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Magic, comedy ‘show like no other’ benefits South Shore Music Festival

Published on: October 7, 2015

By KEVIN BRADY

Nathan Coe Marsh.

Nathan Coe Marsh.

Nathan Coe Marsh will bring his own brand of comedy and magic to The Regent next week.

The show also features comedians Juanita Lolita, a Christian comedienne who calls herself a “Mexican redneck”; and Frank Hall; a buffet dinner from local restaurants, including Longhorn Steakhouse and Bahama Breeze; a silent auction; raffle gift baskets; and a lottery board where participants scratch off the prizes. A caricature artist will also be on hand.

Proceeds from the show will help with costs associated with the upcoming South Shore Music Festival, which benefits local veterans’ groups.

Coe Marsh has appeared on FOX, CBS and was a consultant for Women’s Entertainment Television.

The show is slated for 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, at The Regent, 6437 Watson Road in Riverview. Premier tables for the event have already sold out, but tickets are still available: $35 for singles and $60 for couples in advance; $40 for singles and $70 for couples on the day of the show.

Call 813-571-2494 for tickets. Tickets can also be ordered online at www.southshoremusicfestival.com.

Two comedy shows earlier this year that also benefitted the festival drew a full house, with more than 300 people packing The Regent. The success of those two shows convinced organizers to develop the events into the South Shore Music Festival Comedy Series, with three dates already booked next year at The Regent.

“We want each show to be different, with standup comedy, impersonation, magic, etc. We want to change it up. It’s good, clean fun,” said Mike Self, who helped organize the event with his friends, South Shore businessmen James Pulkowski, a CPA, and Eros Dahl of Riverview Mortgage. Self emphasized the show would be family-friendly.

Chase Bryant, who opened for Tim McGraw on the country icon’s summer tour, will top the bill at the music festival slated for Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Showmen’s Club in Gibsonton.

“We have a stronger lineup all the way up and down this year,” said Rick Lindsey, entertainment coordinator for the festival, who was quick to point out the strengths of the 2014 lineup.

Proceeds from the concert benefit area military charities. Last year’s festival drew more than 700 people, raising $7,000.

Benefiting were Honor Flight of West Central Florida [the group flies local veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the monuments created in their honor]; Haley House, which houses the families of veterans during their treatments at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa; and My Warrior’s Place, a Ruskin waterfront retreat for veterans and active military personnel.

Only in its second year, the festival could become one of the premier music festivals in the county, in the eyes of its organizers.

“We’re looking for this to be long term,” Lindsey said. “This isn’t just something we’re going to do for just a little while and then hang it up.”

“We have done a good job with what we have raised so far for the festival,” Self said. “We are still a little short but we are hoping this show will put us over the top [and] we can still use sponsors and volunteers.”

For more information on the event, to volunteer or find out how to become a sponsor, call Mike Self at 813-690-2201 or visit www.southshoremusicfestival.com.

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