The Ritz Brings New Artists to the LaVilla Neighborhood


The Ritz Theatre and Museum is proud to present a new series entitled Artists You Should Know. This on-going series will highlight rising artists in a variety of musical genres including blues, jazz, and even country, exposing Jacksonville music lovers to artists they’ll be hearing about for years to come! Artists You Should Know will also introduce new and diverse audiences to the LaVilla neighborhood and Ritz Theatre and Museum, who might not have yet had the opportunity to experience these downtown Jacksonville cultural gems firsthand.


Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8 p.m. Singer, songwriter, musician, and touring artist Cody Webb has played hundreds of dates across the East Coast, Midwest and beyond, earning thousands of fans with his expressive tenor and deft guitar work. Recently relocated to Nashville from his native South Carolina, he’s finishing work on his debut EP and has assembled a team of top music business pros for his first push onto the national scene. Led by songs including the propulsive “More Than A Little” and plaintive “My My My Girl,” Cody’s new EP reveals something distinctive yet undeniably at home in today’s country landscape. Read EU’s interview with Cody here.


Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 8 p.m. A California girl with a Nashville heart, Sandra Lynn is one of country music’s sweetest rising voices. After releasing a pair of upbeat singles — “Afterparty” and “Bar Hoppin’” — in 2015, Lynnreturns with the playful, flirty “Hey California,” which she co-wrote with producer Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark). “I feel like this song is such a strong identity piece for me,” she says. “It represents some of my earliest influences, like the Beach Boys and Sheryl Crow, and captures my love for country music and my roots as a California girl.”


Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 8 p.m. Craig Wayne Boyd has already drawn a large and loyal following as thousands thrilled to his victory in Season 7 of The Voice. But with release of his new album, Top Shelf, Boyd goes way beyond that platform to a place that even his fans might not have anticipated. Confident delivery, upbeat personality, deep country soul, and easy charisma – this is all still there. From the buoyant “Stuck In My Head” to the dirty sound of “We Sweat,” Boyd presents himself as an artist of complex dimension, never satisfied with repeating himself, but always true to his roots.


Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 8 p.m. Stephanie Quayle offers the genre a fresh sound, relatable storylines and an invigorating presence that is unmatched in today’s music scene with her new album Love the Way You See Me featuring the current single “Selfish.” Her debut single, “Drinking with Dolly,” and follow up “Winnebago,” hit Top 50 on the Billbaord Indicator radio chart with over 1 Million strems as well. Quayle made her national debuting performing “Drinking With Dolly” on “Fox & Friends” to celebrate the video hitting #1 on the CMT Music 12-Pack Countdown.

All tickets are available now and start at just $24 plus tax and fees. Single show tickets are available at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Offices located at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena or at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, online at, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The Ritz Theatre and Museum is located in downtown Jacksonville at 829 North Davis Street. As always, parking is free. For more information, visit

About the Ritz Theatre and Museum

The Ritz Theatre and Museum was constructed in 1999 on the site of the 1929 Ritz Theater movie house in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of LaVilla. During LaVilla’s height of business and entertainment activity in the 1920’s – 1960’s, LaVilla was known as the ‘Harlem of the South.’ The mission of the Ritz Theatre and Museum is to “research, record, and preserve the material and artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora, and present in an educational or entertaining format, the many facets that make up the historical and cultural legacy of this community.”

About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to 233 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit