Liza Mitchell

EU Talks to Earth, Wind, & Fire’s Ralph Johnson About the Heart & Soul 2.0 Tour

From the tumultuous political climate, social injustices, and racial inequalities of the 70’s, Earth, Wind, & Fire has shared its message of hope and inspiration. Many of the same obstacles still persist today, and Earth, Wind & Fire echoes its healing message in the face of adversity. EU Jacksonville spoke with percussionist about staying grounded on solid earth, what it takes to keep the fire burning, and the willingness to go wherever the wind takes them. On March 23, Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago blow into Jacksonville to kick off their co-headlining Heart & Soul 2.0 Tour. The show …

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A Half a Penny for a Half a Decade?  Lee Loughnane Toots Chicago’s Horn

It’s hard to imagine logging 50 years in one of the industry’s top-selling bands, but it’s nearly impossible to remember all the details of the journey. Fortunately for , every decade of their 50-year career is marked by tangible milestones that measure the past successes and remind the band why they still love what they do. As the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades, Chicago has an impressive 25 of their 36 albums certified platinum. The band has toured every year since the beginning. The band has earned a Grammy Award, multiple American …

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OUT OF TOWN FESTIVALS

March 3-5 AURA MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL  A weekend of art, music, yoga and workshops on the grounds of one of the most beautiful natural amphitheaters in the country set in the midst of 800 acres of Spanish moss, draped oak and cypress trees along the Suwannee River. The Lineup includes Aqueous, Backup Planet, Bedside, Ben Sparaco, CBDB, Bright Light Social Hour, Dank, Disclosure, Broccoli Samurai, Crazy fingers, Fat Mannequin, Fusik, Garrin Benfield, Greenhouse Lounge, Holly Bowling, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Nunchuck, Particle, Pigeons, Playing Ping Pong, Pink Talking Fish, Roar!., Snarky Puppy, The Disco Biscuits, The Fritz, The Heavy …

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2016 Guide to Spring Festivals

March 4-6 ST. AUGUSTINE LIONS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Get ready to eat great seafood; tap your toes to live music, and then stroll through more than 100 arts and crafts exhibitors. These are just a few of the highlights of the 35th St Augustine Lions Seafood Festival Presented by Winn-Dixie. The Festival features tons of delicious food, outstanding music and affordable arts & crafts. Families will enjoy the Kidz Zone, Spanish Landing and Pirate Village. Friday night is Jazz night, Saturday and Sunday will feature Americana music. Families will also enjoy the kid rides, magic, pirate fun, belly dancers, raiders, youth …

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Talkin’ Blue: Dan Carter of Blue Man Group does speak…to EU

There is a current of childlike wonder that connects the characters of the to the world around them. That inquisitive energy encourages human-to-human interaction, while helping the audience reconnect with their own sense of wonder and discovery, with their own sense of what is possible. It also represents a social commentary on the nature of music, the power of live performance and the ability to interpret a performance. It’s all done without dialogue accompanied by a kick-ass rock band. The Blue Man Group returns to Jacksonville March 12-13 at the before embarking on a world tour. is a veteran actor …

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Bikinis & Boots!: Great Atlantic Country Festival March 19

The 27th annual celebrates Bikinis and Boots with a new country music format March 19 in Jacksonville Beach. Formerly the Great Atlantic Seafood Festival, the all new Country Music Fest celebrates the best the south has to offer with boots, bikinis and brews. “Even though it’s technically the oldest festival, the Great Atlantic Festival has kind of morphed over the years as it finds its way,” says festival founder Sam Veal. “We hope that this will become the start of something really great.” With the move of the from Everbank Field to the Daytona Speedway, the Great Atlantic Country Festival fills …

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Red Roots – Triple Treat at Great Atlantic Country Fest

 “With a stage persona as fiery as their blazing red locks, these triplets engage the crowd with their story through real life lyrics and rolling banjos intertwined with rocking guitars. Through their unwavering boldness there is a Southern Mississippi charm rooted in faith, family, and an unshakable call to show the world where true Hope is found.” The Taylor triplets – Nicole, Natalie and Nika – will make you do a triple take as beautiful and talented women with fiery red hair. But give them a listen, and they will capture your heart with their striking harmonies and incredible musicianship. …

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Aim between the ears – “Whad’Ya Know?” host Michael Feldman enlightens EU

There are a number of clichés that could aptly describe ’s approach to his illustrious radio career as the host of the nationally syndicated show, ; “Consistency is the key to success” or “Less is more” and perhaps even more fitting, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Feldman is at home with status quo. He’s been doing his same call-in quiz show in the same comfy spot for over 30 years. There are no bells, whistles, politics or hard-hitting news. For Feldman, consistent is better than good because it works. “I don’t think I could do anything differently and …

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“We’re Having A Blast” – Trout Steak Revival

There is a lot of good grass coming out of Colorado and is among the young bands doing its part to cultivate a new sound while staying true to the roots. The Denver-based five-piece is part of the generation of young bluegrass pickers carrying on the bluegrass tradition of the music.  They are on the road with , stopping Feb 9 at the to play some old stuff, test out some new stuff that hasn’t even been recorded yet and as always, sprinkle in a cover or too. “It’s pretty exciting. We’re just starting our third week,” upright bassist Casey …

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Pie From The Sky

Baker is bustling around the quaint little kitchen, pausing to find a spot for a freshly baked strawberry pie to cool. A multi-level baker’s rack is brimming with flaky fruity and savory pies, the results of a productive morning. It’s a quiet Friday afternoon at , but tomorrow “will be a different beast” for National Day Pie. Then again, every day is pie day at Pie Heaven Café. Pie Heaven Café is a little slice of heaven situated in a charming blue cottage on Mayport Road. As owner and pie master, Hyde started the business in her kitchen to satisfy …

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