Sunday, October 9th at 5p
A one night concert event that highlights three of the most prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the state of Florida. Together for a special occasion, this premier event will also pay tribute to Jacksonville’s favorite sons, James Weldon and John Rosemond Johnson, with a collaborative closeout performance of Lift Ev’ry Voice & Sing. Stop by the Museum to learn more about the history of the Johnson brothers.
Wednesday, October 26th
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot. Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot was the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut, The Inevitable. The group has a substantial live following across the country thanks to early support from NPR, college radio and non-commercial stations. Their album, Hot, has sold over 1.3 million copies.
Thursday, November 3rd
Recently seen on the BET awards in June, Bilal has been topping the charts since his first deal with Interscope and his debut album, 1st Born Second. One of its three singles, "Soul Sista," peaked at number 18 on the R&B singles chart, while "Fast Lane" -- co-written with Damu and Faulu Mtume (the sons of James Mtume and two of the singer's earliest supporters) -- narrowly missed the Top 40.
Friday, November 11th
Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage,” Alicia Olatuja has been fascinating audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, whilst performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration. Thereafter, she assembled her own jazz based ensemble, recorded her first solo album, Timeless (2014) and is touring with her soulful music.
Saturday, November 12th at 7p
This inspirational stage play focuses on a journey of faith, grace, and endurance as a family is facing and overcoming the trials of life determining to maintain and keep order in “the house”.
This debut production is written and directed by Toy Nealey.
Thursday, December 1st at 7p
Patrick Bartley, Jr. is a Grammy-nominated and award-winning saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer/arranger from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, now gaining recognition as an emerging artist in New York City. Patrick has recorded and performed alongside such renowned musicians as Louis Hayes, Jonathan Batiste, Mulgrew Miller, Jeff Coffin and Wynton Marsalis. He has performed at world-renowned venues such as The STAPLES Center, Madison Square Garden and The Black Sea Jazz Festival.
Saturday, December 3rd at 6:30p & 9:30p
Back to Jacksonville for a third time, it’s hard to think of any other African-American violin players who have made their mark in popular music. Classically trained South Florida twosome, Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, who go by the name Black Violin are a welcome revelation for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture, such as they did with Brandenburg and Breakdown, into a single genre-busting act.
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Sunday, December 11th at 7:30p
Peter White teams up again with 2 of the top artists in smooth jazz (Rick Braun and Euge Groove) to bring his annual Christmas show back to the Jacksonville, this time at The Ritz Theatre for a truly intimate set. Peter, Rick and Euge will play some of your Christmas favorites as well as their own personal hits.
Thursday, February 2nd at 7p
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Greenville, NC, contemporary jazz vocalist Christie N. Dashiell returned to hone her skills at Howard University and, later, at The Manhattan School of Music. Dashiell’s history includes performances with Howard’s premiere vocal jazz ensemble, Afro-Blue. She has also performed at the Kennedy Center as a participant of the 2010 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead residency program, at Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C., and as a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program.
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