Kick-off Independence Day Weekend with Sounds on Centre

flipturn-sounds-on-centreJuly 1, 2016, join your neighbors and friends at Sounds on Centre. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the corner of Centre and Second Streets becomes a dance party. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes, and dance with members of the Fernandina Pirates Club, too. There will be t-Shirts, raffles prizes, popcorn and more.

This month’s band is “flipturn”, a local, five-piece indie rock, garage band that you don’t want to miss. Fun for the entire family, you need to hear this up and coming group of youngsters.

Members: Adrian Walker, Dillon Basse, Madeline Jarman, Taylor Allen, Tristan Duncan
Hometown: Fernandina Beach

If you would like to volunteer to help with Sounds on Centre please meet us outside of Debonair at 4:15pm.

Sounds on Centre June 3, 2016

Sounds On Centre is this Friday, June 3, 2016. From 6 to 8:00 p.m., this is a dance pary in the street! Join your neighbors, friends, Pirates and more to listen to The Decades Band, Amelia Island’s premier party band comprised of four talented local musicians put together by the bands drummer and manager, Robert Severance. Ray Hetchka, owner of Kayak Amelia, plays bass guitar player, Vic Deacon is the lead guitar player, and James Geiger plays the keyboards.

Like many great bands, there is no single lead singer. All of the members sing lead on different songs. This band is known for their ability to please the crowds with note for note precision and they are proud to call Fernandina Beach “home”!

Located at Centre and Second Streets in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach.

Bring lawn chairs if you’d like, and don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Decades Band at Sounds on Centre

Decades Band at Sounds on CentreSounds on Centre presented by the Historic Fernandina Business Association will present the next concert of the 2014 season from 6-8 p.m. Friday, September 5, in downtown Fernandina Beach on Centre Street between Front and Second streets.

The Decades Band is Amelia Island’s premier party band covering songs from the last 60 plus years from many genres. Four of the five band members call Fernandina Beach home while the lead singer is from Jacksonville. The band stays booked a year in advance and can usually be found every Friday and Saturday nights at the Ritz Carlton here on Amelia Island.

Band members are Skip Towne, lead vocalist and acoustic guitar; James Geiger on keyboards and vocals; Vic Deacon on lead guitar and vocals.; Ray Hetchka on bass guitar and vocals; and Robert Severance on drums and vocals.

You can always remember hearing a song for the first time… a smell in the air or that special someone. Music plays such a key role in triggering our memories or making new ones. For Sounds on Centre, The Decades Band wants to take you, the listeners, on a musical time warp to reminisce and enjoy. So buckle up! This journey is about to begin!

Sounds on Centre is a free event, come dance in the streets with members of the Fernandina Pirates Club. This is fun for the entire family. Sounds on Centre T-shirts will be available for purchase. Raffle drawings will be held throughout the event with prizes donated by local community businesses and retailers. All proceeds go to advertising efforts of the organization.

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Island Vibe to perform at July 5 Sounds on Centre

Island Vibe PLays Sounds on Centre tonight

A new, local Amelia Island band will perform at Sounds on Centre, on Friday, July 5 from 6-8:00pm.
Island Vibe, on the SOC stage for the first time, is composed of five seasoned musicians, with three distinctive lead vocalists, while all provide vocals, generating occasional 5 part harmonies.

Their repertoire is as eclectic as our island’s residents and covers tunes from the past 10 decades, give or take. Previous performances for the Speakeasy Club at the Ritz Carlton and the Annual Grand Ball for the Pirates’ Club, included timeless classics by Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Bob Seger, Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Billy Joel, Leeanne Womack, Jason Mraz and many more. The Centre Street performance will showcase some of the band’s magnificent harmonies.
During the July 5th performance Island Vibe will also debut an original song written by keyboardist/singer Ronnie Stoots, dedicated to our Amelia Island Paradise.

The members, all very involved in local community events, knew each other for several years. But it was Loren Lum, (previous producer of Sounds on Centre), who provided the spark in the fall of 2012. The days of, “We should get together one day and play some music…” were over, and a definitive date for a first rehearsal was set. Everyone listed some of their favorite songs, tastes matched and within months (and many more rehearsals …) a colorful bouquet of melodies saw the day.

The 5 members hail from very diverse hometowns, Denver, Dayton, Hawaii, the Netherlands and Belgium. Some members played the very same songs 30 years ago, thousands of miles apart, and not necessarily in the same language, proving that music is the universal language.
Band members are all local small business operators:

• Kim Crutchfield, guitar/singer, the better half of Marc Crutchfield – who is serving right now in Afghanistan – is a transportation broker, and a busy grandma.
• Han Ramakers, lead guitar/singer, is the publisher of SearchAmelia.com, operates the Amelia Oceanfront Bed & Breakfast on Fletcher with his wife TJ and is a founding member of the Amelia Island Blues Festival.
• Loren Lum, drums/percussion/singer, is co-owner with wife Bobbi of P5 Productions, he is also the Vice President for the Amelia Island Jazz Festival.
• Philippe Boets, bass, is the founder of Petanque America and organizer of the annual international PA Open tournament on the island.
• Ronnie Stoots, keyboard, singer and song writer, is a financial adviser and president of Amelia Wealth Management. It is alleged that he was able to play several instruments before he could even walk!

Following Sounds on Centre on Friday July 5 (6 to 8pm), Island Vibe will also perform at the Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff, main stage on Saturday August 24 (1:00 pm). Bring chairs, dancing shoes, and your friends!
Island Vibe can tailor their song list for a wide range of age groups and style preferences. For booking info, call Kim Crutchfield at (904) 626-9667

Sounds on Centre July 5th

Sounds on Centre July 5thIt is time for Sounds on Center and with the extended 4th of July weekend, this should be one fantastic party in the street! Dance in the street in downtown, historic Fernandina Beach from 6:00 to 8:00 pm to live music provided by Island Vibe.

Island Vibe is a five piece music group featuring three distinctive lead vocalists and 3-5 part harmonies. Their diverse music repertoire covers tunes from the 1920’s to current hits. You’ll hear songs like the timeless classics from Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, and Andy Williams. Enjoy dancing to songs by Bob Seger, the Moody Blues, Billy Joel, Leeanne Womack, and Jason Mraz.

The band has been a long time in the making because of individual time constraints, but finally started coming together in the fall of last year. The Members are well known in the local community of Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and Yulee, with combined stage experience of well over 100 years as musician artists. The joke is that the band’s initial name was suggested as Four Old Guys and a Blond Chick (FOGBC).

Band members include Ronnie Stoots, Han Ramakers, Kim Crutchfield, Loren Lum and Philip Boets… I think everyone in town knows at least on of these great folks. LOL

Expect some vocal harmony magic.

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Sounds on Centre Line Up 2013

Ben Prestage, multi instrumentalist street performer

Ben Prestage, multi instrumentalist street performer

If Spring weather is ever going to cooperate with our outdoor plans of starting the 2013 Sounds on Centre Series, here is this year’s line up for the popular First Friday of the Month music series in Downtown Fernandina Beach.

April 5, 2013  Jim McKaba and the After Hours Band
Jim McKaba brings his 30-year background in blues and R& B together with a group of veteran musicians to lead his current group, the After Hours Band. Jim’s musical performance history dates back to the early 1970’s. At that time, great opportunities existed to perform with fathers of the blues idiom including Muddy Waters, Eddie Taylor Jimmy Rogers,

Pinetop Perkins, Big Walter Horton, Fred Below, S P Leary, and many others. The influence of his experience with these musicians guides Jim’s playing and arranging today. It also helped him develop the versatility that is often called upon when supporting other artists as a sideman or bandleader, and in leading his own bands on the piano or theHammond organ.

Jim has performed on blues festivals, concert stages and clubs for over 30 years, including Spring the Blues festivals 1993 – 2009, the Philadelphia Riverfront Blues Festival in 1993, the Amelia Island Blues Festival 2002, South Florida Boogie Piano Fest 2011, opening act for Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee in 1976, Gatemouth Brown in 2003, and many other memorable performances as both an accompanist and bandleader. In a recent project, Jim performed and recorded with 1940’s blues great Crown Prince Waterford and co-produced the critically acclaimed CD All Over But The Shoutin’.

In 2006 Jim and his band toured France and headlined the blues stage at the Rendez-vous de l’Erdre festival in the city of Nantes. The band also released their second CD; The After Hours Band. Jim McKaba and The After Hours Band stays in tradition and keeps the dance floor full with blues, funk, and jazz. The band includes Jim on piano, Hammond organ and vocals, with Florida blues and jazz greats Josh Miller (guitar), Ben Champion (saxophone), Jon Buck (drums), and Ray Satcher (bass).

Jim McKaba and The After Hours Band will be featured at this year’s Springin’ the Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach.

There is no May date
There is no Sounds on Centre in the month of May as the first Friday coincides with the Annual Shrimp Festival.

June 7, 2013  Beech Street Blues band
Local Blues greats play mostly hard driving blues with Dan Voll on lead, Jay on rhythm/lead, Mike on bass, Ronnie on keyboards and Blues Festival committee president Jeff Malone on drums. Beech Street Blues Band will also be featured at this year’s Springin’ the Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach.

July 5, 2013  Island Vibe
Island Vibe is a 5 piece music group featuring 3 distinctive lead vocalists and 3-5 part harmonies. The very diverse music repertoire covers tunes from the 20’s to current including timeless classics from Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Andy Williams to Bob Seger, Moody Blues, Billy Joel, Leeanne Womack, and Jason Mraz.

The band has been a long time in the making because of individual time constraints, but finally started coming together in the fall of last year. The Members are well known in the local community of Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and Yulee, with combined stage experience of well over 100 years as musician artists. The joke is that the band’s initial name was suggested as Four Old Guys and a Blond Chick (FOGBC). Expect some vocal harmony magic.

August 2, 2013  Boukou Groove
With the lively international release of their debut LP “A lil’ Boukou in Your Cup” and the ability to maintain a dynamic tour schedule, Boukou Groove provides audiences with a genre-bending collective, touching on elements of New Orleans style Funk, R&B, Soul, Blues and Hip-Hop.

Formed in Destin, Fla. in 2010, Boukou Groove is the brainchild of singer/producer Donnie Sundal and New Orleans guitar luminary Derwin “Big D” Perkins. Sundal, sharing stages and recording with the likes of Sam Bush, John “JoJo” Hermann and Junior Marvin of The Wailers, creates an infectious blend of energy and enthusiasm as he showcases his multi-octave ranging vocals while sustaining his brand of lavish Moog bass lines. Big D  (Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentleman, Bonnie Raitt and Rockin’ Dopsie) provides his smooth and funky guitar licks largely based on improvisation and feel alone. Together, no matter what the venue, the band provides their distinguishing style and creates a kinetic environment that’s easily spread throughout the audience.

September 13, 2013  Albert Castiglia
This Sounds on Centre spectacle officially opens the Amelia Island Blues Festival, which continues at the Riverfront on Saturday September 14. Tickets can be purchased Here.

Castiglia (everyone should know how to pronounce his name by now, since he headlined the 2011 Blues Festival and graced us with an Encore at the 2012 Festival) is Keepin On – and much more. Look for a great music weekend in the middle of September.

October 4, 2013  Ben Prestage
Ben Prestage grew up in the swamp country of south central Florida. Ben’s musical influences began with his Great grandmother, a Vaudeville musician who toured with Al Jolson and participated in the popular medicine shows of the 1920’s. His mother was a Boogie-Woogie pianist and painter that performed for Ben at a young age. On the other side of the family tree, his grandfather was a Mississippi sharecropper that turned Ben onto the sounds and culture of Mississippi Delta and Blues in general.

Ben Prestage began his musical career as a busker (street performer) on the historical Beale Street of Memphis, Tennessee. There he perfected playing his cigar box/banjo alongside his drum-kit, which always attracted people’s attention. Ben learned a lot from playing on the streets of Memphis including working with John Lowe, (inventor of the Lowebow, a type of diddley-bow that he plays), Robert Belfour, and Richard Johnston.

Since, Ben has returned often to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge which consists of the world’s largest gathering of Blues musicians. Within three consecutive years he took 4th, 3rd, and 2nd place in this prestigious event. He is the only two-time recipient of the Lyon/Pitchford Award for “Best Diddley-Bow Player.” Ben’s interesting approach to instrumentation, (fingerstyle guitar, harmonica, banjo, lap-steel, fiddle, resonator guitar, foot-drums, vocals, and his award-winning original songwriting) has earned him invitations to perform across North America, Europe, and as far away as North Africa.

He is the recipient of “The Most Unique Performer” at “The Song- writers’ Showcase of America” and is currently nominated for an Independent Music Award and a Blues Music Award. All awards aside, Ben has proven himself, through his live performances, to be the part of the future of American Blues, Roots Music, also called and Americana. From the swamp county of the Everglades, to the historic streets of Fernandina, Ben Prestage is a performer in every sense of the word.

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2011 Final Sounds on Centre

2011 Final Sounds on Centre Our final Sounds on Centre for the year will be this Friday, September 30th, at the foot of Centre Street near the waterfront in historic Fernandina Beach.

The regularly scheduled date for Sounds on Centre has been changed to celebrate next week’s Jazz Fest and with the Amelia Island Jazz Festival about to kick-off, what better way to enjoy a pre-festival concert than with the Les DeMerle Jazz All Stars, featuring Bonnie Eisele at Sounds on Centre?

Grab your chairs and put on your dancing shoes and join your neighbors, family and friends at this great event! The fun begins at 6:00 PM and it is FREE and fun for the entire family!

Beech Street Blues Band Opens Blues Festival at 3:45pm Friday

Beech Street Blues Band

Beech Street Blues Band opens Amelia Island Blues Fest

Locally they are known as Jeff Malone, Mike Hawthorne, Dan Voll, Ronnie Stoots and Jay McPherson. The Beech Street Blues Band started out as a concoction of seasoned “local” musicians, shortly after the initiative to organize an Amelia Island Blues Festival was launched last year. It was all purely by accident that Jeff Malone, with a part time professional history on the drums, had just returned to the island after career years in Knoxville and Atlanta. He got together with Dan Voll, a 30 year career musician and guitar teacher, who only months before had exchanged the cold of the midwest for the temperate breezes of a North Florida barrier island. Voll is the only full time musician in the band, and his career moves from Chicago to Los Angles and now to Florida. His virtuosity and diversity in mastering many styles makes him the natural gravitation for the band. Lastly Malone asked Mike Hawthorne to join on bass and the first trio (without a name) was formed during last year’s international Pétanque America Tournament in the middle of November.

But this chance encounter felt absolutely natural between the three and the Beech Street Blues Band was born. Dan and Mike possess great voices besides instrumental skills and a blues repertoire was quickly put together, soon followed by regular gigs in the area.
When Ronnie Stoots on keyboard was added earlier this year, the band had a complete new voice that featured country blues and than several months ago, Jay McPherson came to round out the band with a very distinct Allman Brothers feel, both on guitar and overall sound.

On the Labor Day edition of Sounds on Centre in historic Fernandina, the Beech Street Blues Band’s latest reincarnation impressed the audience of some 1,500 locals and tourists with their sound and songlist and when local celebrity Felix Jones climbed the stage for a harmonica rendition, the applause lasted for minutes.

The Beech Street Blues Band will kick off the Amelia Island Blues Festival on Friday, Sept. 16 at 3:45pm. Get your tickets NOW on the AmeliaIslandBluesFest.com website or from any of the following ticket outlets:

Amelia Island

• Amelia Hampton Inn at the Beach
• Amelia Hotel at the Beach
• Amelia Liquors next to Publix
• Amelia Liquors next to Harris Teeter
• Books Plus on Centre Street
• Club 14 on 14th Street
• Fast Signs on 14th St. near Sadler• Prosperity Bank on Sadler across from Starbuck’s
• Red Otter Outfitters on Atlantic Ave
• Red Otter Outfitters at the OMNI Amelia Island Plantation
• Savage Stone – Retail Therapy on 8th Street
• Sonny’s BBQ
• The Palace Saloon on Centre St.
• Sunoco Gas Station and Deli on Sadler

Yulee

• Club 14 in the Winn Dixie Shopping Plaza, Yulee
• Murray’s Grille on A1A in Yulee

St.Marys, Georgia

• Jerry Lee’s Music Emporium and Recording Studio – 101 St. Patrick’s St, St. Marys, GA 31558 – Phone 912 576 4401

Fishing Rodeo and Sounds on Center

Fishing Rodeo and Sounds on CenterNassau Sport Fishing Association’s newly formatted Fishing Rodeo begins this Friday just before Sounds on Centre in Fernandina Beach, Florida. The rodeo includes amberjack, dolphin, grouper and cobia, and more. Local fisherman and competitive teams will fish the hot spots in our surrounding waters making for a lively tournament indeed.

Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00 PM enjoy Sounds on Center with dancing in the streets to a live band, raffle prizes, t-shirts, Pirates and more. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy local favorites Touch of Gray.

With Tropical Storm Emily churning up the Atlantic, we will keep an eye on weather updates and surf reports. Hopefully, she will stay off shore and not disturb our weekend fun which includes the SunSplash Music Festival and the Jax Sprint Series Triathlon, both being held on Amelia Island beginning Saturday morning.

Needless to say, if the weather holds up, this is going to be one very busy weekend in Fernandina Beach!

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An Old Friend Came Back in Town

Sounds on Centre April 2, 2010

Last night an old friend came back in town, who listens to the name “Sounds on Centre”. The attendance of this easygoing event proved once again after last week’s Bells on the Riverfront concert that islanders are ready for this Spring and Summer. The sun was comfortably warm, the live music was rhythmic perfection inviting people to dance, move, smile and talk. Conversations and happy tones all over the downtown area, welcomed by the never resting smiling ambassador in yellow auxiliary police jacket, Susan Hurley. The Fernandina Pirates are frolicking and dancing with toddlers and babies on arms, desperately trying to look menacing.

City Manager Michael Czymbor, Mayor Susan Steger and Commissioner Eric Childers are enjoying the scenery in a brief happy encounter; Pete da Meat and two of his delightful children are taking in the scenes of a small town Friday evening, while talking to Philippe Pétanque and Sunsplash Jeff about Saturday morning boule challenges on the courts. I see aspiring commissioner Chuck Hall campaigning for himself; I see Fantastic Fudge Steve walk by with a big bag of unpopped corn and dozens of happy pedestrians with towering ice cream cones. Shrimpfest Sandy is smiling at the crowd knowing that her next tour de force starts in exactly 30 days when the 2010 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival opens. A couple from Georgia is enjoying the scenes as a prelude to their much anticipated Highschool Reunion here on island later in the evening and Julie is selling dollar raffle tickets for some or another cause. I don’t even need to know. Here is $5, just let me know when they are raffling them.

I walk into the Palace Saloon for a quick Friday Evening Happy Hour drink and realize all at once that I know more people in this cozy downtown crowd, than in the city where I was born long ago.
And while the music at the saloon is playing a whole set of Rolling Stones tunes from the sixties, “Mother’s Little Helper” comes on with that memorable opening line: “What a drag it is getting old” followed by a creative use of a compressed 12 string guitar and a bottleneck slide. In a flash I think about Brian Jones, the original Stone, who played this memorable lick and died too young and I think “Actually it’s not”.

Mingling in the crowds

“Getting old is not a drag, it’s a choice.”

I remember Dennis Kimbro saying: “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it,” and I realize once again that I’m living the life of an existentialist, wondering if it is by choice or by random design.

I love this town and this island as it encourages the idea of living authentically. Having been a gypsy with a Renaissance Soul all my life, this is the place I call home when I put all theoretical truths about life aside. I’m not living someone else’s dream, I’m not immersed in a grand philosophical system. This island is the perfect mix of acceptance of absurdity, personal freedom and individualism, authenticity, passion and acceptance of the inevitable. Existentialism is known as “the no-excuses philosophy.” You may be old. You may be broke. You may be sick. But existentialism says you start from where you are and move forward by accepting responsibility and making choices.

I know there are voices that want “Sounds on Centre” removed from the summer agenda because it supposedly interferes with their business. I know there are voices that apparently are opposed to a responsible distribution of adult beverages during these and other events in the streets, because it somehow interferes with their beliefs or is considered inappropriate where children are part of the scenery.
Accepting responsibility and making wise choices isn’t always easy. Pursuing authenticity requires relentless self-examination. It exposes you to things about yourself that you may not want to know. It may cause discomfort or friction with others.
Yet inauthentic lives, by comparison, are shallow, trivial and unsatisfying. They are often marked by the dogged pursuit of material goods, social status or the approval of others. This town shows wisdom and responsibility when it comes to the largest common denominators, which in the end is the only framework that allows personal freedom to prosper.

In many ways existentialism is a return to the art of living well.
Existentialism offers a guide. It shows us not just how to live, but how to flourish, how to create meaning in a senseless world. Those who reject this philosophy often do so not because they don’t understand it but because they can’t face it.
And that’s unfortunate. Existentialism provides a practical way of thinking about the world. It offers personal freedom and empowerment. It is a path to dignity and nobility.

Sounds on Centre

Fernandina's Sounds on Centre attracted large audience

After a long and unseasonably cold winter an old friend is back. I welcomed him with open arms last night.

Sounds on Centre April

Sounds on Centre April

Sounds on Centre April

Friday night, April 2nd, is Sounds on Centre in historic Fernandina Beach. You may want to bring bug spray as the gnats come out at sunset and this FREE concert and street dance goes from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Centre Street will be closed from 2nd Street to Front Street so you can dance to the sounds of Instant Groove. There will be Pirates, popcorn and lots of people, so come on out and join your neighbors for an evening of family fun! Don’t forget your camera! The sunsets over the Harbor Marina are spectacular this time of the year. No, I take that back – sunsets in Fernandina Beach are spectacular ANY time of the year!

Sounds on Centre

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FERNANDINA BEACH, FL – Sounds On Centre, presented by the Historic Fernandina Business Association, will begin the 2010 season with its first concert on Friday, March 5th. The free community concerts take place in downtown Fernandina Beach and will be held the first Friday of each month from March through October, except for May.

This year an additional eighth event was added to the schedule. As a kickoff to the Memorial Day weekend a special Fifties and Sixties Sock Hop theme is scheduled on Friday May 28th, featuring Big Vic & the Screaming Deacons. There will be a display of classic 50-60’s muscle cars and a “twist” contest as well as a best costume contest.

Concerts will be held on Centre Street between Front and 2nd. Street. Downtown Fernandina will come alive with music and dancing feet from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the music of the 60’s 70’s and 80’s. Whether you have a partner or not, join the Fernandina Beach Pirates as they form an impromptu conga line that snakes through the crowd.

The Historic Fernandina Business Association is a not-for-profit organization with over 50 business members in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. As an organization, our mission is to promote the downtown business district of Fernandina Beach while giving back to the community. In the 2009 program, we successfully promoted 6 events of SOUNDS ON CENTRE and had over 1,200 people attending each night including a record crowd of 2400 in attendance for the October finale that featured a combined event with the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Although there were predominantly local community residents in attendance, there were many Island visitors as well.

Sounds on Centre has become a major event in the city. Drawing people of diverse backgrounds, the crowd includes families, young adults, seniors and business professionals. Sounds on Centre has come to play a vital role in enriching our community spirit through music and song while also promoting our city and local businesses.

The event dates are March 5, April 2, May 28, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, and October 1st.

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Sounds on Centre

Sounds On Centre, presented by the Historic Fernandina Business Association, will begin the 2010 season with its first concert on Friday, March 5th. The free community concerts take place in downtown Fernandina Beach and will be held the first Friday of each month from March through October, except for May.

This year an additional eighth event was added to the schedule. As a kickoff to the Memorial Day weekend a special Fifties and Sixties Sock Hop theme is scheduled on Friday May 28th, featuring Big Vic & the Screaming Deacons. There will be a display of classic 50-60’s muscle cars and a “twist” contest as well as a best costume contest.

Concerts will be held on Centre Street between Front and 2nd. Street. Downtown Fernandina will come alive with music and dancing feet from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the music of the 60’s 70’s and 80’s. Whether you have a partner or not, join the Fernandina Beach Pirates as they form an impromptu conga line that snakes through the crowd.

The Historic Fernandina Business Association is a not-for-profit organization with over 50 business members in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. As an organization, our mission is to promote the downtown business district of Fernandina Beach while giving back to the community. In the 2009 program, we successfully promoted 6 events of SOUNDS ON CENTRE and had over 1,200 people attending each night including a record crowd of 2400 in attendance for the Oct. finale that featured a combined event with the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Although there were predominantly local
community residents in attendance, there were many Island visitors as well.

Sounds on Centre has become a major event in the city. Drawing people of diverse backgrounds, the crowd includes families, young adults, seniors and business professionals. Sounds on Centre has come to play a vital role in enriching our community spirit through music and song while also promoting our city and local businesses.

Event Dates: March 5, April 2, May 28, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, October 1

Sounds on Centre in Fernandina Beach

Les DeMerle's Jazz Fest Begins at Sounds on Centre

Les DeMerle's Jazz Fest Begins at Sounds on Centre

Sounds on Centre will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday October 2nd in downtown Fernandina Beach. This is the last event for the season and will feature Amelia Island Jazz Festival’s Les DeMerle All-Stars six-piece band including Bonnie Eisele, performing New Orleans style Second Line Jazz with TGIF, a seven-piece Dixieland Band appearing as special guests.

This is a free, family event with dancing in the streets that will get you in the mood for the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival which kicks off at Sounds on Centre. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes and plan on having a fabulous time in this extended, three hour special that promises to entertain!

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Sounds on Centre with Touch of Grey

Touch of Grey

Touch of Grey

Sounds on Centre, is this Friday, September 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This is the street concert and dance presented by the Historic Fernandina Business Association. The Concert is on Centre Street between Front and Second Streets on Amelia Island, Florida. This month’s band is Touch of Grey.

Bring a chair, the kids and your dancing shoes as this is great fun for the whole family. There was a big crowd at the August concert, and with the cooler weather September brings, another great crowd is expected. Tell your kids to keep an eye out for pirates, as the Fernandina Pirates Club will surely get them up and onto the dance floor.

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