Barefoot bard Jimmy Buffett immediately charmed the Acura Stage audience at New Orleans Jazz Fest on Sunday (April 26) when he stepped to the microphone and absurdly identified himself as rapper Pitbull, who was actually appearing at the Congo Square Stage. Time and again during his two-hour performance, the 68-year old country/Caribbean singer delighted the crowd with references to the Crescent City, where he busked in the French Quarter 40 years ago.
During his recitation of the sand and sun anthem "Margaritaville," the best-selling author modified the lyrics to match the mire that spread out in front of him in the rain-soaked racetrack infield.
"Nibbling on sponge cake," he sang, "watching the sun bake, all of you at Jazz Fest covered in mud. Strumming my six-string, on my front porch swing, we're looking a lot better than when there's a flood."
Buffett has long cultivated a carefree persona, but the Pascagoula, Miss. native is anything but insouciant when it comes to his fans. Throughout the set, he handed out his hits -- "Changes in Latitudes," "Changes in Attitudes," "Come Monday," "Volcano," "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and more -- like lovingly wrapped gifts at the New Orleans Jazz Fest presented by Shell. He beamed with the applause that crested with the opening chords of every beloved melody. During "Fins" he led the crowd in a shark pantomime. During "Why Don't We Get Drunk and ..." his faithful fans sang along with the affably naughty refrain.
Bottleneck guitar maestro Sonny Landreth joined Buffett's Coral Reefer Band on three tunes, lending his trilling slide sound to the mix of steel drum, pedal steel guitar and trumpet.
The audience was dotted with Buffett devotees sporting shark fin hats or parrot accoutrement. A couple near the stage rose above the flock, having decked themselves out in head-to-toe parrot costumes made from brilliantly colored actual bird feathers. A cluster of fans near the centrally located sound tent had stenciled their arms with the number of times they'd seen Buffett live. The numbers ranged from single digits to 145.
The sun made occasional appearances in the milky sky, though the beach balls that bounded dreamily above the crowd remained streaked with residual muck. A beer vendor in a pink cap tunneled through the packed audience. A tattoo of the Mississippi River trailed along the suntanned shoulder blade of a young female Buffett fan.
The concert closed with the hard rock/hula "One Particular Harbor," but Buffett and company swiftly returned for an encore of "We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About" that segued into "Twist and Shout" and finally the good-time classic "Brown Eyed Girl."
Buffett followed his New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell set with a show at Preservation Hall's Jazz Fest Midnight Preserves series, a run of late-night concerts that take place each festival night and feature big-name performers from the Fair Grounds –- unannounced until they hit the venerable St. Peter Street stage –- in concert alongside members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. See photos and read more about that night.
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For the first time in 25 years, the summer concert season in Noblesville will be free of fins, volcanoes and cheeseburgers.
Jimmy Buffett, whose perennial summer tours have been a tradition in Noblesville for decades, is skipping Indianapolis on his 2015 "Workin' and Playin'" tour, sources in Buffett's camp confirm. Buffett has played Indy at least once every summer since 1990 (and, we should note for political purposes, generally announces his tour dates in January or February).
Dustin Duncan, membership director of the PHIndy Parrothead Club, says his group traditionally schedules a charity event prior to Buffett's local stop. "We haven't made any solid plans this year, since we've been in limbo hoping Jimmy would announce a show," he said. Duncan said his group would head to Cincinnati this summer instead.
Live Nation didn't return emails for comment.
Buffett shows have sold well in Indianapolis for decades. He opened his 2008 show by reworking the lyrics of "Why Don't We Get Drunk" to sing, "We've got something to celebrate tonight — we've sold out here for 21 years!"
Parrotheads up for a road trip can still investigate that June 23 show at Cincinnati's Riverbend Music Center and June 27 at the First Midwest Bank Amphtitheater in Tinley Park, Ill. Tickets for both shows remain available.
You know you’ve been in Palm Beach a long time when you’ve just seen a bunch of Navy SEALs parachute through a commercial flight path; watched a helo kick up enough spray over the Intracoastal to obscure the Southern Boulevard Bridge; watched as it hovered over Mar-a-Lago’s back lawn and dropped more SEALs and a dog, who were then joined by more SEALS emerging silently from the Intracoastal; seen, heard and smelled flash caps explode and watched as a bad guy is captured and a hostage is rescued and everybody – hostage, bad guy and dog included — made their way quickly to the helicopter, hidden by a cloud of smoke, leaving not so much as a shell casing behind; and heard hundreds of spectators cheer wildly … and your first thought is “Holy cow, how many permits did they have to get for this?”
Well, then you know. Long time.
The biennial Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute started with a literal bang at its dinner dance, which took place March 30 at The Mar-a-Lago Club.
Rebecca Williams was chairwoman for the evening, which, after the SEAL drop, moved to the ballroom where Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally performed a moving God Bless America before they, too, slipped off unseen into the night.
Margery McCloskey and Jane Woodman were co-chairwomen.
The evening also included dinner and remarks from Jessica Buchanan, a kidnapped aid worker who was rescued by SEALs, and from Rear Adm. Scott Moore, who commanded several rescue operations in Afghanistan and off the coast of Somalia.
More than 650 people attended the event, which raised more than $1 million for the Navy SEAL Foundation and for the Navy SEAL Museum, Trident House and Memorial.
On a day when Syracuse is buried in snow, one of the biggest brands in tropical tourism arrived at Destiny USA. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is now open, complete with two bars, a live music stage, a giant margarita blender, a fire pit and, yes, a retail store.
Get your Margaritaville attire, blenders and drink mixes.
A crowd of about 70 people was on hand this morning for the festivities. The mall piped in Buffett tunes throughout the property to mark the occasion.
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Buffett himself wasn't at the Syracuse opening, but Margaritaville CEO John Cohlan hinted he might make an appearance at some point. He said Buffett will be thrilled with Syracuse when he stops by.
Cohlan has known Destiny developer Bob Congel for years. Cohlan's wife grew up in Skaneateles and they own property on Skaneateles Lake.
Congel was an early guest at the Margaritaville in Orlando after it opened, Cohlan said. He's been talking to the brand about coming to Syracuse for years.
There are now 33 Margaritaville restaurants, plus casinos, time share properties, a cruise and a full-blown resort under development in Florida. That's a lot of T-shirts.
The 12,000-square-foot venue is on the third floor of Destiny's expansion section, across from Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill.
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