Top Four Music Venues in Northeast Florida

April 20, 2023

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Locals on the First and Historic Coasts have a secret – over the last decade, it’s become the spot for musical artists wanting an intimate performing space. From smaller local artists to big-name performers, the area from Jacksonville to St. Augustine has become a destination for concert-goers wanting more than a traditional stadium show. So while you’ll still need to travel to Tampa for Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour, you’ll find the charming and historic venues of Northeast Florida offer an atmosphere all their own.


Florida Theater


Easily the oldest of the four venues, the Florida Theatre evokes the days of dressing for an evening performance. This historic venue opened in 1927, was added to the National Historic Register of Historic Places in 1983 and still maintains the original Art Deco vibe. The Florida Theatre hosts a wide variety of artists and performers, with something for all ages. Theater pieces like Madagascar, musical greats like Tom Jones and Clint Black, comedians the likes of Jim Gaffigan, specialty shows featuring Alton Brown and Cary Elwes, musical competitions, love recordings of popular podcasts and non-profit programs that offer free summer shows for children – there is literally something for everyone.



St. Augustine Amphitheatre


Lovingly referred to as The Amp by locals, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre may be as unique as they come. Nestled in the crook of one of Florida’s top state parks, Anastasia State Park, and situated on a barrier island, The Amp is an open-air venue, surrounded by the beach, historic oaks and wide swathes of palm hammocks. It offers one-of-a-kind experiences – where else can you enjoy sunrise yoga on the beach, led by Michael Franti, in the morning and enjoy his show in the evening? The Amp also offers two complimentary performing spaces – The Backyard Stage, a general-admission-only space for up-close-and-personal performances, and The Front Porch, a deck for community gatherings and acoustic performances during their Farmers and Night Markets.



Blue Jay Listening Room


The Blue Jay Listening Room is the creation of owner Cara Murphy, who craved a space that allowed for interactive and deeply personal musical performances. Tired of seeing local musicians relegated to dark bar corners, singing the same cover songs, Blue Jay Listening Room creates an atmosphere where musicians can not just play original pieces, but tell the stories behind their work. Listeners can enjoy wine and craft beer while connecting to and being inspired by the music. Blue Jay also offers showings of cult classic movies and community songwriters nights.



Colonial Oak Music Park


Part music attraction, part private event space, the Colonial Oak Music Park is a true hidden gem. Located on the busiest tourist street in St. Augustine, this open-air venue is tucked away under towering oak trees. Each year it hosts local musical festivals, the Sing Out Loud Music Festival and the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival. The spot is a favorite of local artists, like crowd-favorite Papercutt, as well as nationally known groups, such as the Mountain Goats and the Black Lilies.



No matter your age or music preference, there’s something for everyone!

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