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SCCF’s Pine Island Sounds concert series wrapped up an amazing inaugural season with another spectacular sunset performance on the water last week, bringing in a seasonal total of more than $20K to support water quality efforts.
The captivating scene of being on the open-air deck of the Lady Chadwick in Redfish Pass as the sky alights in brilliant tangerine and shades of scarlet didn’t just inspire the 100 or so audience members aboard three cruises. It also deeply moved the musicians who experienced a concert venue unlike any other they’d played before.
“Playing music while dolphins jump in the boat wake with the sun setting in the background was amazing,” said 2020 Grammy nominee Amythyst Khia. “I really experienced what you all love and do so much to protect.”
Khia, who performed on the March 1 concert cruise, came down from her hometown in Tennessee and was awed by the whole idea of Pine Island Sounds.
“What a special opportunity to positively impact your organization with my music, I am humbled. I can’t wait to come back,” added Khia.
SCCF’s new concert concept is based on the idea of conservation through music and was made possible through partnerships with Leanne & Todd Marcum and Captiva Cruises. Three concert cruises this season accounted for the fundraising success.
“Our goal was to get people out on the water where they could experience the awesome beauty of the resource we are restoring and protecting as they also enjoy live music,” said Jeff Siwicke, SCCF’s event & facilities manager. “We surpassed our fundraising goal and have now officially established an annual concert series.”
Next year, Pine Island Sounds will feature unique national touring acts of varying genres in a very intimate setting aboard the Lady Chadwick from November through February, for a total of four cruises. Ticket sales support SCCF’s water quality efforts, which provide solid data and encourage science-based water management practices at the federal, state, regional, and local levels for our beloved waters.
Learn more about SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) at sccf.org.