Ritz Theatre & Museum Events Calendar

Through Our Eyes 2015: Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey (An Artistic Revolution)

January 29, 2015 - July 31, 2015 

An exhibit featuring visual autobiographies created by twenty Jacksonville area African-American artist

Many special events, workshops and gallery talks will be offered during this exhibition.  

01.29.2015
LUCKY PETERSON IN CONCERT
January 30, 2015, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Lucky Peterson is the most dangerous triple threat working in the blues.  He has gained a reputation as one of the most preeminent performers of the modern era as a searing lead guitarist, fantastic organist and first rate vocalist.  

Purchase tickets at the Ritz Theatre Box Office Tuesday – Friday 10-4 and Saturdays 10-2pm  904.807.2010 

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01.30.2015

The Ritz: Amateur Night - Step Up 2 The Mic! Friday, February 6, 2015 @ 7:30p

Get ready for the new season of The Ritz: Amateur Night—Step Up 2 the Mic! This season, we’re bringing the party to amateur night with a DJ! Each month we’ll have special guest performances from local artist; jaw-dropping dance crews; you never know what to expect from show host—Octavius Davis! and—you—the liveliest audience, in the south, can still applaud or boo contestants as they compete for prizes. this isn't just a talent show…it’s The Ritz: Amateur Night …STEP UP 2 THE MIC! Sponsored by McGowan Spinal Rehabilitation Center.

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02.06.2015
SYL JOHNSON IN CONCERT
February 07, 2015, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Born Sylvester Thompson he migrated to his family to Chicago in 1950’s, blues guitarist son and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold and Junior Wells to mention a few.  Billboard R & B charts in 1069 for “Is it Because I’m Black” 

Purchase tickets at the Ritz Theatre Box Office Tuesday – Friday 10-4 and Saturdays 10-2pm  904.807.2010 

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02.07.2015

The Ritz: Amateur Night (Step Up 2 the Mic)--AUDITIONS 

Thursday, February 12th at 5PM

Do you have what it takes to win-it-all at Jacksonville's premier talent show? Find out by auditioning at the Ritz Theatre. 

02.12.2015

Reigniting the Revolution: The Giants Whose Shoulders We Stand Upon

Sunday, February 15, 2015

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A historical life changing musical that's set against the back drop of life; peeking through the windows of the giants who shoulders we stand upon.  While journeying through the Civil Right's movement, we see excerpts of the first African-American Marines that fought our country to fight for our country!!! 

These men were the very soldiers who defended the US from the last attack of the enemy and assisted in winning WWII. 


02.15.2015

Rebirth Brass Band - February 20, 2015 @ 8pm

Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. 

While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they’ve also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. “Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.” In the wake of the sometimes- stringent competition amongst New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.

 

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02.20.2015

Through Our Eyes 2015: Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey (An Artistic Evolution)

Saturday, February 21st from 10AM - 8PM

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02.21.2015

Growing Up a Gospel – Stage Play at 7pm

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02.21.2015

Lady Campbell's Souper Soul Sunday's

Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 5PM

'Something Miraculous' (episode 1) is back by popular demand! How will a mother and daughter reunite when neither knew the other existed? Can a mother's child be will alive after 17 years...if she was still born? Come enjoy this AMAZING theatrical soap opera.

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02.22.2015

Red Moon Theatre Festival

Friday, February 27th - Sunday, March 1st 

The Ritz Theatre and Museum in partnership with the Apex Theatre Studio will present the premiere of the Red Moon Theatre Festival: a celebration of diversity and building community. The three-day festival will present an enticing mixture of theatrical performances that honor the past while gathering a host of contemporary artistic talents to inspire a new generation of audiences to redefine the cultural landscape of Northeast Florida. 

02.27.2015

Red Moon Theatre Festival: 'The Mountaintop' Friday, February 27th at 8PM

Read by Jacksonville's very own television and film actress Cassandra Freeman (seen in the movie 'Inside Man' & 'Single Ladies')

02.27.2015

Red Moon Theatre Festival: Theatre of Rice & Beans 

Saturday, February 28th at 2PM (Ritz Lobby)

A showing of the new documentary Theatre of Rice and Beans, which profiles three of the most prominent Latino theatre companies in America today with a Q and A session with filmmaker Tony Mata of the University of Florida. 

02.28.2015

Red Moon Theatre Festival: Our Town

Sunday, March 1st at 3PM  

Apex Theatre Studio's Artistic Director Ian Mairs will direct a production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town featuring a cast of performers which will reflect the many diverse communities existing in the North Florida area.

03.01.2015
The Ritz: Amateur Night (Step Up 2 the Mic) Friday, March 6th @ 7:30pm

Get ready for the new season of The Ritz: Amateur Night—Step Up 2 the Mic! This season, we’re bringing the party to amateur night with a DJ! Each month we’ll have special guest performances from local artist; jaw-dropping dance crews; you never know what to expect from show host—Octavius Davis! and—you—the liveliest audience, in the south, can still applaud or boo contestants as they compete for prizes. this isn't just a talent show…it’s The Ritz: Amateur Night …STEP UP 2 THE MIC! Sponsored by McGowan Spinal Rehabilitation Center and EBK Beauty Salon.

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03.06.2015

Dirty Dozen Brass Band - March 13, 2015 @ 8pm

In their prime, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band successfully mixed together R&B with the instrumentation of a New Orleans brass band. Featuring Kirk Joseph on sousaphone playing with the agility of an electric bassist, the group revitalized the brass band tradition, opening up the repertoire and inspiring some younger groups to imitate its boldness. 

In 2011, the group issued My Feet Can't Fail Me Now, a further extrapolation on Crescent City traditions wedded to hip-hop, modern R&B, funk, and rock. In the spring of 2012, DDBB issued the more traditional Twenty Dozen, their debut offering for Savoy Jazz.

 

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03.13.2015

Cyrus Chestnut - March 20, 2015 @ 8pm

Cyrus Chestnut first studied piano with his father at the age of five, with official lessons beginning two years later. By the age of nine, he was enrolled in the prep program at the Peabody Institute. He graduated from Berklee with a degree in jazz composition and arranging. Chestnut took his time, working with a number of top-notch musicians (Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter, Terence Blanchard, and Donald Harrison) before finally recording his first solo CD at the age of 30.

Chestnut enjoys mixing styles and resists being typecast in any one niche, though his gospel sound is apparent on a number of his recordings. His initial dates as a leader were recorded for the Japanese label Alfa (reissued on Evidence), and he became an Atlantic artist in 1994. A self-titled LP followed in 1998 with Tribute to Duke Ellington following a year later. In subsequent years, Chestnut remained busy, releasing Charlie Brown Christmas in 2000, the all-original Soul Food in 2001, ‘You Are My Sunshine’ in 2003, Genuine Chestnut in 2006, and Cyrus Plays Elvis in 2007. The following year, he released Black Nile on Japan's M&I label.

 

 

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03.20.2015

Mavis Staples - March 21, 2015 @ 8pm

For six decades, Mavis Staples has been the solid rock of American music. Alongside the family group she is so identified with, the Staple Singers, she has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter. From the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s, to the engaged protest of the civil rights era, and then, amazingly, on pop radio in the Stax era with a series of soul anthems, from “I’ll Take You There” to “Respect Yourself”, Staples carried on, her warm embrace of a voice the only constant.

How many musicians can claim this: to exist outside a scene, outside genre, yet weaving themselves into the fabric of soul, R&B, jazz, gospel, rock and blues? Many of the maverick names that come to mind are composers as well; that Staples has created her legacy as an interpreter of others makes her achievement all the more impressive. She gives voice to others; more than that, she gives voice to entire movements and to eras.

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03.21.2015

Through Our Eyes 2015: Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey (An Artistic Evolution)

Saturday, March 21st from 10AM - 8PM

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03.21.2015
The Ritz: Amateur Night (Step Up 2 the Mic) - Semi Finals Friday, March 27th @ 7:30pm

Get ready for the new season of The Ritz: Amateur Night—Step Up 2 the Mic! This season, we’re bringing the party to amateur night with a DJ! Each month we’ll have special guest performances from local artist; jaw-dropping dance crews; you never know what to expect from show host—Octavius Davis! and—you—the liveliest audience, in the south, can still applaud or boo contestants as they compete for prizes. this isn't just a talent show…it’s The Ritz: Amateur Night …STEP UP 2 THE MIC! Sponsored by McGowan Spinal Rehabilitation Center and EBK Beauty Salon.

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03.27.2015

Pieces of a Dream - April 4, 2015 @ 7pm

In 2001, Pieces of a Dream signed with Heads Up International and celebrated their 25th anniversary with what was undoubtedly their best album in years, Acquainted with the Night. The group’s silver anniversary release featured guitarist Ronny Jordan, vocalist Maysa Leak, and saxophonists Gerald Albright and Kenny Blake. Highlights included compositions from Albright and Michael Bearden, along with remakes of “Mahogany” and “Upside Down”. Acquainted with the Night generated two top-five singles on R&R's NAC chart. 

The follow up album, Love's Silhouette, also scored top radio chart positioning and Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart top 10 status. Their April 2004 release, No Assembly Required, proved to be another hit album in their long and illustrious career. Pillow Talk, released in March 2006, marked the band’s 30th anniversary with a satisfying set that showcased the band’s trademark catchy riffs, infectious grooves and compelling vocals.

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04.04.2015

Heritage Blues Orchestra - April 17, 2015 @ 8pm

The grit of low-down country and urban blues with the bold brass of New Orleans; the hand-clapping fervor of gospel punctuated with fiery postmodern, jazz-infused horn arrangements; the haunting cries of work songs and pulsating drums that reach back to the real roots of it all. 

You’ll journey across the Middle Passage, be driven down Highway 49 from Clarksdale to New Orleans, go from chain gangs and juke joints to orchestra pits, church pews and even back porches. HBO’s music is an inspiring testament to the enduring power, possibilities and boundless beauty of African-American music.

 

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04.17.2015

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