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    The Biggest Country Music Party North Florida Has Ever Seen




    October is a busy month for festivals, and one that you won’t want to miss is Party of The Pines, a country festival taking place on October 20-21. It is the first country music festival taking place at Bienville Plantation located at White Springs, FL. (known for its premier hunting and fishing resorts). You will enjoy a two day festival full of non stop country music, including two stages, camping and RV accommodations and a variety of food and beverage options. 

    This country festival highlights a great line up of artists such as Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Brothers Osbourne, Maren Morris, Easton Corbin, Ryan Hurd and more.

    VIP Patrons receive special parking, entry privileges and reserved seating. Their unique VIP area offers a never before experienced ambiance, decor and awesome activities. VIP Guests enjoy exclusive amenities from gourmet meals to prime concert viewing. The Jacksonville Landing hosts and presents an amazing bar selection! VIP Tickets include 3 complimentary beverages each day. Your bar is staffed with experienced bartenders who will gladly make any drink you would like to purchase. 

    If you are unable to get a hotel by the festival, you can enjoy it by ca...   [Read More]




    Jaguars’ Home Opener Confirmed For Sunday at EverBank Field




    The NFL and Jaguars confirmed yesterday that the team’s home opener vs. the Tennessee Titans will be played Sunday at 1 p.m. at EverBank Field, as scheduled.

    The Jaguars followed that announcement with word that the team and owner Shad Khan will make a $1 million donation to Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund, with Khan personally appealing to the Jacksonville community ahead of Sunday’s game to join the recovery effort assisting those affected locally by Hurricane Irma.

    “Jacksonville gets labeled as ‘small market,’ but it has a heart bigger than any community I’ve been associated with in my life,” Khan said.  “Jacksonville will recover and come back stronger than ever, but who couldn’t use a little help from our friends?

    “I’m hoping that our sponsors, partners and fans will think of Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund this week and give what they can.  Then, we gather Sunday at EverBank Field to show the world we’re back in a big way, as a team and as a community.  This is Jax As One.”

    To help deliver a home-field advantage on Sunday and provide both relief and reward to those affected, Khan and the Jaguars will donate 5,000 ...   [Read More]




    Hurricane Irma Causing College Football Schedule Changes




     

     

    As Hurricane Irma is tracking its way through the Atlantic Ocean with a projected weekend landfall in Florida, many schools are adjusting their Week 2 college schedules to allow fans and students to prepare for the storm. Some of the changed times and dates are listed below

    The Hurricanes' road game at Arkansas State has been canceled with no plans to make up the contest as the teams do not share an off week later in the season. The University of Miami has canceled classes for the rest of the week and Mark Richt has released his players to seek safety from the storm. 

    The home opener for Florida International against Alcorn State has been postponed indefinitely. School officials are looking into alternate options, but announced the game will not be held on Saturday as scheduled. 

    The Florida State Seminoles have moved the kickoff time for the Seminoles' home opener against Louisiana- Monroe from 7 p.m. ET to 12:15 p.m. ET on Saturday. 

    The Central Florida Knights will still play Memphis this weekend, but the game has been moved from Saturday to Friday night at 6:30 p.m. ET.  

    The Florida Gators have moved up their schedu...   [Read More]




    The Downtown Bellwether Restaurant Will Soon Be Serving Dinner




    Bellwether Restaurant opened on April 13 and is located at 100 N. Laura Street in downtown with a an outside patio area and has been serving lunch followed by happy hour. Now, the restaurant is preparing to serve dinner until 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with special hours for downtown evening events.

    Once dinner is implemented, the majority of the lunch menu will still be available with some sandwich items being replaced with entrees and shareable appetizers. Some of the items will include a kimchi plate, duck breast, salmon and vegan entrees along with pie and cake desserts. The prices will range from $17 to $25.

    Their staff has been tweaking recipes and business flow over the past few months and a lot of emphasis has been placed on to go orders.  They have set up the hostess stand with a tablet and card reader to take the to go orders.

    They are also saying that in the next few weeks, they will start doing lunch delivery and a weekend brunch.

     

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    Florida State Faces Alabama In The Chick Fil A Kickoff Game Saturday Night




    On Saturday night, No. 1 Alabama will take the field against No. 3 Florida State for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

    It will be the first game at the new state-of-the-art stadium and the field is nearly ready for the highly anticipated contest. The end zones are painted and the finishing touches are being put on ahead of tomorrow’s kickoff

    Jalen Hurts returns at quarterback and both Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough return in the backfield of what should once again be an elite offense to compliment the best defense in the nation. The Crimson Tide ranked seventh in the nation in total yards with 6,829 and averaged 38.8 points per game as well, good for 16th best in the country.

    Florida State had a breakout star in redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois last season. Francois showed poise beyond his age with 3,350 passing yards and 20 touchdown passes in 2016 despite playing in a run-heavy offense. The young quarterback should see an uptick in pass attempts this season, but the Seminoles still figure to be an elite rushing team with a strong backfield and offensive line.

    The AP Top 25 Poll and the Coaches Poll both have Alabama ranked at No. 1 and Florida State rank...   [Read More]



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    Prelude to Florida Country Superfest




    The start of a music festival comes from the amount of artists that want to be part of it and the crowds that come and bring it to life. Florida Country Superfest is the first ever country festival to be held in downtown Jacksonville. How could something so awesome and so jam-packed with fans become such a success here in our city?  I went to the start of the biggest festival of country music, none other than CMA Fest 2014 to find out. 

    The Country Music Association festival itself contains many big acts and many local acts. I’ve seen a lot of songwriters perform at CMA Fest, and we are going to be having some local acts from Jacksonville perform at Florida Country Superfest. This festival has at least 5 stages for the artists, and for Superfest, we are going to start off with 2 stages; a stage for the big acts and a stage for the local acts. One common factor that CMA Fest has and Superfest will have is the amount of people that are willing to stay for the concerts rain or shine. During night 2 of CMA Fest, lightning was spotted during the middle of the second acts’ performance. Unfortunately for Day 3, the area was under a tornado watch and delayed the concert at LP field for an hour. This was not the ...   [Read More]




    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]



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    Simple Tips To Help New Boaters




    Taking the helm of a boat is not so complicated. In fact, it might be too simple. It is not unusual to find someone sitting in the captain’s chair who doesn’t know the difference between port and starboard, bow and stern. But knowing a few common rules of the waterways not only helps a skipper feel more confident and competent at the helm, it is a matter of safety.

    Just as there are signs and markers along roadways for auto traffic, there are also signs along our waterways, such as buoys, markers and lights.

    For boaters, a few simple rules go a long way. When it comes to identifying the safest route, markers and buoys are used to identify the location of the channel. The buoys are distinguished by two features. The red buoys and markers are pointed at the top and only use even numbers. The green buoys and markers are square and only use odd numbers.

    Three ways to identify a marker or buoy: color, shape and number.

    Here is a good way to remember which side of a buoy or marker your boat should be on: When going from a larger body of water to a smaller one – typically “up river” and toward the source – a helpful reminder is: Red Right = Return.

    That m...   [Read More]




    Snow Shark Sighting - 3 Brothers Build Massive Snow Shark




    Three brothers, from left, Connor, Trevor and Austin Bartz built this 16 foot high snow shark in the front yard of their New Brighton, Minn. home, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. It took them around 95 hours of work and they gathered the snow from houses in their neighborhood.

    The New Brighton, Minn. teens are no strangers to large-scale snow sculptures — in fact, it's become an annual tradition. In 2011 they made a giant puffer fish, and in 2012 a snow walrus made its home on their front lawn. 

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    Yachty Gras Boat Parade Scheduled For January 31st




    The St Johns River is normally quiet this time of year, however, 2014 will be different with a brand new event, called Yachty Gras. Downtown will have decorated boats for the first time ever, with The Yachty Gras Boat parade and celebration starting at 7 p.m. Friday, January 31st. Come Join the Jacksonville Sail and Power Squadron for a lighted boat parade on the St. Johns River where captains and crews will showcase their vessels decorated with lights and beads in true Mardi Gras fashion.

    The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display over our majestic river! Lisa Almeida, The owner of The Freedom Boat Club says, “The boaters love to do these kinds of events because it is a great for families, and the community. It can bring people of all ages together downtown, and it showcases our beautiful river and gives us a chance to celebrate The St. Johns. The Mardi Gras-themed parade sets sail from Metropolitan Park, and it will travel in front of the Hyatt, and pass along the Jacksonville Landing.

    The participating vessels will make two laps of the route. The Yachty Gras parade will begin at Metropolitan Park, travel along the Northbank past The Jacksonville Landing, to the Acosta Bridge, and will circle to the Southbank...   [Read More]




    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/

    ...   [Read More]



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