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    UF vs FSU @ The Baseball Grounds




    It's one of the hottest rivalry games of the year! The Florida Gators are playing The Florida State Seminoles this Tuesday @ The Baseball Grounds downtown at 6:00pm! UF batting practice is 3:35 and infield practice is at 5:10. FSU batting practice is at 4:20 and infield practice is at 5:20. The Gators will be in the 1st base dugout and the Seminoles will be in the 3rd base dugout. FSU is "home". Gates open at 3:30 and parking is $10 and located at the sports complex.

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    Steve Miller Band with guests Los Lonely Boys April 2nd at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre!




    Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late ‘60s. with albums like Children of the Future, Sailor and Brave New World, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music - and society - could be in the years to come. Then, in the ‘70s, Miller crafted a brand of rock ‘n’ roll music that was polished, exciting and irresistible, and that has dominated radio through today. Hit followed hit in what seemed like an endless flow: “The Joker,” “Livin’ in the USA,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Jungle Love,” and “Abracadabra” among them. To this day, these songs are instantly recognizable when they come on the radio – and impossible not to sing along with. Running through Miller’s catalogue is a combination of virtuosity and songcraft along with melodic vocals and signature guitar riffs. His parents were jazz aficionados – Les Paul was his godfather ...   [Read More]




    Sharks face Firebirds for 2017 home opener




    JACKSONVILLE –  The (1-0)  Jacksonville Sharks return from their road victory against the Columbus Lions and now set their sights on their home opener against (0-1) Georgia Firebirds at the Shark Tank on Saturday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. for Superheroes & Villians Night. This is the second matchup between the two teams, having previously faced off in a preseason showdown where the Sharks defeated the Firebirds 39-24 before finalizing their roster for the 2017 season.

     

    On offense, fullback Derrick Ross set the stage for his upcoming season, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 50 yards in his National Arena League debut. The Sharks will rely on more than just their run game to clinch their first home victory this year as quarterback Tommy Grady will be expected to have another big night following his season debut in Columbus, where Grady threw three touchdowns and passed for 182 yards without allowing a single interception. On defense, the Sharks secondary tore apart the lions passing game, forcing four interceptions including a pick-six by defensive back Marvin Ross and another pick-six by linebacker Charlie Hunt during a Lions two-point conversion. The Sharks face a pass heavy Firebirds team that fell into t...   [Read More]




    Shamrockin' Art Walk




    This Wednesday, March 1st, make plans to come downtown for the First Wednesday Art Walk's "Shamrockin' Downtown" Pre St Paddy's Day Celebration! There will be hundreds of local artists, a variety of local food trucks, green beer, live music & is the perfect time to explore 15+ blocks Downtown! The event is from 5 to 9 PM, is free and family-friendly with a new Kid Zone near Peterbrooke Chocolatier and the Landing! Jig to the sounds of the JFRD Pipes and Drums every hour from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy an Irish brew or two while you groove to performances by Aurora on the main stage from 5-8:30 p.m. Make your friends green with envy as you check out a sneak preview of the Jacksonville Zoo’s upcoming exhibit, Titanoboa, featuring live snakes and free giveaways. Plus, create a mosaic masterpiece with Roux Arts’ Street Pipes Mobile Mosaic, grab a bite from your food truck favorites and enjoy more live music by Leah Sykes in Charlie’s Café.Come out and have a shamrockin' time!

     

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    Budweiser Clydesdales Coming To Jacksonville March 4 and 5




    Join us for a special spring visit by the World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales on March 4th and 5th at the Jacksonville Anheuser Busch Brewery. There will be hitch parades both days from Noon – 2:00 pm. The events are free, family friendly, and open to the public!

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    Steve Miller Band with guests Los Lonely Boys April 2nd at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre!




    Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late ‘60s. with albums like Children of the Future, Sailor and Brave New World, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music - and society - could be in the years to come. Then, in the ‘70s, Miller crafted a brand of rock ‘n’ roll music that was polished, exciting and irresistible, and that has dominated radio through today. Hit followed hit in what seemed like an endless flow: “The Joker,” “Livin’ in the USA,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Jungle Love,” and “Abracadabra” among them. To this day, these songs are instantly recognizable when they come on the radio – and impossible not to sing along with. Running through Miller’s catalogue is a combination of virtuosity and songcraft along with melodic vocals and signature guitar riffs. His parents were jazz aficionados – Les Paul was his godfather – so as a budding guitarist and singer, Mill...   [Read More]



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    First Annual Gamble Rogers Fest at Ponte Vedra to be held at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Saturday, December 6, 2014




    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (October 27, 2014) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall welcomes the First Annual Gamble Rogers Fest to Ponte Vedra on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

    Celebrating 20 years of music production and support of music education, the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, will present a one day Americana music festival at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Saturday, December 6, 2014. This festival will complement the annual schedule of concerts and the Gamble Rogers Music Festival held at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in May.

    The First Annual Gamble Rogers Fest at Ponte Vedra will feature food trucks, art booths, musical memorabilia, a raffle for a variety of must-have treasures and a stunning lineup of live music. Among the acts that will perform are Michael Jordan, The Rubies, Sam Pacetti, Carlos and Carlos, Flagship Romance, Wild Shiners, The Willowwacks, Amy Hendrickson and closing out the bill, the phenomenal threesome originally from the Florida Panhandle but currently wowing audiences in and around Charlottesville, VA – The Currys. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and the music will begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission is by donation and the recommended minimum donation is $1...   [Read More]




    Jax Beach Oktoberfest October 25 & 26




    Jax Beach is getting ready for their very own Oktoberfest. There will be live music, food trucks, games and much more. The festival, free and open to the public will be on October 25 and 26th at the Sea Walk Pavilion. 

    Complete with polka bands, a food truck village and the best view at the beach, the Beaches Oktoberfest is an event you wont want to miss. Happening on Saturday October 25 and Sunday October 26th at Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach, the 2 day festival has something to offer for all ages. There will be a chug n run on Saturday at 2:30 pm and other contest like a brat eating contest and stein holding contest on Sunday. 

    There is also a moon lit movie Sunday featuring the movie Ghost Busters. You wont want to miss this festival. Hours are from noon - 10 pm daily. For more information, visit: www.BeachesOktoberfest.com

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    The Doobie Brothers to come to St. Augustine on February 27 2015




    St. Augustine, Fla. (October 20, 2014) – Four-time GRAMMY winning band The Doobie Brothers will open the St. Augustine Amphitheatre 2015 concert season on Friday, February 27 with special guest The Marshall Tucker Band. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 24 at 10 a.m.

    The Doobie Brothers have rung up a glittering track record that would be the envy of any band. Beginning with their multi- million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), the Doobie Brothers have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum and 14 gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies (1976) has sold more than 11 million copies – a rare “diamond record.” Their propulsive roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven style has sold more than 30 million albums. No. 1 singles “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979), both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include “Jesus Is Just All Right”, “Rockin’ Down the Highway”, “Long Train Runnin”, “Take Me In Your Arms” and mores. In all, the Doobie Brothers have tallied up 5 top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits since forming in 1969.

    In 2011, the band marked a new chapter by filming a CMT Cross...   [Read More]




    Luke Bryan Farm Tour Recap




    On Saturday October 4th, in Gainesville, Florida I got a chance to check out Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour at Whitehurst Cattle Company. Many people came from Jacksonville and all around to see him.  It was a sold out show!  Luke Bryan’s farm tour is the highlight of the fall season. He has been to Florida for his Farm Tour before, but his closest concerts were in Tallahassee or Valdosta, Georgia. This year he came to Gainesville so 904 Happy Hour got the chance to see him.

    Luke’s show started out with his opening act Cole Swindell. He is known for his songs “Hope You Get Lonely” and “Chillin It”. Cole is also a songwriter for other artists such as Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Craig Campbell, Randy Houser, Scotty McCreery and Thomas Rhett. He even performed “Give Me Some of That” which he wrote for Thomas Rhett. I really enjoyed his performance and I know Jacksonville fans will be seeing him later on this month during Florida Georgia Weekend.  

    After Cole’s performance, Luke Bryan came out and opened up with “That’s My Kind Of Night”. Luke Bryan came to Jacksonville for Florida Country Superfest, and many fans were blown away by him. The concert ...   [Read More]




    DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES RETURN TO THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2014




    St. Augustine, FL (September 29, 2014) – Daryl Hall and John Oates, the number one selling duo in music history, are coming back to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre to perform on Saturday, December 6 at 8 pm. Daryl Hall and John Oates last performed at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on March 1, 2013. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 3 at 10am.

    Photo Credit The Dallas Morning News

     

    2014 was a big year for Daryl Hall and John Oates, as they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Daryl Hall & John Oates are soul survivors in their own right. They have become such musical influences on some of today’s popular artists that the September 2006 cover of Spin Magazine’s headline read: “Why Hall and Oates are the New Velvet Underground.” Their artistic fan base includes Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and MTV’s newest hipsters Gym Class Heroes who dubbed their tour “Daryl Hall for President Tour 2007.” One of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion. <...   [Read More]



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    Historic Main Street Cruise Being Forced To Shut Down




    The monthly Historic Springfield Main Street Cruise is being forced to shut down due to city red tape. The event has been happening for over 2 years now and John Wells, a representative from the event has spoken out to why it is being canceled: 

    "I've been asked to explain what has happened: The city has several stages that they rent out. The only problem is that it's a nightmare trying to get one for the average person. The biggest problem is that when you place the application and post the insurance they won't give you an answer if you are lacking anything. Last year when we rented the stage for the BIG ENGINE show, we were right up to the last day trying to find out if they were going to let us have the stage. Others who have rented these stages have told the same story. One told me they laid some new crap on her 3 hours before the stage was supposed to be delivered and she was jumping through her butt trying to satisfy them. There continue to be new requirements ALL the time. You can't put on a show like this. How can you plan anything if you don't know if you have a stage? This year I was not going to let this happen again. I started out well in advance and reserved one of the stages and filed the application and was to...   [Read More]




    The Summer Boating Season is now underway – Get out on the water today!




    The kids are out of school and summer is official underway, are you ready to go boating?  We are lucky to live here in Northeast Florida where we have plenty of waterways to choose from; the St. Johns River, Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic Ocean, and a multitude of creeks and tributaries.  So why not grab your family and get out on a boat this summer?  It is the perfect way to connect with your kids and have a ton of fun!

    I recommend the boating lifestyle to all families and not just because I am in the boating business.  I grew up with parents who were competitive water skiers at Cypress Gardens and always being on a boat together strengthened our bond.  Nowadays, the distractions are everywhere – smartphones, tablets, ipads, video game systems, you name it – but when you are on a boat you have the opportunity to unplug and focus on your time together.

    Having fun is what summer is all about!  You can swim, fish, water-ski, wakeboard, all things you can’t do if you aren’t on the water.  There are also plenty of art, science or music projects you can conduct on the water.  The important part is being together with no schedule, few distractions, and a focus on the family.

    Boa...   [Read More]




    Crosby, Stills & Nash Return To The St. Augustine Amphitheatre On Sunday, August 10, 2014




    St. Augustine, FL (April 28, 2014) – Crosby, Stills & Nash return to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Sunday, August 10, 2014. The group last took the stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in August 2009. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, May 2 at 10am. On the heels of their sold out March 2014 tour, Crosby, Stills & Nash have announced additional U.S. summer tour dates. Adding to their already announced July tour, the new dates include a stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The group will perform songs from their extensive catalogue, as well as new material from each member.

    More than four decades since CSN first harmonized in Laurel Canyon, and played its first-ever concert as a trio at the legendary Woodstock festival, its members continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in music. David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times—with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and a second time with The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies, respectively. They are also in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, honored both for CSN as a group, and as individual solo artists.

    CSN's music first became a corners...   [Read More]




    The new Freedom Boat Club fleet is in! Come see us in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.




    When you join a fitness club, you don’t expect to see a constant stream of upgraded equipment. When you join a golf club, you don’t expect the course to be improved every year. Those are not realistic expectations. But members of the Freedom Boat Club know through experience that “new and improved” is not a marketing slogan or wishful thinking; it is a REALITY.    

    So, what is new and improved at the Freedom Boat Club in Jacksonville and St. Augustine?    Five new boats and more on order, and it is just the beginning of the season.

    Come see for yourself at Julington Creek Marina in Jacksonville or Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor in St. Augustine.  At our Julington Creek location, we have added two 20-foot Hurricane deck boats; one has a capacity of 11 people, and the new “turbo swing” built for tubing, skiing, and wakeboarding.   We also added a 22-foot  Sweetwater Pontoon Boat, which also holds 11 people.

    At our St. Augustine location, we added a 21-foot dual-console Key West and a 21-foot Nautic Star Coastal Bay Boat.

    Come visit us and see why the Freedom Boat Club is the best way to boat.  We have experienced a steady growth in membership and fr...   [Read More]




    The wave of momentum for an aquarium could boost marine industry as well as Jacksonville business




    I am so proud to be part of AquaJax, who took first-place honors at One Spark last weekend.  An estimated 250,000 people attended the 5-day event and AquaJax received $13,794.14 for its first place win in the science category, which was determined by the popular vote. 

    I have been active in supporting AquaJax, an advocacy group that is working to bring a world-class aquarium to downtown Jacksonville.   We were overwhelmed by the positive response we received for a new aquarium, which would be built on a tract next to the St. Johns River.  People kept coming by our booth to offer their support. Some of our city’s major entrepreneurs stopped by and pledged financial support as well.

    Initial plans call for a 150,000-square-foot aquarium that would feature both fresh water and salt water species, as well as reptiles that thrive in the surrounding region.

    Long-time Freedom Boat Club member Brad Huber connected me with the AquaJax initiative.  He told me I needed to get involved and he was right.  An aquarium could do wonders for Jacksonville and help us grow our business as well.  The plan is being supported by the board and executive team of the Jacksonville Zoo and there could be an ...   [Read More]



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