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September Concerts in The Village Kick Off Labor Day Weekend

August 13, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Due to the popularity of the 18th annual Concerts in The Village, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is adding an Autumn Concerts in the Village series, Sept. 1-26, 2013. The five-week series kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 1 with the Southeast's premier seventies band, LavaLamp, and continues with live music every Thursday evening in September.
 
“We experienced record-breaking attendance during our spring concert series so to satisfy our members and music fans, we are excited to add a five-week autumn concert series that will kick off the Sunday of Labor Day weekend," said MKAF Executive Director Marcia Hull. "We know our fans like to dance so we've selected upbeat genres along with talented and entertaining performers who will give our fans an incredible show and a memorable evening."
The Autumn Concerts in the Village series will feature local and regional touring artists performing genres of music suitable for all ages. Beginning on Sunday, Sept. 1, LavaLamp will present their musical and vocal talents during a fun, energetic performance of some of the most popular songs of the seventies. The four member band dresses the part in polyester, bell-bottoms and leisure suits as they deliver a tight musical performance that celebrates a legendary decade in music history.   

Live music continues every Thursday night in September. On Sept. 5 the Fountain City Players return to present the sounds of Motown, R&B, Pop, Reggae and Jazz after their show was hindered by weather in the spring. On Sept.12, the Modern Eldorados will perform Classic Country hits, and The Return will present a tribute to the Best of the Beatles on Sept.19. The series will conclude on Sept. 26 with local favorite, Dread Clampitt, performing their unique combination of bluegrass, rock and Louisiana Bayou Funk.
 
Held at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, located just west of Home Depot in Destin, Concerts in the Village welcomes all ages. Attendees will enjoy Cultural Arts Village enhancements, including the expanded Village Green, new Dugas Pavilion, permanent restroom facility and convenient parking available next door at Grace Lutheran Church.
The Picnic Supper Club is a benefit to sponsors and available to MKAF members who wish to purchase a season table to host friends, family or clients in a cultural atmosphere.   

Local featured restaurants and catering partners alternate weekly serving fresh, affordable cuisine prepared on-site, and even offer a kid’s menu. Concert fans should bring a lawn chair or blanket, and are welcome to bring a picnic dinner and wine or beverage of choice. Bottled water and soft drinks are available to purchase on-site with proceeds to benefit the MKAF's cultural and education mission. 

Admission is $10 per adult or only a $5 per adult preferred MKAF member rate and free to children under 12. To join MKAF and enjoy valued benefits, including preferred member pricing at special events, visit www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org or call 850-650-2226.


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