Friday, July 6; 10 p.m. (Doors Open at 9)
LA Lounge, Destin
Donnie Sundal and Derwin “Big D” Perkins continue to trade on the goodwill generated by their new and outstanding album A Lil Boukou in Your Cup. Expect to have your socks (or other footwear of choice) knocked off.
Saturday, July 7; 7-10 p.m.
The Naked Grape, Santa Rosa Beach
We featured extensive coverage on Womack last fall prior to the 2012 30A Songwriters Festival, not because smart and funny singer-songwriters sell newspapers, but because we think he’s great and want the rest of the world to know about him. It worked. Robert Christgau, the so-called “Dean of Rock Critics” reviewed Womack’s Now What! and There, I Said It! (2007) favorably. “If there are any bad reviews, they’ve been kept from me,” says Womack. “I’m really excited to be getting down there to play, namely because my family doesn’t get to go on gigs with me much and they’ll be with me on this trip. If it weren’t for these gigs I’ll be doing, I couldn’t give my family a vacation at the beach this year. It’s a win-win!” You got that right, Tommy.
Wednesday, July 11; 7-9 p.m.
Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin
Recently, the Beachcomber Music Award winners (too many honors to list here) have played a lot of venues we don’t really care for—other than Grayton Beach’s The Red Bar, which is great. Here’s a chance to experience them in a terrific location as part of the Village of Baytowne Wharf’s FREE Wednesday Night Concert Series. As Balder, John, Kenny and Kyle commemorate the band’s 10-year anniversary, they show no signs of slowing down in their mission to convert the entire world into Dreadheads.
Saturday, July 14; 7-10 p.m.
HarborWalk Village, Destin
The “best dance band in Destin” rocks the docks as part of HarborWalk’s FREE Saturday night concert series.
The Helvetica Effect
Saturday, July 14; 9 p.m. (Doors Open at 8)
The Tank, Valparaiso
The Beachcomber Music Award nominated rock outfit will be filming an acoustic show to be released on DVD. THE will be joined by Matt Lamm and another act to be announced…soon. This is a totally FREE show for 21 and up. Read more about the band here.
Saturday, July 14: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Williams Backyard Boogie, Santa Rosa Beach
Lindell continues to celebrate the release of his fine new album(s) West County Drifter with an intimate outdoor appearance at Forrest and Pherrel’s place. BYOB and chair, and enjoy eats from Grayton Beach Catering for 10 bucks a plate. Tickets to the show are available at Grayt Coffee House.
Wednesday, July 18; 7 p.m.
The New Orleans-based band is having a great 2012 so far. They played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and French Quarter Fest, all the while wrapping up their sophomore album to be released later this year. The leadoff single, “Orphan,” has generated critical acclaim from several outlets including Consequence of Sound. All signs point to a bright future for the new record—and the band. And like their name, which includes five words packed into one single-word title, this ensemble packs a punch that can’t be ignored. Carrying the name of frontman John Michael Rouchell, this seven-piece outfit combines a vibrant blend of indie-rock infectiousness and a Louisiana-inspired brass bombast that speaks to the band’s local roots.