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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]




    Earth Fare Has Opened In Mandarin




    Earth Fare, the authentic specialty organic and natural foods grocery store, has opened their newest location, located at 11700 San Jose Boulevard. This will be the 42nd Earth Fare location nationwide and the second in in the Jacksonville area. Earth Fare has committed to continued growth throughout Florida, and operates stores in Ocala, Gainesville, Tallahassee and Seminole.

    “Almost three years ago, Jacksonville welcomed Earth Fare with open arms, and we’re thrilled to now offer Mandarin residents a place to shop for their families confidently, knowing their carts are full of only the healthiest, tastiest foods,” said Earth Fare president and CEO Frank Scorpiniti. “We are thankful to our Community Advisory Board, made up of a number of passionate community members, who have come together to help Earth Fare build the best healthy offering specific to Mandarin.”

    Earth Fare made headlines earlier this year when they challenged Americans to take back control of their health through their food choices and Live Longer With Earth Fare ™. Since 1975, Earth Fare has distinguished itself as a leader in the healthy foods industry by developing a unique Food Philosophy that informs every product offere...   [Read More]




    Metropolitan Park's First Oktoberfest & Music Festival




    The first ever Florida Oktoberfest & Music Festival will hold some of the biggest stars in rock, alternative, and country music, is set for October 6,7, and 8, 2017.

    Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park will play host to three jam-packed days and nights of music and Oktoberfest fun. The festival will feature activities for all ages including a 100 ft ferris wheel, games, and inflatables zone, and arts and crafts vendors. Children under the age of 12 are free to attend.

    Festival goers will be able to travel around Germany and purchase a wide variety of German and Oktoberfest style ales. Additionally, 15 of North Florida’s most popular food trucks will create a German inspired dish as well as their most popular menu items.

    Friday  5pm- 11pm:

    Absolute Journey - Journey Tribute Band Hotel California - The Eagles Tribute Band + More

    Saturday Noon-11pm: 

    Citizen Cope Neon Trees Magic! The Expendables Cloud 9 Vibes + More

    Sunday Noon - 10pm:

    Dustin Lynch Granger Smith David Nail Craig Campbell Ashley McBryde + More

    Tickets are on sale now on www.thefloridaoktoberfest.com

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars Starting Quarterback This Season Will Be Blake Bortles.




    Just one week after head coach Doug Marrone suggested that the job was up for grabs, the Jaguars starting quarterback competition has reportedly been settled. The man to lead the offense for your 2017-2018 Jacksonville Jaguars will be Blake Bortles. Coach Doug Marrone has picked fourth-year player Blake Bortles over Chad Henne to be the team's starter for the Sept. 10 season opener at Houston, a surprising turnaround for a player whose career with the team seemed to be in jeopardy a week ago.

    Coach Marrone gave Chad Henne the start in Jacksonville’s third preseason game, but was apparently unimpressed by Henne’s 8-of-14, 73-yard performance. Bortles was better, connecting on 12 of 16 throws for 125 yards and a touchdown. 

    Bortles has started the last 45 regular season games for the Jaguars, but a dreadful start to the 2017 preseason following his downturn in 2016 led Doug Marrone to bench him in favor of Chad Henne for the third preseason contest. Henne went 8 of 14 for 73 yards while getting sacked three times with the first-team offense, while Bortles completed 12 of 16 passes for 125 yards, a touchdown and a pick with the subs. 

    Despite his downturn in production, the Jag...   [Read More]




    Tickets For Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio Go On Sale Today




    The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall presents rousing, down-home feel-good blues musician Elvin Bishop and his Big Fun Trio live at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Tickets for Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio go on sale this Friday, August 25 at 10 a.m.

    “Fabulous good-time romps…The pleasure is infectious.” –Blues & Rhythm

    A lot has happened since guitar legend Elvin Bishop released his last album, 2014’s Grammy-nominated Can’t Even Do Wrong Right. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and soon after into the Blues Hall Of Fame. He won the Living Blues Award for Best Blues Album Of 2014 and three 2014 Blues Music Awards: Album of the Year, Song of the Year (for the title track) and The Elvin Bishop Band took the award for Band of the Year.

    Now, Elvin—along with his friends, guitarist/pianist Bob Welsh and percussionist/vocalist Willy Jordan—launches The Big Fun Trio. Preparing for one of the first live gigs with his new trio, Bishop told The San Jose Mercury News, “Every time I pick up the guitar, something new comes out of it. I guess you’d call me a late bloomer. When you get to be my age, you’re not expecting to be progressing or coming up ...   [Read More]



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    Weekend Events - April 12th & 13th




    1) One Spark Festival in Downtown Jacksonville  2) The Oyster Jam Music Festival & Southeast US Boat Show at Metro Park in Downtown Jacksonville 

    3) Lauren's Kids Walk Saturday to help end child sexual abuse in Duval County 4) Dierks Bentley Live at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday 5) The San Marco Art Festival at the historic San Marco Square Saturday and Sunday 6) Check out Riverside Arts Market on Saturday from 10-4pm 7) $1 Bowling at Latitude 30 on Sunday after 9pm 8) Its the final weekend of the Clay County Fair . Arts, crafts, rides, family fun and more! 

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    ZZ TOP AND JEFF BECK RETURN TOGETHER TO PERFORM AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE




    St. Augustine, FL (April 3, 2014) – ZZ Top and Jeff Beck return to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Sunday,  September 7. Tickets will go on sale next Friday, April 11 at 10am.    This August will see long time music legends and mutual admirers, ZZ Top and Jeff Beck on tour together for the first time.  Formatted with musical synergy in mind, stops along the touring route will offer fans a full Jeff Beck set, followed by a full ZZ  Top set, with a finale that joins the English fret master with the Texas rockers for a collaboration each night of the tour. 

      ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, speaking on behalf of band mates Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, noted that Beck has long been a source of  musical inspiration from the time when Beck played in the Yardbirds, the seminal hard blues-based Britrock band. Gibbons  commented, “Ever since experiencing ‘Jeff’s Boogie,’ the prospect of performance with Jeff Beck on the deck brings us into focus  with the curator of crunch.” 

      This tour is not the first live collaboration between the two camps. Gibbons joined Jeff Beck and his band on stage at the 25th  anniversary celebration of the Rock An...   [Read More]




    The Soulshine Tour featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen, and Trevor Hall Coming to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre




    St. Augustine, FL (April 3, 2014) – This Summer Michael Franti & Spearhead, will launch the first--‐ever music & yoga  tour, Soulshine, that will bridge daytime and nighttime experiences including music, yoga, sustainable lifestyle and  dj’s guaranteeing a full--‐blown dance party! SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall will be joining the North  American Tour along with Special Guest Yoga Teachers, such as Canada’s Ryan Leier. The tour will stop at the St.  Augustine Amphitheatre on Wednesday, July 30. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 18 at 10AM. 

      With a collective reach of over 90 million impressions, the four bands: Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett  Dennen and Trevor Hall, come together for a tour that embraces their passions and love of music, dance, yoga  and sustainability. Soulshine will be affordably priced, offering activities to keep people of all ages entertained  throughout the day and night. 

      Each afternoon on the Soulshine tour will begin with a mass yoga and acoustic music jam with Michael Franti & Friends,  led by some of today's most inspiring teachers from across North America, including Ryan Leier. The yoga session&nb...   [Read More]




    Tegan and Sara Coming To The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall




    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL--(Tuesday, February 25, 2014) — Indie rock duo Tegan and Sara will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Friday, May 16 at 8:00PM.

    Tegan and Sara are pleased to announce their Let's Make Things Physical Tour, a 19-date run that will include Lucius, and The Courtneys. The all female-fronted tour will run in May and June, corresponding with a new single campaign for "I Was A Fool", the followup to their wildly successful first single "Closer", from the acclaimed 2013 album Heartthrob.

    Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Their unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genre, from being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. Having sold nearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers to Neil Young, Tegan and Sara have now released their 7th studio album – Heartthrob – as internationally-celebrated songwriters, performers, and artists. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, securing the band’s highest US chart position to dat...   [Read More]




    SWITCHFOOT TO PERFROM AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014




    St. Augustine, FL (March 31, 2014) – Switchfoot with special guest Thousand Foot Krutch is set to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 31 at 6:30PM. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 4 at 10AM.

    After gaining a foothold in the contemporary Christian music scene, Switchfoot went mainstream with 2003's The Beautiful Letdown, a double-platinum album that straddled the line between sacred and secular rock music. This album included the hits “Meant to Live” and Dare You to Move.” Switchfoot returned in September 2005 with their fifth album, Nothing Is Sound, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. Nothing Is Sound went gold, sparked another radio hit in "Stars," and was the first Switchfoot recording to include the work of additional guitarist Andrew Shirley (formerly a member of the contemporary Christian group All Together Separate). Wasting little time, the band returned to the studio with veteran U.K. producer Tim Palmer to begin work on its sixth album, one that found the guys broadening their musical scope. The resulting Oh! Gravity appeared at the tail end of 2006.

    Hello Hurricane, which won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album. Several months af...   [Read More]



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    First Wednesday Artwalk Map and Info




    Jacksonville Fl - Tis the season to celebrate holiday art, music and culture at Downtown's signature event!

    HIGHLIGHTS: Headquarters @ Hemming Plaza: Enjoy sing alongs and holiday music by LK Nation from 5-7 p.m. and Orange Park Choral Ensemble from 7-9 p.m. Take photos with Santa Claus in The Big Red Chair. Florida Theatre: Hosts Jacksonville Songwriter’s Residency’s David Dondero and features Tour FT at Art Walk! at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Severine Photography: Presents a holiday photo booth, free wine tastings by PRP Wine International, art by the UNF Sculpture Guild and a Stella & Dot jewelry sale. Mark’s Downtown Club & Lounge: Get in the spirit with LK Nation Group as they sing acapella holiday tunes from 7-9 p.m.  Southlight Gallery: Features holiday window displays highlighting the works of Allison Watson, Enzo Torcoletti and Jack Allen. E3 Business Group, Inc.: Enjoy hot chocolate and live jazz music while browsing holiday-themed art.  Holiday Business Storefronts: Enjoy holiday windows at participating locations. List coming soon. WHERE: Hemming Plaza and Downtown Jacksonville galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and businesses COST: Free PARKING: Free street parking...   [Read More]




    Boating In Jacksonville




    Jacksonville Fl - Florida has long been recognized as the Sunshine state but it could just as easily be known as the Coastline state. No matter where you live in Florida, you are never very far from the water. Certainly, people have been flocking to Florida for generations to take advantage of the legendary beaches and warm sunshine.

    The unanswered question: How many people who live in the Sunshine state fail to take advantage of the abundant, magnificent waterways? The statistics are striking: The Florida coastline, at 1,350 miles, dwarfs the coastline of California, at 840 miles. Of course, when it comes to enjoying Florida’s waterways, the coastline is only part of the story. In addition to numerous lakes and rivers, Florida’s Intercoastal traverses the entire eastern coast. To live in Florida and never go out on boat would be like living in Vermont and never viewing the fall leaves or living in Maine and never eating a lobster. Nothing but a missed opportunity.

    When is the last time you enjoyed an afternoon out on Florida’s beautiful waterways? What is stopping you? In many ways, modern technology and improved equipment are revolutionizing boating, making it easier and safer than ever. More women have taken up boa...   [Read More]




    St. Johns Ferry Out Of Service




    Jacksonville Fl - On December 1, 2013, the ferry will begin an inspection and overhaul as periodically required by the United States Coast Guard. The inspection and overhaul will require the ferry to be dry docked. Therefore, it is expected that the ferry will be out of service for 3-4 weeks. Normal daily service will continue through November 30. Download the fax Ferry phone app to view an alert in advance of the date the ferry will return to normal daily service.

    About the Ferry: The St. Johns River Ferry is a car and passenger ferry that connects the north and south ends of Florida State Road A1A in Duval County, linking Mayport Village and Fort George Island via a pleasant sail across the St. Johns River. The 0.9 mile voyage crosses the St. Johns River 2.5 miles inland of the river's mouth and departs every half hour.

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    Putting Safety First Out On The Water




    The most enjoyable days out on the water always require a little preparation.

    An otherwise perfect day of boating can be quickly short-circuited if you didn’t bring enough food, beverages, or ice. Virtually all recreational boaters are familiar with that punched-in-the-gut feeling of being out on the water and realizing they forgot something essential.

    Of course, some forgotten items – like a favorite pair of sunglasses – are simply an annoyance. Others are more serious. Before you begin gathering all your favorite snacks, drinks and assorted boating accessories and toys, be sure to plan for safety first. No amount of fun in the sun is worth taking an unnecessary risk.

    Before you begin your day on the water, it is important to know every person who will be on your boat and know for certain that you have a properly fitting life jacket. If you realize at the last moment that you do not, before you rush out to buy one, check to see if a nearby marina is participating in the BoatU.S. Foundation’s “Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids.” It can save not only time but money.Freedom Boat Club at the Julington Creek Marina 12807 San Jose Blvd is a site for  Life Jacket Loaner program. Visit Freed...   [Read More]




    Have You Seen Molly? 9 things everyone should know about the drug Molly




    (CNN) -- The drug called Molly isn't what most of its users think it is. If you Google "Molly," many articles say the drug is "pure" MDMA, the active ingredient in Ecstasy.

    Users often talk about the "purity" of taking Molly, as if it's somehow better; after all, MDMA was originally developed as a medication to treat depression. But today's Molly is most often not MDMA -- in the last few years, the drug has become a toxic mixture of lab-created chemicals, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Here are nine things everyone should know about this rapidly changing party drug:

    1. What is Molly?

    Someone who buys or takes Molly now is probably ingesting dangerous synthetic drugs that have not been tested and are produced in widely varying strengths. The DEA says only 13% of the Molly seized in New York state the last four years actually contained any MDMA, and even then it often was mixed with other drugs. The drugs frequently found in Molly are Methylone, MDPV, 4-MEC, 4-MMC, Pentedrone and MePP.

    2. What does Molly do?

    The lab-created chemicals mimic the effects of MDMA; most of them are central nervous system stimulants that cause euphoric highs. Th...   [Read More]



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