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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

Witches of South Walton Have Something Brewing

The Witches of South Walton — an organization devoted to assisting the Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) — will host their 13th annual Witch Ride down Scenic Highway 30-A on Monday, October 31, 2016, at 6:30 a.m. Last year, nearly 240 Witches participated in the event and raised over $6,200 for Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Here are a few of the event’s highlights: The Witches Brew When: Thursday, October 27 Where: La Playa at Gulf Place Pre-registered packet pickup and in-person registration at La Playa in Gulf Place from 5 – 8 p.m. Drink specials will be offered for all participants and Forrest Williams Band will play live. Raffle tickets will be sold only at Witches Brew to win a Custom Designed Witch Hat. The participants must be present to win at 8 p.m. Halloween Masquerade Party When: Saturday, October 29 Where: Trebeaché at Red Fish Village Trebeaché and Grayton Beach Catering are hosting the Halloween Masquerade Party with 10% of the ticket sales being donated to Children’s Volunteer Health Network in the name of the Witches of South Walton. The event will feature music by Randall Bramblett Band, The Steenos with Franko Washboard Jackson. There is also a costume contest with prizes for 1st, 2nd& 3rd places. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $50.00 or at the door for $60.00. Wake-Up Witches! When: Monday, October 31 Where: The Green at Gulf Place Paris Janos will be on the Green at Gulf Place reporting live for News Channel 7 from 5 – 7 a.m. 30A Radio will also cover the event again this year. All witches are encouraged get up early to be seen on T.V. 13th Annual Witch Ride When: Monday, October 31 Where: The Green at Gulf Place Information and final announcements will be made at 6:30 a.m. At this time all Witches must be with their bike prepared to ride. The charity bike ride starts at 7 a.m. sharp where all Witches will promptly leave Gulf Place as a group. Resting Stop The Witches ride to Stinky’s Fish Camp and Bait Shack to line up on 30A and greet spectators. Stinky’s will provide FREE water and $3.00 Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and a special Witches Brew. Gathering Brunch When: Monday, October 31 Where: La Playa at Gulf Place The Witches ride back to Gulf Place at 8:30 a.m. to enjoy the Gathering Brunch, contests, and raffle ticket drawings on the patio at LaPlaya. The Gathering Brunch includes a selection of pastries, fruit, bacon and eggs accompanied with Mimosas (limited to 3) and a cash bar. $50 prizes will be given to the Witch with the ‘Best Decorated Bike’, ‘Best Witch Costume’ and ‘Best Witch Cackle’. Raffle items graciously donated by local businesses. This year, Witches of South Walton will have online registration and payment. The online registration can be completed at Ticket cost is $30 and includes a charity bike ride from Gulf Place to Stinky’s Fish Camp complete with a Gathering Brunch at LaPlaya. Tickets can be purchased online at For more info, visit Witches of South Walton or follow them on Facebook. Read More