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Bon Jovi, Brad Paisley to hold free "Concerts For The Coast"

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GULF SHORES, AL (WLOX) - Two of the biggest names in music will use their star power to help bring attention and tourists back to the Alabama Gulf Coast.  Bon Jovi and Brad Paisley will perform two free concerts on the beach are slated for the weekend of October 15th-17th in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Bon Jovi will perform on Friday, October15 and Brad Paisley will perform on Sunday, October 17.

The two shows are the next installments of Alabama's "Concerts For The Coast" event series, which kicked off with a nationally televised concert by Jimmy Buffett to counter the negative impact of the BP oil spill on Gulf tourism.

"Bring your beach blanket and enjoy two incredible concerts on the pristine white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama," welcomes Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft.

The Bon Jovi and Brad Paisley shows are free to the public, but will be ticketed events. Tickets will be available through Gulf Shores and Orange Beach lodging partners starting Wednesday, September 8th.

"We are thrilled to announce the addition of these two concerts that will enhance an exciting weekend that already features the return of our powerboat races," said Herb Malone, president/CEO of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism.

"We are extremely pleased that fans will have a weekend filled with exciting race action and capped off with two nights of phenomenal beachside music,"  Malone said.

A limited number of tickets will be available for local distribution to area residents on Saturday, September 11th. A valid government issued photo ID is required and there is a 2-ticket limit per person available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Details are available on the website http://www.concertsforthecoast.com/.

Known for their beautiful beaches and beach-town vibes, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Alabama have quickly become a destination to see blockbuster concert events. This past May, Gulf Shores hosted the Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival - attracting over 50 bands and thousands of fans.

The Concerts from the Coast series kicked-off with Jimmy Buffett & Friends: Live from The Gulf Coast on July 11th. The event hosted 35,000 fans on Gulf Shores' public beach. The series continues with a performance by Hank Williams Jr. and Gretchen Wilson on September 25th at The Wharf in Orange Beach.

This concert series was created to offer much-needed economic support to the troubled gulf area, drawing visitors from around the country and stimulating the local economy damaged by the oil spill.

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