Jimmy Buffett Concert May Only Be the Beginning
If you caught Jimmy Buffett and Friends: Live From the Gulf Coast when it aired Sunday night (July 11) on CMT, then you had to have noticed the huge crowd that turned out for the free show in Gulf Shores, Ala. I don’t know the exact number, but it looked like attendance came pretty close to the 35,000 mark that organizers were expecting. That’s a great thing for the people and businesses of the Gulf Coast area and, at the very least, shows one thing to local officials: People still want to head to the beach — especially if you give them a special reason. To that end, it looks like Buffett’s show may only be the first in a series of free concerts held on the Alabama coast. According to the Associated Press, there’s a $15 million tourism grant from BP that could be used to put on more shows. Promoters are already pointing toward Faith Hill and Zac Brown Band (who had to miss the Buffett show due to a scheduling conflict) as possible performers, as well as Hawaiian beach rocker Jack Johnson. What do you think? Who would you want to see? And how much would it help the area?