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6/1 – 6/4: Suns vs. Biscuits

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DVI Updates 

AWSocial media150 Bold – Celebrating 150 Art Walks with Bold City Brewery:
On June 1, come out to #DTJax and celebrate the 150th Art Walk with Bold City Brewery! Enjoy live music, local art, a scavenger hunt, the release of Big John’s Apricot Wheat Ale and more! VIP options are also available for $35/ticket. Please email Hana Ashchi at  Hana@dtjax.org for tickets.

Scavenger Hunt: Join DVI and the Bold City Gang in a scavenger hunt to find Big John! Visit the Art Walk Check in tent to pick up your clues. Take photos with the Big John signs  at all 6 locations and win cool swag!

 
 
 

Downtown Parklets – Public Meeting:
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This Thursday, there will be a public meeting regarding the Downtown parklet program at the Zodiac Grill starting at 6 p.m. Come have a drink and show your support for this developing program- and more importantly take the survey and give your input into the process. This is the type of placemaking initiative that can bring activation to our Downtown in committed and intentional ways. Come be a part of it. For more information, visit here.

 
 
 
 

Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars:
 
A Social Affair Dance Studio is partnering with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus for the Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars event on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8:00pm at the Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts in Downtown Jacksonville.
Make sure to get your tickets today and click the vote tab to donate to Jake Gordon, our very own CEO! All proceeds fund the programs and scholarships for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. We’ll see you at the show!
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DVI Annual Report Available:
 
 Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

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It’s been the talk of the town for months, and now the annual Jacksonville Jazz Fest is finally here and back in the #DTJax core! Beginning in 1981, the Jazz Fest has become a staple in our city and we’re happy to see it back in #DTJax! We’ve put together this handy guide to let you know everything about the four day festival so you don’t miss a beat.

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 Buy this year’s poster here!

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The Rundown

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival has played an integral role in Jacksonville for decades. The festival celebrates jazz, a genre of music which has historical and cultural significance in Jacksonville, especially in the core. The free festival will span from Thursday, May 26 till Sunday, May 29 and will feature three stages of entertainment. The Swingin’ Stage, presented by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, is the main stage and will be located at the corner of Main and Adams streets. The Groovin’ stage will be located in Hemming Park and The Breezin’ Stage will be located at The Jacksonville Landing.

This year is nothing short of eventful with not only tons of amazing jazz acts, but also food vendors and the exciting new addition of the Jazz Marketplace. The Marketplace is equal parts Art Walk and street bazaar where jazz enthusiasts can also shop for locally-made jewelry, art and more which will open along Laura Street:

Friday, May 27th: 4­-11 PM

Saturday, May 28th: 1-­11 PM

Sunday, May 29th: 1­-10 PM

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Click here for a printable PDF Map.

Click here for a printable PDF event program.

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Jazz Fest: Thursday, May 26

Thursday is the kick-off to Jazz Fest with a tradition that has become synonymous with the event itself: The Piano Competition. Presented by Keyboard Connection, it continues to be one of the most exciting musical spectacles to be seen anywhere, live at the Florida Theatre beginning at 7 p.m.! Five finalists representing the very best jazz pianists in the world are chosen by a blind panel of judges to compete for a cash prize and a chance to perform on the Main Stage at this year’s festival. This fierce competition has become an integral part of the festival and a favorite among many eager to witness some of the most incredible rising talent in the jazz world.

Tickets to the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition are $13.50 and can be bought here or come free with the purchase of a VIP ticket.

             Jazz Fest: Friday, May 27 

Let the street festival begin! Head to #DTJax after work, as the show starts at 4 p.m.! Along with live music, you will be able to peruse the streets in the Jazz Marketplace and enjoy all the various participating venues Downtown. Don’t miss the Young Professionals Night at Jazz Fest at the Florida Theatre which includes access VIP to Jazz Fest the rest of Friday night!

  ~Main Street Swingin’ Stage~

 5:30 – 7:30 : Chris Godber

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9:30 – 11:00 : Snarky Puppy

~Hemming Park Groovin’ Stage~

5:00 – 6:00 : Longineu Parsons Ensemble

6:30 – 8:00 : Benny Golson Quartet

8:30 – 10:00 : McCoy Tyner

~The Landing Breezin’ Stage~

5:30 – 6:30 : UNF Jazz Ensemble I

7:00 – 8:30 : Spice & the Po’ Boys

9:00 – Midnight : Jazz Jam Session

Jazz Fest: Saturday, May 28

Start the day off with a free Jazz Clinic at the Ritz Theatre and Museum. Aspiring and accomplished jazz musicians of all ages are invited to learn and grow their skills but pace is limited for this unique and personal experience so register here. Also, don’t miss out on the Jazz Parade! In true New Orleans fashion, the parade will begin at the corner of Monroe and Laura Streets winding down Main Street to Forsyth Street and back up Laura Street, ending in Hemming Park.

                ~Main Street Swingin Stage~

  2:30 – 3:00 :  Jazz Piano Competition winner

    3:30 – 5:00 : Warren Wolf & The Wolfpack

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                           5:30 – 7:00 : Somi

     7:30 – 9:00 : Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

        9:30 – 11:00 : Jon Batiste & Stay Human

             ~Hemming Park Groovin’ Stage~

        2:00 – 3:00 : DA Jazz Band

                  3:30 – 5:00 : Charenée Wade

                     5:30 – 7:00 : Lizz Wright

                      7:30 – 9:00 : Ken Ford

                                      9:30 – 11:00 : Yellowjackets

                                    ~The Landing Breezin’ Stage~

                                 2:00 – 3:00 : The JU Jazz Faculty

                               3:30 – 4:30 : The Chris Thomas Band

                                    5:00 – 6:00 : Terry “Doc” Handy

                  6:30 – 7:30 : Mark Pender presented by Buffet Crampon

  8:00 – 9:30 : Generation neXt featuring Nicholas Cole, Lin Rountree & Lebron

Jazz Fest: Sunday, May 29

The Omni Sacred Jazz Brunch returns for 2016 more delicious than ever! Lift your spirits and dine on a buffet of gourmet cuisine prepared by the expert chefs of the Omni Jacksonville Hotel as renowned jazz artists serenade you with their unique blend of jazz and traditional gospel music. There is truly no better way to bid farewell to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival than this perfect sensory experience, so grab your tickets now.

~Omni Sacred Jazz Brunch at Omni Hotel~

11:00 – 2:00 : The Noel Freidline Quintet

~Main Street Swingin’ Stage~

2:30 – 4:00 : John Lumpkin and The Covenant

4:30 – 6:00 : Cyrille Aimée

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6:30 – 8:00 : Nathan East

8:30 – 10:00 : KEM

~Hemming Park Groovin Stage~

2:30 – 4:00 : Eric Carter & Co.

4:30 – 6:00 : Jamison Ross

6:30 – 8:00 : Dizzy Gillespie™ Afro-Cuban Experience

~The Landing Breezin Stage~

2:00 – 3:00 : Jimmy Beats

3:30 – 4:30 : Gary Starling Group feat. Russell George

5:00 – 6:00 : Pierre & Co.

6:30 – 8:00 : Bobby Lee Rogers Jazz Trio

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Jazz Fest After Dark

For over 30 years, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival brought thousands to our Downtown, only to send them home when the sun went down. With the ongoing revitalization of #DTJax, and its ever-growing nightlife scene, why not give these attendees a reason to stay? In 2013, Jazz Fest After Dark was born! This year Jazz Fest After Dark is two nights, 11 stages, 40+ acts and is free. For more information head to the official #JFAD website.

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Getting Around

JTA Skyway

The JTA Skyway is a free and fully automated, non-polluting, monorail transit system operating on an elevated and electrified dual guide way, serving seven locations on both sides of the St. Johns River.

Extended Jazz Fest Hours:

Friday, May 27: 6 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 28: 11 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 29: 11 a.m. – midnight

Stops:

  • Rosa L. Parks Transit Station (Hogan and State Streets)
  • Hemming Park (Monroe and Hogan Streets)
  • Central (Bay and Pearl Streets)
  • Convention Center (Bay and Johnson Streets)
  • San Marco (San Marco Boulevard and Mary Street)
  • Riverplace (Flagler Avenue)
  • Kings Avenue (Prudential Drive and Kings Avenue)

St. John’s River Taxi

Take the convenient River Taxi to get around #DTJax this Jazz Fest weekend. Tickets can be purchased on-board any of our designated River Taxi boats. CASH payments only.  Exact change is not required but appreciated.

Extended Jazz Fest Hours:

  • Friday, May 27, 2016: 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 28, 2016: 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 29, 2016: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Service Fares:

  • $5.00 each way

Stops:

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Road Closures

The following road closures will occur in conjunction with the Jacksonville Jazz Festival with closures beginning Thursday, May 26 through Monday, May 30.
  • 7:00 am- Adams St. closure from Hogan St. to Ocean St. (Local business parking and resident parking will have access to Adams St. from Ocean St. with a parking pass).
  • 8:00 am- Laura St. closure from Church St. to Bay St. (Intersections at Forsyth St. and Bay St. will remain open. Northbound lane from Duval St. to Church St. will remain open.)
  • 8:00 am- Closure of East lane only of Hogan St. from Monroe St. to Duval St.
  • 12:00 pm- Duval St. closure from Hogan St. to Laura St.
  • 6:00 pm- Duval St. closure from Main St. to Ocean St.
  • 6:00 pm- Monroe St. closure from Main St. to Ocean St. (Local business parking and resident parking will have access to Monroe St. from Hogan St. with a parking pass).
All roads will reopen Monday, May 30 by noon.
Drivers and pedestrians are asked to exercise caution and obey all traffic laws at these intersections.
A map of road closures can be viewed here.

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All information on Jazz Fest can be found here or on their Facebook. Jazz Fest After Dark information can be found here and all other general information regarding anything from parking to dining can be found on our website. We can’t wait to see you all in #DTJax this Memorial Day weekend!

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DVI Updates 


Jazz Fest is back in #DTJax:

Downtown Jacksonville comes alive with the sounds of Snarky PuppyJon Batiste & Stay HumanYellowjackets and more at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Festival this Memorial Day weekend. Join the City of Jacksonville May 26 – 29, 2016 and experience three stages of live entertainment, local food, drinks, shopping and more in Downtown Jacksonville.

Don’t forget to get tickets for the Jazz Piano Competition on May 26and also the Young Professionals Night May 27, both events are at the Florida Theatre.

The good times continue on the 27 and 28 with Jazz Fest After Dark, because every fest gets better after dark! The Elbow is be filled with drinks, live music, art and more.

Stay tuned for our all-inclusive guide for all things #JaxJazzFest related on blogdtjax.org!



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Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars:
 
A Social Affair Dance Studio is partnering with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus for the Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars event on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8:00pm at the Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts in Downtown Jacksonville.

Make sure to get your tickets today and click the vote tab to donate to Jake Gordon, our very own CEO! All proceeds fund the programs and scholarships for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. We’ll see you at the show!


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Parklet Meeting:
 
Join us for a public meeting regarding parklets on June 2 at 6pm at Zodiac Bar & Grill.


DVI Annual Report Available:
 
 Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

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By Morgan Ray, DVI Intern

 

We talked with Mitch Kelly, owner of Eighteen32 and a new Art Walk artist, about him and his work with leather.

1. How long have you been participating in Art Walk?

Photos provided by Mitch Kelly

The May 2016 Art Walk was my first time participating as a vendor. It was a great night and I had a blast interacting with everyone throughout the night. I plan on setting up many more times. The crowd is great and it’s one of my favorite events I’ve been a part of so far.

 2. What do you enjoy most about Art Walk?

I’d say, as a new vendor and as someone who has attended over the years, it is nice that Art Walk changes themes throughout the year. It keeps it interesting when the theme changes, whether it be Spark Walk, Oktoberfest or the upcoming Bold City Brewery Summer Release Party.

 3. What drew you to working with leather and canvas goods?

My background is in graphic design, and while I have worked at some great companies, I was also reaching my limit of sitting behind a desk for most of my work day, and had a growing desire to be self-employed. I had a growing interest in leatherwork and at one point I had a leather sleeve that I kept my cell phone in and I lost it. I was in the process of ordering another one when I realized that I should just try and make my own. Not long after that I started making leather cell phone sleeves and cardholder wallets. They weren’t pretty in the beginning, but I had some good friends that motivated me.

 4. What do you find yourself creating the most? And what is your favorite?

Leather cardholder wallets are what I make the most of. They are basically what got me started with leatherworking, so they will always be a huge part of what I’m doing. Lately, though, I’ve started making bags. Most recently I’ve started making leather tote bags and leather satchels. Currently I have a leather duffel bag in the works and backpacks are right around the corner.

5. Do you work with any other mediums?

I still do freelance graphic design from time to time, so I’m doing some work on the computer, but I’m getting back into illustration to start applying more to my products. I’ve been screen printing for a while now, as well, so I’ll be applying that to more projects in the future.

6. Where can people find your work?

The only brick and mortar location to currently find my work is Vagabond Coffee in Murray Hill. We’ve got some products for sale up there and some custom work on display. The espresso machine that you see when you first walk in was a fun project that I worked on with the owner, Will Morgan. The front is wrapped in leather and stamped with the Vagabond logo. My work can also be found online at eighteen32.com.

7. What do you do in your free time?

When I can find free time I like to travel. I’m a huge fan of hiking and camping. I’ve recently been on some trips out to the midwest road tripping between some of the national parks and I’m planning a trip up to some state parks and forests on the east coast. Basically if I find free time I get the heck out of the house.

8. Do you have any advice or suggestions for those looking to get involved with leather or canvas goods?

Google, Youtube and Amazon are indispensable when getting started. We are lucky enough to be around in the information age and pretty much everything you’d need to know can be found online now. Just do some quick research and you’ll find some of the bare necessity tools and supplies you will need to get started. Don’t go overboard right off the bat, as things can get pricey pretty quickly.

Make sure to stop by June 1- 150 Bold Art Walk to check out Mitch’s work! You can also find him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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By Morgan Ray, DVI Intern

 

The League of American Bicyclists sponsors National Bike Month every May. Starting in 1965, National Bike Month has worked to show the benefits of bicycling. During the month of May, people all over the country are encouraged to try bicycling, whether for fun, exercise or a source of reliable and environmentally friendly transportation.

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Bicycling is a great way to get to know one’s way around #DTJax. It is easy to explore popular areas like Hemming Park, The Jacksonville Landing or the other numerous parks in the area.  For those looking for groups to bike with, there are several bike organizations that coordinate loops and trails all over the city. Jacksonville is home to the North Florida Bike Club (NFBC), City Cycle in Riverside, Open Road Bicycles, as well as a few bike shops.

According to the Alliance for Biking and Walking, Jacksonville ranked 34 out of 50 of the largest cities in the U.S. with 0.4 percent of commuters biking to work. Even with that small percentage, this puts Jacksonville ahead of other large cities, such as Nashville or Dallas.

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NFBC route starting at Lakeshore Bicycles for National Bike to Work Day.

 

As of April, Mayor Lenny Curry is looking to boost the physical activity in #DTJax. In an effort for Jacksonville to reach number one for healthy counties in Florida, Curry’s Journey To One health initiative encourages Jacksonville residents to increase their physical health by staying active and eating well. Bicycling to work in #DTJax has only had a slight increase since 2007, but with the Journey To One initiative, this easy mode of transportation is a great way to improve health and support our city.

May 20 is National Bike to Work Day and NFBC is planning a morning bike ride through #DTJax which will end in Hemming Park for a ceremony. Check out their website for more information on getting involved!

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DVI Updates 

 

Jazz Fest is back in #DTJax:
Downtown Jacksonville comes alive with the sounds of Snarky PuppyJon Batiste & Stay HumanYellowjackets and more at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Festival this Memorial Day weekend. Join the City of Jacksonville May 26 – 29, 2016 and experience three stages of live entertainment, local food, drinks, shopping and more in Downtown Jacksonville.

The good times continue on the 27 and 28 with Jazz Fest After Dark, because every fest gets better after dark! The Elbow is be filled with drinks, live music, art and more.

 
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DVI Annual Report Available:
 
 Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.

 

Photos provided by TTV Architects Inc.

As much as we love to see new businesses move into #DTJax all the time, it’s nice to appreciate the ones that have been here awhile as well! In 2004, TTV Architects Inc. relocated to the entertainment district of Downtown and has been creating nationally renowned designs from their office ever since. We sat down with the youngest licensed architect in Jacksonville, William Hoang, to discuss the firm, what it’s like to be a young architect in Jacksonville and what it’s like to work Downtown.

Hoang explained to us his journey of landing at one the most progressive, full service architecture and design firms in Jacksonville. Originally from Texas, Hoang first interned at the firm as a summer intern when he was in high school trying to decide if architecture was right for him. When he decided it was, he continued onto architecture school at the University of Houston and then studied architecture and urbanism at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette in Paris prior to being nationally certified and licensed.

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Unlike the higher education process most of us may be privy to, architecture is a different ball game. First, the aspiring architect must get into an accredited school and graduate with a Bachelor or Masters of Architecture. Then, the long internship process begins, which can take anywhere from a few years to almost a decade. Finally, the architect-to-be must pass seven national board exams to become licensed. As Hoang noted, it took him about nine years from architecture school to internship to passing the board exams, but he did it!

As far as working Downtown, Hoang said he and his coworkers enjoy the lifestyle of Downtown. Hoang knows firsthand what living in a vibrant and exciting city is like, having gone to school in Houston and then studying abroad in Paris. He says that Jacksonville is different, and especially Downtown, with so much potential and possibilities. Hoang himself is very committed to #DTJax, and will even be the President this summer of the Downtown Rotaract Club which is a young professional club connected to Rotary.

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Proposed UNF Interfaith Center design

TTV has grown to be a nationally-renowned and sought-after firm, contracting lots of work outside of Jacksonville and Florida, including a new, modern Courtroom in Louisville, Kentucky which achieved the GSA Design Excellence award. TTV still does display it’s loyalty and talent to Jacksonville with projects at Mayo Clinic and the recent bid to design the UNF Interfaith Center.

For a look at more of the portfolio of TTV Architects Inc., check out their website and Facebook page. To learn more about getting involved and making a difference in #DTJax like Will Hoang, come out to the next Downtown Rotaract Club meeting! Thank you to William Hoang and the whole TTV team for being so dedicated to #DTJax!