Spring Praise 2012 – BarlowGirl, Jonny Diaz and Todd Agnew
Friday, March 16; 6:30 p.m.
Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Island
Nominated for 10 Dove Awards, the songwriting siblings of BarlowGirl have written and recorded such landmark hits as “Never Alone,” which became Radio & Records’ Christian Song of the Year in 2004. Their poignant “I Need You to Love Me” topped the charts for 13 weeks in 2005. From the beginning of his music career, Diaz’s desire has been to write songs that entertain, encourage and challenge fellow believers. His latest album, simply titled Jonny Diaz, is a collection of songs that accomplish this mission. Agnew—the worship leader, musician and songwriter behind hits like “Grace Like Rain” and “My Jesus”—recently recorded a new album with producer Paul Ebersold (Third Day, 3 Doors Down). Sponsorships for this event will benefit the Special Olympics of Okaloosa County. Tickets are $15 for general admission seating and available at www.EmeraldCoastConventionCenter.com--a $3 processing fee will be applied to all tickets.
Tuesday, March 20; 9 p.m.
The leading (only?) purveyors of “Jark Rock” return to Funky’s for what promises to be a crowd-pleaser. According to the band’s Facebook page, Tornado Rider— Rushad Eggleston on cello and lead vox, Graham Terry on bass and vox, and Scott Manke on drums and vox—is “a powerful bird band of swirling goat god victory that lurks in the spooky forest regions and yells out over the mountains, glicking the gunt of Nairobi (sic) into the fortress of norwegian (sic) butt-death…” Well, just go out and enjoy the music! Cover is $5 for 21 and up; under 21, $10. www.funkybluesshack.com.
Act of Congress
Thursday, March 22; 6-8 p.m.
North Barrett Square, Rosemary Beach
( 850) 231-7388
FREE and open to the public. Hailing From Birmingham, Alabama, Act of Congress combines hook-laden melodies, compelling songwriting and intelligent acoustic instrumentation that’s rapidly gathering attention throughout the country. Eagerly awaiting the release of their second album Worth Fighting For, the band has performed for Billboard, NPR, Paste Online, Disney and SXSW. They’ve also been featured on the nationally syndicated Woodsongs Radio on Sirius-XM Radio. In 2011, Act of Congress performed their original music with four regional symphonies including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, backed up country music star Sara Evans, and were voted one of the Alabama’s must-see acts. More at www.actofcongressmusic.com.
Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots
Wednesday, March 28; 6-8 p.m.
Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin
The FREE Wednesday Night Concert Series is back in full force, with the very welcome return of Wainwright and the WildRoots, whose latest album Lit Up! continues to win rave reviews from the music press. The record is also up for a Blues Music Award. More good news—the band opens for the great B.B. King in Daytona Beach at the end of the month. Check out the band at www.wildrootsrecords.com.