Story and photos by JENNA BAILEY
The Market Shops, located at the entrance of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort across from Grand Boulevard, started off a free Winter Concert Series on Saturday, Jan. 6. Located on the Market Shops lawn, the Winter Concert Series is free and open to the public. The event is also pet and children-friendly. Every Saturday in January and February will feature a different local or regional artist or band. Concerts are from 1 to 3 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets. The Jan. 6 concert featured a performance by the Boukou Groove music group with vocals by the group’s founder – singer and producer Donnie Sundal. Sundal founded Boukou Groove in New Orleans in 2010. The group’s website (www.boukougroove.com), describes the band as a “genre-bending collective, touching on elements of New Orleans funk, R&B, soul and blues.” January 13’s performance will be by vocalist, saxophonist and songwriter Michael J. Thomas. The Market Shops address is 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach FL 32550. More information on upcoming performances can be found at themarketshops.com/events.