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Clear your calendar – here comes Thrive Fest!

We had a blast at the first ever Thrive Fest last year, and their is major growth and extra fun in store for this year’s event!  Here is the first official press release that includes some of the performers that we can’t wait to see.


Fort Walton Beach, Fla. – The 2nd Annual Thrive Music Fest to benefit Covenant Hospice will be held Saturday, June 20 from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. in downtown Fort Walton Beach. The event will feature live music in multiple venues including The Fort Walton Beach Landing, KC’s Sandbar & Grille, The Green Door, Downtown Cinema Plus and Coasters. Organizers recently announced the initial line-up of local and regional performing artists, to include:

Austin Jennings (Destin, Fla.), Cadillac Willy (Destin, Fla.); Hotel Oscar (Destin, Fla.); New Earth Army (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.); Nik Flagstar & His Dirty Mangy Dogs (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.); Something to Yield (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), The Owsley Brothers (Freeport, Fla.) and The Wide Open (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.).

Organizers are currently seeking additional artists interested in performing at the charity event, as well as volunteers for the planning committee and event day.

“In recognizing a flourishing downtown Fort Walton Beach with increased energy and a dynamic local music scene, we felt like Thrive Music Fest was a natural fit both to celebrate a growing community and to ensure that Covenant’s compassionate care is available to anyone in need of our services, regardless of financial status or their ability to pay,” explained development manager Rachel Mayew.SeasonAmmons

“Our goal at Covenant Hospice is to give patients the gift of quality time, to allow them to live as fully as possible, to thrive in whatever means possible – mind, body, spirit – during their final chapter of life,” she said. “Through community support of events like Thrive Music Fest, we are able to help our patients and their loved ones make the most of every moment.”

Corporate sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are available and participating organizations will receive a variety of benefits including promotional recognition, complimentary admission and preferred seating at the event.

For more information, contact Rachel Mayew at (850) 428-0605 or by email at rachel.mayew@covenanthospice.org.

Covenant Hospice is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate services to patients and loved ones during times of life-limiting illnesses. Fundraising events such as Thrive Music Fest help fund Covenant Hospice’s special programs in Okaloosa and Walton counties. These programs include bereavement services, children’s support programs, chaplain services and indigent patient care. Covenant Hospice accepts patients regardless of ability to pay. In 2014, the organization provided over $1.7 million in care for uninsured or under-insured patients facing a terminal illness. For more information about Covenant Hospice or to make a hospice inquiry, contact the local branch office at (850) 729-1800 or visit http://www.covenanthospice.org.NikFlagstar
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Photos Attached. Used with permission from photographer, Nikki Hedrick, of 850 Music & Entertainment.

Nik Flagstar: Thrive 2014 included a performance from Nik Flagstar and His Dirty Mangy Dogs. Flagstar is passionate about both the local music scene and the mission of Covenant Hospice, as his family has benefitted from the end-of-life care services the non-profit provides.

Season Ammons: Members of The Wide Open, Allen Rayfield and Season Ammons, are slated to perform again this year at Thrive Music Fest to benefit Covenant Hospice.

Hotel Oscar: A rock-roots trio, Hotel Oscar was founded in Destin in 2011 and has quickly found a strong following in the region, playing regularly throughout the southeast. They will be featured at Thrive 2015.


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