Verizon's Beach Activities Add Sizzle to Second Annual Soul Beach Music Festival in Miami

MIAMI - Soul music fans will be treated to a free three-day beach party hosted by Verizon June 6-8 during the second annual Soul Beach Music Festival in Miami.

Daily activities will include tug-of-war matches, scavenger hunts, volleyball games, trivia contests and dance competitions from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Nikkei Beach Club or the Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort in Miami Beach. (Note: See attached schedule of events). Several radio stations will be broadcasting live from the beach events.

This is the second year Verizon has been a major sponsor of the Soul Beach Music Festival. The sponsorship is part of a diverse array of activities the company supports in the African American community.

"We want to support events that celebrate and enrich the diverse cultures of our customers," said Vincent Reed, group manager for Verizon multicultural marketing. "The beach parties in Miami held during the festival also enable use to connect with our customers while providing them with a good time."

Participants can register for the various events each morning between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the live remote broadcast shows. The Soul Beach Music Festival concerts are scheduled for June 7 and 8 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. In addition to 2002 Grammy Award winner Alicia Keyes, featured acts include internationally acclaimed artists such as Luther Vandross, Cameo, Morris Day and The Time and Musiq.

Other concert sponsors include American Airlines, Crown Royal, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and HBO. In addition, Soul Beach Music Festival events include the Crown Royal Comedy Show -- featuring Melanie Comarcho, A.J. Jamal, Miami's own Marvin Dixon and host J. Anthony Brown -- will be held June 6 at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami.

Tickets for the concerts are $35 to $65 and the comedy show tickets are $27.50 to $37.50. Tickets are available at the American Airlines Arena and at all Florida Ticketmaster locations. Customers can call Florida Ticketmaster in Dade County on 305-358-5885, in Broward County on 954-523-3309 and Palm Beach County on 561-966-3309.

Verizon Communications

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 133.8 million access line equivalents and approximately 29.6 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. With more than $67 billion in annual revenues and nearly 248,000 employees, Verizon's global presence extends to more than 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.


Media contact:

Alonzo Brown, Burrell Communications, 312-497-8565

Robert Elek, Verizon, 813-483-2541

Catherine Lewis, Verizon, 703-974-5547

Verizon Soul Beach Music Festival Beach Activities

Date Location Live Broadcast

June 6

Nikkei Beach Club, Miami Beach

Sinbad/Los Angeles KHHT

June 7

Nikkei Beach Club, Miami Beach

Sinbad/Los Angeles KHHT

June 8

Royal Palm Crown Plaza Resort

1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Daily Schedule

6 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Event Registration

11 a.m.

"Long Distance" Tug of War

11:15 a.m.

"Local Package" Scavenger Hunt

11:30 a.m.

Beach Volleyball


"Long Distance" Tug of War

12:30 p.m.

Beach Volleyball

1 p.m.

"Trivia Feud"

1:15 p.m.

"Verizon Says.... Dance"