Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend.
Indigo Girls w/ the Jacksonville Symphony
Jacoby Symphony Hall | Downtown Jacksonville
Entering their fourth decade as an in-demand musical act, Decatur, Georgia-bred folk-rock duo Indigo Girls continue to churn out expertly crafted tunes. On their latest release, 2020’s Look Long, songwriters Amy and Emily Sailers traverse new sonic terrain while continuing to mine contemporary social issues and interpersonal struggles. On Friday, the Indigo Girls team with the Jacksonville Symphony to breathe new life into the duo’s ever-growing repertoire (and Jacoby Symphony Hall). Tickets and more info here.
Bab’s Lab Story Slam
CoRK | Riverside
A guru of narrative performance, local artist and educator Barbara Colaciello has been coaxing stories out of folks for decades. On Friday Colaciello’s popular Bab’s Labs Story Slam series, now entering its fourth year, engages audience members to participate in a friendly storytelling competition. Willing participants will be asked to tell a five-minute story that concludes with a lesson or resolution (participation is NOT required). The winner will be chosen by the audience. April’s story theme is expand. Tickets are $16. More info here.
Record Store Day Makers Market
Eraser Records | Murray Hill
On Saturday, more than a half-dozen independent music retailers in Northeast Florida will celebrate Record Store Day (RSD), the once-a-year infusion of vinyl rarities and reissues into record stores. If you’re thinking, “People still buy vinyl?” The answer is yes. A lot of vinyl. In fact, vinyl record sales have outpaced CD sales for the last three years. If you’re looking to jumpstart (or beef up) your collection, popular Murray Hill music shop Eraser Records hosts a pop-up event on Saturday. In addition to a large selection of RSD drops, Eraser brings in dozens of vendors and food trucks with DJ sets for an all-day celebration of music. Checkout this preview of RSD in Jax 2023 from the Jacksonville Music Experience.