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Buffett to Headline Miami Marine Stadium Fundraiser Tonight

posted January 8th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett will be in Miami on Thursday night to co-headline an event with Gloria Estefan aimed at resuscitating Miami Marine Stadium, the site of his 1985 concert video Live By The Bay.

From the Miami Herald:

“I have my shameless promoter hat on now,’’ Buffett says, laughing as he exercises his fertile imagination on behalf of his latest cause: Helping to bring the iconic but weatherworn, graffiti-covered stadium on Virginia Key back to life after a prolonged dormancy of more than 20 years.

Buffett’s in league with another Miami musical icon, singer Gloria Estefan, the official face of a campaign to resuscitate the publicly owned stadium, which just turned 50 and is widely regarded as a cultural and architectural treasure.

Concerts at the marine stadium marked signal moments in the early careers of both stars, and they’re repaying the favor with a joint appearance Thursday at a sold-out fundraiser for the rescue effort at the Coral Gables Museum. After a talk-show-style Q&A with Estefan and NBC6 anchor Jackie Nespral as host, Buffett will do a few tunes with longtime steel-drum accompanist Robert Greenidge.

“The marine stadium was a pretty special place, and Miami’s always been great to me, so why not?’’ Buffett said, speaking from his Palm Beach County home. “I’m in the fun business and things that make people happy. The first time I played it, I fell in love with it. How could you not? You’re on a floating stage surrounded by people in boats, and those incredible sunsets. It was such a unique place to play in.”

Jimmy’s most vivid memory from playing at Miami Marine Stadium?

The time he jumped from the barge that served as a stage into the scrum of swimmers, boaters and floaters in the water at the end of one especially sweaty performance. He had played two shows, which had been preceded by a 56-piece steel-drum band from Trinidad, the Desperadoes.

“I remember very vividly,” Buffett said. “It was the perfect opening act. It put people in a rather festive mood. It was like being in a water carnival. There was space between the barge and the first seats in the grandstand. There were people swimming in there. It was not out of control exactly, but it was rockin’.

“No one expected that diversified amount of floating objects from large yachts to inner tubes. The size of the crowd in the water was amazing.

“It was also extremely hot. At one point, I told my stage manager, ‘When this thing’s over, take my guitar, because I’m goin’ in.’”


photo Beth Odle / The Parrot Head Handbook


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Storm Dampens Philippines Charity Show

posted December 16th, 2013 at 10:01 am

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by Josh Martin

The charity show that Jimmy Buffett was added to at the last minute raised over $1.7 million despite being dampened by thunderstorms:

The live television broadcast of the concert was canceled because the outdoor venue on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village was rained out by a thunder storm.

But organizers moved the concert indoors and broadcasted on radio and the Internet with KSSK morning radio hosts Michael W. Perry and Larry Price.

Not all of the scheduled acts were able to perform, but several did and major Hawaii companies and corporations made good on pre-planned pledges.

By the time the broadcast went off the air just after 4:30 p.m., organizers said they raised $1,758,386.42. Phone lines were still collecting donations until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Buffett performed with ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro.


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Jimmy Buffett Added to Philippines Benefit Concert Today

posted December 15th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

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by Josh Martin

According to a few of the media outlets that will broadcast the event, Jimmy Buffett has been added to the Kokua For The Philippines benefit show that is being held today.

The charity concert and telethon benefits the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and airs live from the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki from 12pm – 5pm HST (5pm – 10pm EST) at kokuaforthephilippines.com.

You can donate by calling 1-855-905-6582.

“Kokua for the Philippines,” a Hawaii-based radio, television and Internet benefit concert for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, will be held on Sunday, Dec.15, 2013 from noon to 5 p.m. The event, staged by Clear Channel Media + Entertainment Hawaii and Oceanic Time Warner Cable, will take place at the Great Lawn at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort and will be broadcast live on local radio and television stations and via the Internet. Producers from Ohana Broadcast Company, Kapono Inc., and Island Film Group will oversee the production with production services provided by NEP Supershooters. Proceeds from the phone bank and on-site gifts will be donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

“The people of Hawaii are so intertwined with our Pacific neighbors in the Philippines, that stepping up and supporting them during this time of great need is simply the right thing to do,” said Chuck Cotton, Vice President and General Manager of Clear Channel Media + Entertainment/Hawaii. “Some of Hawaii’s top entertainers will be coming together for an afternoon of songs, laughter and inspiration.”


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WhyHunger Auctions Buffett Items for Charity

posted December 9th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

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by Josh Martin

WhyHunger, a NYC-based nonprofit that fights hunger and supports sustainable agriculture across the country has just kicked off their annual Hungerthon and there are a few exciting Jimmy Buffett item up for auction.

A fan package that includes:

  • 2 VIP tickets to a 2014 concert
  • Autographed memorabilia
  • Guest DJ spot on Radio Margaritaville

There’s also a surfboard signed by Buffett and pro surfer Tom Curren.

The auctions end on 12/12 so get your bids in now!


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Buffett Performs at Yacht Restoration School Gala

posted July 9th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was in Rhode Island over the weekend to raise money for the International Yacht Restoration School:

The International Yacht Restoration School raised $885,000 at its annual summer gala on July 6, sponsored by Jaguar and Fidelity Investments. The event included a performance by Jimmy Buffett and his band.

Earl and Elizabeth McMillen of McMillen Yachts were co-chairpersons of the event.

The International Yacht Restoration School has facilities in Newport and Bristol and offers educational programs in boat building and restoration, marine systems, and composites technology.



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Buffett to Play Another Benefit Show in Boston

posted June 13th, 2013 at 7:55 am

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by Josh Martin

Two days before he plays the Comcast Center, Jimmy Buffett will play an intimate show at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston to benefit The One Fund.

On June 20, surf rocker Jimmy Buffett will perform a special show to benefit The One Fund, which raises money for survivors of the April 15 bombings and the families of those killed in the attack. Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform at 8 p.m. June 20, at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, LiveNation announced today.

Tickets are priced at $99 and go on sale Friday, June 14th at Noon ET through TicketMaster.


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