Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Concerts Continue Through July 3

June 11, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) Concerts in the Village (formerly Concerts in the Park) is in full swing and attendance is up for the weekly concerts, which are held at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village each Thursday evening. With several weeks remaining, Concerts in the Village continues every Thursday at 7 p.m. through June and concludes with an "American Patriotic Tribute" concert finale on July 3.

"With an 18 year history, the live outdoor concerts have always been popular. However, since opening the new Dugas Pavilion and expanded Village Green, our attendance each Thursday has continued to grow," said Marcia Hull, MKAF executive director. "We've enjoyed seeing our loyal fans as well as many new faces each week. The live music, dancing and friendly crowd of all ages makes it a celebration of music and culture like no other along the coast."

The newly-enhanced concert venue at the Cultural Arts Village rests on 6.76 acres of green space, and is complemented by a new permanent stage, expanded Village Green, restroom facility and 168 on-site grass parking spaces. The landmark for the Cultural Arts Village is a commanding 22-foot metal sculpture designed by Frank Ledbetter.

Concerts in the Village continues with a mix of local musicians as well as regional touring artists, featuring diverse genres of music suitable for all ages. This week, June 13, The Craig Woolard Band will bring Carolina Beach Music to Destin's shores. All the “shaggers” and beach music aficionados will delight in the band's award-winning vocals and talented horn section that make it easy to dance the night away. On June 20, the popular local band Heritage will bring good vibes to the Cultural Arts Village with their Hawaiian, pop and reggae style music. On June 27, a tribute to the Eagles by the Alter Eagles will feature Eagles classics, including Desperado, Hotel California, and Witchy Woman, among many others. The Alter Eagles master the intricate instrumental arrangements and unmistakable guitar riffs that make the Eagles’ music as powerful today as they have been for decades.

Enhancing the Emerald Coast's independence day celebrations, Concerts in the Village will feature "Let Freedom Ring" by David Seering, on Wednesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. Celebrating the nation's independence and honoring the active and retired men and women of the military, the special patriotic tribute will feature the spirit of Americana music from a variety of composers and musicians.

Local restaurants, Carrabba's Italian Grill and Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q, alternate weekly serving fresh, affordable cuisine prepared on-site. Concert fans are welcome to bring their own picnic 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 $15 per couple, and children under 12 and MKAF members are free. 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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