Beach Concerts Draw 65K-Plus to Alabama Coast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - A pair of free beach concerts drew more than 65,000 people to the Alabama coast and helped make up some of the lost business from the BP oil spill.

Country singer Brad Paisley put on a free show at Gulf Shores on Sunday, with the crowd estimated at some 30,000. Bon Jovi drew more
than 35,000 people on Friday.

Put together, the two shows helped fill hotels, condominiums and restaurants during what's normally a slow time for tourism at the coast. Most of the tickets were given away with vacation property rentals.

The last of the 2010 Concerts for the Coast will take be Oct. 30 at The Wharf amphitheater in Orange Beach. Country singer Alan Jackson is the headliner.

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