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Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band to play in Beaufort

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - This weekend the Independence Fund and Main Street Beaufort USA will host Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at the 16th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Fest. Sinise is a big supporter of the troops and he's performing this concert in Beaufort for free.

There has been a lot of excitement building ever since it was announced that Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band are going to play a free concert this Friday at Waterfront Park. Officials are expecting the park to be packed, so get there early. Sinise said he can't wait to hit the stage and help raise money for cause near and dear to his heart.

"When they asked me to do this in Beaufort, I thought, 'how perfect,'" said Sinise. "My band is called Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, and I haven't been down to Beaufort since I shot the movie 'Forest Gump,' it seemed like a perfect fit and I am really looking forward to it.

The actor is excited to share his musical talents on the main stage.

"I would like to invite you as the Lt. Dan Band performs a free concert honoring those who serve in our armed forces," Sinise said. "Come join us as we have some fun make some new friends and show we care."

Sinise has many ties to the military, that is why he has made it his mission to help the Independence Fund and perform in Beaufort for the more than 100 veterans from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"These heroes have paid an enormous price safeguarding our freedom," said Sinise. "This is a chance for all of us to show our appreciation." 

It's also a chance for him return to the city where he played his first starring role.

"I loved being there, making the movie back in 1993," said Sinise. "I have not been back there since. I think everybody that comes to the concert will go away feeling great."

Along with the concert, the weekend will include the inaugural Lt. Dan Golf Classic and the Lt. Dan bike ride. It's going to be a big weekend. There's also the Beaufort Shrimp Festival taking place Saturday in Waterfront Park.

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