Buffett performs in Tampa FL and Raleigh NC

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued their “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour on Saturday night at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL. The set list from the show is now available.

The tour continued on Tuesday night at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC. The set list was similar to the Saturday show, except the song “Coast Of Carolina” was added (last performed June 7th, 2012 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC).

The tour continues on Thursday with a show at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC

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Buffett performs in Tampa FL and Raleigh NC

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued their “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour on Saturday night at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL. The set list from the show is now available.

The tour continued on Tuesday night at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC. The set list was similar to the Saturday show, except the song “Coast Of Carolina” was added (last performed June 7th, 2012 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC).

The tour continues on Thursday with a show at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/04/23/14003/

Gulf Coast Cowboy April 23

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Welcome back to the Gulf Coast Cowboy! This weeks episode is all about the wordplay that these songwriters are so good at. Some of these almost sound vulgar, but upon closer inspection, they’re harmless. Hopefully, they’ll put a big smile on your face while you’re listening! Tune in this Wednesday at 7pm to take a trip to the beach and enjoy an adult beverage.

Track Listing

1. Ship Happens!! – A1A
2. Gettin’ Old Ain’t For Sissies – Bill Mitchell
3. My Fake Life – Bob Karwin
4. Something to Beach About – Dennis Davis
5. Shoveling Sunshine – Coconut Radio
6. Ain’t Singing No Blues – Mark Mulligan
7. I Lobster But I Never Flounder – John Reno & The Half-Fast Creekers
8. Flip Flop Therapy – Kelly Brown
9. Men Fake It Too – Brent Burns
10. Jose Can You See – Latitude
11. Some White People (Can Dance) – Cedar Island Band
12. Coulda Woulda Shoulda – Geezy Joe and The Cheap and Easy Band
13. Headin’ South – Jack Mosely
14. Laid Back and Key Wasted – Jim Morris

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Jesse Winchester Tribute on Radio Margaritaville This Friday

This Friday, April 18th, Radio Margaritaville pays tribute to influential singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester. Tune in throughout the day to hear Mac McAnally, Rodney Crowell, Elvis Costello, Bill Flanagan, and more share memories of Jesse and play songs from Jimmy Buffett’s Tribute Album to Jesse “Quiet About It” (Jimmy sings on the track “Gentleman of Leisure”).

Jesse Winchester 1944 – 2014

“You can’t talk about the best songwriters and not include him.” – Bob Dylan
“The word that comes to mind is grace.” – Elvis Costello

Jesse Winchester, a singer’s singer and a songwriter’s songwriter, died of bladder cancer on April 11, 2014, at the age of 69. His voice, by turns ethereal, sly, earthy, and heartbreakingly direct, delivered some of the finest songs of our time over more than four decades of live performance, and twelve original albums, including the forthcoming A Reasonable Amount of Trouble. His songs have been covered by artists as different as Jimmy Buffett, Elvis Costello, Reba McIntyre, Wilson Pickett, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and the Everly Brothers.

That wave of activity was brought to an abrupt halt in June 2011, when Jesse was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. He underwent surgery and a brief but difficult treatment, which he faced with extraordinary dignity and spirit. Amazingly, in August of that year he was pronounced cancer-free, and he resumed his performing schedule. During his illness, an all-star group of artists recorded an excellent tribute album of Jesse’s songs, entitled Quiet About It. Jimmy Buffett, one of Jesse’s biggest fans, was the driving force behind the tribute.

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International Meal Co. to buy Margaritaville

Brazil-based company is already a franchisee of the chain
Apr 7, 2014

Brazil-based International Meal Co., a franchisee of the Margaritaville casual-dining brand, is buying the 10-unit Margaritaville and two-unit LandShark Bar and Grill chains from Orlando, Fla.-based Margaritaville Enterprises.

Sao Paulo-based International Meal Co. Holdings S.A. owns and operates Margaritaville franchise units in the Puerto Rico and Panama airports and has worked with Margaritaville since 2010. IMC also owns 386 casual and quick-service restaurants in Brazil, the Caribbean and Mexico, emphasizing units in airports, shopping malls and along major highways.

Musician Jimmy Buffett, who initially developed the company around his song “Margaritaville,” said in a statement that his relationship with IMC chief executive Javier Gavilan and chairman Juan Carlos Torres over the past several years set the stage for the deal.

“I only see good things for our friends, our employees and, most of all, our customers happening as a result of this arrangement,” he said. “To paraphrase a song I am a little familiar with, we are taking our attitudes to new latitudes.”

IMC is purchasing the domestic restaurant assets of Margaritaville, including a notable location in the Flamingo hotel in Las Vegas. Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed, and officials from IMC were not available for an interview by press time.

The company said in a statement that it planned to add new locations later this year in the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Viracopos.

“As part of this strategic alliance, IMC will have exclusive rights to develop and own Margaritaville venues in the United States and Latin America,” the company statement said.

“This strategic alliance is about growing a powerful brand, in segments where we have a lot of experience and a proven track record,” Gavilan said in remarks. “Airports will be our first priority to develop this great brand, and we have already found some very exciting opportunities.”

IMC’s flagship brands in Brazil are Frango Assado and Viena. Since 2006, IMC has worked with Advent International, a private-equity firm with more than $24 billion in cumulative capital, to fund its expansion, the company said.

Margaritaville Enterprises, which also includes retail shops, consumer products, casinos, resorts and a SiriusXM radio station, was founded with its first restaurant in Key West, Fla., in 1987. It has Margaritaville units in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee. Its LandShark units are in Atlantic City, N.J., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

New Margaritaville locations will open this summer in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Margaritaville Hotels and/or Casinos are located in: Biloxi, Miss.; Bossier City, La.; Las Vegas; and Pensacola Beach, Fla.

Contact Ron Ruggless at ronald.ruggless@penton.com.
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Stephen Marley’s Fruit of Life Tour Opens in St Petersburg at Jannus Live

Stephen Marley’s Fruit of Life Tour – Opening Night

DSCF0001Jannus Live, downtown St. Petersburg, FL is the stage in which Stephen Marley and his Ghetto Youth International, chose to open their tour. The Fruit of Life Tour.  The open-air venue was the perfect choice. The concert opened with an energy-filled performance by Jo Mersa Marley. Jo Mersa is the second generation offspring of reggae legend, Bob Marley and eldest son of Stephen Marley. In the same tradition as his father and grandfather, Jo Mersa’s music has been deeply influenced by the reggae culture, family and spirituality.

IMG_20140412_204732380Growing up as a youth in an atmosphere filled with conscious musicians, Mersa naturally began exploring his own musical journey. During his impressionable years, the musical youth would observe his father and uncles Damian Marley and Julian Marley produce music at the Lion’s Den studio in Miami, which was the catalyst to Jo becoming an accomplished, self-taught musician, perfecting the craft of how to build his own beats and riddims.

IMG_20140412_205911123The next entertainer to take the stage was Wayne Marshall. For those who don’t know Marshall, he is a Dancehall/Reggae artist from Kingston, Jamaica. Marshall is also a member of the Ghetto Youth International. Marshall brought an amazing level of energy to the stage. Marshall’s newest project, an EP entitled, Tru Colours was released earlier this year. Damian “Jr Gong” Marley produced the album, so it is sure to be a hit.

Concluding this amazing night of Reggae was the headliner, Stephen “Raggamuffin” Marley. Stephen is a five-time Grammy award winner as an artist, producer, and member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. He is the son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley. His 2011 album Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2012.The follow-up, Revelation Pt. 2 – The Fruit of Life is due for release in Summer 2014.

IMG_20140412_221842224The second son of Bob and Rita Marley, Stephen was born on April 20, 1972; he began his career as a precocious six-year old singing, dancing and playing percussion with his siblings in the group The Melody Makers whose first single “Children Playing In The Streets” was produced by their father in 1979 and released on Tuff Gong, the label founded by Bob in the late 60s. Just like his older brother Ziggy, Stephen acquired his initial studio skills by watching his father. While still a teenager he assisted in the production of The Melody Makers’ albums including their three Best Reggae Album Grammy winners “Conscious Party” (Virgin Records, 1989) “One Bright Day” (Virgin Records, 1990) and “Fallen Is Babylon” (Elektra Entertainment, 1998). In 1993 Ziggy and Stephen founded Ghetto Youths International as a means of controlling their own music and helping upcoming artists. Stephen’s earliest solo production efforts for Ghetto Youths International includes his late grandmother’s (Cedella Booker) album “My Altar”, followed in 1995 by the Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers single “Works To Do” and younger brother Damian’s “10,000 Chariots”. Both singles hit the Jamaican charts and generated much excitement surrounding Stephen’s burgeoning production expertise.

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Don Middlebrook – Featured Artist of the Month

Starting in 1991, Don Middlebrook and Living Soul began a musical quest up and down the west coast of Michigan with little idea of where it might lead. Always directed by a new song, a new adventure, and an occasional cold beer, what began as fun and frolic has turned into thirteen years of travel and musical bliss. Looking back over those last thirteen years, eight CDs have been recorded and over 150 dates played each year. Airplay has becomecommonplace, like that found at WCSX FM in Detroit, and internet web play has had international activity. Don and the band have performed on national radio with Mitch Albom and G. Gordon Liddy, and the last three years, they have toured and recorded with Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Jimmy Buffett’s harmonica player for twenty-six years. In 2004, Don had two compositions in a Showtime original movie.

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Have you heard the legend of how Don stole Jimmy Buffett’s TV Guide?

While performing at Sloppy Joe’s in Key West, Florida, Saugatuck’s local musician, Don Middlebrook and a friend thought that they would take a moped ride around the island. What started out as an innocent joy ride soon became a hunt to find Jimmy Buffett’s house. Based on local information they had gathered, they thought they were close, but were not convinced. That’s when Don peeked into the mailbox and spotted Jimmy Buffett’s TV Guide. Contradictory stories exist as to what happened next. Don wrote a song to apologize, claiming he found the TV Guide on the ground. Witnesses say that he stole it out of the mailbox.

Years later Don recorded and toured with the most famous Coral Reefer of all, Greg “Fingers” Taylor. Greg claimed that Jimmy was aware of the theft and wanted his TV Guide back. Don’s song of apology claimed that he did not have it. Friends say it is in his house. No charges against Don were ever filed and the existence and/or the whereabouts of the TV Guide that inspired this song have never been validated. Jimmy Buffett has since moved from that home in Key West and now has a P.O. Box. As the song goes, you can always steal from a pirate. Don website is www.DonMiddlebrook.net

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Jamaica Not Promoting Bob Marley Enough?

bob_marley-9503When most folks think of Jamaica or arguably its most popular cultural export, reggae music, it’d be a safe bet to assume that sooner or later Bob Marley will enter the picture. The Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter has become such an iconic figure in his home country, as well as the world beyond, and in the genre of music of which he is the most recognizable pioneer, that his name is as synonymous with either as Bob Dylan’s name is with 1960s Greenwich Village in New York.

Bob Santelli, director of the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum, is of the opinion that Jamaica doesn’t do enough to capitalize on its connection to Marley and promote its part and influence on the deceased musician’s legacy. In an interview with The Jamaica Gleaner, Santelli, who was in Kingston last week for a presentation at the Bob Marley Museum, criticized the lack marketing when it came to the Jamaican music legend.

“Although you have great beaches, when people hear of Jamaica, the first thing that comes to mind is not the beaches, it’s Bob Marley and reggae music,” he said. “Jamaica has such a rich music culture and this country needs to promote that more. You have such a wealth of music tradition and you are not promoting it enough.”

Santelli visited Kingston last week because the Bob Marley Museum, which is set up inside the former residence of Marley, was named the first official affiliate of the Grammy Museum. The general manager of the Bob Marley Museum, Marie Bruce, feels the move will only help further develop tourism in the area, especially now with the forthcoming arrival of some new Bob Marley artifacts from its new American partner.

“It is now about promotion and marketing and spreading the word. In fact the word has begun spreading already through our broadcasts on social media,” Bruce said.

Santelli feels positive about the new partnership as well, especially in regards to its potential for a tourism boost:

“The appreciation for Bob Marley outside of Jamaica has remained strong despite him not being with us for a very long time. So this house and what it can mean as a museum can be an anchor for cultural tourism in Jamaica.”

Plans for Bob Marley’s 70th birthday next year were also part of the reason Santelli made the trip to Jamaica. Talking again to The Jamaica Gleaner, he promised more details later in the year via a press release but did say that they “celebrate the relationship between the Grammy Museum and the Bob Marley Museum”. As part of the celebrations, a few of the interactive displays from the Los Angeles Museum will be transferred to its new Kingston counterpart.

“People are going to now learn what a reggae beat is. We have interactive drums and guitars that will take you inside of the music, even if you have never played drums before you are going to now be able to understand it,” he said. “When young people go through here, instead of just hearing the story of Bob Marley, they’re going to understand what made his music so great and that’s what’s going to be fun. The adults will love it but the kids will get it right away.”

Bob Marley’s status as a cultural icon and global symbol have only grown since the singer’s death from cancer in 1981, to the point that local parks are named after him and police still blame him for increasing marijuana use. The Grammy Museum plans to run its celebrations for Marley’s birthday next year the same week as the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, which will air February 8th, 2015. Bob Marley’s 70th birthday would have been two days earlier, on the 6th of February.

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