Live Music

Smokestack streaming live from Nightflower Music in Jacksonville.
Patrick Shoemaker

The “Safer at Home” order in Florida is set to expire on May 4, with some types of businesses soon allowed to have foot traffic again - though under new guidelines, like capacity limits. But for musicians who make their living performing live, it’s not clear when they’ll be able to get back in front of a microphone to play for an in-person crowd.

The Amp

The First Coast might not come to mind as one of the nation’s top music meccas, but a new report hints at why big acts often book stops in Jacksonville or St. Augustine. 

Live Afternoon Music Returns To Hemming Park

Aug 8, 2016
Sarah De Nicolais

The sound from John Citrone's acoustic guitar filled the air Monday afternoon at Hemming Park. Lunchtime live tunes recently stopped in downtown’s central park due to budget restraints, but a local business will now sponsor performances twice a week.

John Burr

Editor's note: This article has been updated from its original version.

Fans of live music, comedy and theater might have noticed the bulk of acts come through Northeast Florida toward the beginning of the year.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr explains to News Director Jessica Palombo what’s behind the top-heavy schedule.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; John Burr, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include the mayoral race, an endorsement of Lenny Curry by the Chamber of Commerce-affiliated group JAXBIZ, a JEA committee approving an agreement between the utility and City Hall to help pay down Jacksonville's pension debt, and more.

Warren Miller

Sometimes, having more than one career can be a huge benefit.

Robert Lester Folsom was the lead singer in a struggling rock band in a small town in south Georgia in the 1970s. 

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With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical, Randy Newman has used his many talents over the years to create musical masterpieces beloved by generations of audiences.

Peter Haden / WJCT

PorchFest - a music festival held on front porches - is coming to one of Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhood Saturday.

MOCA Jacksonville

A legend and a "mega event" are happening this weekend on the First Coast this weekend.

River City Men's Chorus / Facebook

The River City Men’s Chorus is gearing up for a series of concerts around town this month.

Mark Surman / Flickr

Comedy, Congress and a water party are some of the events happening this weekend on the First Coast.

Flagship Romance / Facebook

Local alt-folk duo Flagship Romance have a new album.

Rion Paige / Facebook

Jacksonville middle school student Rion Paige literally blew away the judges of The X Factor.

Canary in the Coalmine / Facebook

Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is showing off its beautiful setting along the St. Johns River by spotlighting local musicians.

Tri'shawnna R. Mitchell, Keith Haring's Ghost, and the World Cup are in the headlines today.

Comedy, storefront art, and one big country music concert are what's happening this weekend on the First Coast.

La Caroline: A Rock Opera by Jennifer Chase and John E. Citrone / Facebook

In the rock opera La Caroline, Jacksonville playwright Jenn Chase’s rock uncovers the French, Timucuan and Spanish lives that converged at Ft. Caroline in 1564 to make Northeast Florida what it is today.

The Dover Quartet / Facebook

Last fall, the Dover Quartet won not only the grand prize, but all three special prizes at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. 

Michael Dunn, Marissa Alexander, water taxis, and Sir Paul McCartney are in the headlines today.

U.S. Soccer / Facebook

From Weezer to the World Cup, there are plenty of options for your entertainment this weekend on the First Coast.

Celebrate Asia

Music, dance, beer and photography are in all options this weekend on the First Coast.

Rhema Thompson / WJCT

Courtney Lewis got an early birthday present on Wednesday as he was named Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's new conductor and music director.

Scarlet23 / Wikimedia Commons

Jazz, theater, and one huge shark are a few of your options this holiday weekend on the First Coast.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / WIkimedia Commons

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Florida, and one local researcher says residents should be aware that the threat of the disease is growing.

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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.

Meredith Fordham Hughes / JAXPORT/Flickr

Jacksonville could get a major economic boost after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved plans to dredge the St. Johns River shipping channel, making way for larger ships at JAXPORT.

Paul McCartney Coming To Jacksonville

Apr 16, 2014

Paul McCartney, one of the two remaining founders of legendary rock group The Beatles, will play his only Florida gig this summer in Jacksonville.

Patrick Donges / WJCT

When cellist and composer Dave Eggar got tired of playing only classical music, he combined his classical training with his eclectic musical tastes to create a sound that is all his own.

Richard Abrahamson / Flickr

Northeast Florida is home to several concert venues and some of the biggest acts in music history have come to the First Coast to perform.

Patrick Donges / WJCT

Since their first show at the inaugural One Spark festival, "DIY" indie rockers Civil Brute have become a favorite in the Jacksonville music scene.