We’ve listened to your feedback and are excited to announce a return of classic concerts to the Thrasher-Horne Center! Featuring the music of artists you know and love, these tribute acts bring beloved songs from chart-topping musicians that may otherwise be impossible to see on a live tour. Give yourself a chance to relive some of your favorite concert experiences a second time, or create a first time memory you’ll never forget. With our tribute concert series, we offer a front row seat to the show of your dreams!
First in our lineup is The Purple Xperience, bringing the power and magic of Prince to Northeast Florida on September 30th. The Purple Xperience is a five-piece tribute band hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have been touring around the country since their inception in 2011, bringing the memories of Prince and The Revolution to audiences of all generations. The Purple Xperience embodies the spirit and sounds of Prince, with front-man Marshall Charloff channeling the vocals and movements from the icon himself. The Purple Xperience brings you the greatest most authentic prince tribute show in the world leaving no one disappointed.
Up next on March 11th is What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience. As one of the pioneers of Motown, singer-songwriter and producer Marvin Gaye helped shape the sound of R&B music and is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. Soul man Brian Owens is often referred to as the “second coming of Marvin Gaye.” Owens, who has performed at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama, dazzles audiences with performances that are full of soul and love well beyond his peers of today. His refined style combining classic soul with a slight modern touch is why audiences everywhere are calling him the new voice of American soul.
What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience is Brian’s tribute to the legendary artist and includes music selections that span Gaye’s music-making career. Early solo hits like “Can I Get a Witness” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” share space with “You’re All I Need to Get By” and other classic duets. And any Marvin Gaye song list would be incomplete without perennial (and challenging) crowd-pleasers like “Let’s Get It On” or “Got To Give It Up.” At its heart, Brian’s Marvin Gaye Experience is about “preservation — upholding the tradition of true soul music that is so desperately needed in our culture today.” The show prominently features a suite of pieces from Gaye’s “What’s Going On” album, counted as “one of the most socially important artistic works in the history of American music.” In light of recent events in and around Ferguson Missouri where he resides, Brian says the show also speaks to a heightened sense of urgency and the prophetic beauty of Gaye’s 1971 work.
Finally, we close out our series with a March 16th visit from Hotel California: A Salute To The Eagles. For more than two decades, Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles. See how a spirited blend of originality and the pursuit of excellence have taken Hotel California to a level of international recognition normally reserved only for gold and platinum recording artists. This dynamic, highly acclaimed show incorporates their very own world renowned vocal harmony, and authentic instrumentation, including all specialty instruments in a stage spectacle that is both modern and exciting. Each concert presents an exciting, showcase of The Eagles megahits such as “Take it Easy” “Heartache Tonight” and of course “Hotel California” as well as selected titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh. The magic and mystique of this truly timeless music, is as powerful as it is captivating. So join us now on a trip down a dark desert highway, feel the cool wind in your hair, and experience Grammy award winning sounds…..Relax it’s time to check into the Hotel California.
Tickets for all three of these incredible shows are available starting today via THcenter.org, in person at our Box Office, or over the phone at (904) 276-6815. Join us as we reintroduce audiences to their favorite musicians in a new and unique way!