Bad weather forced Jake Owen to cancel his charity concert at Holman Stadium in his home-town of Vero Beach, Florida on Saturday night. The concert was set to be the finale to the fundraising weekend for Jake and his high school friend, and tennis star, Mardy Fish. The duo host the “Mardy’s Tennis And Jake’s Music Fest” annually to help raise money for St. Jude’s Research Hospital as well as children’s athletic and music programs in their home-town.
Late Saturday afternoon Jake tweeted:
@jakeowen: my charity show will have to be rescheduled due to the weather. Such a bummer. I’m sad thinking about it. Thanks again
Jake had more to say on his disappointment of being forced to cancel the event, which he says will be rescheduled:
“Everyone always works so hard putting this event together. 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.”
C&H Events coordinator Jon Keeney said that the outdoor venue at Holman Stadium at the Vero Beach Sports Village made the concert a public safety concern with the poor weather. He says that Jake was the most resistant to cancelling the show because he didn’t want to disappoint the five thousand fans who had already purchased tickets for the evening.
Jake made up for not being able to hold an official concert, and instead performed an impromptu concert at the Riverside Cafe in Vero Beach, where he used to be found singing his songs on Sunday afternoon during his college days. Jake and his friend, Chris Young, came to the cafe to perform since that’s what they came to the city to do. Jake and his band, along with Chris, sang into the early morning hours for the standing-room-only crowd that packed the venue.