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Jimmy Beats PLay Sounds on Centre

Aug 26, 2015 02:00AM
Sounds on Centre is a free event, fun for the entire family. Concerts are on first Fridays from April through October, excluding May to enjoy the Shrimp Festival. Sounds on Centre is located at the intersection of Second Street and Centre Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach Florida. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m.

On September 4, enjoy the music of Jimmy Beats, featuring Reggae and Caribbean soulful sounds. Beats was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and grew up in Orlando, Florida. He began playing guitar at the age of 13. Since most of his friends played musical instruments, it was only natural that they formed a garage band. By the time they reached high school they played parties, skating rinks and dance clubs. The friends learned a lot during those formative years, but eventually life happened. The band broke up and though they still remain close friends, they all went their separate ways.

Some went on to play with the chart topping music groups that exploded out of the Orlando area in the late 90’s, while others became very successful producers. launched in 2004 successfully producing Dancehall, Reggae and Hip Hop music for a lengthy period of time. The majority of Beats’ catalog is licensed to MTV Networks with placements on shows such as Punk’D, Making the Video, Making The Movie, Britney Spears Road to Miami, as well as other special programming.

Beats plays guitar, keyboards and bass as well as producing and engineering. Though now he has stepped out from behind the console, to perform live and pursue his long time passion to record his debut album. He has been quoted in the press as stating, “Over the years, many musicians have influenced me, none so much as the legendary Bob Marley. His music not only transcends racial, socio-economic and geographical boundaries, but also draws you down a path that enlightens the soul.”

Sounds on Centre T-shirts will be available for purchase. Raffle drawings will be held throughout the event with prizes donated by local community businesses and retailers. All proceeds go to advertising efforts of the organization.