THE COMING OUT MONOLOGUES
Given the fact that Florida still has a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage (not to mention a state law that does the same thing, because you can’t be too sure), and that the Jacksonville City Council has shamefully refused to even ban anti-gay discrimination, The Coming Out Monologues has something very important for this community to hear. Being held proudly outside the closet, the monologues feature the local LGBT community and its allies sharing personal life experiences in a nonprofit production aimed at fostering acceptance. Last year’s event featured Johanna, a 7-year-old ally: “If one of my friends told me they were gay, I would say I still love you as much as I have from the very beginning and would never treat them any differently. Gay people should not be treated any different or any less.” Johanna gets it – way more than Clay Yarborough and Don Redman probably ever will, sadly. 7-9 p.m. June 27; 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. June 28 at WJCT Studios, Downtown, $20-$25.
You’ll insist they’re too good, and too pretty, to be true. Real-life lovers, talented songwriters and founders of the Clean Water Music Fest (it raised more than $24,000 for the people of Rwanda in its second year), Jax Beach’s Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson escaped to the hills of Keystone to record their first full-length, Fee Fie Foh Fum. With no splicing or tuning – and with the acoustic guitar and vocal recorded at the same time, as a folk record should be – it’s raw, imperfect and damn good. The CD release show on June 27 sold out, so they added another (June 28) during a Northeast Florida stopover early in a tour with more than 24 stops. Doors 6 p.m. June 28 at Mudville Music Room, San Marco, $10.
TASTE AND LEARN
THE SCIENCE & HISTORY OF WINE
Better known for all those educational exhibits, MOSH turns to expert David Joudi – who has more than 35 years’ experience, um, “studying” wine – to tell us about classifying wines, corking and when to start pouring. Now, the only wine history some of you care about is how that vintage went from the bottle to your lips. (We’re not judging you. Well, maybe a little.) But you’ll learn something as you get your vino-buzz on at the MOSH After Dark event, which means you’re a better person than the kids chugging Miller Lites at the bar down the street, you sophisticate you. 6 p.m. June 26 at the Museum of Science & History, Southbank, $20 ($16 for MOSH members).
If there’s one overarching ingredient to a great punk record, it’s that the studio recording captures the live sound. Atlanta-based chick-punk trio The Coathangers have mastered that aesthetic with their latest release, Suck My Shirt, a record that shoves a middle finger at over-polished studio quality with a collection of tracks bound by staccato guitar riffs that compete with abrasive feedback, breakneck drumming and ferocious, ire-filled vocals. Oh, and the video for “Follow Me” features heavy-metal heavyweights Mastodon performing wretched lip-syncing. We’re just pleased that’s a thing now. 9 p.m. June 30 at Underbelly, Downtown.
KATZ AT RITZ
The Katz Downstairz come upstairs to play urban jazz beats to help Ritz Theatre & Museum begin a new chapter. The theater holds an open house to introduce its new theater coordinator, Jennifer Covington. The Katz fuse jazz, soul, R&B and hip-hop while grabbing attention at their Live Basement parties. Admission is free; food and beverage available from Cravingz Food Truck and Savor … Jacksonville. 1-4 p.m. June 28 at Ritz Theatre, Downtown.
Though Rebelution’s latest album Count Me In has the usual lyrical shtick of de-stressing, spreading good vibes and the importance of bros, there’s a signature to this band that sets it apart from the dime-a-dozen world of reggae. Tracks like “Fade Away” show a slower, moodier pace and instrumental experimentation more characteristic of alt-rock than roots reggae. But when Rebelution does reggae, it does it right, with vibrant horn sections and smooth-as-glass vocals and guitar. 6 p.m. June 27 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, $30-$130.