Residents of Hardeeville’s Latitude Margaritaville retirement community were treated to quite a surprise Thursday evening — a poolside concert performed by none other than the man who started it all, singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett.
According to Facebook posts, the “Come Monday” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” singer stopped by the 55-plus development that bears the name of his most famous song while returning to Florida from Charleston on a sailing trip.
A video posted on his page showed him performing “Margaritaville” to a crowd of about 150 people next to a man-made lagoon. The 1977 song has spawned an empire of resorts, retirement communities, restaurants, apparel and drink mixes that recall an island lifestyle.
“He’s the salt of the earth,” said Bruce Quinn, a new home sales professional at Latitude Margaritaville, in a statement to the Island Packet. “He took time with the residents and staff and went out of his way to make sure everyone had a great time. Those who missed it are very sorry. Those who were there were in awe!”
According to his website, Buffett’s next scheduled tour event is a livestream in Solana Beach, Calif., on June 20. Buffett was scheduled to perform April 15 at the North Charleston Coliseum, but the concert was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kate Hidalgo Bellows covers workforce and livability issues in Beaufort County for The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette. A graduate of the University of Virginia and a native of Fairfax City, Virginia, she moved to the Lowcountry to write for The Island Packet as a Report for America corps member in May 2020. She has written for The New York Times, The Patriot-News, and Charlottesville Tomorrow, and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She has won South Carolina Press Association awards for enterprise reporting, in-depth reporting and food writing.