During concerts, a musician’s wild side emerges, such as when a guitarist destroys an amplifier or a singer eats a zebra. Observe untamed talent with this GrouponLive deal to see Jane’s Addiction at the Florida Theatre. For $28, you get one ticket for balcony seating in sections 100–500 on Wednesday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $57.40 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
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.
Designed for an intimate theater presentation, the tour eschews the rituals of a rock concert to immerse audiences in an extrasensory experience that melds with the sterling sight lines of the Florida Theatre. Video screens display Parry Farrell’s peripheral visions of sensuality and unbridled weirdness as scantily clad ladies hang from the rafters and scandalous sculptures, erotic art, and unleashed ids flood the stage. As Perry stretches his elastic voice, Dave Navarro proves why he’s one of the most respected modern-rock guitarists and Stephen Perkins beats the drums like Muhammad Ali fluffing a pillow as the band tears through a slew of new tracks and old favorites such as “Jane Says,” “Mountain Song,” and “Been Caught Stealing.”
When it opened in 1927, the Florida Theatre was the largest of 15 cinemas in downtown Jacksonville. Today, it's the city's last surviving vestige of that era's iconic architecture. Designed by New Yorker R.E. Hall and Jacksonvillian Roy Benjamin, the venue is a prime example of the Mediterranean Revival style, with a ceiling covered in glittering stars and a six-story proscenium arch. And even as the entertainment industry shifted towards television, the Florida Theatre survived by hosting interactive game nights and concerts from underground artists, including Elvis Presley. The space was renovated In the early 1980s, and today it returns to its entertaining roots by hosting live events and classic film screenings.
128 E Forsyth St.
Jacksonville, Florida 32202