bring his well-honed odes to escapism into brighter focus.
After opening with hit “License To Chill,” Buffett discussed Monday’s flooding and mentioned that the band had decided to leave the night’s ticket proceeds (likely around $200,000) in the hands of Austin charities to help with flood recovery.
Read the full article here.
Check out the set list from the show here.
Jimmy continues the 2015 Workin’ ‘n Playin’ Tour on Thursday in Houston. He’ll hit Frisco, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Kansas City on this leg of the tour. Get your tickets now!
Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally dropped into the Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute back in March:
The biennial Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute started with a literal bang at its dinner dance, which took place March 30 at The Mar-a-Lago Club.
Rebecca Williams was chairwoman for the evening, which, after the SEAL drop, moved to the ballroom where Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally performed a moving God Bless America before they, too, slipped off unseen into the night. Margery McCloskey and Jane Woodman were co-chairwomen.
The evening also included dinner and remarks from Jessica Buchanan, a kidnapped aid worker who was rescued by SEALs, and from Rear Adm. Scott Moore, who commanded several rescue operations in Afghanistan and off the coast of Somalia.
More than 650 people attended the event, which raised more than $1 million for the Navy SEAL Foundation and for the Navy SEAL Museum, Trident House and Memorial.
Jimmy Buffett was in Tallahassee Tuesday morning and performed an acoustic set with Robert Greenidge and Mac McAnally as part of the Everglades Action Day rally at the state capitol.
Buffett also met with members of the Florida state senate while he was in town:
The Tallahassee Democrat has more on the rally:
Environmentalists from across Florida are expected to make their way to the Capitol to push for efforts to save the Everglades, including a proposed state purchase of thousands of acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee owned by U.S. Sugar.
Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Coalition, said the organization is asking lawmakers to purchase 46,800 acres of land to store and treat water from Lake Okeechobee, which is polluted by farming activities. Right now, the U.S. Corps of Engineers diverts billions of gallons of water from the lake to the west and east, into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, causing toxic algae outbreaks, health warnings, fish kills, job losses and depressed home values, he said.
By buying the land, the water could return to its natural flow south, recharging the aquifer that supplies drinking water to eight million Floridians. Buying the land would cost an estimated $350 million to $500 million. An option for the state to buy the land expires on Oct. 12.