Mike Pinto Releases a David Foral Remix to “Crooks”

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On June 27th, 2017, singer, songwriter storyteller Mike Pinto released his first album in 4 years with a 10-track release titled Hotel Rendezvous. The album has flown under the radar as a low-key release while also being considered Mike’s best work to date. Since then, Mike has tapped Dirty Heads bassist David Foral for a dub-remix of the albums 2nd song, “Crooks.”
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If you’re not familiar with Pinto’s music, he’s a story-teller through song and has a great repertoire of music that ranges from reggae, ska, folk, country and blues. Where it gets interesting is when he combines that with someone in a David Foral who’s background is rooted reggae, dub and hip hop. The result of that pairing is what we have in David Foral’s remix of Mike Pinto’s “Crooks”.

[Related: Interview – David Foral of Dirty Heads]

David Foral tells The Pier: “I’ve known Mike Pinto for quite a few years now and have always thought of him as a talented storyteller. I even filled in on bass for him at a couple live shows awhile back. I ran into him at a festival recently and he was telling me about his new album — ‘Hotel Rendezvous.’ I told him that if he had any songs from the album that he wanted remixed to let me know. He reached out to me with the ‘Crooks’ track and I told him that was my favorite song from the album. I was going for a minimalist meets Massive Attack approach to the remix.”

You can stream David Foral’s remix of “Crooks” on Spotify or own it via iTunes by clicking HERE!

Mike Pinto’s 5th studio album, Hotel Rendezvous, was recorded at Killion Studios in Hollywood, CA with Orgone guitarist Sergio Rios. The album includes 10 previously unreleased songs, including the albums first single “Let You Go.” In addition to Sergio’s presence on the record, the album is also backed by keyboardist Roger Rivas of The Aggrolites/Long Beach Dub Allstars, Jon Asher of The Expanders, and Budda Foster of Through The Roots along with horns by Josh Molle, Max O’Leary Eric Hirschhorn.

You can find a copy of Mike Pinto’s new album on Vinyl, stream it on Spotify or own it digitally via iTunes by clicking HERE!

Related Links:
Mike Pinto Website
Mike Pinto Facebook
David Foral Website
David Foral Soundcloud

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Video: Pepper – “Around” (Live Acoustic)

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Our good friends at Sugar Shack recorded a live-acoustic version of “Around” with the Pepper guys. The song is the last track off their last studio album Ohana. The album was released April 2016 and just recently the group put out a new single, “Good Thing Going” featuring Slightly Stoopid — You can read more on that update by clicking HERE! The are rumored plans for a new album to drop in 2018 as we hope to bring you some details with our 2018 Most Anticipated Albums feature to come January 2nd. In the meantime enjoy this awesome live acoustic performance of “Around.”

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Buffett hands out burgers at ‘Margaritaville’ box office

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From PlayBill.com: “See Jimmy Buffett Help Open the Box Office For Escape to Margaritaville

The box office at the Marquis Theatre opened for business (and free burgers!) on December 8.

Jimmy Buffett took to the streets of New York City on December 8 to help open the box office for his musical Escape to Margaritaville at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. Buffett was handing out free hamburgers to theatregoers and passersby—a nod to his song “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”

As part of Escape to Margaritaville’s ongoing hurricane relief efforts, $5 from every ticket purchase made at the box office December 8 will be donated to One America Appeal, a non-profit organization founded by all five living former U.S. Presidents to aid hurricane victims in the U.S. and in the Caribbean. To date, the show has raised more than $110,000 for hurricane relief.

Following its pre-Broadway tour, the new musical will begin previews February 16, 2018, prior to an official opening March 15 at the Marquis.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/12/08/27232/

Jimmy Buffett planning a free concert in the Caribbean

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From the Caribbean Journal: One of St Barth’s favorite sons is planning a major concert in Gustavia this month.

Jimmy Buffett, the music superstar and frequent St Barth visitor, is planning to play a free concert in Gustavia on Dec. 27.

The concert will be held on the quai in St Barth’s tiny capital; Buffett will be accompanied by local musician Soley and other musicians from the island.

“He hopes that by performing there he will persuade a few more people to come down for the holidays,” said Stiles Bennet, president and CMO of Wimco Villas. “It’s a fun way for folks to support the island’s recovery.”

Buffett has had a decades-long relationship with the island, and some of his most legendary songs were inspired by St Barth, including One Particular Harbor, Au Tour de Rocher and Cheeseburger in Paradise.

As Caribbean Journal reported, St Barth has been making a rapid recovery in the wake of Hurricane Irma; Buffett’s concert should only provide an even bigger boost.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/12/08/27228/

Our Ocean at Work: A Whale of a Challenge

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Imagine yourself in New York City, yellow taxies zooming by you, cars endlessly blasting their horns, and a disarray of people, boundlessly marching through their concrete jungle like an army of ants. Suddenly from the corner of your eye you catch mist spraying into the air. You divert your focus away from the towering steel mountains looming over the horizon and zealously scan the seas. For a moment everyone is silent and everything is still.

Then BOOM a monstrous humpback whale bursts out of the water, fish flopping around out of its mouth, and thunderously careens back into the harbor leaving a wall of water in her wake.

Yes, there are whales in and around New York Harbor!

And this is just a day in the life of Paul Sieswerda, founder of Gotham Whale—New York City’s own non-profit citizen science-based whale research and advocacy organization.

Inspired by Jacques Cousteau, Paul has had an extensive career advocating for the ocean.

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He spent 19 years working for the New England Aquarium and 21 years working for the New York Aquarium. Paul and his wife, Candie, even spent time raising a seal out of their home!

Paul delved into citizen science in the winter of 2006 when he began a seal monitoring program with the New York Aquarium. After reporting a steady increase in seal population over several years, Paul’s study garnered the interest of American Princess Cruises. As it so happened, Paul’s citizen science-based results validated the business’s interest in embarking in a seal watching venture, spurring the local blue economy.

When Paul retired in 2009, he continued his seal study as a volunteer naturalist. Reports of whale sightings from fishing vessels, cargo ships, and other ocean stakeholders led American Princess Cruises to a new venture in whale watching. Gotham Whale was eventually born from this crossroads of science and industry in the summer of 2011.

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From 2011 to 2016, Sieswerda has recorded a drastic seasonal increase of whale abundance from 5 to 165 individuals in just 5 years! He has also accumulated data on whale behavior, feeding frequencies, entanglements, and GPS locations.

Paul has recorded thousands of dolphin sightings over the years, as well.

“Citizen science is the most cost-effective way to accumulate information,” he says.

It would cost millions of dollars in time, boat usage, and salaries to collect the wealth of data that Gotham Whale has collected.

Today, that data is available through the New York State Geographic Information Gateway. It helps managers responsible for planning the future of New York state waters and Long Island Sound to visualize where whales are located as they make decisions about where specific ocean uses should and possibly could occur.

Sieswerda’s data is currently being used to inform the Long Island Sound Blue Plan, a state ocean planning process in Connecticut. Gotham Whale has also been actively engaged in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regional ocean plans, providing input on where whales are located. 

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Paul believes ocean planning is, “such a great idea because it simply makes all the sense in the world. It’s not politically driven; it simply brings all of the various perspectives into one place so that good decision-making can be done.”

As whales are increasingly seen at the entrance to one of the busiest ports in the world, the data from Gotham Whale can help other ocean users make smart decisions to protect and invest in valuable ocean assets—including the whales and dolphins that now call it home.

To board the American Princess and become one of Paul’s citizen scientists this spring, click here!

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Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2017/12/08/ocean-work-whale-challenge/

Our Ocean at Work: Mussel-ing into the Atlantic

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Founded in 1623 by pioneers, the fate and fortune of Gloucester on the eastern tip of Cape Ann in Massachusetts has always been anchored to our ocean. Not only is it America’s oldest fishing port, Gloucester also boasts the oldest continuously operated fishing company in Gorton’s. For almost four centuries, fisherman have gone out onto the waters of the Atlantic to haul in rich catches of lobster, cod, Atlantic herring, pollock, monkfish, white hake and haddock, among others.

A large number of residents still rely on our ocean for their livelihoods. But as global and regional catches have seen significant declines coupled with shifts in fish stocks due to warming waters, Gloucester’s economy has suffered.

In order to ensure fishermen’s way of life and coastal communities like Gloucester can continue to thrive, innovative approaches to grow the local economy are needed.

The idea of an offshore mussel “farm” was brought to the table by Ted Maney and Mark Fregeau, biologists at the Northeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center (NEMAC) at Salem State University. “With the depressed fishing economics going on in the Northeast, this is a new avenue for fishermen,” says Ted Maney. “They could either do this full-time or supplement what they are doing now by setting up or working on a mussel farm.”

In 2013, NEMAC put forward a proposal for a mussel farm in federal waters off Cape Ann. A phased approach would begin with a 400-foot longline submerged to a depth of 50 feet and anchored to our ocean floor. One hundred 25-foot lines would be suspended from the longline on which mussels would grow. When expanded, this farm could eventually cover 33 acres with buoys marking the location of the underwater farm.

Our ocean is an increasingly busy place and the proposal for the mussel farm needed review and approval by several federal and state agencies to ensure it would not impact other ocean uses and the marine ecosystem.

Using the Northeast Ocean Data Portal, Maney and his team were able to access data and information on complex ocean uses including vessel traffic, essential fish habitat and potential overlap with Endangered Species Act listings. Using the vast amount of data available on the portal, they were able to site their proposed mussel farm in a way that would have little or no negative impacts on fishing activity, commercial and recreational vessel traffic and protected marine resources. For example, they were able to site the mussel farm in an area that avoided important feeding areas for protected whale species.The data portal provided access to data that could have otherwise meant lengthy negotiations and long delays to the plan.

“The Northeast Ocean Data Portal was instrumental in obtaining the necessary information to complete these assessments,” notes Maney.

Thanks to the data portal, the permitting process and cross-check with existing laws became easier and more efficient.

In 2015, NEMAC was issued a permit by the Army Corps of Engineers to establish the mussel farm. By August 2016, Fregeau and Maney began setting up the initial 400-foot longline that was expected to produce a yield of approximately 15,000pounds of mussels. This farm is now a sustainable complement to traditional wild fisheries, helping broaden and diversity the coastal economy.

Today, the NEMAC blue mussel farm is the first offshore shellfish farm in federal waters on the Atlantic Coast–and a terrific example of how ocean planning works!

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Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2017/12/07/ocean-work-mussel-ing/

Upcycled DIY Decor for a Trash-Free Holiday

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We all know the feeling. You walk into your local department store or discount retailer, ready to purchase a few needed household items. And then it hits youthe bright sparkling lights, the elaborate wreaths, the hundreds of festive figurines all meticulously aligned in holiday splendor along the store’s entryway. With a season as feel-good and joyful as this one, it can be hard to resist the glitter and gumdrops sometimes. We just want a way to fill our homes with that very same joy that these object spark in us, right?

Yes. However, there’s something many people don’t realize as they fill their shopping bags with seasonal decor every year. While there are countless things we could buy at the store, what may surprise you are the bounty of decorative possibilities lying just under your nose. Get your Do-It-Yourself shoes on, because every single one of these decorations can be created from basic household items, the majority of which you may be discarding into your waste bin on a regular basis! So save those plastic soda bottles, and keep a few of those empty toilet rolls…the things you can ‘upcycle’ and create from what you thought was trash just may shock you.

Toilet Paper Rolls Wreath

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Hold onto those toilet paper rolls, because this is one wreath that’s far too cute not to try making this year. Hang it anywhere in your house, or even spray it down with some outdoor sealant to keep it from getting weathered on your front door!

What you need:

Toilet paper rolls

Dried cranberries or red beads

Hot glue

Scissors

Wine Corks → Miniature Reindeer

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There are two types of people in the world: those who save their wine and bottled beverage corks to ‘eventually make a craft someday,’ and those who simply discard them. Well, this December, we think everyone should be the first of the two! All it takes is a handful of corks and a few other items around the house, and you’ve got yourself one of the cutest little reindeer that anyone who walks through your doors will have ever seen. Try adding a bow (or bowtie) for some additional flair!

What you’ll need:

A handful corks

Select one: Black beads, sharpie, raisins, black buttons (for eyes)

Select one: Red bead, small red pom pom, red button, cherry (for nose)

Sticks OR felt tubing for antlers and tail

Optional: Red or green ribbon/bow

Clothespins → Decorative Snowflakes

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If you’re a frequent user of clothespins, you probably know how easy it is for them to break, get lost, or chewed by a four-legged family member! Keep at least a few of them from going to waste this year by creating these adorable snowflakes out of them. You’ll have to break them apart anyway, so don’t throw the broken ones away!

What you’ll need:

Clothespins

Wood finish (to keep them shiny and non-splintering)

Hot glue

White paint

Lightbulbs → Charlie Brown Characters

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Hey, don’t throw away those burnt out bulbs! Some of the cutest little characters can be made out of those spherical pieces of trash, even with as little as just a sharpie. If you’re a fan of these classic movies, you’ll definitely need to give this idea a try.

What you’ll need:

White light bulbs

Paint (if making character other than snoopy)

Colored markers

Felt tubing (if desired)

Plastic bottles → Festive Trees

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Oh, the dreaded plastic bottle. With the countless number of empty plastic soda containers washing up on our shores and being found in our ocean, discarding these bad boys can fill a person’s heart with guilt. Even after recycling, you may feel guilty for the output of waste, even so… this holiday season, though, it’s only positive vibes on the horizon. Take that empty bottle, grab a pair of scissors and try creating this adorable Dr. Seuss-like tree. See a full demonstration on how to create this up-cycled masterpiece here!

What you’ll need:

An empty green plastic liter bottle

Scissors

Tape

Optional: a handful of mini bulbs to spare from your tree

Old Greeting Cards → Cocktail Markers

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You know those old seasonal greeting cards, the ones from people you’re not as close with, but that are still pretty to look at and you don’t want to get rid of them (or, you just feel bad throwing them in the trash)? At the end of the day, they’ll either end up piling up in your desk drawer for years, or you’ll end up disposing of them anyway. Clear up both physical and mental space by creating something unique eye-catching from these greeting cards. Cut them in simple donut shapes for an easy DIY cocktail marker set… you’re welcome.

What you’ll need:

Greeting cards and scissors (that’s it!)

Empty tins and Cans → Snowmen

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Save those soup cans and empty coffee tins, too, because it doesn’t have to snow for you to make a cute snowman this year! Paint a few different sizes of tin containers white, and you’ve created a homemade ‘Frosty’ that can be saved with your holiday decor for years to come.

What you’ll need:

Empty tin cans of various sizes

White paint

Sharpie or felt pieces (or even cardstock)

Fabric from old, unused clothes (to make accessories like a scarf for the snowman)

A stick or two for arms

A soda bottle topper and circular piece of paper painted black (if you’d like it to have a top hat!)

Egg Cartons → Candy Canes

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An especially easy craft to make with little ones, there are countless things you can make from an egg carton, but this candy cane is a favorite of many for the holidays. Cut out the 12 half-domes of an egg carton, paint half of them white and half of them red and string them together with a piece of simple string or thread. If you want, glue can be used as well. When you have guests over, they likely won’t know what it’s made of until they get a closer look!

What you’ll need:

An egg carton per candy cane

Scissors

Glue or string

Red and white paint

Bottle Caps → Ornaments

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It might be satisfying to pop the top off a soda or beer bottle, but it’s not such a good feeling when you go to dispose of it, not knowing where in our ocean it could have the potential to end up! Remove that worry by creating wholesome, one-of-a-kind ornaments from these bottle tops. Whether you decide to create a wreath or snowmen with these tiny objects, they’re surely better off here than they are exposed to nature. They even make great gifts, too!

What you’ll need:

Bottle caps

A bit of ribbon/bow or wire (to make the tree branch ‘hook’)

Scissors

Glue

Paint, if desired

Whatever other accessories or bits of flair you wish to place on the item

Empty Mason Jars → Sparkling Mermaid Jars

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Whether you get them from empty jelly containers or old mason jars, this is one of the easiest ways to light up a room with seasonal (and seaside!) cheer. Grab that jar, a handful of seashells and a few miniature ornaments from your tree and you’ve got yourself what’s called a ‘mermaid’ jar, full of oceanside holiday inspiration. Put in a string of lights or place next to a piece of driftwood or artificial coral to amp up the coastal vibes.

What you’ll need:

Empty jar

Seashells (or other beachcombing treasures)

A few mini ornaments from your tree (if desired)

A string of lights (if desired)

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans generate approximately 25% more trash during the holiday season compared to other times of the year, totaling about 1 million extra tons of waste.

During a season of gratitude, gatherings and positive vibes, it seems more than admirable to try and at least take even the tiniest of steps toward a less waste-filled holiday season.

Rather than purchasing tons more decorations this year that come wrapped in plastic and other harmful waste materials, fill your tank with what matters most: spending time together. Whether that means adventuring outdoors into the snow, watching a beautiful winter sunset on our ocean or coming together to make a family crafting project out of items that could have ended up harming marine life, the possibilities are boundless. With so many fantastic creative options to help keep our ocean clean during December this year (not to mention that the kids will love), which of these are you most excited to create?

Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2017/12/06/upcycled-diy-decor-trash-free-holiday/

What’s at Stake: National Marine Monuments

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In a deeply worrisome and unprecedented move, the Secretary of Interior just recommended that the Trump administration dismantle some of our nation’s national marine monuments. Three of our nation’s most culturally important marine areas could now have their boundaries modified and be opened up to commercial extraction.

Interior Secretary Zinke is targeting three ocean monuments:

  • Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean: 55,608,320 miles of protected water established by President Bush in 2009 and expanded in 2014. When it was expanded in 2014, this monument was the largest marine protected area in the world, making it the global crown jewel of ocean conservation.
  • Rose Atoll Marine National Monument in American Samoa/Pacific Ocean: 8,609,045 miles of protected water established by President Bush in 2009.
  • Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean: 3,114,320 miles of protected water established by President Obama in 2016 as the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

As Americans, we all have a common moral obligation to preserve the outdoors for our children and grandchildren. And there’s a lot at stake.

  • Important habitat: National marine monuments provide critical habitat for whales, sharks, seabirds and other at-risk marine wildlife.
  • Our tradition of conservation: Since the establishment of monument designation more than a century ago, our tradition of protecting our national treasures has been upheld. Opening up national monument to commercial extraction would be unprecedented.
  • Bipartisanship: Support for national monuments is bipartisan and overwhelming. Studies have shown that an overwhelming 90% of voters support Presidential proposals to protect some public lands and waters as parks, wildlife refuges and wilderness.

These protected habitats must be preserved.

Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2017/12/06/whats-stake-national-marine-monuments/

Our Ocean at Work: Buoying Boater Safety off Cape Cod

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As we watch ships out on our ocean cruise across the sea, navigating with apparent ease, it’s tempting to think that piloting ships on our ocean is as simple as driving a car down a road. But the reality is much more complicated. Roads have a system of well-established tools like traffic signals and speed limits to help us drive safely. Out on our ocean is a different story. Knowing current wave conditions is critical for mariners to safely navigate crowded seas. That requires buoys that measure and broadcast those conditions. But where to put these buoys?  It’s not like placing a traffic light or speed sign, to guide cars in clearly marked lanes on flat asphalt. How do you get a buoy close enough to where ships transit to be useful, but not so close that it might be accidentally run over and destroyed by boats that don’t exactly stay in between two white lines?

Enter ocean planning.

In the heavily trafficked waters of Cape Cod Bay, the Cape Cod Canal forms an ocean highway through which ninety-five percent of loaded tugs and barges pass. But until recently, real-time, live data showing weather conditions had not been available, leaving mariners without a critical tool to help them safely navigate the canal. Placing a wave-monitoring buoy was clearly an important safety priority, but where to put it? While the buoy needed to be placed close enough to core shipping routes to provide accurate data for ships, there were concerns about heightened collision risks, which limited the number of places where the buoy could be dropped. Tom Shyka, a scientist with the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) and was called in to help make the decision.

Shyka knew just what to do. Accessing data from the Northeastern Ocean Data Portal, he pulled up data showing watercraft traffic throughout the bay. The data was displayed on an interactive map, where the scientists’ used an interactive ‘drawing’ feature to mark out potential buoy locations and discuss pros and cons of each based on the other information contained in the Data Portal. With feedback from other project partners including the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, NOAA’s National Ocean Service, and several others, the project managers were able to effectively evaluate the options and identify the best possible location for the buoy.

In 2016, the buoy was placed in an area north of the Sandy Neck region of Cape Cod Bay. Today, it continuously measures and provides real-time data on wave and temperature conditions in the bay. This allows ship captains and pilots to safely and efficiently transit through the busy Cape Cod Canal. Not only that, it also allows the National Weather Service to enhance its forecasts, the U.S. Coast Guard to better operate its search-and-rescue operations and the U.S. Geological Survey to plan beach nourishment projects.

Thanks to the ocean planning tools and data used in this project, ship pilots, weather forecasters, fishermen, whale watch operators, recreational boaters and more now have the information they need to stay safe on the waters of Cape Cod Bay.

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Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2017/12/06/buoying-boater-safety-off-cape-cod/

Buffett on hand for Escape to Margaritaville’s Broadway Box Office

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From PlayBill.com: “Composer Jimmy Buffett Will Be on Hand for Opening of Escape to Margaritaville’s Broadway Box Office

Composer Jimmy Buffett will be on hand when the Escape to Margaritaville box office at the Marquis Theatre, 210 West 46th Street, opens for business December 8 at 10 AM ET (also on sale via TicketMaster)

As part of the production’s ongoing hurricane relief efforts, $5 of every ticket purchase made at the box office December 8 will be donated to One America Appeal, a non-profit organization founded by all five living former U.S. Presidents to aid hurricane victims in the U.S. and in the Caribbean. To date, the show has raised more than $110,000 for hurricane relief.

Following its pre-Broadway tour, the new musical will begin previews February 16, 2018, prior to an official opening March 15 at the Marquis.

The cast of Escape to Margaritaville includes Paul Alexander Nolan, Alison Luff, Lisa Howard, Eric Petersen, Rema Webb, Don Sparks, Andre Ward, Matt Allen, Tessa Alves, Sara Andreas, Tiffany Adeline Cole, Marjorie Failoni, Samantha Farrow, Steven Good, Angela Grovey, Albert Guerzon, Keely Hutton, Justin Keats, Mike Millan, Justin Mortelliti, Ryann Redmond, Jennifer Rias, Julius Anthony Rubio, Nick Sanchez, Ian Michael Stuart, and Brett Thiele.

Escape to Margaritaville features both original songs and the most-loved Buffett classics, including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and more. With a book by Emmy winner Greg Garcia and Emmy nominee Mike O’Malley, this new production is choreographed by Tony nominee Kelly Devine and directed by Tony winner and La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/12/06/27225/