Thursday, September 23, 2021

Summerland Tour 2021 soon to the Forrest Theatre

The Florida Theatre is pleased to announce the Summerland Tour 2021 featuring Everclear, Hoobastank, Living Colour and Wheatus at the Florida Theatre on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

Everclear returns to Jacksonville for the Summerland Tour 2021 with special guests: Hoobastank, Living Colour and Wheatus! Everclear has written and recorded some truly iconic ’90s alt-rock hits including "Everything To Everyone", "I Will Buy You A New Life", "One Hit Wonder", "When It All Goes Wrong Again" and more and continues to tour actively. No Everclear gig is complete without a rendition of “Santa Monica” and “Father of Mine,” and lately the band has found that exploring the full range of past material—especially the “deep cuts”—not only gives fans a rare treat, it also injects new life into the band’s live dynamic.

Multi-platinum selling band Hoobastank is one of the most popular alt-rock bands to come out of the early 2000's. They are best known for their singles "Crawling in the Dark", "Running Away", and "The Reason".

Living Colour is best known for hits such as "Cult of Personality" and "Glamour Boys". The band's music is a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hard rock and heavy metal and their lyrics range from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America.

Wheatus is a seven-piece rock band based in New York. Since their hit single "Teenage Dirtbag" in 2000, the band have worked independently, releasing multiple singles, recording six studio albums, and touring every year.

The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Theatre’s official website,

Summerland Tour 2021
DATE: Wed., Oct, 6, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.
$45 $55

LOCATION:The Florida Theatre
       128 East Forsyth Street.
       Jacksonville, FL 32202
       (904) 355 - ARTS (2787)

Leonid and Friends brings the Music of Chicago to JAX

The Florida Theatre is pleased to announce the return of “Leonid and Friends performing the music of Chicago” on Sunday, October 3, 202. With multiple sold-out U.S. tours under its belt and hundreds of thousands of fans around the world, Leonid & Friends continues to astound its global audience with its unique ability in capturing the spirit, musicality, and fire of American supergroup Chicago.

And what is even more stunning is that Leonid & Friends, comprised of 11 of the finest musicians in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus, haven't seen Chicago perform live, yet replicates the band’s complex arrangements amazingly note for note.

Chicago has never been in Russia, and none of us have attended their concerts," said Leonid Vorobyev, a multi-instrumentalist who is the band’s leader. "We have only recordings and videos (to help us learn Chicago songs)."

Ironically, Vorobyev wasn’t always a fan of horn bands, and as a teenager gravitated to the hard-driving guitar-based sounds of the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Deep Purple, and Grand Funk Railroad.

"In the early 1970s in the USSR, electric guitars, amplifiers, and drums were rare to find so at school we were playing self-made instruments," Vorobyev explained. "We were allowed to rehearse in the same room with a horns band. Those musicians almost always were drunk and quite often tried to play with us our rock songs. It was a nightmare, and I hated them all!"

But that all changed when Vorobyev heard Chicago. He became an instant fan. "I loved so much the brilliant mixture of rock guitars, drums, and jazz horns with bright vocal harmonies," he said.

In 2014, Vorobyev decided to indulge his love for the band by gathering a few fellow musicians in a studio to record a video of them playing his favorite Chicago tune, Brand New Love Affair.

No charts or scores of the song existed so Vorobyev transcribed the tune by ear. The result was a YouTube video that quickly went viral. Since then, Leonid & Friends has recorded videos of other Chicago hits including: Make Me Smile25 or 6 to 4, and Saturday In The Park.

All total the videos have received more than 50 million views. Also, Leonid & Friends has recorded two albums showcasing its tribute to Chicago.

The process of getting each tune just right is a painstaking labor of love. In addition to scoring and arranging, Vorobyev oversees mixing and mastering of each song. However, he credits his highly skilled bandmates for making each tune sing. "All of my musician friends are highly professional," he said.

However, Leonid & Friends hasn’t been satisfied with merely connecting with fans through videos and recordings. In early 2019, the band embarked on its first tour outside of Russia that had fans dancing in the aisles at sold-out shows in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Florida. Two other scorching coast-to-coast U.S. tours followed that same year.

“The fans were so eager to see us that some traveled from as far as Hawaii and the Philippines not mentioning flying across the U.S.and driving for hours to attend our shows,” Vorobyev said. “I was expecting a warm greeting but I didn't expect such a warm reception and with so much love and gratitude for us.”

In Los Angeles, the band met its musical heroes, founding members of Chicago, keyboardist Robert Lamm, and drummer Danny Seraphine as well as Michelle Kath Sinclair, daughter of late, great Chicago guitarist Terry Kath.

“We were so thrilled that Robert, Danny, and Michelle took the time to visit with us,” Vorobyev said. “It was an experience that we will cherish and remember forever.”

When Leonid & Friends isn’t touring, band members are in the studio in Moscow immersing themselves in Chicago’s storied catalog of hits and deep tracks while preparing for the next tour.

In September of 2018, the band recorded its first song from legendary supergroup Earth, Wind, & Fire and also paid tribute to the band Blood, Sweat & Tears as well.

Borrowing a line from one of Chicago's biggest hits, "it's only the beginning" of great things from Leonid & Friends.

The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Theatre’s official website,

   “Leonid & Friends
Performing the Music of Chicago”

DATE: Sun., Oct., 3, 2021
TIME: 7 p.m.
TICKETS: $29.50 – $49.50

LOCATION: The Florida Theatre
       128 East Forsyth Street.
       Jacksonville, FL 32202
       (904) 355 - ARTS (2787)

‘MercyMe Tour’ coming soon to JAX and your area

GRAMMY® nominated, multiple American Music Award, Billboard Music Award and Dove Award-winning band “MercyMe” has announced their fall 2021 inhale (exhale) tour. Hitting 30 cities across the U.S., the band is excited to hit the road with fellow Fair Trade Services artist Micah Tyler. For ticket information on all MercyMe tour dates, please visit

MercyMe released their tenth studio project, inhale (exhale) on Friday, April 30, and the current single, "Say I Won't" has risen quickly across national radio charts, currently #4 on Billboard National Christian Audience, Mediabase Christian Audience and Billboard AC Indicator, as well as #5 on Billboard AC Monitored and Mediabase Christian AC.

“MercyMe inhale (exhale) tour w/ Micah Tyler” (*all dates subject to change):

THURS 9-30-21 Lubbock, TX; FRI 10-1-21 Tulsa, OK; SAT 10-2-21 Cedar Park, TX; SUN 10-3-21 Fort Worth, TX; FRI 10-8-21 Louisville, KY; SAT 10-9-21 Evansville, IN; SUN 10-10-21 Duluth, GA; THURS 10-14-21 Charlotte, NC; FRI 10-15-21 Columbia, SC; SAT 10-16-21 Greensboro, NC; SUN 10-17-21 Augusta, GA; THURS 10-21-21 Tampa, FL; FRI 10-22-21 Jacksonville, FL; SAT 10-23-21 Biloxi, MS; SUN 10-24-21 Pensacola, FL; THURS 10-28-21 Oklahoma City, OK; FRI 10-29-21 Wichita, KS; SAT 10-30-21 Kansas City, MO; THURS 11-4-21 Toledo, OH; FRI 11-5-21 Grand Rapids, MI; SAT 11-6-21 Champaign, IL; SUN 11-7-21Columbus, OH; THURS 11-11-21 Moline, IL; FRI 11-12-21 Ft. Wayne, IN; SAT 11-13-21 Cincinnati, OH; SUN 11-14-21 Nashville, TN; THURS 11-18-21 Greenville, SC; FRI 11-19-21 Norfolk, VA; SAT 11-20-21 Pittsburgh, PA; SUN 11-21-21Indianapolis, IN.*

About “MercyMe”: It continues to be a landmark time for the multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY® nominated, multiple American Music Award, Billboard Music Award and Dove Award winners MercyMe. They were recently named Billboard's Top Christian Artist of the 2010 decade, and in 2020 received their eighth American Music Award nomination. A major motion picture based on the life of frontman Bart Millard who wrote the mega-hit song "I Can Only Imagine” after the loss of his father, opened at a remarkable No. 3 at the box office on Mar. 16, 2018 (Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions). In conjunction with the movie release, Millard penned a memoir and the band released a collection of hits titled I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best Of MercyMe. In 2018 MercyMe was named Top Christian Artist at the Billboard Music Awards, was the top winner at the fan-fueled K-LOVE Fan Awards including a win for Artist of the Year, and was the GMA Dove Award Winner for Artist Of The Year. Since their debut in 2001, the band has sold more than 9 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered more than 48 No. 1 multi-format radio singles, and had four consecutive mainstream radio hits.

MercyMe made history in 2014 as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 2 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum and double-platinum in the digital domain. The song has now gone has gone 4x platinum. In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe's " Word Of God Speak" the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Artist of the Decade in both the Christian Songs and Christian AC Songs categories, recognizing them as one of the industry's most notable talents.

They have sold out venues throughout the US and Canada, including Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and have appeared on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Good Morning America, GMA3, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, FOX New Channel's FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today and more. Their tenth album, inhale(exhale), is available now.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Florida Blue renews sponsorship with Florida Theatre

Florida Blue, a Corporate Partner of the historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre since 2006, has announced its renewed support of the Theatre.

“Florida Blue and Florida Theatre share a mission to enhance our community’s quality of life,” said Darnell Smith, Florida Blue Market President. “We do it by helping people achieve better health, and Florida Theatre does it by bringing diverse and memorable arts and entertainment experiences to our community. We love supporting the Florida Theatre because it makes our community such a vibrant place to live. There is nothing quite like the unique, historic Jacksonville landmark that is Florida Theatre.”

"The historic Florida Theatre is pleased to play its part in providing Northeast Florida with the music, dance and theatre programs that are part of what gives Jacksonville the unique character that we have all come to appreciate, and expect, as residents of a great city,” said Florida Theatre President, Numa Saisselin. “The theatre earns 85% of its annual budget from its business activities, and support from the business community, like our returning Corporate Partner Florida Blue, helps to close that small budget gap every year and keep the Florida Theatre and its programs something special for our community.”

The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Theatre's official web site

About Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield: The company, has been providing health insurance to residents of Florida for more than 75 years. Driven by its mission of helping people and communities achieve better health, the company serves more than 5 million health care members across the state. In total, Florida Blue and its affiliated companies serve 45 million people in 45 states. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About Florida Theatre: Located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, the historic Florida Theatre first opened its doors in 1926, and is famous for a series of six Elvis Presley performances in 1956 covered by Life magazine. Restored and reopened in 1983 as a nonprofit performing arts center, today the Florida Theatre is recognized as one of the Top 10 most attended theatres in the US under 2,000 seats according to Pollstar magazine, and the #1 most attended sports and entertainment venue in the State of Florida under 2,000 seats according to VenuesNow magazine. The theatre is managed by The Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, and is an active promoter of its own programing. 175-200 music, dance, theatre, comedy and arts education performances take the Florida Theatre stage every year. In recent years the theatre has been seen on Showtime (Larry Wilmore), AXS TV (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Netflix (Katt Williams), and heard on NPR (Whad’ya Know?).

‘Jimmie Vaughan’ will be playing in JAX soon

UPDATE (Sept. 24, 2021): According to the Florida Theater, the "Jimmie Vaughan" engagement has been postponed to April 10, 2022. For further information, please contact the Florida Theatre.
The Florida Theatre, in partnership with WJCT, is pleased to announce blues legend Jimmie Vaughan at the WJCT Soundstage. In true Texas fashion, four-time Grammy-winner “Jimmie Vaughan” has helped breathe new life into the music that has been his lifeline all these decades, becoming a hero to those who cherish America's real gift to musical history.

"When I talk about country and blues, they're the same thing," Jimmie Vaughan says. "Muddy Waters and Hank Williams, Webb Pierce and Jimmy Reed. When I was a kid, I didn't understand the difference. Everybody was always asking me, 'Why do you want to play blues? Why don't you play country?' But I would listen to the country guys and they would be doing a Jimmy Reed song. They're playing the same lick. And Ray Charles, Little Milton, Guitar Junior, Lonnie Brooks, B.B. King--they all did country songs. Is Bob Wills country blues or jazz? And the answer is, it's American music. I'm tired of trying to pigeonhole everything. I want to bring it together; it comes from the same place."

When he first heard songs like Phil Upchurch's "You Can't Sit Down," The Nightcaps' "Wine, Wine, Wine" and B.B. King's many hit songs in the early 1960s, he knew he had found his music. And ever since then, it's been a constant quest to play the blues, whether it was in early 1970s Austin bands like Storm and then the Fabulous Thunderbirds, or later with brother Stevie Ray Vaughan on their FAMILY STYLE album, and on his own releases throughout the 1990s and in 2001.

Then the solo albums stopped, until in 2010, Vaughan had an idea to start recording The Great American Blues Songbook. He assembled the kind of band most musicians can only dream about, and began recording his dream set list at Top Hat and Wire Studios in Austin. Never one to back down from a great idea, in 2011 Vaughan and band went back into the same studio and recorded a second collection of some of his favorite songs, zeroing in on that music's ability to light a fuse wherever it was heard. 

Last fall, to help celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the first of the Blues, Ballads And Favourites albums, The Pleasure’s All Mine compiled both albums as a collection, and was released alongside a Vinyl reissue of 2016's Jimmie Vaughan Trio featuring Mike Flanigin Live At C-Boy's release, which featured songs recorded at the venerable Austin nightspot that Vaughan and crew call home when they are in town

In 2019, his newest release, Baby, Please Come Home brought him back into the spotlight with yet another Grammy nomination, and a Blues Foundation Award for Best Male Artist.

This year, he celebrates his life in the blues and on the road with The Jimmie Vaughan Story, a special limited-edition box set and book including over 200 photos covering his life and the breadth of his remarkable career. And yet, Vaughan still feels like he is just getting started, devoted to making sure he is able to give back to the music that has given him so much. The blues is in Jimmie Vaughan's blood, has been there since the start, and will stay there forever.

The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Theatre’s official website.

Jimmie Vaughan
DATE: Fri., Sept. 24, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.
TICKETS: $69.50 – $79.50

      100 Festival Park Avenue
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355- ARTS (2787)

Thursday, September 16, 2021

MOSH presents ‘Da Vinci: Machines and Robotics’

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) has announced its next traveling exhibition, "Da Vinci: Machines & Robotics". The exhibition, produced by Artisans of Florence – International Pty. Ltd. & Niccolai Teknoart S.N.C. (Firenze), opens to the public September 18, 2021 and runs through January 16, 2022.

The exhibition will feature over 60 famous Leonardo Da Vinci creations, including machines and artwork. The interactive experience immerses guests into the 15th century and brings to life the most important and impressive designs of the original Renaissance Man, including his amazing flying machines; nautical, hydraulic and architectural innovations; groundbreaking applications of civil engineering; and incredible war machines. The exhibition also features children’s activities, computer animations, a cinema and reproductions of da Vinci’s greatest paintings. Created by Artisans of Florence, this exhibition celebrates an iconic artist and innovator, and is on loan from the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Florence, Italy.

The Museum is celebrating 80 years on the First Coast, and this new exhibition kicks off its anniversary season. MOSH will host several events, including Museum by Moonlight on September 17 to kick off the da Vinci exhibition, a celebratory GALAxy event on April 30, 2022 and many other commemorations throughout the year. Tickets for Museum by Moonlight are available at

“Curiosity and innovation are integral to the MOSH experience,” said Bruce Fafard, President & CEO of MOSH. “We are looking forward to celebrating and sharing the genius of da Vinci here at the Museum. This exhibition will bring our patrons back to a time when curiosity fueled a culture. Aligning perfectly with our mission to inspire the joy of lifelong learning, the exhibition will help us celebrate 80 years of innovation right here in the River City.”

The Museum of Science & History is following CDC guidelines and recommendations to ensure the safety of its staff and guests. Guests 2+ are encouraged to wear face coverings in the Museum. Single-use masks are available for purchase at the Guest Relations desk for $1.

About The Museum of Science & History (MOSH): The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is located at 1025 Museum Circle near Friendship Park. MOSH, first chartered in 1941, inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. Admission is $15.95 for adults; $12.95 for youth, students, active and retired military and seniors. There is no admission fee for children 2 and under or Museum members. Learn more at

The Museum of Science and History (MOSH)
1025 Museum Circle
 Jacksonville, FL 32207
 (904) 396-MOSH (6674)

'HAMILTON Lottery' announced in JAX

Producer Jeffery Seller and FSCJ Artist Series Broadway In Jacksonville announce a digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (Sept. 29) in Jacksonville at the Times-Union Center as a special to the FSCJ Artist Series 55th anniversary season. A limited number of tickets will be available for every performance for $10 each. The lottery will first open at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17 and will close at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 for tickets to performances Sept. 29 – Oct. 6 (HAMILTON performances begin on a Wednesday). Subsequent digital lotteries will begin on each Friday and close the following Thursday for the upcoming week’s performances.

1) Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (
2) You can also visit to register.
3) The lottery will open at 12:01 a.m. every Friday and will close for entry at 1p.m. the next Thursday prior to the following week’s performances.
4) Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. every Thursday for the upcoming week’s performances via email and mobile push notification. Winners will have two hours to claim and pay for their ticket(s).
5) No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.
6) Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets.
7) Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
8) Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 90 minutes prior to the performance with a valid photo ID.
9) Lottery tickets void if resold.
10) All times listed are in the local time zone.

ADDITIONAL RULES: Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.

Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale. Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels and for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex LacamoireHAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS. HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater. The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

For information on HAMILTON, visit their website, their Facebook page, on Instagram, and on Twitter.

DATES: Wed. September 29 Sunday October 17, 2021

TICKETS: can be purchased online 24/7 at

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
Moran Theater
300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 632-5000

Thursday, September 9, 2021

MOSH hosts ‘Arts Infusion Workshop’

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) will host an Arts Infusion Workshop with artist Stephanie Pyren-Fortel on September 18. The workshop will feature an educational hands-on experience.

Local artist, Stephanie Pyren-Fortel will walk participants through the color wheel and how she blends bold hues into her artwork, titled Spirit, on display in the MOSH Lobby. Afterward, guests will play with the different colors on the wheel to blend their own hues from light to dark. 

This workshop is free and open to the public. All ages welcome.
Materials for the workshop will be provided.

Funding has been generously provided by the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation.

WHEN: September 18, 2021from 3 5 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.
Reserve your spot HERE.

SAFETY: The MOSH aims to ensure the health and safety of staff and guests. In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are required inside the Museum for all patrons 2+. Single-use masks available for purchase for $1 at the front desk.

The Museum of Science and History (MOSH)
1025 Museum Circle
 Jacksonville, FL 32207
 (904) 396-MOSH (6674)

Tommy Decarlo and Rudy Cardenas in concert

The Florida Theatre is pleased to announce The Music of Boston with Tommy DeCarlo, Boston singer since 2007, and The Music of Journey with American Idol’s Rudy Cardenas on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Tommy DeCarlo has been on the road touring with legendary rock band Boston since 2007, playing to sold out audiences all over the world. This show closes with a full set of Boston classic hits from the 1970's and 80's with a top-notch band of touring professionals including August Zadra on lead guitar/vocals (Dennis DeYoung Band), Steve Ferlazzo on keyboards/vocals (Avril Lavigne/Nuno Bettencourt), John Douglas on drums (Sammy Hagar/Michael Anthony), Tommy DeCarlo Jr. on guitar/vocals and Payton Villigan on bass/vocals.

Born in Rome, New York, Tommy’s interest in music began in elementary school when he joined the school choir. He recalls, “Every year I would try out for one of the lead singing solo parts and every year I never got one. They always told me my voice was too soft.” Many years later, he would show the world that was not the case.

Tommy started playing piano when he was 14 years old, self-taught on an old upright in his living room. And as far as singing goes, DeCarlo explains, “Well, I truly have to thank Brad Delp for helping me develop my vocal abilities. I have said that I never took singing lessons but that's not exactly true. It was Brad who taught me how to sing, even though he never knew it. When I first began to listen to BOSTON as a young teenager, I absolutely loved Brad’s voice and it gave me hope and inspiration at times in my life when I needed it. It wasn’t like I was trying to sing like Brad, it was just that I loved to sing along with him.”

His journey that led to BOSTON happened many years later when in 2007 he posted BOSTON cover songs and other music on his myspace page, and even wrote a song in honor of Brad Delp upon his passing. Hearing of a tribute being planned, Tommy reached out to the band offering to sing should they need any additional vocalists. “I sent an email to the BOSTON camp which included covers of the songs Smokin' & Don't Look Back, never thinking I’d get a reply."

Several weeks later, Tom Scholz happened to hear Tommy’s cover of “Don’t Look Back,” and was shocked. Knowing every nuance of Brad’s voice, he could not believe that this was not Brad singing, exclaiming, “I haven’t heard anyone else sing like that in 35 years.” Scholz contacted Tommy and invited him to come and sing a few songs at the Brad Delp tribute. DeCarlo’s reaction was, “I would have never believed this could happen in a million years. The next thing I knew I was on my way to Boston to sing with BOSTON … are you kidding me?"

Tommy was asked to join BOSTON on their 2008 tour and has sang on every Tour since. Prior to that, Tommy was working as a credit manager at The Home Depot, had never been in a band, and the largest crowd that Tommy had sung in front of was a talent show in high school. Tommy has been touring and playing to sold out audiences all over the world.

In a interview with Boston founding member Tom Scholz said, "Tommy does for Boston on stage what Brad Delp did for Boston in the studio. Brad was the best male studio singer I've ever heard and Tommy is the best male stage singer I've ever heard."

In 2012, Tommy co-founded with his son, Tommy Jr., DECARLO. The band released their original debut album Lightning Strikes Twice in 2020, earning them a featured article in popular BILLBOARD MAGAZINE as 2021 Grammy® contenders. Their chart-topping hit “You Are The Fire” went viral on streaming platforms world-wide shortly after its release.

The two show package starts with The Music of Journey with singer Rudy Cardenas of American Idol. Rudy is a finalist from Season 6 of American Idol, and here he'll perform a full set of Journey classic hits, including the hits from both the Steve Perry and Gregg Rolie-eras. Rudy has a long relationship with Journey music, starting in 2007 when he debuted on American Idol singing "Open Arms" on national TV. He went on to cover two Journey songs; "I'll be Alright Without You" on his album Fly (2012), and "Separate Ways" on his album Son of a Gun (2016).

The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Theatre’s official website,

Tommy DeCarlo
& Rudy Cardenas

DATE: Fri., Sept. 17, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.
TICKETS: $25 – $35

LOCATION:The Florida Theatre
      128 East Forsyth Street.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355 - ARTS (2787)

Alan Parsons show is postponed at the Florida Theatre

Alan Parsons Live Project featuring special guest Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy at the Florida Theatre on September 11, 2021 has been postponed. We’re working with Alan to reschedule the show. Please see below for the official statement from Alan’s team:

“It is with regret the Alan Parsons Live Project announces the postponement of the US leg of their highly anticipated tour scheduled to occur in August and September.

While Alan and the band have been looking forward to performing for their fans throughout the United States, they extend their love and appreciation to all that were planning to come to these shows, and they cannot wait to see you all again when things are more predictable regarding the ongoing pandemic.

Please hang on to your tickets, they will be honored at the new rescheduled date, which will be announced shortly.”

Tickets to the original show dates (March 24, 2020 and September 11, 2021) will be honored at the new date.

LOCATION:The Florida Theatre
      128 East Forsyth Street.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355 - ARTS (2787)