Florida’s only multi-city, community music & fashion festival is returning this year Aug 3rd through the 6th and will be featured on CW17 & DeKalb-Atlanta 25.
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Producers of the annual community, arts, and culture festival “Florida Summer Fest” announced today that the event heralded as Florida’s only multi-city, community music & fashion festival is returning this year the weekend of Aug 3rd through the 6th and will be featured on Atlanta’s new cable TV station DeKalb 25, which covers a viewing audience of over 7,500 households in the greater Atlanta area in addition to the Jacksonville-based CW17 network, which reaches as far north as St. Mary’s, Georgia and as far south as St. Augustine. It is expected to air on CW17-Jacksonville in late September 2017.
Changes to this year’s festival, which started in 2013 under the direction of Jacksonville-born TV producer and hip hop artist Dez Nado, include an expansion from the original one-city community music fest to a 4-day, multi-city, simultaneous weekend festival involving community service, entertainment industry executives/professionals, and multi-market television and radio coverage.
Florida Summer Fest2017 is presented by locally based sponsors VIPSquad Entertainment, Chasity Taylor Foundation, Melrose Moda Creative Services, Lisa Nieves House of Fashion, Candid Poetry Studios, Aromas Jacksonville, Aloft Downtown Orlando, along with fashion show participants HuEvolution, Angelica Scurry, Orlando International Fashion Week, LuJeanik, Innas Designs, and Team Unspoken/BBW In The Room, who all play a role in the 4-day festival. The festival, throughout which school supplies will be collected for underserved K-12 students in north and central Florida, includes a kick-off party at the all-new Upscale Caribbean Thursday night venue Aromas in south Jacksonville August 3rd, 8pm-until, a media mixer at the brand new HOB NOB restaurant in Riverside-Jacksonville followed by a fashion & artist showcase at Candid Poetry Studios on Jacksonville’s north side on Friday August 4th, a groundbreaking multi-city livestream on Saturday August 5th where two simultaneously held events will be simulcast via YouTube from Jacksonville (Independent artist showcase at Bliss Ultra Lounge) and Orlando (Urban Designer Showcase and Executive Mixer at Aloft Downtown Orlando), ending with an Industry Networking Summit at Aloft 1-5pm Sunday August 6th followed by the finale School Supply Drive Party at Lanna Thai/Jacksonville Landing 9pm-until where all supplies for underserved students will be gathered and donated to the Chasity Taylor Foundation, a Jacksonville-based non-profit organization that regularly gives back to community via various scholarship/education-based efforts.
Some of the performing artists include Dez Nado himself, who has an upcoming album release and tour planned which includes performances with Kap G, a new hip hop artist signed to the new “I am OTHER” record label owned by The Voice’s (NBC) Pharrell Williams and select college homecoming shows this fall, along with several other up-and-coming independent, locally based entertainers.
The festival has confirmed invited attendees ranging from Def Jam label executives, VH1 reality TV stars from “Black Ink Crew” and “Bad Girls Club”, members of Cash Money Records, brand ambassadors from Orlando’s Mall at Millenia, including Christian Dior among others, and Jacksonville’s own Rollo H. and Lil Hustle, a rap artist from Jacksonville who recently signed on with Sony Music.
For tickets/info and the full Florida Summer Fest event lineup: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/florida-summer-fest-2017-tickets-36255901377
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/131432217454801/
For press inquiries/other info, contact Jay Scott (VIPSquad Entertainment) at vipsquadent[at]gmail[dot]com
Facebook: Dez Nado
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