Tuesday, June 12; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Williams Backyard Boogie, 1921 Chat Holley Road, Santa Rosa Beach
The first winner of the Beachcomber Music Award for Best Singer-Songwriter returns for an intimate outdoor show at Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Williams’ place. Suggested ticket donation price is $15. Bring your own beverages and chairs. Grayton Beach Catering will offer $10 food plates.
Thursday, June 14; 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Hall Theatre, Seaside
Armed with a bottleneck slide, blues harmonica and soul-filled vocals, Malone was born in the Deep South and grew up listening to her mother sing in the church choir every Sunday. When it came time to craft her own sound, she took those religious roots and blended in enough rock, folk, and blues to satisfy. The result was Debris, a high-spirited stripped-down blend of rootsy acoustic slide, gritty electric blues and explosive vocals reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams and classic Rolling Stones. Nashville Rage says Malone has “the soul of a bluesman, the heart of a folk singer, and the guts of a rock and roller all wrapped up in one fiery bad ass!” Adds Paste magazine: “She has the best voice you’ve never heard.” The Atlanta native has won numerous Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine awards, including Album of the Year, Best Female Vocalist (four times!) and Best Acoustic Guitarist (twice). Tickets are $25 and available at Amavida Coffee or online at www.seasiderep.org.
Michael J. Thomas Band
Thursday, June 14; 7-9 p.m.
Village Green, Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, Destin
The multiple Beachcomber Music Award nominee performs with some of his favorite musician friends in this installment of of the 16th Annual Concerts in the Park, an outdoor concert series featuring a variety of music including jazz, blues, classic rock, country, Motown, reggae, R&B, golden oldies, and tribute show bands. Thomas’ band includes guitarist Shannon Wallace (who co-wrote Thomas’ current single “Without You”), bassist Eric Lampley (who played on Thomas’ City Beat album), keyboardist Andre Forbes (producer of Thomas’ hit “I Think About Amy”) and drummer Kim Trammel (Forrest Williams Band). “We’ll perform instrumentals and vocals of most of my original music as well as some of my favorite artists (like) Michael Jackson, Maxwell and George Michael,” says Thomas. Bring your favorite lawn chair, wine and picnic. Or grab eats prepared onsite by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse or Jim N’ Nicks Bar-B-Q. Admission is $8 per adult or $15 per couple. Concert parking is adjacent at Grace Lutheran Church. All concerts are FREE for Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation members and children under 12. More info at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.
New Orleans Suspects
Friday, June 15; 7 and 10 p.m.
The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint, HarborWalk Village, Destin
New Orleans’ newest supergroup features members of the Radiators, the Neville Brothers and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The band, formed in the wake of the last June’s breakup of the Radiators after 34 years, is comprised of Reggie Scanlan on bass (Radiators, Professor Longhair Band), Mean Willie Green on drums (Nevilles since 1981), Kevin Harris on saxophone (founding member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Jake Eckert on guitar/vocals (current member of the DDBB), and C.R. Gruver on keyboards/vocals (Outformation). The band combines original songs in the New Orleans style with hits and obscurities from the Allen Toussaint and Dr. John songbooks, as well as favorites from the Radiators, Nevilles and Dirty Dozen songbooks. They have been touring to strong crowds and press accolades since July 2011 and are putting the finishing touches on their debut album.