Miami Kicks Off Ticket Sales For Soul Beach Music Festival Presented by Verizon

Five-day Music Event Features Top Artists



Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Verizon Communications

    NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The warm
 almost-summer nights of Miami will swell with the rich sounds of soul music
 performed by leading artists next month during the five-day Soul Beach Music
 Festival Presented by Verizon.  Tickets for the three main-stage concerts at
 the Orange Bowl go on sale today.
     The festival, hosted by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
 and the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority, will feature top rhythm and
 blues and soul artists, including Angie Stone, Eric Benet, Erykah Badu, Jill
 Scott, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Musiq Soulchild, Ron Isley and the
 Isley Brothers, and other performers at a series of musical events May 30
 through June 3.
     Verizon is the presenting sponsor for the festival.
     "By sponsoring this event, Verizon is enriching the musical calendar of
 the summer of 2001, delivering the best in neoclassic soul music to a
 nationwide audience we want to acknowledge and support," said Gregory R.
 Smith, director of multicultural marketing for Verizon.
     "Verizon serves customers with a wide range of musical preferences, and
 sponsorship of this festival will appeal to the largely urban and African
 American community," he said.
     Verizon is promoting the Soul Beach Music Festival in 17 U.S. markets:
 Atlanta; Philadelphia; Detroit; Chicago; Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; New York;
 New Orleans; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Raleigh/Durham and Charlotte, N.C.;
 Dallas; Miami, Tampa and Orlando, Fla.; and Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.
 Tickets also are being sold in these 17 markets.
     The festival, produced by AR Entertainment Marketing, will include three
 evening concerts hosted by comedian Bill Bellamy, star of the hit movie "The
 Brothers" and former host of the "MTV Jams" television show, and a number of
 other beach and club-based events.
     "The collaboration between Verizon and the Soul Beach Music Festival is an
 excellent way to build brand awareness as both entities strive to forge
 lasting consumer relationships.  It is our hope that Verizon and the Soul
 Beach Music Festival continue to support the others efforts to ensure future
 success," said Mark Adkins and Tony Rome, producers, AR Entertainment
 Marketing.
     Tickets for the main stage concerts can be purchased online at
 ticketmaster.com or at Florida Ticketmaster locations.  Charge-by-phone
 purchases can be made through Ticketmaster centers, including Dade County,
 805-358-5885; Broward County, 964-523-3309, and Palm Beach County,
 561-966-3309.  Prices range from $35 per event for upper-deck, general
 admission to $55 for field-access, unreserved general admission.  Three-day
 passes are available for $150.
     Travel and hotel reservations can be made through American Express Travel
 Related Services at 1-800-AXP-2796, or through Apel Travel, 1-800-538-2553.
 Travel agents can arrange exclusive premiere travel packages through Aiken
 Tours and Travel Impressions.  More information is available at
 http://www.soulbeachmusicfest.com.
 
     Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) is one of the world's leading providers
 of communications services.  Verizon companies are the largest providers of
 wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with nearly 109
 million access line equivalents and more than 27.5 million wireless customers.
 Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world.  A Fortune 10
 company with approximately 260,000 employees and more than $63 billion in
 annual revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the
 Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.  For more information on Verizon,
 visit http://www.verizon.com.
 
     ON THE INTERNET: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and
 biographies, news media contacts and other information are available at
 Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web (http://www.verizon.com/news).  To
 receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for
 personalized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.
 
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    NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The warm
 almost-summer nights of Miami will swell with the rich sounds of soul music
 performed by leading artists next month during the five-day Soul Beach Music
 Festival Presented by Verizon.  Tickets for the three main-stage concerts at
 the Orange Bowl go on sale today.
     The festival, hosted by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
 and the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority, will feature top rhythm and
 blues and soul artists, including Angie Stone, Eric Benet, Erykah Badu, Jill
 Scott, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Musiq Soulchild, Ron Isley and the
 Isley Brothers, and other performers at a series of musical events May 30
 through June 3.
     Verizon is the presenting sponsor for the festival.
     "By sponsoring this event, Verizon is enriching the musical calendar of
 the summer of 2001, delivering the best in neoclassic soul music to a
 nationwide audience we want to acknowledge and support," said Gregory R.
 Smith, director of multicultural marketing for Verizon.
     "Verizon serves customers with a wide range of musical preferences, and
 sponsorship of this festival will appeal to the largely urban and African
 American community," he said.
     Verizon is promoting the Soul Beach Music Festival in 17 U.S. markets:
 Atlanta; Philadelphia; Detroit; Chicago; Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; New York;
 New Orleans; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Raleigh/Durham and Charlotte, N.C.;
 Dallas; Miami, Tampa and Orlando, Fla.; and Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.
 Tickets also are being sold in these 17 markets.
     The festival, produced by AR Entertainment Marketing, will include three
 evening concerts hosted by comedian Bill Bellamy, star of the hit movie "The
 Brothers" and former host of the "MTV Jams" television show, and a number of
 other beach and club-based events.
     "The collaboration between Verizon and the Soul Beach Music Festival is an
 excellent way to build brand awareness as both entities strive to forge
 lasting consumer relationships.  It is our hope that Verizon and the Soul
 Beach Music Festival continue to support the others efforts to ensure future
 success," said Mark Adkins and Tony Rome, producers, AR Entertainment
 Marketing.
     Tickets for the main stage concerts can be purchased online at
 ticketmaster.com or at Florida Ticketmaster locations.  Charge-by-phone
 purchases can be made through Ticketmaster centers, including Dade County,
 805-358-5885; Broward County, 964-523-3309, and Palm Beach County,
 561-966-3309.  Prices range from $35 per event for upper-deck, general
 admission to $55 for field-access, unreserved general admission.  Three-day
 passes are available for $150.
     Travel and hotel reservations can be made through American Express Travel
 Related Services at 1-800-AXP-2796, or through Apel Travel, 1-800-538-2553.
 Travel agents can arrange exclusive premiere travel packages through Aiken
 Tours and Travel Impressions.  More information is available at
 http://www.soulbeachmusicfest.com.
 
     Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) is one of the world's leading providers
 of communications services.  Verizon companies are the largest providers of
 wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with nearly 109
 million access line equivalents and more than 27.5 million wireless customers.
 Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world.  A Fortune 10
 company with approximately 260,000 employees and more than $63 billion in
 annual revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the
 Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.  For more information on Verizon,
 visit http://www.verizon.com.
 
     ON THE INTERNET: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and
 biographies, news media contacts and other information are available at
 Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web (http://www.verizon.com/news).  To
 receive news releases by email, visit the News Center and register for
 personalized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -- Click Here
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