Music

The Daydream Library Series

Thurston Moore, co-founder of Sonic Youth, an avant-garde band whose "artful noise" influenced an entire generation of alternative and indie rockers, will release his seventh solo album, By the Fire, Friday, September 25.

In this Oct. 12, 2017, photo, Jon Pardi poses in Goodlettsville, Tenn.
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You’ll be able to open the sunroof or drop the top for Jacksonville’s first drive-in country music concert at Lot J at the Downtown Jacksonville sports complex this fall, as country music star Jon Pardi comes to town for an Oct. 10 concert at 7:30 p.m.

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

St. Augustine’s annual Sing Out Loud Festival is adjusting to the realities of the pandemic with what’s being called Sing Out Loud Festival Virtual Sessions.

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Fans of the late Tom Petty are in for a treat.

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Bob Bednar, the host of WJCT’s longest running local program, has passed away at the age of 86.

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Guns N’ Roses – including Axl Rose and Slash – are bringing their Not In This Lifetime tour to Jacksonville this fall.

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Cure Violence

Cure Violence launches this Saturday in Jacksonville. Mayor Lenny Curry says his administration hopes this program can bring down the rate of violent crime. Cure Violence treats the problem of crime as a public health issue. On Thursday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, technical assistance trainer Jarmain Merritt and outreach worker supervisor with Noah’s Ark Project Kim Varner joined us with more information.

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Jacksonville fans of The Rolling Stones anxiously awaiting word on lead singer Mick Jagger’s recuperation from heart valve surgery have something to cheer about.

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Does a 1960s rock-n-roll band at the forefront of the British invasion mix with a modern day country and southern rock music sensation? In a word: yes.

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Yuno, who grew up in Jacksonville's Arlington area, is gaining recognition across the country and in Europe for his music. 

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The Rolling Stones are bringing their No-Filter tour to Jacksonville this spring.

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Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is in "critical but stable" condition after falling and hitting his head while he was playing with his dog in Sarasota Monday night.

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Students attending four Jacksonville colleges and universities could reap the rewards of a $100,000 donation gifted to the city by the King of Pop 34 years ago.

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The Jacksonville-based blues-rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band recently donated 38 brand new musical instruments, valued at $48,000, to Englewood High School.

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Unique art has been a part of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival since 1980 with an official event poster unveiled each year.

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Whether your mom is into golf, funk or art, there’s plenty to do around the First Coast this weekend.

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New Year's Day 2018 is one that members of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus' Touring Choir will remember for years to come.

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The Big Ticket 2017 concert and festival scheduled for December 1 is being moved from Metropolitan Park to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Florida Lawmaker Proposes Renaming U.S. 441 In Honor Of Tom Petty

Oct 30, 2017
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A portion of U.S. 441 in Alachua County, a highway that drew a mention in the song “American Girl,” would be named after the late rock star Tom Petty, under a proposal filed Monday by state Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville.

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Oct. 20, 1977, three days after Lynyrd Skynyrd released its fifth album, "Street Survivors," lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, their assistant tour manager and two pilots died and dozens of others were hurt when their twin-engine plane went down in a wooded area in Gillsburg, Mississippi.

Tom Petty, The Legendary Rocker From Gainesville Has Died At Age 66

Oct 2, 2017
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Story updated at 7:20 a.m., Oct. 3, 2017

Rock star Tom Petty has died, his manager Tony Dimitriades announced Monday night.

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Gaelynn Lea, the winner of NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, performed Monday at the North Florida School of Special Education’s 25th anniversary celebration. The private concert was at Christ Church Academy before an audience of students.

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The record shop in Jacksonville’s Five Points neighborhood is going silent on Friday.


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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.

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For the first time, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is handing over its instruments to amateurs for a “Civic Orchestra” show premiering Saturday.

One of those lucky “civilian musicians” is Nathan Perriello.


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Dennis Klee founded Harmonious Monk's in Jacksonville's Mandarin area in 1995. Now he runs Klee's Music in Julington Creek.


Joss Stone's voice first stunned listeners more than a decade ago. The British singer was only 14 years old then, but her booming, soulful voice got noticed, as did her knack for taking success in stride. At age 28, she hasn't stopped: Stone's newest album, Water for Your Soul, comes out this Friday.

Police and federal law enforcement agencies were in the midst a manhunt this morning for the gunman they say is responsible for killing nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina church Wednesday night in what police described as a hate crime. The suspect opened fire on a bible study group at the historic black Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun street, the oldest AME Church in the South, killing eight people. Two other people were rushed to the hospital where one died. This tragedy once again puts race issues in the national spotlight. We speak with Dr.

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Norman Studios' monthly silent film screening, “Silent Sunday,” celebrates Northeast Florida’s early film industry.

The events include live musical accompaniment by Jacksonville University music professor Tony Steve and his group, the Silver Synchro Sounds.

​We stopped by Steve's classroom for a lesson in the sound of silent movies.

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We speak with Hazel Henderson, founder and president of the Ethical Markets Media, an St. Johns County based independent media company focusing on sustainability news. Henderson is also an evolutionary economist, author and consultant on sustainable development. She joins us to discuss Florida and climate change, as well as her organization's Green Transition Scoreboard, which tracks private investment in green technologies.

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