Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning Aug. 17)
Area codes are 850 unless noted.
Rock the Docks LIVE
DESTIN - Rock the Docks LIVE with a free public concert at 7 p.m. Saturdays at HarborWalk Village. Audience members can join house band Déjà Vu and sing with full lights and sound show.
Funky Blues Shack
DESTIN – Entertainment scheduled in August at Funky Blues Shack, 707 Harbor Blvd., includes Funky Saturdays with New Earth Army Aug. 17, Forrest Williams Aug. 24 and CatFish Alliance Aug. 31; Shooter Sundays with Slim Fatz; Captain Mondays with Robby Walton; and Tequila Tuesdays with Mellow Possum Band. Other performers include Whiskey Wednesdays with Continuum Aug. 28 and Flow Tribe Aug. 21; Ketel Thursdays with Open Mic Night on Aug. 22 and Heritage on Aug. 29; and Funky Fridays with Quickening Aug. 23.
DESTIN – Every Tuesday during the summer from 6-10 p.m. HarborWalk Village transforms into "The Big Easy" with floats, beads, the Village Brass Band, stilt walkers, jugglers and lots of excitement during the parade through the Village.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
SANDESTIN – The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Delta Reign from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.
• Aug. 28: Mama’ Blue Dress
• Sept. 4: Dread Clampitt
• Sept. 11: Christabel & The Jons
• Sept.18: TBA
• Sept. 25: Big Al & the Heavyweights
Red, White and Blue Celebration
DESTIN – The Red, White, and Blue Celebration honoring a local hero who goes above and beyond to better their community will be held from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday at HarborWalk Village. Enjoy live entertainment, free kid’s crafts and face painting, a WWII replica flyover and fireworks over the harbor. Call 424-0600.
FORT WALTON BEACH - The Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE, presents the works of Larry Griffin, artist in oils, in the studio windows facing First Street for easy viewing during August.
Michael J Thomas
DESTIN - Michael J Thomas performs a blend of smooth jazz saxophone music and R&B vocals Tuesday through Saturday "upon availability" at Ruth's Chris Steak House, 15000 Emerald Coast Parkway. Call 337-5108.
DESTIN - American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street, will host the following events. Pizza and hotdogs are sold from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-through Friday. Call 837-3818.
• Aug. 17: Party on the patio, 3-5 p.m.
• Aug. 18, 25: Practice karaoke, 2-6 p.m.
• Aug. 23, 30: Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
• Aug. 24: Ray’s famous fish fry with all the fixin’s, 2-5 p.m. Cost is $8.
• Aug. 31: Membership Appreciation Party, 5 p.m. Food and camaraderie, free.
DESTIN - HendersonBeach State Parkhosts the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge staff and animal ambassadors from 11:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 15, weather permitting. Bring a camera for photo opportunities. Program included in the park admission fee. Call 837-7550.
FORT WALTON BEACH – The merchants of Downtown Fort Walton Beach will host an Art Walk from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 16 on U.S. 98. Local artists set up in front of every store with most stores offering discounts and refreshments. There is something for everyone from an array of local art to food and live entertainment.
Fluid Surf Shop sponsors an outdoor surf movie after sunset on the corner of U.S. 98 and Ferry Road that features both vintage and new surfer movies, all family friendly and free to the public. Bring a chair or blanket.
DESTIN -The 28th Annual Charity Auction begins with a silent auction from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 24 on The Big Deck at Harbor Docks Restaurant, 538 Harbor Blvd. Live auction follows, with auctioneer/host Ted Corcoran. A $15 donation will be accepted at the door and a buffet dinner and cash bar will be provided. Local musician Chris Alvarado will play during the silent auction and Destin favorite Cadillac Willy will perform after the live auction. All proceeds fund the 19th Annual Take a Kid Fishing Day Nov. 4. Call 837-2506.
OKALOOSA ISLAND - A concert featuring the Moos Bros. and Red 423 will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center for ages 21 and up. Proceeds will be used to support safety procedures and training in local schools. Tickets are $30; VIP tables, $100. For tickets, call 651-4006.
Burger Battle, Part Deux
DESTIN – Two heavyweights throw down a rematch to see who has the best burgers Aug. 28 at Chan’s Wine World as Tucker Duke’s battles Wine Bar. Beer tasting is $5 and two 4-ounce burgers are $10.
DESTIN – Witness the metal madness when Wretched performs Aug. 29 at Club LA, next to Hurricane Lanes on the corner of U.S. 98 and Matthew Boulevard.
Autumn Concert Series
DESTIN – The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Autumn Concert Series will be held at 7 p.m. at the newly-opened Dugas Pavilion and expanded Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village on Commons Drive. Bring a lawn chair, wine and picnic or purchase dinner on-site. Water and Coke products available for purchase. Admission is $10/adults, $5/MKAF Preferred Member, and children under 12 free. Call 650-2226.
• Sept. 1: Lava Lamp, hits from the ‘70s
• Sept. 5: The Fountain City Players, Motown, R&B, Pop, Reggae, Jazz
• Sept. 12: The Modern Eldorados, Classic Country
• Sept. 19: The Return, A Tribute to the Beatles
• Sept. 26: Dread Clampitt, bluegrass & Rock n’ Roll to Louisiana Bayou Funk
NICEVILLE - The Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division presents a classical guitar recital featuring Dr. Kevin Manderville of Montgomery, Ala., at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Manderville has appeared in major cities and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Donations are accepted at the door to support the NWF State College music programs. Call 729-5382.
ADSO Instructors’ Show
FORT WALTON BEACH– The Arts and Design Society's "ADSO Instructors' Show" showcasing the work of ADSO instructors runs through Sept. 6.
Call to artists/photographers
FORT WALTOLN BEACH - The Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street SE, is calling all photographers to participate in its upcoming competition, "The 14th Annual Photography and Digital Arts Show." Turn in work Sept. 7 or 9. Copy of the entry form with details is available at http://artsdesignsociety.org/. Call 244-1271.
Dine for the Pines
SEASIDE - The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center hosts a fundraiser for area student programs and the preservation of Longleaf pine trees from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 8 at Bud & Alley’s. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the Center. The event will include a silent auction and a short presentation with animals by the Center’s President, Christy Scally and The Center’s Director, Paul Arthur. Admission is $20/person online at www.dineforthepines.eventbrite.com or $25 at the door and includes hors d’oeuvres, a taco bar and a cash bar. For information, visit www.eowilsoncenter.org, or call 835-1824.
NICEVILLE - The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presents a special fund raiser at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 with guest pianist Alon Goldstein, who recently made his debut as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed in Israel, Bucharest and Paris as well as in the United States. Tickets available at the Arts Center Box Office for $25 each. For a contribution of $100, patrons may receive two recital tickets as well as an invitation to a wine reception from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 10 to meet the artist. All proceeds from the two events go to support the NFSO to ensure that the symphony continues its performances. Call 729-6000.
Backyard Boogie for the Arts
MIRAMAR BEACH – Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and the Forrest Williams Band present “Backyard Boogie for the Arts” at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Williams Backyard Boogie, 1921 Chat Holly Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Arts in Medicine program.
Tickets are $30/advance and $35/door and are on sale at the Sacred Heart Gift Shop. The public is encouraged to bring chairs, beverages and food; additional food will be available for purchase. Door prizes will be awarded at the event. Call 278-3081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists for Oktoberfest
BLUEWATER BAY - The 19th annual Oktoberfest and Arts & Crafts Festival at Winn Dixie Plaza needs artists and craftsmen interested in selling their work. The festival, sponsored by the Mid-Bay Rotary Club, will be held from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 27 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 28. Cost for the 2-day event is $75. If interested, call Bert at 897-3190 to obtain an application.
DESTIN - The Fourth Annual Destin Beer Festival will take place from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 28 outside Chan's Wine World in the Paradise Key shopping center. There will be more than 300 beers to sample, culinary stations, VIP Tent and live entertainment. Proceeds will benefit Children in Crisis. Tickets can be purchased at destinbeerfestival.com or at any Wine World location. Call 864-4242.
Big Daddy Weave
DESTIN - Big Daddy Weave with Chris August and Unspoken will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Tickets are $15 and $22 on the day of the concert. Purchase tickets in the church office Monday-Thursday, call 837-8107, visit www.villagebaptist.org or the LifeWay Bookstore in Destin, or iTickets.com.
Sesame Street Live
PANAMA CITY – Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Murray and all the Sesame Street friends as they bring the magic of music to life at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Ave. Kids’ matinee at 10:30 a.m. with $10 tickets. Tickets are $15 and $22 at 763-4696 and www.ticketmaster.com. For information, visit www.sesamestreetlive.com.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
EMERALD COAST – The eighth year of programming for Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents the orchestra and world-renowned guest artists. Season tickets which feature premier seating, including gala table seating, for all five concerts are on sale for $265 each. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 850-269-7129.
• Oct. 24: Musical Identities features guzheng player Su Chang in an orchestral concerto and also the orchestral showpiece, “Scheherazade,” by Rimsky-Korsakov.
• Dec. 20: The Orchestral Holiday concert at Destiny Worship Center features holiday favorites and dancers from the Northwest Florida Ballet.
• Jan. 24: The Bernstein Beat concerts are hosted by Jamie Bernstein, daughter of conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, and include a morning youth performance and an evening concertwhich includes Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.”
• Feb. 14, 15: Classical Connections at Rosemary Beach Town Hall features string quintet SYBARITE5.
• March 29: Sinfonia Gala features Patti LuPone in her Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda concert at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Cash bar available.