Texas country singer Justin Carter died on March 16 when a gun discharged while he was filming a music video. Details in various media have been cloudy, but it appears Carter died in a manner similar to that of Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts star Bruce Lee. Carter was only 35 years old. Fans believe he was about to make it in the industry he loved.
A blockbuster film is coming from Quentin Tarantino in July, 2019, and the film has something in common with others being created in the USA. Tarantino got help from interests in China to make his film. The controversial filmmaker isn’t alone when it comes to money from Asia.
Jacksonville has musicians of all types, a diverse poetry non-community, and enough visual artists to sink Noah’s Ark. What we don’t see a lot of in our midst are comics. Thing is, they’re there, and Tez Brooks, who was born in Jacksonville, has just released his new comedy special “I Can’t Breathe.”
Maybe it’s the Ides of March. Or maybe it’s the water. Of late, the crazy has really hit home with the Crazy Daysies. It’s a given that running a music business is a challenge that runs on adrenalin. We have that in droves right about now.
If you’re an artist whose work involves travel, your livelihood carries a risk many don’t think of—road hazards. Distracted drivers, debris on the road, and weather conditions are a given. Something I never thought much about until I started traveling with the band involves a hazard that’s hard to dodge. Flying tires.
How much do you know about Orange Park? Personally speaking, I learned a lot after Rebecca told me she will play a set for the Historical Society of Orange Park’s Carrie Clarke Day celebration on Saturday. We came close to settling in Orange Park after moving to Florida years ago, but I didn’t know much about the history. I still don’t know much, but what I did learn is very interesting.
Update March 4: Sad to report Luke Perry has passed. Media are reporting he died today, and his publicist acknowledged Perry suffered a massive stroke. Sympathy to his loved ones. He was a major presence in the lives of many young people. Original post dated March 1: Fans are in the dark right now about TV/film star Luke Perry’s medical condition. On the last day of February, various media reports alleged that Perry had a stroke and is in a medically induced coma. His rep has offered some information, but it’s still not clear what really happened. Are media jumping
Surfer the Bar in Jacksonville Beach (FL) isn’t the first bar to allegedly run afoul of music licensing regulations. ASCAP [American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers] is suing the bar on behalf of a number of groups for copyright infringement. Does this matter, in the scheme of things, for a bar that stands on hallowed ground in these parts—the former location of Freebird? Surfer the Bar isn’t the only venue to deal with copyright infringement issues.
Filmmakers involved in the movie I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday just keep getting good news. After sold-out showings in Jacksonville, the filmmakers strategized for a world tour. New dates are being added for screenings in other states. Amid the excitement for director Durden Godfrey and others involved, good news emerged related to the hit series The Walking Dead.
Media in Jacksonville and Florida in general are a sleepy bunch, especially when it comes to the arts. One major accomplishment has apparently escaped media attention. Jacksonville Beach recording group The Gunboat Diplomats’ song “Crazy About You” is included in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film Glass. I had to laugh after an email exchange with one of the Diplomats because he shared that news with me as an afterthought.