Great Valentine gift: Jax short film festival

Jax short film showcase
Image: Jacksonville Short Film Showcase/YouTube channel

Forget a box of chocolates or bouquet of roses. I can’t think of a better valentine than tickets to the Jacksonville Short Film Festival. The Festival comes just in time for pre-Valentine’s Day celebrations.  Continue reading Great Valentine gift: Jax short film festival

Boutique Wine Bar in Palm Coast gets a discreet makeover

The Crazy Daysies performed for Hammock Wine and Cheese's new banner reveal celebration. (L to R) Rebecca Day, Jennifer Day Thompson. (Photo used with permission)
The Crazy Daysies performed for Hammock Wine and Cheese’s new banner reveal celebration. (L to R) Rebecca Day, Jennifer Day Thompson. (Photo used with permission)

Many musicians in Florida are acquainted with The Original Hammock Wine and Cheese bar in Palm Coast (FL). This boutique bar features indie musicians on a regular basis, and has done so for quite some time. Why do I call it a ’boutique bar’?  Continue reading Boutique Wine Bar in Palm Coast gets a discreet makeover

Jax musician enhances holiday spirit at Winn-Dixie

Jacksonville musician Oleta Riggs
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.

On the night of a full moon, the Crazy Daysies celebrated ‘Mile Markers’

Rebecca Day (left) and Jennifer Day Thompson (right) performed a mini-set at Ragtime Tavern to celebrate the release of 'Mile Markers'.
Rebecca Day (left) and Jennifer Day Thompson (right) performed a mini-set at Ragtime Tavern to celebrate the release of ‘Mile Markers’.

On Saturday, the full moon was amazing as the Crazy Daysies wound down their celebration of the release of their album Mile Markers. Jennifer Day Thompson and Rebecca Day had a great time socializing with longtime and new supporters at Ragtime Tavern at Atlantic Beach (FL).  Continue reading On the night of a full moon, the Crazy Daysies celebrated ‘Mile Markers’

Whale of a festival on behalf of endangered Right Whales

Right Whale Festival poster
Official poster for 2017 Right Whale Festival

There’s a whale of a festival scheduled for Sunday at Jacksonville Beach, and it’s dedicated to protecting the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale.

I first learned about these majestic creatures from the regional publisher who brought out two of my books. He also published a book about these whales, and he was very dedicated to their cause.

When we say this whale is endangered, what does that mean in terms of numbers?  Continue reading Whale of a festival on behalf of endangered Right Whales

Big music lineup for Jax Bar-B-Que Fest at The Landing

Jason Evans Band
The Jason Evans Band rocked the crowd at Wee Pub South’s 5th Anniversary Celebration in St. Mary’s, GA.

Barbecue lovers will head to Jacksonville Landing Nov. 3-5 and they’ll be getting far more than a great meal. Eight bands, a number of them with professional experience, will perform during the three day event.

A contest, drink specials, and activities for children will be part of the offerings, and a charity for veterans will benefit from festival support.

I haven’t heard all the bands who will perform, but I have heard some of them.  Continue reading Big music lineup for Jax Bar-B-Que Fest at The Landing

Crazy Daysies set for album release, a swampy-tonk DIY

Crazy Daysies coffee cup
The Crazy Daysies have new merch like this coffee cup.

When you’re an indie band, you are where the buck starts and stops. When you decide to do a full album, it sounds so simple.

Write the songs and get them recorded, right?

If it was only that simple.  Continue reading Crazy Daysies set for album release, a swampy-tonk DIY

America’s poet does it again: Mindblown2 variety show announced

Odd Rod Mindblown2
Florida poet Odd Rod Borisade has announced Mindblown 2.

Odd Rod Borisade deserves the moniker ‘America’s Poet’ for many reasons. An astounding talent for presenting well-crafted poetry in spoken word has landed Rod on stages across the United States. Borisade also has a talent for putting a great event together. After last year’s success with ‘Mindblown’, Borisade is again bringing a variety-style show to Jacksonville.

Borisade’s lineup for Mindblown2 includes poetry, musical renderings in soul-pop-rock, and magic.   Continue reading America’s poet does it again: Mindblown2 variety show announced

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 For indie artists, the Emmy Awards herald opportunity

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 What will Irma do to you?