Band Mom: Heading to our first ever Blue Crab Festival

Blue Crab Festival banner
Promo banner for Blue Crab Festival. (via Facebook)

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?  Continue reading “Band Mom: Heading to our first ever Blue Crab Festival”

Band Mom: Hoby’s features indie crafts alongside popular honey and other wares

handcrafted jewelry Hoby's
Handcrafted jewelry at very reasonable prices at Hoby’s.

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. Continue reading “Band Mom: Hoby’s features indie crafts alongside popular honey and other wares”

Band Mom: What’s your inspiration destination?

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Garden photo: Indie Art South

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. Continue reading “Band Mom: What’s your inspiration destination?”

Band Mom: My first ever Possum Festival unleashed trove of memories

Rexall Drugstore at Heritage Park in Macclenny, FL.
Rexall Drugstore at Heritage Park in Macclenny, FL.

I never know what to expect from a venue when I head out of town to hear my daughters perform. Sometimes the distance is great; other times, it’s close to home. On Saturday, a 40-minute drive to Macclenny (FL) landed me in Heritage Park Village where the Possum in the Park Festival was held.

I always enjoy local festivals, and I am always surprised by something. But this one was different. As I walked into this park in a town where the population is roughly 6,000, I was not prepared for the treasure trove of memories a single sign and some buildings evoked.

That single sign said ‘Rexall.’  Continue reading “Band Mom: My first ever Possum Festival unleashed trove of memories”

Band Mom: What’s behind that band on the stage?

Seawalk Community First Festival
The crowd began to gather early at Seawalk Community First Festival.

Watching a band develop is proving to be one of the more interesting experiences in my life. I could (and probably should because we have a nearly complete manuscript) publish a book.

But there’s one aspect of that experience I want to comment on today.

What’s behind that band on the stage?  Continue reading “Band Mom: What’s behind that band on the stage?”

Band Mom: Seawalk Festival put Florida musicians in spotlight

Seawalk Community First Festival
The crowd began to gather early at Seawalk Community First Festival.

I’ve often joked to my husband I can hear good music at a number of places in Florida on a given night, and I don’t have to pay $100 for concert tickets. Community First Seawalk Music festival this past weekend at Jacksonville Beach validated my claim.

The festival featured ten bands and closed with country star Josh Turner.

Chiara Blair (center) with daughters Ciera King (left) and Ammie King (right)
Chiara Blair (center) with daughters Ciera King (left) and Ammie King (right) came to Jacksonville Beach to see the Crazy Daysies at the Seawalk Community First Festival.

The Crazy Daysies opened the festival on Saturday. They were followed by Mama Blue whose voice does for the blues what honey does for toast. All the bands received compliments—some I heard first hand and some can be viewed on the Festival’s Facebook page.

Surfdog Photography did photos for the festival; you can see those on Facebook too.

Lots of people from the community came out, and I think there were some out of towners as well. I heard one young woman who was exiting a nearby hotel tell her friend, “I didn’t know they did stuff like this here.”

Festivals like this are a true community gathering spot. All sorts of people came out—from young to old, to enjoy the incredibly beautiful weather, the music, vendors with very unique goods, and the beach.

I was busy trying to take some photos and videos of the Daysies and their bandmates, and also trying to make sure to speak to everyone who came out to hear the band. But in between, I really enjoyed myself. It’s a must-go festival if you can—you can hear a thousand dollars worth of music for free over a two-day period.

Rebecca Day and the band ended their opening performance by singing happy birthday to a very special guest who traveled with her family from Georgia to see the Daysies. Focusing on the Southeast right now, the band has done lots of singing and performing around the state of Georgia.

The Daysies head to Thomasville, Georgia this weekend to do two back to back performances as a duo at Cream of the Crop at South Eden Plantation.

[Photos by Indie Art South]

(KBD/March 2, 2017)