GULF SHORES, Ala. — Jimmy Buffett and a few of his friends plan to give a free concert on the Alabama coast to show support for the Gulf region.
The show will happen July 1 on the beach at Gulf Shores and will be broadcast live on CMT, state tourism director Lee Sentell said.
“This isn’t just about Alabama’s beaches,” Sentell said. “Video footage showcasing scenes from Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida will be shown during the telecast.”
Buffett’s website says the concert is meant to demonstrate support for the people, businesses and culture of the Gulf Coast. Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will be joined in Gulf Shores by Sonny Landreth, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Jesse Winchester and Allen Toussaint.
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley applauded the idea and agreed to allow the state tourism department help with production costs.
“This will begin the turnaround to bring tourists back to the beach despite occasional tar balls and help save the summer season,” Riley said in a statement. “Millions of Jimmy’s fans will see how clean and beautiful gulf beaches are and many will decide to visit. This being the beginning of the important July the Fourth weekend, it could not come at a better time.”
Free tickets will be available through the CMT website on a first-come-first-served basis later this week, Sentell said.
A special souvenir T-shirt will be designed for the concert. It will be available online and at the show.
The Associated Press