Midsummer doings in N. Florida: Chuck Nash, Mama Mia, and Darwin

Florida Theatre
Florida Theatre image courtesy of The Crazy Daysies/Rebecca Day.

In North Florida there’s something for everyone to do when it comes to leisure time. You can opt to hear live music, go to a dinner theater, and inspect papers related to Charles Darwin’s theories. From the beaches to downtown, we’ve highlighted some events. Want to dance in the streets? Read on!
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Bands gather to raise funds for singer fighting cancer

Lisa Ann Taylor Mad Hatters Band from Facebook
Still shot from video of Florida vocalist Lisa Ann Taylor from Lisa and the Mad Hatters on Facebook. (@lisasmadhatters)

Bands in the North Florida music community will come together for a special performance to help a fellow musician.

The performances in August will include a special reunion of the band The Ride, and some tunes by Lisa Ann Taylor and her husband Robin.

Florida musician Lisa Taylor is fighting colon cancer.

An announcement on the Facebook page for the Taylors’ band Lisa and the Mad Hatters includes details of the fight Lisa has had to wage:

“As most of you know my wife Lisa has been battling stage 4 colon cancer for 6 years ..during this time she’s had two life saving surgery’s, infections, emergency room visits , long hospital stays ,29 chemo treatments and 6 radiation shots into her lung …”

Cliff’s Bar and Grill (3033 Monument Road, Suite 2) will host the fundraiser on August 17 from 5 PM-1 AM. Details were posted on the band’s page: Continue reading “Bands gather to raise funds for singer fighting cancer”

Wide Open Country cites Gulf Coast Jam in top nine summer festivals

Many don’t need a specific reason to visit Panama City Beach (FL). The incredible white sand beaches on the Emerald Coast attract so many people the beach has been called the “Capital of the Redneck Riviera.” Now PCB’s annual Gulf Coast Jam has been cited as one of the top nine best summer festivals in country music. Continue reading “Wide Open Country cites Gulf Coast Jam in top nine summer festivals”

Miranda goes punk country, lands homes for her “mutts”

Miranda Lambert is one artist who never ceases to surprise. Lambert just debuted a song I’d say leans to punk country, and she’s celebrating finding homes for her “mutts”—all 61 of them. Continue reading “Miranda goes punk country, lands homes for her “mutts””

Nashville blowout: Eric Church sets record despite last year’s brouhaha

Eric Church 'Double Down Tour' promo photo from https://www.facebook.com/ericchurch/
Eric Church ‘Double Down Tour’ promo photo from facebook.com/ericchurch

Nashville star Eric Church must be on top of the world right now. Church, the come-from-behind guy who was once dropped by Rascal Flatts during a tour, set records for audience totals on May 25 at Nissan Stadium in the city famous for country and now country pop.

Defying critics’ predictions, Church managed to deflect a lot of criticism leveled at him after a Rolling Stone piece featured some of the singer’s political pronouncements less than one year ago. Continue reading “Nashville blowout: Eric Church sets record despite last year’s brouhaha”

Concert on the Green: The gift of music for young and old

Early on, I knew my children would love music. In our younger years, my husband and I squeezed the household budget to provide music lessons for both our girls. The only mandate we issued was to tell them we would never tell them to practice, but if they didn’t practice, we would stop paying for the lessons. They held up their end of the bargain, and now they both do music as their only job outside the home.

When I saw an event notice on Facebook, I realized there’s a wonderful opportunity for Memorial Day weekend, and especially  if you have children interested in music, Concert on the Green will be a fantastic experience for the whole family. Continue reading “Concert on the Green: The gift of music for young and old”

Five Star Veterans Center to hold ‘Military Ball for ALL’ to help homeless vets in NE Florida

The art of dancing is one of the most pleasurable to engage in and watch, and at least 250 attendees will soon have a chance to do both. Supporters of the Five Star Veterans Center will come together at the Marriott on Salisbury Rd. on May 11 in Jacksonville to help homeless veterans in Northeast Florida. In addition to ballroom dancing, the evening includes appearances by US Marines, Sen. Aaron Bean, and a veteran who received a Players Championship Award. Continue reading “Five Star Veterans Center to hold ‘Military Ball for ALL’ to help homeless vets in NE Florida”

SWAMPYTONK EXPERIENCE BEGINS IN FERNANDINA BEACH FOR THE CRAZY DAYSIES

Wes Goode, Rebecca Day, Jen Day-Thompson The Crazy Daysies
(L to R) Guitarist and vocalist Wes Goode, guitarist and vocalist Rebecca Day, and violist and vocalist Jen Day-Thompson do a selfie at their gig at the Green Turtle in Fernandina Beach. (Photo: The Crazy Daysies)

The Crazy Daysies kick off their summer Swampytonk Experience with a performance on the Riverfront Stage at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on May 5.

Instead of a typical tour most musicians do, this series of shows will highlight original music written by Jacksonville-based sisters Rebecca Day and Jennifer Day Thompson. The goal is to spread the word about their unique “swampytonk” sound most closely aligned with Americana music, and to have fun welcoming all those who want to come out and be part of something different. Continue reading “SWAMPYTONK EXPERIENCE BEGINS IN FERNANDINA BEACH FOR THE CRAZY DAYSIES”

With ‘Jockeys and Juleps’, Jax Junior League puts hats, bow ties in limelight

Shown here on this trading card is the 1887 winning jockey Isaac Lewis who was only 17 years old at the time. (Image: US Library of Congress)
Shown here on this trading card is the 1887 winning jockey Isaac Lewis who was only 17 years old at the time. (Image: US Library of Congress)

If you’re a Kentucky Derby fan, chances are you mark the yearly event with some sort of gathering. We usually do that in our family, although this year my husband and I can’t because we’ll attend a personal event not related to the Derby. Various organizations sponsor events, and this year, the Junior League of Jacksonville has put together an event guaranteed to spotlight the fun in the word fundraising. There’s an artistic aspect to the Derby, although you may not have thought of it. There’s a contest to see whose “art” is the best, as a matter of fact. Continue reading “With ‘Jockeys and Juleps’, Jax Junior League puts hats, bow ties in limelight”

Melody Trucks Band set to headline pre-Shrimp fest celebration at Green Turtle

scotch and water with lime
Photo/Indie Art South

The Green Turtle is a staple in Amelia Island entertainment, and the popular music venue is gearing up for a pre-Shrimp Festival celebration beginning Saturday, April 27.

In anticipation of the more than 100,000 people expected to head to Shrimp Fest, The Green Turtle kicks off the weekend before the festival with their first ever Turtle Jam Mini Fest. Melody Trucks and her band will headline this event. Trucks is part of the Trucks family music dynasty. Continue reading “Melody Trucks Band set to headline pre-Shrimp fest celebration at Green Turtle”