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    JAGUARS SIGN QUARTERBACK BLAKE BORTLES TO CONTRACT EXTENSION THROUGH 2020




    The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fourth-year QB Blake Bortles to a contract extension that runs through the 2020 season, the club announced today.

    “Blake’s growth and development last season was a key to the success we had as a team,” said Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin. “Blake has proven, with toughness and dependability, that he can be the leader this team needs going forward. Along with this contract come high expectations that he will continue to improve and help our team accomplish its ultimate goal.”

    Bortles, 6-5, 236, led the Jaguars to a 2-1 postseason record in January’s playoff games. This marked Jacksonville’s first postseason appearance since the 2007 season and the Jaguars’ 2017 AFC South division title was the team’s first since the 1999 season. He has appeared in 62 regular season games with 61 starts and has completed 1,318 of 2,229 career passes (59.1 comp. pct.) for 14,928 yards, 90 TDs and 64 INTs for a passer rating of 80.8. Bortles has also rushed for 1,410 yards and seven TDs on 223 attempts and his 6.32 career rush avg. ranks fourth in NFL history among quarterbacks with at least 200 rush attempts.

    In the red zone in 20...   [Read More]




    40th Annual Ortega River Run




    The 40th Annual Ortega River Run will have a 1 mile Fun Run and a 5 mile Run-Walk Run.  The 1 mile run begins at 8am. Both races start and finish at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School located at 4114 Oxford Avenue – Just off Ortega Boulevard.

    For the 40 years, St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School has held the Ortega River Run. A Grand Prix sanctioned event, this is a great event for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the financial aid and scholarship program at the school.

    Run the historic 40-year course over bridges and along tree-lined streets.

    Medals given to all 1-mile and 5-mile finishers.

    Shirts for all one-mile and five-mile runners. You must pick up at designated locations prior to race day to guarantee shirt availability.

    Large and lively family Street Fair at start/finish with food, activities, give-a-ways, and special guests.

    Fun & Fit Zone with bounce house and sport activities for kids.

    Strollers welcome (must start at back of race).  

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    TICKETS TO STEVE MILLER AND PETER FRAMPTON LIVE AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE GO ON SALE FRIDAY




    On Friday, July 20, 2018, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will host two titans of classic rock – The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton. Tickets for Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton will go on sale Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10 a.m.

    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&rsqu...   [Read More]




    Disney Announces Opening Date For ‘Toy Story Land’ At Disney World




     

    Woody, Buzz, Jessie and their friends will come to life at Walt Disney World in Florida this summer. The upcoming Toy Story Land will officially open to guests on June 30.

    The upcoming 11-acre land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will include two new attractions and a new entrance to the existing Toy Story Mania attraction.

    Guests visiting Toy Story Land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun with Woody, Jessie, Buzz, Andy and other beloved toys in Andy’s backyard. You can also take a ride on the Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Slinky and Jessie.

    Guests can also take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won from Pizza Planet. Here, adorable little green aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.

    Toy Story Land is an important addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios as they look to add guest capacity ahead of the much-anticipated Star Wars Land opening in 2019.

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    Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park Is Open Again On Weekends




    Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park is open again on the weekends. The park offers a full range of facilities and a beautiful beach for sunbathing, swimming, and searching for sharks' teeth.

    The beach is located on the southern end of Ponte Vedra Beach and just north of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve. It also has a handicapped-accessible dune walkover from the parking area to the beach.

    The Mickler’s Landing Beachfront Park, including the parking lot, beach access and all related facilities, has experienced intermittent closures beginning the week of Dec. 4 through spring 2018 while the site is utilized as a staging area for beach restoration associated with Hurricane Irma.

    Visitors are encouraged to exercise caution during this time as heavy equipment will be present on the beach until restoration efforts are complete. To find information on other St. Johns County beach access points, please visit www.sjcfl.us/beaches. For more information, please call 904.209.0322.

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    Sports Update - Jaguars Game Tomorrow




    Jacksonville Fl - The Jacksonville Jaguars open up the 2013 regular season at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. It's been a long and interesting off-season for the Jaguars. Out with old GM Gene Smith and Head Coach Mike Mularkey, and in with a new regime with GM Dave Caldwell and first-time head coach Gus Bradley. This team has overhauled its roster, change its philosophy, and has made it through training camp. Now the real games begin. The Jaguars' opponents, the Kansas City Chiefs, have undergone some major changes as well. New Head Coach Andy Reid is at the helm and he mad e the move to trade for San Francisco 49'ers QB Alex Smith, who is their immediate future. With a team that appears to be loaded with talent on the defensive side of the ball and a dangerous running back in Jamal Charles, it appears the Jaguars have an uphill battle. As a fan, it's tough to think that your team is really as bad as it is. And the Jaguars have a lot to do to see long-term success, but I feel that if the Jags can do these three things on Sunday afternoon, the team and the fans will walk out with a win. Offense- Jaguars need a minimum of 325 yards of offense. Blaine Gabbert appears to be the starter coming into thi...   [Read More]




    Jaguars Planning On Honoring JT Townsend At This Weekends Game




    Jacksonville Fl - Jacksonville is honoring JT Townsend in a big way this week and it's all to keep his legacy alive.  The celebration of his life will be a part of the season opener for the Jaguars this weekend. Three months ago, JT passed away at age 26. JT started the JT Townsend Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of people with disabilities. This year, he graduated from the University of North Florida which was one of the happiest days for mom, Carmen Townsend.Jaguars game tickets purchased through the Give and Go program will give a portion of the proceeds to the foundation to continue the work JT started. The foundation is also selling the special edition game day shirts on its website for $15....   [Read More]




    Jaguars Vs Falcons - Top 5 Guys To Watch




    Atlanta Ga - The Jacksonville Jaguars will face-off against the Atlanta Falcons tonight in the fourth and final preseason game. Both teams will have limited action from their starters, so the biggest question is "Why watch the game? It doesn't mean anything". And you would be correct, but I'm going to give you five players to keep an eye out on tonight.

    1.     DE Andre Branch The second-year player was supposed to be the ideal guy to fit head coach Gus Bradley's Leo position in his defensive scheme. He hasn't done much of anything during training camp and even less in the games. Although it is unlikely to see a second-round pick cut after one year, if he doesn't do something to show the staff that he's worth keeping, tonight may be the last time you see Branch in a Jaguars uniform.

    2.     TE Allen Reisner Starting TE Marcedes Lewis has been limited in the past two games, which has given Allen Reisner an oppor...   [Read More]




    Jaguars Vs Eagles Recap




    Jacksonville Fl - The Jacksonville Jaguars lost against the Philadelphia Eagles 31-24. The third preseason game is usually the most important game to see how a team looks and how everything operates and even though the Jaguars lost, there's a lot of positives to take from the game. Chad Henne played ok, but the offense looks good. Henne's first drive went 90 yards and hit WR Justin Blackmon for a 17-yard touchdown. Then on a later drive, Henne hit TE Allen Reisner for an 8-yard touchdown. Photo Courtesy: JaguarsThe running game looks STRONG. Jordan Todman rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown, that included a 63-yard explosive touchdown run. Denard Robinson had 7 carries and 33 yards, but he looked decisive and can be very dangerous. Pass rush flashed, but still not where it needs to be. The defense had two sacks, but also a few QB hurries as well. Eagles QB Michael Vick did not look comfortable and was flushed out of the pocket a few times throughout the night. Photo Courtesy: JaguarsThe Jacksonville defense also cause 3 turnovers; One interception and two forced fumbles. The Jaguars have to capitalize on turnovers and turn them into point. The Jaguars final preseason game is on Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons and by Monday morning,...   [Read More]




    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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    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

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    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]




    DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES RETURN TO THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2014




    St. Augustine, FL (September 29, 2014) – Daryl Hall and John Oates, the number one selling duo in music history, are coming back to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre to perform on Saturday, December 6 at 8 pm. Daryl Hall and John Oates last performed at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on March 1, 2013. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 3 at 10am.

    Photo Credit The Dallas Morning News

     

    2014 was a big year for Daryl Hall and John Oates, as they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Daryl Hall & John Oates are soul survivors in their own right. They have become such musical influences on some of today’s popular artists that the September 2006 cover of Spin Magazine’s headline read: “Why Hall and Oates are the New Velvet Underground.” Their artistic fan base includes Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and MTV’s newest hipsters Gym Class Heroes who dubbed their tour “Daryl Hall for President Tour 2007.” One of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion. <...   [Read More]



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    2014 NAS JAX Air Show Details




    NAS Jax Air Show Birthplace of the Blue Angels. The Dates of the air show this year are October 25th and 26th. Gates open at 9 a.m. Show begins at 10 a.m. There will be free parking, admission and Kid’s Zone and the event is open to the public. At the NAS Jax Air Show you will witness thrills like never before from a variety of military and civilian demonstrations. The new Spitfire Jet Semi will be racing down the runway at speeds more than 300 mph. The grand finale will be the Navy’s flight demonstration team: The Blue Angels. While you are at the show enjoy military and civilian aircraft displays, shop at novelty, food and beverage booths, or head to the free Kid’s Zone for games and activities for all ages.

     

    2014 Performers: 

    US Navy Blue Angels

    View Performer Site

    The Blue Angels flight demonstration team is more than just a group of individuals; brought together to represent the United States Navy and Marine Corps. This team combines the best and brightest, at the top 

    of their craft. Their camaraderie and chemistry assure the team mission is more than just a job – it’s a passion!

    Since 1946, the Blue Angels have flown for more than 260 million spectators. The ...   [Read More]




    Summer Splash Bash At Landing




    Summer Splash Bash

    DATE: July 26, 2014 TIME: 10am-2pm COST: Free

    Splash into The Landing for free boat rides, water games, live entertainment, water slides, bounce houses, vendors, food, giveaways and more! Event is open for ALL ages.

    Performance Schedule: 10:00 a.m. Carla Wyatt, Haley Revak, Amy Kemp, Ava Billings 10:30 a.m. Ultimate Dance and Tumble 11:00 a.m. Alyssa Billings, Kayla Putzke, Mikkala Bransome 11:30 a.m. Kelby Corman, Alexas Bransome, Megan Walker 12:00 p.m. Jaylyn Jackson, Clay Boatright  12:30 p.m. Connor Blackley and Cortnie Frazier  1:00 p.m. Water Balloon Toss and Games 1:30 p.m. Cassidy Kinsman and Hunter Huges

    ...   [Read More]




    10 Events This Weekend




    10 Events Happening This Weekend:

    1. Friday, July 18 - Mellow Mushroom Jacksonville Beaches 5th yr. anniversary. Split Tone comes on at 10:30pm 2. Friday, July 18 - Summer Black Out Affair ( All Black Party) @ Voodoo Ultra Lounge at the Landing. Doors open at 9pm 3. Friday, July 18 - Mavericks is having their July Birthdays Party! Doors open at 8pm 4. Saturday, July 19 & Sunday, July 20 - Mega Pet Adoption Event at the Jacksonville Fair Grounds. Daily from 10am - 6pm 5. Saturday, July 19 - Ancient City Classic @ Pedro Menendez High, Finals begin at 7pm 6. Saturday, July 19 - Riverside Arts Market under the Fuller Warren Bridge in Riverside - 10am - 4pm 7. Saturday, July 19 - Tour the Catty Shack Ranch with a Night Feeding Tour. Gates open at 6pm; feeding begins at 7:30pm 8. Sunday, July 20 - Sumer Time in the City Music Showcase at 1904 - All Afternoon  9. Sunday, July 20 - American Idol Live will be at the St. Augustine Ampitheatre. Show at 7pm 10. Sunday, July 20 - $1 Bowling Night at latitude 30 from 7pm-close

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    New Downtown Bike Rental Program




    Now, you can rent a bike in Downtown Jacksonville from the Riverfront Hyatt. Cruise around Jacksonville with Hyatt’s new bike service, a fun way to view the city up close while feeling the warm Florida sun on your face. Pedaling up and down the riverfront is an experience you can only appreciate here in Jacksonville.

    At the Hyatt, rentals are available 24-hours a day from the concierge desk so guests can cruise the Riverwalk to catch a sunrise, pedal Hyatt’s 2.25 and 3.75 mile detailed routes through downtown or check out the area’s shopping, dining and nightlife destinations. All that stands between you and your exciting excursion is a stop by their Concierge desk.

    Photo Credit: Michael D. Alligood  

    Bike rentals are not just limited to guest. Anyone in the area is able to rent them with proper ID and Credit Card. Age requirement is 18+ and the cost is $25.00 per 24 hours. Call and ask to speak to the concierge desk for more details: 904 588 1234

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    10 steps to throw an awesome 4th of July BBQ




    10 steps to throw an awesome 4th of July BBQ:   1. Decor: Theme out your place in red white and blue  2. Food: Make sure to have a variety of food to please the diet cheaters and the healthy eaters. 3. Signature Cocktail: Every party needs one for the adults! Here is one of our favorites: The Star Spangled Spritzer or Watermelon Punch. Make sure you have a variety of American beer on hand, no one wants to leave the party to make a beer run.      4. Heat Control: Make sure to keep your guest cool this holiday with fans, shade, pool, or a slip and slide  5. Music: A must have at all parties. Put together that all American playlist and make sure it's family friendly.  6. Dessert: Everyone loves to indulge a little during the holidays so treat your guest to a little something sweet. Don't forget those Red, White & Blue Ice Pops!  7. Activities: Make sure to have activities for all ages, corn hole, volleys ball, lawn twister or Jenga are a couple ideas that come to mind.     8. Be Prepared: Anticipate  your guest need with some basic items, extra bathing suits and towels, bug spray and band aids.  9. Paper Products: Think paper - they are easy to clean up, so ...   [Read More]



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