Local Musicians

Hometown Couple to Set the Stage at Daily’s

The is the perfect fit to christen the stage of the new . Not only is guitar prodigy a Jacksonville native, the new 5,500-seat venue adjacent to fuses two of his favorite passions; live music and Jaguars football. “I’m pretty excited about it. I would never ask but when I heard about it being built, always in the back of my mind I was like ‘that would be fun to open up’,” says Trucks. “We’ve been season ticket holders from year one so it’s exciting to be there. It should be fun. Susan played the kick-off party for Tortugas in …

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Creative Spaces: At Home with the Parker Urban Band

In the same room where the Parkerurban family watches television, the rehearses for the . With (vocals), (keys), (saxophone), (drums), (bass), and (percussion), the —John (guitar and vocals) and his wife, Juanita (vocals)—make up the Parker Urban Band. It’s no easy task to form an eight-piece act, especially in an enormous city like Jacksonville. Yet the Parker Urban Band manages to practice at least once a week, and more often when they’re preparing for a gig. In the living room, where the band has rehearsed since they formed in 2012, the audience consists of a sofa, a coffee table, and …

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Shades of Spade

Singer songwriter knows the makings of a good song: melody, hook, and heart. The artist tests his new material on a live audience, and if it gets a positive response, it stays in rotation. But before a song hits the stage, it’s played to an intimate audience of one: his wife, Colleen. When compiling material for his first collection of new music in four years, McQuade looked to Colleen as a sounding board. “She’s my muse. So if I play something that she doesn’t like, I can tell by her face,” he says. “It’s like ‘try again.” Armed with 11 …

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A Conversation with Courtney Lewis: The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Season Ahead

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Courtney Lewis, EU Jacksonville, Performing Arts Guide, Classical Music

Classical music is a delicate balance of old and new with a respected history of great composers sharing the stage with exciting new artists. Now entering his third complete season as Music Director of the , strives to create a cohesive calendar that honors both the past and the present. “I personally want to introduce some new music that people don’t know because I think it’s very important for us to play the music of today as well as the past.” “We want to provide as rich a range of music as we can. Many different people in our audiences …

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Complicated Animals Go West!

The local musical duo always planned to move to the West Coast someday, where music and film coexist. For and , that someday is now. “We’re really excited. We’re going to be leaving at the end of February to move out to LA. I have quite a few friends and contacts that I’ve made over the years there, and I think it will just be really good for us to be near them and more personal for everyone. I’ve been dealing with people from afar. I really realize how important it is to have a personal connection with people, so …

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“Don’t You Fake It”- Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: An Interview with Randy Winter

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Jackrabbits 12/26/2016 8:00pm I had such a blast talking all things with guitarist a couple of months ago! We sat down over some iced coffee and talked about where Red Jumpsuit got their big start, “bad press” over the small things, and now looking forward to bringing us back to where it all began December 26th at Jackrabbits with a live performance of their platinum debut album “Don’t You Fake It!” “This year has been about celebrating the album that kicked down the door for us 10 years ago.” Not only is the very talented The …

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Flashback to Winter Formal Friday

When some of hear “Winter Formal” our minds immediately flashback to the days when it was associated with a school dance surrounded by chaperones & awkward slow dancing. Leave it to X102.9 to make over the “Winter Formal” image by shaking things up! They said to hell with the ball gowns and typical DJ playing non-stop bubblegum or rap by creating a musical celebration with no dress code and some of today’s greatest bands! So we left corsages at the gate, laced up our chucks, and thanks to The 1975, Silversun Pickups, Phantogram, Glass Animals, and Coin we danced the …

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Wearing Music Like a Charm: Jordyn Jackson’s Handplayed Handmade Guitar String Jewelry

Life on the road as a traveling musician is good for the soul. It can open windows to new experiences, create lasting connections and inspire discovery right at the fingertips. As one half of the acoustic folk duo , is fortunate to share it all with her partner in marriage and music, . Together, the pair travel the country, playing intimate venues and house concerts, leaving a piece of their hearts in every city.   Handplayed Handmade is the jewelry collection crafted by Jackson using upcycled guitar strings with beads and semi-precious stones gathered along the journey. It allows her …

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Twinki : Can Jacksonville’s Music Scene Save Itself?

After 15 years in Jacksonville, drag queen rapper Twinki, aka , has packed up and moved to New Orleans, LA, to explore greater opportunities. Twinki explains that both the reserved nature of Jacksonville and the lack of places to perform, attributed to the move to New Orleans. Time after time, this seems to be an all-too-common problem for local artists who eventually leave the city to pursue their craft. Cochrane explains, “I love the people, but the city is just too conservative for me as an artist. I felt very limited by the small amount of venues that I could …

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Stroll Springfield: Jacksonville Porchfest 2016

Springfield PorchFest, Jacksonville, FL, Photo by Debra Heuskin

There is something warm and inviting about a big cozy front porch. In , cozy porches transform into intimate stages as local and regional musicians gather November 5th for the third annual , presented by . The free, family-friendly event features more than 20 performers bringing porches to life throughout the neighborhood. Attendees can stroll from porch to porch and camp out on sidewalks and front lawns as they enjoy live music and a wide variety of food, drink, and arts vendors in Jacksonville’s oldest front porch neighborhood. This year’s event will be held in Springfield’s Southwest quadrant and will …

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