Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning April 12)
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance and Act4Murder will hold a fund raiser beginning with a social/cash bar at 6:15 p.m. April 12 at the Wyndham Garden Inn on Okaloosa Island. Dinner and show, On Stage for Murder, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50/person, and can be purchased at 850-499-8335 or www.okaloosaarts.org.
Sandestin Wine Festival
The 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival will take place April 12-13 at Baytowne Wharf. Unique events include wine dinners with celebrity chefs and wine tastings..
Harbor Docks concerts
Cadillac Willy performs at 6:30 p.m. April 12; Drew Tillman and Boukou Groove April 17; Dread Clampitt April 18; and Continuum April 19 on the Big Deck at Harbor Docks Restaurant, 538 Harbor Blvd. in Destin.
• April 24: Austin Jennings and Hotel Oscar
• April 25: Strung Like a Horse
• April 26: Dismal Creek
American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street in Destin, sells pizza and hotdogs from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 837-3818.
• April 14, 21, 28: Smoke Free Bingo, 6 p.m. Jackpot $250
• April 18, 25: Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
• April 26: Pulled pork sandwiches and Karaoke, 1-8 p.m.
During April, the Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the works of Vonnie Peters, who works in clay and watercolors, in the studio windows facing First Street.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Stayin’ Alive, with music of the 70s, performs a free concert from 7-9 p.m. April 16 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.
• April 23: Emerald Coast Blues Brothers, Blues Bothers Tribute
• April 30: The Last Waltz Ensemble, a Band Tribute
Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair, a beverage and enjoy the music of Jackson Creek at 7 p.m. April 17 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, hosted by Lucky Mud. Open mic is from 6-7 p.m. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill. Food available for purchase.
• 24: Lucky Mud
• May 1: Carly Bak
• May 8: Aerial Melvin & The Boys
Act4Murder, a local professional performance troupe that began on the Emerald Coast in 2003, will perform “Killer in the Kitchen” at 7 p.m. April 18 at Angler’s Beachside Grill on Okaloosa Island. Seating at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50, all inclusive. Call 796-0260 or 862-2885.
• April 25: Murder on the Rebound
Rock Destin/Club LA
Monster Truck performs at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Rock Destin at Club La, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway. All tickets are general admission and age 18 plus. Purchase tickets at rockdestin.com.
• April 27: Rehab
• April 29: Hellyeah
Crossings of Kelly Plantation will host its annual spring open house and party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19 on Filly Lane in Kelly Plantation. Burgers, hotdogs, drinks and raffle prizes from Boshamps, Mimmos and more highlight the event. Call 259-9236, 259-4094 or 867-6710 for information.
ArtWalk on the Harbor
Local and regional artists and vendors display their work at Artwalk on the Harbor, started by DestinBoardwalk.com and AJ’s Seafood, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 and May 18 within the Destin boardwalk from east of Margaritaville to AJ’s. The event is free.
Funky Blues Shack
Manic psych-rockers People’s Blues of Richmond will play April 21 at Funky Blues Shack in Destin. The band is touring in support of their new release, Good Time Suicide.
Seabreeze Jazz Festival
The 16th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival returns April 23-27 at the Pier Park Amphitheater (Aaron Beasant Park) in Panama City Beach. Some of the performers are Michael J Thomas, Jones and Company, Lebron, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns featuring Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, and Richard Elliot. Tickets are $80 per single day, $150 for a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday, and $200 for a Four Day Pass. Tickets are available for purchase at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com or call 800-595-4849. Tickets may also be purchased at Vacuum Center on U.S. 98 across from Regatta Bay for cash only.
Additional events include a Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise and Jazzy Lunch Cruise aboard The Solaris Dinner Yacht departing from the Lighthouse Marina in Panama City Beach, along with All-Star After Party Jam events at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at Pompano Joe’s at Pier Park. For a complete list of all events, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.
A tribute to the two greatest bands in rock and roll history, the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Return and Satisfaction join forces to present Gimme Abbey at 7 p.m. April 24 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Admission is $18 per adult, $15 for MKAF members and children under 12 are free. Visit www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org or call 850-650-2226.
Finest on the Emerald Coast
Visit the winners’ tables and taste and see why their businesses were voted by you to be the “Finest on the Emerald Coast” from 6-9 p.m. April 24 at the Emerald Grande, HarborWalk Village. Event includes food, entertainment, silent auction and recognition of winners, with a fireworks finale. Tickets are $20/advance by April 23 and $25/door. Visit www.finestontheemeraldcoast.com. Proceeds benefit Newspapers in Education.
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Cajun Crawfish Bash
The Rotary Club of Destin will present a “Cajun Crawfish Bash” at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Event proceeds will benefit young families in need through Food For Thought, Harvest House and the Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast. Crawfish cuisine, plus hamburgers, hot dogs and barbeque chicken, will be served and the Season Ammons Band will perform. Destin Rotarians will serve as “Private Peelers” and “Bucket Barmaids” to earn tips and compete for the title of “Top Crawdad.” Tickets are on sale for $25/person, $10/children under 12, and $30/day of event. Call 837-1071 for tickets or purchase from any Destin Rotarian.
Resurrecting van Gogh
Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “Resurrecting van Gogh,” a new solo performance piece based on the life, work and writings of Andy Martin, at 7:30 p.m. May 2 at 216 Quincy Circle in Seaside. Tickets are $15/adults and $8/students. Proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Arts in Medicine Program. Call 231-0733.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
Enjoy a celebration of Latin music, food, dance and more from 5-11 p.m. May 4 at HarborWalk Village. Children’s activities, crafts and a fireworks show over the Destin harbor.
My Secret Garden
Award winning artist Michael Cheney presents an exhibit of his collection of botanical paintings, “My Secret Garden,” through May 17 at Full Circle Gallery, 29 B Eglin Parkway SW in Fort Walton Beach. Call 362-8041.
Apex Broadcasting, comprised of Highway 98 Country, 103.1 The Blaze, 102.1 The Wave, and Q92, along with the City of Niceville, Eglin AFB, and all participating sponsors, will host BlazeFest 2014 on May 24 at Twin Oaks Park in Niceville. General admission is $40/advance and $50/day. For ticket information and line up, visit blazefestrocks.com.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman brings his distinctive Southern Rock & Blues sound to the Green @ Gulf Place May 28. Tickets are available at select local retail stores along 30A including Central Square Records in Seaside or at GulfPlaceEvents.com.
Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach.
Michael J Thomas
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.
Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. Fridays at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.