Indie artists, take note: Florida and Michigan top states for identity theft

The Sunshine State is tops when it comes to identity theft.
The Sunshine State is tops when it comes to identity theft.

If you perform frequently at public venues, it stands to reason a lot of people know your name. If you haven’t taken steps to secure your identity, and your data, it’s time you did.  Continue reading Indie artists, take note: Florida and Michigan top states for identity theft

Boutique Wine Bar in Palm Coast gets a discreet makeover

The Crazy Daysies performed for Hammock Wine and Cheese's new banner reveal celebration. (L to R) Rebecca Day, Jennifer Day Thompson. (Photo used with permission)
The Crazy Daysies performed for Hammock Wine and Cheese’s new banner reveal celebration. (L to R) Rebecca Day, Jennifer Day Thompson. (Photo used with permission)

Many musicians in Florida are acquainted with The Original Hammock Wine and Cheese bar in Palm Coast (FL). This boutique bar features indie musicians on a regular basis, and has done so for quite some time. Why do I call it a ’boutique bar’?  Continue reading Boutique Wine Bar in Palm Coast gets a discreet makeover

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 Indie artists in Florida may celebrate results of Yelp study

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’

Eclipse 2017 didn’t quite go as planned here

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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 Eclipse 2017 didn’t quite go as planned here

Add Island Hopper Fest, songwriter contest to list of great Florida music events

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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 Add Island Hopper Fest, songwriter contest to list of great Florida music events

Key West Songwriters Festival to feature more than 200 performers

Key West Songwriters Festival
Snip/Key West Songwriters Festival

The Key West Songwriters Festival will feature more than 200 performers and untold numbers of music fans who will converge on the island May 9-13, 2018.

The performers are selected by organizations like BMI, so there’s a selection process that may take some time.  Continue reading Key West Songwriters Festival to feature more than 200 performers

Band Mom: What is it about 295 and Fridays?

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Shutdown on 295 last Friday, July 21. (IAS photo)

I don’t know what it is about 295 and Friday afternoons, but it seems every time the Daysies have an out of town gig on Friday, there’s a traffic meltdown. Those meltdowns lead to drivers doing some crazy things.

Last Friday was no exception. Continue reading Band Mom: What is it about 295 and Fridays?

Second Sundays got a rain reprieve in Springfield

crowd Second Sundays in Springfield
People began to take a listening spot as Second Sundays in Springfield got underway.

On Sunday, Rebecca was scheduled to open for Cain’t Never Could as part of festivities for Second Sundays in Springfield. We planned to go, but by late morning, our Mandarin community south of Jax was getting heavy showers and a light show. For a couple hours, it looked like the event at Klutho Park located north of Jacksonville wouldn’t be possible.

By 2 p.m., a reprieve was in progress courtesy of Mother Nature, and the event was a go-ahead. There was a bonus, too.  Continue reading Second Sundays got a rain reprieve in Springfield

Why does summer seem to go more quickly after July 4?

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The moon made a nice focal point above the fireworks in my neighborhood.

From the time I was a kid, July 4 was a special holiday. I loved the fireworks, neighborhood cookouts, and family time. I still do. But July 4 represents something else to me.  Continue reading Why does summer seem to go more quickly after July 4?