Inaugural Sandestin Music Festival at Sandestin Florida Vacation Resort to support the National Audubon Society and Gulf Coast Recovery

Music legends and trendsetters are expected to take the stage at the Sandestin Music Festival on August 13-14. Online and SMS donations from the music festival will support the National Audubon Society and its efforts to help birds and other wildlife affected by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Destin, Florida (Vocus) July 23, 2010

Sandestin’s inaugural music festival, scheduled for August 13-14, will support the National Audubon Society and its efforts to help birds and other wildlife affected by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Music Festival will be brought to life by a cross section of the most acclaimed country and rock songwriters and performers. The festival’s online and SMS donations will support this great cause.

Legendary musician and songwriter Steve Cropper, contemporary country trendsetters Jeffrey Steele, Danny Myrick, Marty Dodson and James Slater, acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter Lee Roy Parnell, award-winning blues icon Grammy Delbert McClinton, powerful country singer and Broadway star Lari White, and up and coming up-and-coming Kree Harrison will deliver stunning performances as the amenities of the 2,400-acre Sandestin Florida Vacation Resort serve as an idyllic backdrop.

Entrance to the Sandestin Music Festival is FREE to the public with a ticket printed through the Sandestin Music Festival website, While there is no admission fee, festival organizers are asking for donations to benefit the efforts of the National Audubon Society on the Gulf Coast. Donations can be made online at the Sandestin Music Festival website or through text donations of $ 10 during the event.

VIP packages are available for the first 150 guests who stay overnight to book accommodation at Destin in Sandestin via The VIP package includes priority seating and a meet and greet with all the performers on Sunquest Cruise’s yacht Solaris after Saturday’s show. For more information call 1-888-717-5540 or visit

The Sandestin Music Festival kicks off Friday, August 13 at 6 p.m. at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The schedule includes:

– 6:00 p.m. at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille: Marty Dodson, a songwriter to country stars Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington and more, performs with rising country star Kree Harrison.

– 8 p.m. at the Rum Runners: James Slater, the bilingual Grammy-nominated singer / songwriter and pianist, takes the stage with Grammy-winner and Broadway performer Lari White.

– 10 p.m. to midnight at Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack: The party is really heating up as two of Nashville’s top country songwriters, Danny Myrick and Jeffrey Steele, join blues icon Delbert McClinton. Myrick wrote the hit singles “International Harvester” by Craig Morgan, “Loud” by Big and Rich (the theme song for CMT’s “Gone Country” show) and the recent multi-week hit top, “She’s Country “by Jason Aldean. McClinton has been writing hits since his career took off in the ’60s. Jeffrey Steele’s mega-hits, BMI three-time songwriter of the year, include a string of hits for Rascal Flatts including “Every Day”, “My Wish “,” Me and My Gang “and the revolutionary” What Hurts The Most “, as well as” The Cowboy in Me “by Tim McGraw,” When the Lights Go Down “by Faith Hill,” Chrome “by Trace Adkins,” Big Deal ”by LeAnn Rimes and“ Speed ​​”by Montgomery Gentry,“ Hell Yeah ”and“ My Town ”.

Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Village Events Plaza at the Village of Baytowne Wharf will feature the main headlines of the weekend:

Steve Cropper: guitarist, A&R man, engineer, producer, songwriting partner of Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd and a dozen others, and founding member of Booker T. and the MGs and Mar-Keys, Cropper a been involved in literally every record released by Stax Records from the fall of 1961 to the end of 1970. He is the co-author of “(Sittin ‘On) The Dock of the Bay”, “Knock on Wood” and “In the Midnight Hour”.

Delbert McClinton: blues icon and legendary songwriter, his Grammy-winning duet with Bonnie Raitt, “Good Man, Good Woman” and composition # 1 “Two More Bottles of Wine”, recorded by Emmylou Harris, do only scratch the surface of his catalog depth, while as a performer he has only improved since the first headbuts in the 60s.

Lee Roy Parnell: Elite guitarist as well as a signature successful singer and songwriter, Lee Roy Parnell offers music that spans a diverse range: blue-eyed soul, delta blues, roadhouse rock, Southern boogie, Texas swing and gospel come together in his songs to challenge conventional classification. In addition to being a music publisher, Parnell currently produces and writes with influential songwriters and recording artists nationwide.

“We invite everyone to reunite their families and join us for a wonderful weekend of high-end entertainment,” said John Russell, Manager of the Sandestin Resort. “These talented artists represent the best in the industry and we are fortunate to have such an incredible team of award-winning artists. It’s the perfect way for us to cap off the summer season.

“BMI is constantly looking for new ways for our songwriters to connect with new audiences, and Sandestin’s first annual music festival is a perfect opportunity,” said Jody Williams, BMI vice president, writer / editor relations . “Live music set in the heavenly setting of the Sandestin is a perfect way for fans to really get to know the masters behind the hits and support laudable efforts on the Gulf Coast.”

The Sandestin Music Festival is sponsored by BMI, TrustCore, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sunquest Cruises and Southwest Airlines.

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers one of the most comprehensive resort experiences in North America. Sandestin is a 2,400-acre all-season, all-ages destination located on the Emerald Coast of Northwest Florida, an area recognized as one of Frommer’s 2010 World’s Best Destinations. The resort invites guests to step into a world with a 98-drop marina plus 30 charming neighborhoods, 1,400 condominiums, villas, townhouses and a wide variety of hotel accommodations. A member of Beaches of South Walton, this Sandestin Florida vacation resort features over 7 miles of white sand beaches and a pristine bay, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a fitness and spa; and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrianized village with shops, casual and fine dining and nightlife. For complete information, visit

About the National Audubon Society

The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. The national network of community nature centers and sections, science and education programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas supporting significant bird populations, engage people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences . Visit for more information.

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