Jake Owen was forced to cancel his annual charity concert at Holman Stadium in his hometown of Vero Beach, Florida due to heavy rains. The sixth annual concert would have been the final event in a weekend full of fundraising activities hosted by Jake and his childhood best friend and tennis star Mardy Fish. The annual Mardy’s Tennis and Jake’s Music Fest raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as well as children’s athletic and music programs in their hometown.
“Everyone always works so hard putting this event together,” Jake said. “The situation was out of our control and it was so disappointing when we couldn’t perform at the stadium, but the concert is just one part of the weekend’s events. We still raised money for a really great cause and the show will definitely be rescheduled.”
Jake also tweeted his regrets to his fans. “My charity show will have to be rescheduled due to the weather. Such a bummer. I’m sad thinking about it. Thanks again,” he wrote. Chris Young, who was schedule to perform at the show, also tweeted his regrets. “Sucks we don’t get to play with my buddy @jakeowen tonight, because of the rain. I know he is bummed out about it, as is everyone,” Chris wrote.
The event’s outdoor venue made the concert a public safety issue as the weather deteriorated. “Logistically, it was just out of the question,” C & H Events coordinator John Keeney said. He added that Jake was most resistant to canceling the show due to his desire not to disappoint the five thousand fans who had purchased tickets.
Jake made the best of the situation. Along with Chris, he put on an impromptu concert at the Riverside Café in Vero Beach, the same venue he could be found singing his original songs on Sunday afternoons while still in college. Jake, his band, and Chris performed until the wee hours of the night for a standing-room-only crowd.
The date for the rescheduled concert will be announced soon. All tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date.