Chris Alvarado is an award-winning singer/songwriter and recording artist who calls the beaches of 30A his home. This year marks Chris’ 8th appearance at the Festival. In 2013, he was invited to perform at the 40th annual Telluride Bluegrass Music Festival in Colorado where he placed 3rd in the Telluride Troubadour Competition. In May of 2013, Chris competed in the Wildflower Music Festival's Songwriting Competition in Dallas, Texas and walked away with top honors as the Michael Terry People's Choice Award winner. In 2012, he won the National Recording Academy’s Florida GRAMMY® Showcase.
Chris’ music is featured on Pandora Radio and has seen airplay on national web radio programs. He performed on NPR’s, “Radio Live” in 2014, and receives regular airplay on NPR radio WUWF.
Chris Alvarado also owns and operates Driftwood Guitars, a boutique handcrafted acoustic guitar company. His guitars can be found in the hands of Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley, and he is currently building guitars for this years GRAMMY awards. One of the guitars will be given to Fleetwood Mac to commemorate being named the Grammy’s MusiCares Person of the Year. It will be presented during a ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, while the other guitar will be auctioned off to benefit the Recording Academy's MusiCares charity program. This year Chris designed and handcrafted the 2018 30A Songwriters Festival Commemorative Guitar which will be auctioned off to benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. He takes great pride in performing his original music on instruments of his own creation.