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The Jacksonville Icemen Earn Their First-Ever Franchise Victory
Today, The Jacksonville Icemen (1-4-1-0) picked up their first-ever franchise win and shut out the Brampton Beast (2-7-1-1) 5-0.
Just one day after being acquired by the Icemen, defenseman Jan Kostalek was quick to make a good first impression. At 14:54 in the first period, the 22-year-old scored his first-ever ECHL goal to give the Icemen a 1-0 lead. He was assisted by Alexandre Goulet and Emerson Clark, extending Goulet’s point streak to six games and Clark’s point streak to four games. Icemen goalie Jamie Phillips was strong in the first frame, denying all 14 shots from the Beast.
Late in a very even second period, Icemen captain Garet Hunt received a great pass from Cameron Critchlow as he was exiting the box, leading to a 1-on-1 breakaway. Hunt capitalized on the play to give the Icemen a 2-0 lead with 2:40 remaining in the period. For the second time on the road trip, the Icemen would head into the room after the second period with a one-goal lead.
This time, there would be no stopping the Icemen as the team continued to add to their lead. Just 2:08 into the third period, Bobby MacIntyre notched his fourth goal on the season to give the Icemen a three-goal lead. Over 11 minutes later, Alexandre Goulet stole the puck in... [Read More]
IKEA Jacksonville Grand Opening Is Today
IKEA Jacksonville Grand Opening is today at 7801 Gate Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32256 at the Town Center. Stop by for product, food and gift card giveaways, plus fun activities for the whole family.
IKEA Jacksonville store manager Leontyne Green Sykes said “We are excited to be opening our 46th store in the U.S. and our fifth in the state of Florida,” “We have received such a warm welcome from the Jacksonville community, and we want to return the favor by welcoming our shoppers with food, fun and iconic IKEA products.”
Giveaways throughout the grand opening weekend include:
· Rest Assured*- The first 46 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Jacksonville will receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa, honoring our 46th U.S. store.
· Take a Seat (And We Mean Take It!)* –The next 100 adults (18 & older) will receive a free POÄNG armchair.
· For the (Truly) Young at Heart – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Ja... [Read More]
Upcoming Christmas Lighting Ceremonies
With the holidays just around the corner, North Florida is getting ready to light up night. Here are a list of lighting ceremonies that will take place throughout the month of November.
St. Johns Holiday Spectacular
Celebrate the joy and magic of the holiday season at the 12th annual St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular on Saturday, November 11. Holiday shoppers, families and visitors are invited to attend the action-packed day of free, family fun and musical performances!
The annual holiday celebration, sponsored by Toyota, OneBlood, PRI Productions, and The Lion King - Musical, kicks off at 2 p.m. Throughout the day, guests will enjoy festivities including oversized games, an interactive hot chocolate station, jugglers, caricature artists, letters to Santa, ornament decorating, a festive photo booth and a silent DJ experience. That’s not all! The holiday fun will continue with great giveaways, costume characters, holiday entertainment and more. Main stage entertainment begins at 2 p.m. with dynamic holiday performances and a show-stopping finale by headliner, Parmalee. The Main Stage is located in the Town Green in front of Maggiano’s Little Italy on Midtown Parkway. For Holiday ... [Read More]
The Holidays in St. Augustine, Florida
Sure, we all love the holidays. But sometimes they can feel like the same old, same old. Year after year, you attend the same Christmas parties, wrap similar square-shaped boxes, bake dozens of cookies and struggle to maintain your pre-Thanksgiving weight. What if you did something different this year? What if you spent the holidays creating new experiences and memories with your close friends and family?
St. Augustine, Florida is home to one of the most famous holiday lighting displays in the world. It’s also the Nation’s Oldest City having been continuously occupied by European-established settlements since 1565. And did we mention that this little city by the sea is situated on the Atlantic Ocean and boasts miles upon miles of white, sandy beaches?
There are thousands of reasons to spend the holidays in St. Augustine. Here are just a few of them.
Nights of Lights – Every year, millions of twinkling lights cover the cityscape of St. Augustine from November 18, 2017 and continuing nightly through January 31, 2018. Come see why Nights of Lights was selected by National Geographic in both 2011 and 2012 as one of the best holiday lighting displays in the world as you journey thro... [Read More]
The Expendables, Through The Roots, And Pacific Dub To Perform At The St. Augustine Amphitheatre On Saturday, February 24, 2018
St. Augustine, Fla. (November 6, 2017) – Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the release of their self-titled album, California surf rock band The Expendables will perform the album in its entirety live from the Backyard Stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday, February 24. Joining The Expendables will be special guests Through the Roots and Pacific Dub. Tickets for The Expendables with Through the Roots and Pacific Dub go on sale this Friday, November 10 at 10 a.m.
The Expendables enjoyed a laid-back lifestyle growing up in Santa Cruz, CA – surfing, skating, partying and playing music were commonplace. Since 1997, The Expendables have staked their claim in the California surf/rock genre by headlining venues from coast to coast. Blending reggae, punk rock and 80s style dueling guitar solos, The Expendables have made heads turn and floors shake for years. The band consists of four longtime friends: Geoff Weers guitar and vocals), Adam Patterson (drums and vocals), Raul Bianchi (lead guitar) and Ryan DeMars (bass). The first seven years of their career was fueled with three full-length, completely independent releases. No Time To Worry (2000), Open Container (2001), and Gettin’ Filthy (2004), would bring in a com... [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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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]
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]
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New Leaf First Coast Music Fest announces two day local music festival!
The Second Annual First Coast Music Fest has been announced for Labor Day weekend; August 30th and 31st, 2014.
The New Leaf First Coast Music Fest is Jacksonville’s largest local music festival to be held at Underbelly, 1904 Music Hall, and Burro Bar; all in The Elbow district of downtown. This year the festival has expanded to two days and will feature some of Jacksonville’s most talented bands on four stages.
“After last year’s First Coast Music Fest, we decided there was not enough time for all the talented groups Jacksonville has to offer, so we took the extra step to make the festival two days this year.” says Shawn Jasmin, the promoter for the First Coast Music Fest. “We are very happy to be partnered with Jacksonville companies such as New Leaf Vapor Company, Jam Brothers Music, 904 Happy Hour, Crazy Dave’s Music, The Loop Pizza Grill,The Elbow, and Free Time Radio. We hope by partnering with local companies we can make a big impact on the local economy here in Jacksonville.”
This year’s festival lineup includes Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, World Gone, Palm Trees & Power Lines, Fusebox Funk, Lucky Costello, S.P.O.R.E., Sir Charles, Bryce Alastair Band, City Boi, EverSay, Askmeific... [Read More]
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]
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