Last night, my husband and I went to see Aaron Lewis in concert at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville. It was our 5th time seeing him, because he's my favorite singer. We had already seen him several times at the House of Blues in Orlando, and I had decided that were not going to go back there again for a concert. The House of Blues is standing room only, which absolutely stinks. We have stood for six hours for past concerts. Not only do you stand, but you have to try to find a place among the crowd so that you can stand there so long. It's horrible. When I saw that Aaron Lewis was going to the Florida Theatre, I immediately logged on to see if they have seats. They do, so we were going!
From Port Orange, we mapped it and the Florida Theatre is only an 11 minute longer drive than going to the House of Blues for a concert. I'll take it for a seat for the concert! We drove up there, it took mere minutes to find a parking space, and minutes to walk to the Florida Theatre. In fact, we were able to get free parking on the city street just two blocks from the venue. It was wonderful. Our free parking spot was right next to a lot where people were paying $10 to park for the concert. There was plenty of free parking spots on the city streets, all within blocks of the venue.
A quick walk over to the theatre and we were in line, which moved fast through security to get everyone inside. The Florida Theatre was opened to the public in 1927, so it's a vintage building with a lot of history. I loved it! If you are not on the main floor you have to take stairs to get to your seats. They have a couple of bars, where they sell drinks and some small snacks. The stage and and theatre is beautiful. We really loved the vintage setting that is so finely detailed. The sound was great and not over-bearing, too.
Our seats were strategically picked and located at section 200, row B, seats 1 and 2. They were great! Only one row in front of us, so we had a great unobstructed view. As always, Aaron Lewis was fantastic. His concert was acoustic and he showed his amazingly wonderful voice for 2 hours and 15 minutes on that stage. It was great!
From the looks of the Florida Theatre event schedule, it looks like they get some good acts that come through. We will go there for another concert for sure. It's a great venue that offers an intimate setting (only 1918 seats), with great stage views, and super easy in and out so you are back on the freeway quickly. Two thumbs up for the Florida Theatre venue!