A CLOSER LOOK – Shenandoah 30th Anniversary Tour

Some of the most interesting details of a stage production can sometimes only be seen by the people on stage. Here at the Thrasher-Horne, we try our best to give you an inside look at all aspects of our performances. We want you to see all angles of your favorite shows and artists… more than just the view from your seat. If we can get access to it, so should you! It’s with this mentality that we bring you a new regular feature on the blog – A CLOSER LOOK. This will be our opportunity to take you into the spotlights, through the stage door, and into every nook and cranny backstage to show you how your night of entertainment comes to be – from load-in to load-out.

Shenandoah took the stage at the Thrasher-Horne on November 3rd, 2017, a homecoming of sorts for led singer Marty Raybon as well as a stunning retrospective throughout the history and music that makes up their phenomenal career. Check out some close-up shots from the performance below. If you were in the audience, you’ll agree – this was Shenandoah at the top of their game, relishing decade after decade of memories and chart topping hits!


For more information or to purchase tickets to our upcoming shows, visit our website at THcenter.org.

Bill Engvall Makes His Triumphant Return To The Thrasher-Horne Main Stage!

After a near-sold out engagement last October, it is clear that Northeast Florida is Engvall Country! As a thank you to all his diehard Florida fans, we have booked Bill for a return engagement this Fall on our Main Stage!

Don’t miss this comedy legend as he returns with a whole new show to the Thrasher-Horne Center. Bill Engvall: Here’s Your Sign will perform on Saturday, October 14 at 8 PM.  Tickets are available now at THcenter.org or by calling (904) 276-6815.  Prices range from $49 to $129.


Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. Most recently, Bill was a contestant on season 17 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and as a fan favorite, he made it to the finals. Earlier this year, Bill lent his voice to the animated comedy series Bounty Hunters, which aired on CMT. He previously starred in, and executive produced, the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy tour and concert films, which sold over nine million units and received a Grammy nomination. He also starred on the WB’s hit sketch comedy show Blue Collar TV and in several solo specials for Comedy Central. In 2012 he reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the Them Idiots Whirled Tour, which aired as a special on CMT.


Bill’s first album, Here’s Your Sign, is certified platinum and held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. His second album, Dorkfish, also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Comedy Chart, as did his subsequent comedy albums. Bill has written several books, including his 2007 autobiography Bill Engvall –Just A Guy.


A native of Galveston, Texas, Bill moved to Dallas and worked as a disc jockey with plans of becoming a teacher.  While in a nightclub one evening, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy and found that making people laugh was truly his forte.  Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles and went on to star in the Showtime special, A Pair of Joker’s, hosted A&E’s Evening at the Improv and appeared on The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman. In 1992, Bill won the American Comedy Award for “Best Male Stand-up Comedian.” He appeared in several episodes of Designing Women and co-starred in Delta and The Jeff Foxworthy Show. Bill resides in Southern California with his family.


The Thrasher-Horne Center is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.

SEEN AT THE SCENE – So You Think You Can Dance

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. It was a whirlwind of motion (onstage and off) as dancers flooded our center earlier this month for the 14th Season tour of Fox’s smash hit show So You Think You Can Dance! The ten season finalists (along with two All-Star coaches) exploded onto the stage with a full evening of dance, complete with show-stopping routines from the competition and audience favorites. It was a phenomenal show performed with passion for a phenomenal crowd. Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at THcenter.org and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!


SEEN AT THE SCENE – Shenandoah 30th Anniversary Tour

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Classic country crooner Marty Raybon staged a homecoming of sorts as he returned to the region where he attended high school to present a full evening’s worth of hits on Shenandoah’s 30th Anniversary Tour. Our audience came in droves to witness this hometown hero and sang along energetically to almost every song. The energy in the room couldn’t have been more electric, and Marty was so touched that he spent an hour after the show greeting fans and taking photos in the lobby. Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at THcenter.org and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!


SEEN AT THE SCENE – 2017 Thrasher-Horne Celebration

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Earlier this month, we kicked off our new season and our new brand with a lavish Celebration that brought friends and fans on an exclusive tour of the building (including all those secret backstage areas) and provided them with an insiders view of how a $22 million Arts Center operates. The tour included giveaways, live performances, food, and drinks as it snaked its way through almost every nook and cranny of our almost 85,000 square foot building.  It was definitely an experience that our guests won’t soon forget! Pick up tickets today for our upcoming shows at THcenter.org and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!



Imagine If Hendrix Played Violin…


Femmes leader, Nina DiGregorio

The Thrasher-Horne Main Stage is set to be rocked on December 1st by the raw power of one of the biggest and most accomplished electric violin acts in the nation: Femmes Of Rock. Led by rock violinist and arranger Nina DiGregorio, Femmes has thrilled audiences worldwide with their blistering solos, unique arrangements, beauty, and charm. Femmes Of Rock is just one of several shows presented by Bella Electric Strings, a group of approximately 30 talented musicians based in several US cities who tour as electronic string quartets in a variety of different productions. Similar to theater’s Blue Man Group and Irish dance’s Lord of the Dance, Bella has multiple themed shows crisscrossing the country, and their roster includes the best of the best in the world of electric violin. These girls have performed with some of the biggest names in the business, including Beyoncé, Rod Stewart, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Stevie Wonder, The Killers, Michael McDonald, Andrea Bocelli, Earth, Wind & Fire, Pitbull, America’s Got Talent Season 1, and many, many more. Currently based in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Orlando, the group will soon make its way to New York City, with plans to expand internationally to Europe and Asia within the next few years.

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Featuring the music of AC/DC, ELO, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Metallica, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and more, the Femmes Of Rock show takes Bella Strings to a whole new level. All-new arrangements, original material, a live rock band, video, lights, choreography, comedy, and more can be expected in this high-energy show that leaves audiences awed. The only one of its kind, there are no other similar string acts operating at this level of production. Be prepared for something that you have not yet seen the likes of. The girls keep a busy touring schedule and are one of the most sought-after “hard rock” violin acts in the world.

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Tickets for Femmes Of Rock start at $39.00 and are available now through the Thrasher-Horne Center Box Office, by phone at (904) 276-6815 or online at THcenter.org.

The Road To Wedded Bliss – Part Nine

Here at the Thrasher-Horne Center, weddings are second nature. Our massively accommodating Events Center has played host to hundreds of perfect weddings for couples all over the region. As a result, we’ve encountered numerous bridal checklists – all of which provided varying degrees of personal success for the new bride. After witnessing the best and the worst, we’ve assembled the following as your ultimate go-to list, which we’ll be doling out in monthly installments to keep you on schedule until your big day.


YOU’VE MADE IT! The month of your wedding, and the end of our Road To Wedded Bliss blog series. There are just a few more minor details to iron out before you head down that aisle. If for any reason you need to revisit our prior checklists, we have them available via these handy links (one, two, three, four, five, sixseven, & eight). If not, we shall continue forward with Part Nine of our yearlong wedding planning guide. Below, you’ll find the last steps on the path to a perfectly smooth blissful wedding.


Staying organized will keep you on track while you try to make your wedding memorable, awesome and creative. The items on our monthly checklists are your perfectly portioned must-do’s to make this spectacular event come together in a way that only we know how.



Excitement is in the air!

You’ve done everything right and you are good to go. There are just a few last minute items and frankly, you can delegate some of the smaller tasks to people who want to help.

  • Get spa treatments for you and the bridal party. They will appreciate it as much as you.
  • Give readers their scripts. They may want to practice.
  • Finalize payments to vendors. Keeping them happy is essential.
  • Pick up your dress or have it delivered. Try it on so you know it’s perfect!
  • Give directions to transportation drivers.
  • Break in your shoes again. Make sure you can dance the night away.
  • Enjoy the rehearsal dinner and then try to get some rest.

Enjoy your moment

This is a joyful occasion you will remember for a lifetime. Relax, smile and enjoy every amazing moment.  Remember to keep you and your bridal party fed and hydrated so you have energy and gorgeous smiles!



white-table-setupThe Ideal Setting for your Wedding Day… The Thrasher-Horne Center, one venue which has it all!

Many stunning weddings have already been held at the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center! Nestled on the scenic St. Johns River State College campus in Orange Park, this venue provides the perfect atmosphere for your wedding and/or reception, with ample free guest parking, flexible catering choices with a full staging kitchen, and an accessible location right in the heart of Clay County. Comprised of six suites that can provide space in whatever design you envision, such as the Grand Banquet Room with comfortable space for up to 240 guests including enough room for dancing. Additionally, our other banquet or theatre spaces are the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony, combining both of your venue needs into one!

Call 904-276-6815 or visit  http://weddingsjacksonvillefl.com to schedule an appointment with a Thrasher-Horne Center Wedding Specialist today!