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NEWS | Aug. 2, 2017

JB Charleston hosts Music Fest 2017

By Staff Sgt. Andrea Salazar Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Despite rainy weather, the 628th Force Support Squadron and Air Force Entertainment Agency hosted a free concert featuring 3 Doors Down, Thompson Square and Linkin’ Bridge, accompanied by Azul Experience inside a hangar on the air base July 29.

The event also included local food vendors, game booths and a children’s play area.

“MusicFest gives our military community an opportunity to come out and enjoy live music on their home station, free of cost,” said Jeri White, Air Force Entertainment production director. “It takes months of planning and coordinating with artists, base infrastructure, lodging and manpower. Team Charleston has done a wonderful job of making it happen.”

Attendees had a chance to meet the bands, take photos and receive autographs prior the show which started at 5 p.m. The audience included active-duty service members, military retirees, Department of Defense employees and their families.

“I think it’s really honorable for these artists to come and play live for military audiences,” said Amber Brown, JB Charleston family member. “I think events like these show they have a deep appreciation and respect for the military community.”

Brown said 3 Doors Down’s music and lyrics have always comforted her and her husband during difficult times.

“When my husband went through basic training in 2010, I wrote him a letter with the lyrics of the band’s song, ‘Here Without You,’” said Brown. “I enjoyed the concert and it was awesome to finally see them perform live.”