Concerts for the Coast help Alabama beach towns

Concerts for the Coast help Alabama beach towns

Concerts for the Coast help Alabama beach towns

Bon Jovi and Brad Paisley each held a concert on the weekend to bring people back to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama, six months after the Gulf Coast oil rig disaster.

Back on April 20th, a fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire, and oil poured out unchcked and covered beaches everywhere.

The tourist season practically ended before it started. People lost their jobs, businesses closed, and the environment and the economy was crushed.

The two badly-affected towns got together and formed a plan to bring back the visitors. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach came up with a plan to bring in some superstar musicians and hold a series of rock concerts.

The first of the Concerts for the Coast events took place on July 11th, and featured Jimmy Buffett and Friends. That event had 35,000 people show up and it aired live on CMT from Gulf Shores.

This weekend, some 60,000 fans showed up to support the Gulf Coast and watch their favorite musicians play. Bon Jovi performed on October 15th, and Brad Paisley played on the 17th.

The beach they played on was beautiful, just as if nothing had ever happened from the BP oil spill, and Brad Paisley told the crowds that the Gulf area was back in business.

Local residents and tourists as far away as Holland and Hawaii were among the visitors, and all had a great time. There were powerboat races, people swimming, kids building sand castles, and lots of customers dining happily at seafood restaurants and beachside taverns.

The last event of 2010 in the Concerts for the Coast series will be Alan Jackson at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama on October 30th.

Image by Anirudh Koul via Flickr

Authored by: Richard Lee

Richard has been traveling since he took a year off from college, where he was doing a BA in Journalism. He traveled half the world, backpacking with his girlfriend (now his wife). They spent time in South America, Asia, Greece and much of Europe. After writing about his experiences for several airline and travel magazines, he never went back to college.