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What do Ray Charles, Quad City DJs, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band have in common? Each of these world-class performers got their start in Jacksonville, and each has helped shape the musical landscape of our City today—a landscape that continues to evolve as we welcome performers from around the world and continue to cultivate home-grown talent. Join the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and Ennis Davis of the Jaxson Magazine for a conversation about Jacksonville’s musical heritage, the influence of neighborhoods like LaVilla, and the future of the Jacksonville music scene.

Also make plans to join The Jaxson on Saturday, June 26 for a two hour bike tour of key pieces of Jacksonville’s vibrant music history. In the meantime, visit the Jacksonville Music Experience from WJCT Public Media for music reviews, curated playlists, music history, concert recommendations, and profiles of local artists.


  • Jessie Ball duPont Fund and Ennis Davis of The Jaxson Magazine


  • Mitch Hemann, longtime musician and Senior Archivist, Jacksonville Historical Society
  • Pamela Singleton, Vice President, Durkeeville Historical Society
  • Tony Steve, Artist-In-Residence, Contemporary & World Music, Jacksonville University

This conversation is part of the Jacksonville History & Heritage series co-produced by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and Ennis Davis of The Jaxson Magazine.


June 24, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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