Live music is one of North Florida’s best kept secrets, and this Friday there’s lots to choose from in the area where I live. One of my favorite bands is playing tonight in Fruit Cove, and one of my favorite wine bars in Green Cove Springs will rock to tunes by an accomplished musician. Meanwhile, I’ll be doing my roadie duties up in Fernandina.
The Jason Evans Band is one of the most accomplished country bands in Florida. They never disappoint, and their commitment to the music is obvious when you hear them. Tonight JEB will rock the patio at Iggy’s in Fruit Cove. To learn more about the band, see the official JEB page on Facebook.
Over in Green Cove Springs, you’ll find one of the neatest wine bars in our area, replete with very nice vintages for you to choose from. Dave Mitchell does a great show, and he’ll be at Red’s Wine Bar tonight. The wine bar features a different food truck for each event, and tonight’s chow will be by The Mobile Food Trip. To keep up with Mitchell’s music, visit his Facebook page.
In Lakewood, Fireball takes the stage at Dick’s Wings. I haven’t heard Fireball in person; I have listened to some of their videos and those suggest great vocals and instrumentation in music that makes you want to move your body. Learn more about Fireball at their Facebook page.
If you’re heading to the beaches area, Ragtime Tavern is a place I know well enough to highly recommend the food and the music. Rebecca has played there many times. Love Monkey does the music there tonight.
As for me, I’ll be doing roadie for my daughter Rebecca Day who will duo with Wes Goode at The Palace Saloon up at Fernandina Beach. Learn more about Rebecca and her music at The Crazy Daysies page on Facebook. This will be the first time Rebecca has played at The Palace, and I’m sure it will bring back memories for me because I did a book reading there as part of a festival some years ago.
These performances are part of the robust music community we have in North Florida. Do you have a favorite band or venue? Shoot me an email by using the Contact Form on this site.
If you’re a working musician, you can help yourself by posting your events with a link to your website or official page on social media. Many venues miss a big opportunity by not listing all the events at their locations. Personally, I think it’s shortsighted to hire a band and not at least announce they’re playing, but that seems to happen frequently at many music venues here. So it’s up to you, the musician, to get the word out about what you’re up to.
Enjoy Friday, and be safe!
(Kay B. Day/July 12, 2019)