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    SeaWorld's Latest Attraction Ray Rush Will Open At Aquatica This Weekend




     

    A brand-new family raft slide is splashing into Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark on May 12, 2018.

    SeaWorld announced Monday that Ray Rush, a 60-foot-tall manta ray-themed water slide, will open at Aquatica this weekend. 

    The new raft ride will be the first to combine enclosed tube sections, a giant sphere and a drop into an open-air halfpipe, says SeaWorld. The family-friendly ride can hold up to four people who are at least 42 inches tall on a single raft. 

    The neighboring Walhalla Wave was closed during the ride's construction, but reopened last weekend, says the company.

    Triple your fun with the three-in-one thrills of Ray Rush, new at Aquatica Orlando. Ray Rush is the fully-loaded water adventure with three ways to slide, splash and soar like never before. First, water jets launch your raft from zero to awesome in just seconds. Your adventure takes a twisting turn as you spin inside a colossal water sphere. Finally, dive into the giant manta wings, swooping up and down a different path each time. Fill your raft with family and friends for three times the thrills on the exciting Ray Rush at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark.

     

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    Studio 54 JAX, A Nightclub and Benefit Concert For The Nonprofit Florida Theatre




    For ONE NIGHT ONLY, experience Studio 54 JAX, A Nightclub and Benefit Concert for the nonprofit Florida Theatre.

    Join us for an exclusive night celebrating the glamour of the infamous private parties at the Studio 54 nightclub in New York City. In a transformed Florida Theatre, enjoy a table for four with enjoy endless cocktails and a plated dinner. Or, enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and endless cocktails in the mezzanine, with swanky balcony seating for a benefit concert featuring guest artists performing the music of Elton John, Donna Summer and Barry Manilow. To complete the evening, dance on the historic Florida Theatre stage, which with live dance music by the Boogie Freaks, becomes the iconic discotheque, Studio 54.

    Table seating Begins at six o’clock in the evening for cocktails, followed by dinner.

    Individual tickets Enter at seven o’clock for heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a private disco.

    A benefit concert featuring surprise guests performing the music of Elton John, Donna Summer and Barry Manilow begins at eight o’clock.

    Dance floor opens at nine o’clock.

    When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 Where: At the Historic Fl...   [Read More]




    2018 Best New Country Artist Luke Combs Plays Military Appreciation Day Tuesday




    Continuing a PGA TOUR tradition of honoring men and women in uniform, THE PLAYERS Championship today unveiled a full slate of military appreciation activities and programs for the 2018 event, including a special performance by 2017 breakout artist Luke Combs on Tuesday, May 8, during Military Appreciation Day. New this year, the Military Appreciation Day Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Concert will kick-off at 6 p.m. on the 17th hole when the tournament returns to THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, May 8-13. 

    Combs joins an impressive list of country music stars who have performed on Military Appreciation Day including Tim McGraw (2010), Darius Rucker (2011), Luke Bryan (2012), Dierks Bentley (2013), Jake Owen (2014), Big & Rich (2015), Toby Keith (2016) and Sam Hunt (2017).

    The Military Appreciation Day Ceremony and Concert is free to any Tuesday ticket holder; a Tuesday Stadium Pass starts at just $25. Parking is also free on Tuesday and Wednesday of tournament week.

    “Performing at THE PLAYERS, on the 17th hole, is one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences,” said Combs. “The fact that my performance is part of a ceremony that honors our men and women in the armed f...   [Read More]




    THE PLAYERS Championship Returns May 8-13




    The PLAYERS Championship returns May 8th and annually combines the best field in golf playing The PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The week schedule of events is listed below.

    Monday, May 7

    · Practice Day for professionals

    · Course closed to the public

    Tuesday, May 8: Military Appreciation Day

    · Entrances open at 7:30 a.m.

    · Practice Day for professionals

    · Charity of the Day: Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation

    · Military Appreciation Ceremony and Luke Combs Concert on Hole 17 at 5:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 9

    · Entrances open at 7:30 a.m.

    · Practice Day for professionals

    · Charity of the Day: Junior Achievement of North Florida

    Thursday, May 10

    · Entrances open at 6:30 a.m.

    · First round of competition begins at approximately 7:30 a.m. (threesomes off of No. 1 and No.10)

    · Charity of the Day: Wolfson Children’s Hospital

    Friday, May 11

    · Entrances open at 6:30 a.m.

    · Second round of competition begins...   [Read More]




    LITTLE BIG TOWN AND THEIR “THE BREAKERS TOUR” IS MAY 4TH




    The St. Augustine Amphitheatre proudly presents Grammy award-winning County music vocal group Little Big Town and their “The Breakers Tour” featuring Kacey Musgraves and Midland live in concert on Friday, May 4, 2018. Tickets for Little Big Town with special guests Kacey Musgraves and Midland will go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 6 at 10 a.m.

    After launching a historic sold-out year-long residency at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, Grammy Awardwinning vocal group Little Big Town announced they will bring their critically-acclaimed harmonies to arenas and amphitheaters nationwide starting Spring 2018 with “The Breakers Tour.” The highly-anticipated multi-city run begins February 8 in Oklahoma City and will visit 26 markets, including St. Augustine, Florida’s St. Augustine Amphitheatre on May 4.

    Little Big Town’s landmark year to date includes the release of their chart-topping album The Breaker (released February 24, 2017) which debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard 200 All Genre chart-as well as the group’s fifth ACM Award win as Vocal Group of the Year. Additionally, the Multi-Platinum selling Country group was recently inducted into th...   [Read More]



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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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    Slide into Spring Music and Craft Beer Festival Coming Back To Fernandina On 28th & 29th, 2015




    Goin’ Coastal Music Series is proud to announce the return of the Slide into Spring Music and Craft Beer presented by Sweetwater Brewing Company. Its coming back to Main Beach in Fernandina on March 28th and 29th of 2015 with headliner Matisyahu! After a successful inaugural event, one that featured folk legend Keller Williams and a handful of other national acts, over a dozen craft breweries and countless entertainment opportunities, Slide into Spring returns to help raise money for 8 Flags Playscapes, Inc. and the Nassau Humane Society. Last year the event raised over $15,000 for the 8 Flags Playscapes project, Pirate Playground. This year we hope to help both groups move closer to some other big projects they have on their plate.

    This year we have taken the event to a whole other level. The event has been pushed to a 2-day event, has an over-the-top music lineup, increased entertainment zone, early morning yoga seminars, a beach clean-up, off-site primitive camping and much, much more.

    Saturday, we stick to the roots of the first year with a funky music line-up, craft beer tasting in the early part of the day, interactive kids zone and area food trucks. Pensacola up and comers Post Pluto will kick things off. After that, Jackso...   [Read More]




    The Wailers coming to Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on February 11, 2015




    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (November 19, 2014) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall welcomes legendary reggae group The Wailers on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, November 21 at 10 a.m.

    There is no more legendary of a band in Jamaican music history than The Wailers. Formed in 1969, The Wailers continue its worldwide campaign of promoting peace, love and equality through the message of reggae and Rastafari.

    Named by Time Magazine as the "Best Album of the 20th Century" and #46 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Exodus is also the best-selling reggae album of all-time, with over 30 million copies sold worldwide. Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold over 250 million albums and have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, The Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear.

     

    Photo Credit: Tony Di Lorenzo

    Their nucleus formed in 1969, when Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Pet...   [Read More]




    Gator Country Fall Concert Series Recap




    Jacksonville, FL (November 19) From November 5 to November 16, the Jacksonville Fair arrived and provided fair-goers many shows during the two weeks. The Gator Country Concert Series also came onto the scene. It all started on Thursday November 6 with Thompson Square to kick off the concert. They opened their show with their hit song “I Got You” and performed with excellence and energy. They played their best songs such as “Let’s Fight”, ”I Can’t Outrun You”, “Glass”, “If I Didn’t Have You”, and “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”. I found their show great and a great start to the concert series.

    The next day was not what was expected. With a cold front coming in, many people didn’t show up to see Lindsay Ell. She is a new upcoming country artist from Canada, and was an awesome guitar player. I do wish for more female guitar pickers, and this was something new for Jacksonville. Her performance was great, and she can rock out on a guitar. Her songs that got her on country radio are “Shut Me Up”, and “Trippin on Us”. I hope she comes back when the weather is better so everybody can see how awesome she is.

    The second...   [Read More]




    Sarah McLachlan To Play At The St Augustine Ampitheatre March 25, 2015




    St. Augustine, Fla. (November 10, 2014) – Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan announced today that she will kick off the second leg of her North America “Shine On Tour” on February 27th in San Antonio, TX. The 24-city trek will visit major venues and cities across the country including a stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, November 21 at 10a.m.

    McLachlan's unparalleled ability to craft finely tuned lyrics has led to an enduring career as one of the most beloved artists of the past two decades. She is one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She is an eight-time Juno Award winner and a three-time Grammy Award winner. McLachlan’s landmark fifth album, the 10x-platinum Surfacing, contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks: “Building a Mystery” and “Last Dance”. In addition to her personal artistic efforts, McLachlan founded the Lilith Fair tour showcasing female musicians which raised over $7 million for local and national charities over its three years and in 2002 founded her non-profit organization the S...   [Read More]




    El Galeón - Docked in Jacksonville, Florida Through Veterans Day




    El Galeón, the 1/1 scale reconstruction of a 16th Century Spanish galleon will be docked in Jacksonville, Florida in front of the Hyatt through Veterans Day.

    The ship will be docked at the City Dock on Coastal Dr, and will be open for public tours from Wednesday, November 5th through Tuesday, November 11th & hours are 10am-6pm daily. Five of the six decks are available for tour, which holds an exhibition about the "San Pelayo", the Spanish galleon that founded St. Augustine, the first city in the US. It carries an all-Spanish crew of about the history to the ship and what it is like to sail on her.

    The ship, El Galeon Andalucia (refered to as in Spain) is a 170 foot, 495 ton, authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet. With information about 16th century European sailing techniques and technology, as well as important Florida history exhibits, El Galeón will tell the 500 year story since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León on the eastern shore of Florida. St. Augustine has been named El Galeón's home American port for the foreseeable future.

    for more info, visit: http://www.elgaleon...   [Read More]



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    Major Ft Caroline Discovery




    For years the exact location of Ft. Caroline, the first French colony has been a mystery. Historians believe the fort was located here in Jacksonville along the St. Johns but to this day until July 29th 2014, there were no positive identifications of the exact location. Earlier this year, researchers asserted the colony was located, not on the St. Johns River, but on the Altamaha River in southeast Georgia.

    State Rep. Lake Ray believes he and his son Lake Ray IV and  Mark Lloyd may have made the discovery of a lifetime. Lake Ray announced his findings Tuesday morning at a news conference. He believes their findings confirm the landmark’s Northeast Florida location along the St. Johns River.

    Ray, along with his son, Lake Ray IV and Mark Lloyd have been looking into this specific location now for a couple weeks. Using historical books and Google Maps, they believe they might have found a location that matched the dimensions and geographic area. Ray has asked the the area to not be reveled to prevent tampering and looting of the site. The site is being protected by the Coast Guard and National Park Service, and tampering with the site is a felony. 

    Ray&#...   [Read More]




    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

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    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

    ...   [Read More]



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