Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” is not only known around the world as a song and a brand, it’s now being used in federal court!
A Virginia man who wants to open a tattoo parlor in Key West can thank Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” for helping him with his latest court case.
City officials twice referenced the song in opposition to Brad Buehrle’s proposal for a new tattoo shop, saying drunken tourists would be more likely to get tattoos and then regret it if more ink shops were open in Key West’s historic district.
But the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said the city misunderstood the song lyrics in which the narrator reflects on a brand new tattoo – but how the “Mexican cutie” got there, “I haven’t a clue.”
The judges wrote in a footnote to their ruling that the character in the song deems his new tattoo “a real beauty” and seems far from embarrassed about it.
The appeals court ruled last week that the city failed to show that more tattoo shops would erode the historic district’s “character and fabric,” The Key West Citizen reported.
According to the ruling, the city feared that “rash tourists will obtain regrettable tattoos, leading to negative association with Key West.”
Tattoo parlors were banned within Key West city limits until 2007, when the city amended zoning rules to allow a limited number of them.
Currently, two tattoo shops operate there and “the city concedes the absence of any ill effect as a result” of them, according to the ruling.
Jimmy Buffett’s upcoming musical “Escape to Margaritaville” will make additional stops this year on its way to Broadway in 2018.
The show will have its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, CA, in May 2017.
The current engagements are as follows:
May 9–June 25, world premiere
La Jolla Playhouse
Mandell Weiss Theatre
2910 La Jolla Village Drive La Jolla, CA
October 20–28, pre-Broadway tour premiere
East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans
1111 Canal Street New Orleans, LA
October 31–November 5
BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center
800 Bagby Street Houston, TX
November 9–December 3
Broadway In Chicago
24 West Randolph Chicago, IL
“It’s always been a dream of mine to make it to Broadway!” said Buffett in a statement. “After our world premiere this May in La Jolla, we’ll set sail from California on a pre-Broadway national tour stopping first in the city that gave me my start-New Orleans, then to some of my other favorites—Houston and Chicago—before arriving at that port of all ports, Broadway and New York City.”
As previously reported, Christopher Ashley, the Tony-nominated director behind Memphis and The Rocky Horror Show, will direct the new musical, which features an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl) and Mike O’Malley (Survivor’s Remorse, Shameless).
Another year is nearly in the books and for parrotheads it saw another busy tour from Jimmy, multiple Margaritaville restaurant and resort openings, a new Christmas album, and a special birthday milestone. Relive 2016 with our annual Year in Review:
Several tour dates had already been announced by mid-January with tickets going on sale later in the month
In an email to the Miami Herald, Jimmy shared a remembrance of his good friend Glenn Frey, who died in January
It was announced in early February that the Escape to Margaritaville musical will debut in San Diego in 2017
Jimmy made a surprise appearance at The Ryman in Nashville, teaming up with Jenny Lewis on a cover of “Handle With Care”
By mid-month, nearly every spring and summer show had been announced
Jimmy went for a demo ride in the new Icon A5 amphibious airplane
Jimmy and his wife Jane were spotted at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party
President Obama made a trip to Cuba in March and Jimmy also went along where he attended a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National team.
It’s been seventy trips around the sun for Jimmy Buffett!
Born December 25th, 1946 to James Delaney Buffett and Mary Loraine, Jimmy shares his birthday with Humphrey Bogart, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Mandrell, Sissy Spacek, Annie Lennox, Justin Trudeau, Karl Rove, and Jesus of Nazareth.
Happy birthday Jimmy and Merry Christmas to all of you!
Radio Margaritaville DJ Kirsten Winquist posted a blog entry about the recording:
A little behind the scenes on this session…our SiriusXM performance theater is lovingly called “the fishbowl” by staffers. It’s called this because it’s a 20’ x 20’ space enclosed entirely by glass and yes, we managed to fit Jimmy, the entire Coral Reefer Band PLUS instruments and ME into that small space. Now, despite the glass and the tight fit, the acoustics are incredible. My chair was squeezed into a corner about two feet from Mac McAnally’s face and maybe three feet from Jimmy’s. Being in a room that packed with amazing musicians and listening to the sound pouring from them in such close quarters is an experience that I will never forget! It reminded me why I started doing this radio thing and why I still love it so much.
Jimmy was jovial, talkative, and genuinely excited to be there performing for people. We had a small audience of SiriusXM subscribers and parrotheads (outside of the glass) there to enjoy the very intimate recording session with Jimmy. After performing four songs from ‘Tis The SeaSon and answering plenty of questions, Jimmy casually walked out of the fishbowl & chatted with people making sure to take a picture with every fan (and quite a few staffers) that had fought the chilly NY weather to see him perform.
Thank you, Jimmy and the Coral Reefer Band for joining us on a cold winter day to spread Holiday cheer and share your music with us!
Jimmy Buffett played two shows at Wrigley Field in 2005, and he’ll reportedly head back there in 2017 after the Cubs won the World Series this year.
A twitter friend that was listening to Radio Margaritaville heard Jimmy make the pronouncement.
The 2005 Wrigley Field shows were the first ever concerts at the landmark stadium. It took Buffett a decade to persuade the front office to hold a show there. The back-to-back gigs were wildly successful and a live DVD was released a year later: Live at Wrigley Field.