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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

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


Diana Krall @ Florida Theatre
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm

Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall is the only artist to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Album chart. She is touring in support of her latest release Turn Up The Quiet.

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy tickets now. Eclub members use your code word to buy tickets on Thursday, September 21 at 9am. General public tickets on Friday, September 22 at 10am .

Little River Band with special guest @ Florida Theatre
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm

Between them, classic rock hit makers Little River Band and Pablo Cruise have received three platinum records, eight gold records and have charted more than a dozen top-ten singles.

Little River Band returns to Florida Theatre to perform their chart-topping hits “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change,” “Lonesome Loser,” “The Night Owls,” “Take It Easy On Me,” “Help Is on Its Way,” and more!

Special Guest Pablo Cruise is known for such hits as “Whatcha Gonna Do?,” “Love Will Find a Way,” “A Place In The Sun,” “Cool Love,” “I Want You Tonight” and “I Go To Rio.”

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy now. Eclub members use your code word on Thrusday, August 17 at 9am. General Public tickets on sale Friday, August 18 at 10am.

The Langston Hughes Project @ Ritz Theatre and Museum
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm

 The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite. Ask Your Mama is Hughes’s homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom, home and abroad, at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin “cha cha” and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming — a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death.

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.

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.

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.

Catholic Charities Black & White Ball @ West US Assure Club at EverBank Field
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 Jacksonville, FL – Catholic Charities’ Annual Black & White Ball will be held March 3rd at US Assure Club in EverBank Field. The event serves as one of the primary fundraisers for Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office of the Diocese of St. Augustine, with proceeds assisting the agency in reaching out to the community with emergency assistance.

The event will feature gourmet food, dancing and fun for guests. The Faze Band will be providing music for guests to enjoy throughout the evening.

Kendra Scott Jewelry will be offering a Jewelry Pull to support the event. A full list of participating sponsors can be found on the Catholic Charities website,

Catholic Charities Jacksonville provides five major programs, including Emergency Assistance. They are the largest provider of emergency financial assistance in our community.

The goal of the Emergency Assistance program is to prevent homelessness by helping families who are facing eviction or the loss of utilities due to a recent financial crisis. Short-term assistance with rent, mortgage payments, utilities, and food is provided. All proceeds raised by the Black & White Ball will support those efforts.

Last year, the Emergency Assistance program served 13,459 individuals, and distributed 135,951 pounds of food to those in need in the community.

Tickets to this event are $200 for guests. Sponsorships are still available and run from $1,000 to $20,000. Please call Nicola Barnack at (904) 899-5505 or visit for more information.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at

The Irish Rovers @ Florida Theatre
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm
The Irish Rovers @ Florida Theatre | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

These international ambassadors of Irish music have charmed audiences for more than four decades. They are best known for their songs “Danny Boy,” “The Unicorn,” “Years May Come, Years May Go,” and “The Irish Rover.”


St. Paddy’s Party at Eclipse! @ Eclipse Riverside
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 17 @ 2:00 am
St. Paddy's Party at Eclipse! @ Eclipse Riverside | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook (obviously … because I wouldn’t have used all the uppercase letters; I also would not have used the symbol for the suit of clubs in place of a four-leaf clover)

♣♣♣The St Paddy’s Day Party at Eclipse!♣♣♣
Friday, March 16, kick off your holiday weekend and come dance with us!!
VJ Canaan spins open format party dance music!
[Hip Hop, Top 40, EDM, Retro Classix, & more!]
♣ $1 GREEN BEER 6-9PM!
♣ Eclipse will be bathed in lucky green light!
Venue information: ♫ Eclipse Nightclub ♫
►Great Sound, Large Dancefloor, & an Amazing Lighting System!
►Full Liquor Bar, plenty of FREE parking, & Outside Smoking Patio!
Happy Hour 6-9pm!! No Cover 6-9, $5 after 9pm!
Hours: 6pm til 2am (VJ start at 9) – ►21+ to Enter w/ valid ID!◄
Address: Eclipse – 4219 St Johns Ave – JAX FL
Where the music matters! – Like, Share, and Invite your friends!! ♥

St. Practice Day with Spade Mcquade @ Crispy's Springfield Gallery
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
St. Practice Day with Spade Mcquade @ Crispy's Springfield Gallery | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Get your St. Paddy’s weekend started right with sharing a pint listening to authentic Irish tunes from “The Original Belfast Redneck” Spade Mcquade!

Spade combines Celtic soul with Irish rock to connect with his audience to deliver a fun night of laughter, drinking and dancing!

Spade is a Belfast, Ireland native and a former member of Energy Orchard the Irish rock band, who toured with Van Morrison, Joe Cocker and more.


Saint Patrick’s Day at Culhane’s @ Culhane's Irish Pub
Mar 17 @ 8:00 am – Mar 18 @ 2:00 am
Saint Patrick's Day at Culhane's @ Culhane's Irish Pub | Atlantic Beach | Florida | United States

Serving Traditional Irish Breakfast ’til noon
St. Patrick’s Day Lunch & Dinner Menu 10 a.m.–11 p.m.

Kids Free;  ID required at security check

Six Nations Rugby Finals 2018
Italy v Scotland Kickoff: 8:30 a.m.
England v Ireland Kickoff: 10:45 a.m.
Wales v France Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Monster Tent Stage
9 a.m.: Ron Davis
11 a.m.: Piper Lou Henningsen
11 a.m.: Old Dogs, Ron Davis & Friends
11:30 a.m.: Legacy Irish Dance Academy – World Champions
noon:  Amazing Face Painting by Linda
2 p.m.: Aisling Grove
5 p.m.: Box 543
9.30 p.m.: Piper Lou Henningsen
8:30 p.m.: DJ Vito

Pub Stage
9:30 a.m.: Celtic Ring
11 a.m.: Piper Lou Henningsen
4 p.m.: Robby N’ Felix
7 p.m.: Florida Mountaineers
9.30 p.m.: Piper Lou Henningsen
11 p.m.: Briteside

St. Paddy’s Day at Fionn Maccool’s @ Fionn Maccools
Mar 17 @ 9:00 am – Mar 18 @ 1:00 am
St. Paddy's Day at Fionn Maccool's @ Fionn Maccools | Ponte Vedra Beach | Florida | United States


Fionn MacCool’s hosts the largest St Paddy’s Day celebrations in North Florida with live entertainment all day and night to go along with pipes and drums to keep everyone in the proper spirit.

Start your day off with an authentic Irish breakfast! We will also have a special St. Paddy’s menu all day long.  Enjoy the following live entertainment on our outside stage throughout the day and evening.

11 a.m.: Spade McQuade and the All Stars

3 p.m.: Rathkeltair

7 p.m.: Jimmy O’Solari

9 p.m.: Searson

Monkey’s Uncle Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party @ Monkey's Uncle Tavern
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – Mar 18 @ 2:00 am
Monkey's Uncle Annual St. Patrick's Day Party @ Monkey's Uncle Tavern | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

They had me at “free Irish stew.”

From Facebook

Come celebrate your favorite drinking party with the friendliest bar staff in town! We will be selling corned beef and cabbage starting at 12pm!! There will be FREE IRISH STEW at 5pm til supplies last! We will have tons of drink specials going on along with discounted “green draft beer”! Your favorite leprechauns will be handing out fun Irish swag throughout the night. Stay tuned for more details!!
St. Paddy’s Day at Fionn Maccool’s @ Fionn Maccools
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – Mar 18 @ 1:00 am
St. Paddy's Day at Fionn Maccool's @ Fionn Maccools | Jacksonville | Florida | United States


Fionn MacCool’s hosts the largest St Paddy’s Day celebrations in North Florida with live entertainment all day and night to go along with pipes and drums to keep everyone in the proper spirit. Oh yea, they will also have enough beer for all of DUUUVAL!

Join us for our always memorable riverfront party to include freshly smoked corned beef briskets and the following entertainment sure to bring you the luck of the Irish.

11 a.m.: Jig to a Milestone

3 p.m.: Searson

7 p.m.: Pipes and Drums

9 p.m.: Rathkeltair

St Patrick’s Day Food Truck Takeover @ Hemming Park
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
St Patrick's Day Food Truck Takeover @ Hemming Park | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook (with a few grammatical corrections by yours truly)

Jax Food Truck Food Court and Friends of Hemming Park team up to present the Second Annual St Patrick’s Day Takeover  with cold beer and premier food trucks serving up all your favorite foods.

Make a day of it! The Hemming Park area is surrounded by amazing things to do! Before or after your St. Patrick’s Day feast, make sure to visit:

MOCA Jacksonville
Chamblin’s Uptown
Sweet Pete’s Candy
Jacksonville Public Library
Wolf & Cub and many more!

Food trucks include:
The Happy Grilled Cheese
Eddis and Sons
Manny’s Cuban Food Truck
Delish Kebabs
Blazin Azn
Latin Soul
Sweeto Burrito
Fusion Food Truck
Treemendous BBQ
Son of a Butcher
Alma Fusion
Team Love Seafood
Le Petite Cheri
Nitrogen Creamery
Island Dream
Front Porch Kettle Corn
Funnel Cake Queen