Bands of 30A Raises $20K for Sonder Project

April Roach, Brian Kelley, Brittney Kelley, Casey Kearney, Crystal Smith and Kim Cattelier at April’s Bands of 30A concert in Santa Rosa Beach.

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 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 or call 850-797-9714.

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