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Annual Florida Music & Community Festival Picks Up Sponsorship from LeBron James-Backed Pizza Chain

Annual indie urban music and community festival "Duval Spring Fest" has aligned with some big-time brands this time around, including Blaze Pizza, Total Wine & More, and Wawa.

Jacksonville, FL, March 07, 2018 --( Duval Spring Fest + RYB! 2018, a Jacksonville-based, all-indie music concert series, has been held every Spring since the founder (Jacksonville-based Hip Hop/Caribbean artist and music/TV producer Dez Nado) was a student at the University of North Florida circa 2006, the year that the first Spring Fest was held at "Wackadoo's" on the campus of the university. The event was designed to be a platform for local talent, local businesses, and local musicians to showcase themselves and their brands, with the over-arching goal being to raise the level of awareness for local music/business while offering locals more opportunities to connect with potential supporters and upping the quality of the local entertainment scene at the independent level. Each year the festival dedicates at least one event during the weekend to directly benefiting the community.

Since then, the event's brand has developed into an impactful yearly rite of passage for many up-and-comers in the local music scene, having received acclaim from Starz TV Producer & Eminem protégé 50 Cent's G-Unit Records, Def Jam Records executive A. Lindsey, local news & entertainment media including Folio Weekly, Buzz Magazine, Jacksonville Magazine, The Chat, River City Live, and more. This year, Spring Fest is partnering with a similarly structured local event, called "Rep Yo Brand! Business and Talent Expo" along with Top Golf, First Coast Lupus Fight, and Jax Young Urban Professionals to bring another aspect to Spring Fest weekend; community health awareness, by calling on the community to support non-profit organizations like First Coast Lupus Fight for the betterment of the local community's health as a whole (Tickets for Rep Yo Brand! Expo can be purchased separately here: ).

The lineup of events starts on Thursday, March 22 with a fundraising kick-off lunch from 11am-5pm at Blaze Pizza where locals can bring a Spring Fest coupon print-out/digital flyer and donate 20% to the causes of the festival, and later there will be a private wine tasting from 6-8pm for raffle winners from the community and event VIPs at Total Wine & More.

Thursday March 22
>> Blaze Pizza Presents: The Official Fundraiser Kick-Off Lunch & Donation Drop-Off @ Blaze Pizza - Town Center with The Chasity Taylor Foundation & The Man Kave BarberShop - 4488 Town Center Pkwy 32224 -- 11AM-5PM

>> Total Wine & More Presents: A Taste of Italy: Barolo & Brunello di Montalcino VIP Fine Wine Tasting @ Total Wine & More

**Private Event - RSVP Required** 4413 Town Center Pkwy 32246 -- 6-8PM

Friday March 23
>> Mince Productions Presents: Welcome 2 Duval Kick-Off Party & Mixer @ LIVE Bar with Selectah Cy - 331 E Bay St. 32202 -- 9PM-Until

Saturday March 24
>> Wawa & Vision Is Power Present: Duval Spring Fest Community Benefit Luncheon @ Maa Banquet Hall
Hosted by Charlie Bravo with DJ O - Catered by Stick To Ya Roots Catering with WJXT/News4Jax's Destiny McKeiver, Chasity Taylor Foundation founder Latricia Taylor, Life Coach/Mentor & Finally SHE founder MrsChelle Martin-Pearman, Time2Shine Radio Host Ajeania G, Olympus Group CEO & Part-Owner of Alabama Sabers Gibril Davies Jr., & more - 8206 Philips Hwy #22, 32256 -- 12-3PM

>> Wigged Outt & Mix Therapy Studios + Scene 904 Productions Present: Leisure Couture Fashion Show @ Truth Entertainment Complex
Hosted by B. More featuring Tony Mazi, O'Money Tipton, Mz Penny, William Boston Apparel & more - 11000 Beach Blvd. 32250 -- 4-7PM

>> Power 106.1 + CW17 & VIPSquad ENT Present: Artists 2 Watch 2018 Concert @ Morocco Shrine Auditorium
Hosted by Guru & Sonita Dorcena with DJ King Ron featuring I Am Rye Bread, Fujin, DCS, Airy A, Lady C, J.R Da Don, Wally Cat, Serious Penny Fatboy Offglass, Fuller, Jus Stacks & more - 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S 32224 8PM-Midnight

Sunday March 25
>> Wawa & Man Kave Barbershop Present: Feed Those in Need @ Hemming Park
Volunteers Must Register in Advance - 135 W Monroe St. 32202 2-4PM

**Non-Perishable Food, Personal Hygiene & Clothing Accepted @ The Man Kave BarberShop - 6209 Merrill Rd. -- 2-4PM

>> Jax YUP + Suade Out & First Coast Lupus Fight Present: Journey 2 A Cure Benefit - Rep Yo Brand! Business & Talent Expo @ Top Golf featuring Jax's top musical talent, models, fashion designers, and small businesses on display with DJ GURU | FunnyBone | Shennette Sparkes | Shellecia Cogdell - 10531 Brightman Blvd. 32246 -- 6-9PM

For sponsorship, vendor, performer, or other info: 904.651.7960 | 904.270.9403 | 904.576.3676 | | | | | |
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