The Independence Fund earlier today announced that the Lt. Dan Weekend benefit concert featuring Gary Sinise will again come to the Lowcountry.
For its fifth incarnation, the benefit concert by Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band is set to begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the North Charleston Coliseum.
The concert, which raises money for the Independence Fund, a 100 percent volunteer nonprofit organization supporting our nation's most severely injured veterans, will mark Sinise's first time performing at the Coliseum.
Sinise first performed in the Lowcountry at the invitation of the Independence Fund in 2010, and also for several years at the Lt. Dan Weekend in Beaufort before the concert was moved to Charleston last year to accommodate more people.
"We're excited to keep the concert in the Tri-County area," Independence Fund founder and President Steve Danyluk said in a press rlease. "We knew relocating wasn't going to be easy, but thanks to support from the entire community it was a tremendous success." Danyluk also said that moving the concert from The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium, where it was held last year, to the North Charleston Coliseum was mainly prompted by weather.
"We've been extremely lucky to have four outdoor shows, and Mother Nature threw us a curve ball last year with late afternoon storms. We decided we'd pushed our luck enough, and it would be better to move indoors."
The concert is the final event of LDW5, a week-long retreat beginning at the Palm Key retreat on Knowles Island. Nearly 100 severely injured veterans and their caregivers are expected to attend LDW5 from Sept. 15-19.
Tickets for the concert are $25-$125 and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday; they will be discounted 10 percent through Memorial Day. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone 1-800-745-3000 or the North Charleston Coliseum Advance Ticket Office.