By Liz Waldron

SouthShoreMusicMan“With all that our military does for our country, this is our way to give back,” said Eros Dahl, charity coordinator and co-chair for the South Shore Music Festival.

The South Shore Music Festival will showcase lively music, food and family fun to raise money for a local veteran in need.

After its first successful year, the South Shore Music Festival expects upwards of 1,000 attendees to experience all the festival has to offer.

Providing local cuisine, drinks and live entertainment, all proceeds will be presented during a ceremony to honor a local disabled veteran, as well as currently deployed troops.

Eros Dahl said the money raised will be used, “to help with whatever the veteran is in need of around the home. Maybe the A/C needs to be replaced, the bathroom needs remodeling, building a ramp [and we are ready to get that done].”

“One of our biggest supporters is Riverview Sam’s Club,” said Mike Self, founder, co-chair and local resident since the age of seven.

Sponsors are still being accepted and welcomed. More information can be obtained by contacting Mike Self at 690-2201 or Eros Dahl at 470-9720.

Live performances will include national country artist Jason Michael Carroll and a former contestant from Season 2 of The Voice’s Team Blake, Gwen Sebastian.

SouthShoreMusicGwenTo bring some local flavor to the event, Tampa Bay resident, Billy McKnight, of Soul Circus Cowboys, will also grace the stage.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at International Independent Showman’s Club at 6915 Riverview Dr. in Riverview.

Nominees for honorary veterans will be accepted through Sunday, April 6.

If you would like to download an application, find more information, or pre-order tickets, please visit southshore

Tickets start at $15 for general admission with retired military receiving a discounted rate of $10 per person.

Attendees who wish to mingle with the performers can do so with an exclusive ticket purchased for only $35.

Eros Dahl would like to thank everyone in advance for showing support for this noble cause. He and his group are looking forward to making this event become more prominent with each passing year.

According to the South Shore Music Festival Website, the festival was created by a few local business owners who are passionate about music and giving back to their community. SSMF’s purpose is to provide a community-friendly event where musicians can showcase their talents while helping local causes. Mike Self of S&S Tacos/Pizza & Stuff and James Pulkowski of James Pulkowski, CPA, PA developed the South Shore Music Festival from the ground up to provide a venue that can bring these elements together and so “Concerts for a Cause” was born.

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