Jimmy Buffett’s Gulf Coast Concert Rescheduled
Jimmy Buffett is postponing the free Gulf Shores, Ala., concert he had scheduled for Thursday, July 1, because Tropical Storm Alex is creating havoc with the surf around the Gulf Shores area. The concert has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 11. Although the concert is free, some 35,000 tickets had been given away for it. Officials said that all tickets handed out for the original concert will be honored on the new date.
City officials in Gulf Shores and the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau made the announcement, noting that although the storm is not on a path to hit Gulf Shores, high surf could still threaten the foundation of the outdoor performance stage if rough water came underneath it. Increased water inundation at the beach would not be conducive to keeping the large stage stable in the sand.
In addition to Jimmy, Kenny Chesney, the Zac Brown Band, Allen Toussaint, Sonny Landreth and Jesse Winchester were among the artists scheduled to perform on the show, which was designed to aid the people and businesses in the area who were struggling because of the oil spill caused by the BP equipment malfunction.
The concert was originally scheduled to air on CMT as 'CMT Presents Jimmy Buffett and Friends Live from the Gulf Coast.' The network is trying to work it out so that they can air at least a portion of it on the new date.
At the same time Jimmy was trying to work out all the details for the new time, his first Margaritaville Beach Hotel opened on the barrier island of Pensacola Beach in the Gulf of Mexico. The 162-room hotel has been two years in the making and offers guests what builders call an authentic island escape. Music, activities, relaxation and dining headline the activities at the hotel, which includes the Frank and Lola Love Pensacola Restaurant, named after the singer's 1982 song about a couple on their second honeymoon in Pensacola.
"Having grown up in Mobile, Pensacola Beach was the first Florida I ever knew, long before I headed to Key West," Jimmy says. "I am a child of the Gulf Coast, and it is great to be coming home and making a commitment to Pensacola and the Gulf Coast, especially at this time. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we have a great bunch of people to do it."