Saturday, December 8, 2018

Opera ‘Tosca’ comes to JAX

For one performance only, The Teatro Lirico D’Europa comes to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center. On January 18, 2019 at 8 p.m., come experience their production of Tosca, The Opera!”  Tosca is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June of 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples control of Rome threatened by Napoleon's invasion of Italy.

A tragic drama of intense love, an assassination, murder and suicide! NOW THAT'S OPERA!!!  "Naples gave Teatro Lirico's its best compliment, standing through four finale bows after the company sailed through 'Tosca' at the Philharmonic Center.  The Teatro operas are becoming can't-wait-for-the-next-one quality." - Naples Daily News.

Tosca The Opera!

DATE: Friday. Jan. 18, 2019
TIME: 8 p.m.

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

TICKETS: $18.08 for children (12 and under) and $33.75 for adults, plus applicable fees, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), at their box office, or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, or online 24/7 at

‘Voctave’ harmonizes joyfully in JAX/OP

Are you mature enough to remember radio commercials being sung over the airways with only the sound of voices in harmony? Well they are slowly coming back, yet not as big as this group.  All that can be said about the group Voctave is FABULOSO!  The harmony is superb.  Their sound technician was “off-the-chain” with the sound quality that was projected, for one night’s visitation to Orange Park Florida, throughout the Thrasher-Horne Theatre.
Eleven individuals brought Christmas spirit to those who were in attendance for over an hour and a half, of sheer acapella entertainment.  The audience was serenaded with more that fifteen holiday tunes and medleys from different styles of singing and voice/instrument duplications.

There was storytelling, audience interactions, and the group even came out to meet & greet with fans that weren’t kept waiting while they changed clothes.  Besides being excellent vocalists, the troop is down-to-earth and engaging with the public.  We also had the pleasure of meeting each singer on stage, before a short intermission.  Attendees were then treated to a delightful gospel Christmas song, “Go Tell It On The Mountain”.

If these individuals that form the group Voctave come to a location near you, it would behoove you to be in the auditorium, theater or stadium, for some quality music.  We were so thankful that we had the opportunity.


Friday, December 7, 2018

‘Swan Lake’ will be in JAX once again

For one performance only, The National Ballet Theater of Odessa comes to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center. On January 12, 2019 at 8 p.m., come experience their production of Swan Lake!  You may remember that last year, the performance was done by
The State Ballet Theater of Russia.  If you missed it then or you desire to partake in the fine arts, get your tickets now.

This full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell.  The National Ballet Theater of Odessa presents 55 of Ukraine’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life!

Swan Lake

DATE: Saturday. Jan. 12, 2019
TIME: 8 p.m.

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

TICKETS:start at $18.08 for children (12 and under) and $33.75 for adults, plus applicable fees, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), at their box office, or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, or online 24/7 at  Discounts for Groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.

‘Winter Jam’ tour will be in JAX for 2019 kickoff

The “Winter Jam Tour Spectacular”, Christian music’s largest annual tour and one of the top first quarter tours in the world, made a series of major announcements during festivities held earlier this evening. Streamed around the world via Facebook LIVE, the event—at Nashville's Hard Rock Café—was attended by artists, industry personnel and national media.  Revealing a history-making tour first, Winter Jam will be presented on a 360º “in the round” center stage, showcasing a diverse lineup helmed by supergroup Newsboys United.

Kicking off January 11 at Jacksonville, Florida’s Veterans Memorial Arena, Winter Jam is scheduled to hit a total of 44 cities, making stops at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena; Kansas City’s Sprint Center; PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh; Cincinnati’s U.S.Bank Arena; Bridgestone Arena in Nashville; and Norfolk, Virginia’s Scope Arena, among numerous other top venues, before concluding March 31 at Cleveland’s Wolstein Center.

Comprised of current members Michael Tait, Duncan Phillips, Jeff Frankenstein and Jody Davis, along with former members Peter Furler and Phil Joel, Newsboys United are set to take the WinterJam stage to deliver a string of the biggest hits from the iconic band’s three-decade career. One of the most popular groups in Christian music history, Newsboys have sold more than 8 million units and amassed eight Gold® certifications, 33 #1 radio hits,four GRAMMY® nominations, two American Music Award nominations and multiple Dove Awards.

Winter Jam’s 2019 blockbuster lineup continues with GRAMMY®-nominated former “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey; GRAMMY®-winning recording artist and "Overcomer" hitmaker Mandisa; Northern Ireland's "Count Every Blessing" worshippers Rend Collective; Skillet drummer and female solo rocker LEDGER;GRAMMY®-nominated tour creators and hosts NewSong; and Dove Award-nominated Gotee recording artist Hollyn. In addition, the Pre-Jam Party is slated to feature hip-hop recording artist Ty Brasel; rockers Manic Drive; singer/songwriter DanBremnes; and special guest former Stellar Kart and Audio Adrenaline frontman Adam Agee.  The tour will also include a Gospel presentation from Dare2Share speakers Greg Stieror Zane Black.

Created and hosted by one of Christian music’s most influential bands, NewSong, Winter Jam exploded from a single show in 1995 to become the genre's benchmark tour. Throughouttwo decades, Winter Jam has helped provide a powerful platform for the Gospel in major arenas nationwide, consistently showcasing Christian music's biggest artists.

Earlier this year Winter Jam was crowned the top first quarter music tour in the world.  Landing at #2 on Pollstar’s “20181Q YTD Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 100 Tours” chart, the Winter Jam 2018 Tour Spectacular took the top spot of all music tours, following #1 outing “Disney On Ice.” This year Winter Jam hit a total of 46 cities across the country from January through March, boasting 17 sold-out shows.

Winter Jam 2019

DATE: Friday Jan. 11, 2019
TIME: 7 p.m.
Doors Open: 6 p.m.

TICKETS: $15 at the door

LOCATION: JAX Veterans Memorial Arena

300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-3900

‘Rock Of Ages’ will be in JAX soon

Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten!  The Rock Of Ages Tenth Anniversary Tour is blazing across North America, coming to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center on January 10, 2019 for one performance only!

Nominated for five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Rock Of Ages captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood.  Know What Love Is, Feel the Noise, and Take Your Best Shot at one of the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned Rock Of Ages into a global phenomenon.  This is one for the ages that will have you singing “Here I Go Again.”
Rock Of Ages

DATE: Thurs. Jan. 10, 2019
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

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

TICKETS:start at $39 plus applicable fees, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), at their box office, or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, or online 24/7 at  Discounts for Groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.

2018 ‘Let’s Move Jacksonville’ a huge success

“I’m A Star Foundation” raised big bucks before the Christmas holidays, to make futures bright for many young individuals.  Hundreds of kids braved wet weather to attend the 2018 I’m A Star Foundation’s Let’s Move Jacksonville, sponsored by Farah and Farah today.  The 8th annual healthy food and fitness festival was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Henry J. Klutho Park, located at 204 W. 3rd St, in Springfield.

I’m A Star servant leaders, ages 13-18, designed the event for the entire family.  People of all ages participated in line dancing, kickball, flag football, a cheerleading camp, soccer, golf, karate, frisbee, basketball, bounce houses and more.  The event offered free healthy snacks and groceries for attendees to take home.  Communities in Schools of Jacksonville won a $1,000 prize for bringing the largest group to the event.

I’m A Star Foundation aims to make Jacksonville the healthiest city in the nation. The non-profit organization partnered with City of Jacksonville’s JaxParks to encourage families to get out and enjoy the 300+ parks in our community. Jacksonville has the largest park system in North America.

In 2010, I’m A Star servant leaders learned from a Youth Behavioral Study that teenagers in Generation Z, or the “iGen”, born between 1995 and 2012, may not outlive their parents because of childhood obesity.  In response, I’m A Star servant leaders hosted Let’s Move Jacksonville, an offshoot of former first lady Michelle Obama’s national “Let’s Move” campaign.

ABOUT I’M A STAR FOUNDATION I’m A Star Foundation is a volunteer program that transforms middle and high school students into the next generation of servant leaders.  An acronym for “Smart, Talented And Resilient” students, the Foundation draws kids ages 13-18 from schools across Duval County.  Students meet on weekends to creatively co-work on solutions to problems affecting their peers.  Since its establishment in 2010, the organization has maintained a 100% graduation rate. Founder and Executive Director Betty Seabrook Burney is a former Duval Co. School Board Chairwoman. I’m A Star Foundation students have been featured in various press outlets, including: “Around Town With Ms. “V”, Florida Times-Union, ABC7Chicago and The Huffington Post.  For more information, please visit the
I’m A Star Foundation website.

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Florida Theatre’s December 2018 event list

Are you looking for something to do now and when school lets out for the Christmas holidays, well, consider a trip to the historic Florida Theatre in beautiful downtown JAX, Florida.  Just take a look at this months'  shows and get your tickets today.  Looking for those last-minute gifts or stocking stuffers?  Why not consider theater tickets?

December 2018:
07 & 08 -
The 27th Annual Community Nutcracker
09 - Home Free
11 - Michael W. Smith with very special guest Melinda Doolittle
11 - A Peter White Christmas with Rick Braun and Eugue Groove
13 - Kenny G - The Miracles Holidays and Hits Tour
16 - Chris Issak
19 - A Christmas with Rockapella
20 - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical
21 - Horton's Holiday Hayride Feat. Reverend Horton Heat, Junior Brown,The Blasters and Big Sandy
22 -
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: Matinee & Evening Shows
28 -
Terry Fator

Dec. 7 @ 8 p.m. & Dec. 8 @ 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The 27th Annual Community Nutcracker.  The beloved holiday tradition continues with this highly- sophisticated production of Tchaikovsky’s story- book ballet!  Community Nutcracker is the only nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that offers a portion of its proceeds to local charitable agencies with each performance and has donated over $600,000 in the past 26 years!  The performing company is made up of local talent with more than 200 dancers ranging in age from 9 to adult from Northeast Florida auditioning and performing in the production.  Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount on tickets purchased in P-2, 3, or 4 (discount not available for P-1).

Dec. 9 - 2:30 p.m.
Home Free.
 Winners of NBC’s The Sing Off, country vocal superstars, Home Free will perform music from their latest full-length release “Timeless” like: “When You Walk In,” “It Looks Good,” and “Good Ol’ Boy Good Time,” and holiday favorites like "O Holy Night," "Away In A Manager," and "Silent Night."

Dec. 11 - 7:30 p.m.
Michael W. Smith with very special guest Melinda Doolittle.  
Christian music superstar Michael W. Smith has topped the charts with his songs “Place In This World,” “Here I Am To Worship,” “Friends,” and “Heart of Worship.”  He will be joined by Melinda Doolittle (Season 3 American Idol) to perform his hits and Christmas favorites like: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “The Spirit of Christmas,” “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night,” and more.

Dec. 11 - 8 p.m.
A Peter White Christmas with Rick Braun and Eugue Groove.  Florida Theatre on the Road at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.  Jazz guitarist Peter White returns to perform in his fan- favorite holiday show- A Peter White Christmas.  Rick Braun and Euge Grove will join White to perform jazz, pop and classical interpretations of Christmas classics like: "Little Drummer Boy," "Sleigh Ride," "Greensleeves," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" as well as their own hit songs.

Dec. 13 – 8 p.m.
Kenny G The Miracles Holidays and Hits Tour”. 
In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz.  For this special holiday tour, he will perform traditional Christmas songs like: "I"ll Be Home For Christmas," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," "White Christmas," and more.

Dec. 15 – 2 p.m.
FREE admission to the movie HOME ALONE, with a donation of canned or nonperishable food item. Benefits Feeding Northeast Florida.

Dec. 16 – 7:30 p.m.
Chris Isaak Holiday Tour 2018.  
Singer and songwriter Chris Isaak returns to perform hits “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing,” “Somebody’s Crying” and his take on traditional holiday favorites.  Chris is renowned for his signature 1950’s rock-and-roll style and crooner sound. He’s often compared to Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson.

Dec. 19 – 8 p.m.
A Christmas with Rockapella.
  For their new Christmas show, a cappella super group Rockapella will perform holiday classics like: "Silver Bells," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "White Christmas," and their original holiday hits "The Hope We Hold," "Christmas Without You," and more.

Dec. 20 – 7 p.m.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical
.  Based on the original TV special this family Broadway musical brings Santa, Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, the Misfit Toys and, of course, Rudolph to life.

Dec. 21 – 7 p.m.
Horton's Holiday Hayride
Feat. Reverend Horton Heat, Junior Brown, The Blasters and Big Sandy.  This Rockabilly, holiday extravaganza features Rev. Horton Heat performing his hits "Psychobilly Freakout," "Cowboy Love," Havana Moon," "Motorhead," and funky versions of George Jones' cover "New Baby For Christmas," and Gene Autry's classic "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer."  With guests country steel-guitarist Junior Brown, The Blasters and Big Sandy.

Dec. 22
@ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. — Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: Matinee and Evening Shows.  Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight!” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! 
With special guest Wunderkind Maxwell van Hoeij.  Groups of 10 or more receive special discounts.

Dec. 28
8 p.m. — Terry Fator.  Terry Fator burst onto the national scene after winning “America’s Got Talent” in 2007.  A native of Texas, Terry spent over 20 years on the road performing in every type of venue, from schools to county fairs, before becoming a Vegas headliner.  His success on the nationally televised competition in 2007 resulted in headlining his own act at The Mirage in Las Vegas one year later.

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“Florida Theatre December 2018 events”

LOCATION: Florida Theatre
      128 E. Forsyth St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355-2787