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Outside the Festival Live Music in South Walton Jan 17-20

January 10, 2020 by Naomi Alvarado

Music is a very special part of our SoWal beach community and you can hear it and see it during the upcoming MLK weekend.

The 11th annual 30A Songwriters Festival is January 17-20 with top notch artists in venues throughout South Walton (see SoWal Insider's Guide to 30A Songwriters Festival 2020 for more info). The festival is a huge draw for music and beach lovers every January. If you don't have a ticket you can still see LIVE MUSIC performed by some of our favorite local and visiting artists throughout the weekend.

Here are some free and nearly-free jams at some of our favorite SoWal stages - no wristband required!

Wednesday, January 15
Dread Clampitt @ Louis Louis
Come out for a special performance by Dread Clampitt in the main dining room. Happy hour starts at 6 pm. Music at 7pm. Santa Rosa Beach

Gilleran's Island @ Grayton Seafood Co. 
Grayton Seafood is hosting special performances including Donnie Sundal on Tuesday Jan 14, Gilleran's Island on Wednesday Jan 15, and Balder Saunders on Tuesday Jan 21. Grayton Beach

Thursday, January 16
Forrest Williams Band @ Stinky's Bait Shack
Some of our favorite local artists will be on Stinky's stage. And you never know who may join them as surprise guests at any given time especially this week! Dune Allen Beach

Max McCann @ Old Florida Fish House

Enjoy Max McCann and friends performing the beach mountain blues from 6-9pm! Seagrove Beach

Friday, January 17
Nick’s on the Bay Annual Bonfire 6pm
The bonfire lighting is at 6PM and The Band U.S. will begin playing shortly after. There is no cover for this family & pet friendly event. Freeport

The Steenos @ Modica Market 4-6pm
Cheers to Friday on the sidewalk at Modica Market with friends, cold beer and live music. It's a weekly tradition on Central Square. Seaside

Rob Romans @ Perfect Pig in WaterColor 6-9pm
Come for happy hour from 3-6 and stay for dinner and a show in the bar area. WaterColor

Locan Plicher & Daniel Pratt @ 30A Songwriter Radio Music & Coffee 7- 10pm
Tickets are $8 and can be purchased through their Facebook page. The menu includes food, beer, wine & coffee. Santa Rosa Beach

Will Thompson Band @ Redd’s Pub N Song 7:30 - 10:30pm
Call (850) 325-0252 to make dinner reservations for parties of 4 or more. Blue Mountain Beach

Adam Wakefield with Jenny Leigh @ The Village Door Music Hall 8pm
Adam Wakefield from season 10 of The Voice is playing with Nashville musician Jenny Leigh. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased through The Village Door website. Seascape

The TKO Band @ Stinky’s Bait Shack 9pm - midnight
The TKO Band performs every Friday night and often features special surprise guests, including Mark Gillespie. The Bait Shack is a local favorite Friday night hotspot. Dune Allen Beach

Saturday, January 18
Will & Linda Pleasants @ North Beach Tortilla Co. 2-5pm
Enjoy stunning views, fresh food, and a selection of over 100 tequilas at foot of the 331 Bridge. Santa Rosa Beach

Eric Lindell with Marc Ford and Adam Wakefield @The Village Door Music Hall 7-11pm
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased through The Village Door website. Seascape

Tristan Wolf @ Perfect Pig in WaterColor 6-9pm
Come for happy hour from 3-5 and stay for dinner and a show in the bar area. WaterColor

Stinky’s Swampwriter’s Festival @ Stinky's Bait Shack 8pm - midnight
The documentary Duke & The King will be shown from 8 - 9. Then catch Duke Bardwell performing with multiple local artists. Dune Allen Beach

Sunday, January 19
The Steenos @ Stinky’s Fish Camp Sunday Brunch & Music 11am - 2pm
Local favorites The Steenos take the stage at 11:00 a.m. and often feature other local musicians.  Brunch menu is offered from 10:00 am until 2 in addition to the regular menu. Dune Allen Beach

Forrest Williams Band @ Local Catch Bar & Grill 4-7pm
Forrest Williams Band and Local Catch for a local Sunday Funday tradition. Enjoy this family friendly venue with great food and delicious cocktails. Blue Mountain Beach

Dread Clamptt @ Stinky’s Bait Shack Swampwriter’s Festival 9pm - midnight
Wrap up your weekend of music at Stinky’s Bait Shack. Local favorite Dread Clampitt is performing with Mark Gillespie. Dune Allen Beach

Grayton Seafood Company is hosting music just before and after SongFest weekend if you're around town:
Tuesday Jan. 14: Donnie Sundal 6pm
Wednesday Jan. 15: Gilleran's Island 6pm
Tuesday Jan. 21 Balder Saunders 6pm

SoWal Insider Tip: 
On Monday, January 20, head to the North Beach of South Walton to any of these three great venues for 30A Songwriters on stage all day - Farm & Fire Southern Pizzeria, North Beach Tortilla Co. and The Bay from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This 30A Fest Late Checkout Party is open to the public, but festival ticket holders (wristbands) will get priority on entry and seating. Don't miss the tail end of the biggest festival in South Walton. Learn more at SoWal.com/Events - Late Checkout Party Jan 20

Wherever you go in SoWal you’re going to find some of your favorite local musicians and even discover new ones! For more information about these music events and venues, check SoWal Events Calendar and SoWal Food & Dining Guide. Jam on SoWal!



Naomi Alvarado's picture

After moving to SoWal for a summer job in 2009, Naomi quickly decided to make South Walton her permanent home. Sitting next to the Gulf with a glass of wine and her family nearby is her happy place and she loves sharing her passion for the area with the world.

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