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Lit Chat with Michael Ray Fitzgerald


Willow Branch Library sits in a corner of Willow Branch Park, a popular location for local musicians during the late 1960s to develop and expand their audience. Named after the “Human Be-In,” San Francisco’s 1967 counterculture celebration, Jacksonville’s “be-ins” spawned several notable acts, including the Allman Brothers Band.

In Jacksonville and the Roots of Southern Rock, Michael Ray FitzGerald digs into the history of bands like the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd and how Jacksonville played a role in bringing these bands to a national audience. FitzGerald and Alan Bliss, CEO of the Jacksonville Historical Society, will talk about this and more live at the Willow Branch Library!

Lit Chat with Michael Ray FitzGerald, Tuesday, September 14, at 6:30 pm. This event will be held with a small audience live at the Willow Branch Library, or you can watch it virtually via Zoom. FitzGerald will be signing books before the event starting at 6:00, and the audience is welcome to stay after the Lit Chat to explore the Willow Branch Library’s exhibit on the 1968 be-ins.


Only events occurring within Downtown Jacksonville will be accepted.
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