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Ray Lewis Appreciation Day-December 6th, 2020



Ray Lewis Appreciation Concert

Sunday, December 6 2pm-6pm

Murray Hill Theatre-outdoors for social distancing

932 Edgewood Avenue South, Jacksonville, FL

All-day music is free

Donations will be accepted and given to Ray

Sponsored by The Murray Hill Theatre, Ronan School of Music and VIP Productions.

Please wear a mask, practice safe, social distancing and bring your own chair.

Ray Lewis began his now 40 year career as a music promoter back in 1979 with the first Earth Musicfest at the University of North Florida. The headliner that day was Melanie, not a bad way to start! Since then, Ray has hosted some of the biggest names in American roots music on Jacksonville stages- John Mayall, JJ Cale, John Lee Hooker, Rory Block, David Olney, Doc Watson and Jim Lauderdale just to name a few. Ray’s inspiration has been his dedication to his community and his love of music and the musicians who make it. 

In 2007, along with musician friend, Larry Mangum, Ray created a songwriters’ circle at the European Street Listening Room. The first song circle was a big success, becoming a tradition and an audience favorite for many years. Ray eventually took over the beloved European Street Listening Room concerts in 2008, continuing the series there for the next 5 years. In 2013, Ray moved the series to Mudville Grille in St. Nicholas and began the Mudville Grille Listening Room. Covid and some health issues of his own forced Ray to rethink after all of these years. He decided to retire from Mudville, though he’s not leaving the scene! He may still produce a show from time to time.

Over the decades, Ray has been supportive of the careers of countless musicians here in Jacksonville and around the country. This concert will be a way for some of those musicians to show their gratitude for his dedication. Some of the performers go back with Ray to the early Earth Musicfest days; some are more recent collaborators. They include The Peyton Brothers, Larry Mangum, Matt Soergel, Mike Shackleford and more.

Please join us in celebrating Ray Lewis’ more than 40 years of producing concerts here in Jacksonville. It’s also his birthday, so it’s a double celebration with food trucks to take care of your hungries and live music all day to keep your toes tapping.