The 29th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival Re-cap: Looking at the Music
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The Festival kicked off Thursday evening with plenty of special dinners and events for Sandestin, South Walton, and Destin, FL locals and visitors. But the Friday through Saturday Grand Wine Tasting showcased an amazing line up of musical talent. Friday had local group Free Monica as well as Nashville up and comer Maggie Chapman. Saturday featured musicians from the Chris Alvarado Trio, followed by former “The Voice” sweethearts Elenowen. Those with VIP Passes had a chance for an intimate performance by Elenowen and Maggie Chapman together. The Sandestin Wine Festival is one of the most awaited things to do in Destin, FL
When interviewed before the Festival, special event manager Julie Stuckey said, â€śWe are excited to welcome two Nashville rising and buzz-worthy stars, as well as keep the local feel in place with South Walton musicians, in an effort to continuously add to the mystique of this event as the ‘Kentucky Derby of wine festivals’,â€ť said Stuckey. â€śI know the Sandestin Wine Festival patrons will be impressed with the songwriting talent and charisma of these extremely talented performers. If they arenâ€źt already household names, they will be.â€ťÂ
- Most fans of Elenowen fell in love with the duo during their appearances on the inaugural season of NBCâ€źs The Voice, and have stayed true to their characteristic tender melodies, lyrical motifs and incandescent acoustic work. Rolling Stone says their sophomore album, For The Taking, â€śbridges the gap between seventies folk and rock, modern America.â€ť Elenowen also had success with their single “Honey Come Home” which reached #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts.
- Fresh off her brand new placement on Pretty Little Liars with â€śIt Shouldâ€źve Been Youâ€ť, Maggie Chapman returns to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an encore performance from her fall debut on the Emerald Coast. Undoubtedly, when it comes to crafting lyrical brilliance and unforgettable melodies, the Florida native is in no short supply. Her debut album,Vignette, garnered attention with placements on RollingStone.com, USA Today and American Songwriter. Outlets including Teen Vogue and Kings of A&R echoed their enthusiasm for Maggie, with similar “Artist to Watch Forâ€ź praises in the recent months.
- Local singer-songwriters Kyle LaMonica and Ben Freidman kicked off Friday night with their duo â€śFree Monicaâ€ť. LaMonica was nominated for 30A Hotspot Awards â€śHottest Local Musicians/Bandsâ€ť category, 2012 Beachcomber Musician of the Year nominee and a 2013 Beachcomber nominee for the Best Solo Artist. The other half of the duo â€“ Ben Freidman â€“works as a solo artist and on projects such as Von Brain, plus records and produces in his spare time.
- Chris Alvarado, who also calls Santa Rosa Beach his home and was named a finalist in the Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition, the 2014 American Songwriting Awards and semifinalist in the Unsigned Only Music Competition.
The Sandestin Wine Festival has come to an end but coming up is another Sandestin event, Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights on Nov.15. For information and to stay connected for next year, visit www.sandestinwinefestival.comÂ