Amos Lee – April 7 @ The Florida Theatre
Ryan Anthony Massaro, better known by his stage name Amos Lee, will be bringing his mix of soul, folk and rock to the Florida Theatre on Monday. The former bartender/schoolteacher turned musician has seen a lot of success in recent years. Since then, Massaro’s 2011 album Mission Bell debuted at the Number 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The American singer and songwriter has toured with some huge names such as Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison and Dave Matthews Band. This year, Amos Lee will also be performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June. Massaro released his fifth studio album titled, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, in October last year under Blue Note Records.
Moon Taxi – April 13 @ Jackrabbits
The awesomeness of this band cannot be described in one simple blurb. When I first saw Moon Taxi two years ago, the band was playing Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing In the Name Of” to a crowd of raving fans. Moon Taxi’s sound is hard to pin down, as the band has been known to jump around from genre to genre, but since first debuting in 2006, the band has received a large following, netting them a recent spot on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Last September, Moon Taxi released its third studio album, Mountains Beaches Cities, on 12th South Records. The band recently announced they would be performing at Hangout Music Festival under the name People of the Sun, and would be performing a special set of RATM songs, so who knows, maybe we will be lucky enough to hear them perform “Killing In the Name Of” when they visit Jax.
Local Natives – April 17 @ Freebird Live
Indie-rock band Local Natives have only seen continued success since forming in 2005. When the California-based group released 2010’s stunning album Gorilla Manor, the album quickly shot the previously unheard of band to the top of Billboard’s New Artist Chart. Gorilla Manor, named after the house Local Natives shared in Orange County, was easily one of the best albums in 2010. Their latest effort, Hummingbird, is another amazing record, and I can personally attest to how well Local Natives’ live performances are. April 17 also happens to be my birthday, so I’d like to thank them for coming to Jacksonville just to perform for me … (I can dream.)
Passafire – April 18 @ Freebird Live
The Savannah-based reggae band Passafire has been one of my favorites for several years now. The first time I heard 2007’s Submersible, I was hooked, to say the least. The group formed back in 2003 when the four were attending college at SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design. What sets them apart from their contemporaries is that Passafire flawlessly mixes together progressive rock, reggae and dub. Their latest album, Vines, is a great addition to the band’s already brilliant discography. This is the perfect concert for all you reggae heads out there.
Taking Back Sunday – April 25 @ Freebird Live
American rock band Taking Back Sunday have been around the music scene for quite a while now. Originating back in 1999, the group’s first album Tell All Your Friends would later be certified gold by the RIAA. Since then, the band has changed its lineup a couple times. But in 2012 and 2013, the pop-punk group reunited their old lineup for a “Tell All Your Friends” 10th Anniversary tour, also confirming they were currently recording their sixth studio album. On March 18 this year, they released Happiness Is through Hopeless Records.