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Local Music News
Pop rock five piece Coming This Fall releases their sophomore EP, Claim to Fame on September 4. Party with the band and the rest of their fans at their Freebird Live CD release party that same day. A Jasey Project, Doubting Benefit, Ocean Is Theory and Radio City Confessions are also performing.
Yet another CD release party is happening on the 5th. The latest from Jeremiah Daly’s acoustic project, The Perfect Measure, will be unveiled at the Murray Hill Theatre.
Local light country artist Julie Durden is holding a benefit concert for suicide prevention on September 5. The special event is taking place at the Beach Boulevard European Street. Come out to support this worthy cause.
A homecoming of sorts is taking place on September 8 at Jack Rabbits. Concert promoter, band manager, EU contributor and all around great guy Jeremy Gould is coming back to town and SUNBEARS!, Shangrala and Lark & Owl are welcoming him home with a local’s show that’s not to be missed.
Doozer’s Pub is celebrating their 2 year anniversary on September 11. The festivities will include one heck of a concert with guests Grabbag, The 2416, Super Pizza Party and more.
Neo-soul songstress Monica Monet will show off her latest effort, Nappy Halo Vol. 1, at Poppy Love Smoke on the 19th. The $15 admission will get you a copy of the CD and goodies including free dessert. That’s a sweet deal!
A Fall to Rise is shooting a music video in town on September 19 and 20 for their song ‘Faded & X Rated.’ Details are still being ironed out but they want fans to be in it so keep an eye on their website,, for the latest.
A local tradition, Murray Hill Theatre’s King of the Hill competition, continues on the 26th with yet another round. Come out and show your support.
Finally, the Battle for Planetfest continues this month at Jack Rabbits with bands duking it out on September 7, 14, 21 and 28. See some of the best acts the city has to offer all in one place!

get outta town!
Sometimes good bands don’t come to us, so we have to go to them! Here are a few road trip-worthy shows to check out this month:
September 1 Depeche Mode / Peter Bjorn and John Lakewood Amphitheater (Atlanta, GA)
September 3 The Postmarks / Peter Bjorn And John The Social (Orlando, FL)
September 9 Chairlift / Micachu & the Shapes Drunken Unicorn (Atlanta, GA)
September 10 Pet Shop Boys Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (Tampa, FL)
September 20 fun. / Miniature Tigers Drunken Unicorn (Atlanta, GA)
September 20-27 2009 Savannah Jazz Festival various venues (Savannah, GA)
September 25 Matt Nathanson / Sugarland / Jake Owen St. Pete Times Forum (Tampa, FL)
September 29 Dr. Dog The Loft (Atlanta, GA)
September 30 The Sounds Revolution (Ft Lauderdale, FL)

venue of the month

the sinclair
(904) 358-0005,, 521 W. Forsyth St., Downtown

Downtown Jax’s newest drink house is classing things up. The Sinclair, named after Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair, is a bar and performance space with an altogether uptown feel. Their dark wood bar and exposed brick walls with portraits of John Updike, Ray Bradbury and the bar’s namesake (all of which were painted by local artist Ryan Strasser) work together to create an artsy, chic atmosphere with an old-fashioned twist. Situated just off the beaten path (where Voodoo Lounge used to be, just past the bus station) and marked only by a swirly “S” on the front window, the Sinclair is destined to be one of those locals-only spots that you’ll want to take out-of-towners to in order to show them that Jacksonville can be hip too. Past the player piano and the gorgeous bar, an elevated stage has been built in the back where, on any given night, you can catch some of our fair city’s most unique musical acts, DJs or even a sketch comedy troupe or theatrical performance. No hard liquor is on the premises but you have plenty of beer (on tap and bottled) and wine to choose from. And just to mix things up, the Sinclair also serves sake and champagne cocktails. Their website is still in the works, but check out the Sinclair’s Facebook page ( for regular updates on their upcoming events.

coming this month:
September 3: Edge of Sketch (comedy show)
September 6: The Bronzed Chorus / Antarctic / City Lights Bloom
September 10: Helado Negro
September 12: Chris Spohn & Chris Phillips- Bossa Nova