Music

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…

1904 Music Hall Breathes Fire into Downtown Nightlife

If you’re from Jacksonville, there’s a good chance you have gone to a show at 1904 Music Hall. And when you were buying tickets, you most likely didin’t know it was going be at one of the oldest buildings in downtown Jacksonville. The building was originally built in 1904, one of the first structures to be established after Jacksonville’s Great Fire of 1901. It was mainly a place for commercial businesses, a furniture manufacturing company, a retail store and office space, then a tobacco shop for about 20 years. It wasn’t until 2011 that Jason Hunnicutt and two partners would …

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Sing Out Loud

Back for its sixth year, the Sing Out Loud festival kicks off Sept. 9 with more to offer than ever before. September is the month of music, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with free music, huge headliners, local artist spotlights and even a chance for your band to perform in a professional venue. Sing Out Loud has grown to become more than just a way to bring free music to the people of Northeast Florida. Since its inception, the festival has brought hundreds of musicians from around the country to St Augustine, catered to more than 50,000 …

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Collective Soul Interview

Click here to listen to the interview Recently, the folks at the historic Florida Theatre reached out to me to see if I had any interest in talking to Collective Soul. I hadn’t talked to Collective Soul singer/songwriter Ed Roland in almost 30 years, so I leapt at the opportunity. After finishing high school, Roland studied songwriting and guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston, then served as the lead engineer and producer at Real 2 Reel Studios in Stockbridge, Georgia. In 1985, he joined a band called Ed-E and another in the late 1980s/early 1990s called Marching Two-Step, …

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Acid Dad/The Dewars/Bad Madonna/Florida Smash Hits Concert Review

Always working to bring cool music to Jacksonville, Winterland Presents teamed up with JAXNext100 and The Jessie DuPont Ball Center to host a night of music, kicking off with a sound bath meditation in the Great Hall, The Jessie’s alleyway. Where there’s good music, there are good outfits, and this crowd did not disappoint with some of Jacksonville’s most electric creatures making an appearance. Dirty sludge-rockers, Florida Smash Hits, opened the show with a grueling one-song set. The trio has been playing music together for years, changing their band name on a show-by-show basis, this could’ve been the first and …

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Jackson Dean Concert Review

To follow up on last month’s (August – Folio Go-To-Entertainment Guide) interview with Lee Brice, I went to the show at the famed St. Augustine AMP excited to see the show. But, besides Brice, I also really wanted to see Jackson Dean. He’s made a big debut splash in the country music radio pond with his hit “Don’t Come Lookin”. A song inspired by a phrase he used to tell his mother back in Odenton, Maryland. It also didn’t hurt that Paramount Plus had the song featured in it’s MONSTER hit show Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner and the spin off …

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The Bigger Picture with Robby Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls

You can watch the interview here When Robby Takac was a kid, he would watch a sitcom that opened with a shot of the Tyler Davidson Fountain in Cincinnati, Ohio. He thought it was cool the way the water comes out of the statue’s hands and now, years later, he stares out at it from his hotel room as he prepares for a concert in front of thousands of fans as he tells me about their recent journey with their upcoming album Chaos In Bloom. Takac, a founding member of the rock band Goo Goo Dolls, formed the band with …

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Who We Saw, What We Thought

The boys over at Neighborhood Jams did it again, but this month they took it to the next level. Brothers Trevor and Travis Hall’s names have become synonymous with local “house shows,” pop-up concerts hosted at makeshift venues in people’s homes and backyards, but their venues are maturing alongside the music talent they support. If you’re not familiar with Neighborhood Jams, you can bring yourself up to speed HERE (interview, photos and story by Lily Snowden).  In short, Neighborhood Jams, created by Trevor and Travis Hall, is a grassroots approach to supporting local musicians. They provide not only a stage …

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IN CONVERSATION WITH LEE BRICE / BORN IN A BARN

On a warm, sunny, morning last month, I was all set up at my desk to do a Zoom interview with country music superstar Lee Brice. The clock struck 10, then 10:01,10:02 and finally 10:06. This was strange to me as there is usually a handler involved who communicates with me first and then puts the artist on. They aren’t generally late with these calls as typically I’m not the only one waiting to do an interview. This morning was different. I looked down at my muted phone and saw that “Nashville” was calling. I picked up the phone and …

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