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Garden Concert: Music of the Movement



A Night of Jazz and Blues

In celebration of our beautiful Civil Rights photography exhibition, A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: Photography from the High Museum of Art, join The Cummer for an evening of Blues and Jazz with Music from the Movement on Saturday, September 20 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.).  Get ready to groove with Funky Butt Blues Band featuring Lawrence Buckner and Ed Cotton.

A U.S. Army veteran, Lawrence Buckner currently tours with Mark Farner, formally of Grand Funk Railroad and has shared the stage with The Doors, Journey, Styxx, Maze featuring Franky Beverly, Branford Marsalis, and many other acts. He has had numerous appearances as sideman and leader at Jazz Festivals in the United States and Europe. Along side his music career Lawrence pursued his other passion, medicine, he eventually returned to music full time citing that to spread the truth, and our Father’s love, is medicine for the soul.


Ed Cotton has spent the better part of his 20 years as a professional musician leading Pretty Boy Freud, a popular swing and variety band that frequently played the Jacksonville-area club scene. Cotton has also performed at numerous blues, jazz and folk festivals over the years. He came out of retirement last year to perform at the Florida Folk Festival. He also gives workshops on bottleneck slide blues guitar and all facets of the Blues. Cotton has been quoted on several occasions saying,”I really love playing music, I won’t ever quit playing.”Blue Eddy

The cost is $20 for Members, $30 for Non-members, or $400 for table of 10. Guests may bring blankets, chairs, food, alcoholic beverages, or order food from The Café at The Cummer. Preorder your boxed dinner from The Café by calling 904.899.6022. For more information or to make your reservation, click HERE or call 904.899.6038.

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