Twenty One Pilots fans go ‘Deadheads’ on us

Some bands, for whatever reasons, attract fans so loyal they go to as many concerts as possible, following the bands from city to city. Most have heard of the Deadheads loyal to The Grateful Dead and its founder the late Jerry Garcia. Twenty One Pilots, the duo arising from an indie band in Columbus (OH), drew their followers to Jacksonville (FL) this week, ahead of the June 14 concert. It’s not the fact the band drew fans here from out of state or country that is intriguing. It’s the fans’ behavior that attracted coverage from local media.

Notes from the road: New restaurant at Fernandina serves real barbecue

I traveled with Rebecca on Tuesday to a private event in Fernandina Beach. A new restaurant was doing a trial run before opening to the public—a ‘soft opening.’ Rebecca contracted to provide music for the evening. Because the restaurant is new, we had no idea what to expect. I came away with positive impressions. The biggest one: Captain Jack’s Smokehouse serves real barbecue.

New ‘Study’ app to pay you to let Facebook track your apps

Buzz is growing about a new app you can opt into permitting Facebook to track some of your phone data. Facebook plans to pay those who participate—if you’re accepted into the ‘Study’ program. After scandals plagued other similar efforts, Facebook appears to be attempting more transparency with this app. Is it right for you though?

Miranda goes punk country, lands homes for her “mutts”

Miranda Lambert is one artist who never ceases to surprise. Lambert just debuted a song I’d say leans to punk country, and she’s celebrating finding homes for her “mutts”—all 61 of them.

CMA Music Fest Artists: Work for attention instead of money

An article about the CMA Music Festival came across my desk, and I was glad to see approximately 300 lesser known artists had the opportunity to perform on “less publicized smaller stages.” The festival is heavily attended, with estimates in the 80,000-100,00 range. Fans pay for tickets. The article at Music LinkUp mentioned something I didn’t know. Artists don’t get paid to perform there.

Mysterious mail offer a no-brainer, but design is curious

Direct mail solicitations have long been a go-to for US businesses, political parties, and others. When you get an offer in the mail, it’s likely that offer is the product of artists, graphic designers, writers, and marketing specialists. We just got the quirkiest direct mail piece ever—so quirky I was hesitant to open it. The offer contained in the letter—that’s one of the key components designed to get you to act on the offer—is a complete no-brainer. The whole package is quite mysterious.

FBI comes clean about Big Foot after 42 years

Big Foot, also known as Sasquatch, has been the subject of an FBI “investigation”—sort of. So many claims have been made about this ape-like creature who allegedly roams not only the dreams of imaginative children but also the wilderness in the northwestern area of the United States. Big Foot never quite caught my imagination, but he certainly has drawn attention from bloggers, indie documentary makers, and dedicated sleuths like Peter C. Byrne. It was a letter from Mr. Byrne that sparked a closer look at Bigfoot from the FBI, and the federal law enforcement agency delivered hard results the government

D-Day art and letters—“Into the Jaws of Death”, hero weathermen, poets

If you’re a baby boomer, you know what D-Day was and what it stands for. If you’re younger, probably not so much. The tragic dearth of history, both global and domestic, in US classrooms has led to broad ignorance on more topics than I can count. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 men were carried across the English Channel to begin wresting France from the hands of the National Socialist German Workers Party, more popularly known as the “Nazis.” Mother Nature had actually delayed the crossing by a day. Thousands of Allied troops died; thousands of Nazis died.

HBO series Chernobyl: What’s fact, what’s fiction?

If you lived through the 1980s as an adult in the United States, you heard about the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine (then in the USSR), the worst such acknowledged disaster of its kind at the time. Ronald Reagan was president of the US; Mikhail Gorbachev was general secretary of the ruling communist party. Despite widespread analyses, investigations, and reports, there is still an element of distrust about the impacts of the explosion and fires that blew a small part of the reactor core into the atmosphere. The HBO series is riveting so far—I’ve watched four of the episodes.

Coming to Jax? Shop local arts and farmers’ markets

The image of the guitar on my piano is the photo I use for the Indie Art South Facebook page. I found the guitar at Jacksonville’s Riverside Arts Market one Saturday a couple years ago. My daughters were doing music there, and I had a great time looking at many different works of arts and crafts. Jacksonville is such a big city in terms of land area, it’d be hard to come up with a comprehensive list of all the local arts markets. I’ve settled for pointing out a few I’m familiar with.

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