Buffett sells minority stake in Margaritaville

From ColumbusCEO.com: “Raine Takes Stake in Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

In its four years of existence, the Raine Group has kept plenty busy with media and telecommunications deals. But its latest investment will tie the firm to a company best known for promoting lazy, boozy afternoons on the beach.

The firm disclosed in a letter to investors on Sunday night that it had taken a minority stake in Margaritaville, the restaurant operator and brand licensing company named after the hit song by Jimmy Buffett.

According to the letter, Buffett’s company generates more than $1 billion in annual gross sales.

Now it has bought a stake in Margaritaville, which runs restaurants in nearly two dozen resorts where one would reasonably find tourists kicking back with tequila, and which licenses out the name its majority owner made famous.

The company has had a few setbacks, including the recent announcement that it will close its casino and hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. But Raine told investors that it believes its latest acquisition has “an incredibly strong built-in audience” and has room to grow.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/07/30/14100/

Billboard Article on Margaritaville TV

Billboard.com has a news article: “Jimmy Buffett Launches Margaritaville TV

Jimmy Buffett has found a new way to feed the Parrotheads this year: Margaritaville TV.

The new online channel streams select Buffett concerts live and, Buffett tells Billboard, has netted about 10,000 viewers for each of its seven broadcasts so far. “The feedback from that has been unbelievable,” says Buffett. “There was one element of my inner circle that thought we’d be cannibalizing ourselves by going on television. But I played my instincts, and I haven’t had one person say they’ll watch it instead of going to the show. They do both. They watch the (online) shows and get charged up to go see it in person. And there are other people that can’t get to a show that absolutely love the fact we’re doing it. My friends in Bora Bora now can punch (the shows) up on the screen and watch it while they’re having dinner. It makes it a Parrothead world now, not just a nation.” And, Buffett adds, “I think it’s the way you’re going to get to see us in the future. The number of shows is going down. We’re taking off a little more time every year. We’re not going anywhere, but this way people can make it to any show, even if we’re not playing around where they are.”

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/07/30/14098/

Interview with Jimmy on the Detroit Show

Deadline Detroit has a good interview: “Jimmy Buffett Talks About His Fondness for Michigan and Detroit

The ever-popular Jimmy Buffett, who plays at Comerica Park Saturday night, tells Fox 2 of his affinity for Detroit and Michigan.

“Michigan audiences have always had a special place in my heart, because, unbeknownst to a lot of people, I started out many many years ago playing in a little club called the Raven Gallery out in Southfield.”

“We worked our way up through those years of clubs and places like that to where we actually got to open for Jerry Jeff Walker at Pine Knob. And then we got to be the headliner at Pine Knob. It’s still one of the great venues as a performer because of the way it was built.

He said there’s no other place on tour where he plays in the middle of a large metropolitan area.

And he adds: “We don’t do many stadiums.

It’s his third year in a row at Comerica.

He says he understands the musical taste of the people of Michigan and feels very comfortable here.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/07/26/14094/

Buffett Performs in Pittsburgh

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued their 2014 This One’s For You Tour on Wednesday night at the First Niagara Pavilion in Pittsburgh PA.

The set list from the show is now available. A change to the set list included the song “School Boy Heart” last performed on March 10, 2012 in San Diego, CA.

The Post-Gazette has a review of the show: “Buffett’s ‘This One’s For You’ tour is about the fans

In vintage Buffett fashion, a quarter of the 28 songs he played were covers of artists such as Van Morrison, Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills Nash, which he sprinkled in with his own crowd-pleasers like “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Come Monday.” No song of his from the past decade made an appearance as he stuck to the classics, closing with the beloved “Margaritaville” before predictably returning for an encore that included the racy “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” played within the more modern “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.” Throughout the show, the 67-year old entertained, dancing around in his barefeet, cracking jokes and making plenty of Pittsburgh references.

To the fans, Buffett is known simply as “Jimmy” and they casually tell stories about him like a best friend or neighbor. All of the concert-goers are close to him. Close enough even to forgive him when he started a verse of “A Pirate Looks at Forty” with the wrong words and was corrected by the audience, because when Buffett performs, the musical component is just a bonus. The party is what people love. And the fans make the party happen.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/07/25/14091/

Buffett performs in Mansfield MA

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued their 2014 This One’s For You Tour on Saturday night at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield MA.

The set list from the show is now available. Some changes to the set list included “Knees Of My Heart”, “Scarlet Begonias”, and
“Something To Say” (featuring Brendan Mayer).

The Boston Globe has a review of Saturday’s show: “Parrotheads, Jimmy Buffett party down

As happened with the moptops, fans don’t seem to come to a Buffett concert for the music so much as for the ritual. Saturday at the Xfinity Center, there was tailgating, beachball-thwacking and head-fin tilting. Oh, and there were some songs, too.

Being somewhat incidental to his own happening should be old hat by now to Buffett, but if the man is bemused by what unfolds before him as he sings his songs of coastal leisure, he never showed it. Despite being the nominal ringmaster, he essentially let the audience run its own circus. Everything about Buffett himself was unassuming, from his voice to his casual beachwear to his jokes, which includes such eyeroll-worthy dadisms as naming a nonexistent Maine volcano “Mt. Lobsteramus.”

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/07/21/14082/

Buffett performs in Bethel NY

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band resumed their 2014 This One’s For You Tour last night at the Bethel Woods Center For The Arts in Bethel, NY.

The set list from the show is now available. Some changes to the set list included “Woodstock” (Joni Mitchell / Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young cover) and “After The Goldrush” (Neil Young cover).

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/07/18/14079/

Buffett’s restaurant in Waikiki to close

From Pacific Business News: “Jimmy Buffett’s restaurant in Waikiki to close by Aug. 31

Jimmy Buffett’s Restaurant Bar at the Beachcomber will be closing and terminating its lease at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort on Aug. 31.

The restaurant opened in 2009. It is part of Margaritaville’s restaurant group, which has 21 locations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, according to its website.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/07/01/14070/

This One’s For You Tour Update

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed three shows this week for the 2014 This One’s For You Tour.

The set list from the shows is now available:
06/24/2014 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
06/26/2014 – Klipsch Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
06/28/2014 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Chicago, IL

At last night’s show in Chicago some changes to the set list included the addition of “Jolly Mon Sing”, “Knees Of My Heart”, and “Havana Daydreamin’”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a review of Tuesdays show: “Jimmy Buffett keeps a soggy Blossom Music Center crowd awash in happy sounds

Jimmy Buffett, who first sold out Blossom Music Center 23 years ago and came within a rainstorm of doing so Tuesday night, will never be a torch singer. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t passing one.

Or more accurately, helping in the passing of one. Or a few thousand.

The 19,000-plus who packed the soggy venue in Cuyahoga Falls featured the expected number of shall-we-say-VETERAN Parrotheads, whose natural feathers tended toward gray.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/06/29/14067/

Buffett performs in Frisco TX

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band resumed their 2014 This One’s For You Tour last night at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco TX.

The set list from the show is now available. Some changes to the set list included “Sea Of Heartbreak” (last played June 2nd, in Houston, TX) and “Northeast Texas Women” (last played May 22nd, 2010 in Frisco, TX).

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/06/22/14063/