Sports USA will add another entertainment event to its calendar with Soldier Fest, slated for the weekend of Aug. 4.
On Aug. 5, entertainers Vivica Fox and Ginuwine are scheduled to appear. Doors open at 1 p.m. Other entertainers scheduled to appear are Lucas Hoge, Stephanie Quayle, L’Renee, Melodee, Genesis Mendez and Jill Charles.
The fest will also feature a Heroes Star for a Night Talent Competition that is open to service members, Department of Defense cardholders and their Family members, a Soldier Salute Concert, fashion show and independent artist stage.
According to Kelley Monroe, business manager at Sports USA, auditions for the HS4N have been taking place since June 17, with tryouts held at the North and South Post exchanges and Sports USA. Auditions will also be held July 29, at 1:30 p.m., at the Spring Lake Recreation Center (245 Ruth St.)
Monroe said that the HS4N completion will be judged by Fox and Ginuwine with prizes as follows:
1st place. $500, an exchange gift card (amount to be determined) and a music deal to include production and distribution by an internationally-known recording company
2nd place. $250 and exchange gift card (amount to be determined)
3rd place. T-shirt and exchange gift card (amount to be determined)
Tickets are $15 for military and $20 for non-military for the Aug. 5 show.
On Aug. 6, Soldier Fest will bring The Floaters, Jamel Richardson, Sandhill Soul Crooners, Mia Thompson and Freddie Smith to perform a tribute to veterans and retirees. Tickets will be $25 for military and $35 for non-military.
Online tickets are available at www.soldierfest.com or at Sports USA (3-2102 Longstreet Road). Tickets for the Aug. 5 show are also available at some American Legion and VFW posts. Call 907-0739 for the specific posts with tickets.
Tickets for the following night are available online, as well as at Sports USA and at Taste of West Africa (107 Person St.) Also call 907-0739 for more information.
Monroe encourages Soldiers, their Families and others to attend Soldier Fest.
“It’s a safe environment and it gives Soldiers something different,” she said.