Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Musical Fun

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Musical Fun

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Few summer tours and acts are playing Jacksonville, but many are hitting the stage just a short car ride away.

The weather is warming up, and music fans are starting to adjust their budgets, anticipating a busy summer concert season.

Now for the next question: How many travel arrangements will fans need to make? That depends on how bad one wants to see the act in question.

The punk rock-flavored Warped Tour, which had played in Jacksonville the past few years, is making Orlando its only Florida appearance this summer.

The Lilith Fair doesn't have a Florida date scheduled at this point -- you'll have to go to Atlanta for that one -- leaving Ozzfest as the only other traveling tour scheduled to play the Sunshine State so far. The tour's namesake, Ozzy Osbourne, will rejoin his old bandmates in Black Sabbath in the headliner's slot.

Many of the larger traveling packages seem to have folded tent (as in, no one has heard or seen any official notices about them). H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere), which had been held in Live Oak, was in planning limbo at press time.

Other tours you may or may not see: the urban-flavored Smokin' Grooves and the Deadhead-y Furthur Tour. The other major tour, the hard-rocking Family Values Tour, had not put together its lineup at press time.

Still, in addition to country star Shania Twain, who will play Jacksonville's Alltel Stadium on June 4, several major single acts are scheduled to roll through within driving distance.

There's no word yet on where Bruce Springsteen will land on his much-anticipated tour (although it's almost a sure bet that he won't come to Jacksonville, because he isn't playing stadiums and the Coliseum is too small for him).

Here's a look at three tours coming within driving distance of Jacksonville, followed by a list of other big names coming to the region.


Who's it for: Headbangers.

Who's on it: Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie, Deftones, Slayer, Primus, Godsmack, System of a Down.

When/where: Thursday at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach; May 29 at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta.


Who's it for: Lovers of female-oriented pop and rock.

Who's on it: Sarah McLachlan, Dixie Chicks, Monica, Sheryl Crow, The Pretenders, Deborah Cox, Indigo Girls, Luscious Jackson, Shawn Colvin, Beth Orton, MeShell NdegeOcello, Cibo Matto, Queen Latifah, Susan Tedeschi, Bijou Phillips, Kelly Willis, Mya and Sixpence None the Richer on selected dates.

When/where: July 23 and 24 at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta.


Who's it for: Young punk/ska/rap fans and extreme sports connoisseurs.

Who's on it: Black Eyed Peas, blink-182, Cypress Hill, Dropkick Murphys, Grinspoon, Ice-T, Less Than Jake, The Living End, Molotov, Pennywise, RiverFenix, Sevendust and Suicidal Tendencies. …

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