Jimmy Buffett announced today a surprise show at the Belly Up in San Diego on Tuesday, March 28th:
History does repeat, at least when it comes to Jimmy Buffett and the Belly Up.
The tropical-pop troubadour and his band, The Coral Reefers, will perform at the Belly Up Tuesday as a warm-up date for their April 1 concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Tickets go on sale at noon today, Thursday, online only.
In 2013, Buffett and his band played at the 600-seat Belly Up as a warm-up date for their subsequent show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
All tickets are priced at $95, plus service charges. They will be available only online through frontgatetickets.com.
This will be Buffett’s third San Diego concert in barely seven months.
Last September, he and the Coral Reefers drew an overflow crowd to their opening night performance at the 2016 KAABOO Del Mar festival.
He and his band returned in October for their first show at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay since 1984. It, too, sold out in an instant and drew an audience that included San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his wife, Katherine.
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(hat tip Chuck)
Stars and Stripes has a great interview with Jimmy Buffett that they conducted backstage at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.
On why he came to play the free shows:
We’ve been doing shows around the world for quite a while and it was kind of a unique situation. My friend Caroline Kennedy, when she became [United States ambassador to Japan], she’s kind of a force of nature, so she got out here and she said, “You need to come while I’m here and do this.” And I’d never been to Japan.
Also, I have a lot of great friends in the Navy. You join the Navy and see the world, you can join this band and see the world — and it’s a great thrill to let people see a show that normally wouldn’t be able to get to one.
We have a lot of fans here, and I didn’t realize that. I thought when we came to Okinawa there’d be a couple hundred people. We had 11,000 people. We opened it up not just to the Navy, we opened it up to the town, too. I think everybody’s appreciative of that.
On his military connections:
I come from a family of sailors. My dad was a flyer in WWII. The rest of them, my grandfather and all my uncles, were in the Navy. At one point I came close to becoming a naval aviator, but then the guitar came along. So I think I kind of maneuvered it with friends that I had, and I was lucky enough to meet some very cool people. In the ‘80s I wound up trading shows for [catapult] shots basically. So I’ve been off the boat in a [F-14 Tomcat] and in an A-4 [Skyhawk].
Two of my best friends and roommates in college were naval aviators. I always stay in touch with them; they live in San Diego now. I’m still a pilot. I fly a Falcon 900LX and a [Cessna] Caravan seaplane. Landing in the East River [New York] is really fun.
On seeing Japan:
This sparked my interest to come back. I have a little place in Hawaii, and I’ll be in Australia in March. I’d like to come snowboarding [in Japan] and I’d like to see the countryside. There were nice waves in Okinawa … I might go back there. It would be certainly worth coming back.
In the works:
I have a travel book — it started about two to three years ago when I went to China. I’m working on that, and hopefully I’ll try to finish that up this year. And then we have the play, the “Margaritaville” musical, which has been an ongoing thing we’ve been working on for six years. It’s actually opening in La Jolla [Calif.] in April. We’ll do it there and then take it on the road, and in about a year we’ll go to Broadway with it. But it’s fun because it’s little more diverse. I should go back and do an album soon — when it comes to me I’ll go. It’s been fun for me to do some other things.
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Jimmy Buffett has been in Japan over the last week where he played for US troops on Okinawa. See photos from his trip below:
Jimmy Buffett performed with Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney in the Hamptons at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night.
A pool report from @evanhalper gives the set list and details from the event:
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino and restaurant opened its doors on Thursday in Tulsa, and officials said that Jimmy will play at the new theater in late January:
Jimmy Buffett is tentatively set to play the new showroom at Margaritaville on Jan. 28, Creek Nation officials announced Thursday during the grand opening for the casino.
The resort will feature a 2,500-seat concert venue.
The new 50,000-square-foot Margaritaville casino is the first part of the resort to open. A 483-room hotel hotel will open inl December; the theater and the outdoor area next to the river will be ready in 2017.
Jimmy Buffett jetted into Greensboro, NC on Monday and played one song at the temporary Margaritaville bar that was set up at the Wyndham Championship golf tournament:
The crowd gathered a little before 4 p.m. in the hot, open-air Margaritaville bar set up in front of Sedgefield Country Club’s stately Tudor clubhouse for the Wyndham Championship.
A few hundred people listened and sang along with “20 Ride,” a Zac Brown tribute band from Charlotte. But they were waiting for more. Word was out: Jimmy Buffett would visit this temporary bar based on his chain of 24 permanent Margaritavilles in the U.S., Mexico and Carribean.
“He just popped in,” Wyndham tournament director Mark Brazil said. “He and the (executives) from Wyndham have gotten to be good friends. … He wanted to come out and see this Margaritaville because he’s seen the Wyndham beach on TV, and he wanted to get a look at what we’re doing. He was pretty blown away by it all.”
It was a whirlwind trip, a pit-stop in the middle of a longer trip, and Buffett was in Greensboro for less than two hours.
At last Buffett came out of the clubhouse and into the heat, ambling toward the stage. It was 5 o’clock. Of course. Because it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.
Buffett was dressed for business: light blue shorts, a pink polo shirt, and battered blue Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers with no laces. His curly gray hair poked out from beneath a white Navy Sailing baseball cap, his eyes hidden behind gold-framed aviator sunglasses with dark brown lenses.
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(hat tip Tim)