Tag Archives: Florida Theatre

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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27th Annual Great Guitar Gathering Returns to the Florida Theatre on February 28

This February will host The Great Guitar Gathering to raise funds to benefit the school’s guitar department. The fundraising concert spotlights the talented DA Guitar Orchestra and will present many of the most respected solo artists in classical, finger-style and jazz guitar. Many of the past guests are Grammy winners, National Finger-style Champions, and International competition winners. The 27th Annual celebrates the dynamic instrumentation and community support to benefit founder Don Casper’s prestigious guitar program Feb. 28 at (www.floridatheatre.org). Student musicians in the DA Guitar Orchestra, featuring 31 players from 9th to 12th grade, will open the concert followed by …

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A Year in Review: 2019 Jacksonville Shows & Concerts by Photographer Kim Reed, The Rolling Stones at TIAA Bank Field

Year in Review: 2019 Jacksonville Shows & Concerts by Photographer Kim Reed

When the curtains rose and the spotlights came on, my long-lens Nikon was fixed right in the middle of the stage to catch Cher as she stepped out in all of her splendor at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. Only she was lowered down from the ceiling on a rope instead. Fortunately, I, Kim Reed, photographer at EU Jacksonville, managed to change tack and capture her glittery descent in all its glory.  The music scene in NE Florida includes such intimate spaces as and ranges through venues such as the , the and larger venues like , , …

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Grace Potter Returns to her Roots with a New Set of Rules, Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, Jan 15

Grace Potter Returns to her Roots with a New Set of Rules, Florida Theatre Jan 15

When Grace Potter burst onto the scene, it was impossible to make sense of her good fortune. Blessed with supermodel looks, legs for days, commanding the stage with soft purr to a husky growl. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals were festival darlings, opening for artists like Robert Cray and cranking out hits such as the sexy earworm ‘Paris (Ooh La La La).’ The band reached number one bolstered by the hit ‘Stars,’ and, indeed, it seemed they were aligned in her favor. Potter was a comet streaking across the night sky, until it all faded to black. After weathering an …

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Have a Laugh for the Night with Decorated Humorist Paula Poundstone at WJCT

Have a Laugh for the Night with Decorated Humorist Paula Poundstone at WJCT

Comedian built a solid career as an observational comic with a razor-sharp wit and enviable improv skills. She reads a room, and when she senses the slightest vapor of a bite, she rides the comet. She’s established herself as a force to be reckoned with on stage. As with many artists of longevity, it’s a challenge to find a new stone to turn, yet Poundstone always manages to approach topics with a fresh perspective. During a recent interview with EU Jacksonville, I decided to follow her lead by going off-script. Like her act, I prepared a loose outline to follow, …

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We Will Rock You: The Music of Queen Comes to The Florida Theatre

We Will Rock You: The Music of Queen Comes to The Florida Theatre

There’s no other four words in rock music that carry as much weight as “We Will Rock You,” the foot-stomping anthem issued by Freddie Mercury. The musical by the name same celebrates the music of Queen and takes a unique approach to the role music plays in defining us as individuals. “We Will Rock You” is staged Nov. 3 at (www.floridatheatre.com).“It’s completely iconic. A lot of the music “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” there is a lot of weight in that music for sure,” says cast member Karina Cox, who plays Aretha in the ensemble and is the understudy …

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Experience the Mythical Magic with Internetainers Rhett & Link

Experience the Mythical Magic with Internetainers Rhett & Link at the Florida Theatre

We all have that one friend that gives us carte blanche to be silly, spontaneous, inappropriate, to gross each other out, and make each other howl with laughter. Pipe in some original music, scripted sequiturs, and point a camera at it, and that’s the genesis of Rhett & Link boiled down to its raw essence. Childhood friends, Rhett McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln “Link” Neal III capitalized on that chemistry, developing an inspired and hilarious YouTube channel that allowed them to embrace their shared brand of humor as “Internetainers.” “We coined the moniker “internetainer” very early on in our YouTube career. We …

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The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience Performs for Troops at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience Performs for Troops at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Local musicians serve up a heaping helping of southern roots rock and blues in Guantanamo Bay A group of local musicians has embarked on a four-day trip to perform for US troops stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. and Isaac Corbitt of the traveled from to the storied military compound where they will entertain the men and women in uniform. The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience was performing its rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at ’s when it caught the ear of a different kind of military recruiter. A representative of a group that sponsors entertainment at military bases liked what they heard and …

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival , City of Jacksonville, Florida

Memorial Day Weekend Tradition, Jacksonville Jazz Festival Features Big Names, Festival Veterans and Young, Emerging Artists

Downtown Jacksonville does more than just set the stage for the . It becomes the stage! A Memorial Day weekend tradition, the 39th annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival features a lineup of big names, festival veterans and young, emerging artists on two stages at the courthouse lawn and . The legendary Gladys Knight is the 2019 festival headliner. Other artists include Brian Culbertson, Monty Alexander, The Noel Freidline Quartet with Maria Howell, Ledisi, Kirk Whalum, Jazmin Ghent, Moonchild, Avery Sunshine, Alfredo Rodriguez, Terence Blanchard & the E Collective, Camila Meza Quartet, Norman Brown, Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, Amina Scott, …

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Rebecca Levy, Photo by Trib La Prade

Rebecca Levy to Explore the Body at Jacksonville Dance Theatre’s Annual Concert May 11

Creative Spaces There’s a magic about dance that exists in the moment that it’s seen. It can be recorded or performed again, but it’s not the same as seeing it for the first time. Rebecca Levy is drawn, as other dancers have been before her, to this kinetic magic within the grandeur of the theatre. Nine years ago, Levy was a transplant looking for her place in the dance scene. As a dance professor at FSCJ, she noticed an abundance of talented dancers and solid dance programs, but no way to advance into the professional sphere without moving to a …

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