Summer Jam concert Friday to benefit programs for veterans with PTSD

Military supporters and all Midlands residents who enjoy live music are encouraged to attend the Big Red Barn Retreat’s Summer Jam, this Friday evening at DOKO Meadows Park in Blythewood. The benefit will be raising money for the Big Red Barn retreat, which provides free therapeutic services to veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other combat-related stresses. Veterans who are motorcyclists have the opportunity to ride with a group of bikers from Carolina Honda to Blythewood for the concert.

Big Red Barn’s Executive Director Sutton Shaw discussed the performers who will be playing. “At 7:00, Brooks Herring will take the stage, who is not only a Navy veteran, but a very talented musician” she said. “Then at 8:00 the Blue Pickups will take the stage and will be rocking it until about 10:30.” In addition to music, Shaw said there will be attractions for the kids like face painting and a bubble machine. There will be food trucks, beer and wine. “It’s a great event for everyone, you can bring the family,” she said.

Carolina Honda’s Jim Wertman discussed the plan for all motorcyclists interested in attending the concert. He said riders will arrive at Carolina Honda (901 Buckner Road) in Columbia Friday afternoon. Then at 5 p.m., a police escort will lead them to DOKO park for the concert. Wertman said this is a big opportunity for the bike community to help veterans. “Over 60 percent of those who ride a bike are veterans,” he said. “This is all about the Big Red Barn Retreat and what it does for our service members.”

To find out more information about the event, and to sign up ahead of time for the bike ride, visit www.thebigredbarnretreat.org/summerjam. Tickets for the motorcycle portion must be purchased ahead of time.

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