Every Friday, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend.
Friday, Oct. 21
JME Soundstage | Downtown Jacksonville
In the 1970s, the band W.I.T.C.H. (We Intend to Cause Havoc) was as big as The Beatles in their native Zambia. Pioneers of a sound that fuses American rock and roll with African rhythms that came to be known as Zamrock, the group was not widely known outside of Africa until Los Angeles record label Now-Again reissued the band’s catalog in the early 2010s. Now, in the midst of its first-ever North American tour, W.I.T.C.H. headlines a special night of music on the JME Soundstage here at WJCT Studios. L.A. indie band PAINT and psychedelic-rock quartet Frankie and the Witch Fingers fill out the bill. Doors open at 6 p.m., with music starting at 7. Tickets are $35; get them here. More info here.
Saturday, Oct. 22
Duval Comic and Zine Fest
Jacksonville Public Library | Downtown Jacksonville
The library hosts a celebration of visual storytelling featuring more than four dozen local creators from the city’s comic and zine scenes, as well as award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Jim Rugg (Street Angel, Afrodisiac, The PLAIN Janes). The event is held from noon-5p.m. Rugg will sit for an interview at 3:30 p.m. The event is free to attend. More details here.
Friday, Oct. 21- Saturday, Oct. 22
Bach, Beethoven and Brahms
Jacoby Symphony Hall | Downtown Jacksonville
Award-winning pianist Alessio Bax returns to Jacksonville to perform on the Symphony’s state-of-the-art Steinway alongside the revered orchestra. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. To get you primed, read an interview with Bax from before his previous performance with the Symphony and get the story behind the Symphony’s Steinway & Sons model D concert grand piano, both from the Jacksonville Music Experience. Get tickets here.