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South Florida Music Fest Brings World Class Acts to Abacoa

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South Florida Music Festival 2012Jupiter, FL -- The sounds of great acoustic music will be heard for two days on March 23-24, 2012 in Abacoa. The first ever South Florida Music Fest will be bringing at least ten exciting acts to perform the finest in bluegrass and acoustic music in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater in Abacoa's Town Center. The event starts at 1 pm on Friday March 23 and continues through Saturday evening March 24 at 10 pm. The event is reasonably priced for family entertainment and food and crafts will be available. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Healing Touch Buddies, Inc., a breast cancer support service located in Jupiter, FL

Grammy®-Award winning Marty Raybon will be one of the featured performers at the festival. The voice of Marty Raybon is well-known among country and bluegrass lovers. With 5 Country Single number 1 hits and 10 singles in the Top 10 as the Shenandoah's lead singer, Marty continues to entertain audiences world wide. According to country music star Josh Turner, Marty is "One of the best soul singers in music. He gets inside a song and turns it inside out. When you listen to him sing, he makes every word sound important and makes you feel as though he is singing straight to you. I love everything he's done. He's a great singer, a great artist, and a great man."

Nashville based recording and performing artist Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys will also be performing over the two days. Donna made her first appearance singing at the tender age of three and has had a successful career as a vocalist and songwriter performing both bluegrass and country music. Fans still remember her as an artist on Atlantic Records where she was signed and released the album "Trouble At The Door" in 1991. The album had three singles and two videos. During this time she appeared on the network TV show "Hot Country Nights", was a guest on "Hee Haw", "Nashville Now" and "Crook and Chase".

Other bands performing include Nashville-based Monroeville, an exciting new acoustic band with a combined experience of almost 80 years of playing and singing. Individually they have been nominated for Grammy® awards, won prestigious competitions, founded bands, and have been highly influential to their following and peers. Collectively, in their few months since forming, they have appeared on the Today Show, started a record label, gathered a solid fan base, produced an album and music video, and established themselves as a powerful new act in the business. Monroeville brings an energetic "floor bouncing" show that never fails to get the audience involved.

Other acts to perform include Mountain Therapy, an outstanding traditional bluegrass group from Pennsylvania featuring 5-string banjo champion Tim Custer, The Ashley Gang, Stone Family Band (Celtic Bluegrass), The Stevens Family Band, and Up The Creek. More acts will be added so look for announcements with updates.

Tickets for this fun-filled weekend are priced with the family in mind – children twelve and under are free to the festival. Day passes can be purchased on site but advance tickets with discounted pricing are on sale now through the festival's website. The special advance pricing is good until November 30, 2011.

Abacoa Town Center is a unique shopping district that defies the typical American shopping experience. It includes the Roger Dean Stadium which is home to the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins Spring Training games and is located just 15 miles north of West Palm Beach, FL. Abacoa is designed like a small village with shopping, residential, commercial and entertainment in a quaint "town square" atmosphere. The Center offers a full-day of activities from shopping, sporting events, dining and night life all in close proximity.

The festival will benefit Healing Touch Buddies, Inc., a breast cancer support service located in Jupiter, FL, as well as C.R.O.S. Ministries who run 6 food banks in Palm Beach county, 1 in Martin County, among many other services.
For more information, to purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or sign up as a volunteer, visit the website: www.SouthFloridaMusicFest.info or call the SFMF hotline at 561-744-1760.

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