May Concert Picks

Phoebe Bridgers. Photo by Frank Ockenfels. Courtesy of Stay Golden PR.

Spring! Beautiful, unrelenting and continued SPRING! The month of May brings about a sense of renewal and rebirth (…remember “going out,” to hear a band even?),  and with it a diverse and wide variety of musical offerings coming to Jacksonville. From hard-driving rock to a soulful songstress, country twang, talented singer-songwriters and a bass-thumping living legend, there’s a bit of something for everybody. No matter your musical tastes, we’ve got you covered.


Local H at Jack Rabbits

The rip-roaring Chicago power rock duo have been helping fans bang heads and melt faces since 1987, but they’re just as hard hitting today as they ever were. Scott Lucas’ witty, sardonic lyrics and thick guitar licks combined with rapid fire bass kicks and thunderous fills courtesy of drummer Ryan Harding never fail to disappoint. Expect to hear certified 90s radio hits like “Bound For The Floor,” cuts from their exceptional recent albums “Lifers” or “Hey, Killer,” or lighter-hearted but deftly executed covers of songs from TV on the Radio, Prince, Eurythmics and more. $40 – $49. 8 p.m. 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL; // @jackrabbitslive

Jessie James Decker w/ Adam Doleac at Florida Theatre

Combining contemporary pop sensibilities with traditional country storytelling, twang and female empowerment anthems, nobody since Shania Twain has pulled off a better juggling act of blending all of the above. Fitting right in line with talented singer songwriters like Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift, she’s also known from her E! television reality show with husband Eric Decker, former wide receiver for the New England Patriots. And opener Adam Doleac’s smooth baritone along with catchy lyrics will have you swaying in the aisles or wanting to catch a bus straight away to Nashville. $15 – $50. 7:30 p.m. 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, FL; // @floridathetre


Erykah Badu & Friends at Daily’s Place 

One would have to be a bit crazy to pass up an opportunity to see the Queen of Neo-Soul live and in concert. With her syrupy vocals, sharp funk-infused rhythm and blues instrumentation or her undeniable presence commanding the stage, the four-time Grammy winner is one not to miss. Not to mention the inclusion of comedian Ricky Smiley, Atlanta powerhouse hip-hop collective Goodie Mob (Cee-Lo Green, etc.) and none other the former “CEO” of Murder Inc., hit-maker Ja Rule (if only to fondly reminisce about Fyre Fest). $85+. 8 p.m. 1 Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL; // @dailysplace


Sting at Daily’s Place 

The legendary bass player needs no introduction, unless you’re addressing by his given name of Gordon Sumner. The former Police frontman will be sure to bring his career-spanning catalog to the proceedings, including hits from “Every Breath You Take” or “King of Pain” from Synchronicity, to cuts from Ghost in the Machine, or even later solo fare like “Fields of Gold” or “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You.” Heck, he might even play that song from “The Three Muskateers,” his new single with Sweedish House Mafia (really) or even break out to lead a tantric yoga session. $65 – $152. 8 p.m. 1 Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL; // @dailysplace


Phoebe Bridgers at St. Augustine Ampitheatre

One of the more compelling artists in recent years, the Pasadena, California guitarist and producer has solidly proven her place along such lifetime singer-songwriter heavyweights like Linda Rondstat, Stevie Nicks and Emmylou Harris, all before she’s turned 30. After a much lauded debut in 2017 (Stranger In The Alps) her second studio album (2020’s “Punisher”) catapulted her to even more critical acclaim and notoriety (including a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist), but rest assured that it is not undeserved. Wistful and breezy melodies on songs like “Kyoto”  seemlessly bookend to the affirmingly crushing closing to “The End Is Near,” laced with wispy ethereal vocals that give way to a cacophony of horns, strings and earnestly vulnerable lyrics. $34-$52. 7 p.m. 1340C A1A St., St. Augustine, FL; // @theampsa

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