Thursday, September 9, 2021

MOSH hosts ‘Arts Infusion Workshop’

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) will host an Arts Infusion Workshop with artist Stephanie Pyren-Fortel on September 18. The workshop will feature an educational hands-on experience.

Local artist, Stephanie Pyren-Fortel will walk participants through the color wheel and how she blends bold hues into her artwork, titled Spirit, on display in the MOSH Lobby. Afterward, guests will play with the different colors on the wheel to blend their own hues from light to dark. 

This workshop is free and open to the public. All ages welcome.
Materials for the workshop will be provided.

Funding has been generously provided by the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation.

WHEN: September 18, 2021from 3 5 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.
Reserve your spot HERE.

SAFETY: The MOSH aims to ensure the health and safety of staff and guests. In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are required inside the Museum for all patrons 2+. Single-use masks available for purchase for $1 at the front desk.

The Museum of Science and History (MOSH)
1025 Museum Circle
 Jacksonville, FL 32207
 (904) 396-MOSH (6674)

Tommy Decarlo and Rudy Cardenas in concert

The Florida Theatre is pleased to announce The Music of Boston with Tommy DeCarlo, Boston singer since 2007, and The Music of Journey with American Idol’s Rudy Cardenas on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Tommy DeCarlo has been on the road touring with legendary rock band Boston since 2007, playing to sold out audiences all over the world. This show closes with a full set of Boston classic hits from the 1970's and 80's with a top-notch band of touring professionals including August Zadra on lead guitar/vocals (Dennis DeYoung Band), Steve Ferlazzo on keyboards/vocals (Avril Lavigne/Nuno Bettencourt), John Douglas on drums (Sammy Hagar/Michael Anthony), Tommy DeCarlo Jr. on guitar/vocals and Payton Villigan on bass/vocals.

Born in Rome, New York, Tommy’s interest in music began in elementary school when he joined the school choir. He recalls, “Every year I would try out for one of the lead singing solo parts and every year I never got one. They always told me my voice was too soft.” Many years later, he would show the world that was not the case.

Tommy started playing piano when he was 14 years old, self-taught on an old upright in his living room. And as far as singing goes, DeCarlo explains, “Well, I truly have to thank Brad Delp for helping me develop my vocal abilities. I have said that I never took singing lessons but that's not exactly true. It was Brad who taught me how to sing, even though he never knew it. When I first began to listen to BOSTON as a young teenager, I absolutely loved Brad’s voice and it gave me hope and inspiration at times in my life when I needed it. It wasn’t like I was trying to sing like Brad, it was just that I loved to sing along with him.”

His journey that led to BOSTON happened many years later when in 2007 he posted BOSTON cover songs and other music on his myspace page, and even wrote a song in honor of Brad Delp upon his passing. Hearing of a tribute being planned, Tommy reached out to the band offering to sing should they need any additional vocalists. “I sent an email to the BOSTON camp which included covers of the songs Smokin' & Don't Look Back, never thinking I’d get a reply."

Several weeks later, Tom Scholz happened to hear Tommy’s cover of “Don’t Look Back,” and was shocked. Knowing every nuance of Brad’s voice, he could not believe that this was not Brad singing, exclaiming, “I haven’t heard anyone else sing like that in 35 years.” Scholz contacted Tommy and invited him to come and sing a few songs at the Brad Delp tribute. DeCarlo’s reaction was, “I would have never believed this could happen in a million years. The next thing I knew I was on my way to Boston to sing with BOSTON … are you kidding me?"

Tommy was asked to join BOSTON on their 2008 tour and has sang on every Tour since. Prior to that, Tommy was working as a credit manager at The Home Depot, had never been in a band, and the largest crowd that Tommy had sung in front of was a talent show in high school. Tommy has been touring and playing to sold out audiences all over the world.

In a interview with Boston founding member Tom Scholz said, "Tommy does for Boston on stage what Brad Delp did for Boston in the studio. Brad was the best male studio singer I've ever heard and Tommy is the best male stage singer I've ever heard."

In 2012, Tommy co-founded with his son, Tommy Jr., DECARLO. The band released their original debut album Lightning Strikes Twice in 2020, earning them a featured article in popular BILLBOARD MAGAZINE as 2021 Grammy® contenders. Their chart-topping hit “You Are The Fire” went viral on streaming platforms world-wide shortly after its release.

The two show package starts with The Music of Journey with singer Rudy Cardenas of American Idol. Rudy is a finalist from Season 6 of American Idol, and here he'll perform a full set of Journey classic hits, including the hits from both the Steve Perry and Gregg Rolie-eras. Rudy has a long relationship with Journey music, starting in 2007 when he debuted on American Idol singing "Open Arms" on national TV. He went on to cover two Journey songs; "I'll be Alright Without You" on his album Fly (2012), and "Separate Ways" on his album Son of a Gun (2016).

The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Theatre’s official website,

Tommy DeCarlo
& Rudy Cardenas

DATE: Fri., Sept. 17, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.
TICKETS: $25 – $35

LOCATION:The Florida Theatre
      128 East Forsyth Street.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355 - ARTS (2787)

Alan Parsons show is postponed at the Florida Theatre

Alan Parsons Live Project featuring special guest Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy at the Florida Theatre on September 11, 2021 has been postponed. We’re working with Alan to reschedule the show. Please see below for the official statement from Alan’s team:

“It is with regret the Alan Parsons Live Project announces the postponement of the US leg of their highly anticipated tour scheduled to occur in August and September.

While Alan and the band have been looking forward to performing for their fans throughout the United States, they extend their love and appreciation to all that were planning to come to these shows, and they cannot wait to see you all again when things are more predictable regarding the ongoing pandemic.

Please hang on to your tickets, they will be honored at the new rescheduled date, which will be announced shortly.”

Tickets to the original show dates (March 24, 2020 and September 11, 2021) will be honored at the new date.

LOCATION:The Florida Theatre
      128 East Forsyth Street.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355 - ARTS (2787)

New medical Q and A show on public radio

WJCT Public Media today announced its newest original program and local production, “What’s Health Got to Do with It?” The program will debut Saturday, September 18 at 4 p.m. on WJCT News 89.9 F.M.

This new weekly, hour-long program will be hosted by Dr. Joe Sirven, an engaging physician / journalist who currently serves as a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. Each week, Dr. Sirven will explore how health care intersects with our daily lives — helping to guide listeners through an increasingly convoluted medical bureaucracy.

The interview-based show will cover topics such as accessing treatment, finding the right doctor, sustaining good health, getting insurance coverage and seeking a cure for both common and complex medical issues. Listeners will be able to engage with Dr. Sirven through calls, emails and social media, creating a new community around locally focused and solution-driven care.

“Health care is a deeply personal, yet universal, topic. Here in Northeast Florida, it’s also woven into our civic landscape, cultural identity and quality of life,” said David McGowan, President and CEO of WJCT Public Media. “We’re eager to start this new journey with Dr. Sirven, and look forward to engaging our neighbors in healthy dialogue through this show.”

In addition to his role with the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Sirven serves on the editorial board of Brain & Life and is editor-in-chief of Brain & Life en Espanol. . Earlier in his career, he was the editor-in-chief of and served as a medical contributor for NBC Latino and KJZZ radio (the NPR affiliate for Phoenix and Tucson). To learn more about Dr. Sirven, click here.

"This past year has reminded the entire world of the importance of health and health care. And it has convinced me there is a dire need for accurate, up-to-date medical and health information from trusted sources,” said Dr. Sirven. “That is why I am excited to help bring ’What's Health Got to Do with It?’ to WJCT Public Media’s audiences, so they can hear from practicing doctors and other members of the health care sphere. Our program is intended for the listener who has questions they want answered, as well as listener-generated topics.  Northeast Florida — this is your medical show."

“What’s Health Got to Do with It?” will air every Saturday at 4 p.m. on WJCT News 89.9 and re-air Sundays at 9 p.m. Episodes will also be available on-demand at, through the WJCT app and as a podcast on, or any commonly available podcast platform.

“What’s Health Got to Do with It?” is sponsored in part by the American Brain Foundation, the Epilepsy Foundation Florida and Neurelis. For more information, visit, join the conversation at (904) 358-6362 (6DOC), email your questions and comments to and join the conversation on social media at @jsirven on Twitter and WJCTJax on Facebook.

About WJCT Public Media: WJCT is the community-owned and operated public media organization serving Jacksonville and the First Coast since 1958, using television, radio, digital media, and live events to help community members learn, share, and grow. For more information on WJCT’s in-depth programming content, log on to WJCT Online at Like WJCT on Facebook ( and follow WJCT on Twitter (@WJCTJax) and Instagram (@WJCTJax).


Florida/Georgia baseball game is coming

The University of Florida and the University of Georgia in partnership with the City of Jacksonville, ASM-Global Jacksonville and 121 Financial Ball Park announced that they will be playing their annual Florida vs. Georgia fall baseball game on Friday, October 29 at 121 Financial Ball Park with the first pitch happening at 6:30 PM. This game will be played ahead of the annual Florida vs. Georgia rivalry football game on Saturday, October 30 at TIAA Bank Field.

Tickets for this year’s baseball game will be priced at $15 and will go on sale this Friday, September 10 at 10 A.M. on

Additional information and details about activities taking place in Jacksonville during Florida vs. Georgia weekend will be announced in the coming weeks.

About FloridaGeorgia: The Florida-Georgia football rivalry is an American college football rivalry game played annually by the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia Bulldogs. The game was first played in 1915, and has been played every season since 1926, except for a war-time interruption in 1943. This match-up between Southeastern Conference opponents is one of the most prominent rivalry games in college football, and has been held in Jacksonville, Florida since 1933, with only two exceptions, making it one of the few remaining neutral-site rivalries in college football.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

‘Sawyer Brown’ appearing at the Florida Theatre

The Florida Theatre is pleased to welcome Sawyer Brown on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 8 p.m. The last time that the group came to JAX was back in August of 2019. You don’t want to miss him this year. COVID protocol may change by the time this event is scheduled to take place.

Florida’s own Sawyer Brown is a country music band that spans 3 decades. Originally formed in 1981 in Apopka, Florida, the band has released 18 studio albums and charted over fifty times on the Hot Country Songs charts, including three number one singles; “Step That Step”, “Some Girls Do” and “Thank God For You”.

The group's members were originally part of country pop singer Don King's road band. When King stopped touring in 1981, the group decided to stay together and eventually auditioned for Star Search in 1983. They won the grand prize of $100,000 and a recording contract. The band signed with Capitol Records and scored a Top 20 hit with their first single, "Leona", in 1984. That success was quickly followed by their first number one hit, "Step That Step".

Sawyer Brown is comprised of Mark Miller (lead vocals), Gregg Hubbard (keyboards/piano), Joe Smyth (drums/percussion) and Shayne Hill (lead guitar).

Vocalist Mark Miller has written many of Sawyer Brown’s hits, including “Step That Step,” “The Walk,” “Thank God for You,” “The Boys and Me,” as well as the band’s anthem: “Some Girls Do.” Miller is also responsible for discovering the band Casting Crowns and has produced all of the band’s CDs, winning a Grammy for his work with them along the way. In April 2013, Ring the Bell, a movie that Mark wrote and produced, was released—and he has more movies in the pre-production stage.

The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the their official website,

Sawyer Brown
DATE: Thurs. Sept. 9, 2021
TIME: 8 p.m.
$35 $59.50

LOCATION:The Florida Theatre
      128 East Forsyth Street.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 355 -
ARTS (2787)