Club Sport Madeirense in New Bedford, the organization behind the giant Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, is offering an afternoon of country music with proceeds going to benefit the club's scholarship fund.

The second annual Country Music Festa is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Madeira Field (the feast grounds) in New Bedford's North End. Club member Mike Jesus joined Townsquare Sunday this week to talk about the event and why it's important.

"Country music is a big draw in this area, so we thought we would give this a try," he said. "It went well last year, so we thought we would bring it back again."

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Jesus said the Country Music Festa is all about people having a good time, but the number one goal is to raise money for scholarships.

Each year, Club Sport Madeirense awards more than $40,000 in scholarships to deserving students in our region.

"You don't need to be related to anyone at the Feast to apply," Jesus said. "That's a big misconception. Anyone can apply for these scholarships."

The Country Music Festa will feature top regional performers like the Liz Spencer Band, Daniel Miller, and Jake Hunsinger, plus DJ Shane and line dancing taught by Boot Scootin' Sarah.

Tickets for the June 3 event are available through or the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament website. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets for a pig roast and admission are $25. Several food trucks will be on hand as well.

The complete Townsquare Sunday interview with Mike Jesus can be heard here:

Townsquare Sunday is a weekly community affairs program heard Sundays at 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. on WBSM.

The program highlights individuals and organizations seeking to make the SouthCoast a better place to live and work.

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