Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning April 19)

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Harbor Docks concerts

Continuum performs at 6:30 p.m. April 19; Austin Jennings and Hotel Oscar on April 24; Strung Like a Horse on April 25; and Dismal Creek on April 26 on the Big Deck at Harbor Docks Restaurant, 538 Harbor Blvd. in Destin.

Spring Fling

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.

Flutes Furioso

The ensemble presents its 20th Anniversary Concert at 2 p.m. April 19 at the Tyler Recital Hall in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the NWFSC Niceville campus. The concert is free of charge and open to the public. 

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.

Book signing/reading

Author Michael Cunningham will present a public reading of his work and a book signing at 7 p.m. April 21 in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited.

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.

American Legion

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 21, 28: Smoke Free Bingo, 6 p.m. Jackpot $250  

• April 25: Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30-11:30 p.m.

• April 26: Pulled pork sandwiches and Karaoke, 1-8 p.m.

Window display

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

Emerald Coast Blues Brothers, Blues Bothers Tribute, perform a free concert from 7-9 p.m. April 23 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.

• April 30: The Last Waltz Ensemble, a Band Tribute

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.

Gimme Abbey

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.

Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair, a beverage and enjoy the music of Lucky Mud at 7 p.m. April 24 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. 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.

• May 1: Carly Bak

• May 8: Aerial Melvin & The Boys

Dinner theater

Act4Murder, a local professional performance troupe that began on the Emerald Coast in 2003, will perform “Murder on the Rebound” at 7 p.m. April 25 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.

Honors Recital

The Fine & Performing Arts Division at NWFSC will hold its annual Spring Honors Recital at 3 p.m. April 25 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the music wing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus to showcase the most successful student performances of the semester. Participants are voted on by Fine Arts faculty. The event is free.

Dance Facets

The Northwest Florida State College dance students and faculty showcase their talents in jazz, ballet, modern and classical dance during Dance Facets at &:30 p.m. April 25 and 26 in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and program support through the Frances Smith Herron Dance Studio Endowment. Tickets are on sale for $20/adults and $15/youth at 729-6000 or www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.

Musical Echoes

The Native American Flute Festival will be held April 25-27 at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. Interact with the artists and craftsmen as they demonstrate their art and sell their wares, and listen as they perform to share their timeless music. Call 243-9807 or visit http://www.MusicalEchoes.org.

Rock Destin/Club LA

Rehab performs at 7:30 p.m. April 27 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 29: Hellyeah

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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.

BlazeFest 2014

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.

Gregg Allman

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.

Spamalot

The Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division presents Monty Python's Spamalot with performances at 7:30 p.m. July 16, 17, 18 and 19. Tickets go on sale May 1 at 729-6000 or at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org and are $25/adults and $20/youth ages 18 and younger.  

Chronic Jester

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.

Ashley Rose

Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. Fridays at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.

Harbor Docks concerts

Continuum performs at 6:30 p.m. April 19; Austin Jennings and Hotel Oscar on April 24; Strung Like a Horse on April 25; and Dismal Creek on April 26 on the Big Deck at Harbor Docks Restaurant, 538 Harbor Blvd. in Destin.

Spring Fling

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.

Flutes Furioso

The ensemble presents its 20th Anniversary Concert at 2 p.m. April 19 at the Tyler Recital Hall in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the NWFSC Niceville campus. The concert is free of charge and open to the public. 

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.

Book signing/reading

Author Michael Cunningham will present a public reading of his work and a book signing at 7 p.m. April 21 in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited.

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.

American Legion

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 21, 28: Smoke Free Bingo, 6 p.m. Jackpot $250  

• April 25: Karaoke with Brandy, 7:30-11:30 p.m.

• April 26: Pulled pork sandwiches and Karaoke, 1-8 p.m.

Window display

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

Emerald Coast Blues Brothers, Blues Bothers Tribute, perform a free concert from 7-9 p.m. April 23 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.

• April 30: The Last Waltz Ensemble, a Band Tribute

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.

Gimme Abbey

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.

AmericanaUnder The Stars: Bring a chair, a beverage and enjoy the music of Lucky Mud at 7 p.m. April 24 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. 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.

• May 1: Carly Bak

• May 8: Aerial Melvin & The Boys

Dinner theater

Act4Murder, a local professional performance troupe that began on the Emerald Coast in 2003, will perform “Murder on the Rebound” at 7 p.m. April 25 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.

Honors Recital

The Fine & Performing Arts Division at NWFSC will hold its annual Spring Honors Recital at 3 p.m. April 25 in the Tyler Recital Hall of the music wing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus to showcase the most successful student performances of the semester. Participants are voted on by Fine Arts faculty. The event is free.

Dance Facets

The Northwest Florida State College dance students and faculty showcase their talents in jazz, ballet, modern and classical dance during Dance Facets at &:30 p.m. April 25 and 26 in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and program support through the Frances Smith Herron Dance Studio Endowment. Tickets are on sale for $20/adults and $15/youth at 729-6000 or www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.

Musical Echoes

The Native American Flute Festival will be held April 25-27 at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. Interact with the artists and craftsmen as they demonstrate their art and sell their wares, and listen as they perform to share their timeless music. Call 243-9807 or visit http://www.MusicalEchoes.org.

Rock Destin/Club LA

Rehab performs at 7:30 p.m. April 27 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 29: Hellyeah

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.

BlazeFest 2014

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.

Gregg Allman

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.

Spamalot

The Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division presents Monty Python's Spamalot with performances at 7:30 p.m. July 16, 17, 18 and 19. Tickets go on sale May 1 at 729-6000 or at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org and are $25/adults and $20/youth ages 18 and younger.  

Chronic Jester

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.

Ashley Rose

Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. Fridays at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.