Gulf Coast Jam Director Looking Already to Next Year

The first ever Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam wrapped-up Saturday night and already the event's promoter and executive director is looking ahead to next year.

13,000 people showed-up at Frank Brown Park for the final night of the 3-day festival, to see Darryl Worley and headliner Toby Keith.

The event featured some of the best of country music's established stars and newcomers.

Brantley Gilbert was Friday's headliner and Trace Adkins anchored the Thursday night line-up.

Charlie Daniels, Tracy Lawrence, Jerrod Niemann, Corey Smith, Colt Ford, and Tyler Farr were just some of the acts appearing on the Frank Brown stage or one of the 3 daytime beach stages at the Boardwalk, Edgewater, or Seahaven Beach Resorts.

There were very few problems with parking, traffic, noise or disturbances.

Executive Producer Rendy Lovelady and his partners are planning to meet with the city this week about next year's event.

"I think we're seriously considering a long weekend; a holiday weekend to do it at and I think it's the perfect time, I think we can bring in families to the city. I mean that's what we're all about. You saw...Look at the party....and there was children running around playing football and soccer and there was parents and grandparents. I mean it's the perfect scenario. Perfect scenario," said Lovelady.

Lovelady is hoping the city will allow more ticket sales to bring-in even bigger acts.

You might call him a bit of a glutton for punishment.

This weekend there's a 2-day rock concert called Thunder Beach Jam at Aaron Bessant Park, featuring John Kay and Steppenwolf, Cheap Trick, Badfinger and Grand Funk Railroad.