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Highlight from the Bowie Tribute

On February 13, 2016 the group performed at a David Bowie Tribute Concert, in downtown Jacksonville. The event was called "Let's Dance: A Tribute to the Man Who Changed the World", and the lineup was OUTSTANDING.

Each group selected 3 songs from a pre-composed catalog and JacksonVegas pulled "Five Years", "Ziggy Stardust", and "Diamond Dogs". Wanting to end with a splash, the band pulled in a few extra players, including Jay Stamper, Chris Poland and Tom Rowe to fill out Diamond Dogs. The Stage Manager, Catherine Booth, caught a quick clip of the song which you can watch below. It was pretty much a perfect day!

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News, Press - posted on March 20, 2015 by

Arbus Feature

JacksonVegas: Jacksonville’s Dilatory Troubadour

Featured in the March/April issue of Arbus Magazine, written by Mike Bernos

Even a chameleon must return to its natural color. So it is with multi-genre artist and JacksonVegas front man Grant Nielsen, who has returned to his folk roots with the release of his six-song EP, Someday is as Good as Any Day.
For Nielsen, who can wear the crown as Jacksonville’s troubadour son as justifiably as anyone, the EP is a return to his metaphorical musical home, paying homage to artists he grew up with and influenced him the most: James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell.

Nielsen first embarked on his musical odyssey by studying jazz at UNF on scholarship. He then followed the R&B/Rap/Funk siren in 2001 as one of the original members of the popular and enduring Fusebox Funk, a group that has mined that genre mix successfully.

“I spent my younger years doing everything but folk,” says Nielsen. “I wanted to experiment.”

In 2010, following the urging of friends and family, Nielsen returned to his folk beginnings and started JacksonVegas, with whom he sings and plays guitar.

“I wanted to come back to my roots and get serious about singing and songwriting,” he explains.
The songs are a partial compilation of his work during that time. Nielsen says that the EP is best described as Americana as it’s a blend of pop, country, blues, and rock. adding, “Because I’ve played so many different kinds of music I have a hard time staying focused on one style.”
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Nielsen’s description of his music belies its complexity. He creates haunting hooks that rarely resolve in an expected form, while varying melodic themes. “Within Your Skin” displays his smooth tenor working seamlessly in and around the interplay of his guitar and strings. “Only Your Soul” is an indie anthem that can stand up to anything of Mumford & Sons or Phillip Phillips (a very underrated songwriter) in its élan and cathartic stadium chorus. And on “Some Kind of Stranger,” Nielsen shows he can put an edge on his vocals to reflect the song’s soul-searching message.

Like his musical icons, Nielsen’s songs can be provocative, political, and pensive, questioning vanity (“Within Your Skin”) and exploring the unquestioned allegiance to one’s call to duty (“Only Your Soul”). He also expresses his love and allegiance to his hometown, particularly its downtown, in the workmanlike song, “Chip Away.”

“I believe this is the last opportunity for a renaissance for Jacksonville in my lifetime,” says Nielsen, who served as marketing director for Downtown’s entertainment district, The Elbow. “If it wants to climb out of its hole, now is the time. We can’t let this opportunity pass us by.”

Just as the melody structures of his songs rarely repeat identically, neither do JacksonVegas concerts. Nielsen often has a family of notable Jacksonville musicians, including John Parkerurban, Cyrus Quaranta, Phillip Pan, Brett Bass, Bea Gayle and Frank Balsamo, who appear  with him live, making, as he says, “no two concerts the same.”

Someday is as Good as Any Day can be found at

Article written by Mike Bernos
Original article can be read here

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News - posted on January 29, 2015 by

Someday Is As Good As Any Day – Now Available

Someday_CoverAfter a long wait, we have finally released our EP. “Someday Is As Good As Any Day”, as the title might suggest, has been a long time in the making; but we’re really thrilled to be able to share it with everyone.

You can now purchase multiple formats of the disc, including physical, WAV, FLAC, and MP3 here. The EP is also available at itunes, amazon, and nearly every other digital retailer.

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