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Koz and Effect: Dave Koz returns to the Florida Theatre

Words by Shelton Hull By the time the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour performs on Thursday, November 30 at the newly-renovated Florida Theatre (which just reopened on October 28), it will be the sixth of 24 shows they’ve booked for just one month. Koz and co. will be hitting a different city almost every night between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with the last nine shows booked for his home state of California before the tour ends in Modesto on December 23. At this point, Koz is probably best-known for his Christmas music, but the man’s resume runs way deep. For …

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‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Is Everything but a Horror

By Ambar Ramirez   It’s that magical time of year when the air gets a touch crisper, and suddenly everyone thinks it’s OK to break out their cozy sweaters and strut their stuff in boots. First Coast Pride descends upon us with all the flair of a Broadway musical, complete with parades and glitter galore. Our screens light up with spine-tingling scares that make us jump, squeal and then question our life choices. But hold on to your broomsticks, folks, because the pièce de résistance is the spook-tacular Halloween treat at the end of the month!   Now, I’d be …

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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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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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