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Jimmy Buffett 2017 Year in Review

January 1st, 2018

As another new year rings in, let’s take a look back at what happened in Margaritaville this past year.


  • Jimmy made another cameo appearance on the CBS show ‘Hawaii Five-O’
  • The Cubs visited the White House to celebrate their World Series championship and Jimmy was in attendance
  • In late January, Jimmy performed at the opening of the Margaritaville Casino in Tulsa


  • About half of Jimmy’s 2017 tour dates were announced in the month of February
  • It was announced that a Margaritaville retirement community is planned for Daytona, Florida


  • The dreaded news dropped in March that Buffett would not play Alpine Valley in 2017
  • Buffett warmed up for the 2017 tour with a show at the Belly Up in San Diego
  • The first Margaritaville in California opened at the end of March in LA’s Universal City Walk and Jimmy performed at the opening


  • Jimmy opened the 2017 I Don’t Know Tour in Las Vegas on April Fools Day
  • With announcements of Margaritaville retirement homes, our annual April Fools joke was that Buffett would open a chain of Margaritaville Funeral Homes, with the first across the street from the Margaritaville retirement homes
  • Buffett headed Down Under where he played shows in Australia and New Zealand
  • Buffett played shows in Las Vegas, Byron Bay, Wellington, and Christchurch


  • At Jazz Fest in early May, Jimmy joined Dave Matthews on stage during his set
  • Escape to Margaritaville the musical debuted at La Jolla Playhouse
  • Buffett played shows in Charleston, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Virginia Beach, and Bristow


  • One Particular Harbour and Marina in Bradenton is announced
  • Buffett played shows in Tampa, Orange Beach, Houston, and Frisco


  • It’s announced that Tan-Tar-A Resort in Lake of the Ozarks will be rebranded as a Margaritaville resort
  • ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ the musical moves to Chicago
  • Buffett played shows in St Louis, Cincinnati, Detroit, and at Wrigley Field


  • Forbes detailed Buffett’s business empire, finding that Margaritaville generates $1.5 billion in annual sales and has $4.8 billion in the development pipeline
  • Jimmy boarded an ocean research vessel off the coast of Montauk, NY and one of the sharks they tag is named JD after Jimmy’s grandfather
  • Buffett played shows in Toronto, Wantagh, Camden, and Mansfield


  • Jimmy appeared as himself on an episode of NCIS: New Orleans with Scott Bakula
  • Buffett appeared on The Today Show to talk about ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ the musical and also discussed what to do with your wedding ring and photos from a previous marriage
  • Buffett made his annual trek to Paris, playing three shows at La Cigale


  • Buffett played shows in Vancouver, Eugene, San Francisco, and San Diego


  • Buffett played a show in Honolulu
  • Mac McAnally won CMA Musician of the Year for the ninth time
  • Lin Manuel Miranda joined Jimmy onstage at the ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ musical in Chicago
  • It was announced that Jimmy and The Eagles would team up for stadium shows in 2018
  • Mac McAnally suffered a heart attack in mid-November
  • Buffett films scenes for upcoming movie ‘The Beach Bum’ with Matthew McConaughey
  • Jimmy, Kenny Chesney, and Toby Keith play a hurricane relief benefit show in Tallahassee
  • Buffett releases ‘Buried Treasure’, a collection of previously unreleased songs from his early days


  • Buffett hands out burgers at the Broadway box office opening for ‘Escape to Margaritaville’

  • Buffett played at the Margaritaville Key West where recent Alabama senator-elect Doug Jones was in attendance
  • Jimmy turned 71 years old on Christmas Day
  • Buffett plays a New Years Eve show in Nashville

We hope you had a terrific 2017! Thanks for visiting and reading BuffettWorld. We’ll keep bringing you all of the Jimmy Buffett news in 2018. Happy new year!

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