Will Henley

Come & Get It! I Prevail at Welcome To Rockville

Anyone that knows me is well aware that I am a big music video fan! I can fall down the YouTube rabbit hole for hours. During an afternoon free fall of listening to From Ashes To New, I came across a name I hadn’t seen before.. I Prevail.Curiosity struck and I had to hit play. The song “Scars” opened with the line “Trying to tear us apart but, know that we’ll wear our scars” and I knew another free fall was about to begin. By the end, my copy of their album “Lifelines” was on its way! A few months …

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Blues Is My Destiny: James Armstrong at Springing the Blues

Blues music is the exquisite exhalation of struggle and pain paired with the harmonious howl of survival and redemption. Singer, songwriter and guitarist is the living embodiment of that balance. When he first found his stride in the blues world, Armstrong knew he was fulfilling his destiny. Playing the blues was his birthright and nothing was going to keep him from that. James Armstrong will perform Sunday on the main stage at the held April 7-9 in Jacksonville Beach. During a recent European tour stop in Belgium, Armstrong spoke to EU Jacksonville about overcoming a tragic past and fighting back …

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Fest-Life: 27th annual Springing the Blues Festival April 7-9 at the SeaWalk Pavilion

Each spring in Jacksonville Beach the days grow longer, the weather gets warmer, and the spirit of the blues blankets the oceanfront with three days of blistering live performances. The 27th annual Springing the Blues Festival is held April 7-9 at the SeaWalk Pavilion (www.springingtheblues.com). Touted as one of the industry’s most sought after festivals, Springing the Blues has evolved from a single day event with six hours of music to a three-day extravaganza spotlighting the best in the blues. This year, the lineup features everything from up and coming artists to Grammy nominated artists, including Coco Montoya, Albert Cummings, …

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Obama’s First Date “Southside With You”

Release Date: August 26, 2016 Running Time: 1 hour and 14 minutes Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, smoking, a violent image and a drug reference Grade: B+ Written and Directed By: is a character-driven film based on the first date of 27 year old and 25 year old . In his directorial debut, director and principal writer Richard Tanne does a fantastic job capturing the events that took place on a summer afternoon and evening in Chicago, Illinois in 1989. (Zero Dark Thirty and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) is incredible as Barak. He has the most remarkable resemblance to …

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“Free Market Music” – Stetson Kennedy Songwriter Residency

On a small pier in the middle of Lake Beluthahatchee, This Frontier Needs Heroes strummed out some chords and took a stand for musicians everywhere. Surrounded by water, Brad’s choice of weapon was a vintage Yamaha acoustic guitar while Sadie’s was a German violin. The two stood strong and become the heroes the music frontier needed through amazing harmonies and deft fingers. Brad has been playing under the name since 2009 but the two became a duo in 2014 and the rest was history. They recently took part in the Stetson Kennedy Song Writer’s residency where, on this very pier, …

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A TRIP BACK TO A REMOTE, “MYTHICAL” TOWN IN MAINE

An Interview with PBTS Associate Director and Director of Almost, Maine Bradley Akers One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. Players by the Sea brings Almost, Maine back to their Studio Stage after presenting the show last year to rave reviews. Sadie La Manna, Box Office Manager and Communications …

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JD & THE STRAIGHT SHOT ON TOUR WITH JEWEL

  On the heels of their recent European trek, Americana band JD & The Straight Shot are set to open for Jewel’s Picking Up the Pieces tour kicking off on March 4th in Lake Charles, LA. JD & The Straight Shot – vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan whose voice the New York Post calls “reminiscent of Tom Waits and Randy Newman,” guitarist/vocalist Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash), bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton) along with touring musicians guitarist JJ Appelton (David Bowie, Keb Mo, Darius Rucker) and violinist Alicia Enstrom (Keith Urban, Nashville Symphony) – are hitting the …

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JACKSONVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE DOWNTOWN CORE

City Announces 2016 Performers and Unveils Poster The Jazz Festival has become a celebrated part of Jacksonville’s history and culture. This year, the City of Jacksonville is excited to announce that the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Festival is returning to the downtown core on Memorial Day weekend, May 26 – 29. The free music festival will feature three stages of entertainment. The Swingin’ Stage, presented by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, is the main stage and will be located at the corner of Main and Adams streets. The Groovin’ stage will be located in Hemming Park, while The Breezin’ Stage will be …

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November Movies – Dinos, 007, Hunger Games + Peanuts

OUR BRAND IS CRISIS A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), now coaching the opposition. But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability – both on and off the campaign trail – Jane is plunged into a …

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The Hip-Hop Nutcracker: Tchaikovsky Reimagined

  Event: The Hip-Hop Nutcracker Venue: The Ritz Theatre Date/Time: Nov 29 at 3 and 7pm Tickets: $25-40 Contact: www.ritzjacksonville.com   A contemporary work set to’s timeless music,  is a holiday mash-up featuring special guest and rap pioneer and hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo. Directed and choreographed by , artistic director of Brooklyn’s all-female hip-hop crew , and adapted by , executive director of United Palace of Cultural Arts in New York City, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is staged for two performances at 3pm and 7pm Nov 29 at the (www.ritzjacksonville.com). The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production performed …

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