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3rd Annual The Sound Wall Garden Party Benefitting The Sound Wall Music Initiative

Event Description

3rd Annual The Sound Wall Garden Party
Benefitting The Sound Wall Music Initiative

Don your most festive, floral attire to join ninety-nine old and new friends at the Sound Wall’s Garden Party April 15th!  You’ll enjoy an evening of music, food and creativity to benefit The Sound Wall Music Initiative (SWMI), a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting music education and artist development in the Auburn/Opelika area.

Hosted in the backyard of an historic Victorian home in downtown Opelika, lovingly renovated by proprietors Rob and Jen Slocumb (AKA the duo Martha’s Trouble) the event features a cocktail reception curated by John Emerald Distillery, dinner orchestrated by Chef Bill Swank, live music by Jeff Black & Leigh Nash, a silent auction and—back by popular demand–a tablescape design competition judged by the musical artists!

Guests have the option of buying a single ticket, couples ticket or a roundtable VIP package that allows a group of eight to design and create a unique tablescape.  The featured artists will judge the table scapes based on creativity and execution, and a prize will be awarded to the winning team.  Ticket purchases are tax deductible, as they fuel SWMI projects such as the annual Opelika Songwriter’s Festival (OSF), grants to school music programs, educational workshops and more.

The event also includes:

  • A Silent Auction
  • A Cocktail Reception hosted by John Emerald Distillery
  • Opelika Songwriters Festival Barrel Selection by John Emerald Distillery
  • Dinner by Chef Bill Swank
  • Music by Jeff Black & Leigh Nash (Opelika Songwriters Festival artists)
  • Preview of OSF 2023 Headliner Announcements

About the Artists:

For more than a quarter-century, Leigh Nash’s instantly recognizable voice has been a fixture in modern pop, from her days as frontwoman for multi-platinum band Sixpence None the Richer, to her more recent artistic output. (  Jeff Black is a master songwriter and performer in the tradition of the great storytellers, whose songs have earned Grammy recognition, radio chart-topping stats and numerous BMI awards. (


11am Tablescape set up begins
5:30pm VIP Ticket Holder Artist Meet-n-Greet
6pm Cocktail Reception with John Emerald Distillery; OSF Barrel Selection; Silent Auction Opens
7pm Dinner by Chef Bill Swank
8pm OSF ‘23 Headliner Announcement, Concert by Jeff Black
8:45pm Tablescape winner announced; silent auction closes
9pm Concert by Leigh Nash

VIP Table Scape Package – $880

  • Entry in table scape contest
  • name and design your table
  • (8) seats at your own reserved table
  • (2) invites to the pre event artist meet n greet

Couples Ticket – $240
Individual Ticket – $130

About The Sound Wall Music Initiative

The Sound Wall Music Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating the art of music in the Auburn/Opelika community. We strive to enhance the lives of our community members through music education, artist development, and funding support for local musicians and schools.

The Sound Wall Music Initiative was founded by local musicians Jen and Rob Slocumb, also known as Martha’s Trouble. As lifelong lovers of music, Jen and Rob understand the important role music can play in everyone’s life, but know that funding the passion can be out of reach for many. The Sound Wall Music Initiative bridges the gap between funding and passion.