Jacksonville artist Leilani Leo will exhibit works in a special presentation at the Karpeles Library Manuscript Museum on Friday, July 14, from 5-8 p.m. Leo’s exhibit is titled All the Way Up: An Oil Portrait Series of Gods, Goddesses, the Elements, and Other Mythological Beings. Leo explained she hopes to beckon “the viewer to peer deeper with renewed perspective musing…on the subject of heavenly legends.” This won’t be one of those dry as a bone affairs.
When it comes to country music, CMT was a trailblazer because it was the first channel airing country music videos as primary content. CMT has moved past that model, and nowhere was that in evidence more than last night at the channel’s annual awards show.
Songwriter Naomi Martin Yonts passed away on May 31 after a career that spanned decades in country music. Martin, like many talented songwriters, isn’t a household word, but her songs were known and loved by many fans of traditional country music. Martin wasn’t a flash in the pan celebrity, though.
Lots of songs we hear nowadays are a collaboration among members of a team. Many of these songs are formulaic—an award-winning songwriter once explained to my daughter the standard format for a good country song. Naturally, she disregarded everything he said.
Palatka’s Blue Crab Festival over Memorial Day weekend drew lots of people to the small town known for festivals, views of the mighty St. John’s River, and hospitality. That last was obvious as soon as we arrived to hear the Crazy Daysies and other bands scheduled for Saturday.
Today the Blue Crab Festival in Palatka kicks off its 29th annual event with live music, just about any kind of seafood you’d want, and arts and crafts vendors. There will be carnival rides and games. There’s even an adopt-a-duck event. What’s not to like?
In the Mandarin community in Jacksonville (FL), Hoby’s Honey and General Store is a destination for many of us seeking honey, canned products like pickles and jalapenos, and other locally produced wares. Besides the quality of the products, the fact they’re unique is icing on the cake. There’s more to Hoby’s than things to eat, though.
Corporate country has pretty much gone cookie cutter, with musical offerings sounding as much like pop as country. Americana remains a hybrid, but that label gives an artist plenty of wiggle room. What’s ahead for indie country and Americana, two genres often appearing to be joined at the hip? Look at two trendsetters—both of them have indie in their past, and both are currently dominating the charts and awards circuit.
Recently I heard criticism from some folks who’d attended an outdoor concert here in Jacksonville. Our weather was iffy. The concert featuring a long list of established performers had to be briefly evacuated because of weather. And because that meant lost time, the top performers my friends had gone to see didn’t take the stage anywhere near on time. Have you had a bad ‘big concert’ experience?
How many of us have been through times when we’d shake our head and wish for a couple more hours in the day because we’re so busy? Everyone goes through that, artist or not. But for artists, it’s a double-edged sword. Sometimes the business of art can crowd out the art. That’s why you need an inspiration destination close at hand. Not long ago I was talking with my daughter. She’d booked heavily ahead of summer, doing solo, duo, trio and full band shows. She’d taken roughly three days off work in a 30-day period.