Buffett performs at the Moda Center in Portland

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued their 2014 This One’s For You Tour on Thursday night at the The Moda Center in Portland OR. The set list from the show is now available.

From Oregonlive.com: “Jimmy Buffett entertains the Parrotheads at the Moda Center” (some photos are available)

Curious where the term Parrothead came from?

According to Buffett lore, the term was hatched in 1985 after Buffett compared his followers to the Deadheads — the legendary followers of the Grateful Dead. Buffett recalls the moment (via fan site BuffetNews.com):

“Timothy B. Schmidt (the Eagles bass player) was in the band, and we were playing a venue outside of Cincinnati called King’s Island. People had already started wearing Hawaiian shirts to our shows, but we looked out at this Cincinnati crowd, and they were glaringly brilliant to the point where it got our attention immediately. I said “Look at that!” Then Schmidt says to me, “They look like Deadheads in tropical suits. They’re like Parrot Heads!” He yelled to me in the middle of a song. So I immediately took the term and threw it over the microphone – the people identified themselves with the term from the get-go.”

A couple of things I learned from security folks at the Moda Center on Tuesday:

They had a few people on laser patrol. I guess it’s a thing to bring those small laser pointers to concerts and Jimmy Buffett really hates them. Portland doesn’t seem like a laser town to me, but maybe I’m just getting old.
Jimmy Buffett is cool with beach balls in the crowd, but don’t dare get one near the stage. Security was instructed to pop ‘em if they got too close.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/10/23/14179/

Buffett to perform at campaign rally for Gwen Graham

From the Miami Herald blog: Florida music icon Jimmy Buffett plans to hold an Oct. 29 get-out-the-vote rally for Democrat Gwen Graham in her effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland.

Buffett is set to perform “a short acoustic set with his friend Mac McAnally” and tout Graham’s candidacy, according to a press release. More details are forthcoming about the time, location and ticket availability.

From the free media exposure to voter mobilization to fundraising, Buffett’s appearance for Graham is the type of star-power help most candidates dream about. Polling indicates the race between her and Southerland is tight in Congressional District 2, which stretches from the Tallahassee area to Panama City.

The “Margaritaville” singer has been friends with the Graham family for decades. Buffett founded the Save the Manatees advocacy group in 1981 with then-Gov. Bob Graham, the candidate’s father.

Last month, Buffett was spotted in Tallahassee dining at the Governor’s Club in Tallahassee with lobbyists Jeff Sharkey and Taylor Patrick Biehl. They represent Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/10/22/14176/

John H. Cunningham’s new book: “Second Chance Gold”

Buck Reilly Returns in John H. Cunningham’s Tropical Mystery SECOND CHANCE GOLD. Ready for some action packed adventure in exotic St. Barths?

John H. Cunningham’s Buck Reilly, the lovable and quirky adventurer à la Indiana Jones, Travis McGee and John McClane, returns in the much anticipated Buck Reilly Adventure series novel, SECOND CHANCE GOLD ($3.99; October 18, 2014; Green Street, LLC).

Cunningham takes Buck to St. Barths, the most elegant and exclusive island for the fabulously wealthy in the Caribbean. Hired by a billionaire and former presidential candidate, Buck is seeking answers to the mysterious cause of death of the billionaire’s nephew. Buck finds himself entangled in a number of skull-splitting complications including a race for hidden gold, the seductive and beautiful granddaughter of St. Barths’ most famous swashbuckler, ruthless and corrupt treasure hunters, a temptress maritime historian, and many demons haunting him from his past.

SECOND CHANCE GOLD is Cunningham’s fourth novel in the Buck Reilly series, based in Key West and various Caribbean islands including Anguilla and St. Barths. Bankie Banx, known as the Anguillan Bob Dylan, makes a special guest appearance—a treat for reggae aficionados! Additionally, Buck Reilly readers will love recording artist Matt Hoggat’s new song “The Ballad of Buck Reilly” from his new album WORKAHOLIC IN RECOVERY.

If you love adventure, travel and thrillers mixed in with treasure hunting, seaplanes and exotic island locales, you’ll definitely want to book a flight with Buck and SECOND CHANCE GOLD.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/10/18/14173/

Buffett performs in Santa Barbara

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band resumed their 2014 This One’s For You Tour on Thursday night at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara CA.

The set list from the show is now available. David Crosby was a special guest for the show and joined in on the song “Southern Cross”. Some changes to the set list included the songs “Weather with You”, “Knees Of My Heart”, and “Oldest Surfer On The Beach”.

Some reviews of the show: KEYT.com: “Margaritaville Visits Santa Barbara” and edhat.com: “Jimmy Buffett At The Bowl“.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/10/18/14169/

Margaritaville Island Hotel opens in Pigeon Forge TN

From WVLT: “Margaritaville opens new hotel in Pigeon Forge

The Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Island Hotel has opened a new hotel at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

The hotel is part of the developers dreams to make the site a place for families to come and relax.

“We’re really excited about this. We’ve had eat, shop, play and now we’ve added the stay. We’re really excited and the people seem to really be enjoying themselves,” said Darby Campbell, one of the developers.

“You know, for us it really represented what we want to be as a relaxing fun upscale event for the whole family. So we think Jimmy Buffett and Margaritaville is more of that.”

The hotel features a rooftop pool and an atmosphere that reminds people their in the Smokies, but has an island feel.

The hotel says they already have a waiting list of folks who are trying to stay for the weekend. Managers say their first available room is open this Sunday.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/10/11/14166/

Buffett asks Spotify for a Raise

From Digitalmusicnews.com: “Jimmy Buffett Asked Spotify for a Raise. Here’s What They Said

at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, audience QA portion.

Jimmy Buffet to Daniel Ek, Spotify CEO: “Do you see anything in your future where we might get a raise directly from you as opposed to the bullshit you have to go through to deal with a label these days? Musicians only get a trickle after [Spotify payments] have gone through the major label executives.

“How the stream of revenue gets to the artist, particularly the younger struggling artist… it’s really hard to make it in real life if you’re a young artist. So I’m hoping that all the music services would look at that.”

[audience smattering of laughter, applause]
“Because it’s one thing when it goes to the record label, but most of it doesn’t get to the artist.”

Daniel Ek: “Obviously I agree. At first there were a lot of artists that didn’t understand streaming, was it good, was it bad for them. And Spotify, quite quickly started becoming the biggest music service, and right now we’re about 70 percent of all revenues in Sweden, including physical as well. So this is a massive part of the music industry which has actually gone up in revenues.

“And because we started publishing that, that started creating the dialogue between the artist and the industry. And as a side consequence because streaming became such a massive part of the revenues, labels even changed how they started paying out the artists. So instead of once a year, they started paying out much more frequent.
“And right now, we’re actually paying out more than a billion [dollars] in rights payments this year, and more than 70 percent of our revenues go to rights owners.”

Buffett: “But that’s actually still lower than what we used to get.”

Ek: “Of course.”

Buffett: “Which is why I was hoping for a raise.”

Irving Azoff (moderator): “If you’re looking for money, you’re better off selling one of your planes.”

[audience laughter]

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/10/10/14162/

Margaritaville to open in Syracuse NY

From Syracuse.com: “It’s official: Destiny USA confirms Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is coming to Syracuse

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville will open at Destiny USA early next year.

The mall officially confirmed this morning what regular readers here have known for months. The entertainment and dining venue is heading to a spot on the third floor of Destiny’s expansion section across from Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar Grill.

The Margaritaville will include 12,000 square feet of entertainment and dining space, a 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar with a live performance stage, multiple dining areas with total seating for 330 people and a 700-square-foot Margaritaville store.

It’ll feature the chain’s signature margaritas and coastal-style food.

A Margaritaville had been rumored for Destiny for years, but things really began to pick up steam in 2014.

The state Legislature passed an exemption to the state’s liquor laws this summer that the venue needed in order to open and hints about the brand’s arrival have been dropping at the mall and elsewhere.

Construction on the space is already underway.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/10/03/14159/

Lulu Buffett to open another restaurant

From Al.com: “Crazy Sista Lucy Buffett to open second LuLu’s restaurant in Destin in 2015

Lucy “LuLu” Buffett, owner of LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, recently announced her plan to open a second LuLu’s location in Destin in a low-key way, via Facebook. She posted: “Uh, did I forget to mention…” along with a photo of a sign at the new spot. “Keep calm and eat gumbo,” the sign reads. “Destin 2015.”

Buffett’s new venture will be located close to her brother Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, which opened in Destin in February of this year. The siblings grew up in Mobile.

Jimmy Buffett has his Parrotheads fan club, but Lucy Buffett has gained fame in her own right as a restaurateur and cookbook author.

Like her brother, she even has her own beer. His is Landshark Lager, distributed by Budweiser in St. Louis; hers is Crazy Sista Honey Ale, brewed at Back Forty Beer Co. in Gadsden, Ala.

But unlike her brother, Lucy Buffett returned home after spending, as she writes on her website, www.lulubuffett.com, years in Los Angeles. When she came back to the Alabama Gulf Coast, she first opened a tiny eatery, LuLu’s at Sunset Grill, “a burger joint with great food,” on Weeks Bay near the Fish River Bridge, in 1998.

LuLu’s became a popular place for people to sit outside, wait for the sunset and eat food based on Buffett’s grandmother’s recipes: fried crab claws, fried green tomatoes and “L.A. Caviar,” her signature black-eyed pea dip.

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