UK Goth-Rock legends The Sisters of Mercy bring their Darkness and “Corrosion” to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre this Fall

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Local fans of first-wave gothic rock have a chance to experience a rare performance of The Sisters of Mercy, when the British band performs with openers Blaqk Audio at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Thursday, September 26.  Formed in Leeds, England in 1980 by Gary Marx and Andrew Eldritch, the band found their name courtesy of the Leonard Cohen song, …

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Musician and Gamble Rogers Folk Festival President Jim Carrick Reflects on the 2024 Fest and its Namesake’s Ongoing Influence

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Consider it a low-key utopia. Held at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, the 28th annual Gamble Rogers Folk Festival is a three-day micro-community of old and young musicians, music lovers of varied stripes, families, neo-hippies or just curious tourists savvy enough to get really local. From Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14, more than 100 performers are featured on …

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Noah Kahan, Eric Church, Norah Jones, Kevin Morby, The Breeders Among this Year’s Sing Out Loud Festival Headliners

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The music celebration known as the Sing Out Loud Festival returns to St. Augustine this year with the Live Wildly Showcase on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 at Francis Field.  Performers for this year’s festival include jazz-folk artist Norah Jones, country singer Eric Church, alt-country artist Ryan Bingham with The Texas Gentlemen, folk singer and radio standout Noah …

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Charley Crockett’s ‘$10 Cowboy’ Tour Comes to St. Augustine Amp This Summer

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Rising Americana star Charley Crockett has extended his tour in support of his forthcoming album $10 Cowboy (April 26, Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers), adding a late-August stop in the Ancient City. Though he’s typically billed as a country artist, Crockett’s self-described “Gulf & Western” sound is far richer and more nuanced than that label may suggest. The Texas-born, New Orleans-influenced …

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The Latest from St. Augustine’s King Peach is a Tasty Throttling of Anthemic Postcore Rock

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King Peach has shared a new single, “I Know.” The St. Augustine indie-rock four piece’s debut full-length Found Dead was one pleasant surprise of 2023 (a year that wasn’t exactly bursting with pleasantness). Amongst other worthy delights, the crispy-crunch of “Let Us Not,” with its ungodly guitar hook that evoked J. Mascis blowing up display amps at Guitar Center, and …

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Detail 2024 Tour, Including St. Augustine Stop

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Melbourne, Australia’s own experimental-rock juggernauts King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced an extensive 2024 tour of North America and Europe in support of their latest album The Silver Cord, including a stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre next November. If there are two things King Gizzard are known for, it’s the ever-shifting postures of their elastic maximalist sound …

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St. Augustine’s Spotless Record Share First Single, “Sertraline Dream”

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From Isola Collective, the St. Augustine-based queer music collective who brought you Kids in Their Cars, comes the new band Spotless Record, who recently shared “Sertraline Dream,” the first single from their forthcoming debut album growing pains. The Isola Collective thread begins with this summer’s mary st. demos, the first EP of three from Kids in Their Cars that will …

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Ebonique, Broadway Louie and Kearsten Monielle Headline 904 Soul Showcase at Sing Out Loud

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Jacksonville artists Ebonique, Broadway Louie and Kearsten Monielle, along with DJ Larry Love, will perform as part of the Sing Out Loud festival’s 904 Soul showcase on Saturday, September 9 at Dog Rose Brewing in St. Augustine’s historic district. The showcase was put together by Mr. Al Pete, the Jacksonville hip-hop artist, DJ, media mogul and contributor to the Jacksonville …

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With ‘Found Dead,’ St. Augustine Rockers King Peach Deliver a Sweet and Loud Debut

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These are weird and wooly times for indie musicians. The record-label industry that was hip checked by alternative rock in the early ‘90s, then flipped by file sharing, has been either expanded or reduced to a-still inscrutable streaming-based existence. Bands that hit platinum plays on Spotify celebrate their million-stream payout with a whopping $300. Musings aside, this wobbly egalitarianism allows …

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Best Concerts in Jacksonville | Aug. 7-13

Jason Isbell, Queer Country Disco, Stephen Marley and more

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Our weekly Go concert recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. For the comprehensive list of this week’s concerts, go to our live music calendar page. A cappella  Pentatonix – Wednesday, August 9  Daily’s Place | Downtown Jacksonville Inarguably talented, unmistakably twee a cappella pop group Pentatonix performs at Daily’s Place Amphitheater on Wednesday.  More  Reggae  Stephen Marley – …

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Lincolnville Porch Fest, Record Fair and Night Market Added to Sing Out Loud Programming

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Sing Out Loud, St. Augustine’s month-long music festival, has added three more free events to its 2023 programming: Lincolnville Porch Fest (September 16), the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Night Market (September 19) and the St. Augustine Record Fair (September 24). True to form, the folks behind SOL have packed the month of September with tons of music. Programming for SOL 2023 …

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North Florida Bands: Sing Out Loud is Accepting Applications for 2023 Festival

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Local musicians looking for a chance to perform in front of a live audience (compared to a dead or undead audience) are in luck.  The seventh-annual Sing Out Loud Festival is accepting applications from Northeast Florida musicians to perform during the festival, held each year at various venues in and around St. Augustine. The festival is accepting applications from solo …

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American-Roots Maestro Dom Flemons Follows the Roots of the Blues Through Northeast Florida

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The rising tide of Black representation in (Mainstream) American roots music has resulted, to no inconsiderable extent, from the efforts of Dominique “Dom” Flemons and his colleagues in the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an exceptional band founded in Durham, North Carolina back in 2005. Flemons’ departure from the group in 2013 initiated what appears to have been the group’s final dissolution …

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Watch Jacksonville Artists’ Tiny Desk Contest Submissions

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The Tiny Desk Contest is back for 2023, with a new panel of judges and another opportunity for unsigned artists to earn an invite to perform on the revered, improvised stage in front of Bob Boilen’s desk at NPR Music HQ. Tens of thousands of musicians submitted their videos before the March 13 deadline — including nearly two-dozen artists from …

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Record Store Day 2023 | Here’s What To Expect on RSD in Jax 

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Vinyl is (has been) back. And it’s arguably here to stay.  For the last two years, sales of vinyl records easily outpaced those of CDs. And purchases weren’t confined to ultra-hip indie music shops. Big-box retailers like Target and Walmart are now big-time players, selling re-pressings of classic albums, as well as new drops from some of the world’s most …

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Wilco Return to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for 2023 Spring Tour

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Wilco are readying to kick off their 2023 spring tour in support of their current, critically lauded 12th album, Cruel Country, and will return to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for a performance on Wednesday, April 19.  Recorded at the Loft, the six-piece band’s Chicago studio space, Cruel Country is a double-album release that has been lauded as one of the best albums …

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Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight, Rhiannon Giddens, Christian McBride Headline February’s Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series

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Established as the Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose in 1738, Fort Mose was the first settlement for free Blacks in American history. Slaves fleeing South from British-controlled territories had been taking refuge among Spanish settlers since 1687, growing from an initial group of just 11 to more than 100. Once the British absorbed Florida, though, all such dreams …

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Bluegrass Phenom Billy Strings Returns to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in April

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Grammy Award-winning bluegrass phenom and former “Guitar Player of the Year” award-winner Billy Strings will hit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for an epic three-night run beginning Thursday, April 20. The Michigan-born, Nashville-based Strings is known widely as a roots-music prodigy, his virtuosity earning him accolades from every major music publication, including Rolling Stone magazine, which called Strings “one of string …

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Go | The Best Concerts in Jax this Week

Paramore, Kirk Franklin, Randall Bramblett and more visit Jax this week

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Each week the JME team looks long and hard at the concert calendar to identify the best live music in Jacksonville. Our weekly Go concert recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. For the comprehensive list of this week’s concerts, go to our live music calendar page. Rock Paramore – Wednesday, November 16 The Amp | St. Augustine While …

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Local Spotlight | 4 New Tracks by Jax Artists Out Now

New music from LANNDS, Eddy Braveaux, Racewall Mosquitoes and The Dewars

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We’re all about music discovery here at the Jacksonville Music Experience. As we unearth new tunes from artists around the globe almost daily, we love to shine the high beams of our Local Spotlight series on the beautiful noise emerging from Northeast Florida. This week, we’ve got four great new tracks by Jacksonville artists. Let’s dig in. “Suburban Legends” by …

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Just Announced | Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series 2023

Gladys Knight, Mavis Staples, Christian McBride, and more headline second-annual festival at St. Augustine’s historic site

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From February 10-19, the second-annual Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series presents six concerts to celebrate the historic and cultural importance of Fort Mose, the site of the first free African settlement in what is now the United States. This year’s series features performances by Mavis Staples (February 10); Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Feb. 11); Valerie June (Feb. 16); Gladys …

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Go | The Best Concerts in Jax this Week

Victor Wooten, The War On Drugs, Zac Brown Band, Melvins and more

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Each week the JME team looks long and hard at the concert calendar to identify the best shows in Jacksonville. Our weekly Go recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. There are a ton of household-name acts visiting the First Coast this week. Here’s the rundown of what JME contributors want to see and hear in and …

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Go | The Best Concerts In and Around Jax this Week

Sing Out Loud continues. Plus Built To Spill, Pup, The Fixx and more!

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Each week the JME team looks long and hard at the concert calendar to identify the best shows in Jacksonville. Our weekly Go recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. Of note: Sing Out Loud, the month-long St. Augustine-based music festival that features national headliners and dozens of local performers popping up a local venues around town, …

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Sing Out Loud Staff Picks

What to see & hear (for free) at this year’s festival

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With tons of free music events at a dozen or so venues throughout the month of September, there’s a lot to look forward to at this year’s Sing Out Loud. And it’s all free! There’s so much, in fact, that it’d be impossible to see and hear it all. The team at the Jacksonville Music Experience will be on the …

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Go | The Best Concerts in and around Jax this Week

Sing Out Loud kicks off with lots of local talent

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Each week the JME team looks long and hard at the concert calendar to identify the best shows in Jacksonville. Our weekly Go recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. This week marks the start of Sing Out Loud, the month-long St. Augustine-based music festival that features national headliners and dozens of local performers popping up a …

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Just Announced | Snail Mail, Shovels & Rope Among Headliners for Sing Out Loud 2022

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Sing Out Loud will return in September for a month of music programming and performances by international headliners as well as dozens of local artists. This year’s festival will be headlined by wildly popular indie singer-songwriter Snail Mail (Fri., Sept. 16 at The Amp Backyard Stage), alt-country rock guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan (Sat., Sept. 17 at Colonial Oak Music Park), …

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Go | The Best Concerts in Jax this Week

“Zungguzungguguzungguzeng!”

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Each week, the JME team looks long and hard at the concert calendar to identify the best shows in Jacksonville. Our weekly Go recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. Here’s the rundown of what JME contributors want to see and hear in and around Jacksonville this week. Dancehall Yellowman – Tuesday, June 28  Jack Rabbits | …

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Go | The Best Concerts of the Week in Jax

Bikini Kill, Rebelution, Duval Folx and more

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Each week, the JME team looks long and hard at the concert calendar to identify the best shows in Jacksonville. Our weekly Go recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. Here’s the rundown of what JME contributors want to see and hear in and around Jacksonville this week. Punk Bikini Kill – Tuesday, May 31  Backyard Stage …

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Go | The best concerts in Jax this week

Primus, The Fritz, Battles, Madeleine Peyroux and more visit Northeast Florida

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Each week, the JME team looks long and hard at the concert calendar to identify the best shows in Jacksonville. Our weekly Go recommendations are updated every Monday morning and are always available on jaxmusic.org. Here’s the rundown of what JME contributors want to see and hear in and around Jacksonville this week. Experimental Battles – Thursday, May 5  Jack Rabbits | …

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Local Spotlight | 3 Northeast Florida songwriters you need to hear right now

New tunes from CS Hickey, DL is Ok and Pineapple Peace

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We’re always keeping our ear to the ground in order to put the spotlight on the beautiful noise emerging from Northeast Florida. This week, Jacksonville Music Experience contributors share three songs by local singer-songwriters that we think you’ll really dig. Let’s dive in. “Youth Crescendo” by Pineapple Peace “How do you fall in love?” sings Jax singer-songwriter Lauren Chase on …

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Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series honors the African American Heritage of the Oldest City

America's oldest art form takes center stage

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St. Augustine is presenting a series of fundraising concerts that honor and celebrate the cultural heritage of the city while also carrying on the musical traditions of jazz and blues: genres that are commonly accepted as uniquely American art forms.  Over the course of two weekends, from Feb. 18-26, the Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series features five performances, including …

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Go | The best concerts in Jax this week

Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series kicks off in St. Johns County

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The much-anticipated Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series kicks off this Friday. From the 18-piece swing of the Count Basie Orchestra on Friday, the powerful roots music of Amythyst Kiah on Saturday, to Downtown Jax’s celebration of hip-hop on Sunday, here’s a list of what JME contributors want to see and hear in and around Jacksonville this week. NOTE: The …

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Go | Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series

Tank and the Bangas, Trombone Shorty and more headline five nights of music to benefit Ft. Mose Historic site

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On February 18, Fort Mose Historic State Park will host the first of five concerts as part of the inaugural Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series, a celebration of the cultural significance of Fort Mose, the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. The series kicks off with the enduring Count …

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Go | Underwire Collective Showcases at Sarbez

Two of the best free showcases of the entire Sing Out Loud Festival

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St. Augustine was once a bastion for Black musicians in the South, as both a home to, and a stopping off point for, some of the most influential performers of their time. It’s on the threads of that legacy that St. Augustine-based music promotion company Underwire Collective tugs. Established in 2019 by Bianca Dawson and Kinsley Stewart, Underwire Collective uses …

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Local Spotlight | “Florida Motel” by DL is OK

Singer-songwriter DL is OK is so Florida, man

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Though he spent his formative years building his catalog and amassing a following in New York City, St. Augustine-based singer-songwriter David Tashjian (AKA DL is OK) is so Florida, man.  Tashjian’s sonic approach has drawn comparisons to the likes of Mark Knopfler and the War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel; singular songwriters who deftly reign in a breadth of influences to …

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Just Announced | Kevin Morby added to Sing Out Loud lineup

Wildly popular singer-songwriter will play a free show at the Lightner Museum

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Singer-songwriter Kevin Morby will play a free show at the Lightner Museum as part of 2021’s Sing Out Loud Festival. The announcement comes just weeks after the initial lineup announcement for the popular, multi-venue St. Johns County festival. With NYC garage rockers Parquet Courts already on the docket, Sing Out Loud is slated to be a hot ticket for fans …

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