10 Tips to Rock Your Festival Experience

10 Tips to Rock Your Festival Experience

The schedule is published on the website in several forms including an interactive one – use what is most convenient for you but please remember: it is updated slightly every day to accommodate each artist.

  1. Build around the headline shows on Saturday and Sunday at Grand Boulevard – these headline shows are not to be missed and we do not book anything against them. There is a variety of great food and drinks, cool merch and artist CDs at Grand Blvd  – AND you can take a shuttle there and back. Overflow parking and shuttles will also be available from Silver Sands Premium Outlets.
  2. Consider beginning your Saturday and Sunday with brunch and music. Bud & Alley’s is famous for the Hair of the Dog Hoot (10:00 AM- 12:00 PM Saturday) hosted by Jeff Black. The Craft Bar will feature a champagne and fried chicken brunch with music from Kentucky sponsored by the Oxford American (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Saturday) and more food and music on Sunday. Back by very popular demand will be two sets of Gospel Hour music Sunday morning at Caliza (9:30 AM and 11:00 AM – the house turns between sets). Jazz and gypsy is featured at The Hub with the Nicole Chillemi trio and Mose Wilson & the Delta Twang. Perennial favorites year round on each end of 30A are Hibiscus and the Pearl. (Inside tip – mark down Sunday at Hibiscus if you are a Paul Thorn fan and google Tales & Ales – its confirmed for 11:00 AM). Need a Bloody Mary with your live music? The build-your-own Bloody Mary at The Pearl’s Havana Beach Bar is the best on 30A.
  3. Want a healthier start to the day? The Yoga + Music Convergence starts every day at 9 AM at The Lakehouse.
  4. Strategy? Pick a cluster of venues that you can walk to and make it an evening (e.g. The Craft Bar, Hibiscus, AJ’s OR the Vue (two stages), Gulf Place and Shunk Gulley OR The Pointe, Rosemary Towne Hall, Amavida, the Pearl OR Bud & Alley’s, Pizza Bar, Central Square Records, Seaside Meeting Hall and do not miss Whiskey Bravo and Old Florida Fish House for classic 30A ambiance and music as you transition from one end of 30A to the other.
  5. Research venues with great food and plan around them for a full dinner – don’t forget to eat! (Vue dining room, Shunk Gulley, Trebeache, The Craft Bar, AJ’s, Bud & Alley’s, Old Florida Fish House, the Bay, Whiskey Bravo, the Pearl).
  6. While Caliza, The Lake House, The Boat House, Hibiscus, Gulf Place and The Hub are all premier listening rooms, they all have special 30ASWF menus that are quick,  convenient and downright gourmet.
  7. Sunsets in January over the Gulf of Mexico are amazing  – walk down to the beach! BUT know also that the views of 30A from the rooftop at The Pointe, everywhere at the Vue, Bud & Alley’s, the rooftop at Whiskey Bravo, second floor of Shunk Gulley and of course the Bay on 331 are priceless.
  8. We all love custom Taylor flat tops and vintage Gibson J-45s and we will see and hear many all weekend. To satisfy your rock’n’roll soul, sign up for the Grayton Beer Taproom jam with the Luther Dickinson and Aaron Lee Tasjan Bands  —it will be wild—and there will be free craft beer courtesy of our generous exclusive beer sponsor (Saturday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM).
  9. Save your last bit of energy for the Purple Rain Jam at AJ’s Sunday night at 11:00 PM. (until they cut off the power) hosted by Cooper Carter. Special guests abound.
  10. The most important advice I can give anyone is DO NOT WAIT IN LINES anywhere. If you get to a particularly popular spot and the Festival representative say the wait is long, pull out your schedule and pivot to another show. Reps can help with suggestions. There are over 25 performances venues in full swing every hour all night each night and all have incredible music.

Enjoy!

Russell Carter

2018-09-19T23:36:33+00:00