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10 Local Live Music Venues In Jax

If you enjoy live music performances in Jacksonville, chances are you’ve attended an event at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, the Florida Theatre or perhaps the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Jacksonville is blessed to be home to a number of prestigious venues with the capacity to hold vast audiences and globally recognized artists. However, if you’re in the mood the catch a more intimate, localized show, here’s a list of smaller, no-frills, live music venues you might want to check out.

Published May 12, 2014 in Culture      10 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article




3. Freebird Live


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Located in the heart of Jax Beach, Freebird Live has been the home base of Jacksonville’s Lynyrd Skynyrd legacy for the past 15 years. The venue is two stories, complete with two full bars and an open-air, exterior wrap around balcony. Freebird Live has evolved into a nationally recognized premier live music venue, but hasn’t forgotten its hometown roots by continuing to cater to aspiring local artists. It’s general admission with standing room only, so try checking out a show from the unique upstairs railed balcony that overlooks the ground level stage. Welcoming to all ages unless otherwise noted.

Venue Info:

200 North 1st Street
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
(904) 246-BIRD
www.freebirdlive.com




4. Friday Musicale


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For those with a classically trained ear, the Friday Musicale has much to offer. Established by Claudia L’Engle Adams in 1890, the Friday Musicale has supported the Jacksonville community through concerts, educational outreach and youth scholarships for the past 125 years. The beloved institution promotes instrumental and vocal training to students through its outstanding collection of music teachers, has been nationally recognized, and is an important part of Jacksonville’s music history. While it is a multipurpose venue, the Friday Musicale typically hosts concerts featuring classically trained artists. The best part? Friday Musicale concerts are free and open to the public unless otherwise advertised, which is generally once or twice a year at most.

Venue Info:

645 Oak Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 355-7584
www.fridaymusicale.com



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10 Comments

mtraininjax

May 12, 2014, 06:35:25 AM
Disappointing that there is no review of Monty's, where you frequently find good local talented acts. But then again, perhaps the reporter does not know of Monty's, in the heart of Avondale.

urbanlibertarian

May 12, 2014, 08:30:32 AM
Well, the article is titled "10 Live Music Venues".  Not "Top Ten" or "All Inclusive List".

thelakelander

May 12, 2014, 09:13:21 AM
Yes. I don't believe anyone will complain if the list grows via responses and suggestions from readers.

tufsu1

May 12, 2014, 10:53:03 AM
For those not in the know, Monty's is also known as West End Cantina....and while it does sometimes often some good live music, it is by no means on the level of these other 10 in terms of attendance capacity.

Another good one is the San Marco speakeasy, The Parlour...its right behind Grape & Grain

ProjectMaximus

May 12, 2014, 11:45:44 AM
I'll toss in Deep Search Records in Five Points. Very cool environment for live shows. Been to a few at Bold Bean as well (awhile ago).

And note that Friday Musicale is the oldest, still-active performance venue in the state of Florida.

IrvAdams

May 12, 2014, 11:55:32 AM
^Here we go...Cliff's on Monument Road in Arlington. Good and loud.

Non-RedNeck Westsider

May 12, 2014, 01:39:25 PM
No love for Fat Kat?

FSBA

May 12, 2014, 02:01:33 PM
Solid list. I've seen my fair share of shows at all of them. The Freebird is one of the best places to see a band perform in the country.

Badfinger

May 12, 2014, 02:16:19 PM
For those not in the know, Monty's is also known as West End Cantina....and while it does sometimes often some good live music, it is by no means on the level of these other 10 in terms of attendance capacity.

Another good one is the San Marco speakeasy, The Parlour...its right behind Grape & Grain

It's actually the West Inn Cantina and amongt old timers there is debate about whether it was previously known as Monty's or Monte's.  Of course the old, old timers will sometimes refer to it as where Hay's Place used to be.

Whichever, they still have the coldest beer on St. Johns.

mtraininjax

May 12, 2014, 06:33:17 PM
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For those not in the know, Monty's is also known as West End Cantina....and while it does sometimes often some good live music, it is by no means on the level of these other 10 in terms of attendance capacity.

So there's now a rating system based on attendance levels? If so, where is Met Park on this list?

The criteria in the original post was
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catch a more intimate, localized show, here’s a list of smaller, no-frills, live music venues
and Monty's or as outsiders call it, West Inn Cantina, can certainly deliver on the original criteria.

Glad I have the chance to disagree with you on this forum, to say the least.
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