Friends with benefits


As many of us know by now, country music star Jake Owen grew up in Vero Beach and returned home after college when he decided to pursue a career in music. So what did Jake do? He did what just about every young musician does – he found himself singing to locals and tourists in a local restaurant. In Jake’s case, it was the Riverside Café.

Fast forward to today and Jake, by all accounts, has arrived.

In fact, Jake is currently headlining his second nationwide tour – the Days of Gold Tour – which will make its final stop in, you guessed it, Vero Beach.

The eighth annual Jake Owen Foundation Benefit Concert will be held Oct. 25 at Holman Stadium.

“I am excited that my annual charity event is returning to my hometown of Vero Beach for the final stop of my tour,” said Owen. “I love performing for my friends and family and look forward to raising more funds for youth organizations in Vero Beach and nationwide.”

The Jake Owen Foundation was founded in 2010 and offers support to organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Autism Speaks and the Mardy Fish Foundation, as well as youth organizations and various charities in the Vero Beach area.

Jake and pro tennis player Mardy Fish are longtime friends; the Mardy Fish Foundation works to provide after-school programs in Indian River County and provides support to the Boys & Girls Club of Vero Beach and the Youth Guidance Foundation.

While premier infield seats and pit seats are sold out for the eighth annual Benefit Concert, reserved and general admission tickets are still available at $35 and $25, respectively. To purchase tickets for the event, please visit For more information about Jake, the tour or the Jake Owen Foundation, please visit

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