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2015 Marks 20 Years for Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

This Celebration in Destin, Florida is Full of Cultural Arts and Festive Outdoor Concerts Kicking off with a Frankie Valli Tribute, “December 63”  

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is pleased to announce 2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of our organization, founded on the beliefs of the late Destin Matriarch, Mattie May Kelly.

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is walking down memory lane with the help of memorable music. In partnership with Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation continues a year-long celebration of its 20th anniversary with a rousing special performance by December ’63, a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band.

The concert is set for Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Dugas Pavilion located in the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, located at 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin.

The five-member band is named for Frankie Valli’s 1975 hit “December 1963 (Oh What a Night),” which topped the music charts at No. 3 in the US in 1975. December ’63 celebrates the indomitable spirit of the charismatic ‘60s crooner with the unmistakable falsetto voice with such memorable hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “My Eyes Adored You” and more.

mkaf 63Frankie Valli, who came to fame 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter today than ever, thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical, “Jersey Boys,” which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group. As the play continues to sell-out each year on Broadway, and two touring companies of Jersey Boys travel around the country, the real Frankie Valli is still packing crowds into concert halls from coast to coast. December ’63’s toe-tapping tribute will leave no question why Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Bring a chair, blanket and picnic or purchase dinner prepared onsite from food trucks and local restaurants serving up delicious dinner menu options. Bring your own beverages or purchase water, soft drinks, beer and wine at the event.

“Frankie Valli is an iconic and enduring voice of his generation,” said Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation CEO Marcia Hull. “Presenting this tribute band is a fun and festive way for friends and families to come together to help us celebrate MKAF as an enduring voice for the local arts in our community.”

Presented by Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals and Real Estate, December ’63 will have audiences dancing and singing to the sensational sounds of the ‘60s. Tickets for this benefit concert are $25 for adults or $20 for MKAF members. Children (under 12) are free.

mkaf 20yearsconcertsVoted one of the top ten things to do in Destin, (Northwest Florida) by Florida Travel & Tourism Guide, MKAF’s nine-week outdoor concert series features musical performances in a variety of genres, including Motown, R&B, jazz, blues, classic and modern rock, country, reggae and golden oldies.

In recognition of the 20th anniversary, MKAF will introduce a new, full-day Bluegrass music concert, “Bluegrass at the Beach,” on September 12, 2015, presented by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacations, featuring the award-winning and chart-topping band, Blue Highway. Tickets for Bluegrass at the Beach will be available online beginning May 1, 2015.

Other signature events will include the 20th Annual Concerts in the Village, 7th Annual Labor Day Weekend Concert featuring Heather Hayes “Hot Buttered Soul” concert with a tribute to her late father Isaac Hayes, 20th Annual Festival of the Arts and the 20th Annual Sound of the Season.

For more information on how you can become a member of MKAF, gain benefits as an event sponsor, provide a donation or explore opportunities to get involved on a committee of the Board of Directors, call (850) 650-2226 or visit www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org

**Adapted from The Mattie Kelly Press Release written by Zandra Wolfgram of Wordplay Ink

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