PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) – After almost two years of waiting, Gulf Coast Jam is back.
The last time the country music festival was held in Panama City Beach was Labor Day weekend in 2019. It has been rescheduled three times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Gulf Coast Jam executive producer Rendy Lovelady said it feels good and bittersweet that the show is back.
“I had a little moment when I saw [Lynyrd Skynyrd] stop, because… we are doing it, ”Lovelady said. “You keep waiting for someone to come in with papers and say ‘Shut up’, but that’s not going to happen… we do.”
Lovelady said he remembers and respects the people who have lost their lives to COVID-19, but said he believes it is time to return to work.
“Whatever your political position, you have to make a living,” Lovelady said.
He said the festival will have COVID-19 precautions in place, including cashless payments, a well-being survey and a sanitation team.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline Friday night, with Brad Paisley and Luke Bryan the following nights, respectively.