Wednesday Night Concert Series
September Wednesday Night Concert Series7-9pm
September 1 | Forrest Williams Band
Growing up in the hills of Arkansas, Forrest 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 the present day, which has influenced his songwriting. His style covers a variety of music, incorporating the acoustic guitar and the harmonica. Forrest released his second all original studio album "Gonna Take Love" in October 2012. His first album self titled was released in 2007 and he is currently working on his third studio album, which will take him back to his roots of good ole Country music. With enough original songs for a following 2 CD's, the future is looking bright!
September 8 | Chris Alvarado
Chris Alvarado is a Florida native who is currently located in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 he was invited to perform at the 30A Songwriter's Festival, an event that draws some of the nations most accomplished Singer/Songwriters. In 2012, the National Recording Academy selected Chris to perform at the Florida Grammy Showcase in Orlando, Florida where a panel of industry judges and executives selected him as the winner out of the six acts that were selected from the entire state of Florida. Chris was also invited by BMI to headline at the BMI Acoustic Brunch during the 2012 Florida Music Festival in front of leading music industry professionals. Career Highlights: - Winner, 2012 Florida GRAMMY showcase - Winner, 2011 Beachcomber Music Awards "Best Singer/Songwriter" - 3rd Place in the Dallas Songwriters Association's "2012 DSA songwriting competition" - Performed, 2012 BMI Acoustic Brunch at the 2012 Florida Music Festival - Performed, 2012 Florida Music Festival - Performed, 2011, 2012, & 2013 30A Songwriters Festival
September 15 | Will Thompson Bnad
As a fifth generation musician who grew up surrounded by walls of instruments and family members to teach him how to play them, it would seem to be a given that Will Thompson would play music for the rest of his life. And while that has proven to be the case, every path has it's unexpected turns. At 18 years old, Will sold everything he owned and took out a loan to buy recording equipment to fully realize the music he had been writing on his guitar. Locking himself away for months at a time he honed his skills as a producer, songwriter, singer. By the time Will got everything he wanted in the form of a record contract from his all time musical idol, he walked away from it all feeling like he wasn't making the music he wanted to. After being haunted by the love he tried to leave behind, he knew it was time to return to his lifelong family calling in writing and recording songs. Will Thompson is recording/producing/writing and currently working on a new music, a mix of rock-country-funk sound that showcases stadium-ready songwriting and soulful production at every turn. As for Will there's no looking back as he prepares to play shows and write for himself and other artists. He carries his family tradition forward and puts what's in his blood into every song.
September 22 | Cadillac Willy
In the year 2000, percussionist Louie Antoon and lead guitarist Clayton Bonjean began the formation of what is now Cadillac Willy. It all started in Clayton Bonjean's project studio. Bonjean and Antoon were honored to have Allman Brothers bassist Dave Goldflies sit in on the first recording sessions. Later, John David Sullivan moved to Destin and was asked to play rhythm guitar and sing. Drummer Josh Pace and bass player Patrick Wilson later joined the band and Cadillac Willy was ready for the road. In the spring of 2008, Cadillac Willy was without a lead singer, so Clayton, unbeknownst to the rest of the band put an ad in craigslist ( Louie loves to tell this story, ask him about it). At the same time Metz Barnes was perusing craigslist for a job and happened to find that same ad in the musician's section. He and Clayton emailed back and forth for awhile and he finally sat in with the band at Hog's Breath for the first time in July 2008. Things went pretty well and he's been singing with them ever since. The drummer position has kind of been a revolving door, mostly manned by JP and Charles Pagano over the years, but recently has been filled by Shawn Shackleford who brings his wild style and many cymbals to the mix. John Mark Turner, a veteran of the road, fills in on lead guitar and bass when needed. When you need live music with heart and soul that makes you move your feet--call Cadillac Willy.
September 29 | Jessie Ritter
Based in Nashville, Tennessee and Northwest Florida, singer/songwriter Jessie Ritter plays a heartfelt brand of country-pop with a breezy, romantic feel and plenty of charm. While studying music at Belmont University in Nashville, she released her EP Stories Told. Ritter then cut her teeth on the cruise ship circuit, releasing her debut album, Coffee Every Morning in 2018. After winning NashFM 105.5's regional Nash Next competition, she represented the Florida Panhandle in the finals, beating out over 800 contestants to be named the 2018 Nash Next winner. She gained national recognition and a record deal with Big Machine (home to heavy-hitters like Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line) making her label debut in May 2019 with the single "Nothing But You." She then swept the 2019 Northwest Florida Beachcomber awards taking home eight titles including: Musician of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Original Song, Best Country Artist, Best Singer/Songwriter, Best Solo Artist, Best New Artist, and Best Female Vocalist. Opening slots for Eli Young Band, Hunter Hayes, Easton Corbin, and Runaway June followed, as well as featured performances alongside hitmakers at songwriter festivals across the southern United States. A native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Ritter grew up on her family farm listening to country radio and absorbing the sounds of artists like Lee Ann Womack, Shania Twain, and Miranda Lambert. She is continually inspired by her favorite writer/performers: Lori McKenna, Natalie Hemby, and Cam. Touring heavily through the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions, Ritter released her newest soul-stirring single "Home" on November 13, 2020. The music video followed the next week letting you see even deeper into the home and heart of Jessie Ritter.