Local Musicians

New Artist: Mar 

  Words and Photos by Amiyah Golden    Dynamism, inclination, proficiency and soul all come together and embrace the talent that oozes out of local Jacksonville singer Mar.    His name alone precedes him as I’ve heard it circulate through various artist circles — always met with great acclaim — but I finally was able to hear him for myself and was blown away.    I was captured by a melodic and sincere spiel accompanied by Mar’s vocal propensity, turning me into an instant fan! I recently got to sit down with the singer to talk about his journey as …

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Divorce Culture 

Words and Photos by Amiyah Golden   Some things are just destined to be together: peanut butter and jelly, ranch on pizza, J Lo and Ben Affleck (depending on who you ask, of course) and Jacksonville band, Divorce Culture, an alternative-rock ensemble composed of Fleming Island natives Tyler, Brian, Jeremy and Brysen. Despite the irony of the name, the unification of Divorce Culture has produced a sound that fuses together to create a euphonious harmony.    High school hallways served as the initial mediator between Tyler and Brian who belonged to their individual factions at school with Tyler in chorus …

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April Concerts

April 1 Scream at the Sky Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   April 3 REO Speedwagon with special guest Cheap Trick St. Augustine Amphitheatre theamp.com   Ashley McBride Florida Theatre floridatheatre.com   Mac McAnally Ponte Vedra Concert Hall pvconcerthall.com   The Portrait Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   April 5 DaBaby + Yo Gotti and Friends VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena jaxevents.com   Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Florida Theatre floridatheatre.com   Owl City with special guest Augustana Ponte Vedra Concert Hall pvconcerthall.com   April 6 Turnpike Troubadours Daily’s Place dailysplace.com   Orchestra Noir Florida Theatre floridatheatre.com   Doubleside Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   April 7 The …

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A League of Vibrant Energies: Breaking the Glass Ceiling One Kismet Track at a Time

Words by Amiyah Golden   A League of Vibrant Energies (more commonly known as “L.O.V.E Culture”) is a fitting acronym for a local artist collective  of five brilliant individuals who have come together to produce music laced with intention and vigor — EASYin2D, Flash the Samurai, DJ Larry Love, Spirit XIII, Ch́e, and Rob Mari.     “1827 N Pearl” was the project by L.O.V.E. Culture that I streamed as soon as I left James Weldon Johnson Park’s Hip Hop Festival a couple years back. I whipped out my Spotify (because that’s the only acceptable streaming platform) and added every song …

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Cliff Dorsey: Small-Town Hero With A Southern Heart

Words by Carson Rich High Springs, Florida, known for its charming small-town atmosphere, is now becoming a hotbed for musical talent as an ambitious young country singer/songwriter aims to make it big in the heart of the country music scene. Meet Cliff Dorsey, a rising star with a voice that echoes the soul of the South and lyrics that tell tales of life, love and everything in between.   Born into a family with deep roots in the town, Dorsey discovered his love for country music at a young age, listening to the timeless classics that echoed throughout family gatherings. …

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Who We Saw, What We Thought 

Words by Briana Pereira   EASY HONEY AT JACK RABBITS LIVE    Easy Honey, a Charleston-based band, took the stage at Jack Rabbits Live recently, alongside bands Happy Landing and Rohna. Easy Honey entered the stage immediately bringing some quirkiness to the venue with one of their members taking the stage barefoot and another rocking suspenders. Very 2010 hipster, if you ask me.    Their music is the perfect fusion of surf rock and indie pop with a unique sound that captures the spirit of coastal living. As I listened to their set, the beats and lyrics from their songs …

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Edge Control: The Project Everyone Needs to Hear

  Words by Amiyah Golden As a huge proponent of the arts in this city, I find myself frequenting many local showcases, bars and album releases — wherever art resides I follow — and it’s always a treat to experience some of the purest forms of talent … especially when it’s by accident.    Anyone can sing, anyone can write, and anyone can produce. But not everyone can perform and own the stage like local artist, Ebonique.    I remember visiting the monthly installment of the former talent showcase, The Potluck, that highlighted numerous local artists. With each performer bringing …

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Ice Nine Kills: A Scary Good Show

Words by Courtney Thomassen INT. DAILY’S PLACE, JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA   VOICE (V.O.) And now, for our feature presentation…   A light rain falls over the venue where fans have gathered for what is likely to be a killer show. The large banner concealing the stage drops to reveal two television screens that flip through a handful of channels before landing on American Case File, where a profile on singer Spencer Charnas is airing. A voice over welcomes the audience as fog pools on the stage floor. The silhouettes of Ice Nine Kills appear.   At the crossroads where horror film …

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Wish You Were Here with Floyd Nation

Words by Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez    “We don’t hold ourselves out to be these rock stars we’re not. We’re just people. We’re just people that just happen to be able to play Pink Floyd really well.” – John Conrath, Floyd Nation   It’s unfortunate, really, that our generation did not have the luxury of living through the Pink Floyd era. That doesn’t mean we don’t listen to them; we just weren’t physically there. From 1965 to 1994 Pink Floyd, ruled radio stations and arenas across the globe with their psychedelic space-rock and blues-based progressive rock. As we mentioned, …

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Mood Stabilizers: Jazz+Food=Perfection

Words by Shelton Hull   “Fine dining” is about more than just the food itself, although that is the most important thing. Fine dining is a state of mind, a mix of atmosphere and attitude that begins before you’ve even left the house. From the time you select your outfit, you’re immersing yourself into the whole experience, physically and mentally. Once you walk through the doors, the adventure has begun, and the pace is set immediately by the ambient sounds within.    An easy cheat-code for setting the mood is to use music, particularly jazz, which rose up from the …

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