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.
3. Freebird Live
Image courtesy of www.991wqik.com
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.
200 North 1st Street
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
4. Friday Musicale
Image courtesy of http://ehub35.webhostinghub.com/~tedxja5/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/TEDx-photo.jpg
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.
645 Oak Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202