The Bands of 30A hosted a charity concert at Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar on Sunday, April 14, to benefit The Sonder Project. The threat of severe storms did not keep Bands of 30A from hosting one of the best local charity concerts. Shunk Gulley stepped up to provide the backup venue, and adjustments were made to the original event plans. The rain cleared and concertgoers showed up in overwhelming support for this “Plan B” charity concert. The event raised $20,000 for The Sonder Project.
Raising monetary help and awareness for local charities that need community support is the vision of Bands of 30A. With the generosity of sponsors and artists participating in the concerts, founders Casey Kearney, April Roach and Crystal Smith have raised over $100,000 to date.
“It feels unreal,” said Ms. Kearney. “We started Bands of 30A on a whim with one concert in mind to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. We could not have imagined in this short time we would have been able to host all of these events for various charities and receive enough support to reach $100,000. It is truly remarkable, and we are so thankful to have been able to be a part of this. It has blessed our hearts as much as it has helped others.”
Proceeds from this event were donated to The Sonder Project, a not-for-profit organization focused on building communities locally and internationally. The Sonder Project was founded by local businesses including 360 Blue, 30A, and YOLO. The Sonder Project made a huge impact in the Hurricane Michael recovery efforts and focuses on housing, clean water, and education in communities needing help locally and over seas.
Seated comfortably under the large tent on the Shunk Gulley lawn, families enjoyed music from Bryan Kennedy and Forrest Williams, Casey Kearney and Tim Roberts, The Wildlife Specials, Boukou Groove, Mari Gleason, and Luke Langford with Beachcomber Music Award winning fiddle player Matt Miller.
Baytowne Provisions provided the wine, and Grayton Beer Company and Oyster City Brewery provided the beer. It was all silliness and smiles at The Bands of 30A Photo Booth sponsored by Homes on 30A. Videographer Jeremiah Hillman from Unique Perspectives and Laura Shields from Caught Your Moment Photography captured the event perfectly. Eloquent Signs printed all the sponsor banners, signs, and posters.
Tribe Kelley Surf Post was a presenting sponsor of this concert. Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, with wife Brittney, are owners of Tribe Kelley and expressed their support of this cause saying “This is our second year being a part of Bands of 30A and we are thrilled to be a little piece of the puzzle to give all these local artists such a great voice here in this amazing community,” said Mr. Kelley.
Other leading sponsors for this event included Luke & Blue’s, Coyote Ugly, Chiringo, SpecBooks, Sunrise Coffee Co., and Center for the Grace Foundation.
Concertgoers were asked to make a $10 donation at the door in exchange for the afternoon of music and fun. Bands of 30A merchandise sales helped in raising these funds. You can find Bands of 30A swag including t-shirts, hats, logo stickers, dog bandanas and more online at bandsof30a.com. The Bands of 30A merchandise has been provided by area businesses such as ipromoteu, South Walton Stitchery, and BrandStyled.
Plans are already underway for the next Bands of 30A concert, if you have questions, are interested in sponsoring, or interested in volunteering for future events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 850-797-9714.
– Bands of 30A
- Art Classes & Workshops
- Art Events
- Art Galleries
- Call to Artists
- Coming to the CAA’s Bayou Arts Center…Pottery!
- Malt Shopping – American Single Malt Whiskey
- Restaurant Guide
- Where to Spend Your Happy Hours in Beachcomberland
- Live Music
- Relive the Summer of Love with EC Theatre Company July 12
- The Pauseandplay.com Record Roundup
- Visionaries and Dreamers
Hurricane Michael Over Six Months Later: Stephanie’s Story
By Carrie Hunter It’s May 2019, over six months after Hurricane Michael in Panama City. Stephanie, a young mother of three, walks through her gutted house. Rafters and beams are exposed. There...
Visionaries and Dreamers
By Nikki Hedrick Deborah and Jeff Badarak have two very different music projects gaining steam across Beachcomberland. The Visionaries is their vehicle for the classic songs they love, often presented as...
Pet of the Issue – Chip
Chip was born August 1, 2018, the same day Brandon’s first dachshund Nugget (a previous Beachcomber Pet of the Issue) passed away. “I wasn’t going to get another doggy so soon, but...
Relive the Summer of Love with EC Theatre Company July 12
Peace. Love. Music. Tune into the music of the ‘60s and take a musical journey with Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC). On Friday, July 12, at 7:30 PM, ECTC converts its...
Susan Myers’ Legacy Lives on at NWF State College
Before her passing earlier this year, Mrs. Susan Pryor Sloat Myers decided to link her name with Northwest Florida State College’s Learning Resources Center with a one million dollar bequest. Today, her...
Thursday, July 4 AJ’S, Destin WILL & LINDA, 4:30 PM (Bimini Stage) CHASIN’ JAYMIE, 6 PM (Tiki Stage) DJ BOOM, 8 PM JAMNATION, 9:30 PM (Bimini Stage) AJ’S ON THE BAYOU, Fort Walton Beach CHRIS HAYES,...