Stars, seafood shine at festival, HarborWalk Village

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UPDATE: Due to the formation of Tropical Storm Karen in the Gulf of Mexico, the City of Destin has been placed under a hurricane watch. The 35th Annual Destin Seafood Festival has been canceled. Tropical Storm Karen is expected to make landfall in Northwest Florida this weekend. For Seafood Festival updates please see

The musical stars of 35th annual Destin Seafood Festival are set to take the stage at HarborWalk Village.

With acts running all along the harbor from Friday night to Sunday night, The Modern Eldorados take the HarborWalk Village stage at 4 p.m. Saturday. Their live show is more than just a concert. It is a musical experience dripping with history and full of excitement. With all the conviction of an old time gospel preacher, founder Tyron "Gretsch" Lyles delivers his unique brand of witty southern humor. When The Modern Eldorados take the stage, class is in session for a wildly entertaining lesson in authentic American honky tonk. The band is currently in studio recording their new full length album, which will be supported by a U.S. and European tour.

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Later that evening at 10 p.m., The Andy Velo Band will thrill the crowd. Through close observation of those he admired, Andy learned about energy, expression, evaluation of abilities, and the excitement of creating your own path. Coming of age enabled him to begin the journey in earnest. Headlining at local fairs and festivals; working the road on college town tours with rising stars like Corey Smith and Brantley Gilbert; and starting out playing world renown venues such as the Blue Bird Café in Nashville, Andy’s electrifying performances created a loyal and discerning fan base, which has grown to encompass all ages. His reputation as a “high energy, in-your-face, take-you-away showman” has continued to draw large, interactive crowds of country music lovers who relate to his songs.

The closer for the fest is the namesake son of a musical legend. Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses will share their Big Band sound with a dose of rockin' swing on Sunday at 5 p.m. at HarborWalk Village. Prima carries on the legacy of his father Louis Prima, the original "King of Swing" with a high-energy show that thrills audiences every time.