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Buffett makes Forbes Celebrity 100

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Jimmy Buffett comes in at #47 with 52 million in earnings on the Forbes Celebrity 100: The World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers 2018.

There’s never been a better time to be famous. The world’s 100 top-earning celebrities pulled in a combined $6.3 billion pretax over the past 12 months, up 22% from last year; 11 superstars crossed the $100 million threshold, more than double the number from the last two years combined.

The Celebrity 100 list ranks front-of-camera stars around the globe using their pretax earnings from June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents. Estimates are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, IMDB, SoundScan, NPD BookScan and ComScore, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves.

View the 2018 Forbes Celebrity 100 List

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Buffett performs ‘West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown’

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Tuesday night at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati as part of the 2018 Son Of A Son Of A Sailor Tour. The set list from the show is now available.

For the final encore Buffett performed “West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown” (last played August 13, 1997 in Camden, NJ)

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/07/12/27788/

Article on Buffett’s Margaritaville Empire in Variety Magazine

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From Variety Magazine: “Jimmy Buffett Cashes in on ‘Margaritaville’ Brand With Restaurants, Spirits, More

Before Jimmy Buffett, “rock ’n’ roll” and “leisure” hardly counted as overlapping industries. British rockers might have done photo shoots at their lavish country estates, but publicly, for the most part, the essential rock maxim remained: Never let ’em see you not sweat. But it was Buffett’s genius — as a businessman, if not necessarily an artist — to play down the shiftlessness of some of his early beach-bum character studies and play up relaxation as an aspirational lifestyle. Cut to now, when Margaritaville, the company named after Buffett’s sole No. 1 pop hit, brings in between $1.5 billion and $2 billion annually.

The singer-songwriter’s last studio album, 2013’s “Songs From St. Somewhere,” debuted at No. 4, not bad for a pirate looking at 66 at the time. But as income streams go, new — and even catalog — recordings count as an asterisk on a pimple on the empire the singer has amassed as one of music’s savviest branding kings. In 2016, Forbes declared Buffett America’s 13th-wealthiest celebrity, with a net worth of $550 million, so Spotify royalties are the least of his concerns. Margaritaville’s physical locations clearly attract more than just hardcore Parrotheads; the company’s 70-plus restaurants, bars, hotels, resorts, casinos, cruises and vacation rentals draw more than 20 million visitors each year. And no one need leave home to experience a piece of Margaritaville when there are tequilas, rums, lagers, iced teas, shrimp, tortilla chips, clothes, shoes, bedsheets and pool and tailgating accessories designed to make the most landlocked hovel seem downright Gulf Coast-adjacent.

The ancillary branding began modestly but early with the 1987 opening of the first Margaritaville restaurant in Key West; it took until 1993 before they got around to a second location. Now there are 32, and that’s not counting the three Air Margaritavilles in airport terminals, nine Landshark Bar Grills, seven Cheeseburger in Paradises and seven 5 O’Clock Somewhere bars. There are two casinos and the hotel/resorts are up to eight, with eight more on the way in the coming years, including a 234-room, 29-story property set to open in 2020 in beachy Times Square. If the danger remains that Buffett’s fan base might age out of the leisure sector, there’s some accounting for that with two planned retirement communities for the “55 and better” set, with Latitude Margaritavilles being developed in Daytona Beach and Hilton Head that promise a Buffett-esque headspace 24/7/365/∞.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/07/11/27784/

Buffett caddies at U.S. Senior Women’s Open

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From the Golf Channel: “Jimmy Buffett caddies at U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Jimmy Buffett has worn many hats in his career – musician, best-selling author, businessman, and now … caddie.

Buffett was at Chicago Golf Club Monday to caddie for Patricia Ehrhart during a practice round at the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

Ehrhart was a semifinalist at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur, and she also works as the travel and event manager for the Margaritaville Surf Team. Buffett, of course, serves as the captain, and Ehrhart’s three daughters are competitive surfers.

But there’s more than just the matter of convenience: Ehrhart is Buffett’s niece.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/07/10/27779/

A Review of Buffett’s Pittsburgh Show

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a review of Saturday’s show: “Jimmy Buffett talks to fans like old friends during Pittsburgh concert

Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band’s “Son of a Son of a Sailor ’18” tour docked in Burgettstown Saturday, drawing a crowd that stretched from the gates at the pavilion to PA-18 around showtime. One fan in the sea of Hawaiian shirts wore a cardboard sign around her neck that read “BUFFETT VIRGIN.” For many other fans, Saturday was a return to Margaritaville. It certainly wasn’t their captain’s first time.

“I can tell, oh I can tell,” Mr. Buffett said to the crowd a few songs into his set. “We’re gonna have a B-I-G T-I-M-E.”

The crowd filed in slowly while opener Caroline Jones played a stripped-down set alongside only a box drum. Pulling mostly from her latest album, “Bare Feet,” released on Buffett’s Mailboat Records, Jones sounded much bigger than her band suggested. Coral Reefer Mac McAnally joined the singer for his song, “Down the Road,” before Jones closed with her own track, “Chasin’ Me.”

Buffett and his 11-member band kicked off their set with “Livingston Saturday Night,” naturally subbing “Pittsburgh” into the title on the final chorus. Transitions between songs were clean both in terms of stage banter and physical movement. Buffett doesn’t look his 71 years — tan and fit, he bounced around the stage with energy, hopping during his songs and quickly swapping guitars in between.

When he addressed the crowd, Buffett talked like he would with old friends who already know the punchlines to his inside jokes.

Buffett wears his heart on his sleeve. He likes strumming his guitar, he likes beaches, he likes boats and he likes bars. At some point during the show, he lost his flip-flops (later in his set he gifted them to a fan), and when the sun went down and Buffett took off his shades, he almost looked unnatural.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/07/09/27774/

Buffett performed on “A Capital Fourth” on PBS

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Jimmy Buffett performed yesterday on “A Capital Fourth” on PBS. The cast of “Escape to Margaritaville” performed “License To Chill”, “Cheeseburger In Paradise”, “One Particular Harbour”, and “Fins”. Jimmy Buffett joined the cast for “Margaritaville”.

Later when the Beach Boys performed Jimmy joined them for the songs “Kokomo” and “Fun, Fun, Fun”.

A video of the full show is now available. Buffett introduces the Escape to Margaritaville cast 13 minutes into the video. His performance with the Beach Boys begins at 1 hour 7 minutes.

Bruce Johnston (Beach Boys), Tara Palmeri (ABC News correspondent), and Jimmy Buffett

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/07/05/27755/

Watch Jimmy Buffett perform on A Capital Fourth

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On July 4th, the 38th annual PBS Capitol Fourth Concert salutes the men and women in uniform, as well as their families, on Independence Day. The free concert will be held on the U.S. Capitol’s west lawn. John Stamos is the host of “A Capitol Fourth“, which airs on PBS from 8 to 9:30 p.m. ET.

Extra special this year will be a proposed Beach Boys duet with island music icon Jimmy Buffett, who’s also bringing the cast of his new Broadway musical “Escape to Margaritaville.”

“We’ve talked to Jimmy Buffett about joining us on ‘Kokomo,’” Mike Love said. “I can’t be 100 percent sure until we’ve actually done it, but the talk is leading in that direction. I think that would be a lot of fun. … I think we’ll split the leads. We’re going to record our version of it and then send it to him, just to give him an idea of where we want him to come in.”

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Escape to Margaritaville ends run on Broadway

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Jimmy Buffett’s musical “Escape to Margaritaville” ended it run on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on July 1st. The musical is heading out across North America for a national tour beginning with a show in Providence RI in October 2019.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/07/03/27739/

Buffett and The Eagles perform in Denver

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Thursday night at Coors Field in Denver CO. The set list from the show is now available.

From 303 Magazine: “Review – The Eagles’ Performance Matched the Denver Heat

Since the ’70s, The Eagles have been known as one of America’s most popular bands. The group has gone through decades of ups and downs, including member changes and deaths, record-breaking album sales and more than one reunion tour. After their infamously messy breakup in 1980, Eagles fans rejoice in pleasant shock every time the band graces a stage in their area. In 2018, they brought another reunion, this time to a scorching hot Coors Field along with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.

Jimmy Buffett is a man of all trades, having careers in music, writing and restaurant ownership, but at Coors Field last night his expertise remained solely of the tropic-rock kind. While the Caribbean-rock creator entered the stage on time, which is foreign to island-folk, Buffett’s ensemble channeled a fresh-off-the-boat look, with a blue, airy button up and a lack of footwear. Beach balls catapulted all over the atmosphere on the floor while intricate backdrops showcased scenes of the ocean, beach and all things tropical, which felt appropriate in 105-degree heat.

No one can accuse Jimmy Buffett of not knowing how to throw a good time, and his performance last night was continued proof that this sailor’s still got it. “Pencil Thin Mustache,” one of the first bits of the set, garnered thousands of voices singing along, which echoed throughout the stadium. After the island vibes had flowed for a few more songs, Buffett brought out Jones to assist him in “Come Monday.” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” stole the show from his tracklisting of the night, which came as no surprise.

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Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head Model Grand Opening June 30th

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Find your home in paradise with the grand opening of Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head’s collection of decorated model homes! Tour 9 amazing floorplans with authentic Margaritaville style and quality craftsmanship as you enjoy live music, entertainment, food, friends and fun.

The celebration will also include the grand opening of the Lake Latitude Club, featuring a resort-style pool, sandy beach area, fitness center and party room. It’s sure to be a popular gathering spot for endless activities, events and adventures!

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head is located in the heart of the Lowcountry with convenient access to world-famous Hilton Head, voted the #1 island vacation destination in the United States.

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head Sales Center
356 Latitude Blvd.
Hardeeville, SC 29927

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