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.

Taylor Swift Is the Music Industry

Words by Tysen Romeo  Billboard awarded her with Woman of the Decade in 2019. NYU gave her an honorary doctorate of fine arts in 2022. She is also a singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman and a director. Long story short, Taylor Swift will go down in history for being one of the most successful artists of the 21st century. She has been a dominant force in the music industry and has grown a huge fan base, known as “Swifties,” who believe she IS the music industry.    Swift has released 10 full-length studio albums and two re-recordings of these albums in …

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New Music for May 2023

Words by Tysen Romeo  May 5 “Just Because” California singer-songwriter Claire Rosinkranz releases her second studio album, “Just Because.” Her music can be described as a original blend of indie pop and acoustic guitar.   Ed Sheeran releases his sixth studio album, which fans will not be surprised to learn is named after a mathematical symbol. “Minus” is said to be an acoustic album and was produced by Aaron Dessner.    Grandson is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter whose second full length album is titled “I Love You, I’m Trying.” He likes to write alternative hip hop/rock/rap music about modern-day issues that …

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May Concerts

Through May 14 Romanza Festivale  Various locations, St. Augustine   May 2 Blue Jay Jazz Jam  Blue Jay Listening Room   May 3 Leonid and Friends: The World’s Greatest Chicago Tribute 2023  Florida Theatre   The Dreaded Laramie, Madison Grace and Giraffrica  Jack Rabbits   Gilberto 77  Underbelly   Leah Marlene  Cafe Eleven   May 4 Morgan Wallen: One Night at a Time World Tour  VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena   Sara Evans  Thrasher-Horne Center   Living Dead Girl, Haxprocess and Haunted Jack Rabbits   Mike Love with Dub Inc  Underbelly   Rio Grande  Colonial Oak Music Park, St. Augustine   …

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OH, WHAT A NIGHT! WITH JERSEY BOYS AT THE ALHAMBRA

JERSEY BOYS, The Story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is a bounce-in-your-seat, hum, or sing-along, fun evening.  Three of the four core members were interviewed to write the play, and the primary writing duo for the band did the music (Bob Gaudio) and lyrics (Bob Crewe).  The show incorporates music from the group, which is used to this day in advertising and film productions.  In fact, Frankie Valli is still touring with The Four Seasons at age 88 and is scheduled to be in Jacksonville Dec, 2023. The show is told from the standpoint of being four seasons, …

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Interview with Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls

Words by Rob Nicholson It has been over 35 years since Emily Saliers and Amy Ray teamed up to form what would become the Indigo Girls—or, as “Rolling Stone” has called them “ideal duet partners.” Together, multi-platinum, Grammy Award winners and ferocious songwriters. And they aren’t limited to the success of the Indigo Girls. Both Sailers and Ray have solo records and careers, working and collaborating on all kinds of projects including films and musicals. They are even the subject matter of a new documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January called “It’s Only Life After All.” …

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It’s Been One Hell Of A Year For Ashley McBryde

Words by Rob Nicholson With the Clay County Fair in high gear, it means plenty of live concerts through the event’s run April 9. As usual, fair organizers have booked an outstanding lineup this year, and one performer, in particular, is high on the list of can’t-miss acts: Ashley McBryde. McBryde’s duet with Carly Pearce, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” (a song about being the other woman), went all the way to No. 1 and earned McBryde and Pearce a host of ACM and CMA awards, as well as a Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. By the time …

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New Music Releases in April

By Tysen Romeo   April 7 “Catching Rabbits”  Genevieve Stokes’ new EP includes four songs by the singer and songwriter, whose music is a mix of indie/folk meets bedroom pop and “reflects a change in [her] connection to reality.”   “Stereo Mind Game” The third studio album by indie rock/dream pop trio Daughter consists of 12 songs and will be their first studio album in seven years.    “SREMM 4 LIFE” Known for their work on “Black Beatles,” “No Type,” and “No Flex Zone,” the Mississippi rap duo reunites for their first project in nearly four years. It will be …

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April Concert Listing

April 1 Beethoven’s Fifth Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts jaxsymphony.org   Chris Janson with Shane Profitt Clay County Fairgrounds-Cattlemen’s Arena claycountyfair.org   Nicholas Edward Williams with Babe Honey Blue Jay Listening Room bluejayjax.com   Inside.Jax featuring 4thQuarterQuan, Lunaxcel, Boyband & SoundsbyJosh 1904 Music Hall  1904musichall.com   Unwritten Law, Authority Zero and Mercy Music  Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   Drake Milligan  Underbelly underbellyjax.com   Jax Surf Fest with The Kreepy Tikis, Echolocator and Tube Rider Kona Clubhouse konaskatepark.com   April 1-2 Florida Ma’am Festival Colonial Oak Music Park, St. Augustine thecolonialoakmusicpark.com   April 2 Gaelic Storm & The High Kings: The …

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Born in A Barn With Niko Moon and Clint Black

Words by Rob Nicholson You have likely heard Niko Moon’s contributions to the world of music, but you may not have been aware they were his. A country pop singer and songwriter who has penned songs for for Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Morgan Wallen, to name a few, Moon was also a member of the electronic dance music trio Sir Rosevelt with Zac Brown and Ben Simonetti. Moon made his radio debut in 2020 with an EP containing his song “GOOD TIME” and then rereleased the song on his 2021 album of the same name during …

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Born in A Barn

The Clay County Agricultural Fair returns to the Clay County Fairgrounds in Green Cove Springs March 31-April 9  with another full slate of midway rides, livestock shows, contests, fair food and, of course, entertainment.   This year’s line-up of talent includes up-and-coming (mostly) country acts along with chart-topping stars, as well as local opening acts.   March 30  Xambassadors with Charlotte Sand, Cattlemen’s Arena, 7 p.m.   March 31 Niko Moon with Alan Cooper, Cattlemen’s Arena, 7 p.m.   April 1 Chris Janson with Shane Profitt, Cattlemen’s Arena, 7 p.m.   April 2 Tracy Lawrence with Cumberland, Cattlemen’s Arena, 7 …

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