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Buffett performs in Detroit

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour continued on Satursday night at Comerica Park in Detroit MI. The Set List from the show is now available. A change to the set list included “Oldest Surfer On The Beach” for the final encore. has a review of the show: “Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Browne charm audience at Detroit’s Comerica Park

Weather isn’t all the Motor City shared with Key West this week. On Saturday, it had Jimmy Buffett.

“You can talk about the shark hats and the Parrotheads,” opening act Jackson Browne said of the breezy, cocktail blender-centric culture surrounding Buffett. “It really doesn’t describe it.”

After “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” Buffett said: “It’s time to remake this town.”

Bloomfield Hills attorney Ronnie O’Hara and her husband, Dan, said Buffett visited Birmingham Country Club while in town.

“(Buffett) said he loves Detroit,” she said, “He’s so happy Detroit’s coming back.”

The poignant “Oldest Surfer on the Beach,” reminiscent of Buffett’s best work, closed the show.

“There’s nothing that I won’t do, no place I’m trying to reach,” sang the 66-year-old whose music has become a lifestyle. “Only time is now more precious to the oldest surfer on the beach.”

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Happy Birthday Ernest Hemingway – The Legend

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It was on the advice of John Dos Passos, a fellow member of the “Lost Generation” of ex patriate artists and writers populating Paris during the 1920s, that Hemingway was first prompted to visit Key West. Hemingway did not go directly to South Florida from Paris, but rather arrived through Havana, Cuba—a city and country that would prove to be critically important in Hemingway’s later personal and professional life. Upon his arrival in Key West in April 1928, the first order of business was to locate the new Ford Roadster that Pauline Hemingway’s wealthy Uncle Gus had so generously purchased for the newlywed couple. Because the car had been delayed in transit, the Ford dealership insisted that they take up residence in an apartment located above the showroom on Simonton Street. Ernest and Pauline accepted the offer, and he resumed work on a war story he had started on the ocean passage to Key West. Hemingway continued his Paris habits of writing during the early mornings, and taking time to explore his surroundings in the afternoons. The Hemingways spent three weeks waiting for their car, and it was during this very brief three-week interlude that Ernest—amazingly—finished the partially autobiographical novel about the First World War, “A Farewell To Arms.”

Soon after arrival, Hemingway made the acquaintance of Charles Thompson, who ran the local hardware store. Charles Thompson introduced Hemingway to the exciting world of big game sport fishing, and a long friendship was born. Charles and his wife Lorine entertained the Hemingways at their home on Fleming Street. Lorine Thompson proved to be as friendly and gracious as her husband Charles, and it was during those early days in Key West she and Pauline forged a friendship that would endure for the rest of their lives. Both Ernest and Pauline grew to love Key West and its inhabitants, and soon decided to look for a permanent residence. After two seasons in Key West, Pauline’s Uncle Gus purchased the house on Whitehead Street for them in 1931.

The Hemingway home was built in 1851 in the Spanish Colonial style, and was constructed of native rock hewn from the grounds. The home was in great disrepair when it the Hemingways took ownership, but both Ernest and Pauline could see beyond the rubble and ruin, and appreciated the grand architecture and stateliness of the home. The massive restoration and remodeling they undertook in the early 1930’s turned the home into the National Historical Landmark that thousands of tourists visit and enjoy today.

A unique and extraordinary feature of the grounds is the pool, built in 1937-38, at the staggering cost of $20,000. It was the first in-ground pool in Key West, and the only pool within 100 miles. The exhorbitant construction costs once prompted Hemingway to take a penny from his pocket, press it into the wet cement of the surrounding patio, and announce jokingly, “Here, take the last penny I’ve got!” Tourists are invited to look for the penny, still embedded between flagstones at the north end of the pool.

The Hemingways’ personal touches still abound throughout the house. Many of the unique furnishings are European antiques collected during their stay on the continent. The trophy mounts and skins were souvenirs of the Hemingways’ African safaris and numerous hunting expeditions in the American west. Ernest’s presence can still be felt in his studio where he produced some of his most well-known works. In addition, a very visible and living link to the past are the descendants of Hemingway’s cats. The story goes that Hemingway made the acquaintance of a sea captain who owned an unusual six-toed tomcat, which captured Ernest’s fancy. Upon his departure from Key West, the captain presented the cat to Hemingway. Today many of the numerous cats that inhabit the grounds still possess the unusual six toes.

Ernest’s friends Charles Thompson, Joe Russell (also known as Sloppy Joe), and Capt. Eddie “Bra” Saunders, together with his old Paris friends became known in Key West as “The Mob.” The Mob would go fishing in the Dry Tortugas, Bimini, and Cuba for days and weeks at a time in pursuit of giant tuna and marlin. Everyone in The Mob had a nickname, and Hemingway was often referred to by his friends and family during this time was “Papa”—it was a moniker that eventually stuck with him throughout his life. Hemingway’s Key West was a town unlike any place he ever experienced. It was filled with interesting people, ranging from well-to-do businessmen and lawyers, to down-on-their-luck fishermen, to shipwreck salvagers. Throughout his career, Hemingway freely used the people and places he encountered in his literary works, and many Key Westers appear as characters in his novel “To Have and Have Not,” a novel about Key West during the Great Depression.

Ernest and Pauline divorced in 1940, Hemingway took up residence in Cuba with his third wife, Martha Gellhorn. He continued to visit Key West during the 40’s and 50’s until death in 1961. Throughout the years, Key West has been home to many writers and artists, but none whose presence and influence is as profound as Ernest Hemingway’s.

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Buffett performs in Pittsburgh

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour continued on Thursday night at the First Niagra Pavilion in Pittsburgh PA. The Set List from the show is now available. Changes to the set list included the new song “I Want To Go Back To Cartegena”, and “Tin Cup Chalice” for the final encore.

The Tribune-Review has a review of the show: “Buffett brings a hot party to First Niagara

It was island hot … There was thunder and lightning and pouring rain …
And the fans didn’t seem to mind at all.

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band made their annual trek July 18 to First Niagara Pavilion near Burgettstown, playing a tight show for about two hours that made for a nonstop party — literally. There was no intermission, and any longer breaks for switching instruments were covered by Robert Greenidge playing bits of songs on steel drums.

Buffett’s getting ready to release his first studio album in years, so a few of the 26 precious setlist spots were given to new work. “Something About a Boat,” written by Jerry Jeff Walker’s son, Django, is a good encapsulation of what a lot of fans like about the music: There is something about a boat, a guitar and your dog that can make rough times feel better. The song was part of a “pickin’ on the porch” semi-acoustic set Buffett said began as a tribute to Andy Griffith, recalling the performances that dotted the actor’s show.

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Quiet week in Destin….so far!

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With all of the rain we have had, our emerald green water has been dirty and murky due to all the runoff from inland. It looks like we are just about back to normal as the dirt and silt have had a chance to settle. It’s time to be waist deep in the gulf again!

This has been a very quiet week so far. I was able to get out and ride my bike a little. I dodged some rain drops but nothing heavy. The evenings have been spent working on Crab Island Mambo stuff. We have a busy weekend coming up so there was preparations to be made. We also have the new order of tee shirts, tanks and long sleeve shirts at the printer. We have also ordered some pendants with our logo on them to check them out. I can’t wait to get them.

Some changes are coming to the Winn Dixie shopping center in Destin. A new bar is going in where Kirkland’s used to be. It is supposed to be a wing place with tons of taps for craft beer. The grand opening is going to be sometime in August. I drove by there the other day and a lot of work is taking place.

There is also a new building going up on the lot that is on Hwy. 98 in front of Winn Dixie. I have heard a new restaurant is coming to town but I don’t know for sure if this is where it is going or if something else is going in there. They don’t have any signs up yet so it is a mystery.

Work is moving along on the new Margaritaville on the harbor. They totally gutted the old structure and are building a brand new place. It is going to be a great addition to the harbor. Also on the harbor the new zip lines are up and running. You can see people screaming back and forth! LOL

We will be seeing the Calypso Nuts tonight (Thursday) at Crab Island Cantina and Trop Rocker John Friday Saturday afternoon at the Cantina. It is going to be a fun weekend. A full report on Monday!

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Buffett performs in Cincinnati

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour continued last night at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati OH. The Set List from the show is now available. A change to the set list included the song “I Have Found Me A Home” for the final encor (last played Feb 12, 2009 at the Margaritaville Cafe Key West). has a review of the show: “Jimmy Buffett sprinkles in new tunes among favorites at Riverbend

Jimmy Buffett turned to his keyboard player Mike Utley when it came time for that part of the show when Buffett quantifies his long-running relationship with Riverbend Music Center and the people of Cincinnati. Twenty-six years, 46 sold-out shows and 870,000 tickets sold, Utley reported.

Buffett gave a compact two-hour, 26-song performance that leaned toward the favorites he’s effectively mandated to perform but also included some lesser-known stuff, such as new tunes from a forthcoming record.

The presentation was simple, too. Instead of trying to outdo the production from one year to the next, he’s trending the other way and scaling back. This means less product-placement on the stage and on the video boards. There’s always some measure of marketing going on at a Buffett show, but this one was relatively clean. It was more about his band than his brand.

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Buffett performs at Wharfside Bar & Grill

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From “Jimmy Buffett plays for Wharfside patrons in Virginia Beach

We called Wharfside to get a few details, and here’s the story we heard from Alex Adams, manager; and Dave Maglicco, operations manager, executive chef and part owner of Wharfside:

On Friday, Buffett (in town for a show at the Farm Bureau Live amphitheater on Saturday) stopped in for dinner. It didn’t take long before people started to notice Buffett and ask for autographs. Before anyone became too antsy, Adams told the singer that he wasn’t sure how long he could keep the singer’s presence under wraps.

According to Adams, that’s when Buffett introduced himself. And that’s when Adams told Buffett he had met the singer long ago when Buffett played Ocean Eddie’s. Adams went to the show with his uncle Donald.

Regardless, as a hat tip to uncle Donald and in trade for his meal, Buffett offered to play a few songs. Adams accepted. He was going to give Buffett the meal for free anyway.

Local musician Darrell Hawkins, who happened to be at the restaurant to entertain a private party, had a guitar for Buffett to borrow. It was a customized guitar that Buffett found a little difficult to play. But after breaking a string once, Buffett seemed to get the hang of it and played four or five songs.

More details are at the Wharfside’s Facebook page

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Buffett Announces Hawaii show – fans pick the songs

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During tonights show at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati Buffett announced he will be adding a show in Hawaii to the tour where the fans get to pick the 27 song setlist. More details will be announced later.

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The Summer Season

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Friday night was an ECPHC meeting at Harry T’s down on the harbor. Sunshine Cindy and I parked below Fisherman’s Wharf. We first stopped at the Tipsy Turtle to grab a beer from Matt then walked down the harbor. At the Shark Shack, Brian and Bruce were there. We talked to them for a while and continued down the harbor. On the dock there was a real shark one of the charter boats had caught. As we looked at the shark, Tommy came walking by. He had just left the meeting. He was on his way to his car to head to the Elks Lodge on the island for a River Rats meeting.

We finally got to Harry T’s. A big crowd was up there. There was not much of a breeze and it was stuffy but the fans helped. We had a good time. Off we went to Crab Island Cantina. Greg and Kyle were working. Some tourist had their butts in our usual spot. I guess they didn’t get the memo about that being our seats! LOL Brodie and Brenda joined us. They had a big dinner crowd there. Al the Sax Man was finishing up a show. We love listening to Al.

Time to move on again. Off to the Turtle. Julie, Jan, Loujean, Kenny, Leanna and “Mom” were all there. We stayed there till it started to drizzle. We had a good time. Matt took good care of us. As we drove home there was a spectacular lightning show. The sky was being lit up like crazy.

I spent Saturday morning and early afternoon working on our monthly Crab Island Mambo Mullet Wrapper newsletter. You can read it here!

Saturday evening we went to a pool party. We had a great time. Good food, friends and drinks. Once again we were chased home by rain and lightning. There was a monsoon rain that came down. The streets were flooding making it interesting getting home. But Badass got us home fine.

Sunday afternoon Sunshine Cindy and I headed back down to the harbor. The sun had come out so we decided to get out. Our first stop was The Boathouse. As soon as we walked in the door, Gigi tossed us some Jello Shots. You have to love that kind of welcome! We grabbed a table. Sunshine Cindy ordered some grilled shrimp and I ordered a blackened Mahi sandwich. It was all excellent as usual.

Kelly was playing music with help from Conga Bill. Bob was sitting at our table. He was an interesting person. We enjoyed talking to him. Ed and his wife were there and Ed was his usual self. During a break Bill came and talked with us about Key West. He lived there for about 9 years but it got too expensive so he came back to Destin. Not a bad choice.

As we left to wander the harbor we ran into Kerby. We had not seen him since his fishing trip from hell. We got a full report on how they ran out of gas and had to be towed in. We stopped at the Turtle. Debbie was working. We had not met her before. She was nice and knows how to open a beer so she is okay in my book.

We decided to walk to Crazy Lobster. Passing AJ’s we saw Suzanne, Karen and her friend Sue. We chatted for a while then off we went.

Harborwalk Village was packed with people. The zip lines were busy. Families were everywhere. We sat at the outside bar at the Crazy Lobster. Harper was working. Jesse saw us and came out to greet us. He was working inside. We enjoyed people watching from our seats. After a while we headed back down the harbor. We stopped at the Turtle again. Matt from Sago Sports Bar was sitting at the Turtle. We talked to him for a while. He is a nice fellow. From there we headed home to get ready for the work week.

It looks like we might dry out a little this week. Yeah! See ya Thursday!!!

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Buffett performs in Virginia Beach

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour resumed last night at Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach VA.

The Set List from the show is now available. Some changes to the set list included “Stars on the Water”, “Piece Of Work”, and “Oldest Surfer On The Beach”.

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Margaritaville Hotel at The Island in Pigeon Forge

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From Opening Spring 2014 will be the brand new Margaritaville Island Hotel! It will be a 4 star hotel featuring 132 rooms and a rooftop pool. The Margaritaville Hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN will be one of the few Margaritaville hotels in the world! Below is the announcement banner currently hanging on a building at The Island in Pigeon Forge. (thanks to Shane for passing that along to us)

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