Tuesday, May 8, 2018

‘Camp Broadway®’ 2018 is ready for your child

Do you have a child who has shown interest in the theatre, is talented in singing, acting or dance?  Then there is a place where they can go when school lets out for the summer.  No singing, dancing or acting experience necessary - just a willingness to have fun and a curiosity about what happens on stage and behind the curtain.  “Camp Broadway®, presented by the FSCJ Artist Series, returns to Jacksonville for its 18th year from Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the FSCJ Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus.

Camp Broadway® introduces young people to the world of life on-stage and behind the scenes.  Campers work with Broadway directors, choreographers, and musical directors to receive training in acting, scene study, improvisation, music theory, solo and ensemble singing, movement, and dance.  This five-day performing arts program offers each camper the opportunity to expand his or her creative talents, build self-esteem, learn the art of collaboration, and gain a fuller respect and understanding of musical theatre.

Camp Broadway® has been proclaimed the “Camp of Dreams” for starry-eyed kids who are just beginning to dream of being on Broadway.  It is a self-contained summer workshop that travels around the country bringing Broadway to kids.  The 40 hours of camp include singing, dancing and master classes for kids ages 10 to 17.

Applications are still being accepted for Camp Broadway®, and tuition is $575 per camper and includes daily lunch, snacks and two t-shirts.  Spaces are limited and Camp Broadway® fills up quickly, so register your camper today!  Visit
Camp Broadway Jax or contact Amanda Faye at (904) 357- 8934 or email for more details.

With authentic Broadway instructors teaching dance routines and musical numbers at the same break-neck speed as a real Broadway show, Camp Broadway® is a fun-filled week of activities designed to teach kids about the serious business of live theater.  One activity is our annual Salute to Singin' and Dancin' Kids™ (a special luncheon where campers meet and hear about the various theater jobs from real theater professionals).

This year, campers will perform either “Singin’ in the Rain” or “42nd Street” depending on their age group. The performance will take place on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at the conclusion of camp.

Camp Broadway® -The National Tour is offered once a year in Jacksonville.  Founded in 1995, Camp Broadway® is Broadway's Original Summer Program for theatre-loving kids.  Since then, Camp Broadway LLC has worked at the intersection of entertainment and education to become the industry leader in theatre arts youth programming, special events and educational publishing.  The company serves the Broadway industry by being an authorized channel for families, schools and social organizations who believe in the essential value of the arts as a means of life-long learning.  Proclaimed “The Camp of Dreams” by Live Magazine, Camp Broadway has hosted nearly 20,000 children from all 50 states and dozens of countries at its annual summer programs leading with its flagship programming New York City, as well as cities such as Atlanta, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Providence, Tempe, and elsewhere in America.  Camp Broadway has also been featured regularly on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® telecast; performed with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; and appeared in Broadway on Broadway®, an annual free concert in Times Square.

The FSCJ Artist Series has been recognized by the State of Florida as a Major Cultural Institution and receives funding from the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.

Location: Wilson Center for the Arts
     11901 Beach Blvd.
     Jacksonville, FL 32246
     (904) 442-2932

‘CHICAGO’ will be in JAX for a limited engagement

“CHICAGO,” presented by the FSCJ Artist Series, returns to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center for a limited engagement of six performances.  Broadway's record-breaking 1997 Tony Award-Winning musical, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.  Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, CHICAGO is the smash winner of six Tony Awards including - Best Musical Revival.  CHICAGO is back in town and it’s pure entertainment!  With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history and it still shows no sign of ever slowing down!

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

The national tour is directed by David Hyslop and choreographed by David Bushman.  Walter Bobbie is the director of the original New York Production and Ann Reinking was the original choreographer in the style of Bob Fosse.  CHICAGO features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer.  The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns, supervising music direction by Rob Fisher

is a production not to be missed, and all the reviewers agree.  Time Magazine calls it “A Triumph,” Newsweek raves “Smashing” and Entertainment Weekly sums it up by calling CHICAGO “Broadway’s Most Electrifying Show.”

Thurs., May 17   7:30 p.m.
Fri., May 18     8 p.m.
Sat., May 19    2 p.m.
Sat., May 19    8 p.m.
Sun., May 20    1:30 p.m.
Sun., May 20    7 p.m.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts

Moran Theater
300 West Water St
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS:start at $40 plus applicable fees, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), 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.
The FSCJ Artist Series is partnering with The Candy Apple Café and Cocktails to bring you a CHICAGO Brunch!  Your $100 ticket includes:
• Brunch from a limited menu at The Candy Apple Café
• The exclusive Chicago themed cocktail ‘Razzle Dazzle’ (or a drink of choice)
• A ticket to the Sunday Matinee of Chicago at the Times Union Center on May 20, 2018
• Tax and gratuity for your brunch.

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Alhambra debuts ‘The Fox on the Fairway’ stage play

In a golf town that just can’t seem to get enough of the action, the Alhambra Theatre & Dining opens a comedy new to its iconic stage, Ken Ludwig’s “The Fox on the Fairway.”  Opening week coincides with the “Players Championship”, the PGA TOUR’s premier event just minutes down the road in Ponte Vedra Beach (FL), adding to the area’s thirst for all things golf.

About “A Fox on the Fairway”:
Bingham, president of the Quail Valley Country Club, is in a difficult position when he discovers the golfer he chose to represent his club in the city championship has switched sides, having been recruited by his counterpart and opponent.  The huge bet Bingham had foolishly wagered is now likely to be lost. He recruits the skillful Justin and then discovers his newly-hired hand is in love with Louise, the waitress at the club, causing his ringer much distraction. When Justin learns that Louise has lost the engagement ring he gave her he comes unglued. The game resumes the next day, but Justin loses the lead, and, upset, takes an unfortunate swing, breaking his arm. To further complicate the matter for Bingham, his wife catches him much too close to Pamela, the Club vice-president. Comedy ensues as Bingham tries to find a replacement for Justin to win the game, win the wager, and get his life in order.

A comic romp written by the Tony Award-winning author of “Lend Me a Tenor,” “A Fox on the Fairway” gives golfers and non-golfers an interesting slice of country club life. The menu features a number of country club favorites, including Executive Chef Dejuan Roy’s fabled prime rib.

A Little bit about the Menu:
First Course
(Choice of One): Club House Salad with spring mix, tomato, carrot, red onion, cucumber, derby dressing *GF*; OR Creamy Broccoli & Cheddar Soup.

Second Course (Choice of One): Chicken Divan white rice, broccoli; OR Sweet Tea-Poached Salmon, herb and lemon mayo, quinoa and couscous salad, grilled asparagus *GF*; OR Chef DeJuan’s Famous Roasted Prime Rib, mashed potatoes, garlic green beans *GF*; OR Corn, White Bean & Tomato Pie with summer vegetable salad.

Third Course (Choice of One): Coconut Cake; OR Lemon Cream Pie.
   *Menu subject to change.
Gluten-free & sugar-free desserts available upon request.

A Fox On The Fairway
DATES: May 9 — June 10, 2018

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served until 7:30 p.m.  Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and the brunch served until 12:50 p.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and the meal is server until 1:30 p.m.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday May 11, 2018) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”.  All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Prices range from $38 – $64.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Group sales of 20 + are available upon request.
 **Price does NOT include server’s gratuity, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

Florida Theatre May events in downtown JAX

If you're looking for something else to do in JAX - look no further.  Here are a few exciting events that will be at the Florida Theatre this month.

May 2018
Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
6-  Kris Kristofferson
9-  An Evening of Luther Vandross starring Ruben Studdard
12- Jacksonville Dance Theatre 6th Annual
24- JAX Jazz Piano Competition

May 4 - 8 p.m.
Herb Alpert and Lani Hall.  Together, nine-time Grammy-winning trumpet player Herb Alpert and his wife, Grammy-winning vocalist, Lani Hall, will perform classic songs, and many of Alpert’s Tijuana Brass hit singles including: “Rise,” “A Taste of Honey,” and “What Now My Love.”
May 6 - 8 p.m. Kris Kristofferson. Singer, songwriter and actor, Kris Kristofferson, topped the Country music charts with his hits: "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Morning Coming Down," and "For the Good Times."

May 9 - 8 p.m.
Always & Forever, An Evening of Luther Vandross starring Ruben Studdard. American Idol star Ruben Studdard has been hailed as the next Luther Vandross.  In this new tribute show, Studdard will perform all of Luther Vandross' biggest hits including: "Endless Love," "A House Is Not A Home," "Dance With My Father," "If Only For One Night," "Power of Love," and his Grammy-nominated version of "Superstar." ½ tickets for Ruben Studdard tickets when you use the code word IDOL at checkout or when you call the box office.  Limited meet and greet packages available.

May 12 - 8 p.m.
Moving Jacksonville - Jacksonville Dance Theatre 6th Annual.  
Jacksonville’s own critically acclaimed professional modern dance company presents its 6th annual dance concert at the historic Florida Theatre. Highlighting the range of athletic, entertaining, and eclectic works the company is known for, this year’s show, Moving Jacksonville, includes repertory pieces by JDT Artistic Director Rebecca R. Levy, and Jacksonville’s own, choreographer James Boyd III, plus two world premieres by JDT Creative Director Tiffany S. Santiero and choreographer Jay Jackson.

May 24 - 7 p.m. — JAX Jazz Piano Competition.
 For over thirty years, the Jacksonville Piano Competition has been a Jazz Fest tradition. Presented by Keyboard Connection, it continues to be one of the most exciting musical spectacles to be seen anywhere!  The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition is open to any age acoustic jazz pianist who does not currently have, or has not previously had a contract with a record label.

“Florida Theatre April 2018 events”
LOCATION: Florida Theatre

128 E. Forsyth St.

      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355-2787

Thursday, May 3, 2018

‘Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts’ FREE events

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from7 - 9 p.m., in the Plaza de la Constitucion with FREE concerts by Tampa's premier Latin Band Caribeño Tropical and authentic style Mariachi band Mariachi Garibaldi.

Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts
brings these bands to downtown St. Augustine from 7 to 9 p.m. May 5 in the Gazebo of the Plaza, between King Street and Cathedral Place. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs for seating.

Caribeño Tropical is the premier Latin Band from Tampa. They play all genres of Latin music, such as Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Bolero, Danzón, Latin Jazz and more.  The all-star line-up of professional musicians includes two singers who can swing with the best and also deliver romantic ballads. This energetic group will put everyone in dance mode!

Also, on the bill is Mariachi Garibaldi, an authentic style Mariachi band from Tampa who play original songs and also covers of famous Mexican artists such Juan Gabriel, Vicente Fernandez, Jose Jose, Antonio Aguilar and many others. Their unique sound represents the street style of the old Garibaldi.

Join them in Saint Augustine from May 4-13 for St. Augustine's most outstanding talent showcase during Romanza Festivale of Music & The Arts - featuring 80 events and exhibits by dozens of St. Augustine's talented nonprofit organizations.

Many events are FREE! Getting around town to enjoy the events during the 10-day Romanza Festivale in St. Augustine should be a breeze, with different times and various locations. Go to see the entire list of events HERE!

‘Abbey Road on the River’ has fun for children too

If you live around the Jeffersonville, IN area, you’re probably getting ready for the big event of “Abbey Road on the River.”  Parents of young children often struggle to find things to do that will be fun for the kids and enjoyable for grown-ups as well. Here are a few of the reasons why the WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River is the perfect place to let young ones burn off some energy while their parents or grandparents enjoy live music in a laid back atmosphere.

What really makes the festival family-friendly is the music itself. Younger generations may be introduced to The Beatles for the first time, or if they've seen the Netflix original series Beat Bugs they'll already know a lot of the lyrics. There are no profanities in the entire catalog of The Beatles' music, and most of their lyrics encourage peace and love. It's a special thing when grandparents, parents and children of all ages can spend time together and bond over some of the best music ever recorded.

Held at the Big Four Station Park, the festival's main stage and its viewing area are located right beside the park's expansive all-ages playground.  There is ample lawn space near all the stages to lay down a blanket to have a picnic or dance in the grass.  There are plenty of nearby sweets and treats for all ages. In addition to food inside the festival which includes the traditional crave-able concessions like elephant ears, chicken gyros and turkey legs, there are several family-friendly eateries within a few blocks of the park including Pearl Street Treats frozen yogurt and Parlour pizza.

Accessibility: The park features paved sidewalks which are great for stroller maneuverability. It's well-lit at night, and there is plenty of close-by free parking. The festival entrance is located at the base of the Big Four pedestrian bridge, so families can easily walk or bike across the bridge and enjoy the views of the river and the Louisville skyline.

TICKETS: General admission tickets are just $20 if purchased in advance with the discount code "Wave 3 News."  They also include free admission for a 21 and under guest, so a family of four could attend the event for just $10 a person.  Kids age 9 and under are always free!  The festival wristbands allow for re-entry, so attendees are able to come and go as they please.

The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River will return to downtown Jeffersonville, IN on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-28, 2018. Grammy-winning rock group
America (Ventura Highway, Horse with No Name, Sister Golden Hair) and the fathers of psychedelic rock Vanilla Fudge (Ticket to Ride, You Keep Me Hanging On) will headline the 2018 event, where more than 50 bands from around the world will perform on seven indoor and outdoor stages. Other festival highlights will include presentations by The Beatles' legendary sound and recording engineer Geoff Emerick and special concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the White Album, which is considered by many to be The Beatles' most quintessential rock album.

The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River is produced with support from Wave 3 News, Budweiser, Bud Light, Four Roses, Southern Indiana Tourism (SoIn), Crosley, Gretsch Guitars, Fidelity Investments, The City of Jeffersonville, Jeffersonville Parks and Recreation, Buckhead Mountain Grill, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, Clark Memorial Hospital, Koetter Construction, Octopus's Garden, V.G. Reed Printing, 91.9 WFPK Relics, and WAKY 103.5.

Bonnie Raitt cancels tour dates with James Taylor

Due to an unexpected medical situation that requires immediate attention, Bonnie Raitt will no longer be able to join James Taylor & His All-Star Band for the first portion of their previously announced summer tour.  Following her annual physical, it was determined she needs to schedule some surgery soon. The prognosis is good and a full recovery is expected.

Bonnie Raitt says “I’m deeply sorry to have to disappoint my fans, James and colleagues with these cancellations. I was so looking forward to our tour, but I’m very grateful that the doctors feel this can be taken care of with surgery. I’m feeling strong and am in great hands with my wonderful team. I fully expect to return for the second leg of the US tour in June followed by our European tour in July. Thank you all for your concern and understanding that the best gift you could give me is respecting my wish for privacy and giving me space to heal. Can’t wait to see you all back on the road again soon!”

James Taylor says “This summer was to be Bonnie’s and my second summer touring together. We wanted to do it again because it was such good fun the first time, we didn’t want it to end. We are so looking forward to having her rejoin the tour in mid-June. Of course, there is no question as to the priority of your health, Bonnie. You will be constantly in our hearts and minds until we see you in June.”

The first leg of the tour, which is scheduled to kick off at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL on May 8th, will now be an “Evening with James Taylor & His All-Star Band”, featuring two sets with a brief intermission.

Sheryl Crow is scheduled to join James Taylor & His All Star band as a Special Guest in Phoenix, AZ at The Talking Stick Resort Arena on May 29 and for two nights at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on May 31 and June 1.

Bonnie Raitt is scheduled to join back up with the tour starting in St. Paul, MN on June 22.

James will also return to Tanglewood for two nights on July 3 & 4 marking his 27
th time performing his annual Fourth of July concert in Lenox, MA.  James Taylor & His All-Star band are also set to join the Eagles this summer at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on July 26 and in Philadelphia, PA at Citizens Bank Park on July 28.

For those ticket buyers who would like to request a refund to a show affected by this announcement, please do so at your original point of purchase.

St Augustine is blooming with concerts this May

Celebrate the arts with FREE concerts May 4-13 in venues throughout downtown St. Augustine during Romanza's Festivale of Music and the Arts.  Join them in Saint Augustine from May 4-13, 2018, for a celebration of art and music in America's Most Romantic City - featuring 80 events and exhibits by dozens of St. Augustine's talented nonprofit organizations.

Many events are free and admission is required for others.  Getting around town to enjoy the events during the 10-day Romanza Festivale in St. Augustine should be a breeze, with different times and various locations.  Go 
HERE to see the entire list of events and the full schedule.

Free Concerts: Chamber Music Series (7 concerts); A Little Night Music (8 concerts); Young Performers Music Series  (2 concerts); Special free event at Flagler College's Lewis Auditorium: Return 2 Zero and The Satin Dolls singing
"tunes with an attitude in hot harmony."

Concert Schedule: (see the full list above) First Coast Opera - May 4 @ 5 - 6:30 pm at the St. Augustine Art Association; Romanza Festivale Opening Night - The Wobbly Toms - May 4 @ 7 - 9 p.m. in the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitucion; The Romanza Chamber Music Series: Three Organists in Concert - May 5 @ 12 p.m. - 1:00 pm at Memorial Presbyterian Church; Weeki-Wachee High School Chorus - May 5 @ 3 - 4 p.m. in the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitucion; Cinco de Mayo with Caribeño Tropical and Mariachi Garibaldi -May 5 @ 7 - 9 p.m. in the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitucion; Hot Hot Harmony! - May 6 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm in Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College, Music at Grace: The Bartram Trail High School Choir - May 6 @ 5 - 6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church.

Romanza Chamber Music Series: Guy and the Yehudas, a Klezmer Band - May 7 @ 12 - 1 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church; A Little Night Music: Chillula - May 7 @ 7 - 8:30 pm at The Colonial Quarter; Chamber Music Series: Ali and Gosia - May 8 @ 12 - 1 p.m. .at Ancient City Baptist Church; Young Performers Recital - May 8 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm at Memorial Presbyterian Church; A Little Night Music: Ghost Tropic - May 8 @ 7 - 8:30 pm at The Colonial Quarter; Romanza Chamber Music Series: Kathy VandeBerg and Friends - May 9 @ 12 - 1 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church; Young Performers Recital - May 9 @ 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Presbyterian Church; A Little Night Music: Sam Pacetti - May 9 @ 7 - 8:30 pm at The Colonial Quarter

The Romanza Chamber Music Series: The Lawson Ensemble and Oboe - May 10 @ 12 - 1 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church; A Little Night Music: Matanzas Tap - May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm at The Colonial Quarter; A Little Night Music: Bret Blackshear - May 10 @ 7 - 8:30 pm at The Colonial Quarter; Jazz at Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center - May 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Lincolnville Museum Cultural Center; Chamber Music Series: St. Johns County Center for the Arts Mixed Chamber Chorus - May 11 @ 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church; Romanza Young Performers Music Series: The St. Augustine Youth Chorus - May 11 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 p.m.; A Little Night Music: Mama Blue - May 11 @ 7 - 9 p.m.  in the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitucion; Romanza Chamber Music Series: The North Florida Women's Chorale - May 12 @ 12 - 1 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church.  And, The St. Augustine Community Chorus Concert: Not One Sparrow is Forgotten - May 13 @ 3 p.m. - 4:30 pm at Ancient City Baptist Church.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection at Cummer

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection, which will be on view May 25 through July 29. This presentation combines two exhibitions from one of the world’s finest collections of French art - Imaging Text: Drawings for French Book Illustration and Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century French Paintings. The 80 works of art created between the 16th and 19th centuries, range from mythological and biblical studies to more playful imagery, and vary in style, genre, and period. Captured in crisp and swift pen strokes, finely modulated chalk, or brilliant colors, these captivating compositions were produced by some of the most prominent artists of their time, such as Charles le Brun (1619 - 1690), Charles-Nicolas Cochin, the Younger (1715 - 1790), and Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 - 1806).

“It is a great opportunity for the Cummer Museum to present such an exceptional collection of French art. Printed illustrations played a major role in 18th-century French publishing, allowing many artists to gain entry into elite artistic, literary, and social worlds,” says Associate Curator Nelda Damiano. “In addition, the selection of paintings speaks to the rigorous tradition of the French Salon and the Academy. We are excited to share with our visitors examples of both these major trends.”

Renowned for its breadth and quality, the Horvitz collection has been the focus of many national and international exhibitions and scholarly publications, and it now contains nearly 2,000 drawings, paintings, and sculptures.  The exhibition is curated by Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Curator, The Horvitz Collection and The J.E. Horvitz Consultative Curator, Department of Drawings, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg.  An illustrated catalogue of the drawings will be available.

Storytelling will be accompanied by a schedule of engaging programs, including a Member & Community Opening Party on Thursday, May 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.  For more information on the exhibition and related programming,
Click HERE.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

   829 Riverside Avenue

   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857

Hours of Operation & Admission

The Ritz Theatre & Museum announces new series featuring new artists

The Ritz Theatre and Museum is proud to present a new series entitled Artists You Should Know.” This on-going series will highlight rising artists in a variety of musical genres including blues, jazz, and even country, exposing Jacksonville music lovers to artists they’ll be hearing about for years to come!  Artists You Should Know will also introduce new and diverse audiences to the LaVilla neighborhood and Ritz Theatre and Museum, who might not have yet had the opportunity to experience these downtown Jacksonville cultural gems firsthand.  Beginning May 12th, the inaugural Artists You Should Know” series starts with its Summer Country Edition featuring four of today’s hottest newcomers:

CODY WEBB – Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Singer, songwriter, musician, and touring artist Cody Webb has played hundreds of dates across the East Coast, Midwest and beyond, earning thousands of fans with his expressive tenor and deft guitar work. Recently relocated to Nashville from his native South Carolina, he's finishing work on his debut EP and has assembled a team of top music business pros for his first push onto the national scene. Led by songs including the propulsive "More Than A Little" and plaintive "My My My Girl," Cody's new EP reveals something distinctive yet undeniably at home in today's country landscape.

SANDRA LYNN – Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 8 p.m.
A California girl with a Nashville heart, Sandra Lynn is one of country music’s sweetest rising voices. After releasing a pair of upbeat singles — “Afterparty” and “Bar Hoppin’” — in 2015, Lynn returns with the playful, flirty “Hey California,” which she co-wrote with producer Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark). “I feel like this song is such a strong identity piece for me,” she says. “It represents some of my earliest influences, like the Beach Boys and Sheryl Crow, and captures my love for country music and my roots as a California girl.”

CRAIG WAYNE BOYD – Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Craig Wayne Boyd has already drawn a large and loyal following as thousands thrilled to his victory in Season 7 of The Voice. But with release of his new album, Top Shelf, Boyd goes way beyond that platform to a place that even his fans might not have anticipated. Confident delivery, upbeat personality, deep country soul, and easy charisma - this is all still there. From the buoyant “Stuck In My Head” to the dirty sound of “We Sweat,” Boyd presents himself as an artist of complex dimension, never satisfied with repeating himself, but always true to his roots.

STEPHANIE QUAYLE – Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Stephanie Quayle offers the genre a fresh sound, relatable storylines and an invigorating presence that is unmatched in today’s music scene with her new album Love the Way You See Me featuring the current single “Selfish.” Her debut single, “Drinking with Dolly,” and follow up “Winnebago,” hit Top 50 on the Billbaord Indicator radio chart with over 1 Million strems as well. Quayle made her national debuting performing “Drinking With Dolly” on “Fox & Friends” to celebrate the video hitting #1 on the CMT Music 12-Pack Countdown.

TICKETS: All tickets are available now and start at just $24 plus tax and fees.  Single show tickets are available at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Offices located at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena or at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Special Offer:
Purchase two or more Artist You Should Know shows at one time and get 15% off each ticket.  Click HERE for the special, or visit the box office.

Location: The Ritz Theater
    °829 N Davis St.
ºJacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 807-2010

About the Ritz Theatre and Museum: It was constructed in 1999 on the site of the 1929 Ritz Theater movie house in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of LaVilla. During LaVilla’s height of business and entertainment activity in the 1920’s – 1960’s, LaVilla was known as the ‘Harlem of the South.’  The mission of the Ritz Theatre and Museum is to “research, record, and preserve the material and artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora, and present in an educational or entertaining format, the many facets that make up the historical and cultural legacy of this community.”