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RitzFest at the Historic Ritz Theater in Newberry

Friday, February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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$10 – $15.00
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Join the In Crowd at RitzFest 2024, taking place on Saturday, February 3, at the Ritz Theater on Main Street in Downtown Newberry. RitzFest is not just a musical extravaganza; it’s a heartfelt initiative aiming to raise at least $3,000 for suicide prevention.

In response to the alarming statistics highlighted in the CDC’s WISQARS National Data Report from 2019, where suicide ranks as the third leading cause of death among 10-24-year-olds in South Carolina, RitzFest is dedicated to making a positive impact. The Jason Flatt Act, signed into law in 2012 by Governor Nikki Haley, plays a crucial role in providing suicide awareness training to public school teachers in South Carolina through the Jason Foundation (JFI). To support this cause, RitzFest brings together a lineup of 10 performances, headlined by Chris Reed and the Bad Kids, all generously donating their time, with all proceeds going to JFI.

The festivities kick off with RitzFest Eve on Friday, February 2, from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM, featuring a diverse array of theater performances, including poetry by John M. Starino, the compelling production “Letters from Anne and Martin,” and a mix of one-act comedy and drama on suicide prevention. Skits and Giggles, an improv troupe associated with the Newberry Community Players, adds a touch of humor to the evening.

On RitzFest day, Saturday, February 3, the benefit concert runs from 12:00 to 7:00 PM. Local celebrities, including the Mayor, Sheriff, and Fire Chiefs, will serve as emcees, delivering brief public service announcements on suicide prevention before introducing each act.

The musical journey begins at 11:00 AM with Ron DJ Fire Counts, a seasoned entertainer with over 30 years in the music industry. Throughout both days of the event, Ron Counts and RC Entertainment will keep the energy high between acts.

The concert features an impressive lineup of diverse acts:

  • The Bucket Brigade, a community percussion ensemble, starts the day at 12:00 PM.
  • Preston Tran, a 14-year-old singer-songwriter, takes the stage at 12:15 PM.
  • SHIFT, a group of friends playing good music for the midlands of South Carolina, performs at 12:50 PM.
  • The day continues with various acts, including Fresh Picked String Band, Five on Fire, Voltage Multiplier (VX), Martina Williams, Watson Village, Stillhouse, Plaid Overdrive, THE Dubber, Gabriel Flores, and BAG LOCK.
  • Closing Remarks at 8:25 PM include announcing Silent Auction winners and giving a final shout-out to sponsors, performers, vendors, and attendees. An update on the fundraising goal of $5,000 for the Jason Foundation will also be provided.
  • The grand finale at 8:40 PM features Chris Reed and the Bad Kids, a suicide prevention band delivering a powerful show with a blend of originals, covers, and genre-crossing mashups.

RitzFest ’24 is not just a musical celebration; it’s a collective effort to make a positive impact on suicide prevention and awareness. Come together, enjoy the music, and contribute to this important cause.

For more information, visit https://theritzfest.org/faq or call 803-271-0494!

Join the In Crowd at RitzFest 2024, taking place on Saturday, February 3, at the Ritz Theater on Main Street in Downtown Newberry. RitzFest is not just a musical extravaganza; it’s a heartfelt initiative aiming to raise at least $3,000 for suicide prevention.

In response to the alarming statistics highlighted in the CDC’s WISQARS National Data Report from 2019, where suicide ranks as the third leading cause of death among 10-24-year-olds in South Carolina, RitzFest is dedicated to making a positive impact. The Jason Flatt Act, signed into law in 2012 by Governor Nikki Haley, plays a crucial role in providing suicide awareness training to public school teachers in South Carolina through the Jason Foundation (JFI). To support this cause, RitzFest brings together a lineup of 10 performances, headlined by Chris Reed and the Bad Kids, all generously donating their time, with all proceeds going to JFI.

The festivities kick off with RitzFest Eve on Friday, February 2, from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM, featuring a diverse array of theater performances, including poetry by John M. Starino, the compelling production “Letters from Anne and Martin,” and a mix of one-act comedy and drama on suicide prevention. Skits and Giggles, an improv troupe associated with the Newberry Community Players, adds a touch of humor to the evening.

On RitzFest day, Saturday, February 3, the benefit concert runs from 12:00 to 7:00 PM. Local celebrities, including the Mayor, Sheriff, and Fire Chiefs, will serve as emcees, delivering brief public service announcements on suicide prevention before introducing each act.

The musical journey begins at 11:00 AM with Ron DJ Fire Counts, a seasoned entertainer with over 30 years in the music industry. Throughout both days of the event, Ron Counts and RC Entertainment will keep the energy high between acts.

The concert features an impressive lineup of diverse acts:

  • The Bucket Brigade, a community percussion ensemble, starts the day at 12:00 PM.
  • Preston Tran, a 14-year-old singer-songwriter, takes the stage at 12:15 PM.
  • SHIFT, a group of friends playing good music for the midlands of South Carolina, performs at 12:50 PM.
  • The day continues with various acts, including Fresh Picked String Band, Five on Fire, Voltage Multiplier (VX), Martina Williams, Watson Village, Stillhouse, Plaid Overdrive, THE Dubber, Gabriel Flores, and BAG LOCK.
  • Closing Remarks at 8:25 PM include announcing Silent Auction winners and giving a final shout-out to sponsors, performers, vendors, and attendees. An update on the fundraising goal of $5,000 for the Jason Foundation will also be provided.
  • The grand finale at 8:40 PM features Chris Reed and the Bad Kids, a suicide prevention band delivering a powerful show with a blend of originals, covers, and genre-crossing mashups.

RitzFest ’24 is not just a musical celebration; it’s a collective effort to make a positive impact on suicide prevention and awareness. Come together, enjoy the music, and contribute to this important cause.

For more information, visit https://theritzfest.org/faq or call 803-271-0494!