The Heather Hayes Experience takes to the stage at Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village

Advertorial special to The Sun

Celebrate the Labor Day Weekend with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and TrustMark Bank on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. featuring Heather Hayes. Being born to greatness doesn't guarantee that greatness will be passed on, but in this case it's undeniable. Born the daughter of legendary soul singer, songwriter, actor and music producer Isaac Hayes, Heather Hayes has greatness flowing systemically through her veins.

While under the tutelage of her father and music greats like the “Godfather Of Soul,” James Brown, Heather honed her skills as an entertainer with the unique ability to leave audiences breathless and wanting more. Heather's musical experiences don't end there, she's worked as a singer for artists such as Beyoncé Knowles and Arrested Development, danced for Michael Jackson, Sean P. Diddy Combs and Brian McKnight and danced and choreographed stage shows for James Brown.

In the spring of 2004 Heather formed The Heather Hayes Band with four of Atlanta's most seasoned musicians. The guys have many impressive credits of their own and have recorded and toured with artists like Madonna, Cameo, Bobby Brown, George Clinton, India Arie and Whitney Houston extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The Heather Hayes Experience has had the pleasure of performing for such A list actors like Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston and CNN analyst James Carville and along side The Commodores to name a few

Heather has taken the crowd-pleasing formula of her professional experience and combined it with a soul-stirring band for a combination that’s simply outstanding. The group’s instrumentation and vocal ability allows a flexibility that’s a hit at any event. This is one band you don’t want to miss!

Grab your favorite lawn chair, pack a picnic and wine or purchase dinner prepared fresh onsite by Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Q, including a kid’s menu. Bottled water, soft drinks and select beers and wine are available to purchase on-site with proceeds to benefit the MKAF's cultural and education mission.

Children can enjoy playing on the Fort Tringas Playground, eating snow cones and dancing to the live music while parents enjoy the outdoor setting and concert. General admission tickets are $25 per person, $20 for MKAF members and kids under 12 are free. To purchase tickets, visit

MKAF offers an inviting way to host friends, family or business clients by reserving VIP event tables. Limited VIP tables and seating for up to eight guests are available to purchase by contacting the MKAF office at 850-650-2226. Enter a charity benefit drawing to win fabulous prizes during intermission to fund cultural arts and student education programs.

The Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village is located at 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin, just off Commons Drive and north of Henderson Beach State Park and west of Home Depot. Parking is available on-site and adjacent at Grace Lutheran Church. This concert is made possible through Trustmark Bank, Coast 93.3, Life’s A Beach, Mosquito Authority, ValleyCrest Landscape Companies and Wave 102.1. For more information or to join MKAF, visit or call 850-650-2226.