Downtown

The Alley Sessions: The Backstreets of Jacksonville’s Elbow

Hidden in the back alleys behind , 1904, and the  lies the setting for the Alley Sessions, a takeaway show, interview, and performance video featuring a wide range of some of Jacksonville’s greatest and most unique musical acts. The alleys behind the two to three story high brick buildings are donned in graffiti and murals, creating the perfect background for these intimate and revealing shows. Premiering in November of 2015, the video series is presented by , and the , produced and funded by , in association with and . Within each episode, the seeks to explore the history of …

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Neighbors: Swon Brothers to open for Carrie Underwood

Growing up in Muskogee, OK, brothers were small town kids with big time dreams. The boys played with their family band since they were old enough to talk and wanted to make music for a living. Even at ages 9 and 12, the Brothers Swon had it in mind that they would be the pint-size version of Brooks and Dunn. “Nobody really told us that the odds of you making enough to be able to pay your bills are really slim to none. The odds are against you. When we grew up we didn’t realize that not everyone played music. …

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Theresa Caputo will PSYCH YOU OUT

is serious about her role as the keeper of priceless memories. She takes great care to preserve these reflections, even if they don’t belong to her. Known as the , Caputo delivers messages from spirits who have “crossed over.” She can’t really explain it, she refuses to defend it and has long since come to terms with her task as a vessel for these souls to communicate with their loves ones. It’s part of life and she wouldn’t trade it for the world. Whether in an individual reading or a group setting, Caputo serves as the mouthpiece with a message, …

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‘70s soul and good, old-fashioned rock ‘n roll – Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes

Known as the Godfather of the “New Jersey Sound,” takes you back to the boardwalks of Asbury Park with his unique nod to ‘70s soul and good, old-fashioned rock ‘n roll. The band recently unveiled Soultime!, the first new studio album of original material in five years. In support of the new release, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will perform Jan 28 at . Written and produced by Jeff Kazee and Johnny Lyon, Soultime! was recorded at Lakehouse Recording Studios in the Jukes’ hometown of Asbury Park, NJ and is described as a “collection of vintage-sounding contemporary soul”. Highlighting the 11 tracks …

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Cultural Council’s SPARK DISTRICT announces SPARK Grantees

  The Cultural Council has announced the 2016 SPARK District Grantees. These creatives were chosen from First Coast applicants who will receive specific funding for exciting art and cultural projects intended to activate and spark the Cultural Council’s Downtown SPARK District with temporary projects. This effort precedes the initial thrust of the upcoming Downtown Investment Authority’s Urban Projects located along Hogan and Laura streets. Awardees include: Nicole Holderbaum, Visual Artist Jacksonville’s Youth Ignites the SPARK District Holderbaum will coordinate with other local artists and organizations to guide children and teens through painting themed murals. Her project is intended to promote a healthy lifestyle while engaging the whole community through the process of the resulting artwork. Jacksonville University Music …

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Blue Trees in Jacksonville

International Artist, Konstantin Dimopoulos, Paints Trees Blue in Hemming Park This past Saturday, Jan 16, Greenscape of Jacksonville, Inc. invited North Florida families to meet internationally-respected artist Konstantin Dimopoulos in to help launch his project THE BLUE TREES in . Photo by Fran Ruchalski Jamie Can (from left), Peter Valaer, Soo Lim and Donna Blackwell work on painting one of the trees. Photo by Fran Ruchalski Jamie Can (from left), Soo Lim and Donna Blackwell work on transforming one of the trees to a different shade of blue. Photo by Fran Ruchalski Julian Homan, one of the many volunteers from Deutche Bank, …

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The faces of “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”

CAST REVEALED FOR ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA COMING TO THE TIMES-UNION CENTER’S MORAN THEATER Casting has been announced for Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew ’s for the premiere Jacksonville engagement at the Times-Union Center.  With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.  To purchase tickets, visit fscjartistseries.org, call (904) 442-2929 or visit the box office Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ticket prices start at $38.50. …

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Shannon and the Clams bring psychedelic doo-wop to Jacksonville

Ladies and gentlemen, its time to wrap yourselves in those 1950’s baby blue prom tuxedos and poodle skirts: are descending upon downtown Jacksonville on January 22 at . This doo-wop, psych and surf rock trio will be making the trip from Oakland, CA to the River City after a long fall tour in the US and Europe. Conceived in 2009, the band consist of Shannon Shaw (vocals/bass), Cody Blanchard (guitars/vocals) and Nate Mahan (drums), all of whom are friends that met and started playing together while at California College of the Arts. The band then began performing around the Bay …

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“42nd Street” has it all

DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The in Jacksonville opened 2016 with “,” a Tony Award winning musical and dance extravaganza. This musical about a backstage musical, which is based on a famous 1933 film of the same name choreographed by Busby Berkeley, opened on January 12th and will be on stage at the in downtown Jacksonville through Sunday, January 17th. If you read no further than this, let it be known that if you like musical theatre, this lavish production of “42nd Street” has it all and you are going to love it. Magnificent and precision tap dancing and …

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A Song Is Born – Marco Benevento

Event: Marco Benevento Venue: 1904 Music Hall, 19 N Ocean St, www.1904musichall.com Date/Time: January 12, 8pm Tickets: $15-20 Contact: http://1904musichall.ticketfly.com/event/1007759-marco-benevento-jacksonville/?utm_medium=459899 There is a moment in the Daniel Lanois documentary Here is What it Is in which Brian Eno explains making music and the origin of a song. “People need to understand that music comes from nothing,” remarks Eno on the false notion that musicians are born with an innate ability to produce great art without study, practice, or failure. No matter how fertile the ground, he says, a great song is born from nothing. Ideas must take root and, when conditions …

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