Voted one of the top ten things to do in Northwest Florida by Florida Travel & Tourism Guide, this nine-week outdoor concert series features musical performances in a variety of genres, including Motown, R&B, jazz, blues, classic and modern rock, reggae and golden oldies.

This summer, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents a series of Thursday night concerts at their beautiful Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin.

Voted one of the top ten things to do in Northwest Florida by Florida Travel & Tourism Guide, this nine-week outdoor concert series features musical performances in a variety of genres, including rock, R&B, and Motown. The concerts will be held Thursday nights at 7 p.m. through July 2.

“For 20 years the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation has lifted heart and kicked up heels for thousands of families and friends who gather under the stars for one form of art that is surely universal — music! If you haven’t been to the Concerts in the Village or haven’t been in a while, please join us to celebrate two decades of live music, food and fun,” said Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation CEO, Marcia Hull. “This year is surely going to be the best yet.”

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Dread Clampitt at The Hub 30A’s Cinco de Mayo party

30A Radio sat down to chat with Brad Zeitlin, developer of The Hub, which just opened on the east end of 30A near Watersound and Alys Beach.

the hubWe get the lowdown on the expansive new venue, which includes restaurants, retail shops, a big concert stage with a 25-foot LED Jumbotron, a green area, a screened-in porch with public wifi and a fireplace, and a 3,000-square-foot arcade coming soon.

“What drove us was we realized all the homes down here on this end of 30A, during the season it’s hard to get past that Tom Thumb because traffic backs up. We thought if we built a beautiful town center where people could just hang out, that would be great,” Zeitlin said.

Check out this 30A VIDEO from The Hub’s Cinco de Mayo celebration!

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How much did the first homes in Seaside cost? What impact did The Truman Show have on the tiny town? What will Seaside look like in 20 years?

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In the 1970s, ROBERT DAVIS inherited 80 acres of beachfront property along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The only problem was that 40 years ago, practically no one wanted to live here. So, Davis stood on the side of the road in the sweltering Florida sun and gave away free lemonade to anyone who would pull over long enough to hear his story and vision.

Seaside-Florida-Logo-200His vision was Seaside — a new kind of town that would not only succeed beyond anyone’s expectation, but would spawn a global movement known as “New Urbanism,” inspiring the design of over 600 other new towns and community revitalization projects around the world.

30A’s Mike Ragsdale discusses Seaside’s past, present and future with Town Founder Robert Davis in this special 30A Radio presentation, made possible in part by Bud and Alley’s Restaurant Group, located on the beach in Seaside, Florida.

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Will you walk in wedges? Strut in stilettos? Prance in pumps? Slip on your high heels for the 4th Annual Walk Her Way in Rosemary Beach on Friday, June 12, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., and help Rosemary Beach Foundation raise awareness of domestic violence.

Men, women and children of all ages are invited to put on high heels and follow the New Orleans style brass band through Rosemary Beach. Participants are encouraged to decorate their shoes or wear costumes.

“Walk Her Way is a fun way to support a serious cause. It’s a celebration for the women and children who have escaped domestic violence, as well as a way to raise funds for those who are still struggling,” says Zuma Banks, president of the Rosemary Beach Foundation.

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Local golfers and businesses showed up in support of fighting child hunger in our community at the 4th Annual Food For Thought Golf Tournament, presented by Sunburst Beach Vacations and A Superior Air Conditioning Company, last month at the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club.

The local non-profit moved their tournament last year to the popular course, which was recently named one of 30A’s Hot Spots for Golf.  It was a great success, raising over $8,000 to help their mission to provide easy-to-prepare meals for students in need through their weekly backpack, snack, and holiday programs throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties.

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Sam Bush, the Grammy award winning mandolin and fiddle player, sat down with 30A Radio recently to chat about how he’s been spending winters in South Walton ever since he stumbled across the area in 1985.

Sam, as he is known around 30A, grew up on a farm in Bowling Green, Kentucky, spending Friday and Saturday nights sitting around with his family listening to the Grand Ole Oprey (“just like that scene in Coal Miner’s Daughter… We did that!”) before going on to establish the New Grass movement with his band New Grass Revival. He chats about how he got started sitting in with local musicians in the area, beginning with Dread Clampitt, and how he and his wife, Lynn, won’t miss their annual getaway to 30A where they’ve made lifelong friends.

Learn more about Sam Bush and his music at sambush.com. There’s also a new film about his life, “Revival: The Sam Bush Story,” which debuted to much fanfare at the Nashville Film Festival last month.

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