Music Venues

Sounds from the Jacksonville Fair

  Words by Carson Rich The 2023 Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair is right around the corner, taking place from Nov. 2-12. This year’s lineup for their annual concert series is stacked with great artists that will blow you away. Anticipation is high for all performers looking to take the stage, so to further your excitement, here are some thoughts shared by some of the performers taking the stage. Dalton Dover After blowing up in the way that you have throughout the past few years, how does it feel when you are able to go back to the community level, performing …

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1904 Music Hall: The Day the Music Died

1904 Music Hall: The Day the Music Died Words by Amiyah Golden   The essence of artistry resides in various nooks and crannies around the city. With spaces like 1904 being a pillar of support in the ever-growing Jacksonville music scene and beyond for the last decade, the time has come for the business to transition into a new chapter. With owners making the call to focus their time and energy into their sister business, Underbelly, we commemorate the impact this establishment has had on music and the community.   Three friends purchased a building at 19 Ocean Street Downtown …

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From Heartache to High Notes: A Zach Bryan Concert Review

Words By Carmen Macri    Before delving into this review, I must confess that my unwavering love for Zach Bryan, who happens to be my all-time favorite artist, may introduce some bias. However, if we can set aside personal preferences and have faith in my impeccable taste, let’s proceed. Acquiring tickets for this concert turned into a chaotic ordeal after Zach Bryan’s decision to boycott TicketMaster (and rightly so — down with the scalpers!). Instead of sky-high prices, ticket costs were capped at $150, but the process to obtain them became a lottery of chance. Only those randomly selected were …

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December Concert Listings

Dec. 1 Rome & Dudy: The Winter Moon Tour with special guest Channing Wilson Ponte Vedra Concert Hall pvconcerthall.com   Dave Koz and Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour Florida Theatre floridatheatre.com   JT and The Gents Colonial Oak Music Park, St Augustine thecolonialoakmusicpark.com   Dec. 2 Puttin’ On The Ritz Live! Ritz Theatre ritzjacksonville.com   Smokestack: Oak Outreach Winter Fest Colonial Oak Music Park, St Augustine thecolonialoakmusicpark.com   Dec. 2-3 Jacksonville Symphony: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts jaxsymphony.org   Dec. 3 Tab Benoit and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Florida Theatre floridatheatre.com   Dec. 4 Black …

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The Rich History of the Ritz

Jay Mafela Located in LaVilla, the Ritz Theatre and Museum is not only a gorgeous venue for concerts and theatrical productions but also serves as a tribute to the lives and contributions of local African-Americans. The Ritz stands on the same spot as the movie theater of the same name built in 1929. At the time, LaVilla was considered by many to be the “Harlem of the South,” attracting performers including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and a young Ray Charles. The original building was eventually torn down with the new Ritz opening in 1999. Today, it …

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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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