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Year in Review: 2019 Jacksonville Shows & Concerts by Photographer Kim Reed

A Year in Review: 2019 Jacksonville Shows & Concerts by Photographer Kim Reed, The Rolling Stones at TIAA Bank Field

When the curtains rose and the spotlights came on, my long-lens Nikon was fixed right in the middle of the stage to catch Cher as she stepped out in all of her splendor at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. Only she was lowered down from the ceiling on a rope instead. Fortunately, I, Kim Reed, photographer at EU Jacksonville, managed to change tack and capture her glittery descent in all its glory.  The music scene in NE Florida includes such intimate spaces as and ranges through venues such as the , the and larger venues like , , …

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The 2019 Jacksonville Film Festival Announces This Year’s Winners

The 2019 Jacksonville Film Festival Announces This Year’s Winners, Awards

Congratulations to all of the filmmakers at the 2019 . The festival received a record 471 film submissions from 41 countries. A total of 101 films were selected, representing 21 countries with 26% being women directors. Congratulations to the winning filmmakers: Best of Fest Mr Sam (United States) Director: Zeus Kontoyannis Best Feature Documentary Who Killed Lt Van Dorn (United States) Director: Zachary Stauffer Best Feature Narrative Every Time I Die (United States) Director: Robi Michael Best Short Narrative Mr Sam (United States) Director: Zeus Kontoyannis Best Short Documentary Exit 12 (United States) Director: Mohammad Gorjestani Best Student Short Mariposas …

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Putting Jax on the International Map: The Jacksonville Film Festival Returns

Jacksonville Film Festival, Actress Christina Wren, Women's Perspective, San Marco Theatre

2019 Jacksonville Film Festival If you want to reach people universally, you need to speak specifically. For Jacksonville Film Festival’s , art in all its forms is a way of educating each other on our perspectives and our lives. Film as a medium incorporates the individual performance elements that connect us all as human beings in a universal language we all understand. As program director of the , Driscoll mined through hundreds of submissions to create an inclusive schedule that demonstrates humanity in all its forms. The 2019 Jacksonville Film Festival returns November 15-18 at the (www.jacksonvillefilmfestival.com).  The Jacksonville Film Festival …

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Get Your Fair On: The Greater Jacksonville Fair Returns Nov 7-17

Get Your Fair On: The Greater Jacksonville Fair Returns Nov 7-17

With family fun, thrilling rides, live music and champion livestock, it’s fair to say the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair rocks. A colorful new contest added this year could spell a free day at the fair for lucky winners. The opens Nov 7, and continues through Nov 17 at the located in the Sports Complex adjacent to TIAA Bank Field. VIP tickets are available for performance by Uncle Kracker, Eli Young Band, Blanco Brown and Blue Oyster Cult. Free seating is available for all shows with the price of an admission ticket. JaxFairRocks features painted rocks hidden in plain sight across …

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 2019 Jacksonville Film Festival Returns Nov 15-17

Lady Hater, Directed by Alexandra Barreto, TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 2019 Jacksonville Film Festival Returns Nov 15-17

Jacksonville Film Festival will host the 2019 Jacksonville Film Festival Nov 15-17 at the . Organizers will celebrate the city’s colorful film history with the theme “First Hollywood” representing the city’s past as the “Winter Film Capital of the World.” For over a century, Jacksonville was home to 30 film studios and played a vital role in the country’s film history. The recalls Jacksonville’s past as a destination for the independent film community and future generations of filmmakers poised to utilize the city as their canvas. “By bringing the festival back to where the industry first began, our organization celebrates …

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Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Comes Back to Okefenokee Fairgrounds in Waycross for its 22nd Year

Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Comes Back to Okefenokee Fairgrounds in Waycross for its 22nd Year, Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Comes Back to Okefenokee Fairgrounds in Waycross for its 22nd Year, Photo by Kim Reed

It started with a few local pickers gathering in Dave Griffin’s Waycross backyard. Two years later, the collection of musicians evolved into an annual celebration of the life and music of Gram Parsons. By 2001, the event drew a bigger crowd than Griffin could comfortably accommodate. “My home has always been a welcome haven for music,” he says, “but after the ’01 tribute, I woke up the next morning to find dirty footprints in my bathtub and thought maybe it’s time for a change.” Today, the 22nd Annual is held September 26-28 at the Okefenokee Fairgrounds in Waycross, where Parsons …

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Buchner’s Bierhalle: New German Bierhalle in Murray Hill Transports You Back in Time

Buchner’s Bierhalle: New German Bierhalle in Murray Hill Transports You Back in Time, Jason Grimes

Upon walking into you are immediately transported back in time. A time of bootleggers roaming the streets on horseback and speakeasies that require a secret password or have a hidden back-alley entrance. Buchner’s, is easy to miss if you aren’t looking for it (or even if you are!). Located in the back of in , this is quite literally a hidden gem. Once inside, it’s all too easy to forget that you are in Jacksonville. From the exposed brick walls to the uniquely retro wallpaper, this place is one of a kind. Jason Grimes, the owner of Buchner’s Bierhalle, named …

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Sing Out Loud Festival: Free Music in St. Augustine for the Month of September

Sing Out Loud Festival in St. Augustine, Lauris Vidal

4th Annual Sing Out Loud Festival The 4th annual kicks off September with a roster of 334 national, regional, and local artists performing in live concerts at various venues. The month-long free festival held on the four weekends from September 6th-29th features eclectic presentations of concerts by country music star Kacey Musgraves, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Jenny Lewis, Kurt Vile, Shovels & Rope, Son Volt and Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Growlers, Hot Water Music, Propagandhi and Subhumans, GZA, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Menzingers, and Dave Hause, Raye Zaragoza, and more. The full schedule is available at …

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THE AMP: St. Augustine Amphitheatre Leads Nation as an Eco-Friendly Live Music Venue

Tame Impala at The Amp in May 2019, The Amp St. Augustine, Florida, Live Music Venue, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

An Epic Celebration of Live Entertainment The recent exit of as the driving force behind the has left big shoes to fill. But it also cemented Murphy’s legacy as a forward-thinking leader who implemented a series of green practices to make the Amp a fully sustainable venue and put St. Augustine on the map as a live music destination. Murphy stepped down April 20 after a decade-long tenure as the county’s Director of Cultural Events. He was responsible for programming at The Amp and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, both county-owned and operated venues which he developed into profitable, innovative and …

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Welcome to Rockville Moves to Daytona with No Plans to Return to Jacksonville

welcome to rockville, jacksonville, florida, soundgarden, the offspring, A Perfect Circle

It’s the end of an era for Welcome to Rockville. Festivals producers Danny Wimmer Presents have announced plans to relocate the Welcome to Rockville from to the Daytona International Speedway. The news rocked hometown fans who were shocked to learn that after nine years, the popular hard rock festival would not return to Jacksonville in 2020. Rockville has hosted such hard rock artists as Tool, Soundgarden, Marilyn Manson, the Foo Fighters, Slayer, Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Judas priest, A Perfect Circle, Def Leppard, The Offspring, Slipknot, Korn, Godsmack, Slash and countless more. “Welcome To Rockville might be leaving Jacksonville, but I’m …

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