Roddie Romero & Hub City All-Stars to open JImmy Buffet's concert for the Gulf

by Dege Legg

Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars head to Gulf Shores to kick off the Jimmy Buffet's Gulf Coast awareness show. Roddie Romeo & the Hub City All-Stars have been chosen to open up the show for Jimmy Buffet's "Jimmy Buffet & Friends: Live from the Gulf Coast" concert in Gulf Shores. The concert, originally scheduled for July 1 and canceled due to bad weather, has been rescheduled for July 11 in the same location. Presented by CMT, the show seeks to raise awareness about the seriousness of the BP oil spill in the Gulf. Originally listed on the bill were Kenny Chesney, Zack Brown, and Lafayette's own Sonny Landreth; however, after the rescheduling, all of those acts had prior commitments for July 11. Boom. In steps Quint Davis, producer and director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and a huge fan of Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars. "Jimmy called Quint who's been one of our biggest fans the past few years and Quint said this is the band you got to get for the show," says Romero. "From what I understand, that was it. Things were set in motion and we got a call from the Buffet camp on Tuesday. Things have been rocking and rolling ever since."

All tickets for the Jimmy Buffett & Friends: Live from the Gulf Coast concert were sold in less than 10 minutes after becoming available on June 23. The concert will be broadcast live on CMT July 11 around 6 p.m. Central Time. It can also be viewed in live stream on the Internet at CMT.com.

Romero doesn't downplay the significance of this opportunity, but he's also trying to keep the attention focused on the bigger picture. "This is really great for us, but it's really great for the whole cause of bringing awareness to the oil spill in along the Gulf Coast and we're really honored and happy to represent south Louisiana," says Romero.

For more information:
CMT Presents Jimmy Buffett & Friends: Live from the Gulf Coast concert