Lil Boosie, or Torrence Hatch, comes to Jacksonville after recently being released from prison earlier this spring. The Louisiana-based rapper has spent the last five years in prison on drug charges, but was released in March and has since begun touring and releasing new music again. The concert will be held on Saturday July, 12 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are currently ranging from $50 to $250 on Ticketmaster.
American-rock group, Dave Matthews Band, will return to Jacksonville on Tuesday, July 15. DMB, as they are better known, will be performing their 2014 Summer Tour, which was announced as “A Very Special Evening With Dave Matthews Band.” This special summer tour, where the band will play two sets at each show, one acoustic and one traditional electric set, will be performed with no opening acts. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville-based reggae group Sidereal are hosting an excellent night of music at Freebird Live on Friday, July 18. Since forming in 2009, the band has performed all over Jacksonville, even recently winning 2014’s One Spark music category for their project titled, “Sidereal 2014 Takeover.” The band, which recently released its EP titled Third Time’s the Charm, has a unique sound akin to that of The Green or The Dirty Heads, and if you haven’t gotten a chance to see them perform, this is a great opportunity. Performing alongside Sidereal are Hours Eastly, Cloud 9, and Resinated. With tickets a mere $10, you’d be a fool to miss out on this one. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Looking to shake it like a salt shaker and throw it back to the glory days of 2009? Well you’re in luck. If John Legend isn’t your cup of tea (see below), then this is the answer to your Friday night on July 25. Atlanta-based hip-hop duo Ying Yang Twins are coming to Jack Rabbits to perform songs from their latest album, All Around The World, as well as other, previous releases. If you’re still trying to figure out who exactly this group is, see the YouTube video below. Doors open at 8 p.m. Opening acts include Big Boi Moneymakers and Drazah & Tunk.
The man, the myth, the John … Legend. As a part of his North American tour, the nine-time Grammy winner will perform on July 25 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. After releasing his fourth studio album titled, Love in the Future, on September 3, 2013, the R&B singer announced his tour with plans to stop at the St. Aug venue in what will most likely be a sold-out show. Tickets are currently on sale starting at $45, but I wouldn’t count on them sticking around long. Venue doors open at 7:30 p.m. with Marsha Ambrosius as his sole opening act.
Everyone’s favorite Chicago-based hardcore/punk band Fall Out Boy is returning to Duval on Sunday, July 27 with a plethora of great opening acts including New Politics, Monumentour, Fall Out Boy, Paramore and LOLO. After returning from a multi-year hiatus, the band announced its sixth studio album last year with plans to begin touring again in 2014 after completely reinventing their sound with a focus on pop-punk. Doors open for the St. Augustine Amphitheatre-show at 7:30 p.m.
Last, but not least, is the tremendously successful reggae/hip-hop band Michael Franti & Spearhead. You might be thinking, “Who?” But after listening to a few songs below, you will quickly realize who Franti and his fellow musicians are. Franti, who was born in Oakland, California in 1966, is most well-known for blending together several various genres such as hip hop, funk, jazz, reggae, rock and folk in his song’s such as the famous 2009-hit, “Say Hey (I Love You).” The group takes the stage in St. Augustine on Wednesday, July 30 at 6 p.m. alongside a stack of great openers including SOJA, Trevor Hall, Brett Dennen and Soulshine. Tickets start at roughly $25.