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First Surf and Song Festival of the season kicks off at The Nauti Turtle next Sunday

August 26, 2011
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The first Surf and Song Foundation's fund-raising event of the season (one of the largest all-charity music festivals throughout Florida) is quickly coming up around the corner, taking place the day before Labor Day, Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Nauti Turtle, 19001 San Carlos Blvd.

Music will flow from the Turtle all day, beginning at 3 p.m. going until 10 p.m., featuring live and loud bands inside and outside, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the group's flagship charity, the "Navigating Autism" program?at the Southwest Florida Children's Hospital.

Get ready to hear the sounds of Wallow Sound, No Way Jose, The George Lewis Project, The Troublemakerz, The New Vinyls and Ghost Radio, along with other great groups not yet confirmed.

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The New Vinyls is one of the great groups performing at the first Surf and Song Festival of the season, Sept. 4 at The Nauti Turtle.

Also during the benefit, plenty of wonderful, donated prizes will be raffled off, along with other fun for the whole family.

"So, come off the beach or come down to the Beach and join us," said Mike Von Plinsky, a coordinator of the festival. "There's plenty of free valet parking in the front and boat parking in the back. The bay will be rockin' at The Nauti Turtle!"

As this is just the first of many Surf and Song fund-raisers, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more in 2012.

Fact Box

Surf and Song concert

AT THE NAUTI TURTLE, 19001 San Carlos Blvd.

What: Benefit concert for Navigating Autism

When: Sunday, Sept. 4, 3 to 10 p.m.

Bands: Wallow Sound, No Way Jose, The

George Lewis Project, The Troublemakerz,

The New Vinyls, Ghost Radio and more

To donate an item for the raffle, call Mike at 896-2847 or email For further information on the festival, visit

About Surf and Song

The "Surf and Song Festival" is an annual charity event that is supported by musicians, artists and businesses for the enjoyment of our community and to raise funds and awareness for a range of charities.

The group's flagship charity is the Lee Memorial Health System's Southwest Florida Children's Hospital and its "Navigating Autism" program.

"We strive to continue to demonstrate, be it one person or 100, we can all make a positive difference where we live and with those among us!"

Past bands to participate in the festivals include 10,000 Views, Backlash, Blackwater, the Bad Banditos, Chicago Mob, Cinder, Danny Shephard, DVS, Four Bones, Geek Skwad, Marty Stokes and the Captiva Band, The Oysters, The New Vinyls, Smack Daddy, Soap Box and Strange Arrangement.

This year's main festival will span over two days, Jan. 20 to 22, 2012, featuring some of the best live and local acts around town.

This year, the group has officially become the Surf and Song Foundation, a non-profit organization under which members conduct all of the fund-raising efforts.

"This year will be our largest and most ambitious festival to date, expanding to two full days of music, art, food, vendors and family fun," said Fritz Caraher, Surf and Song Foundation president and chairman of the board. "We will continue our tradition of helping raise awareness for all non-profit and charitable organizations in our community. Our goal will always be to help as many people as possible through our local music and arts, as well as continually expand to a national stage, bringing help to as many of the less fortunate in Southwest Florida as we can."



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