Indie artists put Nashville on music map; can you do that for your city?

Fisk Jubilee Singers circa 1870s. Photo from Tennessee State Library File via Wikipedia.

Fisk Jubilee Singers circa 1870s. Photo from Tennessee State Library File via Wikipedia.

Can an indie artist put his or her community on the music map? Consider Nashville.

Without music arising organically in response to needs of a community, Nashville wouldn’t be “Music City.”  Continue reading

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

Final touches done, Crazy Daysies set to celebrate album release

Rebecca Day Jennifer Day Thompson The Crazy Daysies

Rebecca Day (left) and Jennifer Day Thompson will celebrate the release of their first album CD at Ragtime Tavern on Nov. 4. (Photo: The Crazy Daysies)

I decided doing an album release party is sort of like planning a wedding, complete with last minute surprises and worries about getting everything done.  Continue reading

Are email providers jinxing your marketing?

sample email snip

Sample snip from my email ‘Promotions’ file.

Do you use email to connect with your supporters?

If you do, there’s a lesson in store.

I learned this the hard way.

Techies are always coming up with bright ideas, and in my opinion, they often fail to foresee the consequences.

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Crazy Daysies to feature photo exhibit at release party

Sunrise at the Beach by Joel Molotzak, one of the prints featuring in Joel's exhibit at the Crazy Daysies' album release party Nov. 4.

Sunrise at the Beach by Joel Molotzak, one of the prints featuring in Joel’s exhibit at the Crazy Daysies’ album release party Nov. 4.

With the Crazy Daysies’ album release party days away, I was thrilled to (finally) receive prints of photographs by Joel Molotzak.

Part of the tension involved in planning an event is caused by fears that all the materials you need and ordered won’t arrive on time.  Continue reading

Florida Filmmaker capitalizes on real life for reel life in psycho thriller

On the set of the film 'I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday'; used with permission.

On the set of the film ‘I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday’; used with permission.

If you’re a filmmaker about to wrap a project, and a real life event perfect for your shoot drops in your lap, what’s not to like? That’s what happened with Durden Godfrey’s latest work, ‘I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday.’  Continue reading

How we saved money when ordering promo merchandise

Crazy Daysies coffee cup

The Crazy Daysies have new merch like this coffee cup.

In the last month, we knew we had to replace merchandise because inventories were getting low.

I had no idea how time-consuming this would prove to be. I had no idea how hard it would be to find a company with prices that didn’t require us to buy hundreds of pieces of an item in order to get a good wholesale price. You can only charge so much when you resell a  t-shirt, right?

I learned something from Rebecca as we navigated our way through websites and catalogs.  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

Indie artists in Florida may celebrate results of Yelp study

Jax Seawalk Pavilion

Festivals and special events in Jacksonville and other Florida cities are a blessing to indie artists. (Seawalk Pavilion opener/Day on the Day)

If you’ve ever looked for reviews of businesses, chances are you’ve come across Yelp, a website enabling the public to post reviews. It’s a popular site, and naturally a great deal of data can be mined from those reviews.

That’s probably one reason Yelp now publishes a report titled “Yelp Economic Outlook.” Results of this year’s report may lead indie artists to celebrate if they live in the Sunshine State.  Continue reading

Alachua County Fair brought music, science, magic, and more

The Crazy Daysies, Rebecca Day (left) and Jennifer Day Thompson entertained guests at the Alachua County Fair on Sunday. (Indie Art South photo)

The Crazy Daysies, Rebecca Day (left) and Jennifer Day Thompson entertained guests at the Alachua County Fair on Sunday. (Indie Art South photo)

Alachua County Fair/Indie Art South photo

Alachua County Fair/Indie Art South photo

 

On Sunday I visited the Alachua County Fair as part of my ‘Band Mom’ duties and as part of my mission to cover events on the indie art scene in the South. I’ll admit up front I love a county fair—I grew up in a small town where the fair was the annual event just about everyone went to.

The Crazy Daysies did some late afternoon music, and naturally I enjoyed listening. I also found time to go throw a few darts (my favorite carnival game), grab a corndog (only at the fair), and talk to some of the locals.

As I strolled around, I realized what a difference it makes when you visit communities in person.

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