Strom River Jam!
Please help Dolphinium Records thank Larry Strom for his donation for the newly opened Larry Strom Amphitheatre on Dolphin Green at JU.
What: The Strom River Jam is a free public music fest with a lineup of exciting Dolphinium Records artists, including popular East Coast band Chroma and American Idol Season 7 contestant AJ Neaher. The event includes recognition of former Jacksonville University student Larry Strom. The fest is also serving as a “learning lab” for JU Artist and Concert Management students, who are helping plan its promotion, merchandising, sales and logistics.
When: 4:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.
Where: Larry Strom Amphitheatre, Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd. N.
Details: The new open-air Larry Strom Amphitheatre, built with funds donated by Strom, is a 50-foot-wide, 38-foot-deep, 30-foot-tall covered pavilion big enough for medium-sized bands on up to the Jacksonville Symphony Pops Orchestra. Its lawn features casual seating, and the stage opens to the beautiful St. Johns River. Design is by Glenn Dasher (Dasher Hurst Architects), and the general contractor is KBT Builders.
Strom, 77, of Tallahassee, played basketball for JU in 1955 and 1956 when it was still Jacksonville Junior College, then went on to graduate from Florida State University. “It hit me like a blast of light, this is part of my life, and I wanted to give back,” said Strom, who owns two GM dealerships in Tallahassee and one in Key West.
The Nov. 1 Strom River Jam includes a lineup of four musical acts (schedule and background below), an introduction and recognition of Larry Strom, plus a concession area and other activities.
The fest is also serving as a chance for JU music department students to have a hand in the planning, budgeting and managing of a major event, even down to such logistics as running sound and helping handle talent contracts and riders, said Prof. Thomas Harrison, chair of the JU Division of Music.
“Most of the time students don’t get the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the class like this,” he said. “This is a major chance for them to work as a group and gain a wide array of experience.”
Cost: Free to the public.
More information: For more about the event or Dolphinium Records, call (904) 256-7370 or visit www.ju.edu/dolphinium. Strom River Jam Schedule, Nov. 5, 2012
4:30 p.m. -- Safari Soundlab
Student favorite Safari Soundlab is a Jacksonville Beach band made up largely of Jacksonville University music majors, including those at Dolphinium Records. Principle songwriter Ciaran Sontag sings songs that celebrate the good times in a 21st century rock/reggae style that is accessible to a wide audience.
5:45 p.m. -- AJ Neaher
AJ Neaher is a JU alum and was a contestant on Season 7 of American Idol. A Jacksonville favorite, Neaher has also performed the National Anthem before games of the Jacksonville Suns, is the director for the First Coast Chorus and the Robert E. Lee High School Chorus, and performs in the Riverside and Avondale area weekly. His musical influences range from organic rock to modern R&B. Neaher released Love Songs from the Gamut on Dolphinium Records in 2010.
6:45 p.m. -- Whetherman
Whetherman is the project of 27-year-old folk singer/songwriter Nicholas Williams. Since the project started in 2007, Williams has released four full-length albums: "Bull" (2007), "The Great Lull" (2008), "Nooks and Crannies" (2010) and most recently "Wind in the Trees" (2011). Currently, Williams is on his "Ears and Eyes Tour" that hits the Southeast, Midwest and West Coast throughout 2012. Williams is also in the studio recording a new EP "Mouth of Eden" for release in August, as well as his fifth full-length production, and the first introduction of Whetherman and The Steady Melodies, titled "Streams and Pastures," set to unveil in late 2012.
7:45 p.m. -- Introduction of Mr. Strom
8 p.m. -- Chroma
Popular East Coast band Chroma is an eclectic Jacksonville-based trio of musicians who hold their roots in melodic song writing and progressive psychedelic rock, while gracefully stepping into the realms of bluegrass, barbershop and classical music. Chroma is as diverse as the color spectrum their name implies. Chroma can be seen playing area clubs, festivals, theaters and arts markets. They released their second album, and first with Dolphinium Records, “Round and Round,” in 2012.
The students are scouting talent now for their next featured artist, to be released in the fall of 2013. Dr. Harrison will produce the 10-song recording, at no cost to the selected group for recording expenses. The artist will be provided with 100 copies of the retail-ready compact discs for them to sell at shows for their own profit, with the label placing other copies in retail outlets for purchase by the artist's fans.
About Dolphinium Records
Dolphinium Records is the student-run, campus based record label for Jacksonville University. Label affairs are coordinated by Music Entertainment Industry Student Association chapter officers and members, and are led by the Music Business and Recording Professor Dr. Thomas Harrison, chairperson of the Division of Music.
In 2008, the label released their first recording: Dolphinium Records Compilation, 2008, featuring student projects from the songwriting and production courses.
Since that time, students have sought out talent to sign to Dolphinium. Students scout for talented recording artists who are actively performing original material, and then present them to the ‘A&R staff’ of students, who vote on the group that fits Dolphinium the best.
Four groups have made recordings for release via compact disc, download cards, and/or digital release via iTunes and Amazon.com (among others).
In 2010, Dolphinium released three recordings: Dancel is a pop/punk-based group based in Jacksonville. Inside the Target is also a pop/punk-based group based in Jacksonville that features two JU music majors. The Spring Equinox is a heavy metal band from Virginia Beach.
In 2011, Dolphinium released Love Songs
from the Gamut by JU
alum and American Idol contestant in season 7, A.J. Neaher. The CD embraces the varying aspects of Neaher’s style, ranging
from acoustic singer/songwriter, to a rock band, to electronic pop and
- e group must be performing original music in public regularly, with a consistent fan base in their local area;
- The group must be able to do some small regional touring (within 200 miles);
- Though we respect free speech in lyrical content, we reserve the right to consider artists with lyrics that are appropriate to the academic community as Jacksonville University is an educational institution first;
- An 8x10, Black and White promotion photograph must be included with a compact disc demo recording, and
- A short, typed, bio with performance history must be included.
It is strongly encouraged that artists are to copyright their material before sending it to anyone, including our staff, for your own protection. All genres are considered.
Please send materials to:
JU Division of Music
2800 University Blvd. North
Jacksonville, FL 32211