Music Venues

November Entertainment Go-To Guide 2021

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Music Industry In Trouble – Small Venues Like Blue Jay Listening Room Need Your Help

When the Blue Jay Listening Room first opened its doors Aug. 18, 2017 in Jacksonville Beach, owner Cara Murphy hoped to create an intimate space for music lovers to really hear the music being played, listen to the stories and engage with the artists on a personal level. No audience chatter, no rowdy bar noise or big flashy stage acts; just a warm, inviting environment catering to a comfortable listening experience with a soft glow and artfully arranged vignettes of cozy seating nestled close to the stage. It’s exactly the kind of space that is struggling to find safe and …

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Will the Florida Theatre’s Darkened Stages and Empty Seats Survive COVID?

The iconic marquee at the Florida Theatre is among the most recognized landmarks in the downtown Jacksonville landscape. Since its second act from a movie house to a performing arts venue, the neon lights have illuminated some of the biggest names in entertainment, until March when it all went dark. No one could have predicted what was to come in early 2020. After closing out 2019 on a high note, the year was off to an auspicious start. But when Numa Saisselin, president of the Florida Theatre, took the stage March 12 to welcome the audience to that evening’s show …

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Jacksonville Symphony to Perform at JFK Center

Jacksonville Symphony to Perform March 23-29 for the Festival of American Orchestras at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.   The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joins an elite group of musicians chosen to perform as part of the 3rd annual SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras in Washington, D.C. The prestigious event held March 23-29 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the identity and artistry of orchestras in our culture. This year, SHIFT will also feature the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Jacksonville Symphony …

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THE AMP: St. Augustine Amphitheatre Leads Nation as an Eco-Friendly Live Music Venue

Tame Impala at The Amp in May 2019, The Amp St. Augustine, Florida, Live Music Venue, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

An Epic Celebration of Live Entertainment The recent exit of as the driving force behind the has left big shoes to fill. But it also cemented Murphy’s legacy as a forward-thinking leader who implemented a series of green practices to make the Amp a fully sustainable venue and put St. Augustine on the map as a live music destination. Murphy stepped down April 20 after a decade-long tenure as the county’s Director of Cultural Events. He was responsible for programming at The Amp and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, both county-owned and operated venues which he developed into profitable, innovative and …

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Lend Us Your Ear! The Blue Jay Listening Room, An Intimate Music Venue in Jacksonville Beach

When Cara Burky set out to bring her vision for a music venue to life, she had a specific idea in mind. Her goal was to create an intimate space that catered to the consummate music lover and gave music makers a home to share their art without the chatter and restless energy of a bar crowd. The Blue Jay Listening Room makes space for the stories and inspirations behind the music for people who really want to hear it. Some shows are ticketed events; others require a cover at the door. Open mic nights and jam nights give players …

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Jacksonville Jazz Fest After Dark 2018 Schedule

Presented by the Downtown Investment Authority, Jazz Fest After Dark, in partnership with the City of Jacksonville and Downtown Vision, Jazz Fest After Dark returns to Downtown Jacksonville this Friday and Saturday. Building on early success and positive feedback, the event extends the experience for festival goers and introduces them to ’s vibrant nightlife options. Jazz Fest After Dark boasts twelve official host venues with more than twenty acts. Live music will begin at 6 p.m. at certain locations and run until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Entry is free. “We started Jazz Fest After Dark because we wanted to give Jazz Fest attendees a reason to stay …

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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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Cody Webb: An Artist You Should Know Comes to The Ritz

Read about the other musicians in the “Artist You Should Know” series. BY LIZA MITCHELL Breaking into country music is not unlike taming a wild horse. It takes discipline, commitment and a whole lot of heart. As part of the new crop of young emerging artists in Nashville, has it all. Billed as “an artist you should know,” Webb performs May 12 at the Ritz Theatre (www.ritzjacksonville.org). “You should know, but you don’t,” Webb laughs during a recent phone interview with EU Jacksonville. The South Carolina native talked about his small-town roots, writing outside the box and falling in love …

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