After surviving a terrible car accident shortly after releasing their debut album, It’s Alive, La Luz returned to touring without fear or doubt. Since the accident almost three years ago, the band has spent their time touring and performing with a newfound fervor. Front-woman Shana Cleveland’s guitar solos became more primal, and the basslines from recent member Lena Simon have become more nimble. This burst of energy has resulted in more stage-dives, crowd-surfing and doo-wop-indebted dance moves that are now iconic of this young group’s thrilling live performances. Throw in the fact that this event will be a celebration of Burro Bar’s five year anniversary (and the sad, sad fact that they will be closing in a couple months), this party will definitely be one you won’t wanna miss out on. Tickets are only $15 and the event begins around 8 p.m.
May 13 – Trampled by Turtles @ Mavericks Live
Minnesota-based Trampled By Turtles, who formed in 2003, have carved out a sizable niche in the folk and americana genre since their beginnings on the Midwestern festival circuit. With each new album release, they continue to impress long-time fans and create new ones, having sold hundreds of thousands of their records during their time. Their latest album, Wild Animals, was released in 2014, and was received fairly well by critics. Attendees of this show can likely expect a mix of their classics, but perhaps they’ll even play something new from a soon-to-come release? This is of course wild speculation, but I’m sometimes, usually a little good at predicting these things. Tickets are $25, and the show begins around 7:30 p.m.
May 17 — Deftones and Code Orange @ St. Augustine Ampitheatre
Deftones, who formed way back in 1988, are making a stop in St. Auggie on Tuesday, May 17. The multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY-winning rock group from Sacramento have spent their many decades in the music business incorporating elements of psychedelia and shoegaze, creating a distinct sound. Code Orange, who will be performing alongside Deftones, is yet another reason to check out this concert. Having only formed in 2008, the hardcore band has made quite a name for themselves with their first two studio albums — but you can bet that with rumors circulating about a third album in the works, this might just be a perfect opportunity to get a glimpse of their new music. Tickets are about ~$40, and the doors open at 5:30 p.m.
May 20 — Foals @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Originally formed in 2005, English indie rock group Foals have seen a steady rise in fame over the course of their discography. With their fourth album released in 2015, the group continues to impress fans with their alluring live performances. Comprised of Yannis Philippakis (vocals, guitar), Jack Bevan (drums, percussion), Jimmy Smith (guitar), Walter Gervers (bass) and Edwin Congreave (keyboard), the band has been nominated for several awards, including Best Act in the World at the 2015 Q Awards, Best Live Act at the 2013 Q Awards and Best Track for “Inhaler” at the 2013 NME Awards, some of those they even won. With an excellent track record of major performances, Foals has also performed worldwide at many of the most renowned festivals, including Glastonbury, Coachella and Roskilde.
May 25 – Buckethead @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
You might not recognize this artist’s name, but if you do, it’s probably because his song, “Jordan,” was one of the most difficult tracks to beat on Guitar Hero 2. Either that or I am the only one who remembers these kinds of things. Anyway, Buckethead might not be the most well-known artist, but the guy (whose real name is Brian Carroll) is somewhat of a badass guitar legend … a guitar hero one might say. With 256 studio albums released (yeah, 256), Carroll has been pumping out albums at an insane pace since 1985. If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, but most certainly f***ing face-meltingly awesome, I recommend checking this concert out. Tickets are only $22 and the doors open at 8 p.m.
May 30 – x102.9 Rock On The River @ The Landing
Continuing the brilliant stream of bringing amazing national acts (who aren’t on some washed-up, we-ran-out-of-money-again reunion tour) to Jacksonville, x102.9 is hosting their seventh annual Rock On The River at the end of May. This time around, the bands performing will include Young the Giant, The Wombat, Bear Hands, Joywave, The Strumbellas and Finish Ticket. Perhaps the best part of this whole event is that you can see each of these awesome acts absolutely free … unless you’re up to getting VIP for $20 to $50. Local group Tomboi will also be performing alongside the national acts, which is pretty cool to see x102.9 continuing to support the locals. Bands start around 1 p.m.