The first time I went to Porchfest in the Springfield community of Jacksonville (FL), I was in awe of everyone coming together to share music and admiration for the unique homes. Porchfest is a free event. People can stroll the wide streets and hear music on porches throughout the neighborhood. Food trucks, kids’ activities, and a big mix of musical styles await those who come out for the 2018 festival.
If you live in the South, you probably know about the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival. If you don’t know about it, now’s the time to learn. Last year, Hurricane Irma forced what is arguably the largest festival of its kind on the Eastern Seaboard to cancel. This year, the festival on the Georgia coast dodged Hurricane Florence, and organizers have lined up 32 acres of food, music, crafts, presentations, and children’s activities for the more than 40,000 people interested or going.
What does a band do when there’s a rare Friday night off? Find a way to make music, of course. This Friday, August 17, at 7:30 PM, the Crazy Daysies will go live on Facebook to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. David Thompson, husband of Jennifer, is heading up the fundraiser for his firm. David is an associate at Coker Law. This event on Facebook may yield some surprises.
It was bad enough I already had a commitment for the premiere of the indie film produced in Jax, I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday. It was a good thing my older daughter Jennifer Day Thompson agreed to cover the premiere for the film. This morning when I asked her how it went, she said, “It was a packed house.” The film did not disappoint. Obviously, we have a community here willing to support indie art.
Musical duo SmithField is in Florida this week, and these up and comers in country music have gone the extra mile to get their tunes out. Trey and Jennifer Smithfield undertook a radio tour amid live performances across the country.
I’m not surprised by messaging from some quarters about May 5, otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo. Gonzaga University, a place I usually associate with basketball, is warning students about the horrendous act of wearing a sombrero if you’re not Mexican. This holiday wasn’t well known in the US until the last decade or so. In Mexico, it’s not a major holiday either.
Many of us can claim Irish ancestry to some degree, and our official holiday is St. Patrick’s Day. Lots of people, regardless of ethnicity, culturally appropriate this holiday to join in the fun. It seems the celebration of this saint’s day grows more popular each year, and information from the National Retail Federation appears to confirm that.
Today is International Women’s Day. Many women’s contributions throughout history are just now beginning to surface. As civilization has advanced, our playing field has become more level in many countries. One woman whose name is probably not mentioned in most school classrooms is Mercy Otis Warren. It’s time to meet her.
Early reports on ratings for The Oscars are in, and it looks like those ratings won’t be good. It’s still a bit early—numbers will certainly be adjusted. Numbers aside, maybe it’s time to ask some questions about an event beloved by some and not-so-beloved by others. Are politics sinking viewership numbers for awards shows? Or is it something else?
Jamey Johnson will join other special guests along the way as legendary band Lynyrd Skynyrd conducts the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour presented by SiriusXM. The first show kicks off on May 4 in West Palm Beach (FL). Skynyrd has performed for four decades, with more than 60 albums produced. Most working musicians encounter Skynyrd at live events, although not in the flesh.