Ha! Made you look! 🙂
We’ve always been big Jimmy Buffett fans. His music, books and concerts were a huge inspiration to us when we decided to run away to the tropics and buy the Luna Blue Hotel & Garden in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. And when we decided to build our own tropical bar, images of “Margaritaville” (the dream, not the restaurants) danced in our heads. We tried to build a bar that was our idea of what a little bar in paradise should be. So we built a palm thatched roof over a bar surrounded by swings, not stools. We placed it on a deck overlooking a garden filled with tropical flowers, hammocks and a waterfall.
Okay, perfect, we thought. But what about tunes?? We spent a lot of time loading our ipod and searching itunes and came up with some good ideas. But then we realized the answer was right in front of us: the perfect soundtrack to living in Margaritaville is Radio Margaritaville. Yes, it has lots of Buffett, which we like. But it also plays other great musicians associated with living or vacationing in “someplace hot.” The Neville Brothers, Bob Marley, Steven Marley, lots of other Marleys, Kenny Chesney, Marcia Ball, Willie Nelson can all be heard there. The sounds run from pop to soul to reggae to blues–just about anything you’d want to hear while laying on a beach with a cold one in your hand. And we’ve had a soft spot in our hearts for Radio Margaritaville ever since last fall when they broadcast our plea to help the victims of Hurricane Dean in Mahahual, Mexico.
So we bought a Sirius satellite radio, climbed precariously to the top of the highest part of the hotel to install the antenna, hung the speakers from the rafters and threw the switch. It started a party that has continued ever since.
Last week, while standing in the front row at the edge of the stage for Jimmy Buffett’s performance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans (yes, a trip report will be coming soon), we came up with a fun idea for the bar. Since all of Jimmy’s concerts are broadcast live on Radio Margaritaville, we thought we would bring the party to Playa del Carmen by way of satellite. So…..during every Buffett concert this summer, our legendary bartender Jose will be pouring 2 for 1 margaritas to the accompaniment of Jimmy’s live concert!
All of Jimmy’s concerts are Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. The Luna Blue Jimmy Buffett Concert Hours start as listed below, Central Time (aka Playa del Carmen time).
June 5, 2008 – 7:00 pm (from Lakewood Ampitheatre, Atlanta GA)
June 7, 2008 – 7:00 pm (from Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC)
June 10, 2008 – 7:00 pm (from DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston, MI)
June 12, 2008 – 7:00 pm (from Madision Square Garden – New York, NY)
June 14, 2008 – 7:00 pm (from Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA)
July 17, 2008 – 7:00 pm (from Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH)
July 19, 2008 – 8:00 pm (from Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI)
July 22, 2008 – 7:00 pm (from Post-Gazette Pavilion – Pittsburgh PA)
July 24, 2008 – 7:00 pm (from Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL)
July 26, 2008 – 7:00 pm (from Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL)
July 29, 2008 – 7:00 pm (from Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN )
August 24, 2008 – 8:00 pm (from Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, NJ)
August 27, 2008 – 8:00 pm (from Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY)
August 30, 2008 – 8:00 pm (from Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA )
September 1, 2008 – 8:00 pm (from Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA )
September 4, 2008 – 8:00 pm (from Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts – Mansfield, MA )
September 6, 2008 – 8:00 pm (from Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts – Mansfield, MA )
October 16, 2008 – 10:00 pm (from Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA)
October 18, 2008 – 10:00 pm (from MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV)
October 21, 2008 – 10:00 pm (from Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA)
October 25, 2008 – 10:00 pm (from MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV)
If you’re a Parrothead, or want to be a Parrothead, or don’t even know or care what a Parrothead is, stop by the Luna Blue Bar this summer for The Luna Blue Jimmy Buffett Concert Hour. Grass skirts and coconut bras are optional. 🙂
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