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articles, including Ken’s articles for Carolina Salt

Margaritaville Resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Announced

The laidback, welcoming atmosphere of Margaritaville is coming to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Margaritaburg, LLC, a consortium of local investors, will build Margaritaville Resort in the Smokies at 539 Parkway in Gatlinburg.

Developer and restaurateur Bob McManus serves as president of Margaritaburg LLC, affiliates of which own and operate The Island in Pigeon Forge, including the Margaritaville Hotel in Pigeon Forge. Among the investors is Gatlinburg businessman and hotelier Alex Davis, owner of D&S Builders, LLC, who will serve as contractor for the resort.

“On the heels of the devastating wildfires, the announcement of this project shows Continue reading Margaritaville Resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Announced

Jimmy Buffett’s very first SiriusXM Artist Confidential

Music December 19, 2016 Author: Kirsten Winquist

Hello! Kirsten Winquist here from Radio Margaritaville. I am so excited to share Jimmy Buffett’s very first SiriusXM Artist Confidential on Radio Margaritaville TODAY at 5pm Eastern and Pacific! (you can see the full re-play schedule below)

A little behind the scenes on this session…our SiriusXM performance theater is lovingly called “the fishbowl” by staffers. It’s called this because it’s a 20’ x 20’ space enclosed entirely by glass and yes, we managed to fit Jimmy, the entire Coral Reefer Band PLUS instruments and ME into that small space. Now, despite the glass and the tight fit, Continue reading Jimmy Buffett’s very first SiriusXM Artist Confidential

Urban Meyer on the Coconut Podcast

December 19, 2016
Author: Heikki Larsen

The Real Football Network is escaping to the Margaritaville state of mind for the Coconut Podcast called Margaritaville Football. As Jimmy Buffett’s tour traveled across the country this year, production coordinator Heikki Larsen sat down with football personalities to talk sports, music, living the Margaritaville lifestyle and more. Heikki’s guest this week is Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer. Read more about Heikki’s backstage interview with Coach Meyer here:

If you’ve ever seen Coach Urban Meyer on the sidelines, you’ve seen intensity. Having met him on a few occasions now, I can say that intensity is an energy that follows him throughout his day. It’s why I was a little nervous backstage this past summer in Cincinnati. On his one day off of the year, Coach Meyer was coming to the Jimmy Buffett concert and had agreed to do an interview for Margaritaville Football.
Continue reading Urban Meyer on the Coconut Podcast

Parrothead Captains do well in Swansboro Flotilla!

Emerald Isle Parrotheads Captain Jason Holland and Captain Joel Dunn each took home a prize this year in the annual Swansboro Christmas Flotilla. This event is held each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year the weather was warm and pleasant, so thousands of people flocked to Swansboro for the event, lining the waterfront and the White Oak River bridge.

Captain Jason and crew took 3rd place in the large boat category (22 feet and over), with a Christmas Smiley Face with Christmas trees and tons of white lights on his 24′ pontoon, and Captain Joel and crew took 2nd (to the usual winner, the Swan) in the small boat category (21 feet and under) on the Defined Benefit, a 21′ center console, with the Christmas by the Sea (sea creatures around a Christmas tree).

Captain Jason's boat
Captain Jason’s boat – nice job for his first entry!


Captain Joel's Defined Benefit decked out for the Flotilla
Captain Joel’s Defined Benefit decked out for the Flotilla


We can’t wait until next year! Y’all make plans to come to EI and Swansboro to see the Flotilla on the Friday after Thanksgiving next year!

Parrotheads try Knockerball!

Last Sunday, a few Parrot Heads decided to check out the Knockerball fundraiser over at the Cape Carteret Aquatic and Wellness Center. After actively watching a full game, we were advised that we could try it out for $5 for 5 minutes. What a Hoot. Photographer Jeanne LaVana captured the final elimination round (object to push everyone out of the circle and be the last one standing). Ken and Sue Stone, Bobbi Raub, Val and Steven Johnson, Anne Schrott and Carol Lauback braved the taunts and had a blast. Steve Johnson was the big winner. Do think we could do this as a great fundraiser……

From the Margaritaville Blog regarding North Carolina

April 9, 2016

As a traveling musician for 40 years, I played many shows years ago, in many states where you could go to prison for 20 years for smoking a joint. It was a stupid law based on stupid assumptions. Time has fortunately reversed a lot of that way of thinking. But now another stupid law, based on stupid assumptions, has sprung up like kudzu in North Carolina, where we are scheduled to play shows next week in Raleigh and Charlotte.

North Carolina was there for me as a performer in the early days and I have always felt a loyalty to fans there that goes deep. Rightly so, a lot of people are reacting to the stupid law. I happen to believe that the majority of our fans in North Carolina feel the way I do about that law. I am lucky enough to have found a job in the business of fun. These shows were booked and sold out long before the governor signed that stupid law. I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year. We will be playing in Raleigh and Charlotte next week.

That said, as for the future of shows in North Carolina, it would definitely depend on whether that stupid law is repealed. That is up to the good people of North Carolina and there are many, and I am confident that they will see that the right thing will be done. As Forrest said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

Fins Up,
Jimmy Buffett

Report from the Phlocking Committee

Same ‘ol, same ‘ol…

As always, the Emerald Isle Parrot Heads will be meeting at the Emerald Club at 7:00 PM on the first Friday of each month. This is great time to socialize with “seasoned” members, for new members to get “lei’d”, and for committees to make announcements.


This year we’re going back to some basics AND making some progressive moves. Our Phlocking will be entertained by DJ Robbie Jones, compliments of Emerald Club. Continue reading Report from the Phlocking Committee