This is an awesome new video from You Me At Six – “Room to Breathe”
This song reminds me of an early Linkin Park
These guys really are amazing, the vocals and energy on this song are incredible!!
YouTube has become quite a huge force in the music world, with previously unknown artists changing the way that music is created, produced, marketed, sold, promoted, etc. This is great news for people who love music, because there are some amazing and incredibly talented artists out there. In the past months I have been avidly exploring the corners of YouTube for new music and for awesome new talent, and what I have found has astounded me.
From the early YouTube pioneers like BoyceAvenue (who have re-written their own formula for success), to this year’s music award winners like Lindsey Stirling (who has credited YouTube with helping her stay true to herself and the music), a generation of new talent is finding that YouTube is a great way for sharing and getting the ‘sound’ out.
I have also found that there is an intricate web of young artists that share, collaborate, create, and tour with other YouTube artists from next door (like Alex G and Tyler Ward) to across vast distances of the world. YouTube has removed so many barriers in the music world, and as such, we the music lovers have benefitted greatly.
As I have explored the amazing wonders of YouTube music, I have collected quite a list of artists that are just in my opinion outstanding, and it is from this list that I am going to share with those who are interested. Some of these artists and songs were released on YouTube quite a while ago, while others are ones that have just come out, but for me all of them were new when I discovered them.
If you like an artist or song, be sure to tweet the post, or Google+ it, or share it any way you want with others who love music. Also be sure to visit the Artists YouTube channel, subscribe to the channel, like the videos, and buy their music on iTunes, Amazon, or wherever they have it available.
If you have found an artist which you really like, feel free to leave a comment with their name and we will be sure to check them out!
Due to personal and business issues, we have not been posting for a while – but that is about to change – we are BACK!!
Starting today, we are going to be sharing some of our favorite music – more about that in our next post!
Donna the Buffalo, one of the most respected bands touring the roots music circuit, comes to Pensacola’s Vinyl Music hall this coming Thursday, November 7th. Bringing their unique style of down home music, this band has been growing a ‘Herd’ of fans across the country for going on 25 years. Led by founding members Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins, Donna the Buffalo is currently touring on the heels of their June release of “Tonight, Tomorrow, and Yesterday”, the groups 10th studio album which is full of their signature sound – traditional mountain music infused with elements of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae, and country.
We have listened to their newest release and it really is quite amazing! Their new music video for “I Love My Tribe” (link below) showcases the bands talent and sound, and is a warm reminder of how music can bring people together into a warm and caring family. The whole album is a great mixture of songs from the lamenting “I See How You Are” to the emotional “One Day At A Time”, the band delivers their hearts and souls on every track.
The press release for their new album tells a bit more about how the incredible sound on their new album came about: “In creating the new album, founding members and songwriter-vocalists Jeb Puryear (vocals, guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard)—joined by band members David McCracken (Hammond organ, clavinet), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums)—convened in a rustic church in Enfield, New York, along with co-producer and fellow upstate New Yorker, Robert Hunter (Branford Marsalis). The building overflowed with vibe, and the music poured out as the group recorded take after live take to old-school analog tape, with as few overdubs as possible. What resulted are the 14 organic and authentic tracks that make up Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday.”
This is definitely a band worth checking out, so pick up some tickets and head on down to the Vinyl on Thursday and join the ‘Herd’ for what promises to be a phenomenal show.
Donna the Buffalo Performs at Vinyl Music Hall on Thu 11/7 -New Album
Donna the Buffalo Unveiled Their First Studio Album in Five Years,
Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, Through Sugar Hill Records
Donna the Buffalo @ Vinyl Music Hall
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
$17 adv/ $20 dos; All Ages
2 S. Palafox Pl., Pensacola, FL 32502
CMT Edge Premiered the NEW Official Music Video for “I Love My Tribe”
WATCH DtB Perform 3 Songs LIVE at Jambase Headquarters → http://bit.ly/1dZO5Lf
Website // www.donnathebuffalo.com
Facebook // www.facebook.com/donnathebuffalo
Twitter // www.twitter.com/donnathebuffalo
Donna the Buffalo Music on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/donna-the-buffalo/id3920645
Donna the Buffalo Music on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Donna-The-Buffalo/e/B000APEE0C
Longreef finally made it back to Pensacola this past Wednesday Night to play at one of their favorite stomping grounds, the Fish House Deck Bar. Although it was one of the first cooler nights here in Pensacola, there was a great crowd and Longreef played an awesome 3 sets including a good number of their original songs. It is always a pleasure to see the crowd singing along, and knowing all the words to the originals!
We were privileged to hang out with the guys on the tour bus prior to the show and listen to 3 new songs that they are working on. The songs are amazing and we can say that Longreef has been pouring their heart and soul into making them – we can’t wait to hear them on the radio when they are finished!
The guys were all stoked about this years touring, and have just finished up a multi-state tour with the band 3 Pill Morning. Playing their own ticketed shows proves how far Longreef has come and their fan base keeps growing and growing. Living out of the tour bus seems to have been positive for the guys, and the travelling has been inspirational to their creative talents in writing new material. With a pretty full schedule from now through December, they will be playing everywhere from Alabama to Chicago and on to New Buffalo Michigan.
Here is a video we shot at the lastest Longreef show here in Pensacola FL at the Fish House on October 23, 2013
LONGREEF – Short Skirt, Long Jacket – Cake – Cover – Live Pensacola FL
Our great friends Longreef are finally coming back to Pensacola for a show on the Deck Bar at the Pensacola Fish House, Wednesday October 23, 2013 for what may be there only appearance here in Pensacola for the rest of the year (we hope not though). Longreef has been extremely busy this year touring all over the United States and are just coming off a successful run of shows with 3 Pill Morning. They were supposed to play at Castaways on Pensacola Beach last month with 3 Pill Morning, but unfortunately that show was cancelled at the last minute.
These guys have been hard at work playing shows in support of their latest release ‘Dirty Motel’ with the hit single ‘She Likes the Ladies’, and they always put on an amazing live show. With their down home Australian attitude, Longreef not only delivers fantastic performances, but they always take the time to talk to and interact with their fans. Unlike a lot of bands who disappear between sets, and after a show, you will often find the guys of Longreef sitting down with their fans, enjoying a beer, and just hanging out – truly some of the nicest guys we have ever met!
Check out Longreef’s music on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/longreef/id446240310
And on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B006GTV9QS?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Longreef&index=digital-music&search-type=ss
Recently Longreef started a fan hangout page which you can get info on by clicking the Reefers picture below!
Tonight, September 20, 2013 is another Gallery Night in Pensacola FL.
Gallery Night is held 7 times a year in downtown Pensacola and features Art, Music, and Food provided by a large group of local Pensacola Businesses.
Gallery Night is a showcase for local artists and musicians, with a block-party feeling that gives people a chance to mingle, stroll, and enjoy the great culture of Pensacola.
Tonight features a free concert at Vinyl Music Hall:
VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)
This event is all ages
Click here to download the September 20, Gallery Night Map from downtownpensacola.com – http://www.downtownpensacola.com/images/gallery-night/gn_September.pdf
Below is a list of the Official Participants listed on the Gallery Night Facebook Page:
- 850 Open Water, 22 S. Palafox Pl:
850 Open Water will be featuring photography from Troy Beshears focusing on lightning and flowers!
- Adonna’s Bakery and Café, 114 S. Palafox Pl:
Join us for delicious & artistic baked goods
- Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox Pl:
It’s another fun and edgy Gallery Night at Artel! Join us in the main gallery space for “Experimental Art w/ the Lens”; an exhibition contemporary photography works by area artists. The Vault will be featuring “Branching Out” an exhibition by the local chapter of the National League of American Pen Women. The Award Alcove will feature Richard Rodriguez’s solo show. Richard was the Best of Show winner from the “Time” exhibit. Enjoy these great exhibitions while listening to the upbeat rhythms of Killarney, our favorite Irish Folk Band. Before stepping into this art Mecca, stop by the Humane Society of Pensacola’s table on our front porch. Learn about their work saving the lives of our furry friends and their biggest event of the year, Barktoberfest. Enjoy all of this and the other impromptu antics of local artists at Artel Gallery!
- Belle Ame’, 112 S. Palafox Pl:
Yvette, our artist will be present displaying her assortment of handmade bath & body products. Products will be available for sampling.
- Blab – TV, 121 S. Palafox Pl:
Featuring live music from the Song Birds!
- Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox Pl:
At the Blue Morning Gallery on Palafox Place, a touch of Asia arrives in downtown Pensacola. In “East Meets West, Through Asian Art,” the trio of award-winners: Tammy Caspersen, potter; Suzanne Tuzzeo, photographer; and Tom Smith, painter, bring the beauty of Asian art and culture to life through their three powerful mediums. Featuring art of the Far East reflected through Western eyes. Tammy Caspersen demonstrates exceptional pottery skills with large sculpture pieces, sushi trays, sake sets and graceful orchid containers, all a must-see. Her art further reflects the color, shape and movement traditionally found in Asian pottery, combined with a suggestion of Western influence. Well-known photographer Suzanne Tuzzeo captures the dynamic color, shapes and ambiance that is Asian art. From fiery dragons to lush, serene landscapes, Suzanne brings a wonderful display of vibrant colors and natural beauty directly from the Far East. Her photography gives the visitor views of the Asian way of life from small, intimate prints to striking oversize framed pieces. Local painter Tom Smith brings a blend of acrylics and subject matter to the canvas in a way that reflects the time-honored artwork of Asia. Each brush stroke translates the essence of Tom’s work from a vision steeped in color and culture to finished artwork speaking volumes. For Gallery Night, Friday, September 20, East Meets West, Through Asian Art is offering extended hours. Musical entertainment is provided by popular Celtic band, Sweet Prospect.
- Carmen’s Lunch Bar, 407-B S. Palafox St.:
On Gallery Night we will be serving our delicious international cuisine, beers and wines. Come to Carmen’s for a taste of something new! Carmen’s combines the design and concept of a neighborhood bar and marries it with an eclectic menu of fresh, flavorful Southern and International cuisine. Stop by to enjoy the unique location and the delicious food and wines!
- Dog House Deli, 30 S. Palafox Pl.
- Dollarhide’s, 41 S.Palafox Pl.:
Dollarhide’s will feature Pensacola pianist Ila Brown playing smooth jazz on the Yamaha concert grand. Ila is an active professional pianist, is on the staff at Pensacola State College as piano teacher and accompanist, is the accompanist for the Choral Society of Pensacola, also maintains a private piano studio at her home and is the pianist at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church. Ila will perform from 6:00 to 8:00 on the stage at Dollarhide’s.
- Don Alan’s, 401 S. Palafox Pl.:
Featuring the fine art and painted glassware of Beege Welborn.
- First United Methodist Church of Pensacola (First Church) and The Perry Home Coffee House, 2 East Wright St
First United Methodist Church and the Perry Home Coffee House will host an exciting evening of arts, crafts, music and food and entertainment during the April 5 Gallery Night. The Perry Home Coffee House will have a delicious array of complimentary cookies and coffee, along with specialty drinks available for purchase.
- Global Grill, 27 S. Palafox Pl:
Paintings from local artists including Quenby Tyler, Riece Walton and Reese Foret.
- Harvest Church, The Rex Theater, 18 N. Palafox St.
Music at The REX! Come Join us as we hear some live music from local artists who make up the Harvest Band. We’ll have Annie Grey Photography on hand displaying some awesome photos! We’ll also be answering any questions you may have about the future of The REX.
- Helen Back Café, 22 S. Palafox Pl.:
Join us for Gallery Night specials!
- Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom, 10 S. Palafox Pl:
Hopjacks will feature musician James Adkins on the balcony from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. and artist Nathaniel Johnston performing a live drawing from 7-9 p.m.
- Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique, 122 S. Palafox Pl:
The boutique will be showing Jewelry from a local artist.
- Intermission, 214 S. Palafox Pl.
- Jewelers Trade Shop, 26 Palafox Pl:
Jewelers Trade Shop is bringing the great outdoors inside this September Gallery Night. Enjoy all your favorite fall treats as you admire handcrafted sculptures from local artists. We invite you to cozy around the campfire with us as we welcome the change of the seasons.
- London W1 Hair Salon & Studio, 120 S. Palafox Pl:
Stop in to enjoy the Gallery Night festivities.
- Nacho Daddies, 34 S. Palafox Pl.
- New York Nick’s, 9 S. Palafox Pl:
Come celebrate Gallery Night at New York Nicks!
- Pensacola Downtown Wine Festival, S. Palafox Pl. between Romana & Intendencia Sts.:
Visit the Wine Festival table for more information & pre-sale tickets! The 6th Annual Downtown Wine Festival is happening October 5th in Historic Downtown Pensacola.
Enjoy the sampling pavilion atop the open air deck of the Jefferson Street Parking garage Move from tent to tent socializing and sampling some of the newest and most celebrated wines from 3pm – 6pm Tickets are $35 dollars in advance and $40 dollars day of the event. A Worldly Experience you don’t want to miss.
- Pensacola News Journal & GoPensacola.com, S. Palafox Pl., between Romana & Intendencia Sts
- Pink Picasso, 19 Palafox Pl.:
Pink Picasso will feature live music and local art. Visitors can view the progress of the Picasso Jazz Club…Opening Soon!
- Pita Pit, 1 S. Palafox Pl.
- Quayside Art Gallery, 17 E. Zaragoza St
Quayside Gallery will feature a new and exciting exhibition in their East gallery on Gallery Night. Three artists have interpreted in their own styles, photos taken by Lynn Parker and Connie Boussom. Connie Boussom, oils, Nikki Strohota, paper collage and jewelry and Lynn Parker, watercolor. The show is titled Interpretation: Florida’s Forgotten Coast. The artwork will be hung with each photo for the viewer to see how each artist interpreted the photo. Also our woodworkers will be demonstrating on the sidewalk and our entertainers will be Robert Kemp on the sax, Bill Ireton and Erma Granat vocals. As usual, there will be demonstrations on the 3rd floor for the public to watch. The public is invited to visit, have some refreshments and enjoy the music and art.
- Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St:
Seville Quarter’s “Gallery Night Art in the Streets”! Seville Quarter has invited over 60 Local Artists & Vendors to showcase their skills, crafts & artwork in the street in front of the historical complex. If you love great local artist this show is for you! The Seville Quarter show will have that “Arts Festival Feel” that everyone loves. We want to step up the level of excitement downtown during Gallery Night and there is no better way than to kick the weekend off than with great local art, music & wine in a festival atmosphere. Seville Quarter will host a FREE Wine & Beer Tasting starting at 5pm in our Wine & Gift Shop. Mark your calendar now for one of the best Gallery Nights of the year. Enjoy an evening of shopping, dining, live entertainment in historic downtown Pensacola’s, Seville Quarter Entertainment District, September 20th, starting at 5p.m.
- Sole Inn and Suites, 200 N. Palafox St:
Enjoy local artists and celebrate Gallery Night with live music!
- The Bodacious Olive, 407-D S. Palafox, St.:
Stop in to get a sample of one of Downtown Pensacola’s newest businesses!
- The Great Southern Restaurant Group, Jackson’s Steakhouse, Fish House, Atlas Oyster House and the Deck Bar. The Courtyard at Seville Tower, 226 S. Palafox Pl:
Join us at the Courtyard at Seville Tower, at the corner of Palafox and Government, for Gallery Night, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. We will be hosting live entertainment from local musician Lucas Crutchfield and featuring the work of local photographer Barrett McClean. We will have a full bar, serving beer, wine and cocktails. In addition, we will be serving up Pensacola Hero Sandwiches for $5!
- The Leisure Club, 126 Palafox Pl:
Enjoy local art, Gallery Night Specials and great food!
- The Spotted Dog, 124 S. Palafox Pl:
The artist for The Spotted Dog is going to be Pet Photographer Allison Shamrell.
- The Tin Cow, 102 S. Palafox Pl:
The Tin Cow will be featuring Lindsey Gray’s collection of acrylic paintings ranging from pop art to abstract art. Enjoy local art and design your own burgers.
- Wine Bar, 16 Palafox Pl:
Enjoy local art in the “Breezeway”
- World of Beer/Blend Lounge, 200 S. Palafox:
- Zarzaur Law Firm, 11 E. Romana St.:
Zarzaur Law, P.A. and staff invite you to visit Romana Street in downtown Pensacola during Gallery Night April 5 for a chance to create your very own graffiti art. Grab a paint can and spray your art on the north wall of the law firm. Make sure to snap a picture of your art and tag #LegalGraffiti on Instagram! Donations will be accepted for the benefit of Legal Services of North Florida, which provides civil legal services to those in our community who cannot afford it. All spray paint and paper is provided by Zarzaur Law, P.A., and we ask that you do not bring your own spray cans from home. This event is free of charge and is suitable for the whole family. We hope to see you this Gallery Night.
- Pensacola Museum Of Art: 407 S. Jefferson St.:
Enjoy the all the exhibits the museum has to offer!
- Old Hickory Whiskey Bar, 123 Palafox Pl.:
Enjoy one of Downtown Pensacola’s newest hot spots!
- Elebash’s, 36 S. Palafox:
“Come browse beautiful diamonds, and experience the art of “walk up magic!”
- Instruments Of Excellence, at Virgina College, 19 W. Garden St.
- Faces of HIV, Government St., between Palafox and Government St.:
HIVevolution sponsors, The Faces of HIV. This mobile art exhibit offers you a candid, revealing glimpse into the lives of Florida residents currently living with HIV through larger than life portraiture, journals and videos.
- Pensacola Rowing Club, Palafox St., between Zaragossa and Government St.:
The boats of the Pensacola Rowing Club will be on display! Pensacola Rowing is dedicated to the advancement of the sport of rowing and to espousing the virutes of the rowing lifestyle.
Gallery Night Street closure is sponsored by Stella Artois.
Per city ordinance no animals and no glass bottles.
David Cook, who some may remember as the winner of the seventh season of American Idol, is coming to play at the Vinyl music hall here in Pensacola Florida on Wednesday September 25th 2013. David Cook is not only a great performer, but a great writer and musician who has set numerous Billboard chart records, most impressively being when he had 11 songs debut in the Hot 100 in one week. A few days before playing in Pensacola, David will be jamming at the Texas Tango with bands like One Republic and Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls.
David has also been strongly involved in charity work that supports research for Brain Cancer, and he recently announced that he will be going “Over the Edge” by rappelling down the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego to raise awareness and funds to support San Diego based brain cancer research ( www.otesandiego.org )
Here is the info for his concert here in Pensacola:
VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS
Wed, September 25, 2013
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)
Vinyl Music Hall
$20.00 – $60.00
Tickets are avail at ticketfly: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/355349
David Cook on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/david-cook/id42753230
One of David’s Latest Videos – Laying Me Low
This coming Thursday, September 19th, our good friends Longreef will be playing with 3 Pill Morning at Castaways on Pensacola Beach – also on the bill are local bands Hidden Skylight and Forevers Calling.
Castaways on Pensacola Beach is located at:
- 400 Quietwater Beach Rd.
- Pensacola Beach, Florida 32561
Longreef has been touring across the country this past year coinciding with the successful release of their second EP Dirty Motel which has had great radio play for the title track and the crowd favorite “She Likes the Ladies”. They have opened for bands like Papa Roach, Salive, Puddle of Mudd, and recently played at the Verizon Music Festival, opening for Smash Mouth and Barenaked Ladies. Following the show this next week at Castaways, Longreef will be on the bill at the CPR Fest in Gulfport, sharing the stage with bands like Volbeat, The Sick Puppies, and Nonpoint. Longreef has recently launched their official street team/fan hangout site “Reefers” at http://reefers.grou.ps . Currently Longreef and 3 Pill Morning are playing a number of shows together and the fans have been going crazy with the double trouble they bring to the stage!
Longreef consists of:
- Josh Barker – Vocals, Guitar, sometimes Drums
- Nick Miller – Lead Guitar, Vocals
- Jim Wark – Bass, Vocals
- Tristan Davies – Drums, Vocals
Longreef on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/longreef/id446240310
Longreef on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Longreef/dp/B005938DAW
Longreef’s She Likes the Ladies
3 Pill Morning has been touring all across the country in support of their awesome record label debut “Black Tie Love Affair”. Touring in the spring and summer with Trapt, Pop Evil, the Hollywood Undead, and Escape the Fate, 3 Pill Morning has been building a huge following with their amazing high energy shows. Previously, 3 Pill Morning has shared the stage with bands like Shinedown, Sevendust, and Saving Abel, and they are known for really connecting with their fans at their live shows. 3 Pill Morning consists of:
- Jeff Stebbins – Vocals
- Ryan Walch – Guitar, keys
- Ryan Lee – Bass, Backing vocals
- Trent Laugerman – Drums, Percssion
This is a band that is not to be missed, so if you haven’t seen them, this Thursday at Castaways on Pensacola Beach is your chance!
3 Pill Morning on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/3-pill-morning/id53225520
3 Pill Morning on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/3-Pill-Morning/e/B00B543M64/
3 Pill Morning’s Skin
Hidden Skylight is a local Pensacola Band formed in 2011, and they are planning to release a self titled EP at the end of September 2013. They are favorites at a number of local Pensacola area hangouts, and always put on a great show.
Hidden Skylight consists of:
Julian Askew : Lead VOX & Bass
Andy Johnson : Lead Guitar & Backing VOX
Ryan Fischer : Rythem Guitar & Backing VOX
Mykl Crider (Drums)
Hidden Skylight official website: http://hiddenskylight.com
Forevers Calling is a local Northwest Florida band that has been playing all over the area with common comments from fans like “ya’ll kick major ass” summing up their intensity at live shows. Their single “Thinking of You” has been getting a lot of attention, and they hope to soon be going into full touring mode.
Forevers Calling is:
- Steven White – Vocals
- Travis Grant – Guitar
- Josh Lowery – Bass
- Justin Gross – Drums
Forevers Calling official website: http://foreverscalling.com
Forevers Calling – Thinking of You
Living here in Warrington in the Barrancas redevelopment area (Aero Vista neighborhood), for the past couple of years we have had to contend with the forced septic to sewer conversion construction (see our articles here: ECUA Barrancas Sewer Project). Now that the construction is finished, people are now expected to pay between $2000 – $3000 to have their systems converted from existing Septic to the ECUA sewer. The cost is more than many people in this neighborhood can afford as the conversion means that the current septic must be pumped (@ $250), permits for the work must be gotten, the new lines must be laid and attached, then the existing septic tank must be broken, filled and inspected for compliance.
The reasons for this whole project was to remove environmental concerns from septic use and to improve the overall neighborhood as part of the Barrancas Redevelopment Plan. Unfortunately, the actual implementation of this has been much less than desired to many of the residents here. The entire neighborhood was put into a sad state for over 18 months with roads destroyed and turned to gravel, piles of dangerous debris and construction materials littering the public right of ways, and a constant stream of construction equipment that constantly shook the houses and that ended up causing some structural damage to some of the houses here.
Now, in a neighborhood that has seen housing prices bottom out, and has many families that are living close to poverty, ECUA is forcing the homeowners to have this costly conversion done. Fortunately there are a couple of programs available that can help with some or all of the cost, the only problem is that few people in the neighborhood are aware of the programs. While I am sure the information has been available at community meetings, in this day and age not many people are even aware of community meetings. We are hoping to help get the word out to people in the neighborhood as currently by our estimate, 80% or more of the people here have yet to do the conversion, and this is probably because of cost. Thankfully, the people at the local Escambia County Community Redevelopment Agency have been great with assisting in both information and help in getting the applications filled out.
There is a Residential Rehab Grant Program for Escambia county that will provide up to a $6000 grant to be matched dollar for dollar by the property owner for the cost of the septic to sewer conversion for homeowners who own and reside in their homes in this neighborhood. In order to qualify for the grant you must be able to prove ownership and residence, provide proof of home insurance, provide proof of homestead tax exemption (you have this if you live in the home you own). You must also agree to not move, rent, or sell your property for a period of one year (or you have to pay the money from the grant back). While we highlight the specifics below, basically you must get 3 estimates for the septic to sewer conversion (you don’t have to pick the lowest, but the one you do pick must not be more than 10% higher than the lowest), once you have these you must fill out an application (available as a download here: Residential Rehab Grant Application) and turn it in to the CRA Office which is located at:
221 Palafox Place, Old Court House, Suite 305, Pensacola FL 32502
You can call them for more information at (850) 595-3217
The following is information contained in the application packet that outlines Program Eligibility and what you have to provide with the application:
Residential Rehab grant funding for property improvements shall apply to the following:
Location: Properties must be located within one of the following County’s designated redevelopment areas: Barrancas, Brownsville, Englewood, Palafox, and Warrington.
Property owners must sign the Grant Program application and other related documents and the property must be owner’s primary residence.
Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. However, preference will be given to first-time applicants.
Residential Rehab Grant Program Requirements:
* 50 Percent: Residential Rehab Grant Program funding may not exceed 50% of the total cost of the project or $6,000; whichever is less. The property owner must expend one dollar into the project for every CRA dollar committed to the project. (Example: $12,000 total project cost = $6,000 property owner contribution + $6,000 CRA grant)
* Residential Rehab Grant Program funds shall be secured by a lien against the applicant’s
property. The lien shall be forgiven one year after the date of dispersing funds. CRA will execute the necessary documents to acknowledge satisfaction of the lien provided the following criteria are met.
Funded Improvements are not: • Altered • Modified • Removed • Demolished • The property is not sold • The property is not transferred • The property is not used for rental purposes • Converted to 100% non-residential use
If any of the above-referred activities should occur within the lien period and without receiving prior CRA approval, the total grant funds will then become due and payable.
Residential Rehab Grant Review Process
1. Application submit complete grant application packet including the following: • Complete application form • Legal description of property • Proof of property ownership and homestead exemption certificate • Proof of property insurance • Certification of zoning and future land use • Original color photographs of existing property conditions • Three cost estimates from qualified contractors (labor and materials for
Final cost estimate including name of licensed contractor chosen to perform work (Chosen estimate cannot exceed more than 10% of the lowest bid)
• If the owner of the property is a licensed contractor and is qualified to do the work, then two additional cost estimates from qualified contractors will be required.
• Copy of the chosen contractor’s license 2. Grant committee meets to review the project for completeness and merit. 3. If the Grant Committee approves the project, CRA staff prepares the Funding
Agreement and Lien document for the property owner’s signature. 4. These documents are presented to the Board of County Commissioners
(BCC) at the 2nd scheduled meeting of the month for approval. 5. After approval by the BCC, the property owner is provided with notification to proceed. 6. Upon project completion, signed off permit from Escambia County Building
Inspections, receipt of the final invoice(s) from contractor(s), proof of payment (copy of cancelled check), inspection by CRA staff, and sign off by the property owner; the invoice(s) will be submitted to the County’s Accounts Payable Department.
7. Accounts Payable will issue a check to the property owner for reimbursement of County portion of project cost.
8. After issuance of the reimbursement check, the Clerk of the Court will record the lien against the property in the amount of the County portion of project cost.
9. After one year of continued compliance with the program guidelines and one year from the date of funds dispersal the lien shall be forgiven.
The other program that is available is the Neighborhood Enterprise Foundation ESC Housing Rehabilitation. NEFI provides assistance to occupant homeowners to complete repairs or improvements to their homes. There is currently a waiting list of up to two years, but applicants are welcome. Available ONLY for residents of unincorporated Escambia County. See information here for details: Neighborhood Enterprise Foundation ESC Housing Rehabilitation