Does your look impact your music brand?

Beatles 1964 Amsterdam press conference
The Beatles’ 1964 Amsterdam press conference showed them with their early look, bowl haircuts and suits. (Photo: the late Harry Pot; via Wikipedia)

Indie artists, like those signed to corporate interests, usually develop a look that’s all their own. I’ve found, courtesy of meeting many musicians over the last few years, that men are often just as discerning as women when it comes to how they dress and present themselves on stage.

Does it matter how you look when you go onstage? Does your presentation help your brand?  Continue reading Does your look impact your music brand?

For indie musicians, Christmas songs have long shelf life

Angel ornament by SC artist Valerie G. Lumpkin
Angel ornament by SC artist Valerie G. Lumpkin. (Photo Indie Art South)

Have you written a Christmas song? Maybe you should.  Continue reading For indie musicians, Christmas songs have long shelf life

Depeche Mode capitalizes on Deadheads model

Depeche Mode
Photo from Depeche Mode website; Hollywood, 2017

Depeche Mode isn’t technically an indie band, but the UK group known for its electronic music is a lesson in learning for any band aspiring to break out of the pop culture abyss.

Depeche hasn’t chalked up first place on US charts, but Bloomberg News said the band “is selling more concert tickets than the biggest pop stars in the world.” Step aside, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars.

What’s the secret? Continue reading Depeche Mode capitalizes on Deadheads model

An indie musician who deserves a tribute: Eddie Zomerfeld

 

Left to Right: Robbie Robinson, Eddie Zomerfeld, Skip Davis, Pete Toglio opening for Janis Joplin on Nov. 9, 1969.
Left to Right: Robbie Robinson, Eddie Zomerfeld, Skip Davis, Pete Toglio opening for Janis Joplin on Nov. 9, 1969. (Photo by Larry Clark)

**Please see update at the end of the column.**

My wedding anniversary is approaching again, and naturally, I find myself wondering what happened to some of the people who were so important to me when I was young.

One individual among many deserves a tribute. Eddie Zomerfeld was an indie musician and DJ whose work was well known to many Southern music lovers in the 1970s. I won’t ever forget him because he was right there with us in the chapel at the University of South Carolina when I married my husband.  Continue reading An indie musician who deserves a tribute: Eddie Zomerfeld

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.

Crazy Daysies and Swamp Haven have Daisy and more in common

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.
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
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 Crazy Daysies and Swamp Haven have Daisy and more in common

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

Mary J. Blige concert a bridge across the river ‘Turmoil’

Jen Day ThompsonBy Jennifer Day Thompson

I tend to avoid news sites. I even find myself staying away from social media some days. For a self-employed musician, social connections and engagement are everything. But every time I peruse Facebook or watch a local news broadcast, I’m bombarded with messages of hate and tragedy. I don’t report to an office each day.

My office is across the hall from my daughter’s bedroom. I may spend 3-4 days at home, working on music as I’m able while raising a two-year-old. When the end of the week arrives and our gig schedule kicks in, I venture out to towns in the  Southeast to make new friends and see old ones at our shows.  Continue reading Mary J. Blige concert a bridge across the river ‘Turmoil’

Shovels and Rope’s ‘Botched Execution’ a mind-blowing composition

Snip from Shovels and Rope album cover for 'Little Seeds'.
Snip from Shovels and Rope album cover for ‘Little Seeds’.

My family discovered Shovels and Rope a few years ago, and we’ve been fans ever since. Springing forth from Charleston, SC, this duo brings a uniqueness to music we don’t see a lot these days.

The band is often billed as ‘indie folk’ or ‘Americana’. But what they really are: two who are one of a kind. Continue reading Shovels and Rope’s ‘Botched Execution’ a mind-blowing composition

Bella Donna Project lights up 1904 Music Hall, a gem in downtown Jax

Bella Donna Project
The Bella Donna Project delivered a tribute to Stevie Nicks in a performance worthy of the ‘goddess of rock’.

When the Bella Donna Project took the stage at 1904 Music Hall in downtown Jacksonville on Friday, some things were apparent immediately.  Continue reading Bella Donna Project lights up 1904 Music Hall, a gem in downtown Jax