Friday, November 15, 2019

‘Four Italian Tenors’ are coming to the Times-Union Center

Direct from Rome, Italy The Four Italian Tenors (I Quattro Tenori ltaliani) perform "Viva Italia," a salute to four great Italian Tenors: Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli at Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center December 5 for one performance only!

For the first time in the United States, the Four Italian Tenors perform the greatest Tenor Arias and Songs of all time, in wonderful unique arrangements, created particularly for their U.S. debut tour.  Their performances are captivating, exhilarating, passionate, engaging and mesmerizing.  Hear this new generation of world class Tenors explore and present these classic works with panache, verve and vivacity, all in their own inimitable style.  Be transformed to the land of Italy, and bathe in its rich culture with the sounds of the Four Italian Tenors.

Meet the tenors:
Alessandro D’Acrissa
graduated with honors in opera singing at the Conservatory of Cosenza, under the guidance of Claudia Sisca, from the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.  He debuts in the role of Renato (protagonist) in the operetta, “The Count of Luxembourg” by F. Lehar, at the Theatre Rendano in Cosenza; as Pinkerton in “Madama Butterlfly” by G. Puccini (Pordenone-Vicenza). In 2007 he was the protagonist of “A Time of Monteverdi Soul” written and directed by V. Mennella. In 2008 he was the protagonist of the unpublished Opera novel “Cielo Andino” by Mauricio Annunziata. In 2009 “Bastien and Bastienne” by WA Mozart.  Guest in several TV shows, he took part of the cast for the entire 2009/2010 season as a singer at Domenica in of Pippo Baudo and Pippo Caruso on Rai uno. He was selected by the Pavarotti Foundation to take part in the show Belcanto The Pavarotti Heritage conducted by Maestro Pasquale Menchise.

Federico Serra was born December 22, 1987 in Italy. From a young age he displayed an aptitude for music and singing, inspired by his parents and his older brother. At just 11 years old, he won his first pop music competition in Italy. The family understands his artistic singing skills and decides to support him by enrolling Federico in light singing lessons. Within a few years, Federico participated in some singing competitions placing himself in first place in seven events. At 17 years old, Federico enrolled at the Liceo Musicale of Varese with specializations for opera singing and piano.  In 2015 he performed for the first time with the Verona Philharmonic interpreting the most famous opera arias continuing this concert activity in the following years in different theaters.

Federico Parisi was born in Taormina, Italy, Frederico began studing voice at age 14. In September 2011, he won "The Youngest Tenor of Italy" award, presented by Tenor Pietro Ballo and Soprano Monica Curth Di Stefano. In January 2012, he was awarded the "Città di Taormina" prize. After concerts throughout Sicily and Calabria, in 2014 Federico was featured in Italian TV’s Channel 5 "Tu si que vales" by Belen Rodriguez and Francesco Sole. In the summer 2014, in addition to classical music concerts, Federico opened the concert dates in Sicily of Italian pop music artists such as Ivana Spagna, Anna Tatangelo, and Giuseppe Povia. Since 2015, Federico has enjoyed many successes and acclaim in performing popular Italian songs, where he has been host to the television program "Insieme" on Antenna Sicilia.

Roberto Cresca began his voice studies at the Conservatory of Music of Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2004 he made his debut in the opera Rita by G. Donizetti at the Teatro Vittorio Emmanuele of Benevento in the role of Beppe. In September 2006, he sang at the Palais de la Bourse in Paris where he received wide acclaim from critics and audiences. In 2008 he made his debut in Tosca by G. Cavaradossi in Puccini. Roberto has performed at Teatro Marrucino of Chieti, Theatre Union of Viterbo, Teatro Municipale in Piacenza, Teatro Bibiena of Mantua, among many others. In 2009 he made his debut in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore for Tusciaoperafestival, directed by M.S. Vignati, and performed the role of Pietro for the new opera by R. Avallone Wojtyla generation in Kielce (Poland).  In 2012 Roberto debuted the role of Alfredo in La Traviata by G. Verdi. He has recorded for OMA MUSIC the CD "operArias" conducted by Maestro Viktor Karzalis, containing a selection of the most famous tenor arias.

Four Italian Tenors

DATES: Thurs. Dec. 5, 2019 TIMES: 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $25, plus applicable fees, and may be purchased at their box office, by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, or online 24/7 at Discounts for groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.

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

Nickelodeon’s ‘Jojo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. the Tour’ on TV - and near you

Nickelodeon star, YouTube sensation and 2019’s hottest breakthrough pop artist JoJo Siwa is adding 50 new dates across North America to her wildly popular concert: Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour, bringing the total number of shows to 148.  Siwa kicks off her new 2020 dates on March 11 in Colorado Springs and will return to many cities including New York, where she will headline the legendary venue Madison Square Garden. JoJo will continue to new venues including: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., and American Airlines Arena in Miami, concluding in North Little Rock on June 6.  Click HERE to see JoJo’s D.R.E.A.M. Concert Trailer

Tickets On Sale to General Public Friday, Nov. 22, at 12 p.m. Local Time: A special Siwanatorz pre-sale goes live on Monday, Nov. 18, at 12 p.m. local time, followed by an American Express pre-sale on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 12 p.m. local time. A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages will be available.  These exclusive offers can include an amazing selection of tickets, Meet & Greets with JoJo Siwa, autographed memorabilia, custom merchandise and much more.  General public on-sale begins Friday, Nov. 22, at 12 p.m. local time.  Tickets will be available at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena box office and at

Siwa will donate $1 for every ticket sold to Dancers Against Cancer (DAC).  The foundation strives to create an alliance in the dance community by providing financial support and inspiration to dance educators, choreographers, dancers and their family members who have been impacted by cancer.  For more information on Dancers Against Cancer (DAC) click HERE!

JoJo’s D.R.E.A.M. Concert television Special to Premiere Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).  Nickelodeon premieres JoJo’s D.R.E.A.M. Concert special where fans at home can see live concert performances from the D.R.E.A.M. Tour, fan interviews, candid moments of Siwa talking about her favorite parts of the tour and the inspirations behind some of her favorite songs.

Along the tour route, Siwa will take the stage at Nickelodeon SlimeFest, a two-day family-friendly music festival, on Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.  The event will also feature performances by Why Don’t We, French Montana and Blanco Brown, along with one-of-a-kind experiences for the entire family featuring Nickelodeon’s signature green slime.  Additional activations will include: Slime Central, where 20 people can get slimed simultaneously; a giant slime pit in front of the stage; a silent Slime Disco and more.

JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour is produced by Nickelodeon and AEG Presents and sponsored by Hairdorables®.  Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour remains one of the hottest tickets of the year.  Siwa’s inaugural run ranked at #5 on the Hot Tours Chart as reported by Billboard, with 80 of the 96 dates sold out as the tour touched down in seven countries on three continents.

Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour is a part of the Viacom Live Experiential portfolio.  With 25 events and growing, Viacom Live delivers experiences that drive culture and conversation, allowing fans to connect with the most influential brands globally.

About JoJo: Nickelodeon superstar JoJo Siwa is a YouTube sensation, pop star, dancer, entrepreneur, social media influencer and The New York Times bestselling author.  Siwa connects with her fans through many channels: via social media she has over 10.4 million subscribers with over 2.6 billion views on YouTube, she has over 8.9 million followers on Instagram, over 439,000 Twitter followers, over 17.3 million followers on TikTok(formerly, and over 596,000 followers on Facebook; through her SIWANATORZ club, which stands against negativity and bullying; through her global reach of consumer products including her signature bows, accessories, apparel, arts and crafts, cosmetics, home goods and party supplies; and with her hugely popular singles, “Boomerang,” which has been viewed over 782 million times and RIAA certified platinum, “Kid in a Candy Store,” which is RIAA certified gold, “Hold The Drama”, and “D.R.E.A.M”.

Siwa recently won her third Kids’ Choice Award for “Favorite Social Music Star.”  Her previous Choice Awards include “Favorite Viral Music Artist” in 2017 and “Favorite Musical YouTube Creator” in 2018.  She also performed at Kids’ Choice Mexico 2018.  In November 2018, Siwa released her first EP, D.R.E.A.M. The Music, featuring four new songs: “D.R.E.A.M,” “My Story,” “Everyday Popstars” and “Only Getting Better.”  The music video for “D.R.E.A.M.” was released on Siwa’s YouTube channel and to date has garnered over 76 million views.  Due to the success of D.R.E.A.M. The Music, Siwa released a second EP, Celebrate, in April featuring an additional four new songs: “It’s Time To Celebrate,” “#1U,” “Worldwide Party,” and “Bop!”  The accompanying music videos for “Bop!” and “It’s Time To Celebrate” have accumulated over 12 million views and 7.7 million views respectively on her YouTube channel.

In 2016, Nickelodeon and Siwa entered an exclusive licensing partnership to develop a line of consumer products inspired by Siwa.  Categories span toys, apparel, accessories, consumer electronics, Halloween costumes and more.  To date, over 50 million JoJo Bows have been sold. Siwa’s consumer products are available internationally, including the UK, Canada, Australia and Mexico.

Siwa launched her first animated shorts series, The JoJo & BowBow Show Show starring Siwa and her furry best friend BowBow. She also worked alongside Nick Cannon in Nickelodeon’s hit competition series Lip Sync Battle Shorties.  She has also appeared on various Nickelodeon live-action series including School of Rock and The Thundermans.  Siwa performed a medley of hits at Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards, including her platinum smash “Boomerang.”  Visit for more information.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Children’s theater introduction from the Alhambra

Frequently throughout the year, the Alhambra hosts plays during the day.  Whether to interest our youth in acting, expose them to live theater, or to fit in with a school curriculum, the goal of the Alhambra Theatre & Dining is to introduce young people to the magic and glory of the stage.  Join the tradition and bring your children to the theater!

Recommended for children ages Pre-K – 5th Grade, their unique and interactive rendition of Hans Christian Anderson's “Hansel & Gretel” was written by Tod Booth, exclusively for the Alhambra.  This show is perfect for field trips or family outings!  The entire performance is just 45 minutes and the kids are invited to bring their own bag lunch.

Hansel & Gretel

Wed., Nov. 20; Fri., Dec. 13; & Tues., Dec. 17. 2019

SHOW TIMES: Doors open at 10 a.m., and shows start at 10:30 a.m.

DRESS: “Nice school clothes”, or Sunday Best

TICKETS: Prices for all ages are just $12* per person and $9* per person for groups of 10 or more, including home school groups.

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

The Elf On The Shelf: A Christmas Musical will be in JAX

Just in time for the holiday season, “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical” embarks on its first touring season in 2019 and is coming to Thrasher-Horne Center on Sunday, November 24 at 6 p.m.

About the Show: The beloved tradition that continues to capture the hearts of children and their families everywhere comes to the live stage for the first time ever in this all-new musical and premiere stage production.  When the top Scout Elf of his graduating class is sent to a disconnected, multi-generational family struggling to rediscover Christmas spirit, he’s got to find a way off the shelf and into their hearts.  This toe-tapping, heartwarming story of one small elf’s big impact on his adoptive family includes an exclusive invitation to Santa’s North Pole and engages audiences with a glimpse into the magical lives of Scout Elves.

Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and wondrous moments that make even the most cynical believe, this momentous celebration of the season leaves spirits high and captivates all with the splendor of Christmas.

The Elf on the Shelf

DATE: Sun., Nov. 24, 2019
TIME: 6 p.m.

TICKETS: Prices range from $39 - $69.  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.

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

Jimmy Buffett rescheduled for next year

(Update - November 2019.  Due to needed shoulder surgery planned for Jimmy Buffett, with time for recovery and therapy, it is necessary to reschedule the December 10, 2019 concert in Jacksonville to Tuesday December 8, 2020 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.  Tickets available at  Ticket prices subject to applicable fees.  If you were planning the event for this year, now you can give that special someone another gift for this year.

All tickets purchased for the original show will be honored on the new date. Fans who cannot attend the new date can get refunds at point of purchase.  Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band regret the postponement, but look forward to partying in 2020 in Florida!

(Original Post below)
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena for one night only, Tuesday, December 10 at 8pm, as part of Jimmy Buffett’s “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide Tour 2019.  Local Parrotheads won't want to miss their chance to soak in the full Margaritaville experience.

Jimmy released his famous Son Of A Son Of A Sailor LP in 1978, and sang the title track on Saturday Night Live that year.  The song was written about his grandfather, James Delaney Buffett, Sr., who was a huge influence on his life.  The tour is called Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide Tour as 2018 was the record's 40th anniversary, and the celebration continues through 2019.  The record also includes the hits: “Cheeseburger In Paradise,” a Parrothead favourite, as well as “Livingston Saturday Night” and “Cowboy in the Jungle.”

The long-awaited Margaritaville musical, "Escape to Margaritaville," opened on Broadway in New York, had its world premiere in La Jolla, California, and then made pre-Broadway stops in New Orleans, Houston and Chicago.  The original Broadway cast recording of the musical was recently released.  The musical will go on tour in 2019.

For the first time ever, music from the platinum selling 2004 License To Chill was released as a digital and streaming CD worldwide on November 15, 2018. Many musical friends joined Jimmy on this record, including Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Clint Black, George Strait, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Bill Withers and Nanci Griffith.

Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band
 Son Of A Son Of A Sailor High Tide

NEW DATE: Tuesday December 8, 2020
TIME: 8 p.m.

TICKETS: start at $21 and up

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

‘A Bronx Tale’ - great show on a cool FL night

Even if this reporter has never seen “A Bronx Tale”, she thoroughly enjoyed the presentation at the Times Union Center in JAX.  I would not recommend this show for young children and everyone else probable saw the one-man-show, the movie, or musical elsewhere; because there were no little ones in sight.  Mix a little “West Side Story,” with a little “Jersey Boys,” add a of “Saturday Night Fever,” along with a pinch of “Grease,” and you’ve got a serious Broadway hit on your hands.

The elaborate cast that came to JAX is impeccable.  If a mistake was made - it was not noticeable.  The singing and chorography were wonderful especially in the songs: “I Like It,” “These Streets,” “Webster Avenue,” and “One Of The Great Ones.”  The 12-piece orchestra was fantastic.  Kudos to the set designer, costumes designer (looked very similar to the Broadway production) and the sound engineer.

This tour group, that came to Jacksonville, FL; looked, acted and sang so much like the actors who were in NYC - this was a real treat for JAX.  Young Calogero (“C”) locally played by 11-year-old Trey Murphy, stole the show.  His acting & singing were right on pitch and cue.  This writer doesn’t know how long he was a way from school, or how many hours he put into this show, nonetheless, his grades MUST be top notch.  You’ll see more of him at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining, if not at other venues.  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, because his father Justin Murphy, is lead actor in “Jekyll & Hyde” still
playing at the Alhambra.  See A Bronx Tale in a city near you.  Get your tickets today!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Father & son perform in JAX - same night - different stages

Father, Justin Murphy leads in Alhambra's "Jekyll & Hyde", while Son, Trey Murphy, stars in "A Bronx Tale" at Times Union Center.  11-year-old Jacksonville native Trey Murphy returns home as Young Calogero in the Broadway National Tour of “A Bronx Tale” this Wednesday, November 13 at the Times Union Center.

In a strange twist of fate, on the same night, his father, Justin Murphy, will be performing in both parts of the title role of Jekyll & Hyde at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining.

Murphy the younger has recently appeared in several shows at the iconic Alhambra Theatre & Dining, including 2018's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Elf...the Musical.

"It's surreal that father and son will be performing at the same time on different stages in the same city. I doubt that has happened many times before in the history of theater, if ever," says Alhambra Managing Partner, Craig Smith.  "Add to that the fact that both Murphys are from Jacksonville and both have recently acted at a theater in their home town, and that list is about...well, the Murphys."

Both shows have received rave reviews from critics, with local press covering Jekyll & Hyde, stating "we sat in awe of Murphy's performance.  His voice soars." and the New York press covering A Bronx Tale, stating "Trey Murphy is a great actor, he has just the right balance of toughness and innocence that the role requires."

Justin will be wrapping up his stint in Jekyll & Hyde on November 24 and Trey will step back on the Alhambra stage, reprising his 2018 role in Elf...The Musical, while on break from his current touring schedule.

Jekyll & Hyde runs until November 24 at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining and A Bronx Tale plays for one night only in Jacksonville on November 13 as part of the FSCJ Artist Series at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts.

Get ready for ‘Christmas Made in the South 2019’

To answer your question, Christmas Made in the South is a show presented by Carolina Show’s Inc. that featured ‘hand-crafted items.  Last year the Jacksonville, Florida event featured over 250 local artists and out-of-town vendors selling one-of-a-kind merchandise.  The 31st event will be right after Thanksgiving.

There is an abundance of food, pillows, hair bows, wrought iron sculptures, calligraphy, doll clothes, dog wear, rubber stamps, hammocks, puzzles, gadgets, books, boomerangs, birdhouses, stuffed animals, candles, artwork, sweaters, scarves & other clothing, pictures, paintings, calendars, pottery, grills, shoes, toys, educational components, plaques, jewelry, garden decor, glass art, lamps, baby items, coasters, things for the hunter and many, many, many, beautiful Christmas decorations.

After walking the outskirts of the booths and then zigzagging up and down the aisles, this writer covered the entire show in about three exciting hours.  There was so much to see and people were more than ready to explain how they made their wares.  It is a wonderful experience!

Customers weren’t just looking; they were walking out with bag and bags of goodies to give to others and keep for themselves.  This year’s event will continue to be the best shopping experience here in the Jacksonville, Florida area.

Below are some of the vendors and their websites that were here in the past.  Get ready to attend this year, and see if you can find any of these companies.  Be on the lookout for gifts to please that special someone in your life.  Take a look at some of the vendors below from prior CMITS events here in JAX, FL. and see if they return this year:

Bridget & Pauley Gourmet Soups & Dips Incredible Eggs (Eggzkwizit Art)
Iris Korthauer Doily Boutique Brooms and Boxes (A Shaker Tradition)
Wings of Faith (Inspiration & Keepsake Line) Nut ‘n’ Better
U Name It Bears Picturesque Wires
ABA Collectables Nutty Bavarian
MIOTG (Hand Painted Crystal Nail Files) R.B.W. Enterprise

Thanks to Russ, Bob Hunt, and Allison, of Carolina Shows Inc., who have been so hospitable to this Blogger.

“Christmas Made In The South”

November 29 - Dec. 1, 2019
Fri. 9-6 - Sat. 10-6 - Sun. 11-5
(one admission is good for all 3 days with a hand stamp)

TICKETS: may be purchased onsite.
Adults: $8 – Children 12 & Under: FREE
$1.00 off Coupons with discount coupon link

Prime Osborn Convention Center
1000 Water St.
 Jacksonville, FL 32204

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

‘Wicked’ returns to JAX after seven years

The Broadway sensation “WICKED” looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

With a thrilling score that includes the hits: “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” Wicked has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade,” and by Time Magazine as “a magical Broadway musical with brains, heart, and courage.”  The company usually brings 13 trucks taking 2 days of assembly, 75 cast and crew members (both local and those with the tour group).  This is what it takes to get the show-on-the road and ready for local audiences.  Wicked will be in JAX for 16 performances.

Having recently celebrated its 15th anniversary on Broadway, Wicked is the winner of over 100 international awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards.  Wicked has been performed in over 100 cities in 16 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland and China) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean and Portuguese.  Wicked has amassed nearly $5 billion in global sales and has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman.  The production is directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello with musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento.  Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.  Follow Wicked on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Wed, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 21 at 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 23 at 2 & 8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 24 at 1:30 & 7 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 29 at 1:30 & 8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 30 at 2 & 8 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m.
Please note, there will be no performance of WICKED on Thanksgiving, Thurs., Nov. 28, 2019.

TICKETS: for “WICKED” start at $53.13, plus applicable fees, and can be purchased at the box office from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling (904) 632-5000, or online 24/7 at

Due to the high demand for tickets after WICKED's record-breaking engagement in 2012, some ticket buyers have searched for tickets through third party ticket agencies or brokers.  Tickets purchased through these sources are usually substantially more expensive than the original ticket price.

There have been instances where ticket brokers have launched websites that might include the Times – Union Center and/or the names of our shows in order to confuse ticket buyers.  The only way that patrons can be sure that they are purchasing legitimate tickets at the original ticket price is to purchase them from the area above.

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

Monday, November 11, 2019

Heavy metal group ‘Five Finger Death Punch’ is coming

Five Finger Death Punch (L-R): Zoltan Bathory (guitars), Iva Moody (vocals), Jason Hook (guitars), Charlie Engen (drums) and Chris Kael (bass)
Five Finger Death Punch's musical style has generally been regarded as heavy metal, groove metal, thrash metal, alternative metal, hard rock and nu metal.  The group will be coming to Jacksonville, Florida as part of a U.S. Fall arena headlining tour including a stop in Jacksonville, FL on November 18 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

Fans can look forward to packed arenas at the not-to-be-missed rock show of Fall 2019 with direct support from Canadian rockers Three Days Grace.  Since 2003, the band has staked a spot amongst the hard rock vanguard, quietly breaking records, toppling charts, moving millions of units worldwide, and making history by holding the all-time record for “most #1 singles at Active Rock Radio ever” with 14.  The Ontario, Canada quartet—Matt Walst [lead vocals], Barry Stock [lead guitar], Brad Walst [bass], and Neil Sanderson [drums, percussion, keyboards, programming]—continue to blaze that trail on their sixth full-length album, the aptly titled Outsider [RCA Records].

Says Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory about the lineup of the tour: “People always say ‘Rock will never die,’ but for that to be actually true it’s important to have successful breakout bands that create a healthy scene.  A scene that can sustain everything from arena headliners to the experimental and the underground.  We always understood this so we have been actively curating and giving a platform to bands we think are great and have a chance to make it to the next level - so we took out NOTHING MORE who got two number one hits and got nominated for multiple GRAMMYs, then FROM ASHES TO NEW who ended up landing several Top 10 singles.  Next, we introduced BAD WOLVES who are now doing amazing and have three, #1 hit singles.  On this upcoming tour we are bringing FIRE FROM THE GODS who we think will be another important band for the future of this genre.  As for Five Finger Death Punch the band is better than ever, firing on all cylinders so we are really looking forward to this tour and our next chapter.”

Global chart-toppers Bad Wolves are coming fresh off their third #1 single in a row with “Remember When” which tells the haunting story of lead singer Tommy Vext and his incarcerated twin brother. Bad Wolves are currently working on their sophomore album to Disobey (due out this Fall) after making a name for themselves with their multi-platinum hit single
“Zombie” in 2018 and winning over the hearts of rock fans everywhere around the globe with their explosive live show.

“5FDP” will donate a portion from every ticket sold on the tour to the
Gary Sinise Foundation which honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.  This marks a continuation of the relationship 5FDP started with the foundation when it was named beneficiary of the proceeds from their collaboration hit single “Blue On Black” which has been dominating the Rock radio charts this Summer, holding the #1 spot for four consecutive weeks.  It features the legendary Brian May, as well as two of the biggest names in country and blues rock, Brantley Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  Titans in each of their respective genres, the artists came together to merge country and mainstream rock to re-create the classic song (originally recorded and co-written by SHEPHERD) and to take Country Rock to the next level. “Blue On Black” is now one of the Top 10-Selling Rock Songs of 2019, along with Queen, Imagine Dragons and Panic At The Disco.  The song was mixed by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Shania Twain, Disturbed) and is available HERE.  Check out the official music video.  In 2019, Five Finger Death Punch also surpassed 3 billion streams worldwide and the multi-platinum group continues to shatter records across the board. See all show dates on their website.
Five Finger Death Punch

DATE: Mon., November 18, 2019

TIME: 6:30 P.M.
TICKETS: range from $16 and up

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

'Simon and Garfunkel Story' was a hit in JAX

The dynamic duo of Andrew Wade as Art Garfunkel, and George Clements portraying Paul Simon demonstrated an uncanny resemblance to the actual Simon & Garfunkel, in song, looks and mannerisms.  The 2 1/2 hour “Simon & Garfunkel Story” concert, at the Times Union Center in JAX, FL, was packed with those patrons who listened to the popular tunes from back in the day.

The show tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the ‘60s to their dramatic split in 1970.  With the aids of beautiful backdrops, film strips of a particular eras, old commercials and new clips that accompanied each song, the saga was told.  Along with George on the guitar, there are four very talented musicians (Alec Hamilton - keyboards and direction; Bob Sale - drums and vocals; Marc Encabo - bass and vocals & Joshua Vasquez - guitar and vocals) that take you back to that era in time.

Some of the musical selections of the evening were: “Sound Of Silence,” “He Was My Brother,” “Hey Schoolgirl,” “Bleecker Street,” “Leaves That Are Green,” “Kathy’s Song,” “I’m A Rock,” “Wish I was a Kellogg's Cornflake,” “Somewhere They Can't Find Me,” “Patterns,” “For Emily,” “Homeward Bound,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Feelin Groovy,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “A Hazy Shade Of Winter,” “Old Friends,” A Whistle Duet, “America,” “Making It,” “Oh Cecilia,” Satisfy Me, “Here I Am,” “Late In The Evening,” “What’s My Number,” “Bye Bye Love - Everly Brothers, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” & “Lie-la-lie”.  The only song that was missing from this mass selection that this writer heard, would be “Graceland” by Paul Simon.  Nevertheless, the evening was very memorable.  Don’t miss the show when it comes to a location near you.

Simon  & Garfunkel Story

Friday, November 8, 2019

Cummer Museum has Notable Lectures for November

Tues., Nov. 12 - Vincent Van Gogh In Arles: An Evening With Bernadette Murphy; 6:15 to 8 p.m.; Members $30, Non-Members $40 | Registration is required.  Murphy’s book, Van Gogh's Ear, has been translated into more than ten languages and made into a BBC PBS Arte co-production, The Mystery of Van Gogh's Ear+ Limited Space Available.

Thurs., Nov. 14 - A New Light On Tiffany: A Lecture With Holly Keris; 2 to 3:30 p.m.  Free to Cummer Amelia members and Friends of the Library | Registration is required.  Cummer Amelia, in partnership with the Fernandina Beach Branch Library, will host an in-depth discussion of Tiffany’s technical brilliance, presented by Holly Keris, Chief Curator of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

Tues., Nov. 19 - Innovation By Design: Tiffany Studios And The Rise Of An American Aesthetic: An Evening With Diane Wright; 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Free | Registration is required.  Join Diane Wright, Toledo Museum of Art’s Curator of Glass, for a presentation on the origins and creative output of Louis C. Tiffany (American, 1848–1933) and his workshop, Tiffany Studios.  + Limited Space Available

Wed., Nov. 20 - Literarture: Naturally Inspired - An Afternoon With Stacey Goldring And Cindy Edelman; Noon to 1 p.m.; Members $25, Non-Members $30 | Registration is required.  Join art lecturer Cindy Edelman and author Stacey Goldring for part one of a four-part conversation that explores the universality of the arts and its positive effects on our country’s proud legacy of civil discourse. + First in a series

Free Admission, 4 to 9 p.m.  Tuesdays presented by Florida Blue; Fridays presented by PNC Bank.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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

Enjoy young talent at PBTS

Experience young talent from right here in the beach’s community.  You saw them steal the stage during Shrek the Musical. Now you'll watch them perform solos, duets and group numbers they chose and directed themselves!

Ponte Vedra High School's theater department will be showcasing their dramatic talents in the Studio Theatre at Players by the Sea.

“Sharks By the Sea”

DATES: November 12 & 13, 2019
TIME: 7 p.m.

Adults - $20
Students - $15 (must present valid student I.D.'s at the Box Office on the night of the show)
Purchase online or call the Box Office at (904) 249-0289.

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

Enjoy a soulful celebration at the Ritz

Hot on the heels of our Ritz 20th Anniversary Aretha Tribute, is the Ritz Theatre and Museum’s Holiday tribute to the “Power of Soul Music”. They’ve picked their favorite soul songs for a night filled with rhythm and blues.  The first half of the evening will have you strolling down memory lane to the songs of the Delfonics, Stylistics, and Teena Marie.  The second half will get you into the holiday spirit with your favorite soulful Christmas songs by Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Whitney Houston, and more.

Frank Cleveland Quintet will be back, along with a host of talented Jacksonville singers. Rance Adams will be our host, so you can be sure to leave the Ritz with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Tickets are $20, and are on sale now!  It’s going to sell out fast do your Christmas shopping early.  Get your tickets for this great production at the Ritz Theatre and Museum!  Produced by Deb McDuffie for MSMCD MUSIC.

DATE: Saturday December 7, 2019
TIME: 8 p.m.

LOCATION:The Ritz Theater
      829 N Davis St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

      (904) 807-2010 or (904) 612-8933

Thursday, November 7, 2019

‘An Evening with Michael Bublè’ is coming in 2020

Singer Michael Bublé will perform at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) to kick off his 2020 Tour.  Tickets go on sale Monday, November 18, 2019; 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster and they make a great holiday gift.

Michael’s 2020 U.S. Tour will include stops at TD Garden in Boston on March 25 and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 9.  This past February Bublé returned to the U.S. after a lengthy absence for a sold out 37 show tour where he performed for over 500,000 fans.  His 2019 world tour included 82 shows in front of over 1.2 million people.  He has already completed five sold out world tours, won four Grammy Awards, and sold over 60 million records over the course of his extraordinary career.

Michael released a new version of the single “White Christmas” on November 1st.  HERE’S the link to the animated video.  Michael's “Christmas” album streamed over one billion times around the world last year. It's the most listened to Christmas album in the world.  For a our location near you, CLICK HERE!

Michael Bublè

: Tues., March 17, 2020

TIME: Pending

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

About ASM Global - Jacksonville manages seven sports, entertainment, and convention venues on behalf of the City of Jacksonville. Our beautiful venues include:
TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida-Georgia, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and Monster Jam.
Daily’s Place, a 5,500-seat amphitheater with concert programming year-round and an indoor practice facility for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, showplace of such entertainment greats as Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett and home to the Arena Bowl Champions Jacksonville Sharks, the ABA Jacksonville Giants and the Jacksonville IceMen.
 The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Florida vs FSU Baseball.
 The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, stage to Broadway and music elite like Wicked, James Taylor and Diana Ross; and home of the FSCJ Artist Series and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
 The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, a historic renovated train station providing a unique venue for meetings, social events and conventions.
 The Ritz Theatre and Museum, located in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of LaVilla, celebrating the artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora with museum exhibits, concerts, films, lectures, dance and dramatic arts.

Committed to the Jacksonville community, the guests that enjoy our venues and the clients that utilize them, ASM Global-Jacksonville provides the ultimate event experience in Northeast Florida.

ASM Global was formed in October 2019 from the merger of AEG Facilities, the global innovator in live entertainment venues, and SMG, the gold standard in event management.  ASM Global is a venue management powerhouse that spans five continents, 14 countries and more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibit centers, and performing arts venues.  As the world’s most trusted venue manager, ASM Global provides venue strategy and management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services.  Among the venues in our portfolio are landmark facilities such as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, the Los Angeles Convention Center, Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Conference Centre in Shenzhen, China.  ASM Global also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies.

‘A Bronx Tale’ will grace the Times Union stage for 1 night

Photos: Joan Marcus
NETworks Presentations is pleased to announce that the North American Tour of “A Bronx Tale”, Broadway’s new hit musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater will play the Times-Union Center on November 13 for one performance only!

A Bronx Tale premiered at the Tony Award–winning Paper Mill Playhouse to critical and popular acclaim in Spring 2016.  A Bronx Tale opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on December 1, 2016, following previews from November 3.  The show ended its Broadway run on August 5, 2018, having played 700 performances and as the second longest running show in the history of the Longacre Theatre.

About the show: Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical takes audiences to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.  Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.

A Bronx Tale
evolved from that one-man Off-Broadway play, A Bronx Tale, written and performed by Chazz Palminteri in 1989.  During the original Off Broadway and subsequent Los Angeles engagements, Robert De Niro came to see the show, and brought the story and star Palminteri to the screen in 1993, making his film directorial debut in the process.  Following the success of the film, Palminteri performed the one-man show A Bronx Tale on Broadway in the 2007-2008 Season.

A Bronx Tale, based on the original direction by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, will feature tour direction by Stephen Edlund with choreography by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo. The creative team also includes: Beowulf Boritt, Scenic Design; William Ivey Long, Costume Design; Howell Binkley, Lighting Design; Gareth Owen, Sound Design; Paul Huntley, Hair & Wig Design; Anne Ford-Coates, Makeup Design; Stewart/Whitley, Casting; and Robert Westley, Fight Coordinator. Music Supervision and Arrangements are by Ron Melrose and Orchestrations are by Doug Besterman.

A Bronx Tale

DATE: Wed. Nov. 13, 2019 TIME: 7:30 p.m.

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

TICKETS: start at $40.75, plus applicable fees, and may be purchased at their box office, by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, or online 24/7 at  Discounts for groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

World Champion U.S. Women’s National Team finish 2019 in JAX

The final two matches of the 2019 schedule for the U.S. Women’s National Team have been confirmed and they will bring the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions to Columbus, Ohio to face Sweden on Nov. 7 at MAPFRE Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1 & TUDN) and Jacksonville, Fla. to face Costa Rica on Nov. 10 at TIAA Bank Field (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 & TUDN).

Heading into its final two Victory Tour matches on Oct. 3 and 6 against Korea Republic in Charlotte, N.C. and Chicago, respectively, the USA has a record of 15-1-2 in 2019, losing only to France in the first match of the year.  The U.S. Women are currently on a 14-game winning streak, which of course includes the triumphant seven-game run at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and will finish 2019 having played 22 total matches.

Tickets for WNT-Costa Rica in Jacksonville Nov. 10, 2019 may be purchased HERE.

The meeting with Sweden, which is ranked sixth in the world after its third-place finish at the World Cup this summer, comes less than five months after the teams met in the final Group F match at the Women’s World Cup in Reims, France, a 2-0 victory for the Americans on goals from Lindsey Horan and a Sweden own goal that was created by Tobin Heath.  Sweden has begun its qualifying for the 2021 UEFA Women’s Euro, to be staged in England, downing Latvia 4-1 in the first game of Group F for both countries.

The USA has faced Costa Rica 14 times, all victories, with nine of those games coming in Concacaf qualifying competitions. The USA has faced Costa Rica in all four of the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying tournaments that have been held, meaning the countries are likely opponents in the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament that will be staged early next year.

The U.S. Women also have a long history in Jacksonville, dating back to 1996, but this will be just the fourth match played at what is now TIAA Bank Stadium. The USA last visited Jacksonville in April 2018 for a 4-0 victory against Mexico.

The match in Jacksonville will conclude the 35th year of international competition for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

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

‘Journey’ sets 2020 N. American tour with the ‘Pretenders’

Photo: Erik Kabik
Journey’s - Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), Ross Valory (co-founding member and bassist), longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) & Steve Smith (drummer), and Arnel Pineda (lead singer) – have set an extensive North American tour in 2020 with the Pretenders that will feature all new production and hits from start to finish.  The extensive 60+ date tour, produced by Live Nation, begins Friday, May 15, through Saturday, September 12, and tickets go on sale Fri., Nov. 8, at 10 a.m.  All times are local.  A full listing of tour dates can be found on the Journey website below.

Fans can expect to hear iconic Journey classics such as: “Lights,” “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Open Arms,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” and the seminal “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is the top-selling digital catalog track in history,  as well as Pretenders’ hits such as “I’ll Stand By You,” “Back On The Chain Gang,” “Brass In Pocket,” “Don’t Get Me Wrong,” “2000 Miles,” “My City Was Gone,” “Middle of the Road,” and many more.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets for select shows before the general public beginning Mon., Nov, 4, at 10 a.m. through Thurs., Nov. 7, at 10 p.m.  Citi and other local presales will start on November 5, at 10 a.m.  A limited number of LaneOne Premium Packages will also be available, including amazing seats, transportation, preferred entrance and more.  Check HERE for LaneOne details.

“Pretenders” cross the bridge between punk, new wave and pop music like no other band, with genre-defining songs like: “I'll Stand By You,” “Back On The Chain Gang” and “Don't Get Me Wrong.”  The band has sold over 25 million albums and founder & leader Chrissie Hynde is one of contemporary music's greatest songwriters.  Chrissie’s 2015 memoir Reckless: My Life As a Pretender, was hailed by the New York Times upon its release as "honest and distinctive… a love letter to rock and roll."  After delivering 2016’s unflinchingly head-strong Alone album (produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach), the Pretenders continue to tour worldwide.

“Journey” is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music. Since the group’s formation in 1973, the band has earned 19 top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums and has sold nearly 100 million albums globally.  Their Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified award holders.  The band continues to tour and record into the 21st. century, performing concerts for millions of fans worldwide, and received the prestigious Billboard "Legends of Live" touring award.  2018’s massive co-headlining tour with Def Leppard was the band’s most successful tour to date, landing them in the Top 10 year-end touring chart with more than 1 million tickets sold.  In 2017, Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In March 2019, Journey released a live DVD/CD set from their concert at the Budokan in Tokyo, featuring the first-ever performances of the band’s “Escape” and “Frontiers” albums in their entireties.  Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary, “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.”


DATE: Mon., Aug. 24, 2020

TIME: 7 P.M.

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

Experience the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel once again

The internationally-acclaimed hit theater show “The Simon & Garfunkel Story” returns by popular demand to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center on November 8 for one performance only during the North American tour.

The immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.  It tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the ‘60s to their dramatic split in 1970.  It culminates with the famous “The Concert in Central Park” reunion in 1981 with more than half a million fans in attendance.

Using huge projection photos and original film footage, the show also features a full live band performing all of their hits, including: ‘Mrs. Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more.

With more than 100 million album sales since 1965, Simon & Garfunkel’s perfect harmonies and songs that poignantly captured the times made them one of the most successful folk-rock duos of all time.  Over the years, they won 10 Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.  In 1977, their Bridge Over Troubled Water album was nominated at the 1977 Brit Awards for Best International Album.  In 2003, Simon and Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the following year saw their “The Sound of Silence” awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

Simon  & Garfunkel Story

DATE: Fri. Nov. 8, 2019 TIME: 8 p.m.

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

TICKETS: $44, plus applicable fees, and may be purchased at their box office, by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, or online 24/7 at  Discounts for groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.