A Baytowne blowout: Village closes out summer with music, fireworks and art

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 05:04 PM.

The summer may be winding down, but The Village of Baytowne Wharf is just getting started as the entertainment hotspot in Walton County .

The Wednesday Night Concert Series continue each week from 7 to 9 p.m. through the month of August.

“We have a great line-up of musicians that all of our homeowners, locals, and guests will enjoy ,” said Lanier Motes, events  manager at  Baytowne Wharf  .

On Aug. 7, Mason Jar takes the stage. Mason Jar is a three-piece, front porch soul band out of Destin and Dothan Ala. Chad Hall is on vocals and guitar while Dave Posey does percussion.

On Aug. 14, check out Ocean Street . Having shared the stage with the likes of Zac Brown Band and Corey Smith and just returned from a European tour, Ocean Street knows how to entertain a crowd with its blend of rock and soul.

On Aug. 21, Delta Reign will bring bluegrass to Baytowne. Founding members, husband and wife duo, Pat and Benita Murphy, from Mobile , Ala. , have traveled around the country, performing bluegrass together and separately. Benita sings most of the lead vocals, is the principle songwriter and arranger, as well as being a strong and capable bluegrass rhythm guitar player. She also switches to swing rhythm during the show, which contributes to that "swingy, delta grass" flavor. Pat is a solid, hard driving, and innovative banjo player who occasionally switches over to play some dobro.

The concert series comes to a close on Aug. 28 with Mama’s Blue Dress. This all-female country quartet features airtight harmonies and vocal chemistry, blazing twin fiddles and a hint of soul. Since their first show in January 2012, the band has played to numerous sold-out rooms across the Southeast, often receiving standing ovations for their dynamic performances, stellar songwriting, gorgeous harmonies — and for the homemade baked goods and cakewalks that accompany each show.

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