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The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) invites the community to help celebrate 30 years of fostering creativity with a new signature event, the Pearl Party, featuring Blues/Soul Artist Eddie 9V in Alys Beach on Friday, November 18th. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at CulturalArtsAlliance.com

The CAA was officially formed in 1993 as a private, 501(c) 3 non-profit organization by a dedicated volunteer group of creative pioneers committed to supporting local artists and funding arts education. 30 years later, as the designated Local Arts Agency for Walton County, the CAA has grown exponentially, fine-tuning its traditions while adding programs and services. Headquartered in the Bayou Arts Center at the Santa Rosa Beach Creative Campus and offering year-round arts education, the CAA’s programming and services include: 30A Songwriters Festival, Valentine Tour of Homes, Art Month Walton County, ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, Underwater Museum of Art, Art in Public Spaces, Art on Demand, Arts Advocacy, Art For All funding, a Prison Art Program, the Miramar Beach Creative Campus home to The Foster Gallery + J. Leon Studios, and a new Digital Creative Campus. 

“The pearl is an iconic symbol of wisdom and strength gained through time and experience. In the last 30 years, the CAA has developed into the creative pearl of our community, and this milestone is made even more special by celebrating it in beautiful and iconic Alys Beach,” said CAA Executive Director Jennifer Steele. “We invite everyone to wear their favorite pearls, put on their dancing shoes and join us for a fun and casual evening that celebrates our past and toasts our future.” 

The Pearl Party will take place on Kelly Green located at 23 Somerset Street in Alys Beach with parking around the Amphitheater. Doors open to the general public at 6:30 p.m. with Eddie 9V and his band taking the stage at 7:00 p.m. There will be a cash bar and food trucks onsite with scrumptious offerings. Dress is casual, and pearl accessories and low back chairs are encouraged.

Tickets are $25 for CAA members and $50 for those who are not yet members. A limited number of $500 VIP packages for six are available and include a reserved table and concert seating. Tickets may be purchased in advance at CulturalArtsAlliance.com/upcoming-events. 

VIP and Member admission includes access to an exclusive Member Pre-Party from 5-6:30 p.m. to enjoy a signature cocktail and light bites while we will recognize the Volunteers of the Year, Arts Educator of the Year, Arts Partner of the Year and more!  To become a member and receive discounted tickets and Pre-Party access, visit CulturalArtsAlliance.com/join. 

The Pearl Party is presented by Alys Beach with additional support from the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture. Event proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s ‘Art For All’ Program. 

Additional sponsorships are available and include a table as well as reserved seating. Contact Gabby at gabby@culturalartsalliance.com for details. Volunteers are needed to help create all the fun! Please visit CulturalArtsAlliance.com/volunteer to sign up. 

For more information, please visit CulturalArtsAlliance.com or call 850-622-5970.

As the creative core of Walton County for three decades, the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County offers support, connection and access opportunities for all forms of art, every variety of maker, all levels of learners, and especially, art lovers. Through sponsorship, performance, and educational programs, the 501(c)(3) organization directly connects the people of Walton County with the broader view, the critical exploration, and the answers only the Arts have the power to provide. For more information, visit CulturalArtsAlliance.com.  

Nestled amongst the pristine white sands and sparkling turquoise waters of northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast sits Alys Beach, a fully-bespoke, luxury lifestyle and vacation experience – a seaside destination where life is refreshed. Known for its striking white architecture, Alys Beach is a New Urbanist community built for relationships, connection, and for building memories around the town’s most sought-after amenity, the pristine Gulf beaches. With all of its 158 acres within a short walk of the beach and designed for engaging and comfortable access to the town center’s shops and restaurants, Alys Beach is truly an unparalleled experience. Alys Beach has long attracted homeowners and vacation guests with an eye for distinctive design and detail, and the town’s signature events serve to reinforce a sense of being transported to a place of luxury found within the balance of beauty, simplicity, and grace.  To a place where life is not just lived, it is defined. For more information, please visit alysbeach.com.

Eddie 9V has acted on instinct all his life. At the age of 15, this longtime soul artist turned away from the path of college and jobs to go all guns blazing on the roots and blues circuit of his native Atlanta, Georgia. Flash forward to 2019, and for his debut album, Left My Soul In Memphis, the prodigious multi-instrumentalist simply turned on the amps in his double-wide trailer and teamed up with his brother/co-writer/producer, Lane Kelly, to put one of the breakout releases of the year, hailed by Rock & Blues Muse as “fresh and life-affirming.” Now, released in 2021 on Ruf Records, Little Black Flies is the 25-year-old’s most impulsive move yet. Recorded live at Atlanta’s Echo Deco Studios through November 2020, again with Lane at the helm, plus a who’s who of the state’s best musicians, it’s an album that Eddie planned to feel like it’s unfolding right in front of you – right down to the clink of bottles and loose studio banter. Eddie’s ultimate aim is to pass that spirit on to everyone who hears the record and sees him play live. “It makes my day to please someone after they work all day,” he says. “My job is to make them smile and let the music make them forget – or remember.”

Eddie 9V Storefront Photo credit to Julia Rae

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