| Workin' n' Playin' Tour 2015 - Houston, TX |
Jan 25, 2015 - 3:53 AM - by Ryan C. |
| Jimmy Buffett's 2015 - Workin' n' Playin' Tour - Comes to Houston Texas! |
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band docking in Houston in late May
Thursday, May 28th 2015
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Buffett last played the venue on May 29, 2014.
This year Buffett, 68, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his “A1A” album which features the classic "A Pirate Looks at Forty," which you can hear on yachts and in finer beach bars from Surfside to San Juan.
Tickets for the show go on sale Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.
View all currently scheduled tour dates.
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| Jimmy Buffett to Headline New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015 |
Jan 12, 2015 - 8:43 AM - by Ryan C. |
The lineup of the 2015 New Orleans Jazz Fest boasts Elton John, The Who, Ed Sheeran, Pitbull, Jimmy Buffett, Keith Urban, No Doubt, T.I. and Tony Bennett paired with Lady Gaga. They'll join a schedule that includes Widespread Panic, Wilco, Maze, the O'Jays, Hozier, John Legend, Alison Krauss, Chicago, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, Jimmy Cliff, Ryan Adams and Kacey Musgraves, plus Dr. John, the original Meters and hundreds of other Louisiana artists at the Fair Grounds this spring. |
The 2015 Jazz Fest -- officially it's the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell -- is April 24-26 and April 30-May 3.
Over the past decade, the festival has significantly amplified its roster of "guest" artists, i.e. marquee acts that are not necessarily from Louisiana. Even by these more ambitious standards, this 46th edition of the festival is especially top-heavy.
The top talent level, comprised of the Acura, Congo Square and Gentilly Stage -- it's no longer the Samsung Galaxy Stage -- headliners, is laden with classic and contemporary heavyweights in rock, rap, pop and R&B. The second tier - the artists that populate the beefed-up Sheraton Fais Do-Do Stage and the Blues and Jazz tents - is also deep and wide.
The New Orleans Jazz Fest is owned by the non-profit New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. It is produced by Quint Davis and his Festival Productions Inc.-New Orleans, in conjunction with AEG Live, the second-largest promoter of live concerts and festivals in the world.
A pair of British legends will close out the festival's main Acura Stage on successive Saturdays. The Who, featuring founding guitarist Pete Townshend and vocalist Roger Daltrey, stops at the festival the first weekend as part of the band's 50th anniversary tour. According to the archival web site thewholive.net, the band has not performed in New Orleans since a gig at the long-since-demolished Warehouse on November 29, 1971, which was six months after the second Jazz Fest.
The Who's 50th anniversary tour is being promoted by AEG Live. AEG has helped facilitate the booking of many of the major names that have appeared at Jazz Fest over the past decade.
Elton John has long been on Jazz Fest's wish list, and will finally make his debut on the second Saturday. Aside from his obvious commercial appeal, he is an avowed fan of New Orleans piano players, especially Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint. During his hit parade at the Smoothie King Center in March 2014 - his first New Orleans concert in 13 years -- John dedicated "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" to Toussaint, thanking him for the "countless hours, days, months of pleasure he's given me."
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| Jimmy Buffett's Mercedes Benz stolen from Palm Beach home. |
Jan 10, 2015 - 5:00 AM - by Ryan C. |
Police use GPS to nab teen accused of stealing Jimmy Buffett's Mercedes Benz |
A 17-year-old boy faces a grand theft auto charge after he stole a Mercedes-Benz belonging to Jimmy Buffet after the singer left his keys in the car, police said.
According to a Palm Beach police report, Buffett's personal representative, Darin Hinson, alerted them to the theft, which occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Hinson told police Buffett returned home Tuesday night and parked in the driveway, leaving the keys in the car.
Using the global positioning system in the car, police were able to track the Mercedes to a gas station in Riviera Beach and then south on Interstate 95 to another gas station in Lake Worth.
A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputy was the first to arrive at the gas station and found the stolen car parked outside.
The keys to the Mercedes were resting on the front right tire of a Dodge Caravan parked next to it, police said.
Standing next to the van was Michael Hardy, who was seen on surveillance video at the Riviera Beach gas station driving the stolen car, police said.
Hardy was taken to the Palm Beach Police Department for questioning, where he admitted to trading drugs for the car, police said.
Hardy told police he exchanged $100 worth of crack cocaine that he cut to make it look like $200 worth so he could get the car. Hardy said he gave the drugs to a man he knew only as "John" in Riviera Beach.
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| Margaritaville makes an apperance on Jurassic World Island! |
Nov 26, 2014 - 4:44 AM - by Ryan C. |
Watch the trailer below to see Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville around the 2:10 mark: |
Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Masrani Corporation. Owen (Chris Pratt), a member of Jurassic World’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on the Velociraptors, but things go awry when the research team accidentally unleashes a genetically-modified hybrid dinosaur into the park.
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| Lucy Buffett to open second LuLu's restaurant in Destin in 2015 |
Sep 30, 2014 - 9:49 AM - by Ryan C. |
| 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, LuLu's Burger and Seafood Restaurant in Gulf Shores, 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.
Eventually, when the land she leased was returned to the National Estuary System, she packed up the whole restaurant, palm trees and all, loaded it onto a barge and moved it to the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores in the fall of 2003. LuLu's became LuLu's at Homeport Marina, which opened on Fat Tuesday in 2004.
In the past 10 years, LuLu's has become a destination in itself. Employing about 350 people seasonally during the summer months (and about half that many in the off-season), LuLu's serves some 750,000 customers per year, according to the website. Every day in the summertime, the restaurant serves between 3,800 and 4,000 customers, a spokeswoman said.
If you're going to have to wait hours for a table, which you often will, LuLu's is the place to do it. Buffett refers to the place as "LuLuLand." The open-air restaurant sits right on the Intracoastal Waterway, which she calls "natural theater," with boats and pelicans going by and occasional visits from dolphins.
LuLu's has free live music every day. Children play with plastic buckets and other sand toys strewn on a huge, enclosed "beach" while their parents can enjoy a frozen libation as they watch the kids from colorful Adirondack chairs and picnic tables. There's a Mountain of Youth ropes course, a sprawling gift shop and a snow cone stand.
"Since its grand opening in Gulf Shores in 2004, LuLu's has offered a fun, family-friendly culture which ties directly to what our destination is all about," said Herb Malone, president and chief executive officer of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism. "From an economic standpoint, it is an anchor in the area and has played a major role in the expansion of Gulf Shores' Waterway Village."
Since LuLu's opened, other businesses have located along the Intracoastal, including two other restaurants, Tacky Jack's Gulf Shores and Acme Oyster House.
Just over a year ago, Buffett opened a new restaurant-within-a-restaurant, Lucy B Goode, at LuLu's in Gulf Shores.
"We are water people, so by default that means we are boat people," she writes of her family on the Lucy B Goode website. "If I had grown up in Montgomery or Birmingham, with less access to the beaches, bays and rivers, I would be a completely different person. I wanted Lucy B Goode to be a tribute to my parents and how they raised us. It's my love letter to the Gulf Coast!"
The new LuLu's in Destin will be similar in size and atmosphere to the one in Gulf Shores, according to a spokeswoman for Buffett. The restaurant will be at the base of the Mid-Bay Bridge next to Legendary Marine, overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay, according to a letter from Buffett on the LuLu's website.
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| Bet doesn't pay off: Margaritaville Casino Biloxi closes |
Sep 30, 2014 - 3:44 AM - by Ryan C. |
Margaritaville Casino sent home its employees and few remaining customers and closed Monday night. |
Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Gaming Commission, told the Sun Herald that officials from the casino notified them they would close at 10 p.m.
"We were made aware of this and we'll have agents on standby," he said.
A train clacked by around 9:30 p.m., its whistle a last call for the casino that opened in 2012 with a concert by Jimmy Buffett.
A couple moving from Michigan to Nevada pulled in and when they learned it was the final hour, hurried inside to buy a souvenir T-shirt.
A few employees carried items to their cars, while others not scheduled to work headed in one last time.
"We've been here since Day 1," a woman said while another said, "We're just saying goodbye to our co-workers."
The third woman said, "it's sad but ..." and shrugged her shoulders.
The employee parking lot was empty and the staff was parked in the regular lot.
The casino management announced July 21 to employees that they would close by Sept. 19. Customers have dwindled since the announcement.
"The employees are going to be paid through the 19th as promised," said Michael Cavanaugh, attorney for MVB Holdings, which operated the casino.
Cavanaugh said the company was unable to come to an agreement with the landlords to build a hotel on the property, which the management said is needed for the casino to stay in business.
"Everybody wants a better outcome," Cavanaugh said, "everybody but the landlords."
The landowners won't be able to step in and run the casino, he said. "When we close down the license is history."
Gaming Commission regulations now require a casino to have a 200-room hotel and other amenities before they open.
This isn't the first time a casino has closed in South Mississippi. Gold Shore Casino and Biloxi Belle closed in 1995 and Lady Luck in Biloxi in 1998
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