Cory Davis

Test Your Skills: Lip Sync Battle 2016

The Emerald Coast Theatre Company is hosting the second edition of the Emerald Coast Lip Sync Battle, a non-singing competition that invites everyone to be a star, on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 7 p.m. After last year’s still-talked-about event, this year’s event, being held at the new Emerald Coast Theatre Company theater space at 560 Grand Boulevard, has a brand new lineup of performers and a panel of community celebrity judges to round out the show. Lip Sync Battles are all the rage these days, and now Emerald Coasters can challenge their friends, coworkers, and business competitors to a battle. This event is the perfect chance for participants to finally perform live the songs they’ve been practicing in front of their bathroom mirrors for years. Competitors even have the chance to challenge others via social media, and a panel of local celebrity judges, comprising Steve Barber, Cory Davis, Zandra Wolfgram and Chelsea Nightly, will pick the best of the best. Judging will be will be based on originality and creativity, audience interaction and support, costume choice and appearance, and full-out dedication to performance. The evening will be complete with a cash bar, and those performers who bring the biggest crew will rack up audience participation points by voting with dollars. Can’t sing? No problem! It’s just lip sync! Just remember; getting up onstage is half the battle! It’s going to be a night you won’t soon forget, and the perfect opportunity to take center stage for a night of music, dance, and fun, right here on the Emerald Coast. Prizes will awarded for: Best Costume, Best Moves, People’s Choice Award and Overall Lip Sync Battle Winner 2016. Participant rules and registration info can be found on the event page. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Performer need to register by 5 p.m., November 9. For more info, visit Emerald Coast Theatre Company, follow the event page on Facebook or call 850-684-0323. Read More

30A Radio: Top 5 Reasons the 30A Music Scene Rocks

By Cory Davis We are so fortunate here in South Walton to have such a diverse music scene, driven locally by bands like Dread Clampitt, The Owsley Brothers, Heritage and The Forrest Williams Band. Add in big-city bands that frequent here from New Orleans, Mobile, Birmingham, Atlanta and Nashville, and you get a mix of music you really can’t find anywhere (except of course every day on 30A Radio). Here are five reasons the 30A music scene rocks: 1. Our venues are awesome. You can see bands up close and intimate or with a big crowd. Live music spots include small funky places like the Red Bar and La Playa, open-air waterfront stages like at The Bay and big, outdoor amphitheaters like the one in Seaside. And if you haven’t checked out one of the newest venues, The Hub 30A, it boasts a 25-foot LED Jumbotron and can host up to 700 people. 2. Free Music. Almost every venue offers free music with no cover charges and it’s all year round. Seaside, Alys Beach, Gulf Place and Sandestin all have weekly free concert series throughout the year and feature local or out-of-town bands. The concerts are always family friendly and located in some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the area. 3. 30A Songwriter Festival. How lucky are we to have this festival each year in South Walton? Really lucky. Every January, you can catch hundreds of songwriters in venues from Rosemary to Grand Boulevard. Drew Holcomb, Bob Schneider, Grace Potter, wow. Some of the most fun venues are right in Seaside like Central Square Records, The Rep and Bud and Alley’s. Note: Tickets always sell out fast. Grab yours today! 4. Celebrity Sightings. Have you ever bumped into Luke Bryan, Sam Bush, Sara Evans or Zac Brown? Well you may if you hang out on 30A. Many songwriters love this area for vacation — and inspiration. Sometimes they even sit in with a local band or two. 5. Collaborations. How cool is it to see two local bands merge for fun? It’s a special treat to see Dread Clampitt and Forrest Williams come together as Dreaded Forrest or Cadillac Willy merge with other local rock stars for The Cadillac Specials with an evening of music by the Grateful Dead. 30A Radio gets the opportunity to record a lot of the music listed above. Check out our live music playlist on soundcloud at We also insert songs from these shows into our daily streaming playlists on 30A Radio. You can listen to 30A Radio inside the free App for iPhone, iPad and Android, on Apple TV, or simply on any browser at Cory Davis is the general manager of 30A Radio, a free online radio station that streams live from the beach 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This article originally appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The Seaside Times. Read More

30A Radio: What We’re Listening to This Summer

30A Radio’s Cory Davis gives a lowdown on the fantastic, amazing, beachy, and fun music for your time here on the Beaches of South Walton. Paul Simon Paul Simon has a new album called Stranger to Stranger. Did you hear me? PAUL SIMON HAS A NEW ALBUM. Sorry, for yelling. But is there a more chill dude than Paul Simon? It’s what you would expect from Mr. Simon — awesome, laid back, groovy, and pure Paul. Wristband is really good. Imagining Paul Simon not being able to get back into a venue without a wristband is pretty funny. In A Parade is a really fun song. Rebelution Rebelution is played daily on 30A Radio, hailing from Santa Barbara, Calif. Their style we refer to as ‘American Reggae’. Their new album just dropped, entitled “Falling into Place, and has plenty of vibes for summertime. Our favorite song so far is Know It All, which sure sounds like their anthem against social media bullies. Upper Hand and High on Life really are great summer tunes. If you like Slightly Stoopid, The Movement, or Matisyahu, you will dig this album. Day of the Dead Rise up Dead Heads! If you can’t get enough of the Grateful Dead, this album needs to be in your collection. Made up of various artists, this album has star power covering some of the best songs by the Grateful Dead including The War on Drugs, The National, Mumford and Sons, Wilco with Bob Weir. It is an epic tribute album with more than 59 tracks, five hours of music. It’s awesome. We have exciting news, our brand new 30A Radio Airstream studio launched this summer. Be watching for it at area events across 30A — and out of area at tailgates and festivals across the Southeast. Here are the other new albums we’re spinning on 30A Radio: To know more, check out 30A Radio.   Read More