Moon Crush: Socially distanced music fest in Miramar Beach adds local musicians to lineup

Savannah Evanoff
Northwest Florida Daily News

MIRAMAR BEACH — The lineup for Moon Crush features a chunk of recognizable names — Grace Potter, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and Sheryl Crow.

When a slot unexpectedly opened up, the organizers of the five-day socially distanced music vacation in Miramar Beach could have filled it with equally well-known artists from other places; but they didn’t. Instead, they added three local country artists recommended by local event coordinator Tiger Greene: Forrest Williams, Casey Kearney and Luke Langford.

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“Moon Crush loved the idea and felt like it was a perfect fit,” Kearney said. “It is always exciting to play to a crowd ready to enjoy the music and hear the stories behind the songs. To be on the bill of a festival including so many incredible artists that we have all enjoyed and respected in our musical careers is really cool.”

Other musicians in the lineup are Margo Price, NEEDTOBREATHE, The Revivalists, Shovels & Rope, The War and Treaty, Yacht Rock Revue, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and Sammy Rae & the Friends.

Crestview country singer Casey Kearney holds her guitar while on set shooting the music video for her song "Waffle House." She will perform at the Moon Crush music festival in Miramar Beach.

Andy Levine, a part-time Northwest Florida resident, organized the music vacation as a reprieve for people from the COVID-19 pandemic. From April 26 through May 1, guests can watch local and national musicians from their own private coves at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach.

While passes to stay in one of the beachfront homes and condos have sold out; music-only single-day tickets remain available. Guests will have private viewing areas. 

For more information, visit Mooncrush.live. Limited single-day tickets are available at mooncrush.topeka.live. Williams, Kearney and Langford will perform original music for their shared hour-long set. Williams will perform his crowd favorites, such as “Monday To A Saturday” and “A Love That I Ain’t Even Met.” Kearney will include her latest released song and music video, “Waffle House,” along with her upbeat song “Better Days.” 

Crestview country singer Casey Kearney recently shot the music video for her song "Waffle House," which tells the love story of real life couple, Rob and Kelli Smithmier. In the video, Ardie and Lois Spurlock, Kelli Smithmier's mother, portray the couple.

Langford will sing some of his well-known originals, such as “Like a Farmer Loves the Rain” and “Rear View Mirror Kinda Town.” He also will debut a new song that day.

“The festival has requested we perform a song about the moon,” Kearney said. “We chose to combine our voices and perform a country song originally recorded by Brooks and Dunn called ‘Neon Moon.’” 

Northwest Florida country musician Forrest Williams, who played at the recent Moon Crush festival, will be performing this Friday at Fort Walton Beach's Concerts at The Landing series.

Moon Crush is one of many new endeavors the three local musicians are excited about in their music careers. Williams is working on a project with Bryan Kennedy, a songwriter based in Santa Rosa Beach.

“It’s seven songs that we wrote together on a motorcycle trip to the Keys and back,” Williams said. “It’s called ‘800 Miles Of Sunshine’ and has a good mix of songs on it.”

Like Williams, Langford has new music on the way.

“As a band we’re working on finishing up and recording our EP this fall and looking forward to several out-of-town shows that will hopefully give us a chance to take our music abroad,” Langford said.

Northwest Florida country musician Luke Langford was recently added to the Moon Crush lineup.

Kearney is in pre-production for a second music video featuring her song “Red Tide Sky” to release this summer, she said.

“May 8th, I will be singing ‘God Bless America’ in the seventh inning stretch for the Atlanta Braves,” Kearney said. “And June 18th I will return to Atlanta to perform the national anthem for the Braves, as well as playing other shows in the area.”

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Kearney is not only excited about playing at Moon Crush, but is hyped about the festival itself. 

“They have been missing out on concerts for way too long and we need it,” she said. “Moon Crush has created a unique way to keep everyone safe but still enjoy the experience of coming together for concerts. They got creative and they are making it happen. It’s exciting.”