Sound check

Three big competitions are underway this month. WAPE’s Last Band Standing wraps up on August 1st. Finalists for the previous three weekends are competing to earn time in the studio and spots at two massive shows: the Florida/Georgia game kickoff party and WAPE’s Birthday Bash. The Battle for Planetfest at Jack Rabbits will help determine which locals will play the big show in the fall. Come and show your support on August 10th, 12th, 24th, 25th and 30th. You can also catch more battle of the bands action on the 22nd at Murray Hill Theatre’s King of the Hill competition. The winner of this annual event gets $500, free merch to sell to fans, a free professional photo shoot and studio time. . More news from the Hill: the venue is celebrating its 14th anniversary. A massive birthday party will be held on August 15th featuring Second Thief, Don’t Sigh Daisy, Radio City Confessions, Ocean Is Theory, Twisted Affliction, Chasing Ghost, A Jasey Project, The Healing Process, Formatta, Quiet Science, Doubting Benefit, Red Letter Bullet, Quinn and Coming This Fall. Even Callahan’s Burning Regret is coming back for a reunion set to pay tribute to the Jax institution. Don’t miss it! . The hardcore act, Kids Like Us, are releasing their new album The Game on August 15th. To mark the occasion, the band will be having a CD release show at the Pit on the 21st. . The Sophomore Attempt is playing a farewell show at the Murray Hill Theatre on August 29th with Doubting Benefit, Quinn and This Aviation. The band has been making music together for five years and are splitting up to pursue bigger and better things. Good luck guys! . Area hard rockers Mindslip recorded a new album in July. Expect it to be released sometime in the near future. . Our congratulations to Shawn Fisher & the Jukebox Gypsies, who signed to Universal Republic last month. We look forward to his major label debut! . On a sad note, local legend Teddy Washington passed away on July 21st. The talented trumpeter shared the stage with Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, James Brown, Patti Labelle and B.B. King among others. He is greatly missed by the staff at EU Jacksonville and by the community as a whole.

get outta town
August 9 Lil Wayne/Young Jeezy/Soulja Boy Tellem/Drake Lakewood (Atlanta, GA)
August 9 Coldplay / Kitty, Daisy & Lewis / Elbow Ford Amphitheatre (Tampa, FL)
August 13 Cheap Trick Cruzan Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach, FL)
August 14 &15 Dave Matthews Band / Robert Earl Keen Cruzan Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach, FL)
August 15 Paul McCartney Piedmont Park (Atlanta, GA)
August 17 Bowerbirds / Megafaun The Earl (Atlanta, GA)
August 24 Adelitas Way / Sick Puppies The Swamp (Ft. Walton Beach, FL)

venue of the month

St. Augustine Amphitheatre
(904) 471-1965,
1340 A1A South, St. Augustine
By far one of the most impressive venues on the First Coast, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre has played host to several big name acts since it reopened in 2007 after a five year overhaul. The shiny new concert hotspot holds up to 4500 people and often reaches that capacity. In addition to shows, the Amphitheatre also offers free movies in the spring and their annual Winter Wonderland celebration complete with ice skating and snow. For a closer look at their upcoming shows and events, head over to their website.

Coming This Month:
August 7 Jackson Browne
August 14 Counting Crows / Michael Franti & Spearhead / Augustana
August 15 Judas Priest / Whitesnake / PopEvil
August 23 Crosby, Stills & Nash
August 28 O.A.R. / Brett Dennen