Arena Too Small For Lindsey (Florida)
Florida Times Union
BYLINE: CAREN BURMEISTER and DREW DIXON
First it was moving, then it wasn't. Then it was moving again. But now it isn't. Freebird Live is staying in downtown Jacksonville Beach.
Plans to move Freebird to Atlantic Beach recently fell through when its owner was told that the music club wasn't the right fit for the Atlantic Theatres, which features comedy acts and film screenings.
"We're not moving to Atlantic Beach," said Judy Van Zant-Jenness. "We are staying where we are."
Van Zant-Jenness and her daughter own the building at 200 First St. N. They plan to renovate the club and enlarge the 18-by-20-foot stage to continue attracting high-caliber bands.
Freebird opened in 1999 and draws a wide range of acts from Ziggy Marley to Slightly Stoopid and Willie Nelson.
While size isn't everything, Van Zant-Jenness said Freebird Live was disappointed when the Lindsey Buckingham Band, named for the Fleetwood Mac guitarist and singer, declined to play there because the stage was too small. A few other rock bands said no for the same reason, she said.
Freebird's renovation will focus on rearranging the interior to build a 22-by-35-foot stage, "which is big enough for anybody," she said.
"We realize what we have to do to attract these artists ... to be one of the country's premier music venues."
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