For years, Bob Schneider has been packing houses and winning over audiences in Austin, Texas, firmly claiming his place as one of the most sought-after entertainers in the live music capitol and across the country. Next month, he will again grace the stage at the 30A Songwriters Festival, performing from his extensive repertoire of original songs.
As one of the more prolific writers of his generation, Schneider has released about 20 albums and is constantly working new material into his live shows, most of which are recorded and released on his website. Schneider’s live shows are playful and raw, on stage he clearly knows how to command the room. Offstage, he told 30A, is a different story.
If you’re lucky enough to have a white sand Christmas this year, 30A offers plenty of activities to celebrate the holidays.
Check out a round-up of the week’s events:
Tuesday, December 23
The Pearl on Rosemary Beach is hosting a Gingerbread Tea with afternoon tea service and gingerbread house decorating. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the ballroom. Cost is $25 per adult and $15 for kids. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 850-588-2882.
A special Seaside Farmer’s Market will be held on Tuesday, featuring lots of fresh food for your holiday meals and plenty of unique gifts. The market will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Take a break from the holiday buzz with an intimate Grayt Coffee Hour performance by Mose Wilson at Grayt Coffee. The show starts at 6 p.m.
By Lauren Lege
30A is most commonly known for its beaches and coastal dune lakes; however, salt water isn’t the only liquid we’re good for. 30A is also home to an extremely creative slough of bartenders. Here are some of our very own signature cocktails, specific to 30A and our hard-working restaurant crews.
Seaside Punch, Bud & Alley’s. This smooth blend of Stoli vodka, apple, peach and black raspberry puree, pineapple juice and house-made sour mix is a perfect beach-side thirst-quencher.
Elderspice Martini, Caliza. Beverage manager Christine Tarpey recommends this cocktail, a mix of Svedka vodka, St. Germain, elder flower liquor, sliced jalapeno, and lime juice.
A new and revamped all-digital 30A Radio is up and cranking out the tunes and 30A coverage 24 hours a day.
General Manager Cory Davis plays plenty of beach-inspired Southern funk, rock and reggae, including at least one local artist an hour; along with daily beach and surf reports; events; EAT IT, a feature highlighting some of the best dishes on 30A; and plenty of shout-outs from personalities across 30A.
If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, it’s easy. Here are six ways to tune in.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to get your tickets for the sixth-annual 30A Songwriters Festival to be held January 16-18, 2015.
The festival will feature performances by esteemed artists Graham Nash, Indigo Girls, Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Shawn Mullins, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket). Also confirmed are Jeffrey Steele, Chely Wright, Bobby Bare Jr., Steve Poltz, Angaleena Presley, Over the Rhine, Jesse Harris, Mary Gauthier, Hayes Carll, Bob Schneider, Ellis Paul, Allison Moorer, Deana Carter and Peter Karp & Sue Foley.
Ring in the New Year in true Emerald Coast style and on the water. SunQuest Cruises is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Dinner and Dancing Cruise on the SOLARIS yacht on Wednesday, December 31, from 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Patrons will embark on a memorable evening that includes a five-course seated dinner, live entertainment, fireworks, party favors and champagne.
“New Year’s Eve is our ultimate celebration on the water,” said James Murray, General Manager for SunQuest Cruises. “We combine the best of all worlds from cruising our local waters to indulging in a gourmet meal to enjoying the best seat in the house for fireworks. It’s all about creating fond memories and happiness for our guests.”
Chef Emeril Lagasse is hosting the first-ever Taste of the Race event in conjunction with the Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run.
Kick off the race weekend on Friday, February 27, by attending the soiree, which will be held next to the Seaside Neighborhood School from 6 to 8 pm. Guests will feast on delicious food from some of the Gulf Coast’s top restaurants: Emeril’s, Emeril’s Tchoup’s Chop, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, The Bay, Great Southern Cafe, Stinky’s Fish Camp, Bud and Alley’s and more. Enjoy live music by the Trick Pony, sip beverages while mingling among friends, and pick up registration packets, priced at $99 per ticket.
The intimate VIP reception with Chef Emeril Lagasse from 5:30 to 6:30 pm is already SOLD OUT. So don’t delay on grabbing tickets for the party!
Ticket sales are now open and can be purchased by visiting Event Brite. Proceeds benefit The Seaside School Foundation, a non-profit organization.