Friday, January 13, 2017

Elvis Lives 'The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event' in JAX

On Stage Touring LLC, in association with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. (EPE), is proud to announce the national hit theatrical "Elvis Lives" which will be presented in Jacksonville at the Times-Union Center.  The show was last in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, January 28, 2012 and the reviews were fabulous.  Grab some tickets if you missed the last show.

Elvis Lives, which keeps on capturing the imaginations and interests of fans of all types including Broadway, concert and Elvis aficionados, is an unforgettable multimedia and live musical journey across Elvis' life featuring winners from Elvis Presley Enterprises' annual worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, each representing Elvis during different stages in his career. The Elvis tribute artists will be joined by a live band, backup singers and dancers, along with an Ann-Margret tribute artist as well as iconic imagery made available from the Graceland tribute artists in the world.  These talented performers really capture the spirit archives which include an exhibit of life-size images of Elvis’ stage wear that will be on display at the Times-Union Center.

About the Group: The high-energy show features Ultimate winners Bill Cherry,
Dean Z and Jay Dupuis, 2009, 2013 and 2014 respectively, as the principle cast for the winter/spring production of Elvis Lives.  Bill Cherry last appeared at the Times Union Center, Moran Theater in 2012.

“We are very pleased that "Elvis Lives" continues to delight audiences all over the nation and that Elvis fans will be given the opportunity to see these talented entertainers.  We hope to see winners from the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest starring in Elvis Lives for years to come,” said Kevin Kern, Director of Public Relations for EPE.

“We are excited to be working with some of the most exceptional of the King of Rock N’ Roll while evoking the sensation of being there with Elvis as he journeys through his musical career,” stated Elliot Ordower, Producer for On Stage Touring. “Elvis Lives is truly a dynamic and family-friendly production.”

Elvis Lives 
DATE: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

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

TICKETS: start at $38.50, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 442-BWAY (2929) between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 442-2947 or emailing

'Cummer 2017 Beaches Gala' to benefit the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Cummer Beaches, an affinity group of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, will host its second annual Gala to benefit the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.  This year’s theme is “A Night At The Museum” featuring artwork reproductions from the Cummer Museum’s permanent collection and artwork designed by school students who have visited the museum.

Patrons will enjoy a cultural feast for the eyes and the appetite at this Black-Tie event with entertainment from the Jacksonville University Musical Theatre and will include cocktails, dinner, and a silent auction of Museum programs (that attendees can underwrite).  “This event is our annual fundraiser to help bring Beaches and St. Johns County students to the Museum for school tours and education,” said Becky Johnson, President of Cummer Beaches.

The mission of Cummer Beaches is to support the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and enhance the membership experience for beaches residents. Cummer Beaches encourages interest in and support for the artistic and cultural significance of the Museum; raises funds for the overall mission of the Museum, specifically children’s educational field trip visits; and invites members to participate in various activities that connect them with other art and garden enthusiasts in the Beaches area.

DATE: Saturday, January 21, 2017
TIME: 6 – 11 p.m.
LOCATION: TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra 

TICKETS: Members $150, Non-Members $175, Benefactor $1,000* | Registration is required. Contact Wendy Mayle (904)-899-6007 or email her to purchase tickets for the Gala or to become a member of the Museum and Cummer Beaches.

For more than 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens, and education. A permanent collection of more than 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 165,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally-recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

'In The Mood' comes back to JAX once again

If you missed it in 2015, then you better hurry and get your tickets for this fantastic, toe-tapping, foot-stomping, sing-a-long show.  To the delight of fans of the American Big Bands and the Big Band era, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s musical revue, “In The Mood” returns to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater for two performances only!

Hop aboard the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and you'll soon be “In The Mood" to hear some great musicians "Sing, Sing, Sing."  Much more than a concert, “In The Mood” is a fully staged tribute to the American music and lyrics of the ‘30s & '40s.  Complete with authentic costumes and choreography, “In The Mood” pays homage to America's greatest generation, when people listened to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced to intimate ballads. Experience the swing, the rhythm and the jazzy, sentimental and patriotic music of this pivotal time in America's history.

In The Mood has a cast of 19 on stage with the hypnotic, sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra plus the In the Mood Singers & Dancers with sizzling choreography, sassy costumes and over 50 unforgettable hits – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Tuxedo Junction, Well Git It, Sing, Sing, Sing, On The Sunny Side of the Street and many more.

The National Archives in Washington, DC brought “In The Mood” to their audiences as part of their commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of WWII, and the response was so extraordinary that crowds lined up for hours before curtain time. In 1993, thousands attended an out-of-doors performance on Constitution Avenue and many stayed to dance the night away. As a result, in 1994 and 1995, “In The Mood,” in affiliation with the USO, began a series of tours that played to audiences across the United States. In 1997, the band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for one of President Bill Clinton’s 2nd Inauguration Ball.

For the fourth year, stage director and highly-in-demand choreographer, Alex Sanchez, a veteran of 10 Broadway shows, is set to bring the “In The Mood” singers and dancers alive with his staging and choreography.  Alex is committed to bringing a fresh, dynamic, ever-changing perspective on the culture of the Swing Era.  The show has returned to many venues, some as many as eight times, and patrons who have seen the show before are never disappointed.  With the musical arrangements, costumes, choreography, singers, dancers and a live big band; “In The Mood” is as authentic as it gets.

In The Mood
DATE: Saturday January 28, 2017
TIMES: 3 and 7:30 p.m.

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

TICKETS: start at $43.50 and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 442-BWAY (2929) between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 442-2947 or emailing Artistseries Group Sales.