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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →