Gov’t Mule — Oct. 9 @ Florida Theatre
Government Mule, or simply, The Mule, as diehard fans would call them, formed back in 1994 as a side project of The Allman Brothers guitarist, Warren Haynes, and bassist, Allen Woody. If that alone doesn’t give you reason enough to check out this concert, then browse a few of this Southern rock jam band’s discography and you will quickly see why Gov’t Mule is one of the raddest bands around. With a surplus of critically acclaimed albums since the ‘95 release of Gov’t Mule, it’s easy to see why the group has become a staple music festival act in recent years, performing at Bonnaroo and many other great venues. Tickets are going for about $35 to $75.
Blockhead — Oct. 19 @ Underbelly
NYC-based hip-hop producer James Anthony Simon, known as Blockhead, has created quite a name for himself in the last 15 years of his music career. Ranging from excellent solo album releases to productions alongside renowned hip-hop artists like Aesop Rock, who launched his music career alongside Simon when the two met while attending college at Boston University. Simon’s most well-known work is 2009’s The Music Scene, which received mostly positive reviews and was even featured on Adult Swim’s series, “Off the Air.” Tickets for the show are only $10, so you really have no excuse to miss this one.
Ziggy Marley — Oct. 19 @ The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Ziggy is the oldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley. If you aren’t already familiar with him, you should know the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Ziggy has made a name for himself in the reggae world, and he will be performing in North Florida at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Sunday, October 19. Ziggy released his fifth solo studio album last April, so attendees should expect to hear Fly Rasta, as well as many other hits as the PVCH hosts yet another great act under its roof. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are ~$35.
Twin Shadow — Oct. 21 @ High Dive
*CANCELLED* This show has be rescheduled for a later date. I’d keep this on your radar still.
Twin Shadow (George Lewis, Jr.) began creating his ‘80s-style music in early 2000 under the band Mad Man Films. Several years later, Lewis, unsatisfied with recording music for films, moved to Brooklyn and started his current project, Twin Shadow. Lewis has now recorded two albums, Forget and Confess, under the Twin Shadow name, and has seen a lot of recent success with his music, especially the smash hit, “Five Seconds,” a song that will rip you straight back into the ‘80s. This one might be a bit of a drive for Jacksonville residents, but this is Twin Shadow’s first performance in the area, and it will definitely be worth the short drive.
FEST 13 — Oct. 31, Nov. 1-2
The FEST has been going on for quite some time now, since 2002 to be exact. Each year, this annual music festival, held in Gainesville and organized by No Idea Records, brings a diverse group of musicians together for a weekend of great music. While it is predominantly a punk rock festival, there is also a good mix of genres ranging from indie rock to country, folk and even metal. The line-up for this year’s FEST is looking pretty stacked, so take a quick trip to Gville and check out all that FEST has to offer.