Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation announces a change to the summer series concert line up. On June 29, instead of The Joe Band as previously announced, Walter “Wolfman” Washington will take the Dugas Pavilion Stage in the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin at 7 p.m. as the final performance of the 2017 summer series.
Washington has been a mainstay on the New Orleans music scene. He cut his teeth backing up some of the best singers and performers in New Orleans history before putting together his long time band The Roadmasters, who have been burning up local and national stages since their first gigs in the 1980s.
His guitar style combines both rhythm and blues, New Orleans funk, and modern jazz into a way of playing that is uniquely his. His singing is emotional and heartfelt. His guitar work is intricate, intimate, and full. There is a little Bobby Blue Bland, a little Kenny Burrell, a George Benson, a little church, and a lot of New Orleans charm and experience in a Walter "Wolfman" Washington performance. In this day and age of musicians imitating the past or trying to recreate it, The "Wolfman" stands out as a musician steeped in the history but completely contemporary.
Purchase tickets at the gate, which opens at 6 p.m.; the concert starts at 7 p.m. for this come-as-you-are family-friendly outdoor concert series. Proceeds benefit MKAF’s community outreach programs. Live drawings will be held for nearly a dozen exciting prize packages during intermission.
Bring a lawn chair, picnic and wine or purchase soft drinks and dinner prepared by a featured restaurant or food trucks on site. General admission tickets are $15. MKAF members and children (12 and under) are free. All proceeds benefit MKAF and its education outreach programs.