Jimmy Buffett was a surprise guest at The Ryman in Nashville on Saturday, teaming up with Jenny Lewis on a cover of “Handle With Care.”
“I’ve been hanging around Nashville for 45 years,” said Jimmy. “I used to go to the Ryman and cover shows when I worked for Billboard and have seen many great performances recently, but had never played there until Saturday night. Thanks Jenny Lwis for making the first appearance so special and letting me join the band! That said, do I get per diem?”
Jimmy Buffett was in South Florida on Saturday afternoon to perform for the official grand opening of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort.
photo by Shannon Kaestle for Miami Herald
As the sun dropped and the rain drifted out to sea, thousands of people massed along the Broadwalk in front of Margaritaville for the official grand opening of the Buffett-themed resort that now stands as the beach’s new centerpiece. The $150 million attraction offers more than just 349 rooms, eight bars and a spa — it’s also a beacon of hope that this snowbird paradise will at last become a first-class tourist destination.
“Let’s put the top down on this place!” Buffett shouted to kick off the one and a half-hour free concert.
The high-tech, slickly produced Live Nation Jimmy Buffett concert production — bigger and louder than anything Hollywood beach has ever seen before — was greeted by veteran Parrotheads and Hollywood locals but did not come without controversy; residents took to social media in the days before to decry what some criticized as a VIP-only exclusive event.
But most of the stage was visible, and by the time Buffett took the stage at 4:30 p.m. it was already 5 o’clock somewhere. The complaints had, for the most part, been drowned down with a few beers, some shots of tequila and Buffett magic.
Jimmy Buffett will head to south Florida on Saturday to perform at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort.
The chief Parrothead himself — Jimmy Buffett — will perform Saturday at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort as part of its grand opening festivities, a hotel spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.
Buffett is expected to perform between 4 and 6 p.m. in the iconic band shell along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk — now under management of the 349-room resort that opened in September.
Only registered hotel guests and special invitees will be able to attend the concert, but beachgoers should be able to view Buffett’s performance on digital monitors erected around the bandshell, the hotel spokeswoman said.
Rooms are still available at the hotel for the weekend for people interested in taking in Buffett’s performance. Rates start at $399 a night, which will include a Margaritaville Beach Party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jimmy Buffett has made his way across the Atlantic for his two shows in Paris this weekend. On Wednesday evening he stopped by The American Library:
The king of the parrotheads is back in Paris this week. He charmed fans at the American Library last evening and will play Saturday and Sunday at La Cigale. And we’re happy to have him here—the eternal inspiration for how to live a happy life.