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    SeaWorld's Latest Attraction Ray Rush Will Open At Aquatica This Weekend




     

    A brand-new family raft slide is splashing into Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark on May 12, 2018.

    SeaWorld announced Monday that Ray Rush, a 60-foot-tall manta ray-themed water slide, will open at Aquatica this weekend. 

    The new raft ride will be the first to combine enclosed tube sections, a giant sphere and a drop into an open-air halfpipe, says SeaWorld. The family-friendly ride can hold up to four people who are at least 42 inches tall on a single raft. 

    The neighboring Walhalla Wave was closed during the ride's construction, but reopened last weekend, says the company.

    Triple your fun with the three-in-one thrills of Ray Rush, new at Aquatica Orlando. Ray Rush is the fully-loaded water adventure with three ways to slide, splash and soar like never before. First, water jets launch your raft from zero to awesome in just seconds. Your adventure takes a twisting turn as you spin inside a colossal water sphere. Finally, dive into the giant manta wings, swooping up and down a different path each time. Fill your raft with family and friends for three times the thrills on the exciting Ray Rush at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark.

     

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    Studio 54 JAX, A Nightclub and Benefit Concert For The Nonprofit Florida Theatre




    For ONE NIGHT ONLY, experience Studio 54 JAX, A Nightclub and Benefit Concert for the nonprofit Florida Theatre.

    Join us for an exclusive night celebrating the glamour of the infamous private parties at the Studio 54 nightclub in New York City. In a transformed Florida Theatre, enjoy a table for four with enjoy endless cocktails and a plated dinner. Or, enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and endless cocktails in the mezzanine, with swanky balcony seating for a benefit concert featuring guest artists performing the music of Elton John, Donna Summer and Barry Manilow. To complete the evening, dance on the historic Florida Theatre stage, which with live dance music by the Boogie Freaks, becomes the iconic discotheque, Studio 54.

    Table seating Begins at six o’clock in the evening for cocktails, followed by dinner.

    Individual tickets Enter at seven o’clock for heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a private disco.

    A benefit concert featuring surprise guests performing the music of Elton John, Donna Summer and Barry Manilow begins at eight o’clock.

    Dance floor opens at nine o’clock.

    When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 Where: At the Historic Fl...   [Read More]




    2018 Best New Country Artist Luke Combs Plays Military Appreciation Day Tuesday




    Continuing a PGA TOUR tradition of honoring men and women in uniform, THE PLAYERS Championship today unveiled a full slate of military appreciation activities and programs for the 2018 event, including a special performance by 2017 breakout artist Luke Combs on Tuesday, May 8, during Military Appreciation Day. New this year, the Military Appreciation Day Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Concert will kick-off at 6 p.m. on the 17th hole when the tournament returns to THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, May 8-13. 

    Combs joins an impressive list of country music stars who have performed on Military Appreciation Day including Tim McGraw (2010), Darius Rucker (2011), Luke Bryan (2012), Dierks Bentley (2013), Jake Owen (2014), Big & Rich (2015), Toby Keith (2016) and Sam Hunt (2017).

    The Military Appreciation Day Ceremony and Concert is free to any Tuesday ticket holder; a Tuesday Stadium Pass starts at just $25. Parking is also free on Tuesday and Wednesday of tournament week.

    “Performing at THE PLAYERS, on the 17th hole, is one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences,” said Combs. “The fact that my performance is part of a ceremony that honors our men and women in the armed f...   [Read More]




    THE PLAYERS Championship Returns May 8-13




    The PLAYERS Championship returns May 8th and annually combines the best field in golf playing The PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The week schedule of events is listed below.

    Monday, May 7

    · Practice Day for professionals

    · Course closed to the public

    Tuesday, May 8: Military Appreciation Day

    · Entrances open at 7:30 a.m.

    · Practice Day for professionals

    · Charity of the Day: Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation

    · Military Appreciation Ceremony and Luke Combs Concert on Hole 17 at 5:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 9

    · Entrances open at 7:30 a.m.

    · Practice Day for professionals

    · Charity of the Day: Junior Achievement of North Florida

    Thursday, May 10

    · Entrances open at 6:30 a.m.

    · First round of competition begins at approximately 7:30 a.m. (threesomes off of No. 1 and No.10)

    · Charity of the Day: Wolfson Children’s Hospital

    Friday, May 11

    · Entrances open at 6:30 a.m.

    · Second round of competition begins...   [Read More]




    LITTLE BIG TOWN AND THEIR “THE BREAKERS TOUR” IS MAY 4TH




    The St. Augustine Amphitheatre proudly presents Grammy award-winning County music vocal group Little Big Town and their “The Breakers Tour” featuring Kacey Musgraves and Midland live in concert on Friday, May 4, 2018. Tickets for Little Big Town with special guests Kacey Musgraves and Midland will go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 6 at 10 a.m.

    After launching a historic sold-out year-long residency at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, Grammy Awardwinning vocal group Little Big Town announced they will bring their critically-acclaimed harmonies to arenas and amphitheaters nationwide starting Spring 2018 with “The Breakers Tour.” The highly-anticipated multi-city run begins February 8 in Oklahoma City and will visit 26 markets, including St. Augustine, Florida’s St. Augustine Amphitheatre on May 4.

    Little Big Town’s landmark year to date includes the release of their chart-topping album The Breaker (released February 24, 2017) which debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard 200 All Genre chart-as well as the group’s fifth ACM Award win as Vocal Group of the Year. Additionally, the Multi-Platinum selling Country group was recently inducted into th...   [Read More]



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    2014 ROAR Audition Information




    Jacksonville Fl - The Jacksonville Jaguars announce details for the 2014 ROAR Cheerleader Auditions presented by Venus. Preliminary and semifinal auditions will be held at EverBank Field on Saturday, March 22nd. Final auditions will be held on Saturday, March 29th.  Interested candidates must register to audition by Monday, March 10th and must attend an audition class.  Registration information, audition class details and requirements are available at http://www.jaguars.com/cheerleaders/auditions.html.

    “Auditions are always an exciting time of the year,” said Jaguars Senior Manager of Cheerleading, Promotions and Programs Christy Stechman Zynda. “We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who are talented entertainers and will be outstanding ambassadors for our team and city.”

    THE ROAR, the Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders, are an integral part of the Jaguars entertainment package during all home games. Under the direction of Christy Stechman Zynda, these NFL cheerleaders captivate fans with their high-energy dance routines. When not on the playing field, they serve as goodwill ambassadors for the Jaguars and the NFL by participating in community, corporate and charitable events throughout Jacksonville...   [Read More]




    The Philadelphia Union will face the New York Red Bulls Wednesday, Feb. 12 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville




      The Philadelphia Union will face 2013 Supporters Shield Champion New York Red Bulls Wednesday, Feb. 12 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., as part of the team’s 2014 preseason trip. The game will kick off at 6 p.m.      “We are excited to play for the second consecutive year at such an excellent venue in the City of Jacksonville,” said Philadelphia Union Team Manager John Hackworth. “New York will be great competition for our squad and we are looking forward to an entertaining match in front of fans in Jacksonville."   The Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls will  host a free youth clinic during the open practice at the Jacksonville Jaguars practice fields outside EverBank Field from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, the day prior to the game.  Registration for the clinic opens at 7 p.m.    “The city’s partnership with the Philadelphia Union continues to grow and appreciate them choosing Jacksonville for their preseason training,” said Mayor of Jacksonville Alvin Brown.  “Jacksonville has shown its support for soccer and this will kick off a month of soccer throughout our city.”   Match tickets are available ...   [Read More]




    Jake Owen to headline Military Appreciation Day Ceremony at The Players




    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. – THE PLAYERS Championship, along with RCA Nashville, announced today that country music star Jake Owen will perform on Wednesday, May 7, as part of the tournament’s Military Appreciation Day. Owen’s performance will take place on the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse Lawn and conclude a day of special activities and programs that celebrate the men and women of the Armed Forces. THE PLAYERS 2014 returns to THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass from May 6-11.

    For nearly a decade, Vero Beach-native Jake Owen has been delivering chart-topping country hits, including four consecutive No. 1 singles since 2011. Owen earned GRAMMY and CMA nominations in 2008 with his revival of “Life in A Northern Town” with Sugarland and Little Big Town, and in 2009 he was named Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. Owen’s first headlining tour, CMT ON TOUR JAKE OWEN: THE SUMMER NEVER ENDS 2012, made CMT history for the most sold-out shows in a row for the annual nationwide tour. Owen is launching his second headlining tour in March 2014 - JAKE OWEN’S DAYS OF GOLD TOUR. The 55-city plus tour also stars Eli Young Band* along with Parmalee*, Thomas Rhett* and The Cadillac Three. (*select dates).

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    The Sochi Olympics begin on Thursday, Feb. 6th




    Television coverage of the Sochi Games will begin Thursday, Feb. 6, with the first of an unprecedented 18 consecutive NBC primetime shows, continuing with Friday night's Opening Ceremony and concluding Sunday, Feb. 23, with the Closing Ceremony. The Feb. 6 start marks the first time NBC will deliver primetime Olympic programming before the Opening Ceremony. Live daytime broadcasts in the U.S. begin Saturday, Feb. 8, on the NBC Sports    

    2014 Sochi Winter Olympics TV Schedule All times Eastern   Time (ET) Net Sport Event Start End Thursday, February 6 8:00 PM 11:00 PM NBC Snowboarding Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle NBC Freestyle Skiing Women’s Moguls NBC Figure Skating Team Event 1:30 AM 4:30 AM NBC Primetime replay Friday, February 7 7:30 PM 11:30 PM NBC Opening Ceremony 1:30 AM 4:30 AM NBC Primetime replay Saturday, February 8 3:00 AM 5:30 AM NBCSN Women’s Hockey USA vs. Finland (LIVE) 5:30 AM 9:30 AM NBCSN Cross-Country Women’s Sk...   [Read More]




    "Endless Possibilities" for Everbank Field




    Jacksonville Fl - Jaguars owner Shad Khan and President Mark Lamping revealed new renderings of the plans and potential new ideas for EverBank Field

    Heres some of the ideas: 

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    Blues Traveler Will Be Performing Live At The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Sunday, March 29, 2015




    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (February 16, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall welcomes back New York Blues- Rock quartet Blues Traveler on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Blues Traveler previously performed at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on October 28, 2012. Tickets for will go on sale this Friday, February 20 at 10 a.m.

    The four original members of Blues Traveler, who have known each other since their early teens – John Popper, Chandler Kinchla, the late Bobby Sheehan and Brendan Hill – gathered over 25 years ago in the basement of their drummer’s parents’ Princeton, NJ home and the seeds were born for a band who have released a total of 11 studio albums, four of which have gone gold, three platinum and one six-times platinum. Over the course of their illustrious career, Blues Traveler have sold more than 10 million combined units worldwide, played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people, and, with “Run-Around,” had the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, which earned them a GRAMMY for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

    “We started this whole adventure as a team,” says Brendan Hill. “We’ve taken every step of this as...   [Read More]




    Barenaked Ladies With Violent Femmes And Colin Hay Coming To The St. Augustine Amphitheatre On July 11, 2015




    St. Augustine, FL (February 16, 2015) – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre welcomes the Barenaked Ladies “2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour” featuring special guests Violent Femmes and Colin Hay (of Men At Work) on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Barenaked Ladies previously performed at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on November 2, 2013. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 20 at 10 a.m.

    This summer, Barenaked Ladies will be heading back out on the road for their 2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour. Joined by special guests Violent Femmes and Colin Hay of Men At Work, the Ladies are once again recreating their winning formula with performances in 30+ amphitheaters across the country including their stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on July 11. As the Ladies’ vocalist and guitarist Ed Robertson explains, “It’s the Last Summer on Earth... again! It’s not a doomsday prediction; it’s a call to action. We sincerely hope this won’t be the Last Summer on Earth, but just in case, we’re going to ROCK like it is!”

    Barenaked Ladies featuring guitarist and vocalist Ed Robertson, bassist and vocalist Jim Creeggan, keyboardist Kevin Hearn and drummer Tyler Steward ...   [Read More]




    Bob Dylan And His Band Will Return To The St. Augustine Amphitheatre On April 18, 2015




    St. Augustine, FL (February 16, 2015) – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is proud to announce that music legend Bob Dylan and His Band will return on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 20 at 10 a.m. Bob Dylan previously performed to a sold-out crowd at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on May 5, 2013.

    Bob Dylan has been an influential singer-songwriter and popular culture figure for over 50 years. Dylan has released over 40 albums, which combined have sold over 110 million records worldwide. As a songwriter and musician, Dylan has received numerous awards including multiple GRAMMY Awards (most notably Album of the Year in 1998), a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. Dylan has also been inducted into many prestigious societies including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. Dylan was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor by President Clinton in 1997, and in 1998, the Pulitzer Prize jury awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." Dylan has also received the Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts...   [Read More]




    Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Celebrates Its Four-Year Anniversary and Unveils Upgrades and Plans for Major Renovations




    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (February 9, 2015) — On Friday, February 13, 2015 the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall will celebrate four years of presenting live entertainment and community events in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The anniversary will be celebrated with an evening of live music and dancing by the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies as they Salute the Music of the Rat Pack. Free celebratory cupcakes and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall stickers will be available to all who attend the performance this Friday. For details and tickets to this Friday’s event, please visit www.pvconcerthall.com.

    The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is also excited to unveil recent upgrades made possible by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. A brand new Kimball baby grand piano was donated by The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and is located in the newly renovated piano lounge. Additionally, the Friends of Ponte Vedra Concert Hall provided over $4,000 worth of new furniture and furnishings for artist dressing rooms at the Concert Hall. The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is also working towards raising $30,000 for a roadside electronic marquee. Steve Gard, president of the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, said that his group is pleased to be able to...   [Read More]




    The Golden Dragon Acrobats Prforming in St Augustine




    St. Augustine, FL (January 27, 2015) – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre welcomes the return of The Golden Dragon Acrobats for two very special performances on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, 2015. This year, The Golden Dragon Acrobats present a brand-new cirque spectacular entitled “Cirque Ziva”. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 30 at 10 a.m.

    The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque Ziva is the newest show from producer Danny Chang (Artistic Director of the Golden Dragon Acrobats). Cirque Ziva is a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented new show featuring a large cast of performers, award-winning acrobatics, spectacular costumes and set designs, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques. Cirque Ziva illustrates the best of Danny Chang’s brand of artistic merit, high production value and solid commitment to cultural exchange.

     

    Continuing over 30 years of US touring performing a centuries-old Chinese art form, The Golden Dragon Acrobats remain the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States and present over 200 performances annually. In 2005, their Broadway debut and seven-week run at the New Victory T...   [Read More]



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    NYE 2014-2015 Events




    NYE 2014-2015 Events

    Looking for plans for New Years Eve? Here’s our top picks happening around Jacksonville this year.

    NYE Celebration & 3 Course Dinner ft. The Jammin Salmons @ Pusser’s in Ponte Vedra - $$ The Ultimate New Years Eve Party ft. Be Easy, comic Anira & more @ Latitude 30 in Jacksonville - $$ Smokin' Aces New Years Eve Party @ Mavericks at the Landing - $ New Year's Eve Black & White Masquerade Gala @ The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island - $$$$ Chris Thomas and the BIG Band & DJ EL preform @ Suite for NYE at the Town Center - $$ Sweet Affair @ Sweet Pete’s Candy Factory in Downtown Jacksonville - $$$ NYE Party @ Lynch Irish Pub ft. IVY LEAGUE - $ Sexy Masquerade Ball @ Underbelly in Downtown Jacksonville - $$ 333NYE – The Mad Hatters Ball @ MOCA Jacksonville - $$$$ Beach Blast-Off @ St. Augustine Beach Pier – Free NYE @ The Jacksonville Landing - Free ...   [Read More]




    Top 20 Events This Weekend - December 12-14th 2014




    Looking for plans this weekend? Theres a lot happening from a luminaria to boat parade and even a Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl! Check out the complete list below. 

    Friday

    Friday, December 12: The 007 'License to Party' Event - Benefitting Bright Holidays. Celebrating Sterling Joyce's Birthday -  Doors open at 8pm

    Friday, December 12: "A December To Remember" @ The St Augustine Ampitheatre  presents Murray Middle School's production of “Yes, Virginia The Musical" – 7pm

    Friday, December 12: Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour – 5pm-9pm

    Friday, December 12: Jaguars Kids Club: Holiday Party @ Everbank Field

    Saturday

    Saturday, December 13: The Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl @ The Jacksonville Beach Bars. Checkin is at the Ritz from 6-9pm; crawl is from 6pm-midnight. For more info, visit www.uglysweaterbarcrawl.com

    Saturday, December 13: Whitey's 2014 Lighted Boat Parade – Starts at 6:30 pm

    Saturday, December 13: Festival of Lights 5k and Family Fun Run in San Marco

    Saturday, December 13: Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour – 5pm-9pm

    Saturday, December 13: Combat Night- Live MMA @ Mavericks at the La...   [Read More]




    New Aquarium Coming to St. Augustine




    The St. Augustine Aquarium and Botanical Gardens will be an exciting new community amenity and sustainable Northeast Florida aquarium attraction, scheduled to open in 2015.

    Shawn and Kathy Hiester announced Wednesday that they had purchased a 5-acre site for their new St. Augustine Aquarium, Snorkel Adventure and Zip Line project. The Aquarium will be located at 2045 State Road 16 in St. Augustine, just east of Interstate 95. 

    Guests will be able to observe Sand Tiger, Bonnethead and Blacknose sharks, as well as an array of mesmerizing fish, eels and rays. The project will be constructed in two phases, culminating in a 250,000 gallon, 43,000-square-foot facility.

    ...   [Read More]




    Top 20 Events This Weekend - December 5-7th 2014




    Looking for something to do December 5-7th around Jacksonville? There are plenty of fun options! Check out the complete list below.

    Photo feature by Michael Quiroga

    Friday, December 5

    Friday, December 5: The Big Ticket @ Metro Park in Downtown Jacksonville – All Day

    Friday, December 5: Hunter Hayes @ The Veterans Memorial Arena – 7pm

    Friday, December 5: Holiday at St. James – 4:30pm-7pm

    Friday, December 5: The BID- Benefiting Brides Against Breast Cancer @ Suite – Doors open at 8pm

    Friday, December 5: The Chinese Acrobats @ The Florida Times Union Center – 7pm

    Friday, December 5: Gingerbread House Extravaganza @ St Andrews Church – 10am-5pm

    Friday- Sunday: 2014 Arts and Antiques Show @ the Prime Osborne Center

    Saturday, December 6

    Saturday, December 6: Running of the Bulls 5K @ Hemming Plaza – 8:30am

    Saturday, December 6: Daryl Hall & John Oates are performing @ the St. Augustine Ampitheatre – 7pm

    Saturday, December 6: 1st Annual Gamble Rogers Fest @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – All Afternoon

    Saturday, December 6: St. Augustine Winter Spectacular @ Flagler College Auditorium &ndas...   [Read More]




    Nights of Lights in St Augustine Information




    St. Augustine’s popular holiday season city-wide event - the famed Nights of Lights celebration – will glow with more than three million brilliant white lights again this year attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the oldest city in the Nation. Nights of Lights runs November 22, 2014, through January 31, 2015, in St. Augustine, Fla. 

    During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic - from the ground to the rooftops. Selected by National Geographic in 2011 & 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Many historic landmarks and locations are beautifully illuminated during Nights of Lights. The waters of Matanzas bay glow from the nightly reflections of lights strewn along the bay walk and displayed on the Bridge of Lions.

    The Plaza de la Constitucion shines from the top of trees and throughout the famous center of St. Augustine’s historic district. The 125-year-old Hotel Ponce de Leon, now the campus of Flagler College, is outlined in lights. And the Lightner Museum, once a resort hotel also built by Flagler, is lit so...   [Read More]



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