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Shawn Mullins and Band Return to Beachcomberland for Under the Sea Fundraiser

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Shawn Mullins returns to South Walton with his band Soul Carnival Thursday, May 10, at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Mr. Mullins is in town to headline the “Under The Sea” fundraiser for the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA), a collaborative project between the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA).


The “Under The Sea” party begins with a VIP hour from 6 to 7 p.m., where ticketholders will enjoy a meet and greet with the artists, live music, open bar and light bites, as well as preferred and reserved seating for the Soul Carnival concert.


Doors will open at 7 p.m. for general admission event goers to buy raffle tickets and sample special menu items while enjoying an intimate yet lively concert experience with Mr. Mullins and his band. A cash bar will be available featuring signature Art Week cocktails, 30A Coastal Dunes wine and Grayton Beer.


VIP tickets are $100 per person. General admission tickets are $50 each in advance and $60 at the door (if available). Tickets are on sale now at on the #ArtMatters blog.


Since his first 30A Songwriters Festival appearance in 2010, Mr. Mullins has become an annual fan favorite, whether playing solo or with his band. After a series of indie record releases, Mr. Mullins’ critical breakthrough came when his 1998 album Soul’s Core shot him to fame on the strength of its Grammy-nominated hit “Lullaby.”

The AAA/Americana chart topper “Beautiful Wreck” (from 2006’s 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor) followed. His song “Shimmer” was used to promote the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and was included on the Dawson’s Creek soundtrack. He co-wrote “All In My Head,” which was featured on the hit TV sitcom Scrubs, and the Zac Brown Band’s blockbuster “Toes.”


Mr. Mullins is currently embarking on a recording project in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the release of Soul’s Core. The album will feature brand new recordings with new arrangements of the songs recorded with Soul Carnival.


Proceeds from “Under The Sea” ticket sales and raffle will be used for the 2018 UMA installation, which includes work by seven artists, including Marek Anthony, Justin Gaffrey, Rachel Herring, Kevin Reilly, Vince Tatum, Evelyn Tickle and Allison Wickey. Most of the sculptures will be on display at the fundraiser and throughout the weekend during the ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival before they are transferred to Orange Beach, Alabama, to prepare for their deployment into the Gulf in a one-acre permit patch of seabed off Grayton Beach State Park.


Raffle items will include an original mural by Billy the Artist (see this issue’s Art section), an UMA Sculpture Sponsorship valued at $5,000, other original artwork, and more. Raffle tickets are $100 each or $900 for 10.


The UMA is a presentation of the CAA’s Art in Public Spaces program, in partnership with South Walton Artificial Reef Association, and will augment SWARA’s mission of creating marine habitat and expanding fishery populations while providing enhanced creative, cultural, economic and educational opportunities for the benefit, education and enjoyment of residents, students and visitors in South Walton.


UMA is presented by Visit South Walton and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Alys Foundation, Visit Florida and 30A Coastal Dunes Wine Company.


For information on sponsoring one of the sculptures, email

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