Live music and fireworks ready to help you celebrate Happy Birthday, USA in Jax

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. Continue reading “Live music and fireworks ready to help you celebrate Happy Birthday, USA in Jax”

To host RNC or not to? Pluses, implied threats, and confusion

My home city of Jacksonville, Florida is being considered to host parts of the Republican National Convention scheduled for August. Naturally, on social media Jaxxers are debating the pros and cons. Some things become evident if you sift through all the social media rhetoric. There are definitely some positives. There are definitely implied threats. There is absolutely a lot of confusion, partly stirred by partisan media. Our entertainment and hospitality industry is hurting right now, and a large event could be beneficial to all.

So should Jacksonville host parts of the convention? Note my use of the word “parts”. Continue reading “To host RNC or not to? Pluses, implied threats, and confusion”

Alan Jackson pivots with drive-in concerts

Talk to anyone who makes a living doing music and a key word emerges—pivot. That’s what virtually every self-employed person in the music sector has had to do after Coronavirus shutdowns. That pivot didn’t just occur in the indie music sector. It’s also occurring in the superstar sector, and country music’s Alan Jackson is pivoting in a big kind of way. Continue reading “Alan Jackson pivots with drive-in concerts”

Crazy Daysies trio to hit the ‘road’ with ‘Live from Ja’Ville’ on GetAMPED

*PLEASE SEE update below. 6/8/2020

Bands know what it’s like to be on the physical road, traveling from city to city for shows. With many cities canceling live music events, musicians are now traveling a different kind of road.

Continue reading “Crazy Daysies trio to hit the ‘road’ with ‘Live from Ja’Ville’ on GetAMPED”

Alhambra emerges from shutdown to present classic ‘Cinderella’

How could anyone not love the music in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Cinderella? Now The Alhambra, legendary dinner theatre in Jacksonville, will present the musical this summer. The show opens on June 11 and runs through July 26. I learned about this production this morning via a Facebook post by a musician I interviewed recently. Continue reading “Alhambra emerges from shutdown to present classic ‘Cinderella’”