Of late, the crazy hits home for the Daysies

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.

Porchfest 2018: Gem of a festival in North Florida

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. 

Shrimp and Grits Festival dodges Florence, dishes up 32 acres of fun

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.

Daysies Live from the Big Orange to benefit cancer charity

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.

Jax indie film opens to a packed house and packed downtown

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.

‘Cultural appropriation’ critics warn about Cinco de Mayo and sombreros

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. 

St. Patrick’s Day breaking news: It’s worth $6 billion

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. 

Meet Mercy Otis Warren and celebrate her on International Women’s Day

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. 

Are awards shows like The Oscars declining because of politics, or something else?

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? 

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