Backyard Boogie and Sacred Heart Hospital Team Up for the Arts September 20

July 9, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and the Forrest Williams Band are teaming up for a “Backyard Boogie for the Arts” on Friday, September 20 at 6 p.m. The outdoor concert will be held at Williams Backyard Boogie at 1921 Chat Holly Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Arts in Medicine program.

Arts in Medicine is an emerging field within health care that addresses what many have long known and medical research is now proving – that music, writing, dance, storytelling and other art activities can play an important role in healing not just the body, but the mind and spirit of an individual.

In the fall of 2011, Sacred Heart received a grant to implement an Arts in Medicine program at its Emerald Coast location. This grant funding allowed the hospital to enhance the healthcare setting for patients, visitors and caregivers through the arts. Through the program, Sacred Heart brings artists into the hospital to provide activities at the bedside and outpatient clinical areas and waiting rooms. Types of activities can include visual, musical, theatrical, movement and written arts. The goal of the program is to enhance patients’ health care experience, provide respite and rejuvenation to hospital staff, and promote community wellness.

Forrest Williams, musician, founder and host of The Backyard Boogie picked up the guitar when he was 14 years old and has been playing ever since. He grew up listening to Rock, Blues, Country and Folk music from the 60's up to present day, which has influenced his songwriting. His style covers a variety of music, incorporating the acoustic guitar and the harmonica. Forrest’s wife, Pherrel Williams has been playing keyboard and keyboard bass for more than 20 years. Starting her professional music career at the age of 13 while touring with her family band, Pherrel has seen her share of stages. Forrest and Pherrel met in 2000, married in 2001 and started their musical adventure in 2004. The road led them to Florida where they’ve been welcomed by a community of talented musicians.

Tickets for the Backyard Boogie for the Arts can be purchased for $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets will be on sale at the Sacred Heart Gift Shop beginning August 1. The public is encouraged to bring their own chairs, beverages and food; additional food will be available for purchase from Grayton Beach Catering. Door prizes will be awarded at the event. For more information, please contact Sharon Abele with Sacred Heart at 850-278-3081 or

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