Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett will christen his Margaritaville complex this Saturday at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City after all.
Buffett will be the special guest during the previously announced free and open-to-the-public beach concert that features 1990s hitmakers Wilson Phillips, Andy Grammer and Mac McAnally at Resorts. McAnally is signed to Buffett’s Mailboat record label and has long been a partner of Buffett’s as a songwriter, musician and producer. The concert starts at 1 p.m.
The concert was announced last month, but Buffett’s appearance was not confirmed by Resorts until Wednesday. As of Wednesday night, it could not be determined when Buffett would take the stage.
Buffett’s appearance means there will be a greater percentage of Parrotheads, the nickname given to Buffett’s fans, in the beach concert crowd.
They will be readily identifiable with their brightly colored Hawaiian shirts, parrot hats, possibly full parrot costumes, leis and hula skirts in a variety of colors.
A free appearance by Buffett has the potential to swell the concert crowd by tens of thousands of people, beating the 25,000 ticketholders that were inside the beach venue for the free Kenny Chesney concert on June 20 last year in Wildwood.
The Beach Boys are the reigning kings of free Atlantic City beach concerts with an estimated 200,000 music fans showing up on July 4, 1983 on the Atlantic City beach in front of Caesars for a free Independence Day show. The band returned 25 years later to Atlantic City to play another beach concert on July 4, 2008. About 50,000 fans showed up to hear the music that time.
Buffett is already scheduled to play a concert with his Coral Reefer Band on June 25 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden for an audience of potentially 25,000 people. In Camden, inside amphitheater seats sold for $136, and lawn tickets were available for $36. Buffett is currently on his Songs From Somewhere tour.
Buffet last performed with his Coral Reefer Band in Atlantic City on Aug. 4 in the 14,000-capacity arena inside Boardwalk Hall. Prior to that concert appearance, Buffett was in Atlantic City in July with Gov. Chris Christie for the formal announcement of the island-themed expansion at Resorts.
Last month, the $35 million Buffett-backed Margaritaville project opened at Resorts with the goal of attracting visitors to the city’s oldest casino, which opened in 1978. The complex includes a 160 slot machines, a year-round beach bar, coffee shop, gift store and the LandShark Bar & Grill restaurant, which stretches 200 feet over the beach on the former site of the old Steeplechase Pier.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is the only one of its type within 200 miles of Atlantic City. The nearest franchise is located about 255 miles away at the Mohegan Sun casino resort in Uncasville, Conn. Last year, Resorts announced it struck a deal with Mohegan Sun to become part owner and manager of the Resorts property.
Buffett did not pay any attention to Atlantic City for most his career, which stretches back to the 1970s, until he performed his first concert at the then newly renovated Boardwalk Hall on June 30, 2007. Tickets for the show sold out five minutes after they went on sale.
Buffett made Boardwalk Hall one of his regular stops after that.
Parrotheads poured into Boardwalk Hall for subsequent concerts on Aug. 24, 2008; Aug. 23, 2009; and last Aug. 4.
It was also after Buffett’s first Boardwalk Hall show that his intentions bring his Margaritaville concept to Atlantic City first went public. Originally in 2008, the plan was to rebrand the then Trump Marina Hotel Casino into a Margaritaville concept in partnership with Buffett. The agreement was terminated in 2009. Trump Marina later became the Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
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