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Doo Wop Under the Stars at NWF State College May 27

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Enjoy a blast from the past Saturday, May 27, with the Cornell Gunter Coasters in a concert under the stars at the Northwest Florida State College Amphitheater in Niceville. The event is co-sponsored by the Niceville-Valparaiso Area Chamber of Commerce.


The Cornell Gunter Coasters will delight fans both young and old with Coasters classics like “Poison Ivy,” “Yakety Yak,” “Young Blood,” “Searchin’,” “Charlie Brown” and many more. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the gate. Gates open at 6 p.m.


“Following the success of last summer’s concert with the Drifters, we wanted to bring back another event with the iconic sounds of the 1950s and 1960s,” says Mattie Kelly Arts Center Director Jeanette Shires.


Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 850-729-6000 or purchase online at


Food vendors and beverages (including beer) will be available. Seating is available in fixed seats at the amphitheater, or guests can bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to enjoy the concert from the large events lawn. Coolers are permitted.


The 2,500-capacity amphitheater is located directly behind the center’s main parking lot, adjacent to the Art and Music wings, at 100 College Boulevard.


The Coasters’ chart-topping songs comprised a major portion of the soundtrack of the lauded musical revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe, which received a Grammy award and seven Tony nominations. The Coasters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.


The Coasters have been the backbone of the recording industry since their inception in 1953 and are known for their unique mix of comedy, doo-wop, and rhythm and blues. The Cornell Gunter Coasters put on a high-energy show full of familiar melodies, comedy and fun audience participation that the entire family can enjoy.


VIP tables are available for event sponsors for $200 each from the Chamber.

– Sylvia Bryan
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