Blues at the Beach Jacksonville Beach, USA

For Blues Lovers Everywhere

Jacksonville Beach's Blues Scene Is Springing To Its Full Potential

Blue. Think of everything this four letter word represents. It is a color, a feeling, a genre and a symbol in one. Now, equate it with the beach. The two go together seamlessly without any rhyme or reason. Blue is in the salty sea water, and in the cloudless sky. It’s floating through the air, too.

Jacksonville Beach's annual Springing the Blues Festival

Jacksonville Beach, along the East Coast of Northern Florida, is becoming one of the most well-known blues scenes in the area. From the Seawalk Pavilion hosting hundreds of local concerts and festivals to the hole-in-the-wall bars on the nearby strip, this shore along the Atlantic Ocean draws in hundreds of music lovers year-round.

Blues music is about heartache, love and the highs and lows of life. The beach is the perfect environment for blues music to flourish from its high tides and low tides to the diverse crowd it draws in. The eclectic blues scene at Jacksonville Beach is interesting because of the varied demographic that you will find at these events – from rambunctious toddlers to salty, shirtless hippies.

Food trucks sell local treats behind the Ferris wheel at Jacksonville Beach

The blues scene at this beach is notable not only because you are able to listen to good music with beautiful oceanfront scenery, but also because the crowd that this scene draws in is interesting in itself. The demographic ranges from middle-aged adults and seniors attending local concerts and festivals to the young early-twenties and thirties crowd at the beach's bars, restaurants and hookah lounges. For short-time travelers or long-time locals, Jacksonville Beach has a place for every blues lover no matter the shape, size, style, color or age.

Jacksonville Beach's Seawalk Pavilion seen from the shore

Attending blues concerts like the events at the Seawalk Pavilion require you to bring your blankets, booze and sunscreen and be prepared to bask in the sun while the thick notes of the bass and the saxophone reach you right when you need it. If you're in the mood for a crowded dance floor and fancy cocktails, then the scene along the strip a few blocks away will be your safe haven. Each weekend there are plenty of live music events booked at any of the bars that are within walking (or stumbling) distance away from each other. If avoiding sunburns and having some liquor with your blues is more your taste, then stop by The Pier Cantina & Sandbar, The Ritz or The Lemon Bar.

Whether you choose to spend your blues-loving time at the Seawalk Pavilion surrounded by a ring of palms, at the strip of bars that are strung together like a strand of pearls from the oyster's unrelenting clasp or some other beautifully bluesy destination that is yet to be discovered, Jacksonville Beach's blues scene gives you the opportunity to create lasting memories with family, friends and loved ones, and have the warm feeling of home as the sun wraps its rays around your skin and its sand sneaks between your toes. These events showcase the unique community that calls Jacksonville Beach home. It is a sight to see for locals and tourists alike.

The eclectic crowd that can be seen at the Seawalk Pavilion


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