Fountain City Players took the stage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Thursday, Sept. 5. The concerts series continues throughout the month.
ON THE HORIZON
With classic country ranking among the top three popular genres, MKAF secured the Modern Eldorados for the Sept. 12 performance. Formed in 1996 by singer/songwriter Gretsch Lyles, the band is heavily influenced by country greats, including Marty Robbins, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. The Modern Eldorados have a sound that taps deep into the roots of traditional country, western swing and rockabilly.
Tributes to the most recognized and respected bands of the past several decades also ranked high and MKAF is honoring the greatest, most influential band of the last century, The Beatles, on Sept. 19. Known as The Return, this four member band has perfected the Beatles experience. From the tiniest detail, such as John Lennon's on-stage gum chewing to using exact replicas of the Beatles' instruments, The Return captures the sound and the very essence of The Beatles themselves. Delivering a truly authentic and entertaining show, The Return has performed for audiences worldwide, including headlining Japan's 40th anniversary celebration of The Beatles visit to Tokyo.
The finale concert of the season will feature local favorite, Dread Clampitt, on Sept. 26. The talented group of four musicians, Balder Saunders, Kyle Ogle, Kenny Oliverio and John Reinlie, have become a staple at the Red Bar and MKAF is delighted to host them for their inaugural performance on the Dugas Pavilion. After playing one of their first performances at the MKAF concert series over a decade ago, Dread Clampitt has become a legend in its own right. Dread Clampitt's sonic gumbo of influences, ranging from bluegrass, rock & roll, blues, jazz and Louisiana Bayou funk, easily lures audiences to their feet for a toe tapping good time.
THE SOUNDTRACK AND FOOD
Similar to the summer series, concert-goers are encouraged to bring their favorite lawn chair and a picnic or purchase dinner prepared fresh on-site. Chef Gary Serafin of Emerald Coast Catering will join Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q and Carrabba's Italian Grill in the weekly rotation, serving his signature homemade paella. Bottled water and soft drinks are available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the MKAF's cultural and education mission.
Admission to Autumn Concerts in the Village is $10 per adult and children under 12 are free. MKAF members receive a preferred member price of $5/adult as well as the option to upgrade to the picnic supper club, which includes a table and four to six chairs. Attendees may park at the Grace Lutheran Church while the grass seed is under restoration for the on-site parking lot. For more information, visit www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org or call 850-650-2226.