Beyond entertaining a packed crowd of Parrotheads at Boardwalk Hall, Buffett plugged his upcoming Margaritaville project at Resorts
Strolling on the historic Boardwalk Hall stage Saturday night, wearing his usual concert attire of T-shirt, beach shorts and no shoes, Jimmy Buffett, the world’s most popular beach bar bandleader, presented the musical party known as Margaritaville to the flock of devoted Parrotheads who packed the Hall.
This scene is repeated wherever Buffett goes to perform, whether to a land-locked town in the Midwest or a concert in L.A. He always makes the show personal to that particular city, with lyrics updated in each town to reflect its particular flavor, a lot more work and devotion to his fans everywhere beyond the standard, “Hello Cleveland!”
His night in Atlantic City had even more of this local flavor. Ever the savvy businessman, Buffett announced last week that his company would be bringing a Margaritaville themed complex to the Boardwalk at Resorts, including a Margaritaville Restaurant, Five O’clock Somewhere Bar, retail stores, Land Shark Bar and Grill and a year-round beach bar complex. Watch the video.
He reminded his fans of that throughout the night, truly excited about his upcoming collaboration and tickled that Parrotheads would have a permanent roost in a beach town that he seems to have a genuine affection for.
This was my first Buffett concert, so call me a Parrothead-in-training. I was property astounded by the wall of sound he brings with him, 11 bandmates including steel drums and congas to enhance the beach vibe, and a petal steel guitar to add the country component of his Gulf & Western sound.
His stage set includes the largest video screen set-up I have ever seen. It covered the entire back wall of the Boardwalk Hall stage, which is huge, providing pristine HD backgrounds including the Weeki Wachee Springs mermaids with Buffett joining them for a dive, Buffett out sailing and several shots of the Atlantic City skyline and Steel Pier.
Let’s see what am I missing? Oh, yes, the music. Buffett chatted and sang his way through his major musical milestones like “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” “Come Monday,” and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.”
For “Margaritaville,” he added Atlantic City-centric lyrics that included references to the Boardwalk, Steel Pier and Nucky Thompson, and extended the song by weaving “Under the Boardwalk” into a delightful medley.
(Parrotheads Rebecca Smith of Basking Ridge, NJ. and Allison Byron of Attleboro, Mass.)
With a singer strumming her guitar and singing "Cheeseburger in Paradise" on the ocean-facing rear deck, the Jimmy Buffett themed LandShark Bar & Grill at Resorts was open for a few hours Saturday, May 18, as a sneak preview of summer fun to come. The new Margaritaville themed complex at Resorts will be rolling out its sandy red carpet for the public at large Memorial Day Weekend.
“I think Jimmy and Morris were brilliant in their forethought because, clearly, the first thing that comes to mind when you visit the Jersey shore is the beach and ocean."
While some of us are just looking forward to patronizing the new Margaritaville themed venues coming to Resorts this summer, talented musical performers looking for a new gig will get their chance to audition.
Partially owned and run by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority since August 2012, Resorts, on Jan. 10, opened two new players’ club lounges — the Epic Lounge and Paramount Lounge — that combine the elegant feel of a club Boardwalk Empire’s Nucky Thompson would appreciate but with the modern touches — like flat-screen TVs — that current casino patrons will enjoy.
Resorts announces deal with Jimmy Buffett to add a Margaritaville brand complex to casino including a year-round beach bar.
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