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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.



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Buffett Kicks Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour Off in KC

posted May 20th, 2018 at 3:47 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett kicked off his new 2018 Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour on Saturday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. (The previous 2018 shows have been billed as a continuation of 2017’s I Don’t Know Tour.

View the set list from the show here.

The Kansas City Star has a review of the show: Maiden voyage of sailor-themed Jimmy Buffett tour is a pleasure cruise in Kansas City

Jimmy Buffett’s nautical-themed concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City took about 15,000 giddy passengers on a two-hour pleasure cruise on Saturday.

During the opening night of his Son of a Son of a Sailor tour, Buffett, 71, proudly proclaimed that “it’s actually true- I am the son of a son of a sailor.”

The added assurance wasn’t necessary. The storied singer-songwriter is beloved for his shaggy-dog stories, such as the woozy 1977 smash-hit “Margaritaville.”

His devotees are less like fans than members of a colorful cult of gregarious fun-lovers. Many enthusiasts in Saturday’s audience wore wacky costumes or Hawaiian shirts with leis.

Read the full article here.


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Buffett Performs at New Orleans Jazz Fest

posted April 29th, 2018 at 9:06 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on Sunday with his Acoustic Airmen and special guest Jake Shimabukuro.

New Orleans Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis introduced Jimmy Buffett’s close-out set on the Acura stage on Sunday (April 29) by saying, “This guy makes the world a little happier.”

For the next hour and a half, Buffett proved his point. Beach balls flew through the air, polka dotting the blue sky with primary colors. Hawaiian shirts clung to sweaty bodies. Parrothead hats bobbed to the beat. Vintage Buffett — and everyone, including the barefoot guy on stage, was eating it up.

For his 12th time at Jazz Fest (not counting his many guest appearances over the years), Buffett performed with the Acoustic Airmen, an all-start group of players that included Country Music Association Musician of the Year Mac McAnally along with Robert Greenidge, Eric Darken, Nadirah Shakoor and Tina Gullickson. Louisiana’s own Sonny Landreth joined on slide guitar, and Jake Shimabukuro stole the show on ukulele.

At one point, Buffett put down his guitar and walked aside, abdicating the stage to Shimabukuro and Greenidge as they performed “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on ukulele and steel drums.

The Times Picayune has some photos from the show:

(Photos by Chris Granger, NOLA.com)

Buffett’s next show is May 19th in Kansas City. There’s still time to get tickets to see Jimmy during his 2018 tour.


Tagged in Show Reviews, Special Appearances, Touring



Huey Lewis Cancels Tour Appearances Due to Hearing Loss

posted April 13th, 2018 at 6:53 pm

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by Josh Martin

Huey Lewis was set to play some shows this summer again with Jimmy Buffett, but in a note posted on his website he revealed that he will not make any tour appearances due to hearing loss:

Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing. Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing. The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible to find pitch. I’ve been to the House Ear Institute, the Stanford Ear Institute, and the Mayo Clinic, hoping to find an answer. The doctors believe I have Meniere’s disease and have agreed that I can’t perform until I improve. Therefore the only prudent thing to do is to cancel all future shows. Needless to say, I feel horrible about this, and wish to sincerely apologize to all the fans who’ve already bought tickets and were planning to come see us. I’m going to concentrate on getting better, and hope that one day soon I’ll be able to perform again. Sincerely, Huey

Best wishes to Huey on his recovery!


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2018 Tour Kicks Off Tonight in Baltimore

posted March 30th, 2018 at 3:40 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett heads back out on the road tonight for the first leg of the 2018 Tour!

He’ll perform tonight at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland at 8:00pm. Watch the show live on Margaritaville.tv or listen on Radio Margaritaville.

This first leg of the tour takes Jimmy to Baltimore, Charlottesville, Charleston, Charlotte, Orlando, Atlanta, Miami, and the New Orleans Jazz Fest.

There’s plenty of time to get tickets to these shows at Ticketmaster or Ticketnetwork.

The shows through April are part of the I Don’t Know Tour, a continuation of last year’s tour. The Kansas City show on May 19th is the first show of the new Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour.


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Buffett Performs at Naval Academy, Honored with Navy Award

posted March 28th, 2018 at 8:25 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was in Annapolis on Wednesday rehearsing for the upcoming 2018 tour at the Naval Academy.

While there, Vice Admiral Ted Carter, superintendent of the Naval Academy, presented Jimmy with the Navy’s Superior Public Service Award for his support of the men and women of the Navy over the years, including concerts, personal appearances, and support that “directly impacted the quality of life for the men, women, and families of the Department of the Navy.”




Tagged in Awards, Charitable Causes, Touring



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