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Past Performers

FLORIDA THEATRE PERFORMANCES

Since 1983, downtown Jacksonville’s Florida Theatre has hosted more than 5,000 performances and special events.  The hundreds of artists who have appeared on our stage have included international superstars and some of the greatest names in entertainment along with virtual unknowns who may become the stars of tomorrow.  Their performances have touched, entertained, and helped to enrich and inspire audiences from every segment of our population.  A partial listing follows:

Blues

Joe Bonamassa
Albert Collins
Robert Cray
Guy Davis
Dr. John
John Hammond
Eric Johnson
Keb’ Mo’
B. B. King
Habib Koité
Jonny Lang
Taj Mahal
Charlie Musselwhite
Grace Potter and the
Nocturnals
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Kevin So
Susan Tedeschi
Derek Trucks
The Thunderbirds

Classical Music

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
The Choirs of Wales
Philip Glass
Boys Choir of Harlem
Irish National Radio Orchestra
The Kings Singers
PDQ Bach
Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra
Leontyne Price
Anoushka Shankar
Ravi Shankar
Soweto Gospel Choir
Isaac Stern
Turtle Island String Quartet
Vienna Choir Boys

Comedy

Harry Anderson
Louis Anderson
Arnez J.
Bruce Bruce
James Carrey
Carrot Top
George Carlin
Cheech and Chong
Margaret Cho
Bill Cosby
Earthquake
Jamie Foxx
Gallagher
“Bobcat” Goldthwait
Kathy Griffin
Kevin Hart
D. L. Hughley
Gabriel Iglesias
Sam Kinison
Jay Leno
Rich Little
George Lopez
Bill Maher
Howie Mandel
Carlos Mencia
Dennis Miller
Bob Newhart
Penn & Teller
Paula Poundstone
Ray Romano
Brian Regan
Don Rickles
Joan Rivers
Chris Rock
Rita Rudner
Mark Russell
Sinbad
Pauly Shore
Martin Short
Smothers Brothers
Daniel Tosh
Chris Tucker
George Wallace
Katt Williams
Steven Wright
“Weird Al” Yankovic

Country Music

Asleep at the Wheel
Bering Strait
Clint Black
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Johnny Cash
June Carter Cash
Mark Chesnutt
Roy Clark
Diamond Rio
The Dixie Chicks
The Gatlin Brothers
Vince Gill
Lee Greenwood
Merle Haggard
Emmylou Harris
Faith Hill
George Jones
Alison Krauss and Union Station
Barbara Mandrell
Lorrie Morgan
Willie Nelson
K. T. Oslin
Tanya Tucker
Josh Turner
Ricky Scaggs
Ricky Van Shelton
Lucinda Williams
Roger Whitaker
Lee Ann Womack
Wynonna
Tricia Yearwood
Dwight Yoakam

Dance

African American Dance Theatre
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
American Indian Dance Theatre
Atlanta Ballet
Ballet Hispanico
Ballet Nacional de Caracas
Les Ballets Africains
Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal
Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company
The Bolshoi Ballet
Chen and Dancers
China Dance Theater
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Hong Kong Ballet
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Martha Graham Dance Company
Les Grandes Ballets  Canadiens
Cynthia Gregory
Moiseyev
Momix
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble of India
David Parsons Dance Company
Pilobolus Dance Theatre
Prague Festival Ballet
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Trinity Irish Dance Company
Twyla Tharp and Dancers
White Oak Dance Project

Film, Television

Robbie Benson
Carol Burnett
Ossie Davis
Ruby Dee
Vincent Gardenia
Goldie Hawn
Florence Henderson
Hal Holbrook
James Earl Jones
Ted Lange
Michael Learned
Hal Linden
Laurence Luckinbill
Peter Marshall
Gavin McLeod
Bill Murray
Gregory Peck
Burt Reynolds

Jazz

Mindi Abair
Acoustic Alchemy
George Benson
Rick Braun
Dave Brubeck
Larry Carlton
Carnegie Hall Jazz Band
Peter Cincotti
Harry Connick, Jr.
Chick Corea
Al Dimeola
Bela Fleck
Fourplay
Dizzy Gillespie
Stephane Grappelli
Lionel Hampton
Herbie Hancock
Al Hirt
Boney James
Norah Jones
Kenny G.
Earl Klugh
Ottmar Liebert
Chuck Mangione
Herbie Mann
Branford Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
Keiko Matsui
Pat Metheny
Jean-Luc Ponty
Della Reese
The Rippingtons
Lee Ritenour
Marcus Roberts
David Sanborn
John Scofield
George Shearing
Spyro Gyra
Billy Taylor
McCoy Tyner
Peter White
George Winston
Paul Winter
The Yellowjackets

Lecturers

Madeleine Albright
Maya Angelou
Dr. Robert Ballard
Sir Richard Branson
Tom Brokaw
William F. Buckley Jr.
Barbara Bush
President George Bush
Dick Cheney
Tom Clancy
Katie Couric
Dr. Michael DeBakey
Morton Downey, Jr.
Gen. Tommy Franks
John Glenn
Rudolph Guiliani
Ken Hamblin
Lou Holtz
Henry Kissinger
Charles Kurault
Rev. Jesse Jackson
Queen Noor of Jordan
Col. Oliver North
Gen. Colin Powell
Dan Quayle
Cal Ripkin, Jr.
Tim Russert
Ben Stein
Ted Turner
Barbara Walters
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Tom Wolfe
Bob Woodward

Opera

José Carreras
East Village Opera
The Minnesota Opera
New York City Opera
New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players
The Peking Opera
Porgy and Bess National Touring Company
Western Opera Theatre

Pop/Folk Music

Clay Aiken
Chet Atkins
Joan Baez
Pearl Bailey
Tony Bennett
Victor Borge
Jim Brickman
Ray Charles
The Chieftains
Natalie Cole
Judy Collins
Floyd Cramer
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
The Everly Brothers
Amy Grant
Gregory Hines
Julio Iglesias
The Irish Rovers
Al Jarreau
Tom Jones
Gladys Knight
Kris Kristofferson
k. d. lang
John Legend
Gordon Lightfoot
Lyle Lovett
Manhattan Transfer
Melissa Manchester
Brian McKnight
Melba Moore
Anne Murray
Wayne Newton
Olivia Newton-John
Mandy Patinkin
Lou Rawls
Leon Redbone
Doc Severinsen
Ben Vereen
Andy Williams
Vanessa Williams

Rock/Contemporary Music

Ryan Adams
The Allman Brothers Band
Gregg Allman Band
Tori Amos
The B-52’s
Bon Jovi
Boyz II Men
The Beach Boys
Jeff Beck
Pat Benatar
Jackson Browne
David Byrne
Candlebox
Brandi Carlile
Tracy Chapman
Cheap Trick
Chicago
Jimmy Cliff
Joe Cocker
Alice Cooper
Elvis Costello
Crosby, Stills and Nash
Sheryl Crow
Roger Daltrey
Ani DiFranco
Donovan
The Doobie Brothers
Steve Earle
Earth, Wind and Fire
Melissa Etheridge
Marianne Faithfull
Fleetwood Mac
Flogging Molly
Dan Fogelberg
John Fogerty
Foreigner
The Four Tops
Peter Frampton
Aretha Franklin
Glenn Frey
Grand Funk Railroad
Arlo Guthrie
Daryl Hall and John Oates
Anthony Hamilton
Ben Harper
Richie Havens
Heart
Herman’s Hermits
Taylor Hicks
The Indigo Girls
INXS
Iron and Wine
Joe Jackson
Jethro Tull
Jewel
Chaka Khan
Kings of Leon
The Kinks
Leo Kottke
Ray LaMontagne
Cyndi Lauper
Huey Lewis and the News
Jerry Lee Lewis
Little Richard
Kenny Loggins
Los Lobos
Los Lonely Boys
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Ziggy Marley
Richard Marx
Dave Mason
Matchbox 20
Roger McGuinn
Meat Loaf
Christine McVie
Mofro
Eddie Money
The Monkees
The Moody Blues
Jason Mraz
Nelson
One Republic
The Pretenders
Queensrÿche
Bonnie Raitt
Smokey Robinson
Todd Rundgren
Leon Russell
Carlos Santana
Boz Scaggs
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Snoop Dogg
REO Speedwagon
Spin Doctors
The Spinners
Ringo Starr
Steve Miller Band
Styx
The Temptations
Third Eye Blind
George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Train
Robin Trower
The Turtles
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Rick Wakeman
The Wallflowers
Joe Walsh
Bob Weir and Ratdog
Wilco
Steve Winwood
Yes
Yo La Tengo
Warren Zevon
Z. Z. Top

Theater

Animal Farm
Beehive
Broadway Bound
Children of a Lesser God
A Christmas Carol
A Comedy of Errors
Driving Miss Daisy
42nd Street
Hair
Hamlet
Idols of the King
It’s a Wonderful Life
Love Letters
Macbeth
Master Harold and the Boys
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Miracle Worker
The 1940’s Radio Hour
The Pajama Game
Romeo and Juliet
Sophisticated Ladies
Steel Magnolias
Sweet Charity
War of the Worlds Radio Play
Who’s Afraid of  Virginia Woolf?