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The Jacksonville Jaguars Starting Quarterback This Season Will Be Blake Bortles.
Just one week after head coach Doug Marrone suggested that the job was up for grabs, the Jaguars starting quarterback competition has reportedly been settled. The man to lead the offense for your 2017-2018 Jacksonville Jaguars will be Blake Bortles. Coach Doug Marrone has picked fourth-year player Blake Bortles over Chad Henne to be the team's starter for the Sept. 10 season opener at Houston, a surprising turnaround for a player whose career with the team seemed to be in jeopardy a week ago.
Coach Marrone gave Chad Henne the start in Jacksonville’s third preseason game, but was apparently unimpressed by Henne’s 8-of-14, 73-yard performance. Bortles was better, connecting on 12 of 16 throws for 125 yards and a touchdown.
Bortles has started the last 45 regular season games for the Jaguars, but a dreadful start to the 2017 preseason following his downturn in 2016 led Doug Marrone to bench him in favor of Chad Henne for the third preseason contest. Henne went 8 of 14 for 73 yards while getting sacked three times with the first-team offense, while Bortles completed 12 of 16 passes for 125 yards, a touchdown and a pick with the subs.
Despite his downturn in production, the Jag... [Read More]
Tickets For Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio Go On Sale Today
The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall presents rousing, down-home feel-good blues musician Elvin Bishop and his Big Fun Trio live at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Tickets for Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio go on sale this Friday, August 25 at 10 a.m.
“Fabulous good-time romps…The pleasure is infectious.” –Blues & Rhythm
A lot has happened since guitar legend Elvin Bishop released his last album, 2014’s Grammy-nominated Can’t Even Do Wrong Right. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and soon after into the Blues Hall Of Fame. He won the Living Blues Award for Best Blues Album Of 2014 and three 2014 Blues Music Awards: Album of the Year, Song of the Year (for the title track) and The Elvin Bishop Band took the award for Band of the Year.
Now, Elvin—along with his friends, guitarist/pianist Bob Welsh and percussionist/vocalist Willy Jordan—launches The Big Fun Trio. Preparing for one of the first live gigs with his new trio, Bishop told The San Jose Mercury News, “Every time I pick up the guitar, something new comes out of it. I guess you’d call me a late bloomer. When you get to be my age, you’re not expecting to be progressing or coming up ... [Read More]
Northern St Johns County Welcomes Beachwalk
A new community in Northern St. Johns County called Beachwalk will have residents living there before the year ends. Beachwalk is planned to be an upscale neighborhood anchored by what is essentially a 14-acre swimming pool. Plenty of work has already been done, and developer John Kinsey and others associated with the development were in town Thursday for the official groundbreaking ceremony. The enormous Crystal Lagoon has been dug out and is taking shape. Water should fill the Lagoon as soon as July of this year with residents living around it by fall.
The project being done by Art Falcone’s Encore Capital Management and Kinsey’s Twin Creeks Development, brings a man made lagoon into the project and makes it part of the unique character of the community. The architecture, landscaping and amenities will be different from any other community in the area. It will offer a beach vibe with palm trees rather than live oaks and sandy beaches around the lagoon.
Kinsey stated that it is a departure from what you see everywhere you go. Working on the whole idea of Beachwalk two years ago, Art and Kinsey came to the conclusion pretty quickly that this area didn’t need more of what was being built and sold in every other community. There i... [Read More]
Chuy's Opens At The Strand At Town Center
Chuy’s, opened last Tuesday at The Strand at Town Center. It’s address is 4914 Town Center Parkway which is across the street from The Markets.
The TexMex restaurant has eight locations in Florida and has 10 made-from-scratch signature sauces, Big As Yo’ Face Burritos and hand-rolled tortillas.
Chuy's opened on April 16, 1982 in an old, abandoned Texas Barbeque joint on iconic Barton Springs Road in Austin, TX. There was seating for about sixty, a women's restroom the size of a broom closet and a men's restroom that was, well, outside. Founders Mike Young and John Zapp had a vision of a fun and funky Tex-Mex restaurant that served authentic and fresh food in an atmosphere that appealed to everyone. From these humble beginnings Chuy's was born.
Chuy's is known for its authentic, fresh food and fun, eclectic atmosphere. This Town Center location will be its first one in Jacksonville. Almost everything is made from scratch in the giant kitchen, and the 800-degree comal where fresh tortillas are constantly rolled out. The queso, guacamole and green chile are all great.
Their store hours are:
Sun - Thurs 11am to 10pm
Fri - Sat 11am to 11pm... [Read More]
Mayweather vs McGregor Fight Night Watch Party At River City Brewery
Make plans to join us at River City Brewing Co on the Southbank in San Marco for their Mayweather vs McGregor Fight Night Watch Party on August, 26th, 2017. Watch the fight of the century on our big screens at Jacksonville's First Micro Brewery plus enjoy great drink specials sponsored by Terremoto Tequilla all night and DJ J Doll all night! Additionally, all ladies 21+ will receive $1 well cocktails from 6-8pm!
For a limited time, tickets are available for just $20 online / $30 day of or until the event sells out. Doors will open at 6:00pm and to ensure you receive a seat, we reccomend arriving before 8:00pm. Once 8:00pm hits the tickets are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. For table and bottle packages, call or text (571) 288-2616. Tickets are non-refundable and the fight will be aired rain or shine!... [Read More]
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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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El Galeón - Docked in Jacksonville, Florida Through Veterans Day
El Galeón, the 1/1 scale reconstruction of a 16th Century Spanish galleon will be docked in Jacksonville, Florida in front of the Hyatt through Veterans Day.
The ship will be docked at the City Dock on Coastal Dr, and will be open for public tours from Wednesday, November 5th through Tuesday, November 11th & hours are 10am-6pm daily. Five of the six decks are available for tour, which holds an exhibition about the "San Pelayo", the Spanish galleon that founded St. Augustine, the first city in the US. It carries an all-Spanish crew of about the history to the ship and what it is like to sail on her.
The ship, El Galeon Andalucia (refered to as in Spain) is a 170 foot, 495 ton, authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet. With information about 16th century European sailing techniques and technology, as well as important Florida history exhibits, El Galeón will tell the 500 year story since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León on the eastern shore of Florida. St. Augustine has been named El Galeón's home American port for the foreseeable future.
for more info, visit: http://www.elgaleon... [Read More]
Top 10 North Florida Resorts and Hotels
The results are in and we have put together a guide for the top 10 resorts, hotels and places to stay in North Florida. Whether you are visiting for a few days from out of town or a local looking for a quick weekend staycation , this list will ensure luxurious, clean and safe accommodations that are the best in the area!1. Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa
Ponte Vedra Beach
Nestled along the northeast Florida Northeast Coast in Ponte Vedra Beach, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa is a breathtaking destination for golf getaways, family vacations, and romantic escapes. Encompassing 63 stunning acres, their resort offers a beautiful landscape of trees, lagoons, waterfalls and views to the green fairways of the TPC Sawgrass. In addition to their 510 beautifully appointed guest rooms, golfers, families and executive groups alike can revel in true relaxation at the thoughtfully renovated Villas at Sawgrass.
Play over 99 holes of championship golf, including the two championship golf courses at TPC Sawgrass, connected to the resort by a golf cart path. Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa is a soothing retreat from urban life. Enjoy the tranquility and pristine sands of Ponte Vedra ... [Read More]
2014 Jacksonville Fair Entertainment Schedule
This year, the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair's entertainment lineup promises something for everyone. A broad range of top performers will take the stage during the 12-day event, treating audiences to everything from classic rock, country and blues to golden oldies. All entertainment will be on the outdoor stage and will be free with admission to the Fair.
VIP Seating is offered @ $10 per ticket (gate admission not included). VIP Seating is for select shows on a first come, first serve basis in a reserved area not reserved seating. If you wish to charge your VIP tickets, CLICK HERE . This link will take you to our on-line store where you may purchase your tickets. VIP tickets will not be mailed after,October 28th, they will be held for pick-up in the Fair Administration Office.
Wednesday November 5th
J. Collins Band
Entertainment Stage - 8:00pm
Local fan base country artist J. Collins captures audiences through his powerful stage presence. Collins has opened for Molley Hatchet, Chris Young, Colt Ford, Lo Cash Cowboys, Big & Rich, Kellie Pickler and many notable others. His single "Party Our Hats Off" has been played nati... [Read More]
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... [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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