Live music back as Florida moves to Phase 2; bars, theaters, and tattoos

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced Phase 2 for Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis is greenlighting businesses in Florida as Phase 2 reopenings begin. The indie music sector will welcome the opening of bars and pubs, but the venues must stay at 50 percent of capacity for areas inside. DeSantis made the announcement on June 3 at Universal Orlando.

You can get the down and dirty on who can open and rules for the same in a writeup about the Phase 2 announcement at Fox35 Orlando (TV), or you can dive into the full version of DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-139 at the governor’s official website. The order also includes cautions for seniors and for those with underlying medical conditions. Floridians are “encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 persons.” Social distancing and sanitation measures will continue.

Shane Myers, Florida musician
Photo of Shane Myers from Facebook @smyersmusic.

In Jacksonville, a quick search of live music events indicates things are getting going again, but not with the speed of wildfire. Some popular venues are holding off on live music and continuing to limit operating hours.

Other venues featuring live music are reportedly having to reduce pay to musicians, in part because of capacity limits.

Live shows online will probably continue for many into the future.

Rebecca Day (left) and Jennifer Day Thompson still shot from 'Coronavirus Blues' video
Rebecca Day (left) and Jennifer Day Thompson still shot from ‘Coronavirus Blues’ video

Rebecca Day and the Crazy Daysies (my daughters’ band) will be doing their ‘Live from Ja’Ville’ show on Facebook permanently, on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Tonight’s episode will feature special requests for original music from The Chainiacs, the supporters who opt into the band’s private Facebook group.

Rebecca and Jennifer will do their first brick and mortar live show on Saturday, June 6, from 9 pm-midnight at Brick Oven Pizzeria and Gastropub in Orange Park, Florida. Brick Oven features live music on Wednesdays, and on Saturdays for their Summer Concert Series. Personally speaking, this is a favorite place for our family and for Daysie supporters.

Another favorite place of ours is in Green Cove Springs. Our band doesn’t play there, but lots of fine musicians do. On Saturday, June 6, Shane Myers will perform, and I can vouch for the music and the excellent wines Red’s Wine Bar features. The show begins at 7 pm and ends at 10 pm. When we have visited Red’s, there’s been a great food truck out front.

Downtown Jacksonville is cranking up again, and Spliff’s Gastropub will host Hip Hop and Hookah with DJ Mas Appeal on the wheels of steel on Friday, June 5 from 8-11 pm.

On Sunday, June 7 from 4-7 pm, Last Stand Jax will rock Whiskey Jax at the Beaches.

Not all Florida counties are open yet. Counties where COVID-19 spread is highest—Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward—will need to get their mayors to approve moving into Phase 2.

These events are but a slice of all the many live music events heading to brick and mortar in coming days. I’m trying to feature musicians who send me their info or who show up in my news feed, but if you’d like your event posted in a future column, just email me by using the contact form above.

Be safe, be patient, and above all, be kind to one another.

Featured Photo credit: Stock photo of Gov. Ron DeSantis welcoming troops home; State of Florida governor’s office website.

Kay B. Day/June 4, 2020)

Hawk on fence
Photo by Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies)



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