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The Specktator is thrilled to have European Street Cafe as title sponsor of the online calendar!

As one of my favorite places to eat, drink and socialize in the the city, “E. Street” (as the cool kids call it) makes the perfect partner to help promote the best events happening in the city.

NOTE: This is a “curated calendar,” meaning I have personally reviewed each event and consider it to be of interest to the general public and/or something particularly compelling. It is important to know that businesses cannot buy a calendar entry. That said, if you have an event you would like considered for the calendar, send the pertinent information to whatsup@thespecktator.com.

And by the way, be sure to change the view from “month” to “stream” below. Unless you like being really annoyed.

 

Feb
11
Sun
Blues Traveler – 30th Anniversary Tour @ Florida Theatre
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm

Formed in 1987 by singer/harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, bassist Bobby Sheehan, and drummer Brendan Hill, Blues Traveler began as part of a revival of the extended jamming style of ’60s and ’70s groups like the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin. Bassist Tad Kinchla and keyboardist Ben Wilson joined the band after the unfortunate death of the original bassist Bobby Sheehan in 1999.

The group’s first chart hit, “Run-Around,” became one of the biggest singles in 1995. The group’s other hits include “But Anyway,” “Crash and Burn,” “Hook,” and “Carolina Blues.”

The band’s music style covers a variety of genres, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul and Southern rock and are best known among fans for their improvisational live shows.

A television favorite, they have been featured on Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, VH1’s Behind the Music and they hold the record for most appearances of any artist on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Los Colognes will open

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy tickets now. Eclub members use your code word on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9am. General Public on sale Friday, Oct. 13 at 10am.

Laugh Lounge @ Dos Gatos
Feb 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Laugh Lounge @ Dos Gatos | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizer:

Starting Sunday November 12th Dos Gatos and Creative Veins Performing Arts are bringing you hilarious original comedy from across the country! The show is free so get there early.

 

Feb
12
Mon
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Lots of restaurants and bars have trivia. But only a chosen few (three to be exact) have The Specktator as host.

In addition to obscure questions, Trivia With The Specktator features musical interludes from local musicians and, if you’re lucky, The 30-Second Dance Party.

Top three teams win gift cards from European Street Cafe. Extended happy hour for players (people playing trivia, that is). And ask your server about late-night happy hour.

Did we mention E. Street won Best Local Trivia in the Folio Weekly Best of Jacksonville Readers Poll in 2017? Because we did.

Feb
13
Tue
The Hot Sardines @ Florida Theatre
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm

Eight-member jazz ensemble, The Hot Sardines play 1920s and 30s music influenced by swing and blues.  Their songs “Gramercy Sunset,” “Sweet Pea,”  and “Some of These Days” highlight the band’s brassy horn arrangements, piano melodies and sultry vocals.

Their self-titled album debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Their latest release, French Fries and Champagne, features lyrics in both French and English, and a remake of Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love.”

Inspired by jazz greats Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, The Hot Sardines were formed in 2007 after lead singer/washboard player Miz Elizabeth met pianist Evan Palazzo. They grew into a full-fledged group after adding trumpeter Jason Prover, percussionist Alex Raderman, clarinetist/saxophonist Nick Myers, bassist/sousaphonist Evan Crane and tap dancer Edwin Francisco to line up.

The Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival and have sold out NYC venues from Joe’s Pub to Bowery Ballroom.

 

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy now. Eclub members use your code word on Thursday, June 1 at 9am.  General public one sale Friday, June 2 at 10am.

Feb
15
Thu
Aida Musical @ Swisher Theater
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm

 Warring nations come together and forbidden love faces its ultimate challenge in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical that comes to JU’s Swisher Theater Feb. 15-25.

The tale of a bond between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends borders and has become known since its 2000 Broadway debut for its soaring ballads, rousing rock and choral numbers, and exuberant dancing. True devotion transcends cultural differences in this story of loyalty and betrayal in a love triangle involving Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess stolen from her country; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier they both love.

“Aida is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing for a large cast. It even involves some time travel from the present back to 1100 BC,” said Director and acclaimed soprano Kimberly Beasley, Associate Professor of Voice in the College of Fine Arts’ Music Division.

Beasley has double-cast the show, with one cast of mostly seniors and the other made up of “very talented juniors.” All levels of students are cast in secondary roles and in the ensemble. Meanwhile, the orchestra pit features 13 musicians led by Music Director Ben Beck, a staff accompanist at JU, and choreography is by Victoria Miller ‘17.

“This is a dance- and music-heavy show, so it has lots of show-stopping numbers,” Beasley said. “The music is a balance of upbeat rock numbers as well as some beautiful, lyrical pieces. Our singers belt and sing legit in this show.”

The production has been entered for a review by the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, a national theater program involving thousands of students from more than 700 colleges and universities whose aim is to boost the quality of college theater in the United States.

Aida has music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. It won four Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. The Original Broadway Cast Recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The song “Written in the Stars.” recorded by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes, reached No. 2 on the Billboard U.S. adult contemporary music charts,

“The story is captivating, and we have spent most of January delving into the dramatic elements. The students do extensive dramaturgy to prepare their roles,” Beasley said.

Feb
17
Sat
Downtown Community Cleanup @ Lavilla's United Voice
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Downtown Community Cleanup @ Lavilla's United Voice | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizer:

The Downtown Community Cleanup Project will invite every neighborhood organization and cleanup group in the city of Jacksonville to come together for LaVilla. If you’ve been asked to host this event, please accept it and help spread the word. We need as much help as we can get.

The Downtown Community Cleanup Project and the Fight Blight crew will provide enough trash bags, gloves, and tools for everyone, but feel free to bring your own.

Downtown Vision, Inc.’s amazing staff has Volunteered to help out on their day off! (((ROUND OF APPLA– USE))) I* will post photos of problem areas leading up to the event with a location so feel free to prepare for those specific areas (some need shovels and rakes) or just bring yourself, and we’ll tell you where to go.

From 9 AM – 4 PM every group in the DIA will meet at Lavilla’s United Voice at 311 W. Ashley St. From there we will focus on rehabilitating State and Union St and moving to adjacent designated neighborhoods. There are thousands of pounds of trash that needs to be removed. Together, it’s nothing.

In fact, I* bet we can move at least 2,500 pounds of trash in one Saturday.

===

* Not sure who this “I” is. It’s not me.

Aida Musical @ Swisher Theater
Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm

 Warring nations come together and forbidden love faces its ultimate challenge in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical that comes to JU’s Swisher Theater Feb. 15-25.

The tale of a bond between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends borders and has become known since its 2000 Broadway debut for its soaring ballads, rousing rock and choral numbers, and exuberant dancing. True devotion transcends cultural differences in this story of loyalty and betrayal in a love triangle involving Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess stolen from her country; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier they both love.

“Aida is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing for a large cast. It even involves some time travel from the present back to 1100 BC,” said Director and acclaimed soprano Kimberly Beasley, Associate Professor of Voice in the College of Fine Arts’ Music Division.

Beasley has double-cast the show, with one cast of mostly seniors and the other made up of “very talented juniors.” All levels of students are cast in secondary roles and in the ensemble. Meanwhile, the orchestra pit features 13 musicians led by Music Director Ben Beck, a staff accompanist at JU, and choreography is by Victoria Miller ‘17.

“This is a dance- and music-heavy show, so it has lots of show-stopping numbers,” Beasley said. “The music is a balance of upbeat rock numbers as well as some beautiful, lyrical pieces. Our singers belt and sing legit in this show.”

The production has been entered for a review by the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, a national theater program involving thousands of students from more than 700 colleges and universities whose aim is to boost the quality of college theater in the United States.

Aida has music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. It won four Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. The Original Broadway Cast Recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The song “Written in the Stars.” recorded by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes, reached No. 2 on the Billboard U.S. adult contemporary music charts,

“The story is captivating, and we have spent most of January delving into the dramatic elements. The students do extensive dramaturgy to prepare their roles,” Beasley said.

Feb
18
Sun
Laugh Lounge @ Dos Gatos
Feb 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Laugh Lounge @ Dos Gatos | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizer:

Starting Sunday November 12th Dos Gatos and Creative Veins Performing Arts are bringing you hilarious original comedy from across the country! The show is free so get there early.

 

Feb
19
Mon
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Lots of restaurants and bars have trivia. But only a chosen few (three to be exact) have The Specktator as host.

In addition to obscure questions, Trivia With The Specktator features musical interludes from local musicians and, if you’re lucky, The 30-Second Dance Party.

Top three teams win gift cards from European Street Cafe. Extended happy hour for players (people playing trivia, that is). And ask your server about late-night happy hour.

Did we mention E. Street won Best Local Trivia in the Folio Weekly Best of Jacksonville Readers Poll in 2017? Because we did.

Feb
23
Fri
Aida Musical @ Swisher Theater
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

 Warring nations come together and forbidden love faces its ultimate challenge in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical that comes to JU’s Swisher Theater Feb. 15-25.

The tale of a bond between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends borders and has become known since its 2000 Broadway debut for its soaring ballads, rousing rock and choral numbers, and exuberant dancing. True devotion transcends cultural differences in this story of loyalty and betrayal in a love triangle involving Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess stolen from her country; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier they both love.

“Aida is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing for a large cast. It even involves some time travel from the present back to 1100 BC,” said Director and acclaimed soprano Kimberly Beasley, Associate Professor of Voice in the College of Fine Arts’ Music Division.

Beasley has double-cast the show, with one cast of mostly seniors and the other made up of “very talented juniors.” All levels of students are cast in secondary roles and in the ensemble. Meanwhile, the orchestra pit features 13 musicians led by Music Director Ben Beck, a staff accompanist at JU, and choreography is by Victoria Miller ‘17.

“This is a dance- and music-heavy show, so it has lots of show-stopping numbers,” Beasley said. “The music is a balance of upbeat rock numbers as well as some beautiful, lyrical pieces. Our singers belt and sing legit in this show.”

The production has been entered for a review by the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, a national theater program involving thousands of students from more than 700 colleges and universities whose aim is to boost the quality of college theater in the United States.

Aida has music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. It won four Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. The Original Broadway Cast Recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The song “Written in the Stars.” recorded by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes, reached No. 2 on the Billboard U.S. adult contemporary music charts,

“The story is captivating, and we have spent most of January delving into the dramatic elements. The students do extensive dramaturgy to prepare their roles,” Beasley said.

Feb
24
Sat
Downtown Community Cleanup @ Lavilla's United Voice
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Downtown Community Cleanup @ Lavilla's United Voice | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizer:

The Downtown Community Cleanup Project will invite every neighborhood organization and cleanup group in the city of Jacksonville to come together for LaVilla. If you’ve been asked to host this event, please accept it and help spread the word. We need as much help as we can get.

The Downtown Community Cleanup Project and the Fight Blight crew will provide enough trash bags, gloves, and tools for everyone, but feel free to bring your own.

Downtown Vision, Inc.’s amazing staff has Volunteered to help out on their day off! (((ROUND OF APPLA– USE))) I* will post photos of problem areas leading up to the event with a location so feel free to prepare for those specific areas (some need shovels and rakes) or just bring yourself, and we’ll tell you where to go.

From 9 AM – 4 PM every group in the DIA will meet at Lavilla’s United Voice at 311 W. Ashley St. From there we will focus on rehabilitating State and Union St and moving to adjacent designated neighborhoods. There are thousands of pounds of trash that needs to be removed. Together, it’s nothing.

In fact, I* bet we can move at least 2,500 pounds of trash in one Saturday.

===

* Not sure who this “I” is. It’s not me.

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Extravaganza 2018 @ Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm

Art Exhibition, 6:30 p.m. / Performance 7:30 p.m.

In celebration of the arts, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA) proudly presents EXTRAVAGANZA in beautiful downtown Jacksonville for one night only! Please join us for our annual production at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts Moran Theatre on February 24, 2018.

For 30 years DA’s annual Extravaganza has successfully promoted the best of what Douglas Anderson students have to offer, highlighting a wide range of styles and moods of music, writing, film, dance, and theatre, as well as a stunning display of visual art. Those of you who have attended previous Extravaganzas know how special and professional this evening is, and this year promises to be better than ever! Over 580 students will participate in the production, which will include several collaborative works as well as some surprises. Our Shining Star series will feature a prominent Douglas Anderson alumnus.

 

What To Expect

The evening will begin at 6:30pm in the main lobby with an Art Exhibition of student work from our Visual Arts department. Original student-produced short films from our Cinematic Arts department will run continuously on large screens. Guests will move into the theatre at 7:20pm for an energetic performance, including collaborations between departments, a musical review, and individual spotlights on student performers.

Monster Jam @ Everbank Field
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

 MONSTER JAM ON TOUR:

Climb your trucks and start your engines, Monster Jam is coming to a city near you. As one of the country’s premier live motorsport events, Monster Jam features the biggest, baddest monster trucks in the business going at it in bone-crushing races and freestyles. Despite the menacing names of the trucks, the scene at Monster Jam is decidedly friendly — each event features a “Pit Party” where fans get the chance to score autographs and memorabilia from drivers known for their humble generosity. With a record 32 trucks competing in 2014 — including fan favorites like Avenger and Double Trouble — the circuit is sure to feature more mayhem and destruction than ever before.

Feb
25
Sun
Laugh Lounge @ Dos Gatos
Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Laugh Lounge @ Dos Gatos | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizer:

Starting Sunday November 12th Dos Gatos and Creative Veins Performing Arts are bringing you hilarious original comedy from across the country! The show is free so get there early.

 

Feb
26
Mon
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Lots of restaurants and bars have trivia. But only a chosen few (three to be exact) have The Specktator as host.

In addition to obscure questions, Trivia With The Specktator features musical interludes from local musicians and, if you’re lucky, The 30-Second Dance Party.

Top three teams win gift cards from European Street Cafe. Extended happy hour for players (people playing trivia, that is). And ask your server about late-night happy hour.

Did we mention E. Street won Best Local Trivia in the Folio Weekly Best of Jacksonville Readers Poll in 2017? Because we did.