Updated: June 24, 2010 -- 10 a.m. ET: All free tickets for the CMT Presents Jimmy Buffett & Friends Live From the Gulf Coast concert were claimed in less than 10 minutes after becoming available Wednesday morning (June 23).
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will be joined by Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Allen Toussaint, Sonny Landreth, Jesse Winchester and additional special guests during a free concert in Gulf Shores, Ala. Scheduled for July 1, the event in the popular vacation spot is being billed as CMT Presents Jimmy Buffett & Friends Live From the Gulf Coast.
Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster beginning Wednesday (June 23) at 10 a.m. CT. There is a four-ticket limit, and tickets are required for entry. Organizers expect to accommodate up to 35,000 people at the event on the beach.
The concert is being organized to demonstrate support for and solidarity with residents, businesses and the culture of the Gulf Coast. Gates will open at 3 p.m., and the concert will start at 5 p.m.
A portion of the show will air live on CMT from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Performances will be simulcast live on Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio and streamed live on CMT.com.
"There are always welcome breaks in every storm, but the unfortunate reality is that this disaster is not going away for a while," Buffett said. "But a few hours of fun, void of the constant reminders of the situation, is a good thing, and that is basically what I do."
"I thank Jimmy Buffett and these other great artists for coming to perform on Alabama's coast," said Alabama Gov. Bob Riley. "Their music will lift up spirits and help encourage visitors to come here and enjoy our world famous Southern hospitality."
"Music has healing powers, and who better than Jimmy and friends to summon them up?" said CMT president Brian Philips. "It is CMT's privilege to present this special. We send a message to the people of the Gulf Coast that our audience -- and the world -- stands beside them."
"Gulf Shores is at the center of the vast coastline affected by the oil spill, and we hope that people from all across this beautiful stretch of America will come down, support local businesses on the way and enjoy some great music to elevate an important cause," noted CMT senior vice president of music and talent John Hamlin.
CMT Presents Jimmy Buffett & Friends Live From the Gulf Coast is produced by the State of Alabama, the City of Gulf Shores, CMT, Live Nation and Land Shark Lager. Local promotional services are provided by Mobile-based Huka Entertainment.
CMT Presents Jimmy Buffett & Friends Live From The Gulf Coast will encore July 2 at 7 p.m., July 3 at 9:30 a.m., July 4 at 2 p.m. and July 5 at 11:30 a.m. Excerpts and artist interviews will be available at CMT.com.
For information on how to help the Gulf Coast, visit cmtonecountry.com.