Jake Owen returned home to Vero Beach, FL over the weekend for a good cause. He played 2 nights to sold out crowds filled with family, friends, old teachers and fans each boasting their unique stories about the “Beachin” singer. Jake delivered almost 3 hours of laughs, tears and nostalgia to his hometown and raised a significant amount of money for the Jake Owen Foundation.
Marketed as an acoustic show, Jake hit the stage with songwriter friends Scotty Emerick, Jimmy Ritchey and Phillip White. These seasoned songwriters performed in a typical round, sharing stories and emotion behind their chart topping hits. During “The One That Got Away” (written by Owen, Ritchey and Dallas Davidson) the stage lights flashed on revealing Jake’s full band. The group gave fans a diverse set covering songs from the Beastie Boys to Europe and then slowed it down covering the likes of the great Glen Campbell. Fans were treated to a special surprise when Owen called up twin brother, Jarrod, and the #1 world ranked golf pro, Jordan Spieth, for a rousing “Friends in Low Places“. Jake tested new music on the crowd including a raw song he and Phillip White wrote together about their recent break ups.
Growing up in Vero Beach, Jake remains loyal to his hometown. Over the past decade he has raised over a million dollars for his foundation. 80% of the money stays in Indian River County to benefit various children’s hunger and shelter programs along with lending support to the local arts. The hometown hero left us with a reunited sense of holiday spirit, gave us a night to remember and delivered, once again, to the deserving community he will always call home.