July 26, 2012 |
THE LONG-AWAITED marriage between musician-turned-hospitality industry titan Jimmy Buffett and Atlantic City was officially consummated Tuesday as the pasha of Parrotheads and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie unveiled plans for a business partnership between the singer-songwriter's Margaritaville empire and Resorts Casino-Hotel. Buffett's signature Margaritaville restaurant will take over the Boardwalk-fronting real estate occupied by Breadsticks Cafe & Grill and Club 1133, a high-roller retreat, while a LandShark Bar & Grill will be erected on the refurbished Steeplechase Pier on the Boardwalk at Pennsylvania Avenue.
August 13, 1991 |
It's still two hours to show time, but already the sprawling parking lot at Blockbuster Pavilion is beginning to swell with cars, trucks and campers in search of that elusive state of mind called "Margaritaville. " Here comes a car with Tennessee plates and a big sign that says "Jimmy Buffett or Bust. " There's a truck with Virginia plates ("JMBUFET") and "On the Road to Margaritaville" painted on the side. And don't look now, but here comes a van from Ohio with a giant inflatable shark tied to the roof.
August 22, 2014 |
In Jimmy Buffett's Parrothead paradise, it's always 5 o'clock (somewhere), an eternal happy hour with cool breezes, cold drinks (preferably his Land Shark Lager, brewed for his Margaritaville restaurants?), and warm feelings among himself, his paramours, and his beach-bound drinking companions. An extended Parrothead family, dressed in hula skirts and Hawaiian shirts, and toting kiddie pools and barbecue grills, sold out Camden's Susquehanna Center on Tuesday night to hear their hero.
June 5, 1999 |
It's not every cultural event at which you can debate vocal timbre with a man wearing a grass skirt and Hawaiian shirt while waiting in line to urinate in a sink. The man argued that the new Beach House on the Moon lacks the nuance of Jimmy Buffett's earlier work. But that could have been the $6 beers talking. No matter. As one might expect from someone who water-skis behind a seaplane and shows footage of it while playing "Why Don't We Get Drunk," Buffett's sold-out performance Thursday night at the Waterfront Entertainment Centre in Camden was not about nuance.
August 21, 1995 |
They gathered in Camden to pay their respects by filling votive melons with sacramental vodka. Like L.A. gangs, they wore colorful clothing to prove their alliance. They shimmied in St. Vitus fashion. No, these tribal gatherers were not leftover mourning Deadheads. These were Parrotheads, the ultimate Jimmy Buffett worshipers. What brought them out - with their leis, their baseball caps marked with lobsters, parrots, toucans, sharks and citrus fruits - was Buffett's SRO show at the Waterfront Centre Saturday night, the only show at that venue to sell out immediately.
August 18, 1995 |
What could possibly inspire a grownup professional - say, for example, a 38-year-old cardiopulmonary specialist with a wife and three beautiful kids - to button up a garish Hawaiian shirt, stick a foam parrot face on his head and fill the car trunk with beach sand? At times this eccentric behavior can be directly traced to the unfortunate affects of hallucinogens. Most often, though, it's Jimmy Buffett's fault. Buffett, the folk-rock artist who sings about getting wasted on tequila, has inspired a huge following to call themselves Parrotheads, to put wild hats on their heads, to wear weird clothes and to - at least one night a year - smooth into a let's-just-kick-back-on-the-beach-with-our-margaritas attitude.
August 20, 1998 |
With all due respect to James Brown, Jimmy Buffett may be the hardest-working man in show business. At 8:15 Tuesday night - after a carnival-clad conga line led by a stiltwalker wended its way through the crowd, shooting streamers and stirring up an ocean of airborne beach balls - a lei-dispensing Buffett and his 14-piece Coral Reefer Band took the stage of Camden's Waterfront Entertainment Centre to preside over a 2 1/2-hour party. Buffett isn't a tour phenomenon for nothing. (His shows Tuesday and last night sold out in 50 minutes back in March.
April 14, 1992 |
Twenty-five years ago, a Berkeley dropout went fishing for the Zeitgeist of the Sixties. He caught it, too, in the pages of Rolling Stone. Today, it is a mainstream magazine fat with ads for cigarettes and Amaretto, but in its day Rolling Stone was the essential journal of American counterculture. Now, in the Nineties, publishing whiz kid Jann Wenner has gone fishing again, but tales of rock music and dope and communes won't snag the Zeitgeist this time. Men's Journal, which premieres today, is all about hunting lodges in Nova Scotia, golfing in Bermuda, killer tennis camps and deep-sea kayaking.
June 14, 2013 |
THE JERSEY SHORE isn't only "Stronger than the Storm," it's merry as Margaritaville. Jimmy Buffett will replace the gulls on the sand with Parrotheads when he performs this Saturday as part of a free concert on the beach outside of the Resorts Casino Hotel on North Carolina Avenue. Yes, he's going to DO A.C. The concert is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Boardwalk, and will also feature performances by pop royalty trio Wilson Phillips , plus Andy Grammer and Mac McAnally . The event page states that Buffett will make a special appearance sometime during McAnally's set, which begins at 4 p.m. Resorts opened Buffett's Margaritaville, a 40,000-square-foot restaurant and entertainment complex, on Memorial Day weekend.
September 19, 1996 |
Wondering what Johnny Carson's been up to since his 1992 retirement as host of "The Tonight Show"? Oh, enjoying his millions, keeping a low profile, and, this week, keeping his promises. Carson, 70, returned to his hometown of Norfolk, Neb., Monday night to help celebrate the 100th birthday of one of his grade-school teachers, Faye Gordon. He had long promised the penmanship instructor he'd come back for the occasion. The star arrived at Gordon's nursing home bearing the gift of a music box (it plays "Unforgettable")