A doo-wop concert under the stars

Special to The Log
The Drifters

The Drifters, the backbone of the recording industry since their inception in 1953, is known for their soulful mix of doo-wop and rhythm and blues. Over the years, a variety of artists have performed under The Drifters name, racking up 12 Gold Records that have charted in Billboard’s Top 20 and garnered induction to both the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

The Drifters appear in Northwest Florida at 7 p.m. May 28 in an outdoor concert at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville as part of a new USA tour for the group.

Fans both young and old will enjoy classics like “This Magic Moment,” “Up On The Roof,” “Save The Last Dance” and “Under The Boardwalk” at The Drifters concert in the 3,000 capacity amphitheater on the eastern edge of the Niceville campus. The Drifters event is a high energy show full of familiar melodies, heartfelt concord and fun audience participation that the entire family can share.

Although the original Drifters have all found their way to rock ‘n’ roll heaven, the torch has been passed and continues to keep the legacy burning hot. The Drifters have made many notable appearances in recent years, including appearances at both Inaugural Balls for President Bill Clinton and acclaimed performances on “Soul Train” and at the Apollo Theatre.

Tickets are $15 each to the family-friendly concert, which is co-sponsored by the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 850-729-6000 or purchase online exclusively through the non-profit Arts Center’s website at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. Tickets will also be available at the gate the day of the show starting at 6 pm.

Food vendors and beverage sales, including beer, will be available. Seating is available in fixed seats at the amphitheater or guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the concert from the large events lawn. Coolers are permitted.

Free parking is available in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center main parking lot for the amphitheater, which is located directly behind the center’s Mainstage Theater. Don’t miss this crowd-pleasing concert with all the songs and flair of the 1950s and ’60s doo-wop legends.