The Coronavirus may still be suppressing our normal lives, but the good news is live music still lives in Jacksonville. There are plenty of options for hearing music stream directly to the comfort of your backyard or family room, or for heading out to grab a cold one and listen in person.
Music starts on Thursday, July 2 and goes right through the weekend. Unlike other cities, Jax will also feature fireworks displays, and instead of centralizing those displays at one location, they’ll be held in different areas around this sprawling city.
Start the holiday by taking in the band I help with, as The Crazy Daysies Jennifer Day Thompson and Rebecca Day present ‘Live from Ja’Ville: Red, White, and Blues Bash’ starting at 6:30 PM (EDT) July 2 on Facebook Live. You’ll hear some Americana blues style music and other originals, and there will be special drawings for a different kind of prize. Last week’s show was interrupted by fireworks, courtesy of Mother Nature and what can only be described as an astounding light and sound show. Power went out but was restored quickly, and the girls just kept on doing the music.
If you feel like getting out and about, check out The Chris Thomas Band performances on July 2, 3, and 4 in (respectively) Jacksonville Beach, Sadler Point Marina in Jax, and St. Augustine. The Friday, July 3 Ortega River Jam Boat Concert begins at 7:30 PM (EDT), and it sounds like fun—it’s an event playing for boaters, so social distancing should be no problem. For full information about a trio of shows over the weekend, check out The Chris Thomas Band on Facebook.
Over in Orange Park, Jim Murdock will perform at Brick Oven where Saturday night concerts are back. Rebecca and Jenn have played this venue—it’s a favorite. The food is great and the atmosphere is friendly. The layout of the restaurant makes social distancing easy. Murdock’s show starts at 9 PM (EDT) on Saturday, July 4.
If you like fireworks as much as I do, you’ll be pleased to hear that the city of Jacksonville will hold displays. Instead of doing them at a central location, fireworks will happen in neighborhoods around this big city. Displays start at 9:45 PM and there’s no charge for admission. Locations include downtown Jacksonville, the FSCJ North Campus, Avenues Mall on Southside, St. Johns Town Center Mall at the Beaches, Lem Merrett Park on the Westside, and Ed Austin Regional Park in Arlington. For more info, check out the city’s event page.
This July 4 will be very different for my family. Normally we have a gathering, but this year’s event will be limited to children, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. We’ll stream some music poolside, and cook out as usual. We’ll do some soft fireworks, because Rebecca’s rescued pup Rusty is terrified of anything that booms. Hopefully by next July 4, our lives will be normalized and we’ll be able to resume opening our home to all our loved ones and friends.
Meanwhile, if you can’t take in live music, check out all the streams online. If you put ‘Live Music Streams’ into a search bar, you’ll find more shows than you can say grace over.
Have a happy Fourth of July as we celebrate living in the greatest country on the face of the planet. Like that of many other countries, our history is not by any measure perfect, but we at least acknowledge our wrongs and we do our best to correct them. Would that the rest of the world’s countries, many far older than the USA and largely given a pass by media, did the same.
Be safe, and be happy, and if you’re willing, read more global history and view our country’s history in context.
~~Featured photo is from Jacksonville City government website; coj.net
(Kay B. Day/July 2, 2020)
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