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Margaritaville is Back in Biloxi

posted June 28th, 2016 at 8:45 am

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Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is back with a presence in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Jimmy Buffett again has a presence in Biloxi, and a crowd turned out Thursday to open the new Margaritaville Resort Biloxi.

Buffett was about to go on stage at a concert in Indianapolis and couldn’t attend the ribbon-cutting, but sent a message.

“Well, as you might guess, I am very excited about this latest and greatest Biloxi project,” Buffett wrote. “It has been a long and sometimes trying adventure to get the right kind of place in Biloxi and I couldn’t be happier with this great project, its location and your involvement,” he told the developers.

“On the water is what I always wanted,” he said of the location — the former Casino Magic, which hasn’t been open in the 11 years since Hurricane Katrina.

“The added attraction of the landing on Deer island is something that really strikes home,” said Buffett, who was born in Pascagoula and played his first professional gig in Biloxi.

Buffett said he hopes to get to the new resort for a quick visit in July and definitely for Saints games and angling for redfish.

Margaritaville Resort Biloxi offers games for all ages and a volcano climbing wall that “erupts” periodically in the Margaritaville restaurant as climbers enter through the floor. There are several other restaurants as well, and for those who stay in one of the 373 hotel rooms or suites, water views and sunsets, and access to the waterpark and lazy river, which will open Friday.



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Buffett Musical Gets Name and Tony-winning Creative Team

posted June 27th, 2016 at 7:15 pm

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More details were unveiled on Monday for the upcoming Jimmy Buffett musical, now titled “Escape to Margaritaville.”

A world premiere in California is set for Jimmy Buffett’s musical, which has just brought aboard some accomplished Broadway veterans.

“The musical, now titled ‘Escape to Margaritaville,’ will feature choreography by Kelly Devine (‘Rocky’), scenic design by Walt Spangler (‘Tuck Everlasting’), costumes by Paul Tazewell (‘Hamilton’), lighting by Howell Binkley (‘Hamilton’) and sound design by Brian Ronan (‘If/Then’),” the AP reports. “The show, combining Buffett’s tunes with an original story by writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, will start grooving onstage in May 2017 at La Jolla Playhouse. Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley will direct.”

According to Hollywood Reporter, the musical will begin previews on May 16, 2017, ahead of its opening night on May 28, and will play through June 25 at La Jolla in San Diego.


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Margaritaville Holdings CEO Talks Business and Buffett

posted June 19th, 2016 at 2:56 pm

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John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville Holdings, recently gave an interview to Bloomberg Business where he gave some insights into Jimmy Buffett’s empire of restaurants, resorts, merchandise, and more. 

Cohlan revealed that Margaritaville did over $1.5 billion in sales in 2015 and is growing at about 20% annually.

Watch the video below:


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New Buffett Christmas Album Coming

posted June 8th, 2016 at 12:15 pm

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It appears a new Jimmy Buffett Christmas album is in the works. In the same article about “Margaritaville” being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a sound engineer spills the beans:

Alan Schulman, who has been engineering and mixing Buffett recordings since 1997, agreed with McAnally’s assessment.

“It has a lot to do with a lifestyle,” Schulman said. “It projects the sun, the ocean flip-flops. He kind of lives like that. He’s a fun man to be around. I think what it does is it gives people a chance to have a different lifestyle from their normal jobs a couple times a year, to go to a Jimmy concert and feel like they’re on the beach.”

Schulman said he was just booked to engineer a new Buffett Christmas album.

Jimmy’s first and only holiday album, Christmas Island, was released in 1996.

(hat tip Jeff)


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Buffett Adds Chicago House of Blues Show

posted June 8th, 2016 at 11:02 am

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Jimmy Buffett has added another tour date to his 2016 I Don’t Know Tour:

Chicago, IL
Thursday, June 16th, 2016
House of Blues

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 10th at 10am through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices are $136.

Check out all of Jimmy’s 2016 tour dates.


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“Margaritaville” Included in Grammy Hall of Fame 2016

posted June 8th, 2016 at 10:47 am

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Jimmy Buffett’s iconic tune “Margaritaville” is one of 26 songs being included in the 2016 Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame Class 2016.

Part of the reason Jimmy Buffett’s iconic hit “Margaritaville” has stood the test of time is that it’s a song everyone can relate to, Shoals bassist, producer and former recording studio owner Norbert Putnam said.
Putnam should know.

He produced the track in 1977 with Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band.

“Margaritaville” is also connected with a restaurant chain, a chain of hotels, and a variety of other products such as “frozen concoction makers,” commonly known as blenders.

“It has every element for a good story,” Putnam said.

The singer refers to sitting on his front porch swing, strumming his six string. He’s noticing tourists covered in suntan oil, smelling shrimp beginning to boil, and cuts his foot on a pop top.

And like all good stories, Putnam said, the song has that element of drama or conflict.

“Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame, but I know, it’s nobody’s fault,” the chorus goes. Later in the song, however, the chorus changes and he laments, “… it’s my own … fault.”

Putnam said he agreed to produce a new Buffett album in the late 1970s after being approached by Buffett’s producer, Don Gant. According to Putnam, Buffett wanted to record his next album with his touring band, but Gant preferred recording with his favorite Nashville, Tennessee, session musicians.

So Putnam agreed to meet with Buffett at his favorite Nashville restaurant.

Putnam said Buffett told him “my band is more like the Rolling Stones than Nashville studio musicians.”

“I thought that was a pretty profound statement,” Putnam said.

He caught the band live and just like Buffett said, they came out “like a big heavy rock band.”

“And the crowd went wild,” Putnam said. “I thought, this must work. I met with Jimmy the next week and said, play me some songs. Everything he played had saltwater in it.”

Putnam had been in Miami, Florida, the year before with the Pousette-Dart Band, so he thought getting Buffett out of Nashville and into some Miami salt air might be good for the recording sessions.

About a week later, Buffett came to Putnam with “Changes in Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes,” and they were off to the beach.

One morning over breakfast, Buffett told Putnam he had a new song he titled “Margaritaville.” Putnam asked what “Margaritaville” was.

He said Buffett replied,”It’s a day in my life in Key West.”

“I’m sitting there thinking, I don’t know if this is a song or not,” Putnam said. “About the second week, he comes in and throws his legal pad down, grabs his guitar and said, listen to this. We gathered around and he sang ‘Margaritaville’ from start to finish.”

It appeared on “Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” which was recorded at Criteria Recording Studios in Miami and Putnam’s Quadrophonic Recording Studios in Nashville.

The song became Buffett’s highest charting solo single, reaching number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number one on the Hot Adult Contemporary Chart.

Read more here.


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