Wednesday, March 7, 2018

JAX Sports Complex traffic and parking changes

Due to the large number of events happening in Jacksonville on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10, 2018 there is high attendance anticipated in and around the Downtown Sports Complex. A larger amount of traffic is expected along with current construction projects.  Please plan routes accordingly and allow extra time for travel and parking.

Friday, March 9, 2018:
Gate River Run packet pick-up at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds – 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
High school baseball games at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
  Nease vs. Trinity Christian – 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  University Christian vs. Bolles – 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
  TNXL vs. Stoneman Douglas (Fundraising Event) – 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
  Jumbo Shrimp Press Conference at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville – 1 p.m.
  Icemen hockey game at Veterans Memorial Arena – 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

*Please note that the starting line for the Gate River Run on Gator Bowl Blvd. will also be under construction beginning at 1 p.m. which will slow traffic in the area.  Due to this limited access on Gator Bowl Blvd., it is recommended that any patrons attending an event at the Baseball Grounds or Arena Friday evening should approach the sports complex from the west side of the city, through Downtown.  At this time, all bridges are scheduled to be open on March 9th.

Saturday, March 10, 2018:
  Gate River Run throughout the Sports Complex – 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
  A Night of Symphonic Hip Hop featuring Wyclef Jean and the Jacksonville Symphony – 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
  Icemen hockey game at Veterans Memorial Arena - 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
  Various private events at EverBank Field

*Please note that there will be closures of the Main Street and Hart bridges throughout the day.  For information on these events and more, visit

Celtic Clans represented in St. Augustine during festival

Celtic clans representing their family and regions will come together for the 8th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival set for March 9-11 in downtown St. Augustine, featuring 9 of the top Celtic bands in the world.  The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival was voted Best Concert/Event in the “Bold City Best” Jacksonville region and Best Festival/Event in St. Augustine - both for the second year in a row from 2017.

“Clan” is a Gaelic word meaning family.  11 clans from throughout the U.S. and abroad will fly their flags, many with a family crest, at the Celtic Festival and while marching in the St. Augustine St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 10.

Celtic Clans Participating In 2018: Clan Davidson Society of North America; Clan Donnachaidh Society of Florida; House of Gordon; Clan Irwin; Clan MacLaren; Clan MacPherson; Clan Ross of the United States; St. Andrews Society; Clan Sutherland Society of North America; Clan Wallace; Clan Dunbar and 2018 Honored Clan.  Currently, there are approximately 1,100 members worldwide of the Clan Donnachaidh Society.  In America, there are 11 million people who claim Scottish or Scotch/Irish heritage.

Find the CELT in YOU in America's Oldest Celtic City!  The three-day St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is "The Finest Celtic Music Festival in the United States," according to the international bands who perform here and the fans who return each year.  The festival is set for March 9-11 in downtown St. Augustine, featuring 9 of the top Celtic bands in the world, a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, The St. Augustine Highland games, Celtic artisans and food, live music, two stages, and a variety of entertainment - and the oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the World (started there in 1601) - begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10.

Tickets: VIP, General Admission, and Whiskey Tasting tickets are available in advance.  Please note that VIP and Whiskey Tasting tickets are limited and always sell out in advance, so purchase soon while those tickets are still available.  General Admission tickets are available online and will also be available at the gates on the days of the Festival.

The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is produced by Romanza - St. Augustine and is funded in part by St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and by Visit Florida.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

‘Celtic Woman’ brings new LIVE show to JAX

They’re back in Jacksonville, Florida for only one evening at The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.  “Celtic Woman”, the multi-platinum international music sensation, has a brand new live show for an extensive North American tour beginning Spring 2018.  The much-anticipated concert, Homecoming,’ will play in more than 90 U.S. and Canadian cities from coast-to-coast.

Celebrating Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage, Celtic Woman combines finest musical talent with epic stage productions to present a unique, inspiring live experience. From the debut, Celtic Woman has touched the hearts of a huge global audience.  Now, with Homecoming, Celtic Woman brings the next chapter of an extraordinary musical journey. It’s a universal celebration of life. It’s traditional, it’s contemporary. It’s yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland’s most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage, the Grammy winning group Celtic Woman featuring the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and the breathtaking Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a full ensemble of musicians and dancers will embark on a four-month tour.  The
90-city trek will take Celtic Woman across the country before wrapping up on June 17 in Rosemont, IL.

About Celtic Woman: Following its debut on PBS in 2005, Celtic Woman has achieved massive success encompassing twelve chart-topping albums, nine DVDs and nine public television specials leading to sales of over ten million albums, with platinum success in nine countries. Each of the twelve CDs—including 2016’s Voices of Angels—has reached #1 on Billboard's World Albums chart.  The group has been named Billboard Magazine’s #1 World Albums Artist six times. Celtic Woman received its first-ever Grammy-nomination in the World Music category for its 2016 release Destiny.  As a touring powerhouse, the group has performed for over four million fans across 24 countries and six continents, with an especially devoted following in America. With a repertoire that encompasses traditional Irish classics, contemporary songs, classical favorites and originals, their shows are renowned as high-quality entertainment with exceptional musical performances and stunning visual productions, enthralling audiences of all ages.

Celtic Woman

DATE: Tuesday March 13, 2018
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

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

TICKETS: start at $56.50 for, plus applicable fees.  They may be purchased at the box office, and also online 24/7 at FSCJ Artist Series ,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.  This event is sponsored by VyStar Credit Union (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show).