Jimmy Buffett’s Beachcomber restaurant in Waikiki to close by Aug 31

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Jimmy Buffett’s Restaurant & Bar at the Beachcomber will be closing and terminating its lease at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort on Aug. 31.

The restaurant opened in 2009. It is part of Margaritaville’s restaurant group, which has 21 locations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, according to its website.

Calls seeking comment from Jimmy Buffett’s restaurant were not immediately answered.

Nancy Daniels, director of publication relations for Outrigger Enterprises Group, which manages the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, said Outrigger is “looking for another high-quality restaurant to go in there, and we have begun exploration of other leading restaurant options.”

Fin Fest 15 – Card Sharks Poker Crawl, Saturday, July 26th (Vista)

The Palmetto Parrot Head Club will present Fin Fest 15 – Card Sharks Poker Crawl on Saturday, July 26th in Columbia’s Famously Hot Vista.

To freshen things up a bit, we are trying something new for this year’s event. Fin Fest 15 will be a poker crawl through Columbia’s Vista. Crawlers will draw a playing card at each bar stop. Prizes will be awarded for the best poker hand. Additionally we will include prizes raffles, games and a silent auction.

Once again all proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association – South Carolina Chapter and other PPHC supported charities.

Join us Friday night, July 25th, at Kelly’s Deli & Pub for our Pre-Poker Crawl party. Starting around 5pm we’ll have drink specials, give aways, 50-50 raffle, etc. There will be live music by Steve Kemp from 6pm-9pm.

Pre-Fin Fest 15 Card Sharks Poker Crawl Party
Kelly’s Deli & Pub
1001 Washington St, Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 254-4464

Friday, July 25th from 5pm-9pm

The Poker Crawl will run Saturday, July 26th, between 3pm-7pm. Registration will begin at World Of Beer in the Vista starting at 2pm. Small drinking teams will be dispatched in different directions with everyone returning their Poker card to World Of Beer by 7pm. Prizes will be awarded at 8pm.

Remember to book your Fin Fest 15 room at Springhill Suites.

Here is the schedule thus far:

Friday, July 25th
Pre-Crawl Welcome Party Kelly’s Deli & Pub 5pm
Saturday, July 26th
Registration World Of Beer 2pm
Crawl Begins World Of Beer 3pm
Crawl Locations World Of Beer
Wild Hare Sports Cafe
The Oyster Bar
Tin Roof
Wild Wings Cafe
Liberty Tap Room
Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina
Kelly’s Deli & Pub
Crawl Concludes (All cards due) World Of Beer 7pm
Silent Auction Ends/Awards Announced World Of Beer 8pm
Chris Compton World Of Beer 9pm
After-Crawl Party SpringHill Suites Columbia Downtown/The Vista 10pm-until

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Central OK Parrothead Association wants you to join them in Jamaica (4/18/15)

The Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association (COPA) would like to invite you and your club members to join us in Jamaica next April for our next COPA All Inclusive trip. Would you please distribute (via newsletter, social media, website, etc.) the information below to your club members. Thanks so much and we hope you can join us!

 YOU’RE INVITED

The Travel Committee for the Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an all inclusive trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica from April 18-25 at the RIU Montego Bay.

We are also very thrilled to announce that The Calypso Nuts will be joining us on the trip for your entertainment. Lynley and Robbie bring a high energy, crowd rocking performance to the stage. They are pan (steel drum) players and musicians extraordinaire and will be perfect for our COPA Jammin’ In Jamaica trip.

We look forward to having many of our Parrot Head PHriends from everywhere join us in Jamaica! However, this trip is not just for Parrot Heads. It is open to anybody that would like to attend, Parrot Head or not! We’ve had many non-Parrot Heads join us on our trips and they all have a wonderful time. Please get the word out to all of your family and friends about the trip. Everybody will thoroughly enjoy Jamaica! It is a beautiful country with some of the most friendly people in the world. The beaches are outstanding and fun abounds all around.

For more information and to register go to www.copa-nut.com/jamaica.htm

For the birds: This Buffett fan sure to ruffle feathers

Here is what an outside observer sees and hears when they attend a Jimmy Buffett concert…he obviously was sober.

From GolfChannel.com:

For the birds: This Buffett fan sure to ruffle feathers

By Jason Sobel
July 6, 2014

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – I’m a Jimmy Buffett fan. Not a Parrothead by any means, but enough of a fan that on a nice sunny day I’ve got no problem rolling down the windows, tuning in to his XM station and even belting out a few stanzas of “Cheeseburger in Paradise” if nobody can hear me.

(And yeah, just reading that paragraph makes me want to punch myself in the face, but I digress …)

So I was pretty excited to see him booked for a concert here Saturday night, just down the road from The Greenbrier Classic. I’d never seen him perform live. As I told a PGA Tour media official when we left the course after the third round, “Buffett’s not my favorite, but I’ve seen all my favorites. This should be pretty cool.”

And then I got ready for the show and boarded a crowded shuttle bus and got to the amphitheater and he started playing. And, well, it wasn’t that cool anymore.

Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band opened with “Summertime Blues,” a campy cover track that was popular when the 67-year-old Buffett was a pre-teen and it was probably hokey even back then. They followed with “Brown-Eyed Girl.”

(Yes, he went 0-for-2 in playing actual Buffett songs to start, immediately giving the show a karaoke disposition. In fact, later he’d even play a song with the word “KARAOKE” bleating on a screen behind him, which at least proves he was in on the joke.)

The caddie standing next to me was so young that he asked whether the Van Morrison wedding-stalwart was a Buffett original.

I’m not that young, but I’m young enough that ever since I’ve enjoyed music, I’ve always seen the Beach Boys as a Kokomo-crooning, Baby Boomer-swooning, cheesy caricature of surf-life in the 1960s.

But Buffett? Man, Buffett was cooler. Buffett was the dude who’d rather hang out at the beach bar with a few cold beverages and a guitar than show off to the coeds with his surfing moves.

On this night, though, I couldn’t help thinking he wasn’t cool anymore. Maybe he never was in the first place.

He wore a bright pink “Margaritaville” T-shirt, lemon yellow shorts and no shoes. He smiled a lot, which was good, and paused a lot, which wasn’t.

The entire show, which featured at least a dozen guitarists and horn players and AARP-ish women singing background vocals alongside him onstage, had the feel of Uncle Larry crashing your Fourth of July party with some of his pals.

Or better yet, Uncle Larry shooting a commercial for his Lucky Larry’s Used Car Emporium.

It was schmaltz upon schmaltz. It was music’s answer to vaudeville theater.

If the Beach Boys are a caricature of long-ago surf-life, Buffett is a caricature of Buffett.

Then again, it seems to be working for him.

The amphitheater was packed. Fans sang along. When Buffett wailed, “Fins to the left, fins to the right …” everybody clapped two hands together over their heads and swayed back and forth. A few diehards even wore actual stuffed parrots on their heads.

Hey, more power to ‘em. The brand works. Just like we’d say of a few of the older golfers who were in attendance, Buffett may not do anything great, but he knows how to get himself around the course and post a score.

Jimmy Buffett in the news

BuffettLiveOrlando022510Jimmy Buffett’s “This One’s For You” tour ramped back up this week with an appearance on The Tonight Show and his satellite broadcast drive-in concert.

There is a Buffett buzz going on right now about Jimmy and Parrotheads so I thought we could share them in one spot.

Check ‘em out. There’s a lot of good stories being written:

Jimmy’s New House:

See inside Jimmy Buffet’s new $8.25 million Beverly Hills home

Jimmy on The Tonight Show:

Jimmy Buffett to make appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ Tuesday

Jimmy Buffett keeps it casual for ‘Tonight Show’ interview, performance

Jimmy’s Drive-In concert:

Fins and fans tailgate at Jimmy Buffett event at Haar’s Drive-In Theatre

Parrotheads flock to ‘Live at the Drive-in’

“Parrot Heads” Flock To Jimmy Buffett Concert At Drive-In

Photos: Parrotheads party at Haar’s Drive-In

Drive-in theaters hope Jimmy Buffett concert will help re-ignite flame

Streamed Jimmy Buffett concert goes on at Haar’s Drive-In despite technical problems

See Jimmy Buffett in concert simulcast at Centre’s 411 Drive-In June 19

Jimmy’s tour:

Jimmy Buffett: With all due respect to his Parrothead fan base, the singer-songwriter who plays Blossom on Tuesday is more than a party artist

Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown Band coming to Hershey for Southern Ground festival Labor Day weekend

Ahead of Jimmy Buffett’s two D-FW shows, he admits he wants to go to space

Buffett an entertainer extraordinaire

Margaritaville Restaurants:

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville could be on its way to Destiny USA in Syracuse

Bar battle: Toby Keith’s vs. Jimmy Buffett’s at Destiny USA (poll/photos)

Jimmy Buffett’s new “Margaritaville” opens its doors in Pigeon Forge

Video:

Scenes from Jimmy Buffett’s Drive-In Concert

1j5aqx.AuSt.9[1]The Beaufort Island Packet posted some photos from Jimmy Buffett’s Drive-In broadcast concert from last night. Full article is posted below. You can see more photos here.

Parrot Heads, Parakeets flock to Buffett concert broadcast

Beaufort’s Highway 21 Drive In became a mini Margaritaville on Thursday night, alive with Hawaiian shirts, cheeseburger hats, and, of course, plenty of parrot paraphernalia.

The drive-in was one of many across the country simulcasting the Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band concert “Live At The Drive-In.”

Although the flip-flop wearing musician was not present in the flesh, he was in spirit as carloads of Parrot Heads, as his hardcore fans are known, packed the lot ready for a good time and some good music.

“Jimmy Buffett concerts are all about the party beforehand,” said Janet Gredler of Bluffton, who wore a grass skirt and a parrot hat she ordered online just for the occasion. “I’ve been in third-row seats at one of his concerts and left to go join the party in the back.”

For many Lowcountry Parrot Heads, the drive-in concert is the closest they can get to the musician.

Although Buffett tours consistently, his concerts usually sell out in minutes.

“It’s been a many years since he’s been to the Hilton Head area,” said Laura Rahn of the Savannah Parrot Head Club. “That’s why we are so thrilled about this.”

Of the club’s 100 members, Rahn estimated about a dozen were perched at Thursday’s drive-in show.

Also represented was Charleston’s Lowcountry Parrot Head Club.

As any true Parrot Head will tell you, Buffett fans party with a purpose, said club president Bill Eiser.

It’s not all music and rum drinks, though. Most clubs also participate in regular volunteer work, he said.

“But we get a recovery day in between,” added secretary Janice Lynn, who was carrying a drink and sporting a homemade, Buffett-themed hat decorated with mini flip flops, concert pins and chips from a Margaritaville casino.

A few cars down, Randall Horres of Charleston was busy wrapping his car in rainbow garlands and lighting tiki candles with his daughters, Hannah, 11, and Sarah, 9. Children of Parrot Heads are called Parakeets.

“Hannah has a Jimmy Buffett playlist that she plays all the time in her room,” her dad said. Sarah wore a pair of tiny parakeet wings.

It can be hard for those Parakeets to leave the nest.

Even children well into their 20s and 30s can still be considered Parakeets, explained Mike Griffin, a veteran Buffett fan from Aiken. Griffin’s tailgate set-up was one of the most elaborate, decorated with blow up monkeys, a stuffed parrot in a cage, a straw umbrella and a grass skirt hanging from the car bumper that framed his Parrot Head license plate.

“There are about 8-to-10 steps to becoming a mature Parrot Head,” Griffin said.

The biggest is overlooking the commercial aspects of Buffett’s expanding Margaritaville brand and enjoying the music, he said.

In addition to selling more than 26 million albums, the singer has successfully built an empire of restaurants, casinos, a clothing line and a signature beer.

But being a Buffett fan isn’t about buying into his brand, Griffin said.

“It’s about bonding with your fellow man and having a good time. You do it for you.”

PPHC Recognition (Columbia Blowfish) Wednesday, July 9

Come and show your Parrot Head Pride as PPHC Member!!!

Happy Hour for Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 will be at

Capital City Stadium
301 S Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803-254-3474

The Columbia Blowfish theme for the night is “BUD LIGHT HAPPY HOUR” $2.00 Bud Light 12oz cans from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (or until supplies last).

PPHC is going to be honored on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Alexis Taylor and the Alzheimer’s Association for the top fundraising team for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the start of the Columbia Blowfish baseball game. One lucky PPHC member will be chosen to throw out the game ball at 7:00 PM.

****Note: This is a family friendly event!!!****

Note: Because we are being recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association this will be our 1st Happy Hour for July.

More information to come!!!

Jimmy Buffett launches Margaritaville TV

From the HoustonChronicle.com:

Jimmy Buffett performs at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands Thursday May 29, 2014.

Ken Hoffman
June 2, 2014

It’s up to you, Jimmy, you want to do the interview now?

Or, I have this little Jimmy Buffett Trivia Quiz in my pocket. It’s five questions – let’s see how much you know about yourself.

“Let’s do the trivia first,” Buffett laughed. We were in his dressing room, a few hours before his concert last week at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. He was in shorts, with bare feet, wire-rimmed glasses and a “Deus Ex Machina” T-shirt (from the surfboard and motorcycle store) with rolled-up sleeves.

Buffett had been curled up on a brown leather sofa. For the quiz, he sat up and leaned forward.

“I’m ready.”

1. Eight authors have had books reach No. 1 on both the New York Times fiction and nonfiction bestseller list. You’re one of them. Name three others.

Buffett’s answer: “Ernest Hemingway and Dr. Seuss and … I don’t remember the others.”

WRONG! Meatloaf’s song is wrong – two out of three is bad. The others are John Steinbeck, Mitch Albom, William Styron, Irving Wallace and Glenn Beck.

Buffett raised an eyebrow, “Glenn Beck?”

Yes, Glenn Beck.

2. In what city have you performed the most concerts?

Buffett’s answer: “Cincinnati.”

WRONG! Buffett has performed 55 concerts in Mansfield, a suburb of Boston. Cincinnati is second with 53. Houston is tied for 11th place with 27 concerts, according to the be-all, end-all website, www.buffettnews.com. Houston will always be No. 1 for a special reason, though: “The first time I ever headlined a show was at Liberty Hall here in Houston,” he said.

3. According to the closing credits, what role did you play in the baseball movie, “Cobb,” starring Tommy Lee Jones?

Buffett’s answer: “I do know what I played. I’ll say “The Armless Fan.”

WRONG! So close, but I have to mark it wrong. The 1994 film’s credits list Buffett’s role as “The Armless Guy Roger Clemens also appeared in “Cobb.” He was credited as the “Opposing Pitcher.”

4. One of your most acclaimed albums is titled “A1A.” If you get on Florida State Road A1A in Key West. and drive north, where does A1A end?

Buffett’s answer: “Fernandina Beach, Fla. Just south of the Georgia state line.”

CORRECT! A1A hugs the east coast of Florida, passing through Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville.

5. You were the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” in 1978. Who was the host of that episode?

Buffett’s answer: “Richard Dreyfuss.”

CORRECT! Buffett performed “Son of a Son of a Sailor.”

Margaritaville TV

See me after class to discuss your grade, Mr. Buffett.

“That was fun. I got like a B, didn’t I? How many did I get right?” Buffett asked.

You got two right. You think 40 percent is a B? This isn’t driver’s ed. You don’t just show up and get a B.

“So I got a C or a D. That’s all right. That was my normal grade in college.”

Buffett did better than that. He received a bachelor’s degree in history (not math) in 1969 from the University of Southern Mississippi. Other notable USM grads: quarterback and jeans pitchman Brett Favre and celebrity chef Cat Cora.

Now let’s get down to business. Buffett has created his own Internet television station called Margaritaville TV - www.margaritaville.tv - the only TV station owned, operated, bankrolled and starring a rock ‘n’ roller.

Some people are happy with a license plate with their name on it.

The TV station is packed with videos and memories. As Buffett puts it, he’s been “living my life like a song,” making music for nearly a half century. But the main event will be live telecasts of Buffett concerts in high definition and full stereo. Thursday’s concert in The Woodlands was the station’s opening night.

The station was supposed to debut a week earlier with a concert from Virginia Beach, but the video stream suffered exasperating pauses for buffering. I suggested they call it buffetting - cute, but no less annoying. Three nights later, a concert in Atlanta never made it online because – I love this – raccoons chewed through backstage wires. It’s an older venue in Atlanta.

The Woodlands concert was a crystal clear success. Some 16,500 Parrotheads, Buffett’s wildly costumed fans, packed the pavilion. Thousands more watched in their homes … in China, Australia, France, South America and Africa. Starbucks. Anywhere.

Buffett’s IT guy, Coleman Sisson, showed me a map of exactly how many fans were watching in any city around the world. You think Edward Snowden knows his way around a computer?

I asked Buffett, why are you doing Margaritaville TV? You’ve been airing your concerts live on Radio Margaritaville on SiriusXM for the past 14 years. Now that you’re adding video, aren’t you giving away the milk and the cow for free now?

“It is a logical step,” he said. “I like technology. I think there’s a lot of people out there who would like to see our show but can’t. They might be in secondary markets, or they don’t want to put up with the hassle of coming to a show.”

Buffett has been doing fewer tours, with fewer shows in fewer cities in recent years. Which means fewer people get to see the concert in person.

“I didn’t know it was going to last this long, at this pace. If you do the math, we’re only doing about 20 shows this year. I still like doing it, but I’m also 67 years old. I’ve had a good run. I’ve got a lot of things that I want to do that don’t involve me being on the road. With Margaritaville TV, fans can watch the show now.”

Buffett isn’t worried that people may stay home and watch Margaritaville TV instead of buying tickets and coming to his concerts.

“Tonight’s show is on TV. But you still see people scalping tickets in the parking lot. It’s the law of supply and demand. There’s still a lot of demand for our shows.”

Cool customer

Buffett travels with 40 band and crew members. I joined them for a buffet lunch backstage at 3 p.m. I had fried pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes and string beans, with flan for dessert. The yellow tail snapper and roast chicken were moving fast. There wasn’t a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” in sight, though.

The sound check followed around 4 p.m. Buffett wore a baseball cap backwards. Heavy duty air conditioners made the stage feel like a meat locker on that 85-degree day.

I asked Pavilion president Jerry MacDonald, I didn’t know the stage was air conditioned – how come Bruce Springsteen was drenched with sweat a few weeks ago?

“Bruce specifically told us not to turn the air conditioners on. He wants to sweat. A lot of the classic rock acts want it hot so they work up a sweat,” he said.

Buffett is one cool customer. And not just onstage.

While we talked, I noticed a fully made bed in his dressing room.

Is that your bed or does it belong to the pavilion?

“It’s my bed. It goes with me to every city. I take a nap before each show,” Buffett said. “I’ll go to sleep for about 45 minutes.”

Do you have an alarm clock? Have you ever slept through a show?

“No alarm clock. Don’t worry, I usually know when to wake up,” he laughed.

Finally, I asked, how much of what you do now – the TV station, performing live at a drive-in movie theater, playing baseball stadiums like Wrigley Field and doing your encore in the right field bleachers – is just you seeing how far you can push things … push yourself?

Buffett smiled, “That’s a LOT of it.

“This stuff is exciting. I mean, the older you get, and this is absolute science, if you keep doing things that excite you, that’s the best prevention against Alzheimer’s. I’ve always been a big reader of Joseph Campbell. He said you should never mess with the myth.

“We’re here because we do good shows. People know they get good bang for their buck. They wouldn’t keep coming back if they weren’t having fun.”

UPDATE: Buffett’s Drive-In Concert

The Hwy 21 Drive-In will be simulcasting the Jimmy Buffett live event. For more information go to www.liveatthedrive-in.com.

Welcome to the Parrot Head Party Steve Curless W/Ramblin Entertainment. Steve will be our DJ/Emcee for the Jimmy Buffet Live Cast Concert.

Tickets are $18. Tickets are available online, in advance at the drive-in, or at the gate the day do the concert. There will be other planned activities prior to the concert as well to ensure an enjoyable time for all!

Directions to Hwy 21 Drive-In in Beaufort, SC

Follow the Hwy 21 Drive-in on Facebook for more info as well!

Fins up and hope to see ya there!

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