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Avant - December 20, 2014, 8pm

As fads come and go, it’s nice to know that some things never go out of style. Case in point: power-packed R&B as delivered by soulful singer/songwriter Avant. Performing one show only at the Ritz!

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12.20.2014

Breakfast w/Santa & RSVP Christmas Concert @ 9am

Come out and enjoy an all you can eat breakfast buffet, and get your picture taken with Santa Claus. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Ritz Theatre & Museum. The Ritz Sound and Vocal Performers (RSVP) will be performing their Christmas concert. 

Breakfast buffet includes: pancakes, eggs, grits, bacon, sausage and fruit. 

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12.20.2014
Kaluby's Dance Studio Presents - Winter Blitz 2014 
December 21, 2014, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Bring your family and friends to enjoy the excitement of ballroom and latin dancing in this festival holiday show, and give to a wonderful cause. 

Ticket minimum donation is $20.
For more information, call: 904-338-9200
 

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12.21.2014

Kwanzaa at the Ritz @ 10am

Join us for a Kwanzaa celebration inside the Ritz Museum. 

12.27.2014

TDE Presents: Lady Campbell's Souper Soul Sunday's 

Every 1st Sunday at 5pm.

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01.04.2015

The Ritz: Amateur Night (Step Up 2 the Mic) Friday, January 9th @ 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.

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01.09.2015

Doug E. Fresh & Friends- Saturday, January 10th @ 8pm

Considered one of hip-hop’s legendary pioneers and creator of the musical-art-form known as beatboxing; Doug E. Fresh is best known for 80’s hits ‘The Show’ and ‘La Di Da Di”, performed with Slick Rick and the Get Fresh Crew. Recently, BET honored Doug E. Fresh with an ‘I AM HIP-HOP’ award, during the 2014 Hip-Hop Awards. Now, he's making a legendary appearance at the Ritz Theatre!

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01.10.2015

The Ritz: Amateur Night (Step Up 2 The Mic)--AUDITIONS @ 5pm

Do you have what it takes to perform in-front of the Amateur Night crowd and win it all?! Here's your opportunity to audition to be a part of the show, inside the Ritz Theatre.

01.15.2015
CASE IN CONCERT
January 16, 2015, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Grammy-nominated R&B singer and songwriter CASE to Ritz Theatre Stage on January 16th at 8pm.  Case has known for  co-writing and singing background for artists including Usher, Christopher Williams and Al B. Sure. Russell Simmons helped Case launch his solo career by signing him to Def Jam Records in the mid ’90s.  

“Happily Ever After” was the second single released from Case’s platinum sophomore album Personal Conversation. The single reached #15 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B charts. The song remained on the Hot 100 chart for a total of twenty weeks. The music video features a young Beyoncé Knowles as his love interest.

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

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01.16.2015
DIANE SCHUUR IN CONCERT
January 17, 2015, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Two-time Grammy Award winner and one of contemporary jazz’s leading vocalist will be featured in Jacksonville on the Ritz Theatre stage on January 17th, 2015.  Long regarded as one of the Contemporty Jazz’s leading vocialist, Diane Schuur is as electric as she is brilliant.   

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

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01.17.2015
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

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

Growing Up a Gospel – Stage Play at 7pm

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02.21.2015

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

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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