Nashville: Less than 500 tickets remain for ALS benefit concert featuring Florida Georgia Line, Love and Theft, Tyler Farr, more 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Less thank 500 tickets remain for a star-studded lineup of country’s biggest names, which are scheduled to perform for the inaugural Shine for Susie ALS Benefit Concert on Dec. 4 at the historic Ryman Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the ALS Association of Tennessee and the Burchett & Liles family to raise funds in the fight against ALS.

The event will feature acoustic performances from Love and Theft, Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Farr, Jerrod Niemann, Craig Campbell, Canaan Smith, Trent Tomlinson, The Warren Brothers, and Stevie Monce. Hosted by GAC’s Headline Country Show host, Storme Warren, Stephen Barker Liles from Love and Theft and Dee Jay Silver.

Tickets for the concert went on sale Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, the Ryman box office, http://www.ryman.com and by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets are $125, $75 and $55.

Shine for Susie ALS Benefit Concert was formed as a partnership between The ALS Association of Tennessee and the Burchett & Liles Family to raise funds in the fight against ALS. Susie Burchett, mother of Stephen Barker Liles from Love and Theft, was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2017.

“I’ve had the privilege of helping with many charities through the years, but when the cause touches your life, it changes everything,” said Stephen Barker Liles from Love and Theft. “When my mother was diagnosed with ALS, in March of this year, I was devastated. But I also felt called to make a difference to help her and others through my musical platform. I’m incredibly grateful for some of my dear friends who are joining me to shine light through our music and bring hope to millions.”

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, NFL players are four times as likely to develop ALS and veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population.

The simple fact is, ALS can strike anyone, anytime.

“There are so many important causes that merit our support,” the Burchett and Liles family said. “Often however, we don’t choose those causes…they choose us. For our family, having our mother, wife, grandmother diagnosed with ALS presented a galvanizing opportunity to support the needed cause of ALS. We hope this event will provide more awareness, funds for research, and financial support to all touched by this debilitating disease.”

For information on sponsorship packages or if you have any additional questions before you purchase, please contact Ashlee Moon at 615.331.5556 or send an email to ashlee.moon@alstn.org.

“We are thrilled to curate this first-of-its-kind unique concert experience for the Tennessee Chapter alongside the Burchett and Liles Family, the enthusiasm and willingness this family has brought to the table to secure some of the industry’s most talented artists to perform in not only an amazing show for the ALS community but continues to work tirelessly with our team to create an unforgettable musical experience,” said Steve Wallace, CEO of The ALS Association of Tennessee.

“Our Chapter is forever grateful to have the partnership between the Burchett and Liles Family alongside all the musical guests, who have graciously lent their time and talents to support of the Association’s efforts in brightening the lives of thousands of ALS patients and families in our community,” said Wallace.

About The ALS Association Tennessee Chapter

The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting ALS on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.ALSTN.org.

About Shine for Susie ALS Charity Fund

Shine for Susie ALS Charity Fund was formed by the Burchett & Liles Family to raise funds in the fight against ALS after Susie Burchett, wife, mother and grandmother of the family, was diagnosed with ALS in March 2017.

Free tacos, pancakes from participating Taco Bells, IHOPs for those who donate to Armed Forces Families Foundation Nov. 1-21

100 percent of every dollar raised goes toward projects to help those who protect our Freedom.

TAMPA, Fla. – On Wednesday, participating Taco Bell and IHOP restaurant locations throughout the southeastern U.S. kicked off their annual fundraising campaign to support the Armed Forces Families Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping military families.

Nearly 400 corporate and franchise Taco Bell and IHOP locations are participating in this year’s annual fundraising drive, which lasts through Nov. 21.

“We’re excited to kick off this annual fundraiser and so thankful for our partner Taco Bell and IHOP locations,” said John Wright, a member of the board at AFFF. “We’re also happy to announce that we recently achieved a major milestone. Since forming 10 years ago, the Armed Forces Families Foundation, has raised and given back more than $2 million towards projects benefiting military members, veterans and their families, and it wouldn’t have been possible without this support.”

Diners at participating Taco Bell and IHOP locations wishing to support military families may do so by purchasing a paper icon for $1 or more. At IHOP, donors will receive a coupon for a free stack of three buttermilk pancakes, while at Taco Bell, donors will receive a coupon for a free soft or crunchy original seasoned beef taco. The coupons are good for the donor’s next visit and are available while supplies last.

AFFF is unique in that it provides 100 percent of the funds raised to the development of permanent or semi-permanent infrastructure projects to help military families. With no overhead, AFFF is entirely comprised of volunteers giving donors the confidence that all of their contribution will be used to support projects, which help military families.

“We’re very fortunate to have a single private donor that funds all of the administrative costs, so literally every penny of every dollar raised goes directly to projects in the local community,” said Wright. “More than anything, we’re thankful for our Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy servicemembers, veterans and their families. The sacrifices they make and have made are forever cherished.”

Recent AFFF projects include:

  • $26,282 for the purchase of supplies and additional renovation costs for a new USO at Naval Air Station Corry
  • $35,933.84 in funding for the creation of a new USO center and family care facility at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown
  • $31,978 for the construction of an event pavilion at the Asheville, N.C. VA hospital
  • $14,994 purchase of 25 new HP ProBook computers and needed materials for Fort Gordon’s Freedom Park School in Georgia
  • $26,282 to upgrade entertainment systems within the USO Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida
  • $46,000 to install a new playground, accessible to over 300 families stationed on MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Florida

Funds raised through this campaign will stay in the local region where they were raised and will help local projects that support the families of those serving in military. For a list of participating locations, click here.

About Armed Forces Families Foundation:

The Armed Forces Families Foundation, together with participating Taco Bell and IHOP restaurants, are proud supporters of America’s Armed Forces and their families. The Armed Forces Families Foundation with its Taco Bell and IHOP partners have raised over $2 million. 100 percent of every dollar raised goes toward projects to help those who protect our Freedom. For more information, please visit http://www.armedforcesfamilies.org/

About Taco Bell

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarship program. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

About International House of Pancakes

For nearly 60 years, IHOP has been a leader, innovator and expert in all things breakfast, any time of day. The chain offers 65 different signature, fresh, made-to-order breakfast options, a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items as well as meals under 600 calories. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. Today, there are more than 1,700 IHOP restaurants around the world, including restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam as well as Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and The Philippines. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) and its affiliates.

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Winston Salem IHOP reopens with free food, event to benefit military families

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – IHOP’s newly remodeled restaurant location at 1295 Silas Creek Parkway is scheduled to reopen Tuesday with free food for kids, and will start their annual fundraising campaign to benefit the Armed Forces Families Foundation.

The IHOP location will officially reopen on Halloween day and is offering a free Scary Face Pancake to kids 12 and under from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the IHOP location will host a special event to benefit the Armed Forces Families Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign.

The event will help promote AFFF’s fundraiser, which benefits military members and their families, and will include:

  • Free Samples of IHOP’s new Latte Lover’s Pancakes
  • A booth from the USO of North Carolina, where representatives will share information about their recent partnership with AFFF and details about upcoming community projects.

“We’re excited to officially reopen Silas Creek’s IHOP restaurant location and to kick off our support for the Armed Forces Families Foundation’s annual fundraiser. We hope that guests come out to check out the upgrades to the restaurant, enjoy a delicious meal and help us support the amazing projects AFFF provides to our military members and their families,” said Bill Enderlein, IHOP area director and AFFF supporter.

A total of 53 IHOP restaurant locations across the Southeast U.S. are planning to participate in this year’s annual fundraising drive, which will last through Nov. 21.

The Armed Forces Families Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping military families. AFFF is unique in that it provides 100 percent of the funds raised to the development of permanent or semi-permanent infrastructure projects to help military families. With no overhead, AFFF is entirely comprised of volunteers giving donors the confidence that all of their contribution will be used to support projects, which help military families.

Diners at participating IHOP locations wishing to support military families may do so by purchasing a paper icon for $1 or more. Donors will receive a coupon for a free stack of three buttermilk pancakes, good for the donor’s next visit and are available while supplies last.

AFFF is unique in that it provides 100 percent of the funds raised to the development of permanent or semi-permanent infrastructure projects to help military families. With no overhead, AFFF is entirely comprised of volunteers giving donors the confidence that all of their contribution will be used to support projects, which help military families.

Recent AFFF projects include:

  • $26,282 for the purchase of supplies and additional renovation costs for a new USO at Naval Air Station Corry
  • $35,933.84 in funding for the creation of a new USO center and family care facility at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown
  • $31,978 for the construction of an event pavilion at the Asheville, N.C. VA hospital
  • $14,994 purchase of 25 new HP ProBook computers and needed materials for Fort Gordon’s Freedom Park School in Georgia
  • $26,282 to upgrade entertainment systems within the USO Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida
  • $46,000 to install a new playground, accessible to over 300 families stationed on MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Florida

About Armed Forces Families Foundation:

The Armed Forces Families Foundation, together with participating Taco Bell and IHOP restaurants, are proud supporters of America’s Armed Forces and their families. The Armed Forces Families Foundation with its Taco Bell and IHOP partners have raised over $2 million. 100 percent of every dollar raised goes toward projects to help those who protect our Freedom. For more information, please visit http://www.armedforcesfamilies.org/

About International House of Pancakes

For nearly 60 years, IHOP has been a leader, innovator and expert in all things breakfast, any time of day. The chain offers 65 different signature, fresh, made-to-order breakfast options, a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items as well as meals under 600 calories. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. Today, there are more than 1,700 IHOP restaurants around the world, including restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam as well as Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and The Philippines. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) and its affiliates.

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Bomnin Chevrolet renews sponsorship for St. Jude Walk/Run scheduled for Oct. 28

MIAMI – For the second consecutive year, Bomnin Chevrolet will be the presenting sponsor for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Miami, which will benefit patients and their families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the event is scheduled to kick off at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. The annual event was originally scheduled to be held on Sept. 28, but was rescheduled following the impact of Hurricane Irma on the Miami community last month.

“We are proud to continue our support for the patients and families who depend on the lifesaving care provided by St. Jude,” said Arnaldo Bomnin, owner of Bomnin Chevrolet. “The fight against childhood cancer is a cause that is close to our heart’s at Bomnin Chevrolet, and we are inviting the Miami community to come together to help support this inspiring cause.”

Since 2016, Bomnin Chevrolet has donated more than $50,000 to benefit St. Jude.

This year’s event will feature a patient family speaker, 5K walk/run, family friendly activities and live entertainment. Proceeds from the event, and others around the country, help support patients battling childhood cancer and ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.  Register, volunteer, make a donation or learn more about this event at stjude.org/walkrun.

For details about Bomnin Chevrolet’s support for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Miami or information about how to their team, call 305.740.7475 or visit http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR?company_id=7039&fr_id=73349&pg=company

About Bomnin Chevrolet

Bomnin Chevrolet was founded in 2010 by Arnaldo Bomnin, a Cuban immigrant who escaped the communist nation in 1996. The dealership has grown from selling an average of 70 cars a month to selling more than 6,000 new and used cars this year. Bomnin Chevrolet was named Chevrolet Dealer of the Year for 2014, 2015, and 2016. The Dealer of the Year award is given to less than one percent of GM dealers across the nation and is based on their commitment to excellence through sales, service and customer satisfaction. Bomnin Chevrolet has also been awarded the Five Star Dealer Award by Edmunds.com in 2015 and 2016.

Bomnin Chevrolet is located at 8455 South Dixie Highway in Miami, Florida on U.S. 1 next to Dadeland Mall, and Bomnin Chevrolet West Kendall is located at 11701 SW 152nd Street next to Florida Turnpike exit 16 near Zoo Miami.

For more information about Bomnin Chevrolet, visit: bomninchevrolet.com.

Training Center Yorktown to unveil Coast Guard USO, family care center

YORKTOWN, Va. – Coast Guard response boats are moored to the pier at Training Center Yorktown Nov. 12, 2011. Training Center Yorktown is one of three training centers in the U.S. where students learn techinical and leadership skills. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

YORKTOWN, Va. – The Coast Guard, United Service Organizations and the Armed Forces Families Foundation are scheduled to unveil a new USO Center and family care center at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

The new USO Center will be one of only two located on a Coast Guard base. The center will provide Internet access, television, videogames, food and programming for military personnel, their families and retired veterans.

Additionally, four rooms on base will now collectively serve as a new nursing and family care center. The rooms are split between two buildings on base, and have been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for nursing mothers. The center will also include a small children’s play and reading area.

“Training Center Yorktown is extremely proud to host a USO Center. This lounge, along with upgrades to additional facilities, will be utilized and appreciated by our 550 permanent military crew, roughly 8,000 students annually, along with family and others who visit,” said Capt. Jay Vann, commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown. “Thank you to the USO and the Armed Forces Families Foundation for providing us with this wonderful support.”

Training Center Yorktown will be the first U.S. military base to offer a state-of-the-art nursing facility for mothers and a fully functioning USO Center on the same installation.

Funding for the new USO center and family care center was made possible by the Armed Forces Families Foundation, a charity organization helping military families throughout the southeast U.S.

AFFF donated a total of $35,933.84 for the purchase of supplies and to pay for the work needed to outfit the new spaces. The funds donated by AFFF were raised within the Hampton Roads community through annual fundraisers held at local Taco Bell and IHOP restaurants.

“We’re honored to provide the funds to help make this project a reality and to partner with the USO to give the service members stationed at Training Center Yorktown a facility that they can enjoy for decades to come,” said John Wright, a member of the board at AFFF. “One of the things that makes this such a special project is that the funds were raised right here in the greater Hampton Roads community through our Taco Bell and IHOP partnering locations.”

The updates to Training Center Yorktown come at a critical time. Since January, the base has received three times the amount of recruits normally stationed at the base, a number that is reportedly expected to increase.

An admiral from the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area Command is scheduled to preside over the grand opening ceremony for the new centers. Other expected attendees include, representatives from the governor’s office, Senator Tim Kaine’s office, local military installations and members of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia board of supervisors and staff.

AFFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides 100 percent of the funds raised back to projects to help military families.

To date, the Armed Forces Families Foundation has raised and given back more than $1.9 million to benefit military families. Recent projects include:

  • $31,978 for the construction of a event pavilion at the Asheville, N.C. VA hospital
  • $14,994 purchase of 25 new HP ProBook computers and needed materials for Fort Gordon’s Freedom Park School in Georgia
  • $26,282 to upgrade entertainment systems within the USO Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida
  • $46,000 to install a new playground, accessible to over 300 families stationed on MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Florida

To learn more about the Armed Forces Families Foundation or to help fund other projects that help military members and their families, please visit www.armedforcesfamilies.org/.

About Armed Forces Families Foundation:

The Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF), together with participating Taco Bell and IHOP restaurants, are proud Supporters of America’s Armed Forces and their families. The ARMED FORCES FAMILIES FOUNDATION with its Taco Bell and IHOP partners have raised over 1.9 MILLION DOLLARS. 100% of every dollar raised goes toward projects to help those who protect our Freedom. For more information, please visit http://www.armedforcesfamilies.org/

 

PR Firm takes off at Tampa International Airport

Judge OfficeTAMPA, Fla. – As Tampa International Airport nears the end of a $1 billion renovation project, new restaurants and businesses are flocking to the upgraded location.

Judge Public Relations, a national, full-service marketing, video production and public relations firm headquartered in Tampa, Florida is now among those businesses. The company recently moved into office space inside the Marriott Hotel at Tampa International Airport, the firm’s president announced Tuesday.

Office1According to James Judge, president and founder of Judge PR, and a native of Clearwater, Florida, the firm moved to Tampa International Airport with the hopes of offering clients a more central location for meeting and conducting business, while also making it easier to travel to meet with clients and respond to crises. Additionally, the new office space will allow the PR firm to add employees and continue growing.

“Some people look puzzled and are a little caught off-guard when I tell them our office is located at the airport, but after being here for a few months, I can’t think of a more convenient location in the Tampa Bay area,” said Judge. “As our client list has grown, the demand to have more office and meeting space has also grown.”

Since the start of the massive renovation and expansion project, numerous new restaurants and businesses have made the top passenger-rated airport in the U.S. home. Among the new restaurants located at the airport are PF Chang’s, Hard Rock Café, Chick-fil-A, and RumFish Grill. Additionally, Panda Express, Burger 21, and Cigar City Taproom are scheduled to open in the coming months.

Judge Public Relations provides PR, marketing and creative services support for celebrities, musicians, non-profit organizations and many different types of businesses including car dealerships, medical practices, restaurants, legal practices, medical device manufacturers, technology companies and veterinary companies and hospitals.

About Judge Public Relations
Judge Public Relations is a veteran-owned, full-service public relations, marketing, creative services and crowd-funding acceleration firm. The company was founded in 2011 by James Judge, a recognized expert in the field of public and media relations. Judge PR offers companies the quality results of an in-house public relations and marketing team with significant cost advantages. The firm is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, but currently assists clients throughout the United States, Australia and Israel.

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Charity provides 25 new computers to Fort Gordon school

IMG_7238FORT GORDON, Ga. – The Armed Forces Families Foundation, a charity organization helping military families in the southeast U.S., presented Fort Gordon’s Freedom Park School with a check for $14,994 on Wednesday morning.

The majority of the funds donated by AFFF were raised within the Augusta community in conjunction with local Taco Bell restaurants, and has already allowed the school to expand access to new technology within its classrooms. The funds were allocated to cover the recent purchase of 25 new HP ProBook computers, licensing software, hardware support and one LocknCharge computer cart.

Freedom Park School is located on-base at Fort Gordon and has over 700 Pre-K-8th grade students enrolled, with a vast majority of students coming from military families. The new computers supplement the limited number of classroom computers previously available and are allowing students to learn valuable computer skills, work on school projects, homework, standardized testing and other curriculum needs.

AFFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides 100 percent of the funds raised back to projects to help military families.

IMG_7280“We’re very excited to help with the purchase of new laptops for Freedom Park School. Having the proper tools in each classroom makes it easier for both teachers and students, and we know these laptops are being put to good use,” said John Wright, a member of the board at AFFF. “At Armed Forces Families Foundation, 100 percent of donations raised go back to the community where they were raised.”

To date, the Armed Forces Families Foundation has raised and given back more than $1.7 million to benefit military families. Recent projects include:

  • $26,282 to upgrade entertainment systems within the USO Naval Air Station Pensacola
  • $46,000 to install a new playground, accessible to over 300 families stationed on MacDill Airforce Base
  • $55,000 to refresh and renovate the USOs at Nashville International Airport and Fort Campbell
  • $40,000 renovation of the six-lane bowling alley at the Charlotte N.C. VA medical Center

To learn more about the Armed Forces Families Foundation or help fund other projects to help military members and their families, please visit www.armedforcesfamilies.org/.

About Armed Forces Families Foundation:

The Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF), together with participating Taco Bell restaurants, are proud Supporters of America’s Armed Forces and their families. The ARMED FORCES FAMILIES FOUNDATION with its Taco Bell partners have raised over 1.7 MILLION DOLLARS. 100% of every dollar raised goes toward projects to help those who protect our Freedom. For more information, please visit http://www.armedforcesfamilies.org/

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Grammy winning artist to perform at Safety Harbor SongFest

TAMPA, Fla. –Fantastic Negrito, winner of the 2017 Grammy award for best contemporary blues album, is scheduled to headline day one of Safety Harbor SongFest on Saturday, April 1st.

Album Cover- Last days in oaklandFantastic Negrito earned critical acclaim for his infectious 13 song studio album, “The Last Days of Oakland”, which features heavy slide guitar sounds fused lyrical perspective on life, society and love. Self described as “Blues with a punk attitude”, Fantastic Negrito channels his unique narrative into his work, experiences that include selling drugs to make ends meet, sneaking into University of California Berkeley classrooms to learn music and recovering from a three week long coma after a severe accident.

“Fantastic Negrito’s music and his life are an inspiration,” said Kiaralinda, SHAMc co-founder and festival organizer, “Our goal is to provide our community with the opportunity to experience new and upcoming artists and Fantastic Negrito shines bright among many gems in this year’s line-up.”

Spectacular music is not all that’s on tap at Safety Harbor SongFest. Attendees will be treated to culinary delights, art demonstrations, and other wonders to keep them amazed and amused.

The festival’s confirmed musical lineup consists of national recording artists, including Grammy award winner Fantastic Negrito, The Wood Brothers, Rising Appalachia, Magic Giant, Charlie Mars, Kina Grannis, Daphne Willis, Joe Craven, The Mulligan Brothers, Emily Kopp, The Accidentals, Birds of Chicago, Dan Rodriguez, Davin McCoy, Fuzz and Carrie of Caravan of Thieves, Kristin Diable, Victor and Penny, Trevor Green, Chasing Lovely and local musicians Urban Gypsies of Florida, Joshua Reilly, Tim Hutchinson, and Alex Wald. This year’s artists draw inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including blues, indie alternative, folk, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, world beat and more. Additionally, award-winning Canadian spoken word artist, Shane Koyczan, is scheduled to perform on stage throughout the weekend.

Tickets are on sale now for the two-day event, which takes place on the town’s picturesque waterfront park located next to the Safety Harbor marina and pier. Members of the public interested in purchasing tickets can do so by visiting www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com/.

Performances will be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Musicians will also perform at local venues in downtown Safety Harbor throughout the weekend.

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor Song Fest
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) created this art and music center to benefit their community. SHAMc is located in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a popular landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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Rising music group Magic Giant to headline Tampa festival

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – Weeks after performing for massive crowds at SXSW and their breakout hit “Set on Fire” rising to number four on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart, Los Angeles music group, Magic Giant, will headline Safety Harbor SongFest on Apr. 2.

Magic Giant, which has been compared to artists like SafetyHSFMumford & Sons and The Lumineers, has experienced a surge in popularity with their infectious sing-along folk sound and communal live experiences. The group has been critically acclaimed for blending traditional folk instruments like banjo, fiddle and harmonica with dance rhythms.

“Magic Giant performances are a joyful experience,” said Kiaralinda, SHAMc co-founder and festival organizer, “the combination of their music, the gorgeous waterfront location and the other amazing acts will make this year’s SongFest one to remember.”

Spectacular music is not all that’s on tap at Safety Harbor SongFest. Attendees will be treated to culinary delights, art demonstrations, as well as other visual wonders to keep them amazed and amused.

The festival’s confirmed musical lineup consists of national recording artists, including Grammy award winner Fantastic Negrito, The Wood Brothers, Rising Appalachia, Magic Giant, Charlie Mars, Kina Grannis, Daphne Willis, Joe Craven, The Mulligan Brothers, Emily Kopp, The Accidentals, Birds of Chicago, Dan Rodriguez, Davin McCoy, Fuzz and Carrie of Caravan of Thieves, Kristin Diable, Victor and Penny, Trevor Green, Chasing Lovely and local musicians Urban Gypsies of Florida, Joshua Reilly, Tim Hutchinson, and Alex Wald. This year’s artists draw inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including blues, indie alternative, folk, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, world beat and more. Additionally, award-winning Canadian spoken word artist, Shane Koyczan, is scheduled to perform on stage throughout the weekend.

Tickets are on sale now for the two-day event, which takes place on the town’s picturesque waterfront park located next to the Safety Harbor marina and pier. Members of the public interested in purchasing tickets can do so by visiting www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com/.

Performances will be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Musicians will also perform at local venues in downtown Safety Harbor throughout the weekend.

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor Song Fest
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote education in the arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) created this art and music center to benefit their community. SHAMc is located in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a popular landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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Safety Harbor SongFest to feature more than music at 2017 concert

SafetyHSFSAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – Safety Harbor SongFest is scheduled to host a spectacular lineup of musicians across two stages for their annual bayside concert on April 1 – 2, and announced today the addition of an eclectic variety of non-musical attractions.

Attendees will be treated to culinary delights, live art demonstrations, interactive entertainment, as well as other visual wonders to keep them amazed and amused during the two day event.

“We’re thrilled to once again celebrate music, as well as poetry, and performing and visual arts with this festival,” said Kiaralinda, SHAMc co-founder and festival organizer. “This year’s event will have the finest food trucks, a wine/art lounge, craft beer, circus performers, hoola hoop and bubble ball interactive fun, henna tattoos, face painting, live art demonstrations, interactive poetry with Bluebird bus, kite demonstrations, and the Nomad Art Bus that invites attendees to paint it. Our goal is for people to be immersed in all types of art and music throughout the weekend.”

paint SongFestThe festival’s confirmed musical lineup consists of national recording artists, including Grammy award winner Fantastic Negrito, The Wood Brothers, Rising Appalachia, Magic Giant, Charlie Mars, Kina Grannis, Daphne Willis, Joe Craven, The Mulligan Brothers, Emily Kopp, The Accidentals, Birds of Chicago, Dan Rodriguez, Davin McCoy, Fuzz and Carrie of Caravan of Thieves, Kristin Diable, Victor and Penny, Trevor Green, Chasing Lovely and local musicians Urban Gypsies of Florida, Joshua Reilly, Tim Hutchinson, and Alex Wald. This year’s artists draw inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including blues, indie alternative, folk, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, world beat and more. Additionally, award-winning Canadian spoken word artist, Shane Koyczan, is scheduled to perform on stage throughout the weekend.

Tickets are on sale now for the two-day event, which takes place on the town’s picturesque waterfront park located next to the Safety Harbor marina and pier. Members of the public interested in purchasing tickets can do so by visiting www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com/.

Performances can be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Musicians will also perform at local venues in downtown Safety Harbor throughout the weekend.

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor Song Fest
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote education in fine art, visual arts, and performing arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) created this art and music center to benefit their community. SHAMc is located in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a popular landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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