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Jimmy Buffett 2010 Year in Review

December 28th, 2010

He just turned 64, but Jimmy Buffett continues to go at it at a strong pace. And in 2010, he had another big year. What do you think was the biggest Buffett story of the year?


  • Margaritaville Key West celebrated its 25th anniversary
  • Buffett performs at his Hawaii restaurant
  • On January 13th, we launched Jimmy Buffett World 5.0, completely revamping the site to the look it has today
  • Haiti struck by massive earthquake, Jimmy cuts video pleading for help
  • Jimmy plays benefit shows in Tahiti and Bora Bora, raising $40,000 for a local school
  • Buffett attends NFC Championship game between the Saints and Vikings. He played a surprise show for some lucky tailgaters before the game.


  • In early February, tour dates started trickling out. By the third week of February, nearly every show had been confirmed
  • Jimmy attend the Super Bowl in Miami (pictured right with the Lombardi trophy)
  • In mid-February tickets for the first summer tour dates began going on sale
  • Jimmy gets a mention on the NBC show “30 Rock”
  • Buffett plays a final leg of the Summerzcool Tour, hitting Florida and South Carolina


  • Filling his airplane with tents, Jimmy flew to Haiti to help with earthquake relief efforts
  • While in Haiti, Buffett performs for American troops at the US Embassy
  • On March 19th, the CMT Crossroads episode featuring Jimmy and the Zac Brown Band debuts
  • Jimmy plays surprise show at his Margaritaville in Panama City, Florida


  • Our April Fools joke had Buffett building a Margaritaville in Dubai. We even hooked a Radio Margaritaville host with that one
  • Margaritaville beats out Planet Hollywood for a piece of land in Hollywood, Florida
  • The 200th episode of South Park lampooned Jimmy Buffett again
  • On April 20th a live acoustic album entitled “Encores” hit stores
  • The Under the Big Top Tour kicked off in Tampa, Florida. Portions of the soundcheck were live-streamed on Ustream for the first time
  • During soundcheck on the 24th, Jimmy pulled out his iPad and chatted with fans that were watching the Ustream live-stream
  • Native Georgian Zac Brown joined Jimmy on stage at his Atlanta show


  • On May 1st, Buffett plays Nashville for the first time since 2003. Many fans had trouble getting to the show as heavy rains caused historic floods in the region
  • Jimmy makes the inaugural flight into the new Boscobel Aerodrome in Jamaica
  • Plans for the Margaritaville Beach Hotel are first announced
  • After a two week break, Jimmy hits the road again playing shows in Indy, Cincinnati, Houston, and Dallas
  • Jimmy’s official website Margaritaville.com gets a makeover, and we took you back to see how the site looked over the past 10+ years
  • On the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy is referenced in the Top 10 List
  • Buffett performs at an event honoring Michael Douglas
  • By the end of May the Gulf oil spill disaster is raging and Buffett joins with a Florida boatbuilder to help with relief efforts


  • On June 5th, Buffett toured Florida’s beaches with Governor Charlie Crist to see the effects of the Gulf oil spill
  • Buffett helped Briggs & Stratton cut through the red tape to get generators to Haiti
  • A gift-wrapped Jimmy speaks and performs for graduating students at the Lawrenceville School near Princeton, New Jersey
  • It’s announced that a Margaritaville Hotel will be built in Myrtle Beach
  • Jimmy visited his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi, to see how their work was going combating the Gulf oil spill
  • On June 18th, the newest Margaritaville opens in Niagara Falls, Canada
  • A show for the Gulf Coast is announced by Jimmy. Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band are also announced as performers
  • Buffett performs shows in Boston, Detroit, and East Troy, WI
  • On June 28th, amidst the height of the Gulf oil disaster, Buffett opens the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola, Florida
  • Tropical Storm Alex forces a postponement of the Gulf Coast concert. The event is rescheduled for July 11th. Chesney and the Zac Brown Band are unable to attend on the new date
  • Buffett plays a surprise show at his sister’s restaurant in Gulf Shore, Alabama


  • Jimmy is interviewed on Anderson Cooper 360 as they walk along the Florida beach
  • On July 11th, Jimmy plays a free show for over 35,000 fans on the beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama. The concert is streamed live on CMT


  • On August 3rd, Jimmy played a surprise show at his newly opened Margaritaville in Niagara Falls
  • The tour is back in session again, as Jimmy plays shows in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Long Island, and Bristow, VA
  • Buffett streams video of the entire Pittsburgh show on Ustream
  • The Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane brought the Stanley Cup to the August 14th show in Chicago
  • Jimmy pens a happy birthday letter to his 8th grade Catholic school teacher, who turned 102
  • Buffett attends birthday party for former president Bill Clinton
  • It’s another mention on TV… Jimmy is referenced in an episode of Memphis Beat


  • On the 9th, Jimmy visited his alma mater again (Southern Miss) to discuss a couple of projects that he’s working on
  • Zac Brown Band releases new album that includes a duet with Jimmy
  • Buffett plays a show in Paris. Watch a video chronicling his trip to France


  • Jimmy plays a fundraiser for Florida governor candidate Alex Sink
  • Buffett plays a Fall tour leg on the West Coast with stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and Las Vegas
  • On October 20th it’s announced that a Margaritaville Cafe will be built at Chicago’s Navy Pier
  • The TV show “Modern Family” mentions Buffett in an episode


  • Coral Reefer Mac McAnally wins CMA Musician of the Year for the third straight year
  • On November 22nd the Margaritaville Nashville opens its doors
  • It’s announced that Jimmy will perform in Australia in January, the first Down Under tour in 20 years


  • On December 2nd, Jimmy made a surprise appearance at the Margaritaville Nashville
  • Buffett performs at the Andy Roddick Charity Gala in Austin, Texas on the 4th
  • A Land Shark Bar & Grill restaurant is announced to be coming to Myrtle Beach
  • A private show for American Express cardholders is held in Houston
  • Margaritaville Eyewear is now available for purchase
  • A third Sydney show is announced, plus a show in New Zealand
  • Buffett, along with Robert Greenidge and the Coral Reefer Band, perform “Winter Wonderland” on the Today Show
  • On Christmas Day, Jimmy celebrated his 64th birthday

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