Florida weekend: Live music all around the Sunshine State

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Florida is known for sunshine, but it should also be known for music. On any given day or night, you can find live music in every nook and cranny in the nation’s third largest state. Coming up on the last weekend in June are many live performances spanning all types of music. Heading to Ft. Lauderdale? Like pop?

Scenic Amelia Island (Photo: Indie Art South)
Scenic Amelia Island (Photo: Indie Art South)

In South Florida, Alex di Leo does his own style of electro-pop tunes at Beach Hub in Ft. Lauderdale on Friday, June 28, from 6-9 p.m. A bio on di Leo’s website has lots of information, including info about his touring and recording.

Weekend Broward provides a list of live music shows at a variety of venues.

In Central Florida, on Friday, Lonesome City Travelers posted a message on their Facebook page about “one last party as Lonesome City Travelers.” Reunion show starts at Sandbar in Orlando at 7 p.m. and also features Royal Graves, Andy Matchett, and Shae Pinaud. More details are on the Facebook Events Page.

Swinging across the state to the West coast of Florida, you’ll find music to suit any ear. Siesta Key Oyster Bar features their regular bands on the restaurant’s website.  Visit Florida has a West coast list of live music venues in areas like Sarasota and Bradenton.

North Florida is my neck of the woods, and I think our music community is the best kept secret our area has. Fernandina Beach is a hot spot for great sounds, and nearby Yulee is as well. A special event tonight that sounds like fun will be held at The Emerald Goat, an Irish Pub in Yulee. The Goat is having an 80s party, and if you dress 80s style, you can get a free shot. Rebecca played with Wes at this bar on Wednesday night, and the patrons most definitely like music. This is one of the funnest pubs I’ve been in and we had a blast.

Amelia Island festivalAlthough it’s not technically in Florida, St. Mary’s is just over the state line, and fab guitarist Wes Goode will be doing tunes at Lang’s Marina Restaurant tonight from 6-9 p.m. Wes is a born showman. In addition to solo and duo acts with Robert John Barlow, Wes plays regularly with the Daysies, and does duo work with Rebecca as well. His song portfolio is awesome, and he’s one of those rare male vocalists who can sing on key.

Here on the First Coast, there’s lots happening. Str8up plays at Ragtime Tavern at Atlantic Beach tonight, and it’s impossible to listen to this band without wanting to let your dance moves bust out. Rebecca does a regular solo show at Ragtime, so I can vouch for their food and drinks. It’s a fantastic place for socializing or just listening to music. On the Ragtime page I linked to, you’ll find their weekly music schedule.

At Whiskey Jax on Baymeadows, The Prom Kings perform on Friday night and on Saturday, Boogie Freaks will light up the stage. This is a great place for music with an awesome stage.

The Daysies have a busy weekend after a busy week. Tonight Jennifer Day Thompson and Rebecca Day will do live music including originals and covers at Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery on Jacksonville’s Southside. This is a great place for food and music, and many of the girls’ supporters like to come out to hear them there. Tomorrow night Rebecca and Wes Goode put on a show in Fleming Island at Brick Oven Pizzeria and Gastropub, a place known for both great food and music.

For regular announcements about events across the state of Florida, check South Florida Country Music’s website.  You can also learn more about Florida songwriters and performers at this site.

Many places are associated with music—Nashville, L.A., Memphis. Florida should be, because across this great state on any day of the week, you can find music galore in virtually every genre. The Sunshine State is a great place for any musician to live and work. Yeah, I’m biased when it comes to living in Paradise.

(Kay B. Day/June 28, 2019)




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