September 8, 2017 – The almost-full moon was high above the stage, when headliner and Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan closed out his high-energy, crowd-pleasing set on the final night of the 2017 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam late Sunday evening. Over the three days, 33 artists performed hours and hours of music for 64,000 adoring, rain soaked, mud covered and sunburned fans.
Over 23,000 fans packed Frank Brown Park in beautiful Panama City Beach Sunday night to see Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Granger Smith, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Them Dirty Roses and Pepsi Southern Original winners South of Heaven.
“This was the biggest crowd we’ve ever had by far,” said Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Executive Producer Rendy Lovelady. “We can’t thank Panama City Beach enough for helping us make this an incredible success. I have to give credit to Chief of Police Drew Whitman and his whole team, Mayor Mike Thomas, the TDC (Panama City Beach Tourist Development Council) all of our first responders and the countless numbers of people behind the scenes for helping make this a huge success.”
CMT “Hot 20 Countdown” will air a special Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam episode, which will include Tyler Farr upgrading fans from General Admission to VIP, “Hot 20 Countdown” host Cody Alan upgrading a bus load of fans with VIP tickets and Cody and Granger Smith flying on a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter with Friends of Army Aviation-Ozark. The show will air this Saturday and Sunday morning at 9:00am Eastern/8:00am Central.