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Friday, April 26th, 2013
Music Misc.

Motown, Country, Heritage and More…

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is proud to announce the 18th Annual Concerts in the Village will kick off on May 2 with the Fountain City Players. The 10-week series will take place every Thursday evening through June 27 at 7 p.m., followed by a patriotic tribute concert finale on Wednesday, July 3.

Voted one of the top 10 things to do in Northwest Florida by Florida Travel & Tourism Guide, the annual Concerts in the Village will be held at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village near Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. The venue includes a new permanent stage, the Dugas Pavilion, an expanded Village Green, a new 18-20unit restroom facility, as well as 168 additional on-site grass parking spaces.

Nestled among approximately 45 acres of pristine forest and wetlands, the newly developed concert venue rests on 6.76 acres of green space and will be complemented by a commanding 20-foot metal sculpture visibly identifying the concert entrance.

The grand opening of the Dugas Pavilion will take place at the May 2 concert featuring the Fountain City Players, a sixmember band from west Georgia and east Alabama. This dream team of musicians specializes in many styles of music, ranging from R&B and soul to hip-hop and jazz.

The concert series includes a mix of local musicians and bands as well as regional touring acts, performing music of many genres. The 2013 concert schedule is as follows:

May 2. Fountain City Players. An irresistible mix of Motown, R&B, pop, reggae and jazz.

May 9. The Michael Stacey Band. Modern country.

May 16. Ron Adams’ Reflections. A historical journey through American music.

May 23. China Grove. Doobie Brothers tribute band.

May 30. Déjà Vu. Classic and modern rock, plus dance music.

June 6. The Mike Veal Band. Featuring “Stump the Band” from over 200 top artists.

June 13. The Craig Woolard Band. Carolina beach flavor.

June 20. Heritage. Beachcomber Music Award winners—good vibes guaranteed!

June 27. Alter Eagles. A tribute band to Henley, Walsh, Frey and the other guys.

July 3. David Seering’s An American Patriotic Tribute. Seering won the Beachcomber Music Award for Best Male Vocalist at the 2009-10 ceremony.

Concerts in the Village is a family-friendly event that is fun for all ages. The Picnic Supper Club is a benefit to sponsors and available MKAF members on a first-come, first-served basis for those who wish to have a banquet table and chairs awaiting their arrival.

Local featured restaurants Jim & Nick’s Bar-B-Q and Carrabba’s Italian Grill will alternate weekly, serving fresh, affordable cuisine prepared on-site; both will offer kids’ menus. Concert fans are welcome to bring their own picnic dinner and wine or beverage of choice. Bottled water and soft drinks are available to purchase on-site with proceeds benefiting the MKAF’s cultural and education mission.

Admission is $8 for adults and children under 12; MKAF members get in FREE. For sponsorship and volunteer opportunities or more info, visit or call (850) 650-2226.