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    Indoor Skydiving Coming to Jacksonville's Town Center




    An indoor skydiving facility coming to St. Johns Town Center agreed to a land purchase in the shopping center, according to the Daily Record. A contract for 2.5 acres for the development of a $10 million to $12 million project was signed for an iFLY location, just south of Topgolf.

    Representatives of Sky Entertainment LLC told the Daily Record that they expect the land sale to be completed early in 2018. The project should be completed by September or October 2018, according to the report.

    Other iFLY centers in the state of Florida are open in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. The iFLY Orlando site says that prices start at $69.95 for two flights. Each session is 60 seconds, although the entire iFLY first-time experience takes about 90 minutes from start to finish.

     

     

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    MODEST MOUSE RETURNS TO THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE




    The St. Augustine Amphitheatre, in partnership with Jax Live Presents and The Foundation, proudly announce the return of indie rock band Modest Mouse and special guest to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Tickets for this concert event will go on sale to the general public this Friday, July 21 at 12 p.m.

    Modest Mouse formed in Issaquah, Washington and has become, over the past two decades, the indie rock golden standard: One of the few bands capable of achieving massive popularity without sacrificing their longtime fans. Modest Mouse’s latest album, Strangers to Ourselves (Epic), debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, and at #1 on the Rock, Alternative, Vinyl, and Internet charts the week it was released. Also, the band earned a career-high debut on the UK Official Albums chart.

    Strangers to Ourselves has earned accolades in Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, NME, USA Today, and more. Modest Mouse were also the first band to perform for the launch of The Late Late Show with James Corden, when they performed “Be Brave.” The band also performed the single “Lampshades on Fire” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, played two sold-out shows at Webster Hall, and performed other ...   [Read More]




    The Florida Oktoberfest & Music Festival Will Be At Metropolitan Park October 6-8




    The first-ever Florida Oktoberfest & Music Festival, featuring some of the biggest stars in rock, alternative and country music, is set for October 6, 7 and 8, 2017 in Jacksonville, Fla., officials announced today. Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park will play host to three jam-packed days and nights of music and Oktoberfest fun.

    The complete talent lineup along with tickets surrounding this mega-event will be released in the coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, August 3rd. Music fans interested in receiving the line up first as well as discounted tickets prior to August 3rd can register at www.TheFloridaOktoberfest.com.

    “The Florida Oktoberfest & Music Festival will generate a lot of excitement and showcase Jacksonville as a destination for entertainment,” said President of 904 Happy Hour Charles Wagoner. “Events like this have a major impact on tourism and the local economy and I am excited to promote this festival across the country.”

    Saturday and Sunday will feature national headliners and supporting artists in rock, alternative, and country genres and Friday will showcase some of the the nation’s most recog...   [Read More]




    The Jacksonville Armada Have Been Purchase By Businessman Robert Palmer




    It was announced today at a press conference that real estate businessman Robert Palmer has bought the Jacksonville Armada. Palmer, whose companies include RP Funding and HomeValue.com, takes the reins of the team after a tough year off the field where previous owner Mark Frisch decided to turn ownership of the team over to the league.

    Mr Palmer is  the second owner of the Armada, which was founded in July 2013 and began NASL competition in April 2015 in Jacksonville. The Armada team plays in the North American Soccer League, one-step below Major League Soccer.

    Mr. Palmer said the team will continue to play their home games at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida through at least the 2018 season. He is committed to a long-term plan to build new offices for the Armada and his other Jacksonville businesses, along with a new practice and training facility for the team.

    The Armada finished the NASL's spring season tied for third place in the eight team league. They resume play for the fall season on July 30 against San Francisco at 6 p.m. at Hodges.

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    Jacksonville Sharks Hosts The Columbus Lions For The National Arena League Championship Monday




    The Jacksonville Sharks will return to the Shark Tank on Monday, July 10 for the National Arena League Championship as they host the Columbus Lions at the Veteran’s Memorial Arena for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. 

    The Sharks have handed Columbus two losses this season and the Lions enter the Shark Tank looking for redemption as they face off for the 2017 NAL Championship. The winner of this game will make history as  the inaugural NAL Champions. 

    Whether you are a longtime Season Ticket Holder or about to head to your first Sharks game, please see below for a rundown of what to expect at the Shark Tank Monday night!

    Suite/Duval Street Entrance: This entrance will be open for all current Sharks season tickets holders  starting at 6:00 p.m.  After that, all ticketed fans can enter through this entrance.

    Noise Policy: The Sharks allow cowbells (8” in height 6” in width max). We will continue with the policy of fans NOT being able to bring large buckets, hand held horns or aerosol air horns into the arena.

    Unveiling the Trophy: The NAL Championship Trophy will be available for all fans to take pictures with from 6-7pm on the Main Concourse across from the merchandise stand by Section 10...   [Read More]



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    2014 Florida Country Superfest




    Jacksonville, Fl  – Florida Country Superfest announced today that Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Big & Rich, Easton Corbin, Colt Ford and Joe Nichols will rock Jacksonville’s EverBank Field on June 14 and 15 in the inaugural edition of the mega-fest.  For two days and nights, Jacksonville will become the epicenter of country music as fans from around the nation converge on the city for performances by many of the most popular artists in American music.  EverBank Field will be redesigned to include an enormous rock-n-roll-styled stage at one end with thousands of seats positioned on the field creating a rare stadium festival experience.

    Festival-goers should plan to arrive early for the official Florida Country Superfest Fan Fest & Tailgate Party located directly outside EverBank Field, featuring a country music stage, artist meet and greets, festive food, and much more. Offering a tailgating environment akin to the atmosphere surrounding the annual Florida Georgia gridiron battle, the Country Superfest—with its spirit of celebration— promises to send everybody home a winner.

    Hard rockin’ country rules opening n...   [Read More]




    Old Crow Medicine Show at St. Augustine Amphitheater Recap




    On the eve of Memorial Day, 904 Happy Hour went down to St. Augustine and got to see Old Crow Medicine perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheater. Many people waited outside to get in the amphitheater, and they were excited to see this band. The opening act for the band was Dale Watson. I thought he was good for an opening act. His style is like old school country, with his band having just a thump bass, pedal steel, a small drum kit, and Dale playing guitar. Dale Watson was fine for an opening act, but the crowd was waiting for Old Crow Medicine show.

    Once Old Crow Medicine came on stage and I heard them, I thought they were really impressive. This band used all acoustic instruments and nothing else. When I heard their music,  I thought I was at a Lumineers show or a Mumford and Sons show. This kind of country music was more bluegrass and folk. This band has also earned a high honor as they were recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this year.  Old Crow Medicine Show had some amazing songs such as “Carry Me Back to Virginia”, “CC Rider”, “Tell It to Me”, and their mega hit “Wagon Wheel”. This band created the song “Wagon Wheel”, with a little help from legendary Bob Dyla...   [Read More]




    Brett Eldridge at the Jacksonville Landing Recap




    99.1’s 99 Days of Summer kicked off Thursday with a free concert by Brett Eldridge and 904 Happy Hour was there to see it. Many people packed the Jacksonville Landing Thursday night and couldn’t wait for the rising country artist to perform. Before Brett came on, Natalie Nicole Green and Clark Hill opened up for him. Natalie Nicole Green sang some great songs, and her performance was really great. Clark Hill also did some great songs including a couple of originals. In case you don’t know, Clark Hill performed at the landing at Mavericks where he opened up for Love and Theft. Both of these opening act performances were acoustic sets which I really liked. It’s actually cool to listen to acoustic sets once in a while. 

    After the opening acts, Brett Eldridge came out and the crowd went crazy. His stage presence was beyond what I imagined. Since it was an acoustic performance, he didn’t just sit down with his guitar and perform the whole time.  He reached out to the crowd. He enjoys being able to reach for his fans and having fun. Brett Eldridge is known for his two songs “Don’t Ya” and “Beat of the Music”. His two hit songs got the crowd excited and got them singing back to Brett. If yo...   [Read More]




    Frankie Ballard at Mavericks Recap




    Mavericks at the Landing has had great performers over the past years and this artist really knows how to get the crowd on their feet. On Thursday May 15, Frankie Ballard revisited and headlined this show at Mavericks. The last time Frankie Ballard came to Jacksonville was when he opened up for Rodney Atkins along with Rose Falcon. Frankie Ballard packed the venue and put on a great show for the crowd. This artist is famous for his hit songs “Helluva Life”, “Bunch Of Girls” and “Tell Me You Get Lonely”.

    Frankie put out an EP album in 2011 and has now released his full length album this year. He has a country rock sound and is very interactive with his fans. In the middle of his show, he brought a fan up on stage for her birthday and dedicated his song “Sober Me Up” to her. I believe she got her birthday wish that night! Frankie also played a cover of “Ain’t that America” from John Mellencamp. Frankie is an artist that just doesn’t go out there to please his fans, he also wants his fans to be his friends. When he performed his hit song “Helluva Life” his fans sang it back to him and he was blown away by how many people enjoyed his song. His show overall was full o...   [Read More]




    Bad Religion and Pennywise Coming To The Ampitheatre




    St. Augustine, FL (May 12, 2014) – In 1994, Epitaph Records sponsored Summer Nationals, selling out three days at the Hollywood Palladium. The rising tide of California punk bands were brought together with their swelling legion of fans into one sweaty mass of zeitgeist. The Offspring, having just released the seminal album Smash, lead the way alongside Bad Religion and Pennywise. 

    Those same headliners will join together for the first time since that memorable moment and bring the event across North America. Starting in late July through the end of Summer, the trio, along with other bands on select dates including Stiff Little Fingers and SoCal punk buds The Vandals, will hit the road for Summer Nationals 2014. The Offspring with Bad Religion and  Pennywise will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Tuesday, August 19. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 30 at 10AM. 

      The Offspring will be performing Smash in its entirety for the first time ever, an album that has sold 12 million copies and  remains the highest selling independent record of all time, plus new and classic songs. Bad Religion, fresh off the surprise success of their acclaimed Christmas Songs album, will pull from...   [Read More]



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    Jacksonville Ranked As One Of Heaviest Drinking Cities In America




    Jacksonville Fl - According to a recent study conducted by Sharecare, Jacksonville is ranked in the top 10 heaviest drinking cities for men and women. Some find this poll startling but some find it as getting Jacksonville on the "map". 

    Since the beginning, there has always been alot of drinking in Jacksonville but why so much? The answer lies in the fact that we are such a big city, not by population but by size and there is so little to do - or are there other factors to blame? 

    Until the last few years, people have been separated by rivers, the ditch at the beach & the lack of interest to drive to another area of town to find something to do. New campaigns have been sparking the interest of locals to travel out of their neighborhood to try something new causing this trend to change.

    Top 10 Heaviest Drinking Cities For Men

    1. Knoxville, TN 2. Louisville, KY 3. Greenville, SC 4. Oklahoma City, OK 5. Portland, OR 6. Greensboro, NC 7. Jacksonville, FL 8. Las Vegas, NV 9. Cincinnati, OH 10. Nashville, TN

     

    Top 10 Heaviest Drinking Cities For Women

    1. Memphis, TN 2. Salt Lake City, UT 3. Jacksonville, FL 4. Knoxv...   [Read More]




    Avondale Riverside Night Trolly - New Transportation




    The Jacksonville Transportation Authority launches the Night Trolley in Riverside & Avondale beginning on January 3rd and 4th, 2014. The Night Trolley will run Friday and Saturday nights, from 6:00 pm – 2:00 am, on the first weekend of every month from January through June.

    Riverside Avondale Preservation and area merchants invite Jacksonville to experience a clean, convenient, reliable and low cost public transportation as viable alternative to cars in our neighborhood. The cost is $1.50 for a single ride or $4 for a day pass.  

    The Night Trolley will feature stops throughout the neighborhood residential and commercial districts, hitting 5 Points, Park & King, the Shoppes of Avondale, the Brewery District, Stockton & College, and the St Johns Village area.

    There will be a mobile optimized website available that will show current route locations of the trolleys on the night of the event. http://trolley.jaxmob.com/

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    Pawlidays Holiday Pet Adoption Party




    Jacksonville Fl - This Saturday, the Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA), a non-profit group of volunteers who fundraise and support the animals at Animal Care and Protective Services in Jacksonville FL is hosting a special adoption event on 10am-6pm. The event will be located at the shelter location, 2020 Forest Street in Riverside.

    There will be over 100 dogs and cats of all ages available for adoption. Adoption fees are $20 and kittens are "adopt one, get one" (or BOGO). All pets are spay/neutered, micro chipped, and vaccinated. Pets with rabies shots (4 months and up) have their city license included in the $20 fee. families can also have their pets picture taken with Santa and their families.

    There will be many great vendors on site, including: Pawfection Bakery, SAMs Club, AAA Auto Club, St. Francis Animal Hospital, First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Pawsy Pet Boutique, Paws and Claws Pet Sitting, Green Dog Spa, Page Pitts - Author of a children's book: The Adventures of James and Maisy, A Story of Adoption & Heather Henderson - Independent Scentsy Consultant

    This is a great opportunity to purchase a FOJA tshirt or buy an adoption gift certificate for a loved one this holiday...   [Read More]




    Jacksonville Landing Getting Facelift




    Jacksonville Fl - Monday night, more than 100 attended the forum to talk about downtown growth and the role of the Landing. The meeting centered its attention on a plan that could not only revamp the Landing but change downtown life permanently. 

    The Haskell Co. has been working with Sleiman Enterprises, which owns the Landing, on a redevelopment of the property. There are many options on the table but a majority of the public agrees on one thing - the Landing needs a new spark of energy. 

    The vision presented by Haskell includes demolishing the north building of the Landing to open the property up to Laura Street and better connect to the urban core, leaving room for future development — likely residential. Some think the Landing needs a main attraction like a ferris wheel to thrive and others believe a facelift will be sufficient. 

    Cost & start date for the project haven't been discussed yet. Taxs also could rise due to the scale of the project. More information coming soon. 

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    Boat Parade in Julington Creek on Saturday Dec 7th




    The heartbeat of a city, its character and unique charm, is determined by more than the contours of its skyline or images captured on a Google street-view map. It is the people, the special gatherings and all the events that best define a city.

    Those of us who live in Jacksonville know it is an extraordinary place, blessed with temperate weather, a great business environment and people who work well together. It is a growing, vibrant city that hosts more than its share of  events and memorable gatherings each year.

    Some events, like the annual Florida-Georgia showdown, are great for bringing in visitors and stimulating our local economy. Other special events, like fairs, expos and art shows, are geared toward attracting a local audience and bringing people together to celebrate life in Jacksonville. Saturday December 7th, at 7 pm. The Julington Creek Prop Club will be hosting it's annual Christmas on the Creek Parade.

    Begun in 1988,  holiday-decorated boats are lined up for the parade, which begins at The Marina at Julington Creek at 12807 San Jose Blvd., then goes underneath the San Jose Boulevard bridge around Bulls Bay, then back and down Durbin Creek. Spectators can view it from the bridge walkways, while docks along t...   [Read More]



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