Friday, March 2, 2018

Soul man Marvin Gaye is recreated at the Thrasher-Horne

The Thrasher-Horne honors soul legend Marvin Gaye with an intimate performance of What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience by renowned vocalist Brian Owens.  As one of the pioneers of Motown, singer-songwriter and producer Marvin Gaye helped shape the sound of R&B music and is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. Soul man Brian Owens is often referred to as the "second coming of Marvin Gaye.” Owens, who has performed at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama, dazzles audiences with performances full of soul and love.  His refined style combining classic soul with a slight modern touch is why audiences everywhere are calling him the new voice of American soul.

What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience, now in its third year, invites audiences to partake in a show which combines both the beloved and lesser-known hits of the legendary Marvin Gaye. Brian performs selections that span Gaye’s music-making career, from early solo hits like “Can I Get a Witness” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” to classic duets including “You’re All I Need to Get By” and the crowd-pleasers “Let’s Get It On” and “Got To Give It Up.”

At its heart, Brian feels the show is “a matter of upholding the tradition of true soul music that is so desperately needed in our culture today.” The show prominently features a suite of pieces from Gaye’s “What’s Going On” album, which Brian counts as “one of the most socially important artistic works in the history of American music.”  Take a listen HERE and experience a taste; then get your tickets before they RUN OUT!

What’s Going On
The Marvin Gaye Experience

DATE: Sunday, March 11, 2018
TIME: 7 p.m.

LOCATION: The Thasher-Horne Ctr.
      St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive

      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: range from $19 - $69 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.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

‘Motown the Musical’ returns to JAX after 2016 engagement

FSCJ Artist Series and Work Light Productions are proud to announce that tickets for “Motown The Musical” are still available for only three performances!  The show features more than 40 classic hits such as: “My Girl,” “Who’s Loving You,” “Shotgun,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and many more of Hitsville USA’s great songs.  Motown The Musical tells the story behind the hits of Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family as they fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America.  A full listing of announced tour dates is available HERE.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright,Motown The Musical” is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many others.

Motown The Musical features staging by Schele Williams, choreography re-created by Brian Harlan Brooks, original choreography by Patricia Wilcox (A Night with Janis Joplin) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award® nominee Emilio Sosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, “Project Runway”), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Aladdin), hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Memphis) and casting by Wojcik | Seay Casting.

Take a look at this
Mar 9, 2016 YouTube Video and get ready for a real treat of the 2018 "Motown the Musical".  (Syndee Winters portrays Diana Ross and Ryan Shaw plays Barry Gordy.  Came to the Times Union Theatre April 19 - 24, 2016).

Motown The Musical
DATES:       Times:
Sat., March 10, 2018  8 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 11     1:30 p.m.

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

TICKETS:As back in 2016, tickets start at $38.50, plus applicable fees, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts are available for Group orders of 10 or more and may be placed by calling (904) 632-5050.

‘Super Scientific Circus’ returns to JAX

If you missed them in 2014, you don’t want to miss the “Super Scientific Circus”
playing for one performances only this year.  They will be back at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus.

Combining zany characters and outrageous stunts with hilarious audience participation, Super Scientific Circus uses amazing and amusing circus skills and magic tricks to create visual images for scientific concepts.

Super Scientific Circus, starring Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime, proves that science can be fun and funny.  Alternately assisted and foiled by the comedic antics of Trent the Mime, Mr. Fish uses amazing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beach balls, bull whips, and magic to introduce the principles of friction, inertia, centripetal force, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure, and ultraviolet light.

Super Scientific Circus

Date: Sunday March 11, 2018
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Wilson Center for the Arts
Florida State College at JAX So. Campus

     11901 Beach Blvd.
     Jacksonville, FL 32099

Tickets: Super Scientific Circus start at $16.75 plus applicable fees (and $9 for children under 12) and
are available at the Artist Series Box Office between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, at (904) 632-5000 and online 24/7.  Parking is always free at the Wilson Center.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

JAX Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series Announcement

Coming off the heels of the Sold-Out, February 24th, engagement of Monster Jam at EverBank Field, Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live family entertainment, announced during the event this past Saturday that tickets for the all new Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series will be on sale soon for the September 1, 2018 tour stop in Jacksonville, FL at the Veterans Memorial Arena.  The new season will bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family and is unlike anything ever seen at the stadium style events.

Monster Jam® has been coming to Jacksonville and performing in the stadium for more than 20 years.  This new Triple Threat Arena Tour will feature the eight most intense athletes of Monster Jam. Jacksonville fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks closer to the action than ever before.

Show Times for Saturday Sept 1, 2018:
1 p.m. show (Pit Party from 10:30am – Noon)
7 p.m. show
Trucks / Drivers to be announced

Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues like Veterans Memorial Arena, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.

Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. Following racing, just like the stadium show at EverBank Field, Monster Jam fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones.

Tickets will go on pre-sale to Feld Preferred members on April 10, 2018 at 10 A.M. E.T.  The general public on sale for the Sept 1, 2018 event will take place on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 10 A.M. E.T.

To be one of the first to know about any other promotions and gain access to the best seating in the arena, sign up to become a Feld Entertainment preferred member at

For more information on a Monster Jam near you, please log onto or follow them via their social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Feld Entertainment, Inc. is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Sesame Street Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit
their website for more information.

The National Tour of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ comes to OP

“We’re Off to See the Wizard” at the Thrasher-Horne Center where there truly is, “no place like home.”  The greatest family musical of all time, “The Wizard of Oz,” twists its way into Orange Park!  The national tour is sponsored by Garber Automall as part of the 2017-2018 Broadway Orange Park Season.

The entire family will be captivated as Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.  A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys.  Don’t miss the chance to travel “Over the Rainbow” and experience this national treasure on stage.

The Wizard of Oz
DATE: Sat. March 10, 2018
TIME: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: The Thasher-Horne Ctr.

      St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive

      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: range from $49 - $89, or a Family 4-Packs starting as low as $37.50 per ticket.  Tickets 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 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.

Steve Martin and Martin Short on stage in JAX

They’ll be here for one exciting night.  Longtime comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will perform a one-night only show in Jacksonville, Florida.  The show, "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life," includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business.  Martin and Short will also be joined by the Grammy® Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, the bluegrass band with which Martin frequently performs, and Jeff Babko.

Steve Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and musician. Since the late 70s, Martin has been performing professionally and has earned Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards, among other honors. He was represented on Broadway in 2013 with “Bright Star,” written in collaboration with Edie Brickell, and currently with “Meteor Shower,” starring Amy Schumer.

Martin Short is a Canadian-American, Tony Award-Winning actor and comedian, known for creating the roles of Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley. His career has spanned over four decades and has included roles on television, film and stage.

Steep Canyon Rangers are GRAMMY® Award-winners who unveil their highly anticipated ninth studio album, RADIO, a project that further illustrates the band’s dynamic songwriting, instrumental virtuosity and high-energy performance.  Members: Woody Platt (guitar), Graham Sharp (banjo), Charles R. Humphrey III (bass), Mike Guggino (mandolin), Nicky Sanders (fiddle) and Mike Ashworth (box kit) are also known for collaborations with actor/comedian and respected banjo player Steve Martin and esteemed singer-songwriter Edie Brickell.

Pianist/keyboardist Jeff Babko is a native of Southern California, and has remained on the west coast throughout his career.  Television work began with Martin Short’s syndicated talk show in 1999/2000, and later on the Wayne Brady daytime show. For the past 11+ years, most significantly, Babko has been the musical arranger, a composer, and house band member on ABC TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. He’s backed up countless rock, pop and jazz artists on the show, and has produced much of the music for its comedy segments.  Always keeping one foot dipped in comedy territory, Babko has been the touring musical director and accompanist for Martin Short since 2002.

Steve Martin & Martin Short
ººAn Evening You Will Forget
for the Rest of Your Life

DATE: Fri., Mar. 9, 2018
TIME: 8 p.m.

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

TICKETS:  start at $74.50 for, plus applicable fees.  They may be purchased at the box office, and may be purchased online 24/7 at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts for groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.

Florida Theater celebrates the 2018 March Madness

Ides of March are upon us and it’s time to get some quality entertainment that only JAX has to offer.  Take a look, get your appointment books out and schedule time to get your tickets today.

March 2018
Blackberry Smoke
Phillips Phillips
Bill Maher
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Wild Kratts
Downtown Artwalk
25th Guitar Gathering
1st Coast Spelling Bee
Earth, Wind & Fire
Irish Rovers
14-The United States Army Field Band
16-Get the Led Out
17-Ayo & Teo #LIT Concert Series
18 –Alice Cooper
20-Deepak Chopra
24-Video Games Live!
25-Three Dog Night
29-Dennis Miller
Maks, Val & Peta Live On Tour: Confidential

March 1 - 8 p.m.
Blackberry Smoke.  Fan favorite hits: "One Horse Town," "Pretty Little Lie," "Good One Comin' On" and "Everybody Knows She's Mine" have built this Southern rock a loyal fan base. Their new album, Like An Arrow, debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Country Americana album charts.

March 2 - 8 p.m.
Phillip Phillips, The Magnetic Tour. 
Winner of the 11th season of Fox’s American Idol, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips climbed the charts with his debut single “Home,” became the biggest selling song in the show’s history.  The first single “Miles” from his soon- to- be released third studio has already become one of the most added songs on Triple A Radio.

March 3 - 8 p.m.
An Evening with Bill Maher.  Comedian Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny political talk can go on American television.  His unflinching honesty has earned him big laughs, and numerous Emmy nominations as the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.

March 4 - 1 p.m.
Wild Kratts Live!  This show is a new theatrical stage show based on the #1 animated PBS kids’ television series Wild Kratts.  In this family-friendly show, stars of the Emmy-nominated series, Martin and Kris Kratt, engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story.

March 8 - 7:30 p.m.
25th Guitar Gathering.
  Douglas Anderson School of the Arts has presented Jacksonville with the Great Guitar Gathering, a fund-raising concert to benefit the Guitar Department of the school. The event showcases the fabulous Douglas Anderson Guitar Orchestra.

March 9 - 8 p.m.
1st Coast Spelling Bee.
  Now 74 years old, the First Coast Spelling Bee is the regional Spelling Bee that serves as the qualifier for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The event will be televised live in primetime on WJXT, Channel 4, The Local Station.  This event is FREE and open to the public.  Please register HERE

March 10 - 8 p.m.
Earth Wind and Fire.  During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born – one that was steeped in African and African-American styles – particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public.  Although Earth, Wind & Fire were basically jazz musicians, they play soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music.

March 11 - 7 p.m.
Irish Rover.  These international ambassadors of Irish music have charmed audiences for more than four decades. They are best known for their songs “Danny Boy,” “The Unicorn,” “Years May Come, Years May Go,” and “The Irish Rover.”

March 14 - 7:30 p.m. The United States Army Field Band
has been thrilling audiences of all ages for more than six decades.  Join the U.S Army Field band as they tell the story of America’s Army.  This concert is Free and open to the public.  Click Here To Access The Ticket Request Sheet

March 16 - 8 p.m.
Get the Led Out.  Back by Popular Demand!  Get the Led Out brings the recordings of Led Zeppelin like "All My Love," "Ramble On," "Tangerine," "Kashmir" and more to life in this high-energy concert experience.

March 17 - Ayo & Teo #LIT Concert Series
Rapping duo Ayo & Teo have cracked the Top 40 with their pop party anthem “Rolex,” which started a new dance craze challenge.  Their follow up hits “Lit Right Now,” and “In Reverse,” have been streamed more than 10 million times on their popular social media dance page.

March 18 - 8 p.m.
Alice Cooper. 
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Alice Cooper pioneered the theatrical brand of shock rock. He is best known for the songs “I’m Eighteen,” “School’s Out,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Elected” and “Welcome to My Nightmare.”

March 20 - 7:30 p.m.
Deepak Chopra.  New York Times 
Best Selling author, Deepak Chopra, MD is the founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing.  His latest book, The Healing Self, will be released in January 2018.

March 24 - 8 p.m.
Video Games Live.
This is an immersive, interactive concert that combines the energy of a rock concert with the power of a symphonic performance.  Accompanied by state-of-the-art synchronized video and lighting effects, electronic percussion, live action, and unique interactive segments Video Games Live is an explosive entertainment experience for the entire family.

March 25 - 7 p.m.
Three Dog Night with special guests The Lords of 52nd Street. 
Classic rock band Three Dog Night are best known for their timeless classics “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “Shambala," and “One."

March 29 - 8 p.m.
Dennis Miller
.  This man is a contributor for FOX News Channel, and a regular on Saturday Night Live, where he anchored the “Weekend Update” segment. He earned five Emmy Awards, and three Writers Guild of America awards for his critically acclaimed HBO talk show, Dennis Miller Live.

March 31 - 8 p.m.
Maks, Val & Peta Live On Tour: Confidential.
  Confidential is the all-new dance tour from the stars of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd.  Confidential provides the deepest connection possible, with the cast as they draw upon their own family bonds, lives and love stories.

“Florida Theatre March 2018
LOCATION: Florida Theatre

128 E. Forsyth St.

      Jacksonville, FL 32202