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Compass: Music takes the top spot this week in St. Augustine

Daytona Beach News-Journal logo Daytona Beach News-Journal 1/15/2021 Laurie Hahn, St. Augustine Record USA TODAY NETWORK
JJ Grey © JJ Grey

It’s the middle of January, which means there’s a variety of events in the St. Augustine area. The Nights of Lights will continue until the end of this month, but other entertainment options are available as well.

JJ Grey and Mofro

Known as “North Florida’s own Southern Swamp Rock” group, JJ Grey and Mofro will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, and Saturday, Jan. 16, at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, known as the Amp.

Specializing in a combination of blues, soul, rock and funk, Grey is now a nationally known band with “a blue-collar ethic.”

The Amp is  located at 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine. For information, call 904-209-0399.

Jacksonville Symphony Presents: Broadway Today

a group of people performing on a stage: Jacksonville Symphony © Jacksonville Symphony

If you prefer show tunes to blues and rock, the Jacksonville Symphony will host New York Pops Principal Conductor Steven Reineke for a concert of Broadway hits, including songs from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” “The Lion King,” “Cabaret” and more.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St., Jacksonville. For information, call 904-354-5547.

The Gala of the Royal Horses

a person walking across a sword: Gala of the Royal Horses © Gala of the Royal Horses

For something totally different, The Gala of the Royal Horses will perform at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, and Sunday, Jan. 17.

The show features a variety of riders and horses, including bareback riding, Dressage, and other feats, with such horses as Friesian, Andalusian, Lipizzaner, Arabians and Quarter Horses.

St. Johns County Fairgrounds is at 5840 State Road 207, Elkton. For information, call 361-332-6305.

St. Augustine Arts Association: Crazy Cuisines

Crazy Cuisines Exhibit © Crazy Cuisines Exhibit

“Crazy Cuisines” is a juried art exhibit, according to the Arts Association, in which “the artists were encouraged to present art featuring food — beautifully prepared food, spoiled food, food in the making — depicted by local artists.”

The free exhibit started on Jan. 8 and will continue through Jan. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, at the St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. For information, call 904-824-2310.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr. wearing a suit and tie: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. © Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of St. Johns County will host the 36th annual Commemorative Event on Monday, Jan. 18, in Lewis Auditorium and online as a virtual event in a celebration of the memory of Dr. King and the influence he had in the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

Featured speaker Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr. will discuss the theme, “Our Lives Begin to End the Day We Become Silent about Things That Matter.” As a young man, Chavis was an assistant to Dr. King and later served as director of the Million Man March. He is now president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

Another speaker will be the Rev. Kevin James, of the United Methodist Church of Palm Coast, who will also speak at Lewis Auditorium.

For information, call 904-669-8863.

This article originally appeared on St. Augustine Record: Compass: Music takes the top spot this week in St. Augustine


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