Dead Pirate 5K Run | Navarre Beach

Bring out your Halloween costumes and get ready for the inaugural Dead Pirate 5K Run. The Navarre Krewe of Karibbean will host the Dead Pirate 5K Run on Navarre Beach on Saturday, October 25 at 6 p.m.

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Join walkers and runners along the 3.1 mile course on Navarre Beach, illuminated by glow sticks, beginning and ending at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill.

Registration for the Dead Pirate 5K Run is $25. T-shirts and glow sticks will be available for the first 150 participants. Glow, black light and illuminating accessories and costumes are highly encouraged. Prizes for the best costume will be awarded after the race.

The run will start at the corner of the Juana’s Pagodas parking lot and turn onto Gulf Boulevard to Indiana, turn onto White Sands Boulevard down to Arkansas Street back onto Gulf Boulevard to end back at the parking lot at the boat launch.

The fun will keep going after the race at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill for the official after party.

A portion of proceeds from the race will go toward Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Emerald Coast. Sign up at www.kreweofkaribbean.org or www.active.com.

For more information, contact Tina Hernandez, President of Krewe of Karibbean, at Tinahernandez45@gmail.com or (850) 218-8487. Visit the Krewe of Karibbean Facebook page or join the Facebook event here.

Krewe of Karibbean, based in Navarre, was first established in 2007 as a social organization with the sole purpose of bringing family and friends together to celebrate the merriment of fellowship year-round and support various charities.

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Gulf Coast Entertainment | Oct. 17 – Oct. 25

Looking for some entertainment? These next two weeks are FILLED with country music along the Gulf Coast. You will have to make some choices on who you’d like to see. A MUST SEE and DO NOT MISS on this list will be the Eli Young Band on Saturday, October 25 at the Pensacola Interstate Fair.

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Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival – Niceville, Florida | October 17 – 19

Friday, October 17
9 p.m. | Blackjack Billy
10:30 p.m. | Dustin Lynch

Saturday, October 18
8:45 p.m. | Blackjack Billy
9:45 p.m. | Crystal Yates
10:30 p.m. | Martina McBride

Sunday, October 19
6 p.m. | Neal McCoy

Pensacola Interstate Fair – Pensacola, Fla. | Friday, Oct. 17 – Saturday, Oct. 25

Friday, October 17
7:30 p.m. | Eddie Money
Hits include: “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Shakin’,” “Two Tickets To Paradise,” “Walk On Water” & “I Wanna Go Back”

Saturday, October 18
7 p.m. | David Nail
Hits include: “Whatever She’s Got,” “Let It Rain,” “My Place,” “Kiss You Tonight” & “Red Light”

Friday, October 24
7:30 p.m. | Craig Morgan
Hits include: “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “Wake Up Loving You” & “This Ain’t Nothin’”

Saturday, October 25
7 p.m. | Eli Young Band
Hits include: “Crazy Girl,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” “Got A Little Drunk Last Night,” “Always The Love Songs” & “Dust”

Pensacola Beach Art & Wine Festival – Pensacola Beach, Fla. | Sunday, Oct. 19

Sunday, October 19
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Shawna P. from the Voice
Pensacola Beach Shell
Tickets here.

Saddle Up Saloon – Mobile, Ala. | Friday, Oct. 17

Friday, October 17
10 p.m. | Ashton Shepherd
Saddle Up Saloon, Mobile, Ala.
Tickets: $10

Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival – Panama City Beach, Fla. | Friday, Oct. 17 & Saturday, Oct. 18

8 p.m. | Josh Thompson
9:30 p.m. | The Band Perry
Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater
Varied Ticket prices here

Stars With Guitars at Moe’s BBQ – Mobile, Ala. | Thursday, Oct. 23

Thursday, October 23
8 p.m.| Scotty McCreery, RaeLynn, Maddie & Tae
Moe’s BBQ in downtown Mobile, Ala.
Tickets: $20 donation here.
This event will SELL OUT – get your tickets as soon as possible.

Cat Country 98.7 Cat Chat with Maddie and Tae – Pensacola, Fla. | Thursday, Oct. 23

Cat Country 98.7 invites five fans to a private “Cat Chat” with on Oct. 23 between 3 and 5 p.m. Want an invite? Tweet @CatCountry987 with

Vinyl Music Hall  – Pensacola, Fla. | Thursday, Oct. 23

Thursday, October 23
7:30 p.m. | David Allan Coe
Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, Fla.
Tickets: $20 – $25 here.

Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar & Grill – Orange Beach, Ala. | Thursday, Oct. 23 – Friday, Oct. 25

Thursday, October 23
9 p.m. | Trig Country
Toby Keith’s I love this Bar, Orange Beach, Ala.

Friday, October 24
9 p.m. | Trig Country
Toby Keith’s I love this Bar, Orange Beach, Ala.

Saturday, October 25
8 p.m. | Chris Cagle
9 p.m. | Trig Country
Tickets: $20 – $25 here.
Toby Keith’s I love this Bar, Orange Beach, Ala.

BLAB Talent Search

Why o why must I be out of town the weekend of October 24 and 25? BlabTV wants to recruit local talent to #MakeBlabYourBlab. Pretty awesome that BlabTV is pooling local talent to start new topics of discussions, shows and showcase our beautiful city.

But seriously, I am out of town and can’t take part in BlabTV’s first ever talent search. Super sad. BUT if you are in town on October 24 and 25 and you think you’ve got what it takes, TRY OUT! Even if you’re nervous, do it anyways. Read more information below about the talent search and how to register.

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Have you ever dreamed of hosting your own talk show? Ever thought about putting your sports knowledge to work or even working behind the scenes? Do you have what it takes to write, direct or shoot a TV show.

BlabTV’s first ever Talent Search is set for October 24-25 at the Saenger Theatre. BlabTV is looking for on-camera talent and production positions. For on-camera talent, they are looking for hosts, anchors and commentators and voice-over talent. production positions include: Producers and directors, writers, director of photography and videographers, production designers, graphic artists, vanities — makeup, hair and wardrobe, editors, music composers and audio mixers.

As part of the development of an exciting original programming initiative, the Talent Search will be an event where the producers meet and discover the untapped talent of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties to assist with a morning show, a late-night show, sports program and other original programs.

Registration closes Sunday, October 19 at 11:59 p.m. and capacity is limited. Applicants who do not receive an assigned time for an audition and interview will be added to a waiting list. Participants must be 18 years +. Visit BLABTV’s website.

Pensacola Pedal Trolley

It has finally made its way to Pensacola. If you’d traveled to a tourist destination with amazing views, then you’ve seen them before. Popular in places like Nashville, Portland, Savannah, and St. Petersburg and with many names used such as, Pedal Pub, Pedal Wagon, Pedal Party, Cycle Pub, BrewCycle, Slow Ride and more, Pensacola is officially welcoming the first Pensacola Pedal Trolley.

I had a chance to chat with owner of Pensacola Pedal Trolley, Drew Buchanan and also take a little tour on the trolley myself. So for those who haven’t seen a Pedal Trolley before, Drew describes it as a pedal-powered party bike with seating for 15 passengers. Appealing to cyclists, beer enthusiasts, university students, professionals and tourists alike, the Pedal Trolley is the perfect eco-tainment for anyone who enjoys a new adventure!

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I wanted to know what made Drew decide to bring a Pedal Trolley to Pensacola. “I recently moved back home to Northwest Florida after spending several years serving with the Air Force around the world. During my last assignment in Northern California, I fell in love with the outdoors, craft beer and incredible culture,” said Drew. “When I moved to Pensacola in the Spring of this year to start my own business, I realized that here in Pensacola we have so many great qualities that make living here an absolute blessing. We have a one-of-a-kind culture and history as America’s First Settlement, we have some of the best outdoor activities in the world and we’re a city that doesn’t hide our wild side. I thought to myself, how could I combine my love for great craft beer and for the outdoors into one amazing experience? The result is the only business of its kind on the Gulf Coast, from Southwest Florida to Mexico. The Pensacola Pedal Trolley is my contribution to helping Pensacola grow as a world-class liveable city and cultural and historical destination.”

Anyone can rent the Pedal Trolley and use it for everything from historical tours to pub crawls to corporate team-building outings. The 15 person, pedal powered, rolling party is available to reserve the entire Pedal Trolley – or as many seats as you choose. Drew says, “Our goal is to make sure our guests have a memorable experience with friends, while uncovering our city’s rich culture and rich downtown history.”

In the past, our city and citizens were slow to welcome new businesses and ideas to the area. I often wondered which hoops one would have to jump through to be welcomed. But times have changed in our area and businesses are welcomed and booming! Drew said he first reached out to Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward when he had the idea of bringing the Pedal Trolley here. Drew said Mayor Hayward fell in love with the concept and the City was accommodating to his needs as a small business.

Drew said the greatest thing about Pensacola. He said that he meets people everyday downtown that had either grown up here and are returning for the first time in years or that are visiting for the first trip, and they are all blown away at how vibrant and electrifying downtown Pensacola is. (I agree 100 percent) “It really does give me goosebumps sometimes when I think about how far we’ve come as a community,” said Drew. I could not have said it better myself.

WEAR ABC 3 reporter, Amber Southard was interviewing Drew about the Pensacola Pedal Trolley and I was invited along for a chance to see the Pedal Trolley first hand. Thank goodness there are stops along the way, we had so much fun, but it’s a workout for sure! A super fun way to spend time with some friends and family! Take a look at Amber’s story below.

I asked if Drew saw Pensacola Pedal Trolley growing. He said, “I love Pensacola. Having lived in many other states and cities, I really do believe this is one of the greatest cities in the world. I hope we can be one part of Pensacola’s growth and we can encourage others to fall in love with Pensacola all over again. If we expand with more Pedal Trolley’s, and possibly into other cities, we plan to always call Pensacola home.”

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Additional Pensacola Pedal Trolley Information:
Take in all downtown Pensacola has to offer on a slow ride from bar to bar on our 2-hour pub crawls. You’ll get a taste of what’s new in on one of “America’s Great Streets.” On board, we have a great sound system to rock out to your favorite tunes and plenty of room for coolers to bring or non alcoholic beverages to keep hydrated (this is a biking workout!). While we don’t permit drinking aboard the Pedal Trolley, during this two hour ride, the Pedal Trolley will ferry guests to Pensacola’s most popular bars for for lively libations.

The cost is $25 per seat (up to 15 passengers) or $350 to rent the entire Pedal Trolley for either a two hour pub crawl or historical tour. Tours can be booked online at www.pensacolapedals.com 7 days a week.

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You can’t forget Pensacola Pedal Trolley’s sweet and well behaved mascot, Willow.

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Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival

Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival takes place this weekend on October 3 through 5 on Pensacola Beach.

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Listening rooms are fun to me. I know, you’re thinking what, how?! But really, I love being able to sit in a room, grab a nice glass of something red or white and sit there and listen to live music. The Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival is no different and I sense the same type of atmosphere. To be in a room to hear songs straight from the songwriters themselves is reason enough to attend.

It’s the perfect place to be introduced to the songwriters who created the songs that you hear on the radio and relate to in everyday life. Many times the artist that is signing the song on the radio is probably not the songwriter. Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival is your chance to meet the writers and hear the stories behind the songs.

I was able to chat with festival coordinator, Reneda Cross, about the upcoming event. I told her that as a newbie to the festival, it’ a little intimidating and where should I start? She said that it depended on what type of music I or the festival goer enjoyed. The Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival has a little of several different genre’s of music. So her suggestions was to go to the website or find a festival program at one of the stages and look over each writer. She’s been the event coordinator for 19 years and she still looks at the bios to see where she wants to go. Even those that are new and she would have not heard of before.

I asked her who the must see songwriters or venues are at the festival. Reneda said there are 60 or so writers participating in the festival and that every act has a different feeling, a different sound and she suggests going where the mood takes you. You can go to one venue and hear John Waite’s “Missing You” and then go country at another venue with Alan Jackson’s “Chasing That Neon Rainbow” and then another venue and hear songs you have never heard on the radio that would warm your heart like no other. She said all stages have great writers and to go see for yourself.

Don’t miss the closing shows at Bamboo Willie’s and Paradise Bar and Grill, with the final show at Bamboo Willie’s on Sunday afternoon.

I have no idea who I’ll stop by and see, but a few are already on my list. See just a snippet of the amazing acts that will be performing on Pensacola Beach this weekend. But I know I MUST get one of these awesome tshirts to go along with my visit.

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For the complete schedule of acts, visit the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival schedule.

Pearl Clarkin
She has already been named one of the top unsigned artists in the country by CMT. In 2009 she placed in their Music City Madness singer/songwriter contest. Pearl can be found playing in downtown Nashville at Hard Rock Cafe unless you are in the mood for honky tonk then look for her at Tootsies. She is also an acclaimed songwriter and on the circuit on any given night just look for her at Bluebird, Commodore or any of the local spots for originals and showcases.

Nicole Johnson
Nicole Johnson charmed the hearts of America on the Fall 2012 season of THE VOICE on NBC-Team Blake. From Denham Springs, Louisiana now living in Nashville, this 20 year old singer/songwriter has a voice that is “sweet, yet powerful, always effortless in key, but never over the top.” Her work ethic and passion prove there is “no plan b” for this up and coming country star. She has co-written with some of Nashville’s top songwriters including Keith Follese, Rob Crosby, Stephanie Bentley, Victoria Shaw, Adrienne Follese, Craig Campbell and Danny Myrick, among others. Since then, she has co-written over 500+ songs and counting.

Aaron Scherz
Originally from Houston, Aaron Scherz follows in a long line of talented Texans who have made Nashville their adopted home. With a distinct style of phrasing and commercial instinct, Aaron quickly came to the attention of Music City’s publishing community. “Girl In A Country Song” by Maddie & Tae, which he co-wrote and co-produced with Dann Huff is currently climbing the charts. His songs have been recorded by various major label artists as well as featured in the hit ABC television show, “Nashville”. Additionally, Aaron’s song, “The Rock” is the title cut to Tracy Lawrence’s 2009 Grammy-nominated album. He has also composed national advertising jingles for both Dodge and Coca-Cola.

A seasoned rum drinker with a music problem, his song “ItAllStartsToRumTogether” has received airplay nationally and in the Virgin Islands.

Bob Regan
Bob Regan is a Grammy and Dove Award nominated songwriter based in Nashville Tennessee. Bob has had over 200 songs recorded by such contemporary artists as Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen and Rodney Atkins as well as legendary artists ranging from Don Williams to Hank Williams Jr. to Andy Williams, from Kenny Rogers to cowboy legend Roy Rogers. In 2009, Bob’s song “Dig Two Graves”, by Randy Travis, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song. His hits include, “Your Everything” by Keith Urban, “Thinking About You” by Trisha Yearwood, “Busy Man” by Billy Ray Cyrus, “Something About a Woman” by Jake Owen, “Running Out of Reasons to Run” by Rick Trevino, “Soon” by Tanya Tucker, and many others garnering him 11 ASCAP most performed awards. Bob has been an artist on Curb Records, a studio guitarist, a guitarist on the Grand Old Opry, as well as an adjunct professor of songwriting at Belmont University. Bob was also a three term President of the Board of the Nashville Songwriter’s Association Int., during which time he helped pass the Songwriter’s Capital Gains Tax Equity Bill into law. In 2012, Bob founded Operation Song, a program which brings songwriters together with veterans and active duty military to help them tell their stories in song. Bob currently writes for Bob Katt Tracks Music.

Aubrey Wollett
What do you get when you mix a little sunshine, a suntan, and salty air with a country singing, acoustic guitar playing, Florida native?… A little taste of Nashville singer-songwriter, Aubrey Wollett. Wollett has spent the last three years working for 2-time ACM & BMI Songwriter of the Year, Dallas Davidson, known best for his #1 hits with Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum, among others. Being surrounded by such talented people in the industry has fueled her passion for writing and performing even more. Since releasing her first EP It’s A Secret on iTunes of October of last year, Aubrey has been touring all over the coast of Florida and even the coast of California. As she’s currently writing and working on a new album in Nashville, she plans to keep a steady tour in Florida. “While Nashville is the hub of country music, I’ll always keep coming back. The water is where my heart will always be,” Wollett says. @AubreyWollett (Twitter, Instagram) Facebook.com/AubreyWollettSings

Finally, the reason for the entire festival is based around the mission for the Pensacola Songwriters Festival. Our mission is to bring this awareness to the general public. We appeal to the mass market in all genres of music.  We endorse the professional songwriter as well as the amateur writer.  Music education is an important part of the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival. Foremost our goal is to bring the songwriters into the classroom which provides instruction and mentoring for children in the art of music. To expand our children’s minds and creativity through music and to enable the children to physically see the person behind a song they know and love. This allows them to realize they too have the capacity, the ability and the opportunity to enhance their lives through their own words and music. The art of music is slowly being depleted from the schools and it is time to step in and help keep it alive. Children are the writers of the future and they need to know that creative writing and music is a profession and that being creative is a normal way of life.

Reneda said, “It is most important to the festival to bring awareness to the general public young and old about the joys of music. Music is Universal! So the mission statement pretty much says it all.”

When you hear a song it may remind you of a memory, the lyrics, the melody, and the artist performance that will take you back in time and place of its first inception. Never giving much thought to the creator of this work of art. The Songwriters Festival Celebrates the Creators of Our Music!

So will you check out the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival this weekend?