Northwest Florida State College presents Northwest Fest from 6-9 p.m. April 20 in the outdoor amphitheater on the Niceville campus. The live concert features popular locally-based bands Heritage, The Moon Lagoons and The Graytones performing under the stars.
Admission is $10 with open seating either in the amphitheater's fixed seats or on the events lawn (bring your own chair or blanket). Food and beverage vendors and beer sales will be available. Tickets are available at the gate starting at 5 p.m. or in advance from the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 850-729-6000 or www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. The NWFSC amphitheater is on the far eastern edge of the Niceville campus, adjacent to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s main parking lot and the college's circular Marie Snow Greene Visual Arts building.
Heritage is a reggae/rock/beach/surf rock band. Rising from the back yards of Okaloosa County, Heritage delivers an energetic and positive show that will move all ages and genres. The band broke into the pop/reggae scene in 2009 with their debut album, "Natural High." The album earned regional success and allowed the band to spread their positive message to listeners across the southeastern United States. The group has headlined hundreds of shows and served as support for national acts such as ZZ Top, Rebelution, 311, Ballyhoo, and more. 2013 has been an even more eventful year including a multi-show stint on the Van's Warped Tour spanning from West Palm Beach to Milwaukee, an appearance on the Fall Brewhaha 2013 Tour (With Passafire), and multiple performances with Dirty Heads. Heritage sounds like a mixture of soulful roots reggae, rock, So-Cal dub and hip hop.
The Moon Lagoons are a roots rock/soul band formed in Destin in 2016. The five-piece band includes Lawrence Brumit (lead vocals/acoustic guitar), Mike Ingram (electric guitar, lap steel, backup vocals), Alston Weeks (drums and backup vocals), Michael Paoletti (bass) and Metz Barnes (keys and backup vocals). The group's sound has been described as an upbeat, soul healing journey to happiness filled with beautiful harmonies. Nothing but good vibes and good times and a night full of dancing when they grace the stage. The Lagoons dreams are to captivate the people with music that brings a smile to each and everyone's faces.
The Graytones are a new four-piece Gulf Coast funky jam band from Grayton Beach.