Thursday, Sept. 9, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) kicked off the 2021 Fall Concerts in the Village series with a fan favorite, the Velcro Pygmies! 2021 MKAF Fall Concert Lineup September 9th - Velcro Pygmies September 16th - Ultimate Neil Young/Bob Dylan Tribute September 23rd - Kickstand Jenny September 30th - Chasin’ Jaymie October...

Rock United Rocks!

Rock United, presented by Gulf Power Company, is back for its second year as a virtual event! This singing competition and fundraiser features Okaloosa and Walton counties’ most talented musical artists in head-to-head competition. Money raised during Rock United will benefit United Way Emerald Coast (UWEC), a local volunteer-governed organization...
Moss Entertainment and Cheyne Productions presents Gulf Fest 2021, taking place at Shoreline in Destin (the old Nightown location) on Saturday, July 31st 2021. This all-day music festival will feature over 10 local Emerald Coast artists. This first-time music festival will be setting the tone for Gulf Fest to become...

Meet the Maestro!

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO), housed at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, has a new conductor. After 18 months of meticulous searching, Todd Craven has been named NFSO Music Director and Conductor right in time for the orchestra’s 35th season. Craven hails from Flint, Mich., where he...
By Zandra Wolfgram They say music makes the world go ‘round. If that is true, then Todd Wilkinson is surely the man giving the globe a big ol’ spin. Wilkinson, a realtor and environmental consultant, is entering his third year as chairman of the eight-member concert committee for the Mattie Kelly...
By Whitney Lee Local singer-songwriter, Jessie Ritter officially released her newest single “The Sand And The Sea” on April 9, a song written days before the nationwide quarantine to inspire healing and hope. The uplifting, beach vibe track was written with Grammy-winning writers Robin Rudy and Leslie Ellis. In the...
The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) is presenting its 22nd annual signature Gala. The “Bow Ties and Bling” themed Gala is at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 21, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Emceed by David Seering, guests will enjoy dinner and live entertainment...
Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, will be hosting its annual fundraiser Crescendo! A Cultural and Culinary extravaganza, rescheduled for April 30-May 2, 2021. Festivities began on Thursday, March 25 at 11 a.m., with a Crescendo! Kick Off Lunch at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits located at...
Mattie Kelly Arts Center, May 1, 2021, 2 – 6 p.m. “Savor the Sound,” a family friendly Saturday afternoon event at the Niceville Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) outdoor amphitheater will be held May 1 from 2 – 6 p.m. to benefit the Taylor Haugen Foundation. An annual fundraiser, the...
On Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) kicks-off the 2021 Spring Concerts in the Village series with a collaborative and creative event. Presented by MKAF and performed by Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the non-profit duo brings “The Music of Queen” with Conductor Brent Havens and Vocalist...

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