Countdown to Unity Plaza Opening #19 ~ Supporting the Jacksonville Songwriter’s Residency Tonight at the Omni Hotel

omniUnity Plaza is proud to be an in-kind marketing sponsor of The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s March Showcase of the  Jacksonville Songwriter Residency in the Spark District tonight during Artwalk!

Spark Grant recipient Brad Lauretti has been hitting the streets in the Spark District cultivating the songwriting movement in the urban core and forming collaborative partnerships with downtown businesses. One such partnership is with the Omni Hotel, which has resulted in the creation of a new music venue there as well as pushing more pedestrian traffic in that direction. This is successfully contributing to the Spark District initiative’s mission to activate the downtown walkable core through arts and culture. The willingness of private citizens and corporations to support the City in funding revitalization efforts is creating sparks.

Brad has arranged for musicians, including his current songwriter in residence, Woody Pines from Nashville, to play on stage inside the Omni Hotel during Artwalk in the downtown core of Jacksonville March 5.

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in conjunction with Art Walk : First Wednesday Art Walk: All The World’s A Stage

Where: Omni Hotel Jacksonville, 245 Water Street. Performances will be held in the atrium, directly across from Juliette’s Bistro.

Show Line-Up:

  • 5pm-Artwalk venue opens at the Omni
  • 6pm- Flagship Romance (Contemporary Harmonic Folk)
  • 7pm Featured Songwriter Woody Pines (Country, Blues, Folk, Viper Jazz)
  • 8pm- Mama Blue “Sultry Sister of Soul”

We’ve attached the event poster and encourage you to join the Facebook Event if you haven’t already done so. If you’re on social media, please use the following hashtags to describe your experience and promote the project: #ilovejax #sparkdistrict #downtownisonfire.

omni2As you may have heard, the Omni recently completed renovations of the restaurant and bar area. To celebrate this and the songwriter showcase, they are offering drink specials and discounts on their most popular appetizers. Overnight Omni hotels stays and various brunch gift certificates will also be given away. 

This is another showcase event of our Spark Grant recipients and we hope to see you there!

Next up for Spark Grantees in March and April:

March 28 — Looking Lab: Art in Empty Storefronts Exhibit B opening at City Hall     Looking Lab

April 2 — Looking Lab: Art in Empty Storefronts Exhibit C opening at 47 Adams St. during April Artwalk

April 6 –Swamp Radio Jax show at Times Union Performing Arts Center, 3:00pm  Swamp Radio

April 9 —Looking Lab: Art in Empty Storefronts Exhibit B dance performances at opening of One Spark in front of City Hall starting at 5:00pm

Omni_Home_PictLook for later in the year:

May-September — Brad Lauretti’s Jacksonville Songwriter Residency showcases

June – Joy Leverette’s Looking Lab: Art in Empty Storefronts Exhibit D

May- September –Ian Mairs’ Swamp Radio Jax shows

September – Jenny Hager’s “Sculpture Walk” in Main Street Park Sculpture Walk

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