Jacksonville musician Oleta Riggs sang tunes at a special event at Winn-Dixie in Mandarin on Thursday. (Photo: Indie Art South)
The Winn-Dixie in Mandarin had special events all around on Thursday. Mr. Peanut came to visit, arriving in the Peanut-Mobile. A vendor was cooking sausages, handing them out free to customers (bun included).
As all this commenced outside on the breezeway, Jacksonville musician Oleta Riggs played tunes inside the store. All this created a very nice holiday spirit for shoppers.
Oleta is active in Jacksonville’s music community, playing at Open Mics and at restaurants like Tijuana Flats and special events like the Christmas Festival.
Hat tip to Winn-Dixie for providing opportunities for indie Florida musicians, and for adding those special touches to the busy holiday shopping season. Hat tip to Oleta for some lovely tunes.
The Crazy Daysies loved meeting Mr. Peanut. Shown in front of the Peanutmobile: (L to R) Rebecca Day, Mr. Peanut, Jennifer Day Thompson, and baby Kayla. (Photo: Indie Art South)
Sometimes, girls just gotta’ have fun, as the song goes. So when the Crazy Daysies learned Mr. Peanut (and his ride) would be at the Winn-Dixie in Mandarin on Thursday, they headed over. Baby Kayla didn’t quite know what to think, but she ended up getting ice cream afterwards, so all was well. Kayla did say hello to him, but as for Mr. Peanut, mum’s the word. 🙂
Photo of stage at Cream of the Crop/Thomasville, GA. (Indie Art South)
Jen Day Thompson
Independent musicians earning weekly paychecks playing in bars know their fair share of cover songs. More and more, indie artists are learning about the revenue opportunities for original music through streaming services like Spotify.
Original music can take a musician’s business and brand to the next level. It’s not always easy to translate the creative musings in our minds to lyrics and melody, but here are three ways to start improving your songwriting right now. Continue reading →
Production on the film I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday has officially wrapped, with editing and post-production work still ahead.
Those of us who eagerly await the premiere will get to see the film in 2018.
As North Florida filmmakers do their best to get their works to market, a distant city is gaining attention for coalescing the community around an industry that will only grow as technology makes filmmaking more accessible and indie artists gain ground.
That distant city’s climate and population are very different than Jacksonville, Florida’s.
Rosie eyed a muffin on the table while the Crazy Daysies met with Swamp Haven, but Rosie was too well mannered to grab for it.
Jen Day Thompson
As The Crazy Daysies set out on our next venture to help Swamp Haven, a non-profit animal rescue based in St. Augustine (FL), we couldn’t help but realize how some relationships develop by circumstance while others seem destined.
During a get-to-know each other meeting, we found coincidences about Swamp Haven and the Daysies we couldn’t dismiss. Continue reading →
(Left to Right) Rebecca Day, Lindsey Kelley (Swamp Haven) with rescue Rosie, Jennifer Day Thompson, and daughter Kayla. The Crazy Daysies have adopted Swamp Haven as their primary charity. (Photo: Indie Art South)
Anyone who has heard my daughters perform knows how much they love animals. Both of them adopted dogs who won the doggie lottery the day they went home with Jen and Rebecca. Now the Daysies are adopting the rescuers. Continue reading →
As the CMA Awards show commenced, media focused attention on Sturgill Simpson’s protest broadcast via Facebook Live. (Snip/Facebook)
[This article has been updated below.]
Sturgill Simpson has been on my radar for quite some time, and I noted his protest of the Country Music Association’s Awards show last Tuesday, November 7. I didn’t get to watch the live show he did on Facebook, outside the arena where the CMA Awards were taking place.
So imagine my surprise when I tried to watch the live video today. I couldn’t find it.
As an independent artist, new material is what breathes life into your business. Whether you’re a visual artist, musician or writer, keeping your audience engaged by creating content is possibly the most important rule of success.
Maybe it’s the chaos of day to day life that hampers your creativity, or maybe the pressure to make something beautiful is limiting your efforts. Writers’ block doesn’t just happen to writers, and most artists have encountered some form of it.
As an independent musician taking care of a family and home while trying to contribute to our brand and business, I sometimes find myself at a loss for words. When my mind is focused day in and day out on keeping a toddler on a schedule, keeping applesauce and markers off of walls and having dinner on the table by 7 PM, there is little space left for my thoughts to wander to creative places.
Here are five ways I get back on track and get inspired. I hope they help you find your spark! Continue reading →