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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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’