Raise your hand if you miss live music.

Roughly a year since venues went dark, we could all surely use a little music in our lives. We’ll take anything. But if you can give us a safe concert experience, mix in some locals and a little nostalgia, and maybe a nice riverfront view, hey… we’re here for it.

Jacksonville urban core-focused nonprofit, Downtown Vision Inc., in partnership with the City of Jacksonville, is checking all those boxes and more, bringing an outdoor, spring concert series to the grassy field where the Jacksonville Landing once stood.

On four consecutive Thursdays in April, Jax River Jams bring together nationally touring headliners, including country singer Chase Rice, early aughts Pop-punkers New Found Glory, 90s hip-hop outfit Quad City DJ’s, and 90s alt-pop group Sugar Ray, with local support for successive CDC-compliant gatherings on the river.

Here’s the full lineup:

April 8: Country Singer-Songwriter Chase Rice with local opener Firewater Tent Revival

April 15: Punk Pop band New Found Glory with local opener Universal Green

April 22: Hip Hop artists and Jacksonville natives Quad City DJ’s with local opener LPT

April 29: Rock band Sugar Ray with local opener Honey Hounds

The events will also incorporate vendor and arts markets each Friday, as well as food trucks and local craft beer and spirits. Gates open at 5pm, and attendance will be limited to allow for social distancing, so you’re encouraged to arrive on time–with your mask and folding chair (or blanket).  

Hail, hail rock n’ roll (and pop, country, hip-hop… live music, generally)!