Amelia Island is one of my family’s favorite places to go among the many places we enjoy here in Florida. The island’s historic charm blends with great places to shop, eat, and enjoy live music. This past Friday was no exception. We traveled up there to Fernandina Beach to hear live music at The Palace Saloon, but while we were there, we came across musicians performing in other venues. The first we encountered was Kevin Ski who was playing at The Salty Pelican where we’d gone to grab some supper.
I’d seen a video of Kevin Ski and noticed his name on the music schedules around North Florida, so I was delighted to run into him. We were sitting there listening to him, but we were on the other side of the restaurant where I couldn’t clearly see who was singing. I thought there was more than one person at the mic. I asked the server who was doing the music, and she enthusiastically told me his name.
Amelia River Cruises featured Ski in a profile, and the article is a glimpse into what a musician can do with an instrument, a voice, and technology. I hope to do a future interview with Ski who was a contractor in his previous before-music life. I got to talk to him for awhile and he is a very nice fellow. He has a fan page on Facebook, or you can request a ‘friend’ connection on his personal page.
I also met two more musicians at The Salty Pelican. Jayron Weaver was there with fellow musician Hailey Fletcher. Both musicians are from Georgia, and both have earned some serious stripes in the music business. Weaver and Fletcher do a weekly podcast, Neon Rainbow, self-described as “dedicated to working musicians that are trying to navigate the ins and outs of the music business.” The description also said the podcast draws listeners from seven continents.
I talked to Weaver and Fletcher for a bit, and I very much enjoyed talking the music business with both of them. Watch for a feature on these two in the near future here at Indie Art South. Meanwhile, listen to music by Jayron Weaver at his website. You can listen to Hailey Fletcher at her website.
I didn’t make it around to other popular venues like The Green Turtle. After a quick tasty meal at The Salty Pelican, we headed back to The Palace Saloon where Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies; my daughter) was playing with Wes Goode. This saloon is Florida’s oldest, according to many accounts, and all I can say is those folks know how to have a great time.
Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach are two of North Florida’s treasures. Rebecca does lots of music up that way, and if I’d had time on Saturday, I could’ve written about many more musicians. I’m just happy to see a town promote live music amid one of the loveliest locales you can find in The Sunshine State.
(Kay B. Day/July 15, 2019)