It’s that time of year again to cue up the band (15 bands, to be exact) for the 24th annual Concerts in the Village, as presented by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, at the Dugas Pavilion and Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida.
The 2019 concert season, scheduled each Thursday from April 25 through June 27 and Sept. 12 through Oct. 10, is a harmonious tradition for the foundation’s mission statement of supporting arts and culture in the Destin community by holding arts outreach, music concerts and art festivals since its establishment in 1995. The concert village serves as a central location along the incredible Emerald Coast to celebrate the cultural arts.
2019 Concerts in the Village Schedule
April 25: Shania Twain Tribute
Featuring Donna Huber, one of the most successful internationally touring tribute acts.
May 2: Fly-by Radio
Playing everything from Motown to pop hits in a high-energy show.
May 9: Velcro Pygmies
Rock ’n roll.
May 16: Az-IzZ
Dance and show band specializing in Motown, jazz, R&B, pop, rock, hip-hop and oldies.
May 23: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute
A tribute band playing all the hits through the decades by this legendary band.
May 30: Blackberry Breeze
June 6: Triggerproof
A band that takes aim at a blend of pop, rock and hip-hop covers.
June 13: Back to Avalon
A Heart tribute band straight of out of Nashville, Tenn.
June 20: Monsters of Yacht
A Yacht Rock tribute band that covers classic rock hits by artists like Steely Dan, Toto, Hall & Oates, the Doobie Brothers and more.
June 27: The Maxx “We Were Funky”
A group centered on a mix of classic oldies and today’s hits that will have you moving your feet.
Sept. 12: Rust & Gold
A Neil Young and Crazy Horse tribute band.
Sept. 19: Casey Kearney
This solo artist performs a refreshing play on country music with ballads and crowd favorites.
Sept. 26: Emerald Coast Blues Brothers
A guaranteed fun performance, complete with an arrival in the movie’s authentic Bluesmobile.
Oct. 3: Déjà vu
A band known for its wide range of music – from classic rock to today’s hits.
Oct. 10: Forrest Williams Band
Local favorites that cover a variety of music on acoustic guitar and harmonica.
Doors open each Thursday at 6 p.m., with concerts running from 7-9 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. No pets are allowed inside the village. For more info, visit www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.
Condos Near Concerts in the Village
If you plan to stay on the Emerald Coast for a while, check into these nearby Condo-World resorts located in the Destin area:
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