Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam — headlined by Brad Paisley, Jake Owen and Eric Church — has been canceled as Tropical Storm Hermine heads toward the Gulf Coast. The fourth annual festival in Panama City Beach, Florida, was scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday (Sept. 2-4).
Panama City Beach officials and festival organizers announced the cancellation Thursday as the area prepares for five inches of rain and sustained winds up to 40 miles per hour later in the evening.
Although the storm surge is expected to have passed the area by Friday morning, the anticipation of high winds overnight required dismantling and securing the stage and festival tents. The festival village and performance stage takes almost a week to build.
“Safety is the first concern for our visitors, country music fans and the festival organizers and sponsors,” Panama City Beach Mayor Mike Thomas said. “We’re disappointed that we have had to cancel this weekend’s show but hope all of the fans enjoy their weekend on the beach. We look forward to welcoming the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam back next year.”
Details on refunds and other options will be posted next week at www.gulfcoastjam.com.