Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Back to life at the Times Union “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story”

On the back of incredibly successful tours in 2015 in 2016, “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” – the show that inspired a generation of multi-million selling juke-box musicals including: Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Million Dollar Quartet, and We Will Rock You – is coming to JAX for one performance only!

Seen by over 22 million music fans since it opened in London’s West End in 1989, Buddy speaks an international language and continues to have audiences from 8 to 80 rockin’ in the aisles across the globe.  Loved by critics and audiences alike, Buddy tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22.  In 18 short months the Texas-born boy revolutionized the face of contemporary music influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.

Boasting a phenomenally multi-talented cast, together they present two terrific hours of music with over 20 of his greatest hits, including the timeless classics: That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy and Rave On.  With the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba completing a stellar musical line-up, Buddy is a not to be missed evening of feel good family entertainment

Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, says of the show, “When we opened the show we never imagined Buddy’s music and story would still be rocking stages and entertaining audiences around the world week-in week-out over 25 years later. I believe this is testament to a great show – the first of its kind – and to the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly and what he represents; a youthful energy, huge talent and creativity, combined with a determination to make a lasting impression in this world.”

Writer/Producer Alan Janes says, “Audiences dance in the aisles every night to our enactment of the story of a young man whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period but whose music will be remembered forever”.

The Buddy Holly Story

DATE: Sat., Dec. 2  TIME: 8 p.m.

SHOW TICKETS: start at $32.50, 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 groupsales@fscj.edu.  For more information, visit FSCJ Artist Series

LOCATION:Times Union Center Performing Arts

Moran Theater
300 West Water St
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

‘Femmes of Rock’ star at the Thrasher-Horne Center in December

Imagine if Hendrix played violin…The Thrasher-Horne main stage is set to be rocked on December 1st by the raw power of one of the biggest and most accomplished electric violin acts in the nation with the Bella Electric Strings presenting their latest show “Femmes of Rock.”  Led by rock violinist and arranger Nina DiGregorio, these violinists have thrilled audiences worldwide with their blistering solos, unique arrangements, beauty, and charm.

“Femmes of Rock” is just one of several shows presented by Bella Electric Strings, a group of approximately 30 talented musicians based in several US cities who tour as electronic string quartets in a variety of different productions.  Similar to theater’s Blue Man Group and Irish dancers Lord of the Dance, Bella has multiple themed shows crisscrossing the country, and their roster includes the best of the best in the world of electric violin.  These girls have performed with some of the biggest names in the business, including: BeyoncĂ©, Rod Stewart, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Stevie Wonder, The Killers, Michael McDonald, Andrea Bocelli, Earth, Wind & Fire, Pitbull, America’s Got Talent, and many, many more.  Currently based in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Orlando, the group will soon make its way to New York City, with plans to expand internationally to Europe and Asia within the next few years.

Featuring the music of AC/DC, ELO, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Metallica, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and more, the Femmes of Rock show takes Bella Strings to a whole new level. All-new arrangements, original material, a live rock band, video, lights, choreography, comedy, and more can be expected in this high-energy show that leaves audiences awed. The only one of its kind, there are no other similar string acts operating at this level of production. Be prepared for something that you have not yet seen the likes of. The girls keep a busy touring schedule and are one of the most sought-after “hard rock” violin acts in the world.

Femmes of Rock

DATE: Fri. Dec. 1, 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 $33 – $73 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.  VIP tickets are available for this show.  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.

Florida Theatre December 2017 holiday events

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the Florida Theatre wants you and your family to be thoroughly entertained.  Theatre tickets make a great ‘stocking-stuffer’ gifts.  Why not take a look at the festivities below and grab some tickets for you and that special someone.

December 2017 Schedule:
2 Kansas: Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour
3 A Hip Hop Nutcracker with special guest emcee Kurtis Blow
26th Annual Community Nutcracker
8 Game Grumps at the Times Union Moran Theatre 8pm
9 26th Annual Community Nutcracker
13 John Prine
15 Luke Combs
16 ELF presented by First A.C.T.
20 Ten Tenors Home For the Holidays
21 Gabriel Iglesias: Fluffymania World Tour
22 A Charlie Brown Christmas Live
27 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
29 Michael Carbonaro Live!

December 2 - 8pm
Kansas: Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour.  The classic rockers will perform their hits: “Carry On Wayward Son,” “The Wall,” “Miracles Out Of Nowhere,” and “What’s On My Mind,” from their breakthrough album Leftoverture.

December 3 - 7pm
A Hip Hop Nutcracker with special guest emcee Kurtis Blow.  Rapper Kurtis Blow ("The Breaks," "Basketball," "If I Ruled the World") emcees this contemporary production of Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic, which features hip-hop dancers, a live DJ and urban setting.

December 8 - 8pm & Dec. 9 - 1pm & 7:30pm
26th Annual Community Nutcracker.
  Every performance exudes imagination and creativity. Dancers gracefully twirl and twist in Clara’s winter wonderland, pulling the audience into the jubilant scenes.  Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount on tickets purchased in P-2, 3, or 4 (discount not available for P-1).

December 8 - 8pm
Game Grumps (Times Union Moran Theatre). 
Join Arin and Danny for a live episode of Game Grumps! The two will be playing games, making jokes and having a blast in front of a live audience; ending the night with a question and answer session!  Purchase of a P1 ticket includes a pre-show Q&A with the Game Grumps and a signed poster.

December 13 - 8pm John Prine.  
His classic songs, "Angel from Montgomery," "Sam Stone," "Paradise," and "Hello in There" have kept this Grammy award- winning singer and songwriter touring for more than 40 years.  Amanda Shires will open.

December 15 - 8pm
Luke Combs: Don’t Tempt With A Good Time Tour. 
Rising country music superstar Luke Combs debut album, This One’s For You, is the largest selling country album or 2017 and features his radio hits “Hurricane” and “When It Rains it Pours.”

December 16 - 2pm ELF presented by First A.C.T.
  Admission for this holiday screening is free with a food donation benefitting Feeding Northeast Florida.  Hosted by Florida Theatre’s Young Professional group First A.C.T.

December 20 -
The Ten Tenors.  The TEN Tenors perform traditional and contemporary versions of holiday favorites like “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Amazing, Grace,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Feliz Navidad” and more.

December 21 - 8pm
Gabriel Iglesias: Fluffymania World Tour 20 Years of Comedy. 
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is the star of Fuse TV's Fluffy Breaks Even! - a non-scripted series with his eccentric tour mates and fellow comedians Martin Moreno and Rick Gutierrez.

December 22 - 7pm A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! 
Based on the classic television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live!, brings to life Charles M. Schulz’s much-beloved characters- Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and Linus- as they uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

December 27 - 3pm
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.
  The 25th Anniversary Tour features over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life Puppets, Nesting Dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life.

December 29 -  8pm
Michael Carbonaro Live!  From his hit television series “The Carbonaro Effect” on truTV, magician Michael Carbonaro performs LIVE on stage, packed with audience interaction, hilarious video clips, and his signature blend of bizarre antics and mind-blowing magic.

“Florida Theatre December 2017 events”
LOCATION: Florida Theatre
128 E. Forsyth St.

      Jacksonville, FL 32202

: Vary with each show and seat preference.  Order online or call the box office (904) 355-2787, Monday — Friday from 9 a.m. –5 p.m.