JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Local Station has teamed up with iHeartRadio and 97.9 KISS FM to bring three of the hottest up-and-coming music artists to Jacksonville for a big July 4th celebration. News4Jax anchors Kent Justice and Mary Baer will host the special hour-long broadcast of Red White and Boom!, which ends with a 15-minute fireworks display over the St. Johns River downtown.
Nine-year-old singing sensation, Amara Powell, the winner of Channel 4’s ‘Oh Say Can You Sing’ voice competition, will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner" just before the firework display.
Other performances include Christian Paul, a Jacksonville-based artist whose breakthrough single Strong has reached the Mediabase pop panel’s Top 50. Australian singer and songwriter Dean Lewis will also entertain the crowds at River City Brewing Company the night of July 4. Lewis’ song Be Alright has garnered more than 500 million listens on the popular music streaming service Spotify. Headlining the big Independence Day is Ally Brooke. Her top hit Low Key made its way into the Billboard Mainstream Top 25.
The show is free and all ages are welcome, but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Wristbands will be passed out at 7 p.m. to get access to the outside deck stage at River City Brewing Company.
Listen to 97.9 weekdays at 7:35 a.m., 12:35 p.m., 4:35 p.m., and 8:35 p.m. for your chance to win special VIP tickets and access to meet the bands. No VIP wristbands will be given out at the show. They must be won and picked up in advance.
Doors open at 7 p.m. with performances beginning at 8 p.m. The live TV broadcast begins at 9 p.m. The City of Jacksonville will start its fireworks show at 9:45 p.m. "The Local Station always looks forward to hosting such a special event to celebrate not only our nation, but the Jacksonville community," said WJXT General Manager and Vice President Bob Ellis.