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Swamp Radio aims to provide the Greater Northeast Florida area with a live radio experience (and podcast) which celebrates the culture, art, and history of Jacksonville and its surrounding areas. During its inaugural season, Swamp Radio will present a quarterly, scripted variety series which draws from the songwriters, poets, playwrights and storytellers of the area to create an audio tapestry of the place many call home. In addition to the thrill of live performance taking place at various locales in the Spark district, Swamp Radio will also establish a presence in the digital arena with a series of podcasts available to the public at no charge.To receiver information about future shows…
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SEE THE SPRING SHOW LIVE
Sunday, April 6, 3pm
The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts – Terry Theatre
300 West Water Street, Jacksonville, FL
Our spring show, HOW’S YA MAMA AND THEM?, uses musings and memories to explore and celebrate the unique characteristics of moms on the First Coast. A full cast of artist contributors are scheduled, including local bluegrass trio favorite Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, folk music group The Willowwacks, Irish storyteller Derek Coghlan, Jacksonville Historical Society’s Emily Lisska, The Retread Players and poet Tiffany Melanson. For more information about this show’s artists, visit our Contributors Page.
WINTER SHOW PODCAST
01.19.14 | MOVING WORDS takes a look at the phrases and idioms overheard in passing conversations (at the grocery checkout lines or the gas stations) of North Florida. Storyteller Derek Coghlan charms with a story of his own Jacksonville landing, Eva Matthews wonders why “the more words children learn to speak, the later they are allowed to stay up.” and Tarra F. Conner fills the walls of the Florida Theatre with two stirring gospel numbers.
Note from the Executive Director / Show Creator
My father moved us to Jacksonville from Los Angeles in 1970. From the minute we crossed the state line, I felt I had set foot on a new planet. The air was hot and wet. The trees were lush and green. Everyone spoke with a funny accent. It didn’t take long for me to be hypnotized by the place. I came to understand folks in North Florida had a certain way of doing everything: cooking vegetables (frying them), making iced tea (with a ton of sugar) and answering your elders (with a “yes ma’am” on the end of every response.)
Over the past three decades, I have been blessed to interact with a group of artists who also shared a passion for the sights and sounds of the Northeast Florida area. With this project, I am striving to present the residents of Jacksonville with a banquet table of those artist’s words and music which will the sustain the hunger we all have for art which defines our present experience— IAN MAIRS
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Swamp Radio is a 2013 Spark Grant recipient