Not going to the Stones? Options for live music Friday in N. Florida

Sunset on Fleming Island, Florida photo by Indie Art South

The Rolling Stones are expected to entertain approximately 50,000 people in Jacksonville (FL) tonight. Jax is a big city, and for those who aren’t attending the concert, there are plenty of options for Friday live music in this area outside downtown.

Sunset on Fleming Island, Florida photo by Indie Art South
Fleming Island, FL, at sunset. (Photo: Indie Art South)

At Whiskey Jax, Baymeadows, Julia Gulia Band takes the stage. I haven’t heard them personally, but I have heard others talk about how much they enjoy the music. Learn more about Julia Gulia at their Facebook page.

Over in Mandarin where there aren’t many choices for live music, the band Lift will be at Cheers “Kickin the RAWK” from 9:30 PM-1:30 AM. I haven’t heard this band either, but photographer Mike Hamilton who is well known to most of the Jax music community raves about them, and Mike knows a lot about music. Read more from Lift at their Facebook page.

Incidentally, Mike Hamilton has a new website up—check it out for photos of musicians in the area, including my daughters’ band. I highly recommend Mike for any of your events—he delivers high quality work for very reasonable prices.

Out at the beaches, Ragtime Tavern in Atlantic Beach  hosts The Austin Park Band. The band’s page (linked) has some videos of their work. Ragtime is one of Rebecca’s favorite places to play—great food and the patrons love music of all kinds.

In Green Cove Springs, the tony wine bar named Red’s Wine Bar not only has a great selection of wines, the place also features great music. Tonight Michael Chancellor does tunes there. I couldn’t find a website for Michael, but I am familiar with other musicians who play there so you can count on quality in my opinion. Taylor Tacos will be there for those who want some food along with their drinks.

As for me, I’ll be doing roadie duties for Rebecca—she’s doing a solo show at Sunset Tiki Bar on Fleming Island. This is her first time at that venue. The food truck for the night is That One Place.

If you’re a Rolling Stones diehard, and you’re attending the concert downtown, First Coast News has a handy guide with info about traffic and other matters to help you navigate.

Do you have a favorite band? Each Friday, I highlight five places to go for live music in North Florida. So if you want to point us to a show, please use the contact form on this website.

Finally, a piece of unsolicited advice for musicians. If you are promoting your show, make your social media post shareable. Otherwise, you’re pretty much preaching to the choir.

If you’re a musician, feel free to add your own show in the ‘comments’ section below. Indie Art South doesn’t mine your data.

(Kay B. Day/July 19, 2019)

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