Some of music’s hottest acts, beautiful weather and a magnificent venue drew over 15,000 fans to the inaugural three-day Pepsi SpringJam country music festival at Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City Beach. Those fans represented 38 states and five foreign countries traveling to see headliners Chris Young, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts and 15 other artists perform.
“When the final numbers came in, we were absolutely thrilled,” said Pepsi SpringJam Executive Producer Rendy Lovelady. “This was a fantastic event for Panama City Beach, and we can’t thank the city, the first responders, the parks department and so many others for all they did to make this a success.”
iHeartRadio 102.5 The Bull WDXB-FM’s Dollar Bill and 92.5 WPAP-FM’s Dr. Shane and Tess were fixtures on stage throughout the weekend giving fans updates, giving away prizes and introducing artists.
Visit Panama City Beach welcomed CMT as the exclusive national TV partner for Pepsi SpringJam. The network was on site taping an episode of “Hot 20 Countdown” which aired last weekend. The show’s co-host, Cody Alan, interviewed artists, chatted with fans and reported on the overall thrill of the event. The show also followed Cody singer/songwriter RaeLynn to a nearby lagoon, where she learned to paddle board, and he played ladder golf backstage with Kelsea Ballerini.
“The inaugural Pepsi SpringJam was a huge success,” said Dan Rowe, President & CEO of Visit Panama City Beach. “The event, along with the great weather, gave country music stars and fans an excuse to come enjoy the beach and explore everything that Panama City Beach has to offer.”
The Pepsi SpringJam lineup included:
Friday: Saturday: Sunday:
Chris Young Thomas Rhett Rascal Flatts
Frankie Ballard Jerrod Niemann Kelsea Ballerini
Cam Parmalee Brothers Osborne
Drake White RaeLynn Old Dominion
Blackjack Billy Jamie Lynn Spears Kirstie Lovelady
Mo Pitney Them Dirty Roses Chuck Wicks
Artists performing at Pepsi SpringJam represented 17 total nominations and six performances at the recent ACM Awards Show. Three of those nominees, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion, each took home an award.
In addition, over 200 general admission tickets were donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a thank you to donors becoming a Partner In Hope. Over $75,000 was raised for the hospital in their work to find cures and save children.
Thousands of fans have already purchased tickets for the fourth annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, whichCountry Living Magazine listed as one of their “10 Can’t-Miss Country Music Festivals,” is set for September 2-4, 2016 in Panama City Beach. Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Jake Owen are scheduled to headline the event, and Brett Eldredge, The Band Perry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Granger Smith, Sara Evans, Tyler Farr and others are a part of the exciting lineup.
Three-day tickets begin at $149, and various ticket packages can be viewed here. A variety ofPreferred Lodging Packages in one of the country’s most beautiful beach locations are also available.
For additional information about Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, including tickets, artist lineup updates, directions, parking, lodging and more, visit www.GulfCoastJam.com.
All Photos Credit: Chelsea Kornse