Thursday, 10 February 2011

Jimmy Buffett Concert to Benefit Gulf Oil Spill Victims

Jimmy Buffett has made a career out of singing of the white sand beaches and blue waters of the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean. The way of life that he glorifies in his songs attracts millions of followers around the world and it is the calling card of all things Buffett.

In response to the oil spill that is currently ravaging the Gulf of Mexico, it's wildlife and its citizens, Jimmy Buffett will host a benefit concert in Gulf Shores, Alabama on July 1. In addition to Buffett, Kenny Chesney and many others are expected to attend and perform at the concert. CMT will air a portion of the concert live from 8PM to 9:30PM. In addition to the television coverage, the concert will stream live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio as well as through the CMT website.

With proceeds going to support the businesses and individuals hit hardest by the oil well leak in the Gulf, it's likely that the concert will attract other stars and performers who have not yet stepped forward to help. At this time, oil continues to spew from a damaged wellhead on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, with estimates up to 2.5 million gallons of oil per day leaking into the once-pristine waters.

A recent 6-month moratorium on offshore drilling imposed by the Obama administration was overturned by a judge in Louisiana. Recent reports indicate that the judge who made the ruling has substantial investments in oil and natural gas companies in the area, although it's unclear at this time whether that would indicate any conflict of interest, given the specifics of the ruling.