Lyme Disease Music Fest of The South- May 17, 2014

Please join us in sunny Jacksonville, Fla for a very worthy benefit; a Lyme disease fundraising music festival, featuring top musicians and known Lyme disease advocates. This is a fabulous way to participate in an important cause, learn more and soak in the music, sunshine and talent of our world. Lyme disease is the USA’s fastest spreading infectious illness. You want to learn and help in this crisis.

Les Stroud of “Survivorman” and Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens to Headline Lyme Music Fest Coming to Jacksonville

Lyme in the South Music Fest, a concert & festival dedicated to Lyme disease awareness, will feature popular performers in Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, May 17.

The Florida Lyme Disease Association and Ticked Off Music Fest are proud to present Lyme in the South Music Fest to bring awareness to Lyme and tick-related diseases to Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, May 17, 2014, starting at 3 p.m. at River City Brewing Co. (835 Museum Circle in Jacksonville). 

The music line-up features Pat DiNizio, frontman of the Smithereens, famous for such hits as “Blood & Roses,” “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” “Girl Like You,” and “Only a Memory.” Pat will be playing acoustic versions of these songs as well as tunes from his solo releases. 

Also featured is Les Stroud from the “Survivorman” TV series. Les will be playing acoustic guitar & harmonica and will also be educating on tick awareness and prevention.

Rounding out the bill is Houston-native Alisa Turner who will be playing her breakout hit “Breathing” about her own struggles with Lyme Disease. Also performing is Gregg Kirk of The Zen Engines who will be playing acoustic versions of his band’s material, all inspired by his healing journeys through Lyme Disease.

Speakers include Katina Makris (Lyme activist & author of “Out of the Woods”), Dr. Kerry Clark (a University of North Florida professor of epidemiology and environmental health who has published ground-breaking studies confirming Lyme in the South), and Lyme-literate physician Dr. Shirley Hartman.

Proceeds from Lyme in the South Music Fest will go to the research efforts of Dr. Kerry Clark as well as the TBDA (Tick-Borne Disease Alliance) – an organization dedicated to raising awareness, supporting research and promoting advocacy to find a cure for tick-borne diseases and to the Florida Lyme Disease Association and their efforts to drive awareness to the greatly-misunderstood disease. 

The Ticked Off Music Fest, an organization dedicated to driving funding and awareness to Lyme and tick-borne diseases through a series of music festivals, and the Florida Lyme Disease Association have collaborated to bring awareness of Lyme cases in the southern US through this event.  Lyme and tick-borne diseases are the fastest growing infectious diseases in the country and while these illnesses have previously been thought to be an East Coast epidemic, a wave of cases and sufferers are being counted in the South.

For more information about the Lyme in the South Music Fest, go to:

For all other inquiries, send email to:

PR Contact: Gregg Kirk,, 203-858-9725.


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