When it comes to being passionate about the state we live in and Florida’s water rights dilemma, there’s a voice that rises above the din of political posturing and partisan debate. Tom Shed has been on a mission to raise awareness about, and to question the motivation and impact of, diverting North Florida’s water resources for burgeoning large-scale commercial development in Central Florida.
Tom’s passion and music comes to Jacksonville’s Old St. Andrews Episcopal Church, home of the Jacksonville Historical Society, on Saturday, January 18. Acclaimed concert bassist Dan Peterson will be accompanying Tom’s musical message. The show is a beacon of enlightenment to the challenges our most precious natural resource faces, interspersed with songs of Florida history and the human condition. Tunes, like ‘Florida State of Mine,’ which is an anthem to State Park awareness, paint a picture of the natural beauty that our part of the State provides. Tom’s repertoire includes songs about Florida’s vast history of quirky characters, natural disasters and love at first sight.
Tom Shed is a Jacksonville native who’s become an accomplished touring musician, sporting a signature wide-brimmed white hat that is recognized at festivals and venues throughout New Zealand, Australia, the Caribbean, Canada and across the U.S. Tom is a headline act at the Florida Folk Festival and has performed there starting back in 1972. A hometown Northside product and a 1970 graduate of Andrew Jackson High School, Tom went on to earn a degree in communications from the University of Florida. Tom started performing at the age of 14 at Kirby Smith Junior High and went on to win the first battle of the bands at Regency Square in 1969 with the underground band King James Version (a time in North Florida music history when Lynyrd Skynyrd was first known as The One Percent and The Second Coming band was the Allman Brothers Band’s name). Tom’s Jacksonville roots and love of Florida make him a musical ambassador everywhere he performs.
His engaging smile and his mild demeanor hide a dynamic showman. This accomplished musician blossoms on stage and dazzles the audience with a veteran’s guitar and banjo prowess. Lyrics crafted with heartfelt themes have meaning and purpose.
Jacksonville is well noted as a spawning ground for top caliber musicians. Plan to spend an evening of meaning and mirth with one of our own. Tom Shed’s concert for the Jacksonville Historical Society promises to be a performance you’ll long remember. Join this minstrel messenger on January 18 at the Old St. Andrews Church on A. Philip Randolph Blvd, right across from Veteran’s Arena. For more information contact the Historical Society at (904) 665-0064 or www.jaxhistory.com. Admission is just $10.