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    September Downtown Wine Down




    Join us at Jacksonville’s new rooftop bar for the Downtown Wine Down, a monthly happy hour and cocktail mixer held at Cowford Chophouse. September's Downtown Wine Down will be a ticketed event to ensure there are no long lines and that we can contain capacity. 

    Live entertainment will include a performance by Aaron Thomas & Soulo Lyon of The Band Be Easy. Additionally, guest can enjoy food and drink specials, a giveaway for a $100 Cowford Chophouse Gift Card, and a complimentary glass of Sangria!

    Entertainment Lineup:

    The Band Be Easy: 6:00pm-9:30pm

    The roof will be open to ticket holders at 3:30pm and be closed to anyone without tickets the remainder of the night.

     

    Ticket prices: $15 per person

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    Jumbo Shrimp End Season Labor Day




    Monday, Sept. 3, 2:05 p.m. (Gates open at 1 p.m.)

    Fan Appreciation Day: The day will celebrate the end of a fun-filled season with prize giveaways throughout the game.

    Labor Day Picnic: Purchase a reserved seat and the 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. all-you-can-eat buffet (hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue chicken, cole slaw, beans, cookies, tea, lemonade and water) in the Sea Best Shrimp Deck at tinyurl.com/jaxshrimpportal (password “SHRIMPFAN”). A limited number of tickets are available for the picnic.

    VyStar Credit Union Charity Begins at Home: The Jumbo Shrimp feature up to two local nonprofits at each Monday home game. The nonprofits raise awareness and funds through ticket sales and the Launch-A-Ball promotion. VyStar Credit Union members can get a buy-3-get-1 free ticket special by showing their VyStar credit or debit card at the box office.

    “Don’t Trash Jacksonville” presented by the City of Jacksonville: Love your city? Show it by avoiding and reporting littering. The City of Jacksonville’s Fight Blight office is teaming up with the Jumbo Shrimp to encourage citizens to keep our city clean. Come to the game to support anti-litter efforts and learn m...   [Read More]




    Full Moon Rooftop Party




    This Thursday, August 23rd, join us for our NEW EVENT, the Full Moon Rooftop Party at River & Post’s sky bar and lounge! Live music will kick off at 7 by the Honey Hounds plus there will be drink specials, glow sticks, giveaways, & more!

    Ticket is valid for rooftop access to the August event. Arrive early to beat the line. Event runs from 6pm to 11:30 and has a limited capacity. 

     

    For more information visit JaxFullMoonParty.com

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    Jumbo Shrimp Homestand Highlights August 19-23




     The 2018 Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp season presented by Community First Credit Union continues with a homestand Sunday, Aug. 19, through Thursday, Aug. 23. The Jumbo Shrimp host the Birmingham Barons, Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, for a five-game series with a promotional lineup including the following highlights:

     

    Sunday, August 19, 6:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5 p.m.)

    Southpaw’s Birthday presented by Jax Refrigeration: Local mascots will join the celebration of the Baseball Grounds’ top dog with an entertaining kickball game.

    Pregame Candy Drop: Following family catch on the field, a helicopter will drop candy in the outfield.

    Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday: Kids can feel like the pros before each Sunday home game, as families can play catch on the field, beginning at 5 p.m. Free face painting and balloon animals will be available in the Wolfson Children's Hospital Kids Zone. Following the game, kids 12 and under can run the bases.

     

    Monday, August 20, 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)

    VyStar Credit Union Charity Begins at Home: The Jumbo Shrimp feature up to two local nonprofits at each Monday home game....   [Read More]




    Party In The Pines Returns To North Florida




    Party in the Pines has returned this year for a second year in North Florida. Presented by Bienville Entertainment the country mystic and camping festival returns to White Springs on October 19-20. 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 Zac Brown Band & Little Big Town. Other following acts will include Luke Combs, Kip Moore, Mark O’Connor Band, Lindsey Ell, Dan + Shay, Granger Smith, The Cadillac Three, Cascade Pope, Drew Baldridge, Clare Dunn, and Raleigh Keegan.

    Attendees will have access to a new lounge Cruzan Beach that features a tiki bar, volleyball, corn hole, tie-dye stations and shade. Additional offerings include a free Thursday night pre-party and concert for all camper and RV ticket holders, exclusive lounges and a Saturday night firework show presented by Busy Bee to close out the festival. All guests can enjoy a variety of food and beverage options as well as from sponsors Budweiser, Jim Beam, Monster Energy, Sonny’s BBQ, Coca-Cola and more. 

    VIP Patrons receive special parking, entry p...   [Read More]



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    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]




    Top 10 North Florida Resorts and Hotels




    The results are in and we have put together a guide for the top 10 resorts, hotels and places to stay in North Florida. Whether you are visiting for a few days from out of town or a local looking for a quick weekend staycation , this list will ensure luxurious, clean and safe accommodations that are the best in the area!

    1. Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa

    Ponte Vedra Beach

    Nestled along the northeast Florida Northeast Coast in Ponte Vedra Beach, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa is a breathtaking destination for golf getaways, family vacations, and romantic escapes. Encompassing 63 stunning acres, their resort offers a beautiful landscape of trees, lagoons, waterfalls and views to the green fairways of the TPC Sawgrass. In addition to their 510 beautifully appointed guest rooms, golfers, families and executive groups alike can revel in true relaxation at the thoughtfully renovated Villas at Sawgrass.

    Play over 99 holes of championship golf, including the two championship golf courses at TPC Sawgrass, connected to the resort by a golf cart path. Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa is a soothing retreat from urban life. Enjoy the tranquility and pristine sands of Ponte Vedra ...   [Read More]



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    New Leaf First Coast Music Fest announces two day local music festival!




    The Second Annual First Coast Music Fest has been announced for Labor Day weekend; August 30th and 31st, 2014.

    The New Leaf First Coast Music Fest is Jacksonville’s largest local music festival to be held at Underbelly, 1904 Music Hall, and Burro Bar; all in The Elbow district of downtown. This year the festival has expanded to two days and will feature some of Jacksonville’s most talented bands on four stages.

    “After last year’s First Coast Music Fest, we decided there was not enough time for all the talented groups Jacksonville has to offer, so we took the extra step to make the festival two days this year.” says Shawn Jasmin, the promoter for the First Coast Music Fest. “We are very happy to be partnered with Jacksonville companies such as New Leaf Vapor Company, Jam Brothers Music, 904 Happy Hour, Crazy Dave’s Music, The Loop Pizza Grill,The Elbow, and Free Time Radio. We hope by partnering with local companies we can make a big impact on the local economy here in Jacksonville.”

    This year’s festival lineup includes Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, World Gone, Palm Trees & Power Lines, Fusebox Funk, Lucky Costello, S.P.O.R.E., Sir Charles, Bryce Alastair Band, City Boi, EverSay, Askmeific...   [Read More]




    Historic Main Street Cruise Being Forced To Shut Down




    The monthly Historic Springfield Main Street Cruise is being forced to shut down due to city red tape. The event has been happening for over 2 years now and John Wells, a representative from the event has spoken out to why it is being canceled: 

    "I've been asked to explain what has happened: The city has several stages that they rent out. The only problem is that it's a nightmare trying to get one for the average person. The biggest problem is that when you place the application and post the insurance they won't give you an answer if you are lacking anything. Last year when we rented the stage for the BIG ENGINE show, we were right up to the last day trying to find out if they were going to let us have the stage. Others who have rented these stages have told the same story. One told me they laid some new crap on her 3 hours before the stage was supposed to be delivered and she was jumping through her butt trying to satisfy them. There continue to be new requirements ALL the time. You can't put on a show like this. How can you plan anything if you don't know if you have a stage? This year I was not going to let this happen again. I started out well in advance and reserved one of the stages and filed the application and was to...   [Read More]




    The Summer Boating Season is now underway – Get out on the water today!




    The kids are out of school and summer is official underway, are you ready to go boating?  We are lucky to live here in Northeast Florida where we have plenty of waterways to choose from; the St. Johns River, Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic Ocean, and a multitude of creeks and tributaries.  So why not grab your family and get out on a boat this summer?  It is the perfect way to connect with your kids and have a ton of fun!

    I recommend the boating lifestyle to all families and not just because I am in the boating business.  I grew up with parents who were competitive water skiers at Cypress Gardens and always being on a boat together strengthened our bond.  Nowadays, the distractions are everywhere – smartphones, tablets, ipads, video game systems, you name it – but when you are on a boat you have the opportunity to unplug and focus on your time together.

    Having fun is what summer is all about!  You can swim, fish, water-ski, wakeboard, all things you can’t do if you aren’t on the water.  There are also plenty of art, science or music projects you can conduct on the water.  The important part is being together with no schedule, few distractions, and a focus on the family.

    Boa...   [Read More]




    Crosby, Stills & Nash Return To The St. Augustine Amphitheatre On Sunday, August 10, 2014




    St. Augustine, FL (April 28, 2014) – Crosby, Stills & Nash return to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Sunday, August 10, 2014. The group last took the stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in August 2009. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, May 2 at 10am. On the heels of their sold out March 2014 tour, Crosby, Stills & Nash have announced additional U.S. summer tour dates. Adding to their already announced July tour, the new dates include a stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The group will perform songs from their extensive catalogue, as well as new material from each member.

    More than four decades since CSN first harmonized in Laurel Canyon, and played its first-ever concert as a trio at the legendary Woodstock festival, its members continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in music. David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times—with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and a second time with The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies, respectively. They are also in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, honored both for CSN as a group, and as individual solo artists.

    CSN's music first became a corners...   [Read More]




    The new Freedom Boat Club fleet is in! Come see us in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.




    When you join a fitness club, you don’t expect to see a constant stream of upgraded equipment. When you join a golf club, you don’t expect the course to be improved every year. Those are not realistic expectations. But members of the Freedom Boat Club know through experience that “new and improved” is not a marketing slogan or wishful thinking; it is a REALITY.    

    So, what is new and improved at the Freedom Boat Club in Jacksonville and St. Augustine?    Five new boats and more on order, and it is just the beginning of the season.

    Come see for yourself at Julington Creek Marina in Jacksonville or Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor in St. Augustine.  At our Julington Creek location, we have added two 20-foot Hurricane deck boats; one has a capacity of 11 people, and the new “turbo swing” built for tubing, skiing, and wakeboarding.   We also added a 22-foot  Sweetwater Pontoon Boat, which also holds 11 people.

    At our St. Augustine location, we added a 21-foot dual-console Key West and a 21-foot Nautic Star Coastal Bay Boat.

    Come visit us and see why the Freedom Boat Club is the best way to boat.  We have experienced a steady growth in membership and fr...   [Read More]



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