South Walton Live Music Highlights March-April 2024

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Live Music @ Hotel Effie Thursdays – Saturdays at The Lobby Bar

Join Hotel Effie for live music at The Lobby Bar every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 8-11 p.m. Sip hand-crafted cocktails as you listen to the local artist perform original and cover songs. Light bites from their menu are available. Visit www.hoteleffie.com.

DJ @ Hotel Effie Sandestin Ara Rooftop Fridays & Saturdays

Join Hotel Effie for drinks, music, and an amazing view at their Ara Rooftop Pool and Lounge. Get moving with the up-tempo beats by local DJs spinning live Friday & Saturday evenings from 7-11 p.m. Open to the public. Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge is both a luxurious pool experience and a stylish rooftop lounge where you’ll find the finest wines, hand-crafted artisanal cocktails, and a delicious menu. Visit www.hoteleffie.com.

Old Florida Fish House Weekdays

For over a decade, Old Florida Fish House has proudly featured local live music. Catch artists playing inside the coveted bar and lounge area as well as in the large outdoor dining space situated among the palm and oak trees under the twinkling lights next to Eastern Lake. Check out the Lakeside Concert series coming up! Visit www.oldfloridafishhouse.com.

FOOW Sunday Brunch & Live Music

Sunday Brunch at FOOW – Fish Out of Water in WaterColor, FL means live music and bottomless mimosas. The Gulf front restaurant invites you to dine on brunch favorites from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. paired with live music from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 17: Aaron Bostic, March 24: Brett Stafford Smith, March 31: Christon Birge. Visit foow30a.com.

AJ’s Grayton Brunch, Live Music & Crawfish Boil Sunday Funday

AJ’s is the place to be to celebrate all things Sunday Funday in Grayton Beach! Come for brunch, stay for the music and dancing. Every Sunday from 11 a.m. til 3 p.m., AJ’s brunch is not to be missed. Complete your meal with a mimosa or go all in with their famous Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar. Enjoy live music with Will & Linda 12-4 p.m. and Pickled Pickers on the Main Stage at 5 p.m. See the menu: ajsgrayton.com.

The Bay

Come out to The Bay with family and friends every Wednesday night starting at 5 p.m. for dinner, cold drinks and a bonfire with various musicians on the beach of the Choctawhatchee Bay. It’s a midweek tradition in South Walton. Sunday Pickin’ @ The Bay features The Sand Ole’ Opry with Mike Whitty & Friends on stage from 4-8 p.m. Visit www.baysouthwalton.com.

Blues, Tacos & Tequila Fest at Red Fish Taco March 16 & 17

Red Fish Taco and Blues Musicians Society present Blues, Tacos & Tequila March 16th & 17th from 3-9 p.m. This St. Paddy’s Day Weekend, let the music take you on a journey with electrifying blues performances from multiple bands each day that will resonate in your soul. NO COVER! Indulge your taste buds on everything from Multiple Specialty Tacos and Street Tacos to Blackened Redfish tacos. Sip and savor expertly crafted tequila drinks that are sure to impress even the connoisseurs. Learn more: redfishtaco.com.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast Presents Classical Connections Featuring Steven Banks, Saxophone, March 23

Sinfonia Gulf Coast “redefines the symphony experience” once again with Classical Connections feat. Steven Banks, saxophone. This Southeast U.S. premier of Diaspora, described as “symphonic poems,” is Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach.

Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s Young Concert Artist prize, saxophonist Steven Banks pushes boundaries, expanding the instrument’s repertoire while showcasing its vast capabilities. 

Hear this newly commissioned work for saxophone and orchestra by award-winning composer Billy Childs: Diaspora:Motherland, If We Must Die and And Still I Rise — three compelling pieces inspired by African American poems that chronicle the black American journey from mournful suppression to joyful empowerment. Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s riveting Pictures at an Exhibition, composed as a solo for piano in 1874, completes this compelling program.

Tickets: $35 per person. Discounts offered for students and active-duty military with valid ID. Purchase tickets at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call (850) 460-8800.

Alys Beach Concert Series through April 3

Come on out for great live music during the Alys Beach Concert Series from 6 – 8 p.m. March 6 – April 3. Bring a blanket or your favorite chair to the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Concerts are free and open to the public.

Lineup: March 13 | Beach Mountain Blues Band, March 20 | TBA, March 27 | Sand Ole Opry with Mike Whitty, April 3 | MECO.

Moon Crush: Pink Moon at Seascape Resort April 18-21

Moon Crush will be held at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida Thursday, April 18 – Sunday, April 21 under The Pink full moon. Dawes, Marcus King, The Wood Brothers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and The Head and the Heart are among the acts on the lineup for the 2024 event.

Learn more about Moon Crush, the lineup, your safety, and the experience here: https://www.mooncrush.live/

Seabreeze Jazz Festival April 24

Don’t miss the smooth jazz, white sands, and fun set for April 24 – 28, 2024 at Aaron Bessant Park at Pier Park. The Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz. Named a “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine and nominated as “Best Jazz Festival” at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach combines the top national smooth jazz artists with a full weekend of fun, sun, great beaches, and good times.

Tickets and lineup for the 25th Seabreeze Jazz Festival: seabreezejazzfestival.com