IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, is pleased to announce the 15 grant finalists selected for 2014. These finalists were announced at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014. Ten of the 15 finalists will receive a grant of $102,500 at the IMPACT 100 meeting on Sunday, October 19, 2014.
Jake Owen. Jake Owen. Jake Owen. Seriously. I love this dude, his music, his brand and his performances. I’m trying to count the number of times I’ve see Jake – Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival (x2), ToadLick Music Festival (x2), The Block in Ft. Walton, Orange Beach at The Wharf and I feel like I’m missing another one. Everyone that knows me well knows that Jake Owen is my absolute favorite male artist – as I say my Favorite, Favorite. There’s not denying that my friends don’t know this as well. So when I found out that Jake was performing at the Amphitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama with the opening acts of Parmalee and The Cadillac Three I made sure I got my tickets as soon as they went on sale through his website/Fan Club. His concerts feel like Christmas to me — nervous with my stomach all in knots in anticipation. Before I even bought tickets, I signed up for a Meet and Greet through Jake’s website, but I didn’t get chosen. Whomp Whomp…. However, my best friend Cassie did – THANK GOODNESS!!! He was really genuine during the Meet and Greet. I told him that my favorite concert was his concert at The Block in Ft. Walton and he thought about it for a second and then started laughing because he remembers our photographer, that just took our photo, getting sick from eating Oysters that night and for me to go ask him about it. Ended up being a pretty funny conversation. The Cadillac Three and Parmalee did not disappoint. Jaren, Neil and Kelby from The Cadillac Three completely rocked their performance – the uniqueness of their sound makes it extra special. I saw them perform earlier in the year at Toby Keith’s Bar in Orange Beach and knew that I had to see them again. So ultimate goal: work for Jake Owen. I want to be in charge of his VIP/Meet and Greets or work on his publicity. However, I know he has an amazing publicist already.
Boy was it a LONG Kenny Chesney week and weekend. With all of the Flora Bama Jama rules and regulations, I felt like I was eating, breathing and drinking all things Kenny Chesney. From the first announcement, it was all anyone could talk about in the Gulf Coast area. Since I’m in Pensacola and so is the Flora Bama, it was a must attend concert. But locals were begging for more information since there was a slight delay with being able to sign up for wristbands, then they were gone so quickly, then an email was sent out that said I was on a wait list when I had a screen shot that I had confirmed wristbands, no one had answers and a day later Kenny said not to worry, and so on. I felt like no one could keep up with the news, changes, miscommunication, so I posted frequently on my personal Facebook page about the concert and updates from Kenny’s camp and from the Flora Bama. But on Saturday, August 16 – Kenny Chesney was performing at Flora Bama and we were going. First, we had to get everyone’s wristbands and that was difficult because everyone in our group had to get wristbands at the same exact same time. I was definitely not waiting until the day of the event to get our wristbands. We did not want to take a shuttle or trolley to the event and opted to take our boat. We had an offer to dock our boat at a friend of a friends house but took a chance and anchored out close to the Flora Bama Yacht club, but out of the way of their drop off location. We got some flack at first, but it all worked out. We had the perfect spot behind the tour buses. I of course, being the concert goer that I am, didn’t want to hang out on the boat but wanted to make sure I got the spot that I wanted. However, my husband, who could care less about seeing a concert wanted to stay and party on the boat as long as possible. We anchored up around 10 a.m., the concert started at 4:30 p.m. and we headed over about 2 p.m. I was itching to get to the concert because it felt like a festival and that’s my happy place. Adam and a friend had the opportunity to hold Kenny Chesney’s pirate flags during the show when Kenny sang his pirate flag song, specifically for Kenny’s music video. So we let the guys go figure out their official duties and I headed to the front of the crowd where my friends had camped out for a spot since early that morning. Thank goodness for them as I hate being in the middle of the crowd. I either have to be front or in the back. I don’t know how they sat in that Florida heat all day because I was burning up before Kenny came […]