January 10, 2014

Buffett and Estefan perform at fundraiser for Miami Marine Stadium

The setlist from the fundraiser is now available:
Everybody’s Talkin
Cuban Crime of Passion
Grapefruit Juicyfruit
Son Of A Son Of A Sailor (with Emilio Estefan)
No Woman No Cry
A Pirate Looks At 40
Margaritaville (with Gloria & Emilio Estefan)

Some photos from the Miami Herald: “Jimmy Buffett, Gloria Estefan hold fundraiser for Miami Marine Stadium”

From NBCMiami.com: “Jimmy Buffett, Gloria Estefan Discuss Miami Marine Stadium at Coral Gables Museum Event

Gloria and Emilio Estefan shared a stage with Jimmy Buffett for the first time Thursday night to perform his classic “Margaritaville.”

The musical first happened as Gloria Estefan and Buffett joined forces to back the iconic South Florida fixture that gave them voice: Miami Marine Stadium.

They came together for a conversation on the stadium’s legacy Thursday at the Coral Gables Museum – amid a renewed push to restore the venue on the water.

Both musicians have performed at the stadium and have been longtime supporters of renovation efforts. In 2009, Buffett recorded a public service announcement calling for renovation and in May 2013, Estefan became the face of the National Trust’s restoration campaign.

The 6,500-seat Virginia Key stadium has been closed since 1992 after it became damaged by Hurricane Andrew.

In July, Miami City Commissioners agreed to allow a nonprofit group to develop a plan to renovate it. The decision gave the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium control over it and gave the group the go-ahead to start raising the $30 million needed to restore and re-open it. The renovations would create a multipurpose venue for concerts, boat races, sailing regattas and community events.

The group has two years to raise money for the renovation.

Buffett is hoping to bring back the fun to what he calls one of South Florida’s true treasures. He once famously jumped into the water at the stadium following one of his concerts.

“You can still have boat races, why not have paddle board races?” Buffett said. “I mean, there’s a great variety of things that are a part of the joy and fun of living in South Florida that can be expressed in that stadium.”

Thursday’s event kicks off the final weekend of the museum’s “Concrete Paradise” exhibit which closes Sunday. The exhibit features video from Buffett’s historic 1985 performance at Miami Marine Stadium. The museum is offering two-for-one adult admission to the exhibit throughout the weekend.

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