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First Sound Wave Festival -- Inaugural music festival to benefit local charity

April 21, 2016
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The folks of Valerie's Lounge and the Lewis P. Tabarrini Children's Music Outreach Foundation are no strangers to helping raise funds for great local causes, and that's what makes them the ultimate fund-raising dream team, as they band together, along with tons of talented local musicians, for the inaugural Sound Wave Music Festival, taking place at 17264 San Carlos Blvd., in the Indian Creek Shopping Plaza, Sunday, April 24, from noon to 6 p.m., to help not only the local music charity, but the Lee County Sheriff's Youth Activities League, as well.

"This is going to the be the first of the Tabarrini Foundation's annual concert events," said Angel Sanchez, volunteer coordinator with the foundation. "We are keeping it simple this first year and focusing on providing a great day of local music to the community. Every band on the lineup has graciously donated their time to support the cause."

The music festival is jam-packed with talented bands that day, featuring Myth, Electric Lipstick, A200, 10,000 Views, MT40, Charlie Moon and many more.

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The inaugural Sound Wave Music Festival is all about offering a family fun environment while providing non-stop live and local music Sunday, April 24, from noon to 6 p.m., at Val’s Lounge. Proceeds and awareness are to assist the Lewis P. Tabarrini Children’s Music Outreach Foundation, as well as the Lee County Sheriff’s Youth Activities League, as pictured above with A200 boys, Bob Tabarrini and Colin O’Brien. Enjoy music from A200, 10,000 Views, Myth, Electric Lipstick and more. Photo courtesy BOB TABARRINI.

"We chose Val's as the venue because they have been with us since the beginning, and we always have great events there," Angel said. "We're looking forward to a day of just reminding people about what we do and saying thank you to everyone who has helped us keep the Tabarrini Foundation going and keep music education prevalent in Southwest Florida."

The full scheduled lineup that day includes:

Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Myth

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12:40 to 1:10 p.m.: High Five Friday

1:20 to 1:50 p.m.: (TBA)

2 to 2:30 p.m.: MT40

2:40 to 3:10 p.m.: The Gist

3:20 to 3:50 p.m.: Charlie Moon

4 to 4:30 p.m.: Electric Lipstick

4:40 to 5:10 p.m.: A200 with Danny P

5:20 to 6 p.m.: 10,000 Views

Along with music reigning from the stage all day long, Val's is proud to offer a super-fun kid's zone, 50/50 raffles, and other specials and surprises throughout the festival.

"We will have an outside full bar, as well as inside. Please feel free to bring chairs for outside if you'd like, but please do not bring coolers. This is a family event and all ages and are welcome to join us," said Lena Neroni, of Valerie's Lounge. "We are thrilled to have this event to support the Tabarrini Foundation. They are such a loving group of people that truly do makes a difference in our community."

"Emceeing the event will be Steve Farst and Steve McDougall (a.k.a. Steve Squared), and there's bound to be some special guests throughout the day," Angel said.

Bob Tabarrini, one of the lead founders of the non-profit charity, is sure to mention just how much of a team effort this benefit is, between the venue staff, the bands, those attending, and other businesses from around town.

"Nathan Gifford from Jet Sound is providing the P.A. that day, and Stet Howland from 10,000 Views is doing the stage," he said. "We hope to see lots of family with children out at the event to give kids a chance to experience the fun of seeing live music and expose them to the Southwest Florida Music community, as well as the Lee County Sheriff's Youth Activities League, to show them how our programs along with people involved team up and support each for the benefit of children in our area."

There is no cost to attend the event, although donations for the causes are graciously accepted anytime during the festival. For more info, or to volunteer, call 239-980-4991,

Rock n' Roll BINGO for the charity

Each week, Valerie's Lounge hosts Rock n' Roll BINGO Thursday evening, from 6 to 9 p.m., with all proceeds going directly to the local music foundation charity.

Lewis P. Tabarrini Children's Music Outreach F'dn

Now in its fifth year, the Lewis P. Tabarrini Children's Music Outreach Foundation brings free musical education and instruction to local children ages 8 to 18 in Southwest Florida who want to play music, but are not offered the opportunity in their school curriculum, or do not have the financial means to do so.

"We envision all students having access to comprehensive music education, all students having the opportunity to learn any instrument they choose, and music being embraced as a key component of every student's curriculum," Bob said.

Over the years, hundreds of children have learned to play music, thanks to the dedication of the local individuals who instruct and teach the art within this foundation.

For further information on the local non-profit organization, or to find out how you can help the cause, visit

The Lee County Sheriff's Youth Activities League

This local organization's mission is to fulfill the need for recreational, educational, cultural and social activities for the youth of our community by partnering with the Lee County Sheriff"s Office. The non-profit group instills leadership, good sportsmanship, high morals and character through diverse programs and community outreach. For further information, contact executive director Lt. King,, or call 239-258-3285.



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