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.
In case you're wondering, it's going to be 76 today in Key West, site of the very first Margaritaville If you're a glutton for punishment, here's what it looks like there right now. Go ahead. Take a look.
Only 46 days until spring folks.
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.
The San Carlos theater (capacity: 300) is where it all started.
Jimmy and the Coral Reefer Band first performed here in the 70's and they're returning to play a special show where YOU pick the set list. Simply choose your favorite songs from the lists and submit them. The 27 songs with the most votes make the show! (Don't worry - Jimmy will arrange the order of the songs to make a fun show.)
Plus, everyone who enters is automatically entered for a chance to win tickets to the show, and one lucky winner will win an all-expenses paid trip to Key West to see the show live! We'll let you know by March 2nd, 2015 if you won tickets so you can plan your trip.
And if you can't make it, we are going to show the whole thing live on Margaritaville.tv. It should be a night to remember! Now get started!
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.
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."
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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