Springsteen Tribute Band Kicks Off Mattie Kelly Concert Season

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This April, the Emerald Coast is going to be “boss.” Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) and Ocean Reef Vacations & Real Estate are teaming up to present Jersey performing a live tribute concert to the music of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.


The concert is set for Saturday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, located at 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin. Jersey simultaneously kicks off the 2017 MKAF season and is expected to rock the launch of the 22nd annual Concerts in the Village series.


The Springsteen tribute band was formed with one goal—to honor one of America’s greatest musical acts. This seven‑piece band travels around the country with endless musical talents on keyboard, guitar, saxophone, mandolin, harmonica and vocals. This versatility opens up the wide range of tunes written by Springsteen.


In the 44 years since the release of his debut Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Springsteen has created a catalog of songs nearly unrivaled in the history of rock, from the streetwise drama of his early work to the stadium‑shaking heights of “Born in the U.S.A.,” and continuing with recent socially and politically impassioned efforts such as “High Hopes.”


“For those hardcore Springsteen fans, this is a concert you do not want to miss,” says MKAF CEO Marcia Hull. “This band features a multitude of talent to replicate the music of Springsteen and the E Street Band. Their own ‘Mad Max’ is referred to as the master of the drum beat and the heartbeat (he’s a cardiologist by profession) with his amazingly accurate portrayal of Max Weinberg.”


Grab your favorite lawn chair, pack a picnic and wine or purchase dinner prepared fresh onsite. Bottled water and soft drinks are available to purchase at the venue. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for MKAF members. Children 12 and under are FREE. Children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Purchase tickets online at MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org.


Reserved VIP Tables seating up to eight are $225 for MKAF members and $275 for non‑members. To inquire about purchasing VIP tables and seating for up to eight guests, call 850‑650‑2226.


Enter a charity benefit drawing to win fabulous prizes during intermission to support art, music and student education.


Event proceeds help to fund MKAF’s cultural season of events and arts education outreach programs that serve populations of students and families, including children and adults with special needs and “Warrior Arts,” serving the wounded warrior population for our returning combat military and veterans suffering with post‑traumatic stress disorder.

‑ Zandra Wolfgram
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