Record store owners launching outdoor music


Lollapalooza, move over; Jacksonville is entering the outdoor music festival scene.

There might not be the 400,000 sweaty music lovers like Grant Park in Chicago draws over four days in August, but that is fine with Jacksonville record store owners Devin and Heather Smock.

Since opening Pizza Records in October, they have hosted monthly performances by local musicians at the store in Gillham House, 326 W. State St.

Now they are putting together a half-day of food and music Saturday.

The name? Pizzapolooza, of course.

Things will begin with Sean Taylor performing at 4 p.m. Surface will take the stage at 5:30 p.m., followed by Robinia Groove at 7 p.m. Shows will be in the store’s parking lot. Food vendors including Coatney’s BBQ and That’s My Jam. will be on hand and Gillham House will be open for shoppers.

The owners hope this is the start of something big.

“We are starting out somewhat small this year, but plan to grow it each year,” they said. “Eventually, this will be an all-day event.”

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