Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown & More To Honor Jimmy Buffett At Upcoming Tribute Concert

The event will take place in Los Angeles, CA this spring.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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March 11, 2024

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Eric Church; Photo by Anthony D’Angio, Kenny Chesney; Photo by Hunter Berry/CMA, Zac Brown; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Jimmy Buffett’s life and iconic career will be celebrated with a special one-night-only concert event dubbed Keep The Party Going: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett. The announcement was made via the late “Margaritaville” singer’s X account.

Presented by Live Nation-Hewitt Silva, the star-studded event will take place at the Hollywood Bowl in Las Angeles, CA on Thursday, April 11. Attendees can expect a slew of the late icon’s musical friends who will take the stage to honor his legacy as a beloved musician, best-selling author, actor and entrepreneur. 

Who Will Be Performing?

Performers include Paul McCartney, the Eagles, Jon Bon Jovi, Zac Brown, Jackson Browne, Brandi Carlile, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Scotty Emerick, Jack Johnson, Caroline Jones, Mac McAnally, Jake Owen, Pitbull, Jake Shimabukuro, The Coral Reefer Band, and more.

How To Purchase Tickets

Tickets for Keep The Party Going: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 15 at 10 AM PT at Ticketmaster.com. American Express® Card Members will have early access to tickets beginning Wednesday, March 13, at 10 AM through Thursday, March 14, at 10 PM. A variety of other presales will also be available during this time. 

When Did Jimmy Buffett Die?

Jimmy Buffett; Photo by Julie Skarratt
Jimmy Buffett; Photo by Julie Skarratt

Buffett died on September 1, 2023 after a four-year battle with a rare and aggressive form of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma. Buffett was 76 years old when he passed away. 

The news was shared through a statement posted to his official social media accounts that read, “Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs…He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”

Throughout his career, which reigned for more than five decades, he released over 30 albums of which nine were certified Platinum or multi-Platinum by the RIAA.

His final work was released just one week after the fateful day. At the time, Buffett’s estate announced that he had finalized a new album before he passed away. This full-length collection titled Equal Strain in All Parts arrived posthumously on November 3 and debuted at No. 1 on both the Top Rock & Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums tallies, a first-time feat for the two-time GRAMMY nominee. This project marked his final collection of breezy tunes and spirited vocals. 

Jimmy Buffett; Photo by Jean-Philippe Piter
Jimmy Buffett; Photo by Jean-Philippe Piter

Florida Celebrates Buffett’s Love For The Sunshine State

Since his passing, Buffett’s fanbase, known as the “Parrot Heads,” have continued to celebrate his legacy and impact on the music industry in a variety of ways. Most recently, the state of Florida unveiled a new set of plans to cement his legacy in the place he spent so much time throughout his lifetime. 

The Florida legislature officially declared August 30, 2024 to be Jimmy Buffett Day in the state of Florida. This announcement was shared by the official social media accounts of Margaritaville, Buffett’s US-based hospitality company that he named after his 1977 signature tune.

The post revealed that this honorary date will be dedicated to celebrating “the life and music of Jimmy Buffett, whose free-spirited life and significant contributions to national and state culture are commended and celebrated.”

Which Famous State Road Will Be Renamed To Honor Buffett?

Additionally, in 1974, Buffett named his album A-1-A after the famous state road that runs about 340 miles along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Now, Florida is hoping to repay the special mention by renaming the highway to “Jimmy Buffet Memorial Highway.” Central Florida’s WFLA News Channel 8 reported that with a 119-0 vote, the Florida House has unanimously approved legislation of the House Bill 91.

According to Local 10 News in South Florida, once Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signs the bill the Senate, the highway name change will be official.  

If approved, fans of the Mayor of Margaritaville will be able to listen to his famed coastal tunes like “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday,” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” while driving down the Sunshine State that inspired so much of Buffett’s career. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.