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The 2018 Super Bowl Commercials
The Patriots will face the Eagles in a Super Bowl for a second time this Sunday February 4th and while what happens on the field is of the utmost importance, what happens when the telecast goes to break is a pretty big deal too.
The Super Bowl is not only one of the single biggest sporting event every year, but its massive viewership also makes it one of the biggest marketing opportunities for brands each year. That's why a 30-second television commercial during this year's big game will average over $5 million.
It's no surprise that advertising during the Super Bowl has become somewhat of a competition on its own, since many people who aren't all that interested in the game itself will tune in just for the commercials. Brands will often get the help of celebrities or use other strategies to get people talking about their advertising.
Below are some of the companies and their ad titles that you can expect to see on Super Bowl Sunday.
Bud Light - "The Bud Knight"
Coca-Cola - "The Wonder of Us"
Budweiser - "Stand By You"
Stella Artois - "Taps"
PETA - "Redemption"
M&M... [Read More]
The Newest Indoor Water Park Resort In Georgia Is Opening May 31
The Great Wolf Lodge, Georgia’s first indoor waterpark is opening in Lagrange on May 31st. Great Wolf will have 457 guest suites with 500,000 square feet of entertainment space with a 100,00 square foot indoor water park which is a comfortable 84 degrees the whole year round. Other family activities include a rope course, mini-golf course, bowling, arcade, rock wall, story time, an interactive magical game, and more.
Consider Great Wolf Lodge resort in Georgia to experience true family fun. Located right outside Atlanta, Great Wolf Lodge provides the ultimate water park experience, rain or shine, for your pack at our indoor water park resort. With games, attractions, and activities throughout the resort, there are tons of fun things to do keeping your kids busy for hours – and even better – it’s all under one roof. They also offer suite options, on-site dining and shopping outlets, and a kid’s spa.
If you book your vacation by March 23rd, you will enjoy family-fun activities, water park thrills and memories that you'll keep for a lifetime! Stay at the newest indoor water park resort in Georgia and receive up to 30% off the best available rate. For more details or to book go to greatwolf.com or ... [Read More]
Bistro Aix Will Reopen On February 8th In San Marco
The Bistro Aix restaurant will reopen to the public on Feb. 8. The restaurant at 1440 San Marco Blvd. sustained heavy damage due to Hurricane Irma and has been closed since early September.
Hurricane Irma caused widespread flooding in San Marco, Riverside/Avondale and other communities along the St. Johns River. Bistro Aix had over 3 feet of water in it for over 12 hours.
The restaurant is updating the interior and will now have a lighter color palette in the floors, curtains and subway tile in the open kitchen. The 45-seat private dining room, which previously featured dark reds and black, will now be a white room with dark oak furniture.
The marketplace counter in Bistro Aix has also been replaced with a ten-seat farm table. Outdoor patio tables and couches are available on a first-come, first-serve basis... [Read More]
HANK WILLIAMS JR.TO PLAY THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE AND TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre proudly welcomes Country music Entertainer of the Year, Grammy award winner and Country music Hall of Famer Hank Williams Jr. to the stage on Friday, April 6, 2018. Tickets for Hank Williams Jr. go on sale this Friday, February 2 at 10 a.m.
Hank Williams Jr.’s extremely impressive resume has spawned 70 million albums sold worldwide, six platinum albums, 20 gold albums, 13 Number 1 albums and 10 Number 1 singles. Marking 52 years since his first album in 1964, Hank Jr. released It’s About Time (Nash Icon Records) in 2016. In addition to the history-making “Are You Ready for the Country,” the project included new tunes such as “Dress like an Icon,” “Just Call Me Hank,” “It’s About Time,” and “The Party’s On” as well as re-recorded versions of classics “Mental Revenge” and “Born to Boogie” with Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Brad Paisley on guitar. It’s About Time is Hank’s 37th album in his five decade career.
Hank Williams Jr. continues to add accolades to an extremely impressive resume, which includes ACM Entertainer of the Year, CMA Entertainer of the Year and BMI Icon in addition to winning... [Read More]
A Dead 30-Foot-Long Humpback Whale Washes Up On Fernandina Beach
A dead 30 foot long humpback whale that washed onto Fernandina Beach early Sunday is the latest in an alarming increase in fatalities for the federally endangered mammal. The whale showed signs of scavenging by sharks, FWC officials said, which are natural predators to humpback whales.
Marine and wildlife crews are trying determine why the humpback whale died. Before the whale was buried under the sand on Monday, samples were collected so that a necropsy, which is similar to an autopsy, can be performed to determine the cause of death.
It could take months or even years, for the whale's body to completely decompose under the sand, but Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said there are no health or safety risks for people who want to come out to the beach.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission states that anyone who sees a beached whale or dolphin is asked to immediately call FWC or 1-877-WHALE-HELP. People may do more harm than good if they try to push it back into the water on their own.... [Read More]
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ESPN Acquires Rights to Arena Football Starting in 2014
CHICAGO – ESPN and the Arena Football League (AFL) have agreed to a multi-year agreement beginning in 2014. The new deal grants ESPN rights to more than 10 regular season and postseason games on its television networks per year, including ArenaBowl and one conference championship game, as well as 75 or more games annually on ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network. ESPN’s video player will also be available on the AFL website, ArenaFootball.com.
The relationship between the AFL and ESPN began more than two decades ago when ESPN televised the very first ArenaBowl live in 1987. Since then, ESPN televised a combination of AFL regular season and playoff games for five years (1995-99), AFL playoff games from 2000-02 and both regular season and playoff games from 2007-08.
Additionally, ABC presented the ArenaBowl for five years from 1998-2002. “ESPN has a long history of working with the Arena Football League and this new agreement is a great opportunity to showcase the AFL as part of our year-round commitment to football,” said Matthew Volk, ESPN director, programming and acquisitions.
"The AFL's return to ESPN is the latest example of the strides our sport has made in recent years,&qu... [Read More]
Mark Brunell to be inducted into Pride of the Jaguars This Sunday
Jacksonville Fl - The Jacksonville Jaguars will host their annual Alumni Weekend when they play the Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. Sunday at EverBank Field. More than 40 former Jaguars players are expected to be on hand, to be introduced on the field before the game and to help honor former quarterback Mark Brunell at halftime when he is inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars.
“Mark Brunell is a big part of the Jaguars family and the Jacksonville community,” Jaguars Owner Shad Khan said, “and it gives me great pride to join our fans in recognizing Mark and honoring him for his contributions to Jaguars history. And we’re looking forward to welcoming back many of the players who wore the Jaguars uniform in the past. These men helped build this franchise and they helped create a lot of great memories for our fans, so it’ll be a good day of recognizing them as well as honoring Mark.”PHOTO COURTESY: RICK WILSON
Brunell will join former offensive tackle Tony Boselli (2006), former owners Wayne and Delores Weaver (2011) and running back Fred Taylor (2012) as the fifth member of the Pride of the Jaguars.
In addition to Brunell, the players expected to make an appearance Sunday include Br... [Read More]
Festival of Lights 5k and 1 M Family Fun Run This Saturday in San Marco Square
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. It is time once again to lace up the jingle bells on your running shoes and get ready for the 18th Annual Festival of Lights 5k and 1 Mile Family Fun Run. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals event is sponsored by Daily Billboards and will take place in San Marco Square on Saturday, Decemeber 7, 2013.
Thousands of participants will run or walk a beautiful San Marco race route lined with over 3,000 luminaries. This family oriented event allows entire families to participate in a healthy holiday activity, while having fun with the event’s signature jingle bells on their feet.
Once completed, participants and families can take part in all of the additional festivities, including a Kids Zone with bounce houses, arts and crafts, music, a visit from Santa Claus and much more! In addition to the 5K and Family Fun Run, the San Marco Merchant’s Association will also be hosting their “Holiday Magic” event featuring Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Children's Bounce Games, Jugglers, Toy Soldier Stilt Walkers and a Christmas Tree Lighting. Firehouse Subs has generously donated food for all the runners and Walmart and Sam’s Club will provide water for all participants.
The e... [Read More]
THE PLAYERS Giving Back Month concludes with Red Coat Ride Out
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. - THE PLAYERS volunteer leadership – the Red Coats –once again hit the road for what has become a Giving Back Month tradition: the Red Coat Ride Out. This year, the Red Coats took a tour of the Operation New Hope facility before joining the UNF First Generation Scholars Luncheon; both organizations are recipients of Red Coat grants. The Red Coat Ride Out concluded a month of events that celebrated THE PLAYERS charitable outreach and total charitable donations as a result of the 2013 tournament.
Operation New Hope received a $10,000 grant from the Red Coats this year, and a surprise $10,000 donation from THE PLAYERS was revealed during the Red Coats visit. Operation New Hope, founded in 1999, is a faith-based, nonprofit community development corporation. Operation New Hope has maintained a two-pronged business model vital to sustaining broken urban communities: affordable housing; and successful workforce reintegration of ex-offenders. The $20,000 donation will support Operation New Hope’s Ready 4 Work program, designed to assist in curtailing prison recidivism and since its inception has assisted more than 2,500 participants.
“This was an incredible day. To have such a distinguishe... [Read More]
UNF Surf Team takes on another Victory in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 18, 2013 – This past Sunday, in New Smyrna Beach, the University of North Florida Surf Team attended the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) competition. The UNF surf A team completed their second consecutive 1st Place win with the B Team finishing right behind them in 2nd place.Photo Credit: Robert Curtis Photography
The top performer for the day was freshman, Patrick Kelly, who placed in the finals in both the Men’s short board division and the long board division, placing in 4th and 2nd place. Along with Kelly were other top performers such as Kayla Durden who finished 1st in the Women's short board, Emily Ruppert who finished in 2nd place in the Women's short board division, Max Mertens who finished in 6th place in the Men's short board division, Brandon Onesky who finished in 5th place in the Men's short board division, and Don Wight who finished in 2nd place in the Men's short board division.Photo Credit: Robert Curtis Photography
This Friday, November 22nd, at Marineland in St. Augustine, Red Bull is hosting the first collegiate tow-at competition between the UF and UNF surf teams with support from Spy Optic and Flomot... [Read More]
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The Spring Sing Out Loud Series In St. Augustine Lineup
The St. Johns Cultural Events Division proudly announces the Spring 2015 Sing Out Loud Series lineup, featuring six concert events to be held at the Colonial Quarter in downtown St. Augustine. Tickets for each concert event will go on sale this Friday, January 23 at 10 a.m.
The Sing Out Loud Series, also known as the SOL Series, is a celebration of national and local songwriters. The first SOL Series was held in November 2014 and featured performances by Randy Newman, Justin Townes Earle and more. The Spring 2015 Series welcomes an eclectic lineup of performances ranging in musical style from zydeco to rockabilly, garage rock to Americana. All six SOL Series performances will be held at the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George Street, downtown St. Augustine.
Spring 2015 Lineup
Southern Culture on the Skids with The Woolly Bushmen and Rivernecks, March 8. Starting off the Spring 2015 SOL Series will be Southern Culture on the Skids with The Woolly Bushmen and Rivernecks on Sunday, March 8. Since 1983, when Southern Culture on the Skids formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, this raucous, good-natured and good-time band have toured endlessly, performing their unique hybrid of Americana, surf, R&B, rockabilly and swamp ... [Read More]
￼Indie Country Rock Artist Jenny Lewis To Perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Saturday, May 9, 2015
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (January 20, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces that indie country rock singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis will perform on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Tickets for Jenny Lewis will go on sale to the public this Friday, January 23 at 10 a.m.
In July of 2014, Jenny Lewis returned with her new album, The Voyager. The Los Angeles artist’s first solo LP since 2008’s Acid Tongue, The Voyager is Lewis’s most deeply personal, and her most musically robust. Featuring production work from Ryan Adams, Beck, as well as Lewis and her longtime collaborator Johnathan Rice, The Voyager finds Lewis at her sharp-witted best, singing about her recent life with honesty and incisiveness. And then there’s her voice, which was already a force to be reckoned with, but sounds even richer, more nuanced, more powerful. Lewis says The Voyager was the hardest album she has ever made, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of her band, Rilo Kiley. In the three years she worked on it, there were moments she thought she’d never finish. But, more than ever before, she knew she had to. The story is best told in Lewis’s own words:... [Read More]
Country Artist Eric Church Will Be Performing In Jacksonville on March 27th 2015
JACKSONVILLE, FL – (Jan. 19, 2015) -- EMI Nashville recording artist Eric Church will bring “The Outsiders World Tour” to Veterans Memorial Arena in JACKSONVILLE, FL on March 27, 2015. Tickets go on-sale Friday, January 23 at 10AM at www.ticketmaster.com. Special guest on this show will be The Cadillac Three.
After closing out 2014 with country music’s top-selling album, the Platinum-certified and genre-busting The Outsiders, Eric Church storms in to 2015 with four GRAMMY nominations (Best Country Album for The Outsiders, Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for “Give Me Back My Hometown” and Best Country Group/Duo Performance for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban) and a new addition to his widely successful Outsiders World Tour 2015.
“Eric Church is our greatest working rock star” proclaimed Stereogum, referring to Church as “…. a down-home everyman whose conversational vocal delivery surges into something huge when it needs to and who comes off as a perfectly genuine human being even when leading the choreographed rigors of an arena show. And holy shit, he has songs.” The Philadelphia Inquirer&nb... [Read More]
Jason Mraz Making Tour Stop In Jacksonville In 2015
tlantic recording artist Jason Mraz has announced new U.S. dates on his international tour to celebrate his latest album, “YES!,” released earlier this year. The “YES!” tour is a unique itinerary that sees the multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter performing in an array of intimate venues around the world. Mraz continues to celebrate his fifth studio album choosing to perform at historic venues around the globe, including such historic theatres and concert halls as London’s Royal Albert Hall, Paris’ Casino de Paris, and Amsterdam’s Royal Theatre Carré.
Photo by Jeff Coffman
The additional tour dates get underway this February with a month long run of intimate North American shows alongside longtime friends and “YES!” collaborators, Raining Jane. For up-to-the-minute news and information, please log on to jasonmraz.com/tour.
The Multi-Grammy®, Multi-Platinum winning superstar also completed “The Five Boroughs Tour” in September which saw Mraz perform 6 shows in 5 boroughs: Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan, a feat previously only accomplished by two other music artists; David Bowie and NYC’s own Beastie Boys. Mraz announc... [Read More]
Elton John Returns to Jacksonville on Saturday, March 14
JACKSONVILLE, FL – Elton John and his band return to Jacksonville on Saturday, March 14 as part of the “All The Hits” tour. The tour will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, including a selection of songs from his highly acclaimed remastered album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.
Elton John’s band includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.
“Jacksonville is proud to welcome back music superstar Sir Elton John to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “The Arena continues to prove itself as a premier venue that delivers incredible entertainment opportunities for Jacksonville residents and visitors alike. The Arena’s successful run of concerts and legendary performers amplifies Downtown Jacksonville’s status as a major entertainment destination.”
“Elton John was the very first artist to ever play in Veterans Memorial Arena in 2003 and we are so thrilled that Elton and his band are returning to Jacksonville to celebrate the second deca... [Read More]
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Events This Weekend October 17th - 19th
Looking for something to do October 16th - 19th around Jacksonville? There are plenty of fun options! Check out the complete list below.
Weekly photo feature by local artist @ogreking
Thursday Oct 16th: I Love NY DJ Series Part 1 featuring DJ Sinatra @ Suite
Thursday Oct 16th: Social for a Cause @ Mellow Mushroom in Avondale 6-9pm this event will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Movember Foundation
Thursday Oct 16th: North Beach Art Walk 5-9pm at various venues from Sailfish drive in Atlantic Beach to Neptune Beach
Thursday Oct 16th: NFL for Woman @ EverBank Field enjoy a girls night out while learning the technical side of football while benefiting Jacksonville's Hill Breast Center
Thursday Oct 16th: Southern Woman's Show @ The Prime Osborn III Convention Center 10am-7pm
Thursday Oct 26th: Void's #1 party in the 904 @ Mavericks at the Landing 6:40-10:30pm enjoy $10 AUCD Bud Light
Thursday Oct 16th: $1 Wine & Champagne @ The Brix Taphouse 8pm-close
Thursday Oct 16th: Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood @ Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30pm
Thursday Oct 16th: Ladies Night @ Latitu... [Read More]
Events This Weekend October 9th - 12th
Looking for something to do October 9th - 12th around Jacksonville? There are plenty of fun options from 5k's to a Oktoberfest so choose wisely.
Weekly photo feature by local artist @raehuck
Thursday October 9th: $1000 Bikini Contest @ Suite, Doors Open At 10:00pm 18+
Thursday October 9th: $1 Wines & Champagne @ Brix 8:00pm
Thursday October 9th : An Evening With Richard Marx 7:00pm @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Ticketed, $44.50-$50.50
Thursday October 9th: Tasting Benefit Night @ Table 1 In Ponte Vedra 5:30pm-7:00pm Enjoy Tickets Are $25 Include Appetizers And Drinks And Benefit Halo.
Friday October 10th: Zombiefest is happening Fridays and Saturdays during the month of October at Rebounderz! It is a unique interactive haunted house attraction unlike any in the area.
Friday October 10th: Dinner On The Farm 6:00-9:00pm @ Berry Goods Farm. Celebrate The School’s 21st Year Of Service To The Community With A Dinner Prepared By Local Chefs who Use Produce From The School’s Garden To Benefit North Florida School For Special Education For More Information 904.24.8326 Or Northfloridaschool.Org
Friday October 10th: Fired Up Fridays Start ... [Read More]
Massive Corn Maze In Jacksonville
Looking for a family fun activity to check out, we've got just the thing. There is a corn maze right here in Jacksonville located in Clay County!
Amazing Grace Crop Maze will be open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from October 4 until November 2 and during the week for field trips. Attractions include: crop maze, hay ride, corn crib, pumpkin patch, corn hole, scarecrow throwin', steer head ropin', duck races and more!
Admission price includes all attractions and is $11 of those 4 and up. Their address is 2899 Wisteria Farms Road Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. It is located by 739B/Sandridge Road between Lake Asbury Jr. High and Russell Baptist Church.
Visit their website: http://agcropmaze.com/... [Read More]
Events Happeng This Weekend -October 3rd -5th
There's a ton of events happening this weekend, here's a list of our top picks:
Photo By @BrianRotundaphotos
Friday October 3: Kronic (Producer of Lil Jon's hit 'Bend Ova") is hosting the guest appreciation party at Suite at the Towncenter. Doors open at 9:30pm
Friday October 3: Our friends at Rebounderz are putting together a very unique interactive haunted house. The attraction (unlike any in North Florida) will be called ZOMBIEFEST and will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights during the month of October! Friday night is the Grand Opening!
Friday October 3: Jacksonville Home and Patio Show at the Prime Osborne Center from 11am - 9pm
Friday October 3: The Full of Bull Redfish Tournament – Happening all weekend at Beach Marine off Beach blvd.
Friday October 3: Oktoberfest VIP Preview Party at Memorial Park from 6pm-9pm
Friday October 3: First Friday St. Augustine Art Walk in downtown St Augustine from 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday October 4: Oktoberfest at Memorial Park in riverside from noon-8pm
Saturday October 4: 7th Annual Datil Pepper Festival at St. Johns County Agricultural Center in S... [Read More]
Events This Weekend September 26th - 28th
There are lots of events happening around Jacksonville this weekend, here are our top picks :
Friday Sept 26: Brew at the Zoo @ The a Jacksonville Zoo 7:00-10:30pm
Friday Sept 26: L.A. Guns live @ Mavericks - Doors open at 6:30pm
Friday Sept 26: Ladies Night Out @Suite 9:30pm
Friday Sept 26: ladies Night @Pusser's Bar and Grille 9:00pm-11:00pm
Friday Sept 26: Flagler beach farmers market 7:00am- 12:00pm
Saturday Sept 27: PurpleStride @ The Sea Walk Pavilion 8:00am
Saturday Sept 27: Jacksonville Dragon Boat Festival @ The Jacksonville Landing 8:00am-6:00pm
Saturday Sept 27: Aqua East Grom Bash @ The South side of the Pier 8:00am-12:00pm
Saturday Sept 27: Clean Water Music Festival @ The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 10:00am-8:00pm
Saturday Sept 27: Riverside Arts Market under the Fuller Warren Bridge 10:00am-4:00pm
Saturday Sept 27:The Pretty Pooch Pageant @ The Equestrian Center
Saturday Sept 27: Lynch's Irish Pub's 20th Anniversary @ Lynch's Irish Pub All Day Specials
Saturday & Sunday Sept 27- 28: Festival of Flight outdoor music festival benefiting Angels for Allison @... [Read More]
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