Music News

2nd Annual Community First Seawalk Music Festival

There are so many reasons to love where we live, and the 2nd Annual  celebrates them in abundance. The event is held from noon to 10pm on June 14th at the  in Jacksonville Beach. The free festival spotlights local food vendors, artists and culture with an eclectic collection of the area’s top musicians, including , , , , , , , , and . With such a feel-good menu of reggae, funk, bluegrass, southern rock and blues, festival organizers are hoping to introduce up-and-coming local artists to a wider audience. “This year we will present a very eclectic lineup of …

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Diablo Sez – Jacksonville Music Notes – May 2014

EU’s Jack Diablo stays on top of the Jacksonville music scene so you don’t have to! Check in every month for album reviews, show recommendations, and local music news. Upcoming Shows May 10 Froth, The Coogs, Queen Beef at Shanghai Nobby’s I made the regrettable mistake of turning down a booking request for the Growlers a few years ago that I’m still kicking myself for. Suffice it to say: if that bums you out too, Froth is probably the next best thing. They are playing Psych Fest this year after all. The Coogs though are totally awesome! They’ve been around …

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Little Books new album, Bridges and Empires set to release in May

Little Books is a two piece folk outfit made from  of  and  of . The two met at a house show in Arlington and eventually started making music together. Little Books’ new album, Bridges and Empires, is set to release in May. EU: What is the story behind the band name? Robin: We both always have multiple little journals. We have miniature little libraries. It just kind of stuck at one point. EU: [To Robin] Your other band, Four Families, also had an album release on March 1. What is it like to release the albums in such short timing? …

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The Kelly/Scott Quintet Hosts Jacksonville Jazz Fest Jam

In jazz music, timing is the nucleus of a song and without it, the music loses its shape. As half of one of Jacksonville’s musical power couples, jazz vocalist  understands the value of perfect timing. Kelly has been an instrumental force in Jacksonville’s jazz scene for the better part of two decades. During that time, she and her husband, trumpeter , created a name for themselves as part of the city’s cultural elite as players, teachers, and mentors. It was that spirit of fostering fresh, new talent that initially prompted Kelly to help cultivate an improvisational jazz jam session at …

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival – Sweet Sounds & Smooth Moves

John Coltrane once said that you’ve got to look back at the old things and see them in a new light. The  has a long and storied past from its humble beginnings in the  fishing village to a sprawling, three-day celebration of the many genres of jazz that are important elements to our nation’s musical history. After more 30 years, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival is hitting all the right notes. From May 22nd-25th, the heart of downtown Jacksonville will be transformed into a vibrant festival setting as local, regional, and national jazz artists gather on multiple stages to showcase their …

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Woven In Self titled EP

 is such a solid fixture in the Jacksonville music scene that it’s easy to forget she wasn’t born here and hard to accept that she’ll be leaving. With , the latest and most personal of her numerous bands, Johnson is making waves worth catching before she she leaves, and even with her busy schedule she was gracious enough to talk about it at length with EU. Johnson says she started playing violin in middle school, but it was TV networks like  and  exposing her to bands such as  which really got her interested in making music of her own. She …

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Making It Legal-Entertainment and Arts Collaborative of Northeast Florida

For a new artist with an eye on the prize, the anticipation of success can cause tunnel vision when it comes to the fine print, leaving them blind to the harsh inequities of the entertainment business. Local entertainment attorney Carolyn Herman hopes to shed some light into the darker corners of the industry with a new endeavor that will offer legal and business services to the region’s artistic community. Herman announced her plans to launch the Entertainment and Arts Collaborative of Northeast Florida, Inc., last month at a press event for the 24th annual George’s Music Springing the Blues Festival. …

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DIABLO SEZ on music – April 2014

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There is simply TOO MUCH going on in Jacksonville this month! It only happens a couple times a year, but this is one of those times when the stars align, the weather is perfect, and everything happens. Don’t get caught looking back on April with regret. Try any combination of the following events, or seek out any of the many equally as entertaining options not listed below. Whatever you do, do something! The Elements of [/p2p] LAUNCH PARTY Do you f*%$ing love science?! Of course you do, or at least according to your Facebook, you do. But do you really love …

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The Elbow Presents: Amplified Volume

A Showcase of Jacksonville Hottest Musicians – The Elbow Presents: Amplified Volume In a breaking One Spark development, The Elbow media manager Grant Neilson revealed to EU the first public announcement of “The Elbow Presents: Amplified Volume 1,” Jacksonville’s first local music compilation in over ten years. The submission process just recently came to an end. Over 50 groups submitted songs that showcase some of the best up-and-comers in Duval’s burgeoning music scene. Congratulations to Antique Animals, Dr. Sirbrother, On Guard, Sidereal, Universal Green, Joshua Worden, Mortal Mirror, Whetherman, JacksonVegas, ND 20/20, Navigateur, The Embraced, Scott T, Herd Of Watts, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Canary in the Coalmine, Pilotwave, Inspection 12 (official), Marion Crane and DarkHorse Saloon for …

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