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2023 Concerts in the Village Features Live Music Every Thursday

MKAF Concerts in the Village

The wildly popular, family-friendly, concert series runs through June 22. Held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Cultural Arts Village in Destin, FL, the 10-concert live music series will feature premier regional and national musicians and bands performing everything from classic rock, reggae, and disco to modern pop. Plan to bring a beach chair, towel or picnic blanket and relax on the lush lawn while being entertained by talented musicians presenting lively musical performances. Bring your own picnic dinner and beverages of your choice, or purchase food and drink on-site prepared by featured restaurants and food trucks.

The 2023 Concerts in the Village line-up, includes: 

April 20 - Season kick-off--Post Modern Jukebox. One part celebration of vintage music and culture, one part Saturday Night Live for singers, a Postmodern Jukebox show is an unforgettable trip back in time sure to make Pop Music History in Destin. This isn’t just a concert; this is a must-not-miss music experience. Tickets are $35 adults/$30 active-duty military.

April 27 – Contemporary sounds performed by Roman Street Party Band. Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, Roman Street delivers a lyrical amalgamation of acoustic guitar, classical, gypsy, contemporary jazz, Latin, and nuevo flamenco sounds. Tickets are $20 adults/$15 active-duty military.

May 5 - Dancing to Ozomatli. A cacophony of sounds melding salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, and hip-hop is Ozomatli. This social-minded ensemble rock band was formed in Los Angeles in 1995 to give voice to Latinos, fight for workers' rights, and promote global unity. After performing around the world, this Latin-pop infusion is coming to rock Destin. Tickets are $25 adults/$20 active-duty military.

May 11 – Jamming with Lucky Chops – New Day, New Tour. Lucky Chops has been unleashing high-energy brassy funk on the world since forming in NYC in 2006.  The intensity of the band’s energy is fueled by their desire to share the healing and inspirational power of music with others. It’s your lucky day to see Lucky Chops live in concert. Tickets are $25 adults/$20 active-duty military.

May 18 - Chilling with Yacht Rock Revue: Reverse Sunset Tour. This top-notch group of musicians, presented by SiriusXM, trademarked the term “yacht rock,” both metaphorically and literally (U.S. Registration Number 3834195). From humble beginnings in a basement, they’ve rocked onstage with John Oates, Eddie Money and now headline sold-out shows across the country. Come chill to the smooth sounds of West coast-inspired ‘70s and ‘80s rock. Tickets are $35 adults/$30 active-duty military.

May 25 – Celebrating the birthplace of soul, Memphis, TN with Sinfonia Gulf Coast! Enjoy our local symphony orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, as they team up with Morgan James for Symphonic Soul with special guest Ryan Shaw. Morgan James brings the classic sounds of Memphis accompanied by Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s skilled musicians. This program is a love letter to one of the great American birthplaces of soul, featuring brand-new arrangements of Memphis classics by Al Green, Otis Redding, Ann Peebles, Sam and Dave, and, of course, Elvis. James rounds out the evening with her own Memphis soul originals and storytelling. Hear your favorite soul tunes in a brand-new way that will have you dancing and singing along! Tickets are $35 adults/$30 active-duty military.

June 1 – Grooving with Gotta Groove Band.  With a fresh spin on popular cover tunes from the ‘60s to today, this group of top-shelf musicians feature their own arrangements and mix many popular tunes together to create a fun flow of entertaining energy. Hailing from Land O Lakes, Florida, this band throws down. Tickets are $20 for adults/$15 for active-duty military.

June 8 Adam Ezra Group performs. Fusing folk intimacy and rock energy with soul power and pop charm, the band first emerged from Boston in the early 2000s and quickly garnered widespread acclaim for their bold, insightful songwriting and interactive, euphoric performances. Tickets are $20 adults/$15 active-duty military.

June 15 - Jamming with Journeyman: A Tribute to Eric Clapton. At just 17, Shaun Hague was named “Best Young Blues Guitarist” by The House of Blues. By 21, he was sharing the stage with the likes of blues phenoms such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Amos Lee, John Waite, Terra Naomi and John Fogerty. In honor of his biggest musical influence (Eric Clapton), he and his three-member band have been making waves with their powerful live music performance. Tickets are $25 adults/$20 active-duty military.

June 22 – Swinging with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. With appearances from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues its decades-long mission to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music — America’s original musical art form — and bring joy to audiences around the world. Get ready for a jumpin’, jivin’, wailin’ good time. Tickets are $35 adults/$30 active-duty military. 

Gates open at 6 p.m. with concerts beginning at 7 p.m. for these come-as-you-are family-friendly outdoor concerts. General admission varies per concert. Prices range from $20 to $35 for adults. Discounts are offered for active-duty military (must show ID). New this year, patrons purchasing tickets in advance of concert day will save $5 per ticket. Children (12 and under) are free. Proceeds benefit MKAF’s community outreach mission to provide cultural outreach programs serving K-12 students, adults and children with special needs, at-risk youth, and active/veteran military suffering from visible and invisible injuries in our community. Purchase tickets online at MKAF.org/events. For more information, call (850) 650-2226.

 Haven't booked your late spring or summer beach getaway yet? View our collection of South Walton and Destin vacation rentals online or call one of our friendly vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652. Remember to always book direct with Newman-Dailey for our best rate guarantee. 

See you at the beach for relaxation and live music!


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