Concerts in the Village Kicks Off May 2

April 16, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Celebrating 18 seasons, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF)  is proud to announce the 18th Annual Concerts in the Village kick off on May 2 with the Fountain City Players. The ten-week series will take place every Thursday evening through June 27 at 7:00 p.m., followed by a concert finale on Wednesday, July 3 for an American Patriotic Tribute.

Voted as one of the top ten 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 and enjoy use of a new permanent stage, the Dugas Pavilion. The new venue features an expanded Village Green, a new 18-20 unit 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 be the May 2 concert featuring the Fountain City Players, a six member 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 artists, performing music of many genres.

Concert Schedule:

  • May 2 | Fountain City Players - Motown, R&B, Pop, Reggae & Jazz
  • May 9 | Michael Stacey Band - Modern Country
  • May 16 | Ron Adams "Reflections" - Historical journey of American music
  • May 23 | China Grove - Doobie Brothers Tribute Band
  • May 30 | Déjà Vu - Classic/Modern Rock, 70's to 90's Dance Music
  • June 6 | The Mike Veal Band - Stump the Band from over 200 top artists
  • June 13 | The Craig Woolard Band - Carolina Beach Music
  • June 20 | Heritage - Hawaiian, Pop & Reggae
  • June 27 | Alter Eagles - Eagles Tribute Band
  • July 3 | David Seering performs "An American Patriotic Tribute"

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 to MKAF members on a first come, first serve 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, and will offer a kid’s menu. 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 per adult and children under 12 and MKAF members are free.  For sponsorship and volunteer opportunities or more information, visit or call 850-650-2226.

About Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, a 501-c-3 not-for-profit charitable arts organization, was founded in 1995 on the cultural, educational and spiritual beliefs of the late Destin Matriarch, Mattie Kelly.  The Foundation’s mission is to be the leading art advocate supporting cultural arts and student educational outreach serving Okaloosa and Walton counties in Northwest Florida.


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