Friday, March 16, 2018

Buddy Holly tribute will be at the Alhambra Theatre and Dining

A tribute to the singer/songwriter Buddy Holly and the Crickets will be performing for only 6 shows at the Alhambra After Dark’s Music Series and Supper Club.  Want to hear some great music like “That’ll Be The Day,” “La Bamba,” “Oh Donna” and “Chantilly Lace”?  Well, you need to make plans to attend this show and don’t delay.  These talented young men draw a nig crowd and will have you dancing in the aisles.

Made up of cast members from the national tour of the hit-musical, “Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story”, Todd Meredith & The Rave-Ons are a high energy rock and roll band originally formed to revitalize the music of Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

The Rave-Ons are led by Alhambra-favorite, Todd Meredith, who has performed in 20 separate productions of the musical as Buddy Holly and in tribute concerts for the past decade.  The Rave-Ons have played together all over the country, delighting audiences in New York City, Reno, Memphis, Nashville, Jacksonville, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, and even Buddy Holly's hometown of Lubbock, Texas.  The Rave-Ons exhibit a youthful quality reminiscent of the The Crickets and give their shows an energy and exuberance that cannot be matched.

 Alhambra After Dark
Tribute to Buddy Holly & the Crickets

   That’ll Be The Day

DATES: Wed. March 28 – Sun. April 1, 2018

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Wednesday through Saturday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m.  Saturday Matinee begins at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and the brunch ends at 12:45 a.m.  Sunday Matinee begins at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and dinner will be served until 1:30 p.m.

Regular pricing for tickets is $65.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Price does not include gratuity, orders from the bar or personal event photos.
DRESS: “Business Casual” or “Concert Best”

Alhambra Theater & Dining
12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tire and sign buy back continues to fight ‘BLIGHT’ in JAX

It’s time to get involved, make a little cash and clean up our neighborhoods on Saturday, March 24, 2018; at Everbank Field Lot “J”, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.; through the cities 5th. annual #FIGHTBLIGHT campaign.  Show your neighborhood and city pride by helping FIGHT BLIGHT in Jacksonville!  Duval County residents (proof of residency is required) can receive a cash REWARD for their efforts to help clean up and dispose of old tires and “snipe” signs found throughout the city.  Earn $2 per tire up to 10 tires, and 50 cents per sign up to 40 signs, with a maximum payout of $40, or $20 maximum per item.

Real Estate signs, agricultural tires (i.e. tractor tires), concrete tires and bicycle tires are NOT accepted. Commercial businesses are NOT allowed to participate in this event, and it is a violation for tire shops to hand out used tires to residents, 403.717(3)(d) F.S. Violators of this Florida statute will be reported to Florida Department of Environmental Protection authorities for investigation and/or enforcement.

Neighborhood BLIGHT refers to the deterioration and decay of neighborhoods in many cities across the country due to neglect, crime or lack of economic support.  This can also be referred to as urban decay.  As homes or properties fall further into disrepair, they can negatively affect other properties around them.  Blight conditions can lower surrounding property values, create havens for crime and illegal activity, and can threaten the public health and safety of a community.  Blight is a drag on community energy, a siphon on city vitality, and a strong deterrent to economic investment.  It can be a source of despair or cynicism for people who have witnessed the decline of a particular building or neighborhood over time.  Eliminating Jacksonville’s blight will dramatically improve the next chapter of the city’s future.

So, get together with your neighbors, family and friends as we make our city a cleaner and safer place to live.

‘Disney On Ice’ will be in JAX in time for Spring break

“Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars” featuring the cinematic sensation of ‘Disney’s Frozen’ and other timeless favorites will be here soon.  Experience adventures in new heights as Mickey, Minnie and your favorite friends from around the Disney Kingdom come together in Jacksonville for six performances at Veterans Memorial Arena.

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as “Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars”.  Unleash the magic with royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman, Olaf, as they sing captivating songs like “Let it Go” and “In Summer.”  Life is in the bubbles when Sebastian strikes up his hot crustacean band and the Daughters of Triton make a splash as they introduce Ariel in an ‘80s pop montage.  Get tangled up with a chorus of harmless hooligans when they get a visit from the spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally, Flynn Rider, on their journey to see the floating lights.  Relive a “Tale as Old as Time” when Belle opens her heart to new adventures and the Beast’s enchanted objects take center stage for a dazzling skating spectacle inviting audiences to “Be Our Guest.”.

Experience unforgettable feats of strength and heart-warming entertainment, with your entire family, when “Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars” debuts in JAX or in a city near you.  Presented by Feld Entertainment.
 Get your tickets TODAY!  Join the Disney clan on social media at: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram: @DisneyOnIce and Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #ReachForTheStars.

 “Disney On Ice
Reach For The Stars

Fri. Mar. 16, 2018    7:30 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 17    11 a.m. & 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sun. Mar. 18     1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

TICKETS: start at $15.  All seats are reserved, and tickets are available online, by calling (800) 745-3000, or by visiting the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.  For group rates and information, call 866-248-8740 Option 1 for Disney On Ice.

LOCATION: JAX Veterans Memorial Arena
300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-3900

2018 First Baptist Church Passion Play back in JAX

If you missed it last year, don’t miss this year’s presentation of the “2018 PASSION PLAY presented by First Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville, FL.  The play features a choir, cast members, assistants, and an orchestra of numerous instruments.  The 2018 Jacksonville FBC Passion Play will encompass the Easter experience with a story of power, betrayal, redemption and HOPE.  Once again, you will have four opportunities to experience the magnificence of the prelude and Passion of Jesus Christ, the hope of glory.

Now entering its 11th year, the Jacksonville Passion Play has become an annual tradition at First Baptist Church, JAX.  The stage production features more than 400 parishioners as actors, merchants, ushers, greeters and a magnificent set designs team.  The Jacksonville Passion Play celebrates a few stories from the Bible along with some of the life, passion, death, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

The story of Jesus of Nazareth, told in the Bible, never gets old.  You may have seen this play before, but there is always something different: new costumes, stage sets, musical numbers, drama, and other surprises that are breathtaking.  As in 2017, there will be live animals and Jerusalem scenes throughout the first floor of the church.  You and you guests might desire to come a little earlier for all the festivities, and to mingle with the characters in the downstairs Jerusalem experience.

2018 FBC JAX Passion Play

DATES:         TIMES:
Fri. Mar. 30       7 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 31       1 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 31       6 p.m.
Sun. Apr. 1        6 p.m.

First Baptist Church
119 West Beaver St.

      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 356-6077

Doors open 1 hour prior to presentation.  NB: Some content may be difficult for younger viewers.  Donations/Offerings are always welcomed.  "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself." – John 12:32

LUNCH: will be served on Saturday, March 31st. from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  ALL: $8 in advance and $10 at the door.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door

CHILDCARE: available for Infants – 3 years during Friday and Sunday evening performances by pre-registration. NO CHILDCARE is provided for the Saturday performance. 
Click here to pre-register your child for the Friday or Sunday performances.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ comes to JAX for one evening

“Million Dollar Quartet”
is the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by an electrifying true story, rocks the Times-Union Center for one performance only!  Million Dollar Quartet brings that unbelievable musical moment to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, humor, celebration, unforgettable performances of such timeless and enduring hits as: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought together four young musicians – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. Sam Phillips, the undisputed “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each of these icons, gathered the four-legendary singer/songwriters at the Sun Records studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The result? One of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.

The four music icons of Million Dollar Quartet are portrayed by: Daniel Durston as Elvis Presley, Taylor Gray as Jerry Lee Lewis, Austin Hohnke as Carl Perkins, and Peter Oyloe as Johnny Cash. Andy Ingalls plays Sam Philips.  The cast also features Tiffan Borelli as Dyanne, Bill Morey as Brother Jay (Jay Perkins), and Jon Rossi as Fluke.

Million Dollar Quartet won a Tony® Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and received two Tony® nominations, one for Best Musical and one for Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux).  The show received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Musical Revue, and three Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance.  Million Dollar Quartet is produced by Gershwin Entertainment, in association with the Barter Theatre. General management is provided by Dhyana Colony/Colony Creative Group.

Million Dollar Quartet
DATE: Thurs., Mar. 15, 2018
TIME: 8 p.m.

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

TICKETS: start at $32.50 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.

Times Union Theater shows go ahead after fire

A small electrical fire occurred in the area of a portable refrigerated concession unit in the lobby of the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts early Monday morning.  The smoke condition triggered the fire suppression system, extinguishing the fire condition. There is no damage to any of the three theaters and performance venues, and all performances will continue this week as scheduled:

         "Celtic Woman" Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Moran Theater
         "Anita Baker" Wednesday Night, March 14, 8:00 p.m., Moran Theater
         "Million Dollar Quartet" Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Moran Theater
         "Jacksonville Symphony, Mozart and Friends" Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 8:00 p.m., Jacoby Symphony Hall

The state Fire Marshall has been on-site, assessed the situation and has released the building for occupancy.  SMG will manage the water remediation effort that is currently under way.  SMG, The Jacksonville Symphony and Jacksonville Cultural Council offices are all opened as scheduled at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts.

Marvin Gaye came back to the Thrasher-Horne through Brian Owens

Some of the women in the audience may have been a little disappointed when they found out that Marvin Gaye tribute artist Brian Owens is a happily married man with six children and one on the way, nonetheless, Brian didn’t disappoint the people who came to the Thrasher-Horne Center to hear and see him in concert.

In the almost three hour show, Owens sang many songs from the Marvin Gaye repertoire, including songs that were sung with the late Tammi Terrell that were accompanied by the audience harmonizing the female parts.  The man also moves around stage like Marvin and can
play the piano like no body’s business.  His four-piece band played the best accompanying music that any enthusiast would enjoy.  It’s welcoming to hear musicians who can play in-the-pocket yet have their own individuality.

At the end of the show, Brian was summoned back to the stage by his attendees.  He then did a
tribute to the late Sam Cooke and Brian told the story of how Berry Gordy wanted Marvin to play the role of Sam Cooke in a movie, but Marvin refused because he thought the idea was morbid.  Marvin didn’t realize that he would die at the hand of his own father.

If you ever get a chance to see and hear Brian Owens in concert - take advantage of “What’s Goin On: The Marvin Gaye Experience”.