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Inside the Mind of Henry Nader The first time his paintings were on public display Henry R. Nader watched through the gallery window. Rather than pushing himself, his views and his artistic intentions onto the viewers, he sat back, observed and let people experience his art in the most natural way possible: through their own curiosity with their own interpretation. “I saw people having conversations around my pieces. I’m not sure what they had to say, but I’m happy to have sparked any conversation. Even if they were just talking about how much they hated it,” Nader recalled cheekily. Henry …

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Now or Never : Folio’s Battle of the Bands winner is more inspired than ever

My favorite thing about the size of Jacksonville is the diversity that comes with it. Aside from the racial diversity, nearly every single subculture has representation. Our music community has the full range of country to drill rap, art from industrial size public art installations to miniature model specialists and a culinary culture boasting 5-star restaurants and hole-in-the-wall hot spots. We get to choose where on the spectrum we want to fill and support; the niches are simultaneously plentiful and filled.   To no surprise, the entire spectrum of musicians showed out for Folio’s Second Annual Battle of the Bands. Unlike …

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November Entertainment Go-To Guide 2021

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Keedron Bryant: Jax Teen Inspires Hope for Social Justice

If the last few months have shown us anything, it’s that we are capable of so much more than we ever thought possible. They have tested our resolve, pushed us to find strength and inspired us to do better, to be better even in the worst of times. These past few months have been a whirlwind for Keedron Bryant. The 13-year-old Jacksonville native recently inked a deal with Warner Records after sharing an emotional acappella performance on social media. The song “I Just Wanna Live” is a plea for social justice, spoken from the heart of a young man inspired …

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DANCING WITH GHOSTS drops new song in a landscape of cancelled plans

By Stephanie Conner I think I speak for many in saying that this year has been weird, frustrating, or just downright demoralizing, for a lot of people. Many in the music and entertainment industry, especially, are feeling the crunch. Josh Cannon and Stephanie Conner (that’s me) of Dancing with Ghosts–known locally as a highly-productive band–we are the type of artists who need to “create to exist.” 2020 has been quite the ride, and we’ve had to adapt in order to move forward. In this bizarre age of livestreams instead of concerts, and FaceTime instead of dinnertime with loved ones, how …

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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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The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience Performs for Troops at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience Performs for Troops at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Local musicians serve up a heaping helping of southern roots rock and blues in Guantanamo Bay A group of local musicians has embarked on a four-day trip to perform for US troops stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. and Isaac Corbitt of the traveled from to the storied military compound where they will entertain the men and women in uniform. The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience was performing its rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at ’s when it caught the ear of a different kind of military recruiter. A representative of a group that sponsors entertainment at military bases liked what they heard and …

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