Category Archives: Events

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

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

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

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

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

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