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Top-level music and comedy acts will soon be heading to installations across Naval District Washington (NDW) thanks to a new program being launched by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

After bringing classic rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd to Maryland in 2012 as part of the Defenders of Freedom Day at Six Flags America, NDW MWR has transitioned such events into a new concert brand called Freedom Live.

“Freedom Live is all about value, quality and entertainment,” said Lee Bell, regional program manager for NDW MWR. “Freedom Live is being established as a new entertainment brand here at NDW. The brand will provide customers with predominately concerts and comedy shows that are based on the desires of our loyal MWR fan base.”

The opening act for Freedom Live’s inaugural year is slated for August 16 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, featuring rock bands 3 Doors Down and Blues Traveler.

Although the concerts are on Navy installations and sponsored by NDW MWR, the shows will be open to service members from all branches, as well as DoD contractors and employees.

Bell said VIP tickets bought by followers of the NAS Patuxent River MWR Facebook page sold out within three days, and general admission tickets go on sale May 1. Bell advised customers, both military and civilian contractors, to buy early, as ticket prices rise as the concert date approaches.

“Anyone who has been to a concert at some of the more recognized venues within DC have grown accustomed to seeing high-level entertainers such as Dave Matthews, Madonna, Toby Keith, Coldplay and Journey just to name a few,” Bell said. “The entire DOD community within the National Capital Region, including our own here at NDW, now has the opportunity to experience the same level of talent locally by attending a Freedom Live event.”

Freedom Live customers will have the option to purchase VIP tickets, which will include perks such as meet and greets with bands, special food and beverage choices, better parking spots, and private restrooms. Regular ticket holders can still expect good seats at a discounted price, Bell said, along with free parking, affordable concessions, and a convenient and secure venue on their local installation.

For future shows, Freedom Live organizers plan to use customer preference surveys and social media outlets to determine what shows customers want to see, and then work to bring those acts to stages across NDW.

A second event is already booked for September 20 at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB). Although the headliners have not yet been publicly named, Bell said the performers, as well as the emerging talent in the opening act, should create excitement for country music fans in the area.

“Freedom Live will provide A-List entertainers that our very best customers want and deserve to see close to where they work and live,” said Bell. “These individual components will remain as an integral part of the Freedom Live brand going forward and should help expand its lifespan for the benefit of MWR customers.”

For tickets and event information, visit www.freedomlivendw.com.

To stay up to date with news and events across NDW, visit www.facebook.com/NavDistWash.