PHOTO: Ray Charles accepting an award from Quincy Jones.
Ray Charles developed his genius musicianship during his time in St. Augustine attending the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind from 1937-1945.
St. Augustine has more retired jazz musicians here than anywhere else in the Southeast. St. Augustine was the home of folk singer Gamble Rogers, for whom an annual folk festival, school and state park are named.
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre attracts well-known acts.
The City of St. Augustine has a free concert Thursdays at 5 PM in the Plaza (plazaconcerts.com) and the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association has a free concert Wednesdays, at 6 PM, May through September, at the St. Johns County Pier Park (theWednesdayConcert.com).