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EU Jacksonville supports local music, art, culture and entertainment in Northeast Florida. From local artist interviews to restaurant reviews, EU Jacksonville has covered the music, theatre, and art communities for over 30 years.

  • Catching Up With Paula Cole

    Words by Rob Nicholson    Paula Cole was literally plucked from obscurity in 1993 by Peter Gabriel w…

  • Born in a Barn with Dean Winter

      Words by Rob Nicholson   Dean Winter is likely one of the most unassuming guys you’ll ev…

  • Orchestral Maneuvers

    It’s season number 73 for the Jacksonville Symphony  Words by Shelton Hull   The Jacksonville S…

  • Circular Reasoning

      Inner Circle makes the Florida loop   “Honestly, I really don’t remember the…

  • Bed Bug Guru

    Words by Carmen Macri No, they’re not experts on the creepy crawlers hiding inside your mattre…

Welcome to Rockville Moves to Daytona with No Plans to Return to Jacksonville

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It’s the end of an era for Welcome to Rockville. Festivals producers Danny Wimmer Presents have announced plans to relocate the Welcome to Rockville from to the Daytona International Speedway. The news rocked hometown fans who were shocked to learn that after nine years, the popular hard rock festival would not return to Jacksonville in 2020. Rockville has hosted such hard rock artists as Tool, Soundgarden, Marilyn Manson, the Foo Fighters, Slayer, Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Judas priest, A Perfect Circle, Def Leppard, The Offspring, Slipknot, Korn, Godsmack, Slash and countless more. “Welcome To Rockville might be leaving Jacksonville, but I’m …

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Memorial Day Weekend Tradition, Jacksonville Jazz Festival Features Big Names, Festival Veterans and Young, Emerging Artists

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Downtown Jacksonville does more than just set the stage for the . It becomes the stage! A Memorial Day weekend tradition, the 39th annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival features a lineup of big names, festival veterans and young, emerging artists on two stages at the courthouse lawn and . The legendary Gladys Knight is the 2019 festival headliner. Other artists include Brian Culbertson, Monty Alexander, The Noel Freidline Quartet with Maria Howell, Ledisi, Kirk Whalum, Jazmin Ghent, Moonchild, Avery Sunshine, Alfredo Rodriguez, Terence Blanchard & the E Collective, Camila Meza Quartet, Norman Brown, Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, Amina Scott, …

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So Much More Than Folk Music—The Florida Folk Festival Offers a True Floridian Experience Over Memorial Day Weekend

Musicians at the Florida Folk Festival

Hang out beneath the pine trees, majestic Live Oak, and flowering Magnolias along the banks of the meandering Suwanee River while you take in all Florida has to offer. The largest art, music, and culture festival in the state is just around the corner and you’re invited. The 67th Annual , a three-day celebration spanning Memorial Day weekend, highlights the best of the state’s music, dance, stories, crafts, and food. With more than 300 scheduled performances and over 50 acres of festivities, this family-friendly event offers plenty of adventure. Come out for the music and stay for cultural experiences, great …

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Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show!

Although there will never be another Prince, Purple Reign delivers an authentic experience that captures the magic and the music of the artist formerly and forever known as the Purple One. In the dynamic tribute show Purple Reign, Jason Tenner is more than a Prince impersonator. His performance transports audiences back to 1984 when The Kid broke barriers and firmly established his place in the cultural lexicon. Purple Reign with Tenner and featuring special guest performers such as Morris Day, Jerome Benton, Apollonia and Vanity is presented by the one night only, May 3rd, at the . EU Jacksonville spoke …

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KISS: Sublime People Watching and Familiar Pageantry at the Arena in Jacksonville

There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who wear the band t-shirt to the concert of said band and those who don’t. KISS fans don’t subscribe to either camp. They don’t just wear the t-shirt. They celebrate the spectacle that is Kiss by becoming part of the circus themselves in face paint, wigs, bat wings and sky-high platform boots. The End of the World Tour staged Friday at the did not disappoint. Thousands of fans from all generations turned out in a parade of sublime people watching to bid farewell to the glam, chaos and mayhem that …

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Local High School Student, Colin Harden, Wins Coveted Spot at Springing the Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach

Growing up, multi-instrumentalist Colin Harden showed an early aptitude for music. The 16 year old started by plinking around on his grandmother’s basement piano and evolved into a classically trained pianist before he was of legal age to drive. “She figured for my seventh birthday she’d get me my first piano lesson,” he says. “Since then, I’ve just been playing music my entire life.” Harden now counts–literally he has to pause to tally the number–the piano, guitar, mandolin, drums, bass and ukulele among the instruments he plays. The teen will showcase his guitar skills on the s stage as the …

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Concentric: Flagship Romance Duo Celebrates New Album Release & Tour

After trading in palm trees and ocean waves for desert sunsets and mountain peaks, Flagship Romance is coming full circle with new music and two hometown shows to celebrate the release of their new album “Concentric.” The husband and wife duo and will perform two shows held March 22-23 at in before launching an 8-month tour in support of the record. And what better way to send new music out into the universe than sharing it with the family, friends and fans who helped make it all possible? “We are so excited we can’t even contain ourselves. We’ve only played …

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Suwannee Spring Reunion: A Festival Turned Reunion in the Spirit of Community

When Beth and Randy Judy stepped into the music festival business over 20 years ago, they hoped to build more than a just brand. They wanted to create a community. The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is home to generations of families who have gathered year after year to experience that shared connection to the music and the commitment to the notion of something bigger than ourselves. “That was intentional from the beginning. We wanted an event that was like a lot of other events but we wanted a real community,” says Beth Judy. “When you have a community, …

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Past and Present is Alive at Springing the Blues, Happening in Jacksonville Beach April 5-7

When you think of the rich landscape of blues history, palm trees and sandy beaches might not be the first place that springs to mind. is a distant cultural cousin of the birthplace of the blues, far removed by geography and tradition. Yet, there’s an inextricable current connecting the past and present that exists at the annual . It’s all part of the same story. The 29th Annual Springing the Blues Festival is held April 5-7 at the SeaWalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach with Danny Delves & the Deadly Nightshades kicking things off on the SeaWalk Pavilion stage. Weekend performances …

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III Points Solidifies Itself As One of America’s Greatest Niche Festivals

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This past weekend marked the sixth and most successful installment of Miami’s . Somewhat of a hike for Jacksonville natives, but nonetheless a road trip that was well worth the drive. The massive lineup featuring names like James Blake, Erykah Badu, Blood Orange, SZA, Beach House and Herbie Hancock, connected all genres, fusing R&B, hip hop, jazz, neo-soul, funk and rock. Many performances blended all of these genres with electronic artists using these influences in their own performances and sets to create dance parties lasting all night long. Over the past 15 years I have attended Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, the …

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