They tell a tale to quake your bones at Warehouse 31—on October 13, 1875, a woodcutter by the name of Billy Turner killed his nine-year-old daughter in a horrific accident. Unable to cope with his grief, Turner killed himself. But the pain was too great for death to assuage. Soon Pelham was under siege from a series of mysterious events. A young girl found roaming unattended along a railway. The sound of a chainsaw echoing from the forest. Glass doors sliding open as soon as somebody stepped in front of them. Today, Warehouse 31 stands on the site of that ill-fated lumberyard, and guests can experience some scares of their own, thanks to a cast of monsters, high-tech animatronics, and gravely unhinged clowns.
Britney Spears hurtles back into the earth’s stratosphere, pulling out all the stops, raising roofs, and dousing all of mankind’s melancholia in glitter and beatitude on her fiery Femme Fatale tour. From Mouseketeer to multifaceted entertainer, Britney Spears has seared dance floors throughout her career with infectious sonic shrapnel while soothing countless ears scarred by the sound of exploding chalkboards. Unleashing fresh cuts dripping with danceable dubstep beats and tireless techno melodies, the Femme Fatale tour shares its stagecoach with a lineup of glam girl-powered acts. Spunky electropop outfit Jessie and the Toy Boys and the feisty twisted-sister duo of NERVO round out a night stuffed with golden vocals, brick-thick beats, and floor-shaking choreography that will undoubtedly awaken the arena’s downstairs neighbors.
Even though Perry Farrell coined the phrase “Alternative Nation,” invented the Lollapalooza concert series, and played midwife to the genre of modern rock in the 1990s, his musical powers are even more attuned in 2012. Jane’s Addiction, composed of frontman Farrell, guitar wizard Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins, and Chris Chaney on bass, could be Florida retirees betting on games of shuffleboard and coasting off the success of seminal albums such as Nothing’s Shocking and Ritual De Lo Habitual. Instead, the band lets its freak flag fly with its latest album, The Great Escape Artist and its subsequent Theatre of the Escapists tour.
Multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter and his signature electric blonde locks saw widespread success in the ‘70s as part of the Edgar Winter Group, releasing infectious hits such as “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride,” which dared to blur the boundaries of rock, blue-eyed soul, jazz, and blues. The prolific songwriter continues to build upon his musical legacy as the frontman of the Edgar Winter Band, performing four decades’ worth of beloved classics and recent songs spanning 19 live and studio albums. With a keyboard lofted by a star-studded strap around his shoulders, the talent musician’s key-tapping explores a wide spectrum of tones before he picks up his saxophone for breakdown solos. Also an exceptional singer, Winter stretches his formidable pipes during the bluesy “Tobacco Road,” holding his mournful notes for seemingly impossible lengths thanks to his vestigial third lung. Openers Flat Black pave the way for Winter’s sonic explorations with their own brand of rock ‘n’ roll, staking their claim on the intimate stage of Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, which was recently constructed out of a former church.
History is built into the very foundation of St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Built in 1965 to commemorate the city's quadricentennial, the stage immediately began featuring Cross and Sword, a historical drama about the founding of St. Augustine. It was a tradition that continued unbroken for 32 years. In 2002, St. Johns County funded a refurbishing of the amphitheater. Five years later—after upgrading the capacity, constructing a hikeable arboretum, and clearing out lingering conquistadors—the new facility is capable of comfortably hosting up to 4,100 concertgoers.
One of Florida's oldest community theaters, The Gainesville Community Playhouse has generated quality plays and musicals since its initial 1927 performance while assembling talented, local volunteer casts and crews. Adapted from the beloved 1983 classic holiday movie, A Christmas Story chronicles Ralphie Parker's humorous efforts to convince his reluctant parents to gift him a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Recently relocated to the 210-seat Vam York Theater, The Gainesville Community Theater harnesses its facilities to enchant audiences with entertaining plays and staged readings of cereal-box nutritional information each season.