KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Buffett celebrated slackers before the word existed, even though he was hardly one himself.
“Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville,” went the chorus to his most famous song, which became an international singalong. But Buffett was actually an astute, ambitious, aggressive businessman.
A statement posted to Buffett’s official website and social media pages announced his passing on Friday at age 76. The statement did not say where Buffett died or give a cause. He rescheduled concerts in May and acknowledged he had been hospitalized for an unspecified illness.
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Buffett built an empire based largely on Caribbean-flavored pop that celebrated the Florida Keys, sunshine and nightlife. His name became synonymous with a laid-back subtropical party vibe, and his fans were known as Parrotheads.
But behind the laid-back exterior, Buffett was an admitted workaholic. He expanded into novels, nightclubs and many other ventures. At one time his estimated annual income was more than $40 million, and his revenue sources extended far beyond a musician’s typical business model of album sales, concert tickets and souvenir T-shirts.
He landed at No. 18 in Forbes’ list of the Richest Celebrities of All Time with a net worth of $1 billion.
The title of Buffett’s most popular song showed up on restaurants, clothing, booze and casinos. He became involved in such products as Landshark Lager, the Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chains, boat shoes, salsa, hummus, tortillas, dips, tequila and blenders. The Margaritaville cafe on the Las Vegas strip was said to be the top grossing restaurant in the nation.
Buffett was chairman of Margaritaville Holdings based in Palm Beach, Florida. He had a restaurant and a casino in Vegas, a casino in Mississippi and a hotel in Pensacola Beach, Florida, but the exact scope of his empire was a secret. Margaritaville Holdings LLC didn’t disclose its finances, and he usually declined interview requests.
Along with hit songs, Buffett wrote best-selling novels. In 2008 he was ranked by Vanity Fair as No. 97 on a list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and his fan base was broad and loyal. Even when he was in his 60s, his concert tickets fetched more than $100.
“I’m not about to apologize for being a good businessman,” Buffett told The Washington Post in 1998. “Too many people in music have ruined their lives because they weren’t. I’m not a great singer, and I’m only a so-so guitar player. I started running the band years ago because nobody else could, and I turned out to be good at this stuff. There’s never been any grand plan to this thing. I’m making it up as I go along. … Just trying to work the system while maintaining my ’60s anarchic soul.”
Buffett could be more intense than his songs and stage persona suggested. He was injured in 2011 when he fell face-first off the stage while performing in Australia and struck his head, knocking him unconscious. He was released from the hospital the next day.
An avid Miami Heat basketball fan, Buffett caused friction at a 2001 game when he cursed at referee Joe Forte from his courtside seat. Forte ejected him. The Heat moved Buffett and his son to another section.
When then-Heat coach Pat Riley asked Forte if he knew the man he had ejected, Forte didn’t recognize the name. He asked if Forte had ever been a Parrothead. “He thought I was insulting him. He wanted to give me a technical,” Riley said.
Buffett was born on Christmas Day, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He once said he arrived in the Keys driving a 1946 Packard in about 1970. He found his musical niche during that decade with breezy, island-influenced party tunes. The tone was set with a popular song in 1973, “Why Don’t We Get Drunk?”
He became a pop star in 1977, when “Margaritaville” cracked the Top 10. The song has provided a soundtrack to countless happy hours in the decades since.
Buffett’s 1992 collection titled “Boats, Beaches, Bars, and Ballads” became one of the best-selling box sets ever and his annual summer concert tours with his Coral Reefer Band became major events, drawing thousands of Parrotheads who would dress up in Hawaiian shirts, leis, funny hats and other mellow party accessories. Some would follow Buffet’s tour from city to city.
“We were the social network before there was a social network on the Internet,” Buffett told the Dallas Morning News in 2012. “They had something in common; they shared things. They started dressing up because they were listening to the music. It was the common bond.”
Business success soon eclipsed record sales. According to Buffett’s website, the first Margaritaville opened in Key West, Florida, in 1987. The chain grew to 16 outlets and Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., teamed up with Buffett to develop the $700 million Margaritaville Casino & Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi, near where he was raised.
Regardless of his commercial achievements, Buffett’s legacy will be, in his words, “helping people forget their troubles for a couple of hours.”
The singer told the Baltimore Sun in 1999 that his optimistic view of life brought fans to the humor and escapism in his work. And that was okay, because there already was enough serious material in the world.
“I was the life of the party,” Buffett said.
Fest in the First will celebrate 20 years in Gary’s 1st District.
Gary’s Miller Spotlight’s Education Youth & Child Programming Action Group, the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District and the Reimagine Gary Crew will stage the event from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.
“Fest in the First is a celebration of Gary’s First District Neighborhoods: Emerson, Aetna, Glen Ryan and Miller,” organizer Jessica Renslow said.
The 20th annual Fest in the First will feature live music, horseback rides, carnival attractions, a ferris wheel, a 65-foot inflatable obstacle course, an art walk, a Slow Roll bike tour and a community art project lead by the HAÜS + Hömmegoods team. It also will feature local food including from Chef Blāque who has been featured on Food Network and Netflix shows like “The Big Bake Halloween.”
“We will have five hours of live music starting at noon at the Nelson Algren 616 Sound Stage on Lake Street featuring The Fabulous Kings, Funky Mojo Daddy and The Nick Danger Trio. Community volunteers are hosting a family corridor in the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts,” Renslow said. “These nonprofits cater to families in Gary and the greater NWI region.”
There will be free horseback rides next to the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts at 540 S. Lake St.
“As it’s the 20th anniversary, this year the festival is bigger and better than ever, stretching across three city blocks, from 6th and Lake Street to 3rd and Lake Street,” Renslow said.
Attendees can park at The Miller School Shops at 665 S. Lake St. in Gary, at St Mary of the Lakes at 6060 Miller Ave. in Gary or at The Revolution Church Gary at 301 S. Lake St. in Gary.
Sponsors include The Shops on Lake Street, The Miller School Shops, the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District and The Nelson Algren Museum of Miller Beach.
For more information or to become a vendor email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit festinthefirst.com or find Fest in the First on Facebook or Instagram.
Cillian Murphy, best known for his iconic roles in projects like Peaky Blinders and this year’s box office success Oppenheimer, is taking a nostalgic journey back to his musical beginnings as he returns to BBC Radi
BBC Radio 6 Music recently revealed that Cillian Murphy will host a Sunday night radio show starting on September 17th. This weekly program will showcase a diverse collection of music from his personal record collection, each track holding a special significance in his life. Murphy’s musical selections will span various genres and eras. In the announcement, they wrote, “His weekly nocturnal playlist sees Cillian explore music from all corners of his record collection & share why they hold a special place in his life.” Murphy joined host and DJ Nemone on Friday, September 1, to announce the news. He said: “It’s been a while, but I am thrilled to be back playing tunes on 6 Music, my favourite radio station in the world. The show will be a sound collage of new, old and limited edition tunes for your discerning ears. Can’t wait.”
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Fans of Cillian Murphy have eagerly awaited his return to radio since the first series of Cillian Murphy’s Limited Edition aired in autumn 2020, followed by a second series in autumn 2021. The news of his comeback was met with enthusiastic reactions on Twitter, with fans expressing their anticipation for the show’s return and praising Murphy’s impeccable musical taste. One fan said “Absolutely cannot recommend these shows enough. Impeccable music taste and guaranteed new finds.”
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Although Cillian Murphy is primarily recognized for his impressive acting career in films and series, his return to BBC Radio 6 allows him to reconnect with his earlier passion for music. Having sung and played guitar in various bands during his teenage and early adult years, Murphy’s musical expertise is well-rooted. His previous radio collections have featured a wide range of musical genres, demonstrating his eclectic tastes. As he embarks on this new radio venture, listeners can expect an auditory journey curated by a man who has always had a deep connection with the world of music.
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Mammoth WVH with FREAKABOUT, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Bourbon Theatre. Mammoth WVH is the band created and fronted by Wolfgang Van Halen, the son of the late Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli, that emerged in the last couple of years as one of the leaders of a rock renaissance.
Mammoth WVH, which takes its name from one of Eddie Van Halen’s early bands, put out its debut album on which Wolfgang played every instrument and sang in 2021. It features the lead single “Distance,” which was released just a month after his father’s death, earning a Grammy nomination for best rock song.
That sent the band that he put together on the road for both opening and club headlining gigs, where it earned the reputation as one of the top rock outfits.
“Mammoth II” was released a month ago, with Bertinelli, who calls herself “Wolfie’s mom” on social media, making an appearance in the video for one of the band’s songs, “I’m Alright.” It debuted at No. 1 on multiple charts — independent album, rock album, hard rock album and digital album — and at No. 4 in album sales and vinyl album sales.
Look for Mammoth WVH to play a bunch of songs from both albums when it makes its Lincoln debut at the Bourbon Theatre on Friday. But know you won’t hear any Van Halen songs. Wolfie never covers his dad nor his uncle Alex’s music.
Tinsley Ellis, 3 p.m. Sunday, Zoo Bar. Longtime Zoo Bar favorite Tinsley Ellis returns Sunday afternoon for a rare live acoustic solo performance on his newly launched coast-to-coast tour “Tinsley Ellis — Acoustic Songs & Stories.” Ellis will be performing some of his most popular songs, Delta blues covers and classics by the likes of Gregg Allman, Bob Dylan and Leo Kottke on his 1937 National Steel and 1969 Martin D-35 guitars, tying the songs together with telling stories from his 40 years on stage, in motels and truck stops.
Flatfoot 56 with Bombs Blast, Cutthroat Kids, Danny Attack, 8 p.m. Sunday, 1867 Bar. Last year, Chicago Celtic punks Flatfoot 56 played 1867 Bar with The Rumjacks after the bands put out the joint recording “Brass For Gold,” a disc of hard-charging Celtic-tinged, ska-influenced punk.
Sunday, the now 23-year-old band, broke through with 2006’s “Knuckles Up” and 2007’s “Jungle of the Midwest Sea,” and saw its music placed in the TV series “Sons of Anarchy” and the video game “Watch Dog.” It will be back at the corner of 14th and O streets, playing its positive, hardcore-tinged, Irish-inflected punk.
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Jamaican Dancehall icon Sean Paul is in the running for one of the music industry’s most esteemed accolades. He has been nominated for Crossover Artiste of the Year at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, a category that boasts other formidable contenders such as Lil Jon, Justin Timberlake, Maître Gims, and Marshmello.
The nomination announcement comes on the heels of Sean Paul’s freshly released single, “Summa Hot.”
This latest track is under the banner of Dutty Rock Productions, his own music label, and showcases his continual influence in the global music scene.
Scheduled for October 5, 2023, the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards serves as a platform to honor the most popular artistes in various Latin music genres.
Categories span from pop and rock to tropical and Mexican regional music, also including Reggaeton.
The event aims to recognize the performers who have made significant strides in these categories and will air live from Miami.
As Sean Paul gears up for the Latin Music Awards, he is also set to share the stage with a host of other music legends.
He is part of the lineup for the Hip Hop 50 celebrations scheduled for September 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The event will feature performances from Wu Tang Clan, Mary J Blige, Tyrese, Maxwell, and Mariah Carey, among others, setting the stage for what promises to be a month of high-profile appearances for the artiste.
Ruling over the music charts and everyone’s playlist, Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia, popularly known as Badshah, has been working towards changing the game for the hip-hop rapping industry. In an exclusive interview with financialexpress.com’s Eshita Bhargava, he talks about his songs, his alter ego, hip-hop music culture in India, depression, creating a legacy, and more. Excerpts from the interview:
I always loved fashion even before I became Badshah. The only thing that changed with the success is that I could afford the more expensive stuff. Before I entered the industry, I was buying sneakers and jackets, but it was not premium stuff. I’m not a fan of putting a facade, you get what you see. On an everyday basis, I’m not dripping in brands and bling. If you come to my home, you’ll see me in a T-shirt and shorts. I wear a cap because I don’t like doing my hair. It’s my job to put on a different persona when I am working. That part of me is an employee of Badshah, the brand.
Style needs to be a personal statement. I invest in brands that I resonate with. I don’t follow the trends, I make them. You stand out when you’re confident and comfortable in your own skin, the brands are just the extra layering. If you notice the whole pop lifestyle movement, it’s rarely about the brands and more about the individuals.
My moniker is the exact opposite of who Aditya is. It’s a way of appeasing my alter ego because in reality I’m your simple boy next door who doesn’t like the bling or the parties. I was always an obedient down-to-earth child. I played by the rule book and never got myself into any trouble in my early days. So, when I entered the music scene, I created this alter ego who is the wild poster boy that I’m not. Let’s say I’ve always been too good all my life, and being bad, even for the sake of a public avatar, sometimes helps push the boundaries!
Music teaches you goodness. You see I meet a lot of influential people and most of them aren’t good people. So, I decided that I’d let music help me become a good person. My greatness shows by my goodness and I use music as a medium.
Giving to others is a gift to yourself. It’s not about giving back because you’re a celebrity or that you’re financially blessed, it’s about your responsibility as a human to help others, in whatever small way you can. What you unleash into the universe, has a way of finding itself back to you. If you want more love, you need to love others, if you want more respect, you need to respect others!
I’m just very fluid with the process. I don’t have a set template and ideas and inspiration just came to me impromptu. I love that my party anthems resonate with fans, and every time one of my numbers is played at a wedding or a celebration, I feel like I’m a part of the milestone moment creating memories, and I’m very grateful for that. But I’m also keen to explore a different creative space, like I did in O.N.E. It’s a very personal work; the guy in those songs is the real me. I want to explore that side of me more and write more lyrical songs. I have to meet the demands of the market. I’m not complaining — but I’m at that juncture where I need to find new ways to explore my creativity. It’s a huge pressure to be a hitmaker. The most difficult bit about the last few years has been to stay consistent and relevant. My biggest fear is not maximizing my full potential. I don’t want to miss out on anything. My goal is to be better than my last project.
The views aren’t a definition by any means to a song’s success. The consumption model needs to steer away from the whole views and likes theory, because an artist who isn’t established may rely on this feedback to determine a song’s popularity. I’d say if your audiences like the song and show you appreciation, keep working at it till you reach a point where the views or likes don’t matter. Because titles and records are nothing when you can’t sustain a faithful fanbase or have fans coming out to support you at public performances.
Always hustling, always on the go and being grateful for the gift of life. It’s a whirlwind of meetings, promotional shoots and fan interactions. I’m a late riser, I start off the day with a prayer for being alive, followed by checking the news and keeping myself updated on current affairs. I like to be disciplined about my workout though most of my meals are on the go since I’m either traveling, touring, shooting or meeting people. I don’t like interacting with so many people, but I don’t have a choice.
Someday I know I’ll have to give up the titles and the status just like any other top tier artist. I’m well aware that my music has a shelf life. I don’t know how easy it will be, when that day comes, for me to walk away. But it won’t jolt me. I want to leave a legacy behind graciously, but it’s not happening anytime soon.
I think faith, hope, and God. When you come from a place of being one of those kids that was counted out and you get a shot to prove your worth, you’re just going to keep going, grinding, because that’s all you got. Music is all I got for real. I’m not selling out for fame or wealth. Accept the good and bad as being beautiful. God tests you and how much of life you can handle when you say you love life. We have to take life on its terms and not on our own terms.
Let’s say I’ve grossly been misunderstood but I’m not looking to be understood anymore. I have a great inner circle and they know the real me and that’s all that matters. But the biggest misconception is that Badshah didn’t have to go through trials and tribulations and I bought my success. People need to understand that success is not served à la carte, it’s a buffet and my hunger and hard work has rewarded me with this success.
You have to hit rock bottom. That’s the way up. The struggle of a comeback is beautiful. Without a test there is no testimony. I’m being more honest than ever before with myself and those around me. I’ve been making myself a top priority, and not catering to social expectations expected out of me. It’s been a hard journey but it’s very therapeutic. Social media and the constant broadcasting of self for public consumption is not ideal for mental health or relationship to our inner world.
The way audiences perceive creativity is a very subjective matter. Something might sound like something to someone, and it might sound entirely different to someone else. Yes, some might not like the lyrics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are vulgar or disrespectful. For me personally, I’ve always encouraged women empowerment and support causes that leverage this narrative.
It’s always a blessed thing to be able to be in a position to enrich the lives of others, not just materialistically but also at a soul level. I have always been someone who goes the extra mile to add qualitative value to my interactions and I guess that responsibility has doubled down in the last couple of years. I’m very conscious of the fact that I’m a mentor and it’s a role I take very diligently.
It’s in Chandigarh, I’m the happiest with my family. My family keeps me grounded. Even if I want to be a star, they don’t let me be one.
I’m a sneakerhead. I have over 500 pairs and it’s only increasing.
I’m working on a few collaborations, new songs, new tours and some new business ventures. I really want to take the Indian music banner ahead and make an impact globally now. I’d like to lead from the front.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — He was a legendary jazz composer, a gay icon and an inspiration to many people in the Black community. Now there is a new show at Pittsburgh Public Theater telling the story and honoring the accomplishments of Billy Strayhorn.
While on the stage, this musical follows the successes of one composer. But down in the orchestra pit, another young musician is measuring his own success.
Matthew Whitaker is the composer and musical director of “Billy Strayhorn: Something to Live For,” one of the latest productions at Pittsburgh Public Theater.
“All of them are just so beautiful and well written. From the music to the lyrics, it’s all there,” said 22-year-old Whitaker.
Whitaker has the task of arranging and orchestrating all of the music for the show featuring a nine-piece band.
Original songs and some new ones tell the origin story of one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Not only is Whitaker doing all of this at just 22 years old, he also happens to be doing it blind.
“It’s an honor to be compared to Stevie, but there is only one Stevie Wonder,” he said.
Whitaker tells KDKA-TV music has been a blessing throughout his life. His father Moses Whitaker attributes his musical gift to another gift he received at a young age.
“Matt was 3 years old. He came home from school and he was playing the keyboard his grandfather had given him and he was playing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ with both hands,” his dad said.
From nursery rhymes to throwback TV jingles and now performing in front of large audiences, Whitaker has always been encouraged by his family to play from the heart, not the head — a message that continues to be his major key to unlocking new opportunities.
“Especially in jazz because in jazz music, you really have the room to do you and be free and express yourself musically,” he said.
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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 31 (ANI): Filmmaker Bijoy Nambiar, actors Avinash Tiwary, Taher Shabbir, Jitin Gulati, Hiten Tejwani, Rohan Vinod Mehra, and Elisha Mayor attended the trailer launch event of upcoming web series ‘Kaala’.
While talking about the concept of the show, Nambiar informed the media during the press conference in Mumbai, “I’m pleased that Bhushanji chose Kaala to make his OTT debut. I was eager to investigate the idea of “reverse hawala,” which one of my writers had discovered. As we dug more into it, we learned fresher ideas, and eventually, we were eager to share it with everyone. Since the release of my first movie, ‘Shaitan’, Bhushanji has provided me with unwavering support as a creator. I can’t wait to witness the magic again now that ‘Kaala’ is here.”
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The entire cast expressed their gratitude towards Bijoy and called it an incredible experience and said that they got a chance to explore their acting skills.
Avinash recalled working with Nambiar for the music video ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’ and how he waited for thirteen years to work with him. “He said, “You will have a great opportunity to perform and I was like finally I got an opportunity to work with him for which I was waiting for thirteen years.”
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Hiten added, “I am grateful to Bijoy for giving me a chance to do a different kind of role and break the stereotype of image made in the minds of people of “good boy” “
Producer Bhushan Kumar said, “At T-Series, we’ve always wished to enter the OTT market with something special and clutter-breaking. We might arrive a little late, I suppose. However, given the “reverse hawala” notion that ‘Kaala’ presents, we are sure and optimistic that the series will be well-liked and appreciated by the audience.”
‘Kaala’ is all set to start streaming on September 15. (ANI)
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It may be a while before we see the Yellowstone finale, but we just got major news about another show in the Yellowstone universe: 1883.
Fans of the Tim McGraw-led series now have the opportunity to purchase all 10 episodes of the limited series on Amazon Prime Video. According to the streaming site, viewers could choose to buy each episode of 1883 at $2.99, or pay for the entire season at once for a total of $24.99.
That probably has a lot of people wondering how else they can take in the spin-off. Luckily, we’ve got all the answers for you.
Besides buying each episode on Amazon, the best way to watch the show is to stream it on Paramount+. You can watch the first one completely free, but after that, you’ll need a subscription, which runs $5.99 a month. You do get a free-trial for a week, so you can always cancel if you don’t think it’s worth it! Although, if you’re a fan of the Yellowstone world, you’ll likely want to keep it as the other series, including 1923, Lawmen: Bass Reeves,Mayor of Kingstown and the soon-to-be-released 6666, are or will be on there.
The original Yellowstone is only available on Peacock now.
Because of how quickly things can change in the streaming world, however, it might be worth it to buy the episodes outright so you always have them.
As for whether 1883 will ever come back for season 2, it doesn’t seem likely at the moment. Taylor spoke out on this subject in February 2022, telling Deadline that the series was “a peek through time to show you this one specific journey.” But that doesn’t mean this era of Yellowstone will not continue to be shown, because Lawmen: Bass Reeves, starring David Oyelowo, is set to take place within a similar timeframe.
Fans can get a sneak peek at what’s to come thanks to a teaser trailer that dropped on Instagram.
“The legend you know. The truth you don’t,” reads the official caption. “David Oyelowo is Bass Reeves. Lawmen: Bass Reeves premieres this fall, exclusively on #ParamountPlus.”
As the entertainment and news editorial assistant for Good Housekeeping, Adrianna (she/her) writes about everything TV, movies, music and pop culture. She graduated from Yeshiva University with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in business management. She covers shows like The Rookie, 9-1-1 and Grey’s Anatomy, though when she’s not watching the latest show on Netflix, she’s taking martial arts or drinking way too much coffee.