Liza Mitchell

THE ART OF CHAD SMITH OF THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

In a recent interview with EU Jacksonville, Smith shines some light on his venture into the marriage of sight and sound. Known for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, drummer Chad Smith is making a name for himself in the art world with a new beat centric multi-media collection. Smith was supposed to showcase his works March 21-22 at Gallery 725 at 1250 Beach Blvd. Of course now in the age of Coronavirus, all non-essential businesses have been forced to close and gatherings of over ten people and without the ability to be 6 feet apart, are not …

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Jacksonville Symphony to Perform at JFK Center

Jacksonville Symphony to Perform March 23-29 for the Festival of American Orchestras at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.   The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joins an elite group of musicians chosen to perform as part of the 3rd annual SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras in Washington, D.C. The prestigious event held March 23-29 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the identity and artistry of orchestras in our culture. This year, SHIFT will also feature the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Jacksonville Symphony …

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27th Annual Great Guitar Gathering Returns to the Florida Theatre on February 28

This February will host The Great Guitar Gathering to raise funds to benefit the school’s guitar department. The fundraising concert spotlights the talented DA Guitar Orchestra and will present many of the most respected solo artists in classical, finger-style and jazz guitar. Many of the past guests are Grammy winners, National Finger-style Champions, and International competition winners. The 27th Annual celebrates the dynamic instrumentation and community support to benefit founder Don Casper’s prestigious guitar program Feb. 28 at (www.floridatheatre.org). Student musicians in the DA Guitar Orchestra, featuring 31 players from 9th to 12th grade, will open the concert followed by …

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A Behind the Scenes look at Romeo & Juliet, Players By The Sea Presents a Powerful All Female Cast in Romeo & Juliet

Players By The Sea Presents a Powerful All Female Cast in Romeo & Juliet

When the now-defunct announced it was closing its doors with an unrealized production of an all-female production of Romeo & Juliet in the works, it took the spirit of collaboration to help bring the story to life Players by the Sea partnered with , artistic director of Self Produced Theatre, Romeo & Juliet Director Amy Canning Love and Assistant Director to create a space for this groundbreaking production. Romeo & Juliet will be staged Feb. 20-23 at in (www.playersbythesea.org). “I knew the directors and the leads were passionate about the project, so I never had doubts that they were going …

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Rob Clove Talks Bandstand: The Musical, Presented by FSCJ Artist Series

EU Talks with Bandstand’s Rob Clove Before each performance of the award-winning Bandstand: The Musical, Rob Clove takes pause to tap into the struggles facing young African American men returning home from war in 1945. He digs deep into the pressures of working hard to rise above the societal pressures and make a meaningful mark on the world. Clove found inspiration in his character, Jimmy Campbell who discovers music as a way to  cope with the horrors of war in his generation. “I have a ritual. At the beginning of each show, I just take a moment to myself and …

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Ritz Chamber, We The People

Ritz Chamber Players in all it’s Forms, Through the Power of Music

Art, in all it’s forms, is the common denominator that helps bring people together. The divisive nature of the current climate helped inspire a new Ritz Chamber Players music series designed to unify audiences for the love of music. Hosted by the Ritz Chamber Players, “We The People” is the group’s 18th mainstage concert season dedicated to creating public conversation centered around such challenging topics as race, religion, gender, and war. All the main stage concerts are held at 7:30pm at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. The performances are free and open to the public. Tickets for all main stage performances …

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FSCJ Artist Series Brings the 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT to Jacksonville, Cody Jenkins, Juan Luis Espinal, Coleman Cummings

FSCJ Artist Series Brings the 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT to Jacksonville

Interview with RENT cast member Cody Jenkins It has been over 10,518,984 minutes since RENT first measured the value of friendship, the weight of artistic integrity, and the struggle to keep them intact while living and loving fiercely among the rising tides of addiction and the AIDS epidemic. The 20th anniversary tour of the groundbreaking musical by the late Jonathan Larson celebrates the friendship of seven young artists struggling to pursue their dreams without selling out. The tour stops in Jacksonville January 14-19th at the (www.artistseriesjax.com). Ground breaking, inspiring, hopeful, celebratory – all are descriptors used to measure the impact …

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Grace Potter Returns to her Roots with a New Set of Rules, Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, Jan 15

Grace Potter Returns to her Roots with a New Set of Rules, Florida Theatre Jan 15

When Grace Potter burst onto the scene, it was impossible to make sense of her good fortune. Blessed with supermodel looks, legs for days, commanding the stage with soft purr to a husky growl. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals were festival darlings, opening for artists like Robert Cray and cranking out hits such as the sexy earworm ‘Paris (Ooh La La La).’ The band reached number one bolstered by the hit ‘Stars,’ and, indeed, it seemed they were aligned in her favor. Potter was a comet streaking across the night sky, until it all faded to black. After weathering an …

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Traveling Musician Isaac Corbitt Writes Anthem to His Hometown: "Jacksonville"

Traveling Musician Isaac Corbitt Writes Anthem to His Hometown: “Jacksonville”

As a traveling musician, Isaac Corbitt spends a good deal of time on the road. Regardless of where he is in the world, he always misses the city he calls home. Corbitt wrote and recorded his first original solo song called “Jacksonville” as an anthem to his hometown. The track is a series of stories about growing up in the city, raising hell down by the St. Johns River. Many of his friends went on to college after high school to prepare for a life away from Jacksonville. But Corbitt is dug in and proud to honor his hometown. “Yeah, …

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Jacksonville Historical Society's Gingerbread Extravaganza Returns to Old St. Andrews

Jacksonville Historical Society’s Gingerbread Extravaganza Returns to Old St. Andrews

Bakers throughout the community will come together this month to celebrate a Jacksonville holiday tradition. The 17th Annual will showcase edible holiday creations in support of the educational programs and archives of the . Visitors will enjoy nearly 50 handmade gingerbread creations beginning December 4th at the Old St. Andrews event venue in the .  The Gingerbread Extravaganza is funded in part by a grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund. The Gingerbread Extravaganza was founded and hosted by the South Jacksonville Rotary from 2003 to 2010. The Jacksonville Historical Society became the host of the event in …

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