Cafe Eleven kick starts fall with Sera Cahoone
After cooling it for the summer, Cafe Eleven is getting things going this fall with a great line-up of artists that will bring their own unique styles, stories and talents to Saint Augustine. Modern rock troop Mae with Automatic Loveletter appeared Sept. 13th, the brilliant and unique Tracy Grammer along with Mark Williams performs Sept. 18th, the unabashed, homegrown rock ‘n roll of Spraky’s Flaw and Lighthouse Music will play Sept. 26th and not to be missed Sera Cahoone on Sept. 17th.
Seattle-based songstress Sera Cahoone started out not in front of the microphone but behind the drums. Stuck behind the kit since age 11, Cahoone spent time in the rhythm sections of both Carissa’s Wierd (no folks, that’s not a typo!) and the rapidly rising Band of Horses before setting out on her own. Her self-titled, self-produced first album got rave reviews, prompting Sub Pop to offer a place to sign on the dotted line. Now, two years after her country-folk coos wowed those critics and record execs, Sera’s newest offering, Only As The Day Is Long, is available for your listening pleasure.
“Easy listening” is the best way to describe Only As The Day Is Long, though that may give some people the wrong idea. The ten-track effort is filled with accessible folk songs with a charming country twang. The bittersweet tunes are far more intimate and introspective than what we’ve come to expect from Cahoone’s previous bands and, according to fans, the songs only get better when experienced live.
Sera Cahoone is currently on tour in support of Only As The Day Is Long, and will be stopping by Cafe Eleven on September 17th. New York indie kids Sam Champion and Jacksonville’s own John Carver Band will also perform. Tickets are just $7. For more information, call Cafe Eleven at (904) 460-9311 or visit cafeeleven.com.
United States Navy Band Country Current
This country-bluegrass group is the Navy’s premier country music ensemble. Commander Ned Muffley formed the seven-member group in 1973 under the leadership of legendary banjo player Bill Emerson, and they quickly established themselves in all aspects of country and bluegrass music. Currently, the group is under the direction of banjo instrumentalist Chief Musician Keith Arneson. Tickets are free. Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 276-6750
What a difference a year makes! Not long ago the kids of Black Kids were quietly making a name for themselves amongst local hipsters, playing TSI, Jack Rabbits and the occasional show at St. Augustine’s Cafe 11. Then they headed up to Athens for their annual Popfest and the rest is rock history. Since then our little local band has become indie pop’s newest darlings, selling out shows in Europe, getting write-ups in the biggest national magazines and playing for the entire country on Letterman.
Black Kids proved that they were worthy of their seemingly overnight success with their debut album Partie Traumatic, which was released in the States in late July. The album, which peaked on the UK charts at #5 (#127 in the US) got rave reviews nearly across the board. NME declared the record “the sexiest, most outrageous outright pop album of ’08,” and the Guardian, one of the UK’s largest news sources, said “almost everything here sounds like a hit waiting to happen.”
Still, even with all the praise that’s being lavished on the band by the international media and their fans, Black Kids haven’t completely forgotten about where they came from. The band is swinging back by Jacksonville to kick off the US leg of their fall tour. Whether you’re a new fan or one of those hipsters that caught on early, this is your chance to catch Black Kids at home before they become a household name. Black Kids will be performing at Freebird Live on September 19th with The Virgins and Sunbears. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 day of show. For more information, call 246-2473 or visit freebirdlive.com. Read EU’s article about the Black Kids.
After playing with legendary blues man Muddy Waters for seven years, “Steady Rollin'” Bob Margolin became something of a legend himself. Since splitting from Waters in 1980, Margolin has played guitar in several bands, toured the world many times over and has won numerous awards for his hard work. Margolin will be in Jacksonville on September 19th to share some of his catalogue. Tickets: $12. Mojo Blues Bar, 247-6636
West Side Story with Jacksonville Symphony and Alhambra Theatre Cast
The Jacksonville Symphony begins the season with a fully-staged production of West Side Story, complete with performances by the always talented Alhambra Theatre cast. The musical takes place September 19th through the 21st. For more information on this and other performances by the JSO, visit jaxsymphony.org or call 354-5547.
Strength, versatility and a spunky sense of adventure are qualities more often associated with literary heroines than successful country singers, but then there’s nothing typical about Sara Evans. Whether dominating country radio airwaves with one of her many hit singles or attracting a new legion of fans with her spirited turn on “Dancing with the Stars,” Evans’ drive, talent and determination have placed her in an elite class of artists who transcend musical genres to become a household name. See her live at the Florida Theatre on the 20th. Tickets: $36-$54. Florida Theatre
Dubbed the “Obsessive Compulsive Guitarist,” Rhett Butler has made the disorder work for him. Butler has been known to make jaws drop with his phenomenal live performances, especially when he flawlessly plays two guitars at the same time. One of the most renowned solo musicians in the state of Texas, Rhett’s brand of music appeals to people in and outside of guitar circles and his playing is just as entertaining to listen to as it is to watch. See him at the E Street Listening Room on September 25th. Tickets: $10. European Street, 399-1740
James Cotton Band
James Cotton has been in the business for 64 years, an achievement only a truly talented musician can boast. Cotton’s hard-driving, powerful harmonica performances have earned him a reputation as a foot-stomping, infectious good-time entertainer. Cotton and has band will perform at Mojo Blues Bar on September 26th. Tickets: $25. Mojo Blues Bar, 247-6636
If you look hard enough you can find a concert happening in Jacksonville every day of the week. The same goes for plays and art exhibits. It seems we can soon add comedy shows to that list as well. The River City apparently loves to laugh and comedians are getting the message and adding Jacksonville to their itineraries.
September will bring two big names to Jax. Tony Rock, best known for his starring role on CW’s sitcom All of Us will be at the Comedy Zone (292-4242) from the 16th to the 20th. Tickets range in price from $14 to $20 depending upon the day and seat selection. Then on the 26th Margaret Cho, one of the funniest (and busiest- the opinionated comedian is also a fashion designer, author, and actress) women alive will be at the Florida Theatre (355-2787). Tickets for her show are $30 to $47.