First Northwest Fest scheduled for May 12

Special to The Log
The Rips from Destin will play at the new Northwest Fest.

Northwest Florida State College presents the first Northwest Fest at 6 p.m. May 12 under the stars at the college’s 2,500 capacity outdoor amphitheater on the Niceville campus. The concert event features popular locally-based bands Heritage, The Rips and The Okaloosa Sound.

Co-sponsored by 99 Rock and the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, admission to the event is $10 with open seating either in the amphitheater’s fixed seats or on the event’s lawn (bring your own chair or blanket). 99 Rock’s Woofy Ramone will serve as the onstage host. Food vendors as well as beverage and beer sales will be available.

Tickets are available at 729-6000 or online at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. Tickets will also be available at the gate the night of the event for the same price as advance sales, starting at 5 p.m.

The Reggae/Rock/Beach/Surf band Heritage has headlined hundreds of shows and served as support for national acts such as ZZ Top, Rebelution, 311, Ballyhoo and more. The Heritage sound is a mix of soulful roots reggae, rock, so-cal dub and hip hop. The band broke into the pop/reggae scene in 2009 with their debut album, “Natural High” and in 2012 Heritage released its second full-length album, “Out Here...”

Heritage band members include Tony Verrecchia, Hunter Dawson, Matt Moore, Jamah Terry and Billy Kernen, who are based in Okaloosa County and often perform at Club LA in Destin.

The Rips are an emerging three-piece band from Destin, who are a vintage surf rock band. The Rips features Tucker Ewing, lead vocals/bass; Charlie Buice, drums; and Mike Ingram, electric guitar/vocals.

The Rips sound resembles an old vinyl from the ’50s or ’60s, with their vintage guitar tones, smooth melodies and catchy grooves. The group can be heard at clubs and events across the Panhandle and has been featured on the STUDIO AMPED television show on WSRE-(PBS)-TV in Pensacola.

The Okaloosa Sound is an exciting ensemble that features amazing talent from an array of musical disciplines. Whether you like funk, rock, soul, jazz or all of the above, The Okaloosa Sound will make you move! The band was formed last year and has already become a popular staple at venues across Northwest Florida.

The Okaloosa Sound includes Stephanie Soul, vocals; Josh Carter, guitar/bass; Adriel Wilson, drums; John White, keys/bass/vocals; and Joseph Pizzaloto, guitar/bass.