By CHRIS MANSON
Jeremiah Campbell, lead singer of the popular local band WaCo Ramblers, said he and a virtual who’s-who of Walton County musicians plan to meet at Pandora’s restaurant in Grayton Beach Sunday to march and play Sunday at 4 p.m.
According to a recently launched page at www.myspace.com/lostwagesmarchingband, local musicians have “united in an unprecedented effort to shed some light on the recent shadow cast on our scene.” The musicians feel local authorities have harassed them following complaints about excessive noise coming from “legitimate venues,” culminating in the arrest of a manager at Salty Dog Saloon in Santa Rosa Beach Sunday.
The MySpace statement added: “All we want is…a solid set of guidelines for local venues and musicians to operate by.”
Campbell said 40-50 people have agreed to participate in the march and will bring their instruments. “We understand that homeowners have rights,” he said, referring to the complainants as “unseen folks.”
He added that this time of year, business is dropping off for people who depend on gigs as their sole source of income. “If the places aren’t open, we can’t work,” said Campbell.
Campbell said the recently re-opened Salty Dog – formerly Snapperhead’s – had been besieged with complaints for the past two months. The arresting officers from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) were not equipped with decibel-level reading equipment Sunday.
“Just playing music on 30A has become criminal,” said Campbell. “They’ll go after printed material and art next.”
Among the musicians slated to join in Sunday’s march are Dread Clampitt, Hubba Hubba, the Moseley Brown Band, Green Hit, Sweater Puppets and the Steenos.