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Doors at 7. Show at 8. Seating is first come first served.

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Join us every third Thursday for a songwriters' round hosted by Andy Zipf.

Elyse Berlin is a Duval native, singer/songwriter actively rooted in the Jacksonville music scene. While she clearly has influences in that of the Mississippi Blues, her Americana melodies are a representation of her upbringing. Her parents, who are also Florida natives, played a major role in the foundation of her vocal style. Artists such as Jackson Browne, Sam Cook, Fats Waller and Southern style rock in general, were frequently played while doing household chores with her younger sister. Elyse has really been able to polish her vocal style by making frequent trips to Arkansas, Mississippi and Memphis - working with various artists on her up and coming album “City of Milk and Honey”. Though Berlin attributes her newly found music career to self expression, even more so, she credits the musicians she is currently working alongside, who each are bringing something special to the stage. Behind the scenes, her driving force is using music to better her mental health, in hopes that it will inspire others to take on more outlets of their own. She is incredibly excited for the upcoming "Sad Girl" projects featuring strong female artists that reside in this immense city. Keep an eye out for Elyse and her band of black bone sheep.

Zoya Zafar sings with a remarkable assurance and intimate warmth, effortlessly weaving hymns of haunting, torchy, jazz-inflected heartbreak that are minimal but never stark, lush but with plenty of space to breathe - and swoon - as needed.

Zoya is a self-taught musician and singer who has been writing songs and playing out locally and around Florida since her teens, earning her a diverse fanbase across underground subcultures in the Sunshine state.

As a kid, sitting in the doorway of his room, Kristopher spent hours making mixtape after mixtape of songs he heard on the radio that began to mold his young musical mind. From Boys II Men’s “cooleyhighharmony” to Garth Brooks’ hits, Kristopher swam in the lyrics and melodies. His knack for music, matched with years of filling composition books with personal poetry, improvised lyrics, and dream-like short stories, pushed Kristopher towards his calling —as a songwriter.

It wasn’t until he sat behind a drum set, fueled by teenage angst, that Kristopher began his musician’s journey. From there, he taught himself guitar, piano, and bravely - how to sing. What is seen now, on intimate stages, like the iconic Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia, to theater stages, such as the Capitol Theater in Clearwater, Florida, is the concentrated influences and earnest emotional exposition that solidify Kristopher – as an Americana-Soul force to be encountered and experienced.

Shortly after becoming a father, Kristopher wrestled with the dualities of parenthood, and under the catharsis of writing, he penned) his first song —a 3 verse, 2 chorus, 1 bridge tune, that would breakdown the floodgates of his pent-up musical creativity. “My Heart Wasn’t Ready”, which became a breakout song, was the first of four to be written, recorded, and produced in the following weeks — his first EP “Movement (https://music.apple.com/us/album/movement-1-ep/1140288453),” which also features the highly-praised “Runaways”. Expounding as a songwriter, Kristopher garnered local acclaim, “His vocals are perfectly reined in to suit his range and his easy gift for melody is unrivaled in the Bay area singer-songwriter space,” (Creative Loathing Tampa 2017). It was at this support from the Florida musical community that pushed Kristopher to dive back into the studio for his second EP “Find Me (https://music.apple.com/us/album/find-me-ep/1108420834)”—featuring the titular track, as well as songs like the moody “Fire & the Fuse,” the anguished “Heart Shaped Grave,” and the critically praised “Humming Hallelujah.” Kristopher sustains his soulful exchange with an ardent substance that is uniquely his own.  

Though he’s lived in the Sunshine State, for most of his life, Kristopher’s talent for melody and song (now) extend far past the state’s line. Like his influencers Otis Redding, Amos Lee, and Roberta Flack, Kristopher’s voice is clear, controlled, and full of all-the-feels. As with all artists, Kristopher’s sound has ebbed and flowed, evolving yet remaining instantly recognizable. With the growth he’s experienced as an artist, Kristopher felt it was time to capture his songs, in their fully-imagined sound!

With his debut album “Kindness Never Quits”, featuring members of Scary Pockets, Kristopher caught the attention of Relix & Glide Magazine, Spotify Playlist curators and continued praise, such as “vocals are so powerful and as the song progresses, he showcases why he is one of the best singers out there. All that soul in one artist is just unbelievable” from Reignland Magazine.

Continuing through the COVID years, Kristopher partnered with musicians to keep the music and community alive. Along with composer and keys player Mike Hicks of Rascal Flatts, The War & Treaty’s Max Brown on guitar, as well as talented artists Kyshona Armstrong, Jonathan Huber, DeMarco Johnson, Kristopher released 3 acclaimed singles: “Never Had to Find Our Way”, “Feelings” and “I Can Only Love You in a Song”.

ANDY ZIPF is a singer songwriter, director of music, artist in residence and producer living in Jacksonville, FL. His grass roots network of listeners has been built upon years of touring the U.S., predominantly focused on the east coast. Zipf’s music has been featured on ABC, MTV, VHI and other TV/film outlets. He has been reviewed in PASTE, American Songwriter, The Washington Post, Popdose, Atwood Magazine, among other publications. Since 2003, Zipf has released nine albums and scored two documentaries. He released his tenth record, “How to Make A Paper Airplane”, on March 11, 2022. Produced by Matt Williams, it features Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant, Alison Krauss), Jennifer Condos (Ray LaMontagne, Joe Henry), Dennis Crouch (Emmylou Harris, John Fogerty) and Tyler Chester (Madison Cunningham, Andrew Bird). 

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Blue Jay Listening Room
2457B 3rd St South
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-4066

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Blue Jay Listening Room

2457 3rd Street South
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
+1 (904) 318-3020

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