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Jacksonville Jazz Fest 2015

A lot has changed in the 34 years since a modest crowd gathered in the historic fishing village for the first ever . Growing pains paved the way to venue changes, an expanded festival schedule and booming attendance throughout the years. One constant that has remained relentlessly intact is the caliber of artistry at the festival and the unwavering commitment to jazz in all of its forms. Formerly billed as the Mayport and All That Jazz Festival, the Jacksonville Jazz Fest evolved from a small, single day event to a nationally recognized destination at  produced by and partners. The  took …

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Jazz Fest After Dark: The Urban Core Comes Alive at Sundown

The downtown scene comes alive in the late night, long after the acts of the have finished their sets. This year, for the third year in a row, returns during May 22-24, 2015, for free, late night fun and music in nine different venues, featuring over 60 different musical artists. Jazz Fest After Dark organizers aim to give Jazz Fest attendees a reason to stay and explore the Jacksonville nightlife with a wide range of different artists and venues, all for free. After years of having thousands of people and patrons flock Downtown for the Jazz Fest, Jazz Fest After …

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Get in the Spirit as Elisha “Atlas” Parris Headlines the Jacksonville Jazz Festival

, a four-time veteran of , headlines it for the second time this year. He is a perfect fit for the festival’s stage. “I was born into music. My mother played piano, and my father played trombone, and I grew up in the church,” says Parris. He relates that both his father and mother encouraged him to pursue music, although the road to performing jazz wound through lots of gospel. “The group for me that made me feel like jazz was the right choice was the . They are my favorite jazz band of all time. If you listen to …

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Way Down Upon…The Florida Folk Festival – May 22-24

The Real Florida Doesn’t Usually Make Headlines What: Florida Folk Festival When: May 22 – 24, 2015 (Memorial Day Weekend) Where: Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center in White Springs, FL Info: www.floridafolkfestival.com The on the in has been the home of the for 62 years. Since it’s beginning in 1952, it has maintained a distinct trajectory from many folk music festivals in the state by focusing the cultures and stories that inspire and drive the incredible music that Floridians have made over the generations. The Florida Folk Festival isn’t just about folk music, it’s about traditional Florida cultures. has played …

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The Rash of Con – Collective Con Lands at Fairgrounds

Collective Con 2015

Collective Con Brings Nationally Trending Nerd Culture to Jacksonville Nerd culture conventions are not just the fodder of late night talk show jokes anymore. The days of convention attendants being mocked for not having girlfriends is a thing of the past. In the last 5 years, the larger conventions, like San Diego’s famous , have grown so popular, you have to buy your tickets almost a year in advance or it’ll sellout before you even know what character you intend to go as.  in Atlanta has proven that this phenomenon isn’t exclusive to the west coast. Recently, Orlando’s  has even …

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Laughs & Riffs – The A-Train Experience

Duval-based comic calls on comedians and musicians alike to get all aboard his entertainment express at Jax Comedy Club If you are at all intimate with the stand-up scene in Jax, then you are most certainly familiar with Jacksonville’s own professional jokester, . He’s been performing here “all his life,” starting out as the “funny kid” and, now into adulthood, opening for many notable national acts such as , , and . If you cover the Jax yuk-yuk scene as I do, he is as much of a fixture in greenrooms as is neurosis. The always affable and down-to-earth comic …

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Art in the Park + MOSH + RAM

Hemming Park is exploding with art all over the park on Saturday, May 2, sponsored by . From 10 am to 3 pm, children and adults are invited to a free day of fun with the best of the city’s cultural organizations offering live performances, participatory events and even a water spirit emerging thanks to artist . Come along any way you wish – by bicycle, skyway, river taxi or walk the bridges. Just be there for a jammed pack day of exciting events over at , too, where the  at  or around the bend at  for more food, fun …

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Springing the Blues – 25th Anniversary

For many blues performers and their audiences, the relationship between the musical performance and storytelling is definitive of the genre and central to the blues tradition. These stories are rich in history, building a legacy of perseverance and success from the early days of field hollers and slave spirituals to the stories born on dimly lit stages and preserved in dusty tomes. The started small, as stories do. Founder had an idea to create a local music festival celebrating blues music. Plans were simple – one day and six bands on a tiny, open-air stage in the heart of Jacksonville …

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A Rookie Plans for One Spark: An All-Inclusive Guide for First Timers at One Spark

Taking place in Downtown Jacksonville from April 7th through the 12th, the third annual One Spark is the World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival. The festival acts as a platform for Creators to showcase their projects and ideas in the categories of Art, Education, Health & Science, Music, Technology, and Social Good. Festival attendees are then given the opportunity to contribute directly to the Creator Projects, vote for the Project to receive a portion of $350k and learn and discover new ideas from all those participating in the festival. Now that everyone is well aware of what One Spark is exactly, let’s …

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FLAT LAND – #22386 One Spark Music Creator

FLAT LAND – #22386 PLAYING @ EU’s ONE SPARK MUSIC CREATORS SHOWCASE at UNDERBELLY – Friday April 10 – 9:00 p.m. is a cosmic funk-rock quartet based in Gainesville. The band has played in festivals and shows across the southeast for the past three years, but the project they are working on is just as near to our hearts. Without exposure to music through school band and orchestra programs, they would never have had the opportunity to do what they love most. So, they have teamed up with friends in successful bands across North Florida to develop an afterschool program instructing …

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