Thursday, October 26, 2017

Barry White and Donna Summer are coming to the Alhambra

Rainere Hale Martin’s God-given musical talent manifested itself at an early age, but today, Donna Summer tribute artist Rainere Martin (often known simply as Rainere), takes her talent all around the country entertaining and winning the love of audiences from coast to coast.  Take a listen to her HERE.

Following a standing ovation performance on the national television show ‘Showtime at the Apollo’, Rainere realized the musical pulse of the 70s and her passion for honoring its iconic disco singer, Donna Summer, was the niche she had been searching for.  She went to work developing her tribute performance and presented it before audiences of all sizes.  The sounds of funk, soul and pop are infused in each of Rainere’s performances.

Rainere is one of the most talented musical impersonators/tribute artist on tour today.  Her debut performance with Legends in Concert at Bakers Atlantic City dazzled the audience.  She has graced the stage at the Tropicana in Atlantic City and BB King’s in New York.  Rainere has perfected her ability to entertain crowds with the classic disco sounds of the ’70s.

Jourdan Carroll is just one of those singers that you never want to forget.  Walking away from his soulful voice at the end of a show gives you hope and admiration of his talent.  Known to some of his friends and fans as Big Daddy Boo Bear, Jourdan Carroll has worked his entire life on his voice as he practiced daily on his vocal range for years before he finally mastered his iconic sound.  His voice is so deep and mesmerizing it is often associated with the voice of the legendary Barry White.  After being noted so many times of his resemblance to Mr. White, he decided to bring the 70’s soul star back to life.

Beside Barry White, he is also a tribute artist of Luther Vandross, Isaac Hayes, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Freddy Jackson and Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire.  Jourdan Carroll and his enthralling stage presence will be something to see for years to come.  The performances are known throughout the nation and are slowly making their way to international ears.  Along with his musical talents, Jourdan Carroll is also a fashion designer and has developed a line of contemporary male clothing. 

If you’d like to be whisked-back to the seventies, you better get your tickets and get ready for the time of your life.  Also check out what’s in store from Executive Chef DeJuan Roy HERE.

Alhambra After Dark
The Donna Summer &
Barry White Experience

Wed. Nov. 15 – Sun. Nov. 19, 2017
SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Wednesday through Saturday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 5:50 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:20 p.m.  Saturday Matinee begins at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 10:50 a.m. and the brunch ends at 12:45 a.m.  Sunday Matinee begins at 1:50 p.m. Doors open at 11:50 a.m. and dinner will be served until 1:20 p.m.
TICKETS: Regular pricing for tickets is $64.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Price does not include gratuity or orders from the bar.
DRESS: “Business Casual” or “Concert Best”

‘Shenandoah’ tour brings lead-singer home to Clay County

When country music lovers talk about the greatest groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront of any discussion.  Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses,” “Church on Cumberland Road” and “Next to You, Next to Me” as well as such achingly beautiful classics as “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Alison Krauss.  The group will be in the Jacksonville, Florida area with their 30th Anniversary Tour for one night only, at the Thrasher-Horne Center, on Friday November 3, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Today that legacy continues as original members Marty Raybon (a native of Sanford, Florida who attended Clay High School in Green Cove Springs) and Mike McGuire reunite to launch a new chapter in Shenandoah’s storied career. It all began when the guys got back together to perform a benefit concert for a friend battling cancer. “We saw how folks reacted,” Raybon says of the response to their reunion. “And then Jerry Phillips, son of legendary Sun Records producer Sam Phillips, said ‘You guys need to make a run at this. People still love what you do. You can tell by the reaction. There’s a lot of excitement in the air.'”

Marty and the band are thrilled to be returning to Northeast Florida to present songs from their new album, Good News Travels Fast, as well as fan favorites from their previous ten studio releases. “We are really proud of the quality of the material that we have in our catalog and how it’s touched so many people’s lives,” Mike McGuire says.
“As far as the future goes, I’m expecting more of the same.”

Shenandoah 30th Anniversary Tour

DATE: Friday Nov. 3, 2017  TIME: 8 p.m.

LOCATION: The Thrasher-Horne Ctr.

      St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive

      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: range from $29 – $129 with all fees included, and 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 encourages all guests to research a show's content before purchasing.  It 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.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Cummer Amelia: Artistic Florist preview party scheduled

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents the Artistic Florist’s new Design Center in Fernandina Beach!  On November 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., award-winning floral artist and co-owner Brooke Raulerson will host a preview party to benefit Cummer Amelia.  Members of Cummer Amelia and their guests will have the opportunity to visit the design center at 2383 Jamestown Road, Fernandina Beach, which will be decked out for the holidays, more than a week before it opens its doors to the public.

Attendees will enjoy wine and light hors d’oeuvres catered by Amelia Island’s Bar Zin Bistro & Wine Bar and will also receive a 15% discount on any holiday d├ęcor that catches their eye. A chance drawing of unique Artistic Florist arrangements will complete the evening. To register, visit or contact Wendy Mayle at (904) 899-6007 or email.

Cummer Amelia: Floral Party
  Design Center
   2383 Jamestown Rd.
   Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

DATE: Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
TIMES: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: $25 for Cummer Amelia Members and $35 for Non-Members.  Registration is required!

The hills are alive with ‘The Sound Of Music’ in JAX

A brand-new production of The Sound Of Music, produced by NETworks Presentations is coming soon.  The North American tour is making its Jacksonville premiere for only 8 performances at the Times-Union Center.  Tickets are on sale now and $5 of the sales from September 25 - November 5th will support the First Coast Hurricane Relief Fund!

The Sound Of Music
features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®–winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

The Sound Of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by more than 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

In the words of Ted Chapin, President of Rodgers & Hammerstein,
“I waited for a moment when we could rediscover The Sound Of Music as it was originally created.  Because of the enormous success of the film, few were aware that it started life as a hit Broadway show—and a very big hit at that!  The artists behind this production embraced what the authors wrote, looked at it all through modern eyes and, in so doing, found depth and resonance that has been recognized by critics and audiences across the country.  It's like visiting an old friend but finding yourself surprised as well.  It's also a reminder of why this show is such an evergreen."

"The Sound of Music
DATES:         TIMES:
Tues., Oct. 31, 2017   7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 1      7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 2      7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 3       8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 4      2 & 8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 5     1:30 & 7p.m.

SHOW TICKETS: start at $40, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show along with the VyStar Credit Union), or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 632-5050 or emailing

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