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American Utopia – The Continuing Story of David Byrne

 by Paul R. Vranesh It is easy to cast David Byrne as a luminaire, ascribing the longevity, variety and eccentricity of his career to otherworldly talent or indescribable brilliance. Outwardly, he seemingly fits the depiction of a genius savant. Having crafted a singularly unique musical style buttressed by such disparate sources as African beat and dive punk, Byrne’s work with Talking Heads reveals a sound and texture unknown to rock ‘n roll. A nervous energy cuts sharply through the sonic precision of the rhythm and melody. Backed by band members from the arthouse community, some having cut their teeth with …

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Brett Dennen Wins Over New Fans in Jacksonville at Daily’s Place

Brett Dennen Wins Over New Fans in Jacksonville at Daily’s Place, Photos by Kim Reed

BY KATIE McPHERSON Brett Dennen is an introvert, but you wouldn’t know it when you see him onstage. Up there he’s every bit the laid-back rocker you would expect to open for the likes of Jason Mraz, who welcomed him to the stage as “the chillest bro I know.” Backstage before the show, Dennen explained the dynamic of an introvert who can somehow perform for massive crowds without batting an eye. “I don’t like being in rooms filled with people unless I’m onstage or sitting in a corner. People suck my energy. It’s not their fault; it’s just the way …

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Todd Rundgren is Still Making Friends: Sold-Out Show at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall was An Unpredictable Evening

Todd Rundgren is Still Making Friends: Sold-Out Show at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall was an Unpredictable Evening, Photos by Kim Reed

Photos by Kim Reed Visionary rock artist Todd Rundgren returned to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall for the first time since his two sold-out shows in 2015. On Thursday, August 16, the concert hall  hosted “An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren”. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Todd Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and front The Nazz, the quintessential `60’s cult group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, the legendary Runt. But it was 1972’s seminal Something/Anything?, on which he played all the instruments, sang all …

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A Look Back at Lynyrd Skynyrd: Coming Home for Final Show in the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour

A Look Back at Lynyrd Skynyrd: Coming Home for Final Show in the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour

  The early 70’s belonged to Lynyrd Skynyrd, a rowdy group of piss cutters from the Westside of Jacksonville that punched a hole clean through the southern rock scene. The group made history alongside .38 Special, Molly Hatchett and the Allman Brothers for busting out of Florida and into the big time, pinning Jacksonville as the birthplace of the unofficial founding fathers of the movement. Hometown fans will welcome back to where it all began Sept. 2 as the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour with guests Jason Aldean and Kid Rock. Original member Gary Rossington will be joined …

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EU Jacksonville Newspaper: Celebrating 40 Years of Music on the First Coast

EU Jacksonville Newspaper, 40 Years of Music, Events, Concerts, Theatre, Art, Happenings, Restaurants & All Things Jacksonville, Florida. EU Jacksonville Newspaper serves more than a million readers across Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, including St. Augustine, Orange Park, The Beaches, and Fernandina. Founded in 1978, our newsprint magazine and editorial news platform grants readers 24/7 online access to current events and happenings in their beloved River City on the First Coast of Florida. #eujax

It’s an interesting parallel to consider a musician with the understanding that you are somehow connected. Music carves out the identity of who we are alone; its strange and beautiful edges throw shadows that shape our places in the world. It’s a responsibility of the “music writer” to articulate a sharp portrait of artists told from darkened stretches of road, bathed in light before hungry mobs of communal souls, and to share with unflinching honesty why they love what they do. Every story, band profile, retrospective and review creates an enduring entwinement with an artist. For 40 years, EU Jacksonville …

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The Ritz Brings New Artists to the LaVilla Neighborhood

RITZ THEATRE AND MUSEUM PRESENTS ARTISTS YOU SHOULD KNOW The Ritz Theatre and Museum is proud to present a new series entitled Artists You Should Know. This on-going series will highlight rising artists in a variety of musical genres including blues, jazz, and even country, exposing Jacksonville music lovers to artists they’ll be hearing about for years to come! Artists You Should Know will also introduce new and diverse audiences to the and , who might not have yet had the opportunity to experience these downtown Jacksonville cultural gems firsthand. CODY WEBB Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8 p.m. Singer, songwriter, musician, and touring artist …

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Labor Day Weekend: Lynyrd Skynyrd to Play Hometown Farewell Show with Friends Jason Aldean and Kid Rock

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jason Aldean and Kid Rock will co-headline a day of music and fun on Sunday, Sept. 2 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The concert will be a special homecoming for the band as they return to perform where their legacy began over 40 years ago. The Labor Day weekend appearance will also include more special guests to be announced soon. In addition to performances, the all-day, all-night event will also feature food trucks, games and more. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers’ final tour, Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, presented by SiriusXM and produced by Live Nation, begins May 4 in West Palm Beach, Fla. …

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78s, 45s, and 33 RPMs: Record Store Day Is April 21

  For independent record store owners and vinyl enthusiasts, Record Store Day is among the most anticipated events of the year. Created to celebrate the contribution of independent record stores and the unique role they play in their communities, RSD maintains the vibrancy of the art form and supports the owners of the stores who promote music in a tangible format in this digital age. As the owner of Young, Loud & Snotty Records in , Dale Kellerman takes his place among the independent purveyors of vinyl across the country celebrating Record Store Day on April 21st with limited edition …

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Reverend Horton Heat – Godfathers of Psychobilly

Blazing through three decades, has seen a thing or two as the frontman for Reverend Horton Heat. The band established a cult-like following with fast-playing, nonstop touring and the kind of hardcore grit that earns the title of the Godfathers of Psychobilly. Returning to Jacksonville for the first time since 2014, Heath, Jimbo Wallace and Arjuna “RJ” Contreras swing into the season with Dec. 19 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. In partnership with Flying Saucer Productions, the show also features guests Big Sandy, Junior Brown and The Blasters. “We’re not going to play a whole bunch of Christmas songs, …

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Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Band Lineup Announced

 Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience Expands To Three Days, April 27-29 Foo Fighters, Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Godsmack, Stone Sour, and Five Finger Death Punch lead the bill for the eighth annual Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, as Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience grows to three days – Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29 – at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL. Corey Taylor says, “Stone Sour is stoked to return to Jacksonville for the first time since Welcome To Rockville in 2013. See you fxckers soon!” Sully Erna of Godsmack says, …

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