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Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Saturday in the TaxSlayer Bowl college football game. The University of Kentucky will play Georgia Tech at EverBank Field. Then, fans are invited to a street party to ring in the new year.

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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT's interns Kayla Davis, Blake Allen and Andre Roman be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.

Florida Country Superfest Moving South

Oct 15, 2015

The organizers of the successful Florida Country Superfest in Jacksonville are bringing country music talent a little further south next spring with Country 500: The Great American Music Fest at Daytona.

Organizers said the Country 500 festival replaces Jacksonville's Florida Country Superfest.

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The Florida Country Superfest music festival is this weekend in Downtown Jacksonville.

On Saturday and Sunday, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band along with seven other artists and bands will take the stage at EverBank Field.

Thousands of visitors are expected to travel to Jacksonville from outside the region for the event.

With so many people gathering in the same place, Leonard Propper with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says the city will be ready.

“The parking lot is open earlier. There’s a lot of tailgating going on,” said Propper.

Rhema Thompson

The last time Garth Brooks did six shows in Jacksonville, Veterans Memorial Arena was a Coliseum, people still bought their music in CD form and Mark Zuckerberg was in middle school.

Hurricane Arthur, Duval County Public Schools, and Sheriff Rick Beseler are in the headlines today.

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American singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris is one of country and folk music’s all-time greats.

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Country music superstar Carrie Underwood will perform at EverBank Field on July 26, marking the official unveiling of the stadium's new, world-record setting video scoreboards.

On Saturday, singer-songwriter Tom Shed bring his “history, humor and the human condition” concert to the Jacksonville Historical Society.

Local Country Icon Slim Whitman Dies At Age 89

Jun 19, 2013
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Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and a longtime Middleburg resident, died early Wednesday morning . He was 89-years-old.

Whitman died of heart failure at Orange Park Medical Center, his son-in-law Roy Beagle said.

Whitman's tenor falsetto and ebony mustache and sideburns became global trademarks – and an inspiration for countless jokes – thanks to the TV commercials that pitched his records.