Category Archives: Events

For indie artists, the Emmy Awards herald opportunity

Mt. St. Helens erupted

Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980. Feelings in the country now are similar to political upheavals then.

Did you watch the Emmy Awards? I didn’t, but I read a lot of post-show coverage, enough to learn the show billed as entertainment was extremely political.

Regardless of your political leanings, the awards show indicates an abundance of opportunity in store for indie artists. Nothing illustrates my conclusion better than the symbolism of three ageing stars who appeared together on stage for the first time in many years.  Continue reading

What will Irma do to you?

Hurricane Irma cone

Early morning cone for Hurricane Irma Sept. 6, 2017. (Image: National Hurricane Center)

Those of us in Florida, as well as the Carolinas and Georgia, have our eyes on Hurricane Irma right now. If you’re an indie musician with gigs scheduled for the weekend, I imagine you’re fretting over what this massive storm will decide to do to your home and your wallet. Continue reading

Eclipse 2017 didn’t quite go as planned here

eclipse NASA Danielson

NASA eclipse image by Arne Danielson

Yesterday, at 1:34 p.m. here in the southeastern sector of Jacksonville, I got to see something remarkable. The sun was directly overhead. As I viewed it through my special glasses, that big orange orb looked like a mouse had nibbled at the upper right quadrant. By 1:49, the bite got bigger. Then things went south.  Continue reading

Add Island Hopper Fest, songwriter contest to list of great Florida music events

Island Hopper Fest image

Island Hopper Fest image from Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel (video snip)

Florida is one of the nation’s largest states and we’re a popular tourist destination, so it’s no surprise we have a lot of music going on. Add Island Hopper Fest to the mix of great music events in the Sunshine State.

This is only the fourth year for the festival, but it looks like it will have a long shelf life. Performers will be featured at venues including Captiva Island, Downtown Fort Myers, and Fort Myers Beach September 22-October 1.

There’s a contest for aspiring songwriter-performers who can vie for a chance to perform.  Continue reading

Key West Songwriters Festival to feature more than 200 performers

Key West Songwriters Festival

Snip/Key West Songwriters Festival

The Key West Songwriters Festival will feature more than 200 performers and untold numbers of music fans who will converge on the island May 9-13, 2018.

The performers are selected by organizations like BMI, so there’s a selection process that may take some time.  Continue reading

Indie Art South: First ever concert ticket contest

Bella Donna Project Stevie Nicks

Bella Donna Project brings a musical tribute to Stevie Nicks to Jacksonville on Sept. 1.


After talking to some people over the weekend, I am adding another option for entering the contest.

Note changes to the article below. I added this option because some people were concerned about using their real names on a public forum. So now there are two easy ways to enter to win two tickets to the Bella Donna Project tribute concert to Stevie Nix.

Indie Art South is still very new, so to get some additional friendships going, we decided to host a ticket giveaway.   Continue reading

CD Baby conference has plenty in store for indie musicians

2017 conference notice CD Baby

Snip/Conference notice from CD Baby (via

CD Baby hosts the company’s third annual conference August 25-27 in Nashville. There’s plenty in store for indie musicians hoping to increase their earnings from music. Are you getting all the revenue you can?  Continue reading

Summer treat: Northeast Florida Conservatory serves up “not your granny’s” Oz

poster Hamlin's Wizard of Oz 1903

According to the US Library of Congress, this poster was produced in 1903 for Fred R. Hamlin’s musical extravaganza, The Wizard of Oz.

In my email I received a note from a fellow who normally does accounting, but has another interest too. My tax guy wrote to let me know he’ll appear in an upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz.

The show is being produced by the Northeast Florida Conservatory, a nonprofit arts group in Jacksonville.  Continue reading

Update: Eclipse-mania sweeps US with ‘cosmic cocktails’ and sold-out hotels

Photo credit Romeo Durscher (NASA Images)

Photo credit Romeo Durscher (NASA Images)

I wrote a previous column about all the fanfare related to the upcoming August 21 total solar eclipse. Now it seems everywhere I look on social media, people are talking about this eclipse.  Continue reading

Indie artist Jamey Johnson has dustup at HOB, but fans support him after show canceled

Jamey Johnson at Grand Ole Opry

Johnson performed at the Grand Ole Opry on his birthday. (Snip: Jamey Johnson on Facebook)

Country music front man Jamey Johnson and his band got into a dustup at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC, causing his performance there to be canceled. Fans were angry, the House of Blues was fuzzy on details, and media spread a few allegations that turned out to be untrue.  Continue reading