Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Florida Theatre shows in February will be epic

Are you looking for some exciting entertainment?  Want to see some old familiar movies? Miss some of the crooners that you’ve heard long ago?  Well, you need look no longer.  February at the Florida Theatre promises to fulfill your entertainment hunger.  There’s always something exciting to do in JAX.  Don’t wait too long before you order your tickets for the following:

February 2018 schedule:
 1- Tanya Tucker
 2- Adam Ant The Anthems Tour
 6- Civic Cinema Do The Right Thing
 7- Diana Krall
 8- Cody Jinks
10- Little River Band with Pablo Cruise
11- Blues Traveler
13- The Hot Sardines
15- Paula Poundstone
17- Daniel O’Donell
18- Gordon Lightfoot
21- Rodriguez
22- Jamey Johnson
23- Air Supply
23- Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, at the Ritz Theatre
C.S. Lewis 3 & 8pm
27- Michael McDonald

February 1 - 8pm — Tanya Tucker.  Country music legend Tanya Tucker's 40-year career has provided some of the biggest country music hits of each decade, including, “Blood Red and Goin’ Down,” “Would you Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone),” “What’s Your Mama’s Name,” and “Texas (When I Die).”

February 2 - 7:30pm — Adam Ant: The Anthems Tour. 
Pop icon Adam Ant is known for his massive hits: "Goody Two Shoes," "Stand and Deliver" and "Wonderful."  He will perform his landmark Kings Of The Wild Frontier album in its entirety followed by a greatest hits set. *Show rescheduled from September.

February 6 - 7pm — Civic Cinema Do The Right Thing.

February 7 - 8pm — Diana Krall.
  Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall is the only artist to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Album chart. She is touring in support of her latest release Turn Up The Quiet.

February 8 - 8pm — Cody Jinks.  Country music singer and songwriter Cody Jinks' album I'm Not The Devil broke into the Top 5 On Billboard Country Chart and features the songs "Chase That Song," "The Way I Am," and "No Words."  Ward Davis and Sunny Sweeney will open.

Feburay 9 - 8pm — TESLA. 
Hard rock quintet TESLA debut album, Mechanical Resonance, yielded the signature anthems "Little Suzi," "Modern Day Cowboy," "Cumin’ Atcha Live," and "Gettin’ Better."  They are also well known for their hit single "Signs."

February 10 - 8pm — Little River Band with special guest Pablo Cruise. 
Little River Band top charts with the hits: “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change,” “Lonesome Loser,” “The Night Owls,” “Take It Easy On Me,” and “Help Is on Its Way.”  Special Guest Pablo Cruise is known for his hits: “Whatcha Gonna Do?” “Love Will Find a Way,” “A Place In The Sun,” “Cool Love,” “I Want You Tonight,” and “I Go To Rio.”

February 11 - 7pm — Blues Traveler.  Jam band Blues Traveler celebrates their 30th Anniversary with a stop at the Florida Theatre! Over their 30 -year career, Blues Traveler has released 20 albums and their hits “Run Around,” “But Anyway,” and “Hook,” are radio staples.

February 13 - 8pm — The Hot Sardines. 
Eight-member jazz ensemble, The Hot Sardines, play 1920s and 30s music influenced by swing and blues.  Their songs: “Gramercy Sunset,” “Sweet Pea,” and “Some of These Days” highlight the band’s brassy horn arrangements, piano melodies and sultry vocals.

February 16 - 8pm — Paula Poundstone. 
Considered one of the country's foremost standup comedians, she is a regular panelist on NPR's #1 weekly news quiz show, Wait...Wait Don't Tell Me!  She has recorded two comedy HBO comedy specials, Cats, Cops and Stuff and Paula Poundstone Goes To Harvard.

February 17 - 7:30pm — Daniel O’Donnell. 
One of Ireland’s best loved singers, Daniel O’Donnell has gained fame in the United States with his first PBS special – The Daniel O’Donnell Show.  His many hits include "The Magic is There," "Stand Beside Me," "Give a Little Love," "The Way Dreams Are," and "I Just Wanna Dance with You."

February 18 - 8pm — Gordon Lightfoot.  Considered one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time, Grammy nominated Gordon Lightfoot’s vast musical catalogue includes the hit songs: “Sundown,” “Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Rainy Day People,” “If You Could Read My Mind” and many more.

February 21 - 8pm — Rodriguez.  Rodriguez, the legendary self-taught singer-songwriter, and star of the Oscar-winning documentary, Searching for Sugarman, will perform songs from his albums Cold Fact and Coming From Reality, both of which have recently been re-released.

February 22 - 8pm — Jamey Johnson.  Grammy-nominated country artist Jamey Johnson has co-written some of the biggest country hits for artists like Trace Adkins, George Strait and Willie Nelson.  His album, That Lonesome Song, was certified platinum for 1 million in sales, and his 2010 ambitious double album, The Guitar Song, received a gold certification.

February 23 - 8pm — Air Supply. 
This Hall of Fame pop rock duo topped the charts worldwide with a string of hits like: "Making Love Out of Nothing At All," "All Out of Love," "Every Woman In the World," "The One You Love" and "Here I Am."

February 23 - 8pm — Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers (at the Ritz).  Two-time Grammy Nominated Mindi Abair brings blues rock saxophone and vocals back to mainstream music with her band, The Boneshakers.

February 24 - 3 & 8pm — C.S. Lewis.  Max McLean brings to life one of the most engaging personalities of our age and takes audiences on C.S. Lewis’ fascinating theatrical journey from vigorous debunker of faith to the most vibrant and influential Christian intellectual of the 20th Century.  Suitable for adults and children 13 and up. Children under 4 will not be admitted.

February 27 - 8pm — Michael McDonald.  This former Dobie Brothers’ singer has solo hits including: “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),” “Sweet Freedom,” “On My Own” (with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning James Ingram duet “Yah Mo B There,” have made him one of music’s most enduring performers.

“Florida Theatre February 2018 events”
LOCATION: Florida Theatre
128 E. Forsyth St.

      Jacksonville, FL 32202

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces ‘In the Garden’

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is proud to present “In the Garden,” on view February 2 through April 22, 2018.  The exhibition features more than 100 photographs from the George Eastman Museum collection that explore how humans cultivate the landscapes that surround them, and the ways in which photography has recorded, interpreted, or staged the cultivated landscape in its many shapes and forms.  From famous locations to the simplest home vegetable garden, from worlds imagined by artists to food production recorded by journalists, these images broaden our understanding of how photography has been used to record gardens.

Spanning the history of photography and photographic processes from the 19th-century daguerreotype to inkjet prints, the exhibition looks at how photography has been key in documenting humans’ relationship to nature.  Some of the first photographs were photograms of plant materials — direct records of the structures of botanical specimens.  However, 19th-century photographers also called upon the artistic tradition of still life paintings, capturing compositions of floral bouquets or objects in a garden.  As photography quickly became accepted as a method for recording the world, photographs became stand-ins for landscapes that most people could not visit — a visual access to cultures and gardens around the world.

This exhibition is even more relevant in the context of Arthur and Ninah Cummer and their experience of creating and utilizing their gardens and other garden spaces in their family, social, and civic lives. In particular, Ninah’s love for the cultivated landscape, and for outdoor spaces that promoted gatherings, contemplation, and respite, still impacts the Jacksonville community.  
It comes as no surprise that, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma’s fury, the Jacksonville community longed to see the Cummer Gardens and other cultivated public spaces return to their previous beauty and purpose.  Although In the Garden had been planned for a while, an exhibition about the beauty of gardens and nature, seen through the lens of a camera, could not be more relevant.  “As we are still in the reconstructive phase of our historical gardens, it is very timely that we present an exhibition about photographers who celebrate the beauty, uniqueness, and significance of these cultivated spaces,” said Associate Curator Nelda Damiano.

Members of the community, and lovers of art and nature, may continue to donate directly to the Garden Reconstruction Fund at, as they visit the beauty of the museum.

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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Barry Manilow challenges Duval residents for a great cause

Pop music icon Barry Manilow hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to John E. Ford PK-8 School in Jacksonville, FL.  The legendary singer/songwriter plans to donate a Yamaha keyboard to launch a local music instrument drive.  Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument will receive 2 free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first come first serve basis) for Manilow’s February 18th concert at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville.

Manilow Music Project has conducted music instrument drives all over the country to assist local schools with their music programs.  “I’m thrilled to once again bring the gift of music to these kids,” added Manilow.  The Public Can Trade a New or Gently Used Musical Instrument for Free Tickets to Manilow’s February 18th concert in Jacksonville, FL.  The box office at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts will be the drop off point for the instrument drive now through February 18th.  Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

“If we do not inspire a love of the arts in our children, there will be no more arts for our children to love,” said Staci Kelly Pendry, General Music Teacher.
“The Manilow Music project helps to give all students access to that inspiration through their love of music and generosity.  We are honored to accept this thoughtful gift on behalf of the John E. Ford PK-8 community.”

The Manilow Music Project (MMP) is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope.  It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs.  Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK.

Tickets are available online at, in person at the Moran Theater Box Office or by phone at 800-745-3000.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 85 million, Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every arena of entertainment, including performing, writing, composing, arranging, and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has produced, arranged, and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career.  He has also written and produced songs for Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, and many more.  He has been honored with a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award, an Oscar nomination, and a top selling autobiography.

SMG Jacksonville manages seven sports, entertainment, and convention venues on behalf of the City of Jacksonville. Their venues include: EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida-Georgia, the TaxSlayer 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.  The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, showplace of such entertainment greats as Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett and home to the Arena Bowl XXIV 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 of 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 La Villa, 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.

‘Cabaret’ debuts in JAX at the Thrasher-Horne Center

“Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome” any way you want to say it, “Cabaret” is coming to the Thrasher-Horne main stage with its revival tour for one night only and they want you in the audience!  Based on Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award (r)-winning production, Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) show is part of the 2017-2018 Broadway Orange Park Season sponsored by Garber Automall.

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd - and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen," and "Maybe This Time."  Leave your troubles outside - life is beautiful at Cabaret- John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff's Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

As an homage to the Broadway revival production, true "cabaret" tables will be available for audience members within the orchestra pit area near the stage for a more immersive viewing experience.  Tables seat four and include: complimentary champagne service with a dedicated server.

***Cabaret contains suggestive sexual content and dialogue and is not recommended for ages 12 and under***

DATE: Thurs. Feb. 1, 2018  TIME: 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: The Thrasher-Horne Ctr.

      St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive

      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: range from $49– $83 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.  The venue is located on the Orange Park campus.

Florida Theatre is back for January 2018 New Year events

Have you missed some of the shows from the Florida Theatre?  Well, it’s time to get back to some really great talent, lots of music, featured shows and the best entertainment that Jacksonville Florida has to offer.  Take a look, clear your schedule and book your tickets today.

January 2018 schedule:
24 Musical Thrones
28 Tiffany Haddish
30 Take Me To the River
31 G3

January 24 - 8 p.m.
Musical Thrones: A Parody.  Musical Thrones: A Parody brings to life the characters of the Emmy-Award winning HBO series Games of Thrones.  Sing and dance along with Daenerys and her dragons, Tyrion, Joffrey and all the jolly members of the Lannister and Stark families in this fun musical.

January 28 - 8 p.m.
Tiffany Haddish.  Comedian Tiffany Haddish’s break- out- performance in the hit movie Girls Trip and one of the 2018 Oscar Nominations announcers, made her Variety Magazine's "Top 2017 Comedians to Watch."  Her first one-hour comedy special, She Ready! From The Hood to Hollywood!  premiered on Showtime in August. Later this year she will star in the upcoming TBS sitcom The Real O.G. alongside Tracy Morgan.

January 30 - 8 p.m.
Take Me to the River. Backed by an all-star Memphis band, Take Me To The River includes performances by the Hi-Rhythm Section (“On The Loose,” “Save All My Love,” and “Since You’ve Been Gone”), Frayser Boy (“Gone On That Bay,” “Big Money”) Al Kapone (“Whoop That Trick,”  and “Get Crunk, Get Buck”) and The Stax Academy Alumi Band under the musical direction of Boo Mitchell, who is best known for his work with Al Greene, 8 Ball, John Mayer, Rod Stewart and Lamont Dozier.

January 31 - 7 p.m.
G3 2018 featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci (of Dream Theater) and Phil Collen (of Def Leppard).  Guitar superstar Joe Satriani welcomes Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci and Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen to his annual tour.

“Florida Theatre January 2018 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.