Monday, September 16, 2019

Country superstar ‘Alan Jackson’ in JAX for one night

Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson will bring a night of hits to northeast Florida with a concert featuring William Michael Morgan.  Jackson’s Jacksonville concert will continue his tradition of “keepin’-it-country” for people far and wide as he brings nearly 30 years of hits to northeast Florida.

Alan Jackson has been celebrating and telling real-life stories in his music since arriving on the scene in 1989.  His concerts are filled with three decades of hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans – songs that draw added crowds as a younger generation discovers his music.  Jackson’s repertoire stands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite him an influence…and his music has earned him a place alongside music’s greatest names, cementing his place in its history with membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote and made them famous – his debut hit “Here in The Real World” signature songs “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country” party anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time” and many more.

Newcomer William Michael Morgan will be Jackson’s special guest.  The chart-topping hit “I Met a Girl” put the Mississippi native on the map, and his talent, music and voice are keeping him there.  A timeless sound and honest lyrics landed him a major label record deal at 19, gave him that #1 gold smash, and earned him a Top 5 debut album.  A few years older – and hundreds of shows wiser – William Michael’s music embodies the man he’s become: a hard worker and big dreamer, single dad and hopeless romantic, pure country stalwart unafraid to embrace the here and now.

A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and recently inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson’s membership among music’s all-time greats is part of a long line of career-defining accolades that include three CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a 2016 Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years.

The man from rural Newnan, GA has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide, ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres.  He has released more than 60 singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers).  He has earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 19 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards.

Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music.  He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts.  Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica.  He’s also the man behind one of Nashville’s most-popular new tourist stops, AJ’s Good Time Bar, a four-story honky-tonk in the heart of downtown featuring daily live music and a rooftop view of Music City.

Alan Jackson 2019 tour
& William Michael Morgan

DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2019
TIME: 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS and information are available at available at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at the VyStar Veterans Arena, or by visiting, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more.

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

‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ appearing next at the Alhambra

The Alhambra Theatre & Dining will open its run of Neil Simon's Tony Award winning play, “Brighton Beach Memoirs”.  From 1965 to 1980, Simon's plays and musicals racked up more than 9,000 Broadway performances, a record not even remotely touched by any other playwright of the era - and set even before the opening of his semi-autobiographical "Eugene Trilogy," of which Brighton Beach Memoirs is the first installment.  In 1966 alone, he had four Broadway shows running simultaneously.

ABOUT THE SHOW: “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is the first in a trilogy of semi-autobiographical plays that depict a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up.  These comedy-dramas - "Brighton Beach Memoirs” (1983), "Biloxi Blues” (1985) and "Broadway Bound” (1986) - were admired for the way they explored the tangle of love, anger and desperation that bound together - and drove apart - a Jewish working-class family, as viewed from the perspective of the youngest son, a restless wisecracker with an eye on showbiz fame.  Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character.

Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley.  Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.  This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here.”

The production is being presented by Rosenblum's; an iconic men's clothing retail store opened 126 years ago by the current owners' great grandfather.  Said co-owner, Bob Rosenblum, “Our business has supported the cultural arts in Jacksonville for as long as we can remember, and we have wanted to partner with the Alhambra for a while. This show about a Jewish family overcoming its trials and tribulations, and riding with them on part of their journey, struck an obvious chord with us as the right show at the right time.”  Added Richard Rosenblum, co-owner in the Rosenblum's, “Every family has a story to tell.  Ours is not exactly this story, but the underlying themes hold true regardless of where you come from - that family, as irascible as they can sometimes be, is always the most important thing in life.”

“Brighton Beach Memoirs” had a pre-Broadway engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on December 10, 1982, and following an additional pre-Broadway engagement at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, the play premiered on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on March 27, 1983 and transferred to the 46th Street Theatre, where it closed on May 11, 1986 after 1,299 performances and 7 previews.  Matthew Broderick won a Tony Award for his performance in the play's first run.


First Course
(Choice of One) Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup, OR Home Run Salad with chopped romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, boiled eggs, green onions, green peppers, carrots, raisins, sliced almonds, Green Goddess dressing *GF*.
Second Course (Choice of One)Pierogi Shepherd’s Pie with ground beef and mixed vegetables and rich gravy, fluffy potatoes and cheese pierogies, OR Seafood Newburg with rice and asparagus, OR Chicken & Waffles - with cardamom syrup and strawberry butter; *GF* Option: Baked Chicken with natural au jus, potatoes, asparagus. OR Falafel with chopped salad and pilaf.
Third Course (Choice of One) Lemon Chiffon Cake OR
Boston Cream Pie.

Brighton Beach Memoirs

September 18, 2019 through October 13, 2019

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Friday 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 12:30 p.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and the meal is server until 1:50 p.m.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday September 20, 2019) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”, or Under the Sea.  All other shows could be “Business Casual”, or “Sunday Best”.  There is always complimentary Champagne and Hors d'oeuvres served in the lobby before dinner, on Gala evening and special pastries served after the show.

TICKETS: Prices range from $38 – $66.  Ticket prices include: a plated three-course meal that changes for each show, and is served directly to your table; a Broadway-style performance and complimentary parking.  Tickets may be purchases
on line, or by calling (904) 641-1212.
     **Prices do NOT include gratuity, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

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

‘Temple Gym’ - body, mind and spirit

Live the years that have been promised to you.  Take care of YOU!  If you’re looking for a lifestyle change or the opportunity to have a transformation to your physical body, consider “Temple Gym & Fitness” located in JAX, FL.  TG&F is a safe environment for youth to accomplish fullness of mind, body and spirit.  The gym is NOT just for the novice, but it's also for the experienced body builder.

“Temple Gym & Fitness” will create a program designed especially for you.  There are qualified personnel who will help you to achieve your goals, as long as you commit to sticking with your program; it’s a combined effort.  No experience is needed to get started on developing your mind, body and spirit.  They are on the premises to assist in your transformation.

The massive facility offers Weight Lifting along with Cardio exercises.  What you’ve seen in other gyms, you will have at TG&F and more.  You have a choice of their supervised “Open Gym” or the coaching from a Personal Trainer.  Either you walk, run, lift or pull; you will be on your way to a unique experience, and a NEW YOU! 

If you desire to be a Jaguar, or you have an expiring football player in your family- No problem; TG&F will assist you in achieving your dreams and acquiring your goals.  This facility is not just for men, but women - if you want to improve you physique and be better fit to endure just walking; this is the place for you.  Does your child need endurance training for another sport; then Temple Gym & Fitness is the place for them to be enrolled.

So, what are you waiting for?  Stop, and make that decision to improve your life. For further information or to schedule an appointment email or call (904) 503 - 2262.  Follow them on Facebook and also on Instagram and check out their videos of successful clients.  Schedule your FREE today!!!

Temple Gym & Fitness Center

Hours of Operation:
  Monday Friday
  7 a.m.
11:30 p.m.
  1 p.m.
9 p.m.
  7:30 a.m.
5 p.m.
SUNDAY & Major Holidays


  3461 Peeler Road
  Jacksonville, FL 32277

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Vote to help the Clara White Mission

HELP them win $20,000?  Your VOTE can raise funds to assist with feeding, training and housing homeless veterans and low-income residents.  For over 115 years, they have been a safety net to the community and with your VOTE, they can continue the legacy.

To WIN, Clara’s needs the most votes in the Jacksonville market in Aetna's Voices of Health.  This competition is designed to celebrate nonprofit organizations that bring positive change to our communities, inspire and mobilize everyone to become change agents.

Can Clara White Mission count on you to
Clara White Mission needs your support!  Please click here to VOTE for Clara White Mission and watch the video that has been submitted for the competition.

You can submit your vote four times a day (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and email) on
this link until Oct. 13, 2019.  Make your voice heard and continue to support Clara White Mission!  Feel free to pass this on to family, friends and colleagues to help Clara’s WIN!

Local playwright’s work kicks off second PBTS season

Local playwright, Olivia Gowan, will share her new work (The Memories of Ruby Mae) that will appear on The Studio Stage as a reader’s theatre presentation at Players by the Sea on Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1 at 8 pm.

“We’re excited this work is the inaugural play of the Second Season”, said Suzanne Hudson-Smith, Players’ Executive Director. Great plays should be seen often and our audiences need to experience more opportunities than we can offer in our regular season of eight productions. Second Season was created to expand our theatre presentations of plays – it’s just the love of the play and passion of the creative team that makes it happen.”

Playwright Gowan and Gloria Ware, the director, have chosen to present this play as reader’s theatre.  “The actors don’t memorize their lines, they just use vocal expression to guide the audience into understanding the story,” said Ware.  This presentation is about the content of the play.

Ware, PBTS board member 2017-2019, is still very active and supportive of Players.  She’s often been seen on stage and this time, she brings a new piece of literature to the stage, The Memories of Ruby Mae.  Ware fell in love with this story while it was being created and is thrilled to be able to tell this story written by Olivia Gowan.

Ware believes “sharing these stories is so important – Players by the Sea gets that and has opened their space to welcome new work … and to welcome a diverse cast that includes actors, directors and some who haven’t ever performed at the theatre.”

The talented cast includes: (
Narrator) Ashley Colleen Jones, (Ruby Mae) Karen Garrett, (Becky Lynn) Karen Konzen, (Mandy Sue) Kristin Walsh, (Tracy) Susan Roche, (Miriam) Gayle Featheringill, (Sarah Neil) Kayla Chouarnid, (Mrs. Smith) Peggy McGuinness, (Ellis / Ryan) Will Davis, (Nancy Collins) Rhodie Jackson & (Camile) Farah Nesargi.

The Memories of Ruby Mae
is a wickedly funny and heartfelt play that guides us through generational hurts to an unexpected healing. It is a poignant, sweet, story of a woman with whom we can all relate.  She is strong, kind, curious, honest and speaks her mind.  As she leaves this world and begins to cross over, she experiences several memories of those who have already passed on and others who are still influential in her life.

“It [the play] takes on the process of death in a graceful way, where you will be laughing and crying.  Then suddenly in the most profound and subtle way, you will be hopeful that our lives have purpose and destiny,” playwright Gowan said about her work.

Gowan is a playwright from Macon Georgia, who currently resides in Jacksonville, FL.  In January 2016 she produced her second full length, Cotton Alley at Players by the Sea, which pinned her as a southern, gothic writer compared to a female Tennessee Williams.  She is the founder of The Groundling Scribes, a group that supports playwrights and original works.

The Memories of Ruby Mae
Mon., Sept. 30, 2019
    Tues., Oct. 1
Times: 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre

Tickets: Donations will be taken at the door
website or by calling the Box Office

Players By The Sea Theatre
      106 6th Street North
      Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
      (904) 249-0289

About Players By The Sea — For over fifty-three years, Players by the Sea has brought quality creative and classic theatre to the Jacksonville community.  As the Beaches community Theatre, Players is professionally run, but depends on the talents and creative energy of volunteers to perform on stage, backstage and front of house.

Beer and music festival survive hurricane

Organizers in coordination with the City of Jacksonville have rescheduled the Inaugural Bold City Beer & Music Festival to Sunday, September 22nd in Riverside.  The special event was planned to take place over the Labor Day Weekend and was postponed due to impacts by Hurricane Dorian.  "We felt it was necessary to reschedule the festival. Public safety is always our primary concern and having a special event days before a hurricane could have been dangerous" mentioned festival promoter Charles Wagoner.

Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored on September 22nd.  In lieu of the storm, The Firewater Tent Revival has been added to the entertainment lineup.  Additionally, another 25 beers have been added to the sampling line up and guests will now be able to try over 65 different kinds of local and regional craft beers as well as enjoy food from 15+ food trucks, shop 40 local vendors, and more.

Entertainment acts will include: Deputy plus performances by The Firewater Tent Revival, Ben Strok & The Full Electric, Trail Diver, Lane Pittman + more.

General admission is free, but for the full experience, a VIP pass is required. A limited number of VIP passes remain available for purchase.  Passes include unlimited sampling from noon
6pm, no-wait sampling lines, reserved concert seating, private air-conditioned restrooms, a commemorative mug, and more.  In addition, there will be activities for all ages and dogs are welcome.

The festival will be held in Riverside at the Northbank Riverwalk Artist Square from noon-8pm on September 22nd.  The Artist Square, home to the Riverside Arts Market, is located under the Fuller Warren Bridge right on the St. Johns River.  For additional details and to purchase a ticket, visit:

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Celebrities are coming to American Beach

People always complain that there’s nothing to do, or things to do around Jacksonville, Florida.  Well, according to Folioweekly, there will be a famous actor and a magazine icon coming to the American Beach Museum, for a couple of days.

Please call the museum to see if Danny Glover, Susan Taylor, Brian Davis and Christopher Fowler will still be in attendance after the storm (Hurricane Dorian).

American Beach Museum
1600 Julia St.
American Beach, FL 32034
(904) 510-7036

Cummer Museum and Gardens braves the storm

As they prepare for Hurricane Dorian, the museum and gardens wanted to share with you that the Cummer Museum will be closed beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 1, through Wednesday, September 4.  For the safety of the art, staff and their visitors, the Cummer will evaluate the conditions and reopen as soon as possible.

Saturday, August 31 – Museum and CafĂ© open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, September 1 – Museum open 12 to 4 p.m.
Monday, September 2 – Closed
Tuesday, September 3 – Closed
Wednesday, September 4 – Closed

Please continue to monitor their website and
social media for the latest updates.  Stay safe and dry, and thank you for your steadfast support.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857
Hours of Operation & Admission

Thursday, August 29, 2019

‘MUDDFEST’ is coming to Orange Park

"Muddfest 2019" featuring Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Trapt, Saving Abel and Tantric is coming to rock Orange Park this September.  Muddfest 2019 is sponsored by Planet Radio 107.3. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Puddle of Mudd is an American post-grunge band from Kansas City.  To date the band has sold over seven million albums, and has had a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles in the United States.  Their major-label debut "Come Clean" has sold over five million copies.  They have released two independent and four major albums, with their latest being "Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate" in December 2009, and their latest compilation album being "re:(disc)overed,” released in August 2011.

After acquiring front man Bobby Amaru in 2011, Saliva became infused with new blood, energy, and spirit.  The same energy launched Saliva's career in 2001 with the release, “Every Six Seconds,” a certified Double Platinum-selling album, containing the hits, “Click Click Boom” and 2002 Grammy nominated “Your Disease.”  Saliva's in-your-face, anthemic writing style continued with a certified Gold-selling album “Back in to Your System” with hits “Always,” “Raise Up” and the Nikki Sixx co-written “Rest In Pieces.”

Trapt is an American rock band that formed in Los Gatos, Calif., in 1995, best known for their chart-topping 2002 single “Headstrong.”  The group consists of lead vocalist Chris Taylor Brown, bassist Peter "Pete" Charell, drummer Brendan Hengle and guitarist David Sudock.  They have released seven studio albums.

Since 2008 Saving Abel has embodied the definition of southern rock.  Even before their self-titled debut LP, they were barnstorming the country making fans everywhere they went, just by being themselves.  Simple, down home, charming, country boys.  The band was signed by A&R wizard Jason Flom to Capitol records and their first single, "Addicted," did just that, reaching No. 1 on several charts and the follow-up singles "18 Days" and "Drowning" helped sell over 750,000 copies of their debut album.

Tantric is an American rock band from Louisville, founded in '99 by Hugo Ferriera. Tantric released their seventh studio album "Mercury Retrograde" last October.


DATE: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019
TIME: 7 p.m.

LOCATION: The Thasher-Horne Ctr.
      St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive
      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: Price start at $29.  They may be purchased in person, online at THcenter, or by calling (904) 276-6815 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday.  The Thrasher-Horne Center is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.

Test Drive and preview the 2019 – 2020 Times Union season

The FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, will kick off the 19/20 Broadway in Jacksonville season with its 21st Annual Open House at the Times-Union.  The FSCJ Artist Series Kick Off event will be a perfect evening for families and theater lovers in Jacksonville. Doors will open to the public on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Local food trucks will be onsite serving up delicious eats and treats. Door prizes, a complimentary wine tasting, a cash bar, and live music from The Chris Thomas Band will round out the evening.  In addition, attendees will get an extra special sneak peek at the upcoming season with a special performance by a cast member from Wicked.

The theater will also be open to the public to allow attendees to test drive seats for upcoming performances. The FSCJ Artist Series will have staff on hand to answer any questions.

Current Broadway season subscribers will be able to pick up their season tickets, exchange tickets as needed, buy additional single tickets for family and friends, and “test drive” their seats during the event.  Please note, HAMILTON tickets will not be available for pickup in subscriber packets at the event.  They will be mailed out separately at a later date.  Additional subscriber tickets for HAMILTON will not be available for purchase.

Complimentary parking for the first 100 attendees of the Broadway Season Kick Off will be provided by Enterprise Parking Garage.  Attendees can park in the garage and stop by the FSCJ  Artist Series Box Office to receive a parking ticket before leaving the Times-Union Center.

The FSCJ Artist Series’ 19/20 Broadway in Jacksonville Season, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, features WICKED (November 20- December 1), RENT (January 14-19), BANDSTAND (February 18-23) HAMILTON (March 17-29) and ANASTASIA (April 21-26).

All times are subject to change.  An American Sign Language interpreted performance for the deaf is available on the first Sunday evening performance of each Broadway show.  For additional information, please contact the theatre

Tickets to individual shows in the FSCJ Artist Series’ 19/20 Broadway in Jacksonville season, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, will go on sale this fall and winter, but season subscribers have access to tickets for any show in the series now before they go on sale to the public.  Attendees will also be able to purchase tickets to other FSCJ Artist Series events, including Broadway Specials, Concert and Variety, Dance, Opera, and Family shows at the Kick Off event.

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