Thursday, June 6, 2019

Carrie Underwood is coming to Cry Pretty in JAX

Receiving the most awards of all time, the 29th CMA Music award winner is now officially on tour.  Seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood, has launched a new arena tour, The Cry Pretty Tour 360.  Sponsored by CALIA, the new tour will kick off on May 1 in Greensboro, NC, and will play 55 arenas across the U.S. and Canada, including the only Florida stop in Jacksonville on October 20, 2019.  The tour is promoted by AEG Presents.  Her new show will be performed in the round featuring an all-female bill.  She will be joined on tour by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June.

Tickets for the JAX concert are available at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena and through Ticketmaster.  For more information about a
location near you, info about the Cry Pretty album/ticket bundle, go to her official website.

Underwood released her eagerly-anticipated new album, Cry Pretty, on September 14, 2018.  Cry Pretty is her first studio album on Capitol Records Nashville and marks the first time she has co-produced her own album.  The lead single and title track, “Cry Pretty” debuted as the #1 song in the U.S. all-genres.  The song also topped download charts in 38 countries around the world and amassed over 3.5 billion social impressions across 66 countries during its week of launch in April, which was culminated with a show-stopping performance on the “2018 ACM Awards” telecast.  Carrie co-wrote the powerful single with Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose (aka The Love Junkies) and co-produced Cry Pretty with fellow writer/producer David Garcia.

Following her successful “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round,” the new production will feature a brand-new stage in the middle of the arena floor, creating a unique 360-degree setting to allow fans on all sides of the arena an intimate view of the concert.  Barry Lather (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson) is the tour’s Creative Director, and Nick Whitehouse/Fireplay (Justin Timberlake, Beyonce) is Production Designer.

“I love performing in the round,” says Underwood.  “It’s so much fun for me and the band to play in every direction and creates a much more intimate and immersive experience for the audience, even in a larger arena setting.  It’s been exciting to introduce audiences to Cry Pretty and I can’t wait to bring the new album to life on this tour, along with all of the songs we love to play live.  I’m thrilled to be going out with an amazing line-up – Maddie & Tae and Runaway June are incredible artists that are going to bring even more electricity to our shows.”

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

Hamilton, Anastasia, Bandstand, Rent and Wicked are coming to JAX

If you like the theatre and desire to share your love with family and friends then you’ll want to plan with your calendar and get tickets NOW for the Artist Series Broadway shows coming to Jacksonville, Florida.  The Times Union Center for the Arts is waiting to greet you and show you all available seats for every show that they have.  Think about graduations, birthdays, vacations and don’t forget those Christmas Stocking Stuffers.

is the surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, WICKED tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in. Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each other’s lives for good has made WICKED one of the world’s most popular musicals November 20 - December 1, 2019.

Rent - In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway, and forever changed the landscape of American theatre.  Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world.  And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.  A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out.  With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
January 14-19, 2020.

Bandstand - From three-time Tony® winner and Hamilton choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler, comes an inspiring new American musical that explodes with infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing.  It’s 1945, and six soldiers return from war to a changed nation.  When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen.  Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice, and finally feel like they have a place to call home. “The show defies you not to be moved” (Time Out New York). February 18-23, 2020.

Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now. March 17-29, 2020.

transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past.  Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat.  Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. April 21-26, 2020.

TICKETS: Season tickets to the FSCJ Artist Series’ 19/20 Broadway in Jacksonville Season, sponsored by Vystar Credit Union, are on sale now, with five-show subscription package prices starting at just $250.  Season ticket prices vary depending on the show time, day of the week and seating location.  A renewal brochure and invoice has been mailed to current FSCJ Artist Series subscribers and should arrive within the week

Current subscribers can renew online with no seat changes at, or by calling (904) 632-5000 or (888) 860-BWAY, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Current subscribers may also mail their invoices to the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office, 501 W. State Street, #109, Jacksonville, FL 32202.  Upon renewing, current subscribers have the opportunity to request changes to their seating location

New subscribers can order their season tickets to reserve their seats for all five shows long before single tickets are available to the public. New subscriptions may be ordered online at, or over the phone by calling (904) 632-5000 or (888) 860-BWAY, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Subscriber benefits include: guaranteed package pricing, access to the best seats in the house, priority access to purchase additional tickets for friends and family, seat locations, exchange privileges, free lost ticket replacement, and access to other FSCJ Artist Series events, many at a discount.  Information regarding additional tickets for HAMILTON (if available) will be provided at a later date.  Subscriber ticket exchanges and ticket replacement may be restricted. Subscribers are limited to purchasing four additional subscription seats, subject to availability.

VIP Seating is available to contributors to the FSCJ Artist Series at seven levels:  Advocate, Champion, Angel, Producer, Benefactor, Patron and Donor.  Donor contributions start for as little as $200. Call (904) 632-5000 or visit to learn more about the additional benefits available through the VIP Theater Club.

Groups of 10 or more are eligible to a discount on tickets to most shows.  To receive the best pricing, reserve your group tickets before September 6, 2019. Groups may begin placing reservation requests at this time by calling (904) 632-5050 or emailing

DATES & TIMES: Performances for the FSCJ Artist Series’ 19/20 Broadway in Jacksonville Season are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.  There will be no performances of WICKED on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019.

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

‘Disney’s Little Mermaid’ opening at the Alhambra

When the Alhambra Theatre & Dining opens its production of “Disney’s Little Mermaid,” there will be a real live “mermaid” in the house.  Grace Gibbons has been one of the most recent actors to play as Aerial at Orlando’s Walt Disney World, and she will be taking center stage as Aerial.

The Alhambra stage will be turned into an undersea wonderland thanks to set designer Dave Dionne.  The Alhambra has invested in new lighting for the show, giving the room the feel of water rising and falling to delineate between the “merworld” and the human world.  “Our goal is always to provide a great theatrical experience, and some challenge more than others.  This has been a really fun set to build and think through,” said Dionne.

Executive Chef DeJuan Roy has created a menu based on this Under The Sea theme.
First Course (choice of one): Watermelon & Tomato Salad with arugula, feta cheese, red onion and balsamic vinaigrette (GF), or Manhattan Clam Chowder.
Second Course (choice of one): Shrimp & Leek Gratin rice pilaf, roasted asparagus *GF*, OR House-Made Giant Meatballs & Spaghetti served with garlic bread, or BBQ Beef Brisket with baked beans, potato salad *GF*, or David’s Taco Salad, a tortilla bowl filled with Spanish rice, roasted vegetables, black beans, roasted corn, cheese, salsa & sour cream.
Third Course (choice of one): Fruit Loops™ Strawberry Cupcake with berry compote, fresh crème, or Mango Rice Pudding.
In addition to a three-course dinner, the Alhambra also presents a Kid-friendly Buffet consisting of: Corn Dog, Pepperoni Pizza, Tater Tots and Green Beans.

Adapted from the 1989 Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid is actually based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson.  Set deep on the ocean floor in the merfolk kingdom, a concert in honor of a thwarted coup d'état by Ursula is underway, being performed by the daughters of Triton the sea king. King Triton's court composer, Sebastian the crab, has composed a song for girls to perform ("Daughters of Triton").  However, the youngest daughter, Ariel, is not there for her solo, bringing the concert to a halt.  Ariel has forgotten about the concert and is swimming around the surface, admiring a new item for her collection — a fork.  She reveals that she is fascinated with the human world ("The World Above").  Together with her best friend Flounder, Ariel visits Scuttle and his fellow seagulls to ask about the human things she's collected, and he explains them somewhat erroneously as "Human Stuff".  It is in the human world that she meets Prince Eric, and romance – and some mayhem – ensue.

Disney’s Little Mermaid musical was nominated for multiple awards in 2008, including a Tony® Award for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and a Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album.  It ran on Broadway for nearly 700 shows and 50 previews.  It also ran during numerous US tours and in 10 countries.

The Little Mermaid”

June 12, 2019 through July 28, 2019

SHOW TIMES: Evening shows Tuesday through Sunday start at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 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 2 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. and the meal is server until 1:30 p.m.  NB: The curtain will rise at 7:30 PM for evenings shows, rather than the traditional 8:00 PM start.

DRESS: “Gala Night” (Friday June 14, 2019) attire is “Dressy/Formal/Black Tie”, or Under the Sea.  All other shows could be “Business Casual”, “Sunday Best”, or Little Mermaid.

TICKETS: Prices range from $40 – $66.  The Alhambra bills its summer show as its “Family Show,” offering an earlier starting time and lower pricing to attract more families to come to the venerable theater.  A Family Four Pack is available for $159.  Ticket prices include: a plated three-course meal that changes for each show, and is served directly to your table; a Broadway-style performance and complimentary parking.  Tickets may be purchases
on line, or by calling (904) 641-1212.
     **Prices do NOT include gratuity, professional photos, or orders from the bar**

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

Legendary French Art comes to the Cummer Museum

The newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850–1950, will open June 14 to Museum Members; the exhibition will be on view to the public June 15 through September 6, 2019.  The exhibition features more than 60 works of art from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned European collection and positions France as the artistic center of international modernism from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries.

Ranging widely in scale, subject matter and style, these paintings, drawings and sculptures were intended for public display and private collections, and were produced by the era’s leading artists, those born in France as well as those who studied and exhibited there, such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Highlighting one of the most dynamic and engaging periods in art history, the works in French Moderns capture the vibrancy and complexity of the Parisian art scene from 1848 until the end of World War II.  The vibrancy of this era in France attracted artists and creators from throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the likes of Augusta Savage — a Northeast Florida-born artist who became a leader of the Harlem Renaissance.  Her influence was celebrated through the Cummer Museum’s recent exhibition, Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman, which is now on display at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library in New York City.

“In many ways, the modern world emerged between 1850 and 1950, and the artwork produced during this era continues to inspire and excite today,” said Adam Levine, the Museum’s George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director & CEO.  “By providing the Northeast Florida community with access to the Brooklyn Museum’s impressive collection of paintings and sculptures, we hope to connect the avant-garde perspectives that inspired Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism and Surrealism to our visitors and Members’ lives.”

Attendees of Soirée Bohème: A French Dinner Party will enjoy a first look at the exhibition on Thursday, June 13; a limited number of tickets are available at French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850–1950 will open to Members of the Museum on Friday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The exhibition will be on full display to the public starting Saturday, June 15.

Philanthropic support from the community is critical for the Museum to serve as a vibrant civic resource.  Membership provides several benefits, such as early access to exhibitions like French Moderns. For every $100 donated to the Museum as part of a membership purchase or upgrade through September 30, the Museum will give a Museum membership to the family of a current fourth-grade Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) student through the Museum’s Family 2 Family Membership Match promotion.  Full details are available at

French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850–1950 is organized by Rich Aste, former Curator of European Art, and Lisa Small, Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, Brooklyn Museum.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857
Hours of Operation & Admission

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

‘Twenty Øne Pilots’ soon to appear in JAX for one show only

Twenty Øne Pilots - the Bandito Tour” will include a stop at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on June 14th.  Twenty One Pilots, the GRAMMY® Award-winning duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, are gearing up for the release of their massively anticipated new album TRENCH   My Blood” marked the first track released from TRENCH to stand apart from the three-part narrative first established in the official music videos for “Jumpsuit,” the chart-topping first single, continued in the LP’s second release, “Nico And The Niners,” and ultimately concluded with “Levitate,” all directed by longtime collaborator Andrew Donoho and streaming now via Twenty One Pilots’ YouTube channel.  All three films have amassed over 75 million cumulative views to date.  To see a venue near you, click HERE.

“Twenty Øne Pilots” received a number of major awards and nominations over recent years, with “Stressed Out” earning them the 2017 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” alongside four additional nods.  Other honors include seven total Billboard Music Awards including 2016’s “Top Rock Artist” and “Top Rock Album” (for BLURRYFACE) and 2017’s “Chart Achievement Award,” “Top Duo/Group,” “Top Radio Songs Artist,” “Top Rock Artist,” and “Top Rock Song” (for “Heathens”); multiple Alternative Press Music Awards including “Album of the Year Presented By Journeys” (for BLURRYFACE), “Artist of the Year Presented By Monster Energy,” and “Most Dedicated Fans”; 2016 American Music Awards for “Favorite Alternative Artist” and “Favorite Pop/Rock/Band/Duo/Group”; six iHeart Radio Music Awards (including “Alternative Rock Song of the Year” in both 2016 and 2017); 2016’s Kerrang! Award for “Best Fanbase,” and two MTV Europe Music Awards.

“Twenty Øne Pilots -
the “Bandito Tour”

DATE: Fri., June 14, 2019
TIME: 7 p.m.

TICKETS: prices vary.

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