Buffett performs at the Wyndham Championship

Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 6:19 am

From Greensboro.com: “Jimmy Buffett makes whirlwind trip through the Wyndham Championship

The crowd gathered a little before 4 p.m. in the hot, open-air Margaritaville bar set up in front of Sedgefield Country Club’s stately Tudor clubhouse for the Wyndham Championship.

A few hundred people listened and sang along with “20 Ride,” a Zac Brown tribute band from Charlotte.

But they were waiting for more. Word was out: Jimmy Buffett would visit this temporary bar based on his chain of 24 permanent Margaritavilles in the U.S., Mexico and Carribean.

Buffett was dressed for business: light blue shorts, a pink polo shirt, and battered blue Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers with no laces. His curly gray hair poked out from beneath a white Navy Sailing baseball cap, his eyes hidden behind gold-framed aviator sunglasses with dark brown lenses.

The 69-year-old singer stepped on stage and borrowed a guitar. His friend Mac McAnally, a member of Buffett’s Coral Reefer band who has won the CMA’s Musician of the Year award eight times in a row, introduced him. And the intimate little crowd cheered.

“We been rehearsing this for hours,” Buffett deadpanned. He sang one song. That was all. And dozens of smart phones held high recorded it to make friends, family and colleagues jealous.

Where were you Monday? I saw Jimmy Buffett sing “Margaritaville” at the Wyndham.

The crowd tried to sing along, but Buffett changed the lyrics in key spots in his signature song from 1977 to reference Greensboro and the Wyndham.

“… But I know, it’s all Bobby Long’s fault,” Buffett crooned at one point, singling out the chairman of the Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation that owns Greensboro’s PGA Tour tournament.

And then he was gone, whisked away back to the airport to catch a private plane, headed for an airport with a curfew on late flights.

Make no mistake: This was a business trip for Buffett.

Besides the restaurants and bars, the chief Parrothead also owns Margaritaville Vacation Clubs by Wyndham, a growing chain of resorts.

“There’s one in St. Thomas (Virgin Islands), one in Puerto Rico and we’re going to be adding more,” said Steve Holmes, chairman and CEO of Wyndham Worldwide. “It’s just Jimmy’s effort to expand the Margaritaville brand working with us. It’s a great relationship.”


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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/08/18/26015/

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