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By Ania Cajuste, DVI Intern

The music scene in #DTJax has always been an integral part of the full Jacksonville experience. The Elbow, the Entertainment District of #DTJax, hosts many music and performance venues in its area.

From major headliners to locally known artists, the different music venues allow us to have many options when we are making plans for a big night out.

 

1904 Music Hall

19 Ocean St.

Founded in 2011, 1904 Music Hall has been an iconic part of #DTJax for the past several years. The original building that they are housed in was built in 1904, hence the namesake, and has since been renovated in order to create the current space that we know and love.

While they can host anything from private parties to punk rock shows, the 1904 Music Hall is only open when there are events planned, so be sure to check out their events calendar!

Photo by: 1904 Music Hall

Photo by: 1904 Music Hall

 

Maverick’s Live

2 Independent Dr.

Maverick’s Live, located upstairs in The Jacksonville Landing, is a nightclub, as well as a large music venue. Hosting a large variety of artists from numerous genres, Maverick’s has something for everyone.

Each Thursday night, Maverick’s Live hosts one of the largest country music nights in northeast Florida with free line dancing lessons from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and drink specials, such as $10 all you can drink! Upcoming events are listed on their event calendar.

Photo by: Florida Music Blog

Photo by: Florida Music Blog

 

Daily’s Place

1 EverBank Field

Daily’s Place is the newest sports and entertainment destination in #DTJax. Newly constructed in 2017, it sits adjacent to EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

This venue specializes in big-ticket artists, such as the Kings of Leon and Ms. Lauryn Hill. With concerts nearly every week, Daily’s Place brings a lot of buzz and activity to #DTJax. Be sure to check out their event calendar, as well as our guide on how to have a great time at Daily’s!

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

 

Breezy Jazz Club

119 W. Adams St.

Mon – Thur 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Fri – Sat 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sun 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Breezy was established out of a growing desire to bring an inviting jazz music and dining experience to #DTJax. The jazzclub specializes in bringing a unique jazz experience to its patrons. Upcoming events can be found on their events calendar.

Each night features a different jazz musician or band. For dinner, Breezy offers a large, themed menu featuring many southern staples, as well as a few fun twists on classic fare. Be sure to stop by for their Sunday morning brunch menu!

Photo by: Breezy Jazz Club

Photo by: Breezy Jazz Club

 

Florida Theatre

128 E. Forsyth St.

The Florida Theatre offers well over 200 entertainment events annually, with a wide variety of genres to appeal to the very diverse city of Jacksonville. Opened in 1927, the theatre is one of only four remaining high-style movie palaces built in Florida during the Mediterranean Revival architectural boom of the 1920s.

Current programming at the Florida Theatre includes jazz ensembles, punk rock shows, ballets, classic movie nights and more. Upcoming events can be found on their events calendar. On October 14th, TEDxJacksonville will be hosting an annual conference titled We, The People.

 

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

 

Times Union Center for the Performing Arts

300 Water St.

The Times Union Center for the Performing Arts is a large center consisting of three venues: a theatre, concert hall and recital hall. First opened in 1962, the first performance in the center was by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. By the 1990’s, the center was forced to undergo a renovation costing several million dollars to fix the notoriously poor acoustics in the building.

Currently, the center hosts programing such as comedy shows, live theatre productions and concerts. Upcoming shows include The Legend of Zelda Symphony and the Sound of Music and much more, all listed on their event calendar.

 

Photo by: Kirkegaard Associates

Photo by: Kirkegaard Associates

 

Ritz Theatre and Museum

829 N Davis St.

In 1999, The Ritz Theatre and Museum was constructed on the site of the 1929 Ritz Theater movie house in #DTJax’s historic African American community of La Villa. During La Villa’s height of activity it was known as the “Harlem of the South.”

Whether visiting the museum, attending a concert, viewing a film or listening to a lecture, the Ritz has a unique experience. Their largest event, Puttin’ On the Ritz, is a talent show that showcases what talents #DTJax has to offer. Be sure to check out their event calendar for much more!

 

Photo by: Ritz Theatre and Museum

Photo by: Ritz Theatre and Museum

 

 

#DTJax is full of exciting music venues, both old and new. The wide set of choices of these spaces allows us to choose a completely different music experience any day of the week.

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DVI Updates 

 

Red, White and BBQ Art Walk:
 
Just a few days until First Wednesday Art Walk – Red, White and BBQ. Continue the celebration with live music by The Band Be Easy, local art, delicious brews and more! Plus, don’t miss the Front Porch at The Landing and Art Walk After Dark in The Elbow. For more information, check out our website. So get on your most patriotic garb and we’ll see you July 6!

 

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We Have an App! #DTJax
 
Our new app, #DTJax, is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. It’s the best way to know what is going on, with a full list of our events, things to do and places to eat and drink. The app also provides information that can be found on our website including parking, hotel options and various directories.
Download today so you can know what’s up Downtown!

 

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Take our Parklet Survey:
 
We need to hear your opinion! Please take just a few minutes and fill out this survey. In doing so, you’ll be helping to shape our #DTJax parklet program!

 

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St. John’s River Taxi and Tours:
 
With the warmer, summer weather here to stay for awhile, enjoy it on the water with the St. John’s River Taxi! The River Taxi is now available for eco tours, Jacksonville Zoo trips and sunset river cruises.

 

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Running every thirty minutes, the river taxi stops at the Northbank Riverwalk at The Landing, the Southbank at Friendship Fountain, Southbank at the The Doubletree Hotel, Southbank Riverwalk at The Lexington Hotel and at Metropolitan Park during special events. For more information, visit their website here.

 

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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Whether you’re an elf or a reindeer – there’s plenty to see and lots to do in #DTJax for the holidays! Need some gifts? You’re covered. Want to see some holiday shows? Look no further. Love christmas trees and fireworks? Of course you do. So get up and get on down, but remember to be nice because…

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‘Tis the Season to Shop Local

Hemming Park Holiday Market
Nov. 30 – Dec. 11 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Enjoy festive holiday decorations and Support local small businesses with a rotation of different vendors each day. The markets and food trucks will run 11:00am – 2:00pm for guest of the park to gather and purchase gifts.

Vagabond Flea 
Dec. 12 | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Every second Saturday, join Vagabond Coffee Company in Hemming Park to shop vintage finds and handmade goods from local craftsmen and collectors.

Riverside Arts Market: Holidazzle
Dec. 12 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Go to the Riverside Arts Market and enjoy all the festivities from lights and decor to photos with Santa and classic holiday movies on stage from 6 – 9 p.m.

Jaxsons Night Market 
Dec. 17 | 5:30 – 9 p.m.

A monthly night market for Jaxsons by Jaxsons, showcasing what makes our community unique including local farmers, local beer, food trucks, fashion trucks, art and food vendors, live music and much more.

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If you’re looking for a little luck this St. Patrick’s Day, #DTJax is the place to be. Irish or not, come out and celebrate the month of March with St. Patrick’s Day events and more.

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St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans:

 

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Kick off the celebration at “Shamrockin’ Downtown” First Wednesday Art Walk on March 4. You’re all in luck, because with Irish brews, bagpipes, music performances, a sneak preview of the new upcoming Jacksonville Zoo exhibit and much more, March’s Art Walk will be nothing less than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Check out full details and download a printable map at iloveartwalk.com.

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by: Katherine Hardwick in Art Walk, Events, Marketing & Promotions No Comments  

unnamedI’m going to let you in on a little secret. Regardless of what your lady-friend says, every woman appreciates thoughtful gestures even OR especially on Valentine’s Day.

You love her because she’s one-of-a-kind, so show her with a gift that celebrates her unique style and a night on the town she’ll always remember. Trust me, you’ll get points for planning ahead.

Gift Ideas

  • Keep it simple and shower her with a bouquet of sweet-smelling flowers from Fresh Market OR make her laugh with a gift of Poo-porri “before-you-go” toilet spray from Grease Rags Clothing Company.

Plus, on Valentine’s Day between 1-3 p.m. Chamblin’s Uptown is offering a Book Lover’s discount. Purchase a book …or ten and get a Mimosa on Chamblin’s!

And for those last-minute shoppers, don’t miss spoiling your Valentine with local chocolates from the new Peterbrooke pop-up shop on Bay Street. No surprise we recommend the super-cute Downtown skyline chocolate bars!

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Our Downtown column as printed in the January issue of EU Jacksonville:

Whatever 2014 threw your way; a new year means new possibilities. It’s a chance to start something new, to be a better you. Maybe that’s why New Year’s resolutions are so popular. According to the all-knowing Wiki, about 40% of us make them.

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Whatever your ideas of self-improvement might be, Downtown Jacksonville will deliver.

“In 2015, I will support the arts.” If you hashtaged #istandwithmoca in 2014, put your resolution where your quick-typing fingers are and spend time perusing MOCA’s contemporary art, then pop over to the Spark District’s Sculpture Walk Jacksonville at Main Street Park. Take in a show at the historic Florida Theatre or at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts where you can see a Broadway show or listen to our world-class Symphony (soon to be led by the Specktator’s sexiest man in Jacksonville, Courtney Lewis). Relive the glory days when Jacksonville was Harlem of the South at the Ritz Theatre, or enjoy one of the many free concerts at Friday Musicale often held, you guessed it, on Fridays.

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Photo by DVI.

Photo by DVI.

The following is from our Downtown column published monthly in EU Jacksonville

Kicking off Jacksonville’s Oktoberfest scene, First Wednesday Art Walk will put a little polka in your step and beauty in your brain with Oktoberfest at Art Walk.

Join Downtown Vision as you grab your liebling (darling), dust off your dirndl (for the ladies) or lederhosen (for the gents), grab your most ornate beer stein or bierkrug, and head Downtown with 15,000 of your closest friends on Wednesday, October 1.

From 5-10 p.m., this arts and culture celebration lights up Downtown. Hundreds of area artists display at more than fifty venues, including ten permanent arts venues and galleries. Plus, on Art Walk night, enjoy free admission to MOCA Jacksonville and free, hourly backstage tours at the Florida Theatre.