Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Kicks Off Concerts in the Village May 8

May 2, 2014 by SoWal Staff

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will kick off their 19th Annual Concerts in the Village May 8 at 7pm. The 8-week series will feature local and regional bands performing live from the Dugas Pavilion at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin Thursdays at 7pm, May 8-Jun 26.

“It is exciting to keep the tradition going,” said Marcia Hull, CEO of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. “MKAF was one of the first in Destin to present live outdoor concerts. Each year, we strive to feature a mix of musical styles as well as local and regional bands to share their talent and entertain audiences of every age.”

The 2014 concert line-up features local and regional bands performing a variety of genres, ranging from pop to classic rock to jazz and blues and everything in between.  

“We know our fans want to dance so we’ve created a schedule that includes music that will get audiences on their feet,” said Hull.

Concerts in the Village Lineup:

May 8 | The Molly Ringwalds (80’s Experience Band)
May 15 | The Downbeat Classic Brass (A Rock ‘n Roll Horn Band Review)
May 22 | The Mike Veal Band (Stump the Band from over 200 artists)
May 19 | Ike Barkley (soul, blues & jazz, funky dance music)
Jun 5 | Lisa & The E-Lusion (Motown, Rock & Roll, 80’s Dance Music)
Jun 12 | LavaLamp ( The best of the 70’s disco, soul & funk)
Jun 19 | Alter Eagles (A Tribute to the Eagles)
Jun 26 | Twelve Against Nature (Nashville’s Steely Dan Experience).

Concerts in the Village will be held at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, a 52-acre parcel off Commons Drive and just north of Henderson Beach State Park in Destin. Families will enjoy the relaxed outdoor setting and children can play on the Tringas Playground. The Picnic Supper Club, a popular concert tradition, is available for MKAF sponsors. Members may purchase a season table to host friends, family members, or clients. Local restaurants alternate weekly and serve fresh, affordable cuisine prepared on-site with kids menus available.

Concert fans are welcome to bring their own picnic and wine or beverage of choice. Water, soft drinks, beer, and wine by the bottle are available for purchase onsite with proceeds benefitting Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. Concert fans can enter a weekly raffle drawing, including a grand raffle drawing at the concert finale on June 26.

Admission is $10 per person. Children under 12 and MKAF members are free. For sponsorship and volunteer opportunities or more information, visit or call 850-650-2226.


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