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From headliner Blue Highway to teen sensations Moore Brothers Band and Danielle Yother, Bluegrass at the Beach offers up something for everyone

Special to The Log
The seasoned five-member Blue Highway band, arguably one of the most influential bluegrass bands in the industry, will headline this year's event.

From seasoned Bluegrass veteran bands to contemporary twists on Bluegrass sound to sensational rising stars, the inaugural Bluegrass at the Beach produced by Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) will be a sizzling, family-friendly musical showcase that appeals to all ages.

Presented with support from ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals and Real Estate as part of MKAF’s 20th anniversary celebration, the daylong Bluegrass at the Beach music festival will be presented at the Cultural Arts Village at 4223 Commons Drive in Destin — on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The seasoned five-member Blue Highway band, arguably one of the most influential bluegrass bands in the industry, will headline this year’s event.

“Blue Highway is honored to be invited to headline Destin’s inaugural Bluegrass at the Beach event,” says bass player, vocalist and songwriter Wayne Taylor. “It’ll be a blast, and we look forward to seeing old friends from East Tennessee, as well as meeting lots of new friends from Destin and Northwest Florida on the beach in September.”

The inaugural event will also features performances by The HillBenders, Willie Sugarcapps, Run Boy Run, Moore Brothers Band, Dread Clampitt and Dismal Creek along with a special guest appearance by 16 year-old rising bluegrass star, Danielle Yother.

“We are excited to introduce the first Bluegrass Festival to the Emerald Coast,” said MKAF CEO Marcia Hull. “It is fitting tribute to connect with our roots for our big 20th Anniversary event. Local band Dread Clampitt was among MKAF’s early performances, and now they will be part of our first annual Bluegrass festival and join us in welcoming regional and national bluegrass artists to Destin.”

Presented with support from ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals and Real Estate, the daylong music celebration not only will showcase eight award-winning bluegrass acts, but also will feature fare from local food trucks and some of the area’s most popular restaurants. Wine, beer, water and soda will be available for purchase.

Young bluegrass fans will love Pickin’ & Paintin’ a special interactive area where young creative minds can explore the artistry of music making, painting and more.

Advance tickets for the one-day festival are $45/MKAF members, $55/general admission. Children (under 12) are free. VIP tables are $750 each. They include premium seating for eight and 16 drink tickets. Proceeds of this event benefit MKAF’s cultural arts education programs.

Doors open at 10 a.m. Parking is available on-site as well as at convenient satellite parking areas with free shuttle service. Chairs and blankets are welcome, but coolers and outside food and drink will not be permitted for this special one-day event.

Purchase Bluegrass at the Beach tickets online at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/bluegrassatthebeach.html.

For more information on how you can become a member of MKAF, gain benefits as an event sponsor, provide a donation or explore opportunities to get involved on a committee of the Board of Directors, call (850) 650-2226 or visit www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.