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Jazz Fest Poster 2011


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Busking Out: Becoming Jimmy Buffett

by Garland Robinette

The world wouldn't have Jimmy if Jimmy hadn't had New Orleans.

Emerging musicians have drifted to New Orleans from near and far for over a century, earning a living on its streets as they hone their craft – a practice called busking. And while jazz may be the big attraction, musical styles, like so many things, blur in the gumbo of New Orleans. Many such venturers go unnoticed, but all those who play here in their formative years invariably carry a dash of roux within them forever. That Jimmy Buffett released a tune called I Will Play for Gumbo in 1999 – more than three decades after he first came to New Orleans as a budding troubadour – proves the point. If you ambled through the French Quarter in the mid-60’s you might have come upon an engaging longhaired college student from Poplarville, Mississippi with a beat-up guitar, a few chords and an old Ford. If you dropped some coins in his cigar box, you may have helped shape his sound. To this day, Jimmy is a presence on the streets of New Orleans, at the CAC or attending a Saints game, in his Margaritaville Café and performing at Jazz Fest (and was early to commit to the post-Katrina 2006 Festival, clearing away uncertainty and inspiring others to join in its rebirth). Passing through means never leaving – and certainly not wasting away.

All in the Gulf South know Garland Robinette as the mid-day host on WWL, a singularly intelligent voice of reason in a region battered to the limits of endurance by disasters, natural and otherwise. What many don’t know is that this Boutte, Louisiana native is an equally accomplished and sought-after painter. For the Jazz Festival poster, Garland literally took pages from Buffett’s autobiography & imagined what it would have been like to meet the young musician as he played on the streets of New Orleans in 1967. He pictures Jimmy at the corner he worked as night melted to dawn, with the musician’s trusty Falcon parked nearby. Flying in the distance is a parrot, prefiguring Buffett’s ultimate destination of Key West, FL. And if you look closely on the sidewalk behind the Falcon, you’ll see the contemporary Jimmy Buffett walking into the future, glancing over his shoulder at the young man who would eventually catapult him to international acclaim.

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Editions:

10,000 numbered posters, 19” x 36”
3,000 Artist-signed & numbered prints on 100% rag paper, 20” x 37”
750 Artist signed and pencil remarqued, signed by Jimmy Buffett & numbered Remarque prints on 100% rag paper, 21” x 39”
350 Artist-overpainted and signed, signed by Jimmy Buffett & numbered C-Marque canvas screen prints, suitable for stretching, 26” x 40”

Poster originally sold for $69 unsigned, $239 signed, $595 remarque, $895 c-marque

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