The scene here in sunny Jacksonville, FL is somewhat of a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs. As a DJ, I have been familiar with the goings on in the EDM crowd for the last 10 years. During the peak years of ’05-’08, the River City saw big names like Paul van Dyk, Gabriel and Dresden (thank God they’re touring together again), Sandra Collins, BT, James Holden, Satoshi Tomiie, ok, you get it. Those were great years full of great shows. Granted, these shows weren’t going on in arenas or outdoor grounds large enough for a small town, but they did go on in small clubs and I was more than happy to go.
After ’08, I found myself having to drive to Orlando, Tampa and Miami to catch a “good” act. Lengthy drives for, if I was lucky, a 3 hour set. Don’t get me wrong, the local talent is great. Jacksonville’s own have always been at it. In coffee shops, lofts and just recently, oceanfront patios, the local stars pump out their House genre of choice. The same loyal crowds listen and dance their hearts out. It is great to see, as I am usually right there with them.
In short, the scene seems to be back on the incline part of the track…..recent shows like Sander Kleinenberg and Kimball Collins, a veteran of the FL scene, have swept through SUITE, a venue who has decided to step up and give us some much needed weekly Wednesday night HOUSE. Coming up are Oscar G, Cedric Gervais and BT. You can also catch Jacksonville’s best playing oceanfront every Sunday @ Club O in Jax Beach. More to come!