Friday, March 16, 2018

Buddy Holly tribute will be at the Alhambra Theatre and Dining

A tribute to the singer/songwriter Buddy Holly and the Crickets will be performing for only 6 shows at the Alhambra After Dark’s Music Series and Supper Club.  Want to hear some great music like “That’ll Be The Day,” “La Bamba,” “Oh Donna” and “Chantilly Lace”?  Well, you need to make plans to attend this show and don’t delay.  These talented young men draw a nig crowd and will have you dancing in the aisles.

Made up of cast members from the national tour of the hit-musical, “Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story”, Todd Meredith & The Rave-Ons are a high energy rock and roll band originally formed to revitalize the music of Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

The Rave-Ons are led by Alhambra-favorite, Todd Meredith, who has performed in 20 separate productions of the musical as Buddy Holly and in tribute concerts for the past decade.  The Rave-Ons have played together all over the country, delighting audiences in New York City, Reno, Memphis, Nashville, Jacksonville, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, and even Buddy Holly's hometown of Lubbock, Texas.  The Rave-Ons exhibit a youthful quality reminiscent of the The Crickets and give their shows an energy and exuberance that cannot be matched.

 Alhambra After Dark
Tribute to Buddy Holly & the Crickets

   That’ll Be The Day

DATES: Wed. March 28 – Sun. April 1, 2018

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Wednesday through Saturday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m.  Saturday Matinee begins at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and the brunch ends at 12:45 a.m.  Sunday Matinee begins at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and dinner will be served until 1:30 p.m.

Regular pricing for tickets is $65.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Price does not include gratuity, orders from the bar or personal event photos.
DRESS: “Business Casual” or “Concert Best”

Alhambra Theater & Dining
12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tire and sign buy back continues to fight ‘BLIGHT’ in JAX

It’s time to get involved, make a little cash and clean up our neighborhoods on Saturday, March 24, 2018; at Everbank Field Lot “J”, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.; through the cities 5th. annual #FIGHTBLIGHT campaign.  Show your neighborhood and city pride by helping FIGHT BLIGHT in Jacksonville!  Duval County residents (proof of residency is required) can receive a cash REWARD for their efforts to help clean up and dispose of old tires and “snipe” signs found throughout the city.  Earn $2 per tire up to 10 tires, and 50 cents per sign up to 40 signs, with a maximum payout of $40, or $20 maximum per item.

Real Estate signs, agricultural tires (i.e. tractor tires), concrete tires and bicycle tires are NOT accepted. Commercial businesses are NOT allowed to participate in this event, and it is a violation for tire shops to hand out used tires to residents, 403.717(3)(d) F.S. Violators of this Florida statute will be reported to Florida Department of Environmental Protection authorities for investigation and/or enforcement.

Neighborhood BLIGHT refers to the deterioration and decay of neighborhoods in many cities across the country due to neglect, crime or lack of economic support.  This can also be referred to as urban decay.  As homes or properties fall further into disrepair, they can negatively affect other properties around them.  Blight conditions can lower surrounding property values, create havens for crime and illegal activity, and can threaten the public health and safety of a community.  Blight is a drag on community energy, a siphon on city vitality, and a strong deterrent to economic investment.  It can be a source of despair or cynicism for people who have witnessed the decline of a particular building or neighborhood over time.  Eliminating Jacksonville’s blight will dramatically improve the next chapter of the city’s future.

So, get together with your neighbors, family and friends as we make our city a cleaner and safer place to live.

‘Disney On Ice’ will be in JAX in time for Spring break

“Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars” featuring the cinematic sensation of ‘Disney’s Frozen’ and other timeless favorites will be here soon.  Experience adventures in new heights as Mickey, Minnie and your favorite friends from around the Disney Kingdom come together in Jacksonville for six performances at Veterans Memorial Arena.

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as “Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars”.  Unleash the magic with royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman, Olaf, as they sing captivating songs like “Let it Go” and “In Summer.”  Life is in the bubbles when Sebastian strikes up his hot crustacean band and the Daughters of Triton make a splash as they introduce Ariel in an ‘80s pop montage.  Get tangled up with a chorus of harmless hooligans when they get a visit from the spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally, Flynn Rider, on their journey to see the floating lights.  Relive a “Tale as Old as Time” when Belle opens her heart to new adventures and the Beast’s enchanted objects take center stage for a dazzling skating spectacle inviting audiences to “Be Our Guest.”.

Experience unforgettable feats of strength and heart-warming entertainment, with your entire family, when “Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars” debuts in JAX or in a city near you.  Presented by Feld Entertainment.
 Get your tickets TODAY!  Join the Disney clan on social media at: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram: @DisneyOnIce and Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #ReachForTheStars.

 “Disney On Ice
Reach For The Stars

Fri. Mar. 16, 2018    7:30 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 17    11 a.m. & 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sun. Mar. 18     1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

TICKETS: start at $15.  All seats are reserved, and tickets are available online, by calling (800) 745-3000, or by visiting the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.  For group rates and information, call 866-248-8740 Option 1 for Disney On Ice.

LOCATION: JAX Veterans Memorial Arena
300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-3900

2018 First Baptist Church Passion Play back in JAX

If you missed it last year, don’t miss this year’s presentation of the “2018 PASSION PLAY presented by First Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville, FL.  The play features a choir, cast members, assistants, and an orchestra of numerous instruments.  The 2018 Jacksonville FBC Passion Play will encompass the Easter experience with a story of power, betrayal, redemption and HOPE.  Once again, you will have four opportunities to experience the magnificence of the prelude and Passion of Jesus Christ, the hope of glory.

Now entering its 11th year, the Jacksonville Passion Play has become an annual tradition at First Baptist Church, JAX.  The stage production features more than 400 parishioners as actors, merchants, ushers, greeters and a magnificent set designs team.  The Jacksonville Passion Play celebrates a few stories from the Bible along with some of the life, passion, death, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

The story of Jesus of Nazareth, told in the Bible, never gets old.  You may have seen this play before, but there is always something different: new costumes, stage sets, musical numbers, drama, and other surprises that are breathtaking.  As in 2017, there will be live animals and Jerusalem scenes throughout the first floor of the church.  You and you guests might desire to come a little earlier for all the festivities, and to mingle with the characters in the downstairs Jerusalem experience.

2018 FBC JAX Passion Play

DATES:         TIMES:
Fri. Mar. 30       7 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 31       1 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 31       6 p.m.
Sun. Apr. 1        6 p.m.

First Baptist Church
119 West Beaver St.

      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 356-6077

Doors open 1 hour prior to presentation.  NB: Some content may be difficult for younger viewers.  Donations/Offerings are always welcomed.  "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself." – John 12:32

LUNCH: will be served on Saturday, March 31st. from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  ALL: $8 in advance and $10 at the door.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door

CHILDCARE: available for Infants – 3 years during Friday and Sunday evening performances by pre-registration. NO CHILDCARE is provided for the Saturday performance. 
Click here to pre-register your child for the Friday or Sunday performances.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ comes to JAX for one evening

“Million Dollar Quartet”
is the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by an electrifying true story, rocks the Times-Union Center for one performance only!  Million Dollar Quartet brings that unbelievable musical moment to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, humor, celebration, unforgettable performances of such timeless and enduring hits as: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought together four young musicians – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. Sam Phillips, the undisputed “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each of these icons, gathered the four-legendary singer/songwriters at the Sun Records studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The result? One of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.

The four music icons of Million Dollar Quartet are portrayed by: Daniel Durston as Elvis Presley, Taylor Gray as Jerry Lee Lewis, Austin Hohnke as Carl Perkins, and Peter Oyloe as Johnny Cash. Andy Ingalls plays Sam Philips.  The cast also features Tiffan Borelli as Dyanne, Bill Morey as Brother Jay (Jay Perkins), and Jon Rossi as Fluke.

Million Dollar Quartet won a Tony® Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and received two Tony® nominations, one for Best Musical and one for Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux).  The show received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Musical Revue, and three Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance.  Million Dollar Quartet is produced by Gershwin Entertainment, in association with the Barter Theatre. General management is provided by Dhyana Colony/Colony Creative Group.

Million Dollar Quartet
DATE: Thurs., Mar. 15, 2018
TIME: 8 p.m.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
      Moran Theater
300 West Water St
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: start at $32.50 for, plus applicable fees.  They may be purchased at the box office, and may be purchased online 24/7 at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Times Union Theater shows go ahead after fire

A small electrical fire occurred in the area of a portable refrigerated concession unit in the lobby of the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts early Monday morning.  The smoke condition triggered the fire suppression system, extinguishing the fire condition. There is no damage to any of the three theaters and performance venues, and all performances will continue this week as scheduled:

         "Celtic Woman" Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Moran Theater
         "Anita Baker" Wednesday Night, March 14, 8:00 p.m., Moran Theater
         "Million Dollar Quartet" Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Moran Theater
         "Jacksonville Symphony, Mozart and Friends" Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 8:00 p.m., Jacoby Symphony Hall

The state Fire Marshall has been on-site, assessed the situation and has released the building for occupancy.  SMG will manage the water remediation effort that is currently under way.  SMG, The Jacksonville Symphony and Jacksonville Cultural Council offices are all opened as scheduled at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts.

Marvin Gaye came back to the Thrasher-Horne through Brian Owens

Some of the women in the audience may have been a little disappointed when they found out that Marvin Gaye tribute artist Brian Owens is a happily married man with six children and one on the way, nonetheless, Brian didn’t disappoint the people who came to the Thrasher-Horne Center to hear and see him in concert.

In the almost three hour show, Owens sang many songs from the Marvin Gaye repertoire, including songs that were sung with the late Tammi Terrell that were accompanied by the audience harmonizing the female parts.  The man also moves around stage like Marvin and can
play the piano like no body’s business.  His four-piece band played the best accompanying music that any enthusiast would enjoy.  It’s welcoming to hear musicians who can play in-the-pocket yet have their own individuality.

At the end of the show, Brian was summoned back to the stage by his attendees.  He then did a
tribute to the late Sam Cooke and Brian told the story of how Berry Gordy wanted Marvin to play the role of Sam Cooke in a movie, but Marvin refused because he thought the idea was morbid.  Marvin didn’t realize that he would die at the hand of his own father.

If you ever get a chance to see and hear Brian Owens in concert - take advantage of “What’s Goin On: The Marvin Gaye Experience”.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

JAX Sports Complex traffic and parking changes

Due to the large number of events happening in Jacksonville on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10, 2018 there is high attendance anticipated in and around the Downtown Sports Complex. A larger amount of traffic is expected along with current construction projects.  Please plan routes accordingly and allow extra time for travel and parking.

Friday, March 9, 2018:
Gate River Run packet pick-up at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds – 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
High school baseball games at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
  Nease vs. Trinity Christian – 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  University Christian vs. Bolles – 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
  TNXL vs. Stoneman Douglas (Fundraising Event) – 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
  Jumbo Shrimp Press Conference at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville – 1 p.m.
  Icemen hockey game at Veterans Memorial Arena – 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

*Please note that the starting line for the Gate River Run on Gator Bowl Blvd. will also be under construction beginning at 1 p.m. which will slow traffic in the area.  Due to this limited access on Gator Bowl Blvd., it is recommended that any patrons attending an event at the Baseball Grounds or Arena Friday evening should approach the sports complex from the west side of the city, through Downtown.  At this time, all bridges are scheduled to be open on March 9th.

Saturday, March 10, 2018:
  Gate River Run throughout the Sports Complex – 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
  A Night of Symphonic Hip Hop featuring Wyclef Jean and the Jacksonville Symphony – 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
  Icemen hockey game at Veterans Memorial Arena - 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
  Various private events at EverBank Field

*Please note that there will be closures of the Main Street and Hart bridges throughout the day.  For information on these events and more, visit

Celtic Clans represented in St. Augustine during festival

Celtic clans representing their family and regions will come together for the 8th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival set for March 9-11 in downtown St. Augustine, featuring 9 of the top Celtic bands in the world.  The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival was voted Best Concert/Event in the “Bold City Best” Jacksonville region and Best Festival/Event in St. Augustine - both for the second year in a row from 2017.

“Clan” is a Gaelic word meaning family.  11 clans from throughout the U.S. and abroad will fly their flags, many with a family crest, at the Celtic Festival and while marching in the St. Augustine St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 10.

Celtic Clans Participating In 2018: Clan Davidson Society of North America; Clan Donnachaidh Society of Florida; House of Gordon; Clan Irwin; Clan MacLaren; Clan MacPherson; Clan Ross of the United States; St. Andrews Society; Clan Sutherland Society of North America; Clan Wallace; Clan Dunbar and 2018 Honored Clan.  Currently, there are approximately 1,100 members worldwide of the Clan Donnachaidh Society.  In America, there are 11 million people who claim Scottish or Scotch/Irish heritage.

Find the CELT in YOU in America's Oldest Celtic City!  The three-day St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is "The Finest Celtic Music Festival in the United States," according to the international bands who perform here and the fans who return each year.  The festival is set for March 9-11 in downtown St. Augustine, featuring 9 of the top Celtic bands in the world, a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, The St. Augustine Highland games, Celtic artisans and food, live music, two stages, and a variety of entertainment - and the oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the World (started there in 1601) - begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10.

Tickets: VIP, General Admission, and Whiskey Tasting tickets are available in advance.  Please note that VIP and Whiskey Tasting tickets are limited and always sell out in advance, so purchase soon while those tickets are still available.  General Admission tickets are available online and will also be available at the gates on the days of the Festival.

The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is produced by Romanza - St. Augustine and is funded in part by St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and by Visit Florida.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

‘Celtic Woman’ brings new LIVE show to JAX

They’re back in Jacksonville, Florida for only one evening at The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.  “Celtic Woman”, the multi-platinum international music sensation, has a brand new live show for an extensive North American tour beginning Spring 2018.  The much-anticipated concert, Homecoming,’ will play in more than 90 U.S. and Canadian cities from coast-to-coast.

Celebrating Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage, Celtic Woman combines finest musical talent with epic stage productions to present a unique, inspiring live experience. From the debut, Celtic Woman has touched the hearts of a huge global audience.  Now, with Homecoming, Celtic Woman brings the next chapter of an extraordinary musical journey. It’s a universal celebration of life. It’s traditional, it’s contemporary. It’s yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland’s most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage, the Grammy winning group Celtic Woman featuring the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and the breathtaking Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a full ensemble of musicians and dancers will embark on a four-month tour.  The
90-city trek will take Celtic Woman across the country before wrapping up on June 17 in Rosemont, IL.

About Celtic Woman: Following its debut on PBS in 2005, Celtic Woman has achieved massive success encompassing twelve chart-topping albums, nine DVDs and nine public television specials leading to sales of over ten million albums, with platinum success in nine countries. Each of the twelve CDs—including 2016’s Voices of Angels—has reached #1 on Billboard's World Albums chart.  The group has been named Billboard Magazine’s #1 World Albums Artist six times. Celtic Woman received its first-ever Grammy-nomination in the World Music category for its 2016 release Destiny.  As a touring powerhouse, the group has performed for over four million fans across 24 countries and six continents, with an especially devoted following in America. With a repertoire that encompasses traditional Irish classics, contemporary songs, classical favorites and originals, their shows are renowned as high-quality entertainment with exceptional musical performances and stunning visual productions, enthralling audiences of all ages.

Celtic Woman

DATE: Tuesday March 13, 2018
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
      Moran Theater
300 West Water St.ime
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: start at $56.50 for, plus applicable fees.  They may be purchased at the box office, and also online 24/7 at FSCJ Artist Series ,or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts for groups of 10 + may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.  This event is sponsored by VyStar Credit Union (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show).