Thursday, August 30, 2018

Remembering John Denver on stage in JAX

Is it LIVE or is it Memorex?  FSCJ Artist Series presents the Official John Denver Celebration Concert honoring singer/songwriter’s memory and music from the John Denver Estate.  Hear John Denver’s voice and watch him perform on archival video screens backed by a live performance from former members of his band and accompanying string section.

Audiences will get a close-as-they-can-get experience of seeing Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and Poet Laureate of Colorado, John Denver in a concert setting.  For one performance only on September 29 at 8 p.m. at the Times-Union Center, Jacksonville fans can experience the legend like never before.

The John Denver Celebration Concert tour is an innovative musical treat and unforgettable tribute.  Concerts will include hit songs spanning his career and honor Denver’s memory and music.

With more than 33 million records sold and seven Billboard Top Ten albums, Denver released 23 studio albums over his lifetime.  Best known for the beloved songs: “Leaving On a Jet Plane,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” and “Rocky Mountain High,” which is the co-state song of Colorado, his catalogue continues to sell thousands of units per week.

Among his numerous awards and recognitions, Denver was instrumental in championing environmental and humanitarian causes.  His popularity and continuing influence on popular culture was apparent more than a decade after his untimely death in 1997 is remarkable.

“John Denver fans got their money’s worth last night at First Bank Center.  There’s no question that John Denver touched a great many lives.  You could see it in the smiling faces of the people in the crowd and hear it in the voices of everyone who spoke about him.”—Westword

  “John Denver
Celebration Concert Tour

DATE: Saturday, September 29, 2018
TIME: 8 p.m.

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

TICKETS:start at $44 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.  Groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.

‘Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?’

When the original production of "Do Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up" opened in Chicago in 1979, the show kicked off a 4 1/2-year run at the Forum Theater, the longest in the city's history. The show featured Megan Mullally, Anthony Crivello and Chloe Webb.  "Shoes" broke house records during its two runs in Philadelphia.  And now it’s Jacksonville’s turn as "Do Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up" opens at the iconic Alhambra Theatre & Dining for a four-week run.

About Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? The original coming of age musical involves the 1950’s Catholic education of eight Chicago children, following them from the start of elementary school through the senior prom and beyond. Along the way it touches on such topics as first confessions, puppy love, patron saints, teacher's pets, sex education classes, and the importance of not wearing patent leather shoes as they could reflect up under the school uniform's plaid pleated skirts.  One of the central plot elements running through the musical is character Eddie Ryan’s (Rodney Holmes) infatuation with Becky Bakowski (Annabelle Fox).  Despite staying in the “friend zone,” he later falls in love with Becky.  Unfortunately, she has decided to become a nun.  Many years later Eddie returns to his old elementary school to inquire about Becky only to find she has left the order and is teaching in a small school in Indiana. Comedy – and romance – ensue.

About the Menu: Executive Chef Dejuan Roy will be cooking up a culinary experience fitting of Jacksonville’s iconic dinner theater, the longest-running such theater in America.  First Course (choice of one): Acorn Squash Bisque; OR Spinach Salad with red onion, cherry tomato, warm bacon dressing. Second Course (choice of one): Creamy Chicken Alfredo Fettuccine, fresh peas & tomatoes; OR Fried Pork Chops with yellow rice pilaf, black eyed peas (*GF* option Baked Pork Chop with fall vegetables); OR Cracker Meal-Crusted Mahi with pineapple relish, coconut jasmine rice, asparagus; OR Fall Flatbread Pizza slow roasted fall vegetables, roasted Vidalia onion, mozzarella, kale salad. Third Course (choice of one) Peach Cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream, OR Triple Chocolate Cake.

Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?

DATES: September 12 — October 7, 2018

SUMMER SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:50 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served until 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday Matinees begin at 1:15 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and the brunch served until 12:50 p.m.  Sunday Matinees are at 1:50 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and the meal is server until 1:30 p.m.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday September 14, 2018) attire is “Dressy/Sunday Best”.  All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.

TICKETS: Prices range from $38 – $64.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, a Broadway-style performance and prime parking.  Group sales of 20 + are available upon request.
    **Price does NOT include gratuity, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

Monster Truck Jam Triple Threat comes to JAX different local

350 truckloads of dirt were poured on the Veteran’s Memorial arena floor in Jacksonville, Florida this morning (Thursday, August 30th), in preparation of the first indoor 2018Monster Jam Triple Threat show.  The main event will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018.  The show has been coming to town for more than 20 years, yet the venue has changed to inside.

Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31 - Monster Trucks will be on Display!  For fans, it's a chance to see and take pictures with the show's biggest stars, the enormous trucks, and meet the race teams, before these beasts roar in to Veterans Memorial Arena for the show. Best of all, it’s free to the public at these times and locations:

Thursday, August 30
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
“Monster Mutt Rottweiler”
America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses
13221 City Station Drive, Suite 153
Jacksonville, FL 32218

3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
“El Toro Loco”
Metro PCS
9770 Atlantic Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32225

3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
“Soldier Fortune Black Ops”
Circle K
4115 Sportsman Club Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32219

Friday, August 31
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
“Monster Jam Triple Threat Block Party”
Veterans Memorial Arena Plaza
Grave Digger Monster Jam Truck, “Speedster”, and “ATV”

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series
DATE: Sat. September 1, 2018
1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Vary for shows and Pit Party
LOCATION: JAX Veterans Memorial Arena
300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-3900

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

‘Howie Mandel’ appearing with guest ‘Preacher Lawson’

Two amazing stars, one great night of comedy!  Howie Mandel - Live with special guest Preacher Lawson” comes to Thrasher-Horne Center for one night only!

Star of “America’s Got Talent” and “Deal or No Deal,” Howie Mandel is an indelible force in the entertainment business.  Howie Mandel is an actor, comedian and producer – with an impressive career of more than 30 years in the biz.  Currently a judge on NBC’s hit TV series “America’s Got Talent,” Mandel also is known for his work on “Deal or No Deal,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Bobby’s World,” “Little Monsters,” “Walk Like A Man,” and

Best known from this past season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, Orlando, Florida’s own Preacher Lawson, who was a Top 5 Finalist on the show’s highest-rated season to date.  Preacher Lawson is one of the most likeable, animated characters you’ll ever see perform and has been bringing his brand of goofy, high-energy comedy to the stage since he was seventeen.  This show contains Adult Content!

  ‟Howie Mandel
guest Preacher Lawson

DATE: Saturday, Sept., 29, 2018
TIME: 8 p.m.

LOCATION: The Thasher-Horne Ctr.
      St. Johns River State College
      283 College Drive
      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS: range from $49 - $149 with all fees included.  Meet and Greet tickets are only $149.  Select an Orange seat in the Orchestra Pit.  They 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 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.