4 Blues acts to perform Sept. 2 on the beach

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A free Blues on the Beach event is scheduled Sept. 2 in Daytona Beach.

Daytona Blues Festival founder Dominic Benecasa is calling the one-day show “a kind of mini-Blues Festival, an opportunity for local music fans to be treated to four outstanding blues acts just a month before the big show comes to town.

Four acts from previous Daytona Blues Festivals are scheduled to perform on the Daytona Bandshell stage on Sept. 2 beginning at 3 p.m. This year’s annual Blues Festival takes place Oct. 5-7.

Performers will include the Nouveaux Honkies, a violin, guitar, bass and drum Blues quartet; Ben Prestage, who went from a street performer on Memphis’ historic Beale Street to a favorite on the national Blues circuit; and the Pit Bull of Blues band, which won an International Blues Competition in Orlando. David Shelley and Bluestone is a South Florida-based Blues band that also will be part of Blues on the Beach.

The event is free, but donations will assist the Halifax Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which supports women’s and children’s health issues, providing services for newborns who require intensive care due to prematurity or illnesses diagnosed around the time of delivery. Donations also will go to Camp Boggy Creek, one of 12 camps that help children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses experience a real camp experience with medical support on site.

Tickets to the October blues festival go on sale Aug. 2.

For more information, visit annualdaytonabluesfestival.com.

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