Whale of a festival on behalf of endangered Right Whales

There’s a whale of a festival scheduled for Sunday at Jacksonville Beach, and it’s dedicated to protecting the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. I first learned about these majestic creatures from the regional publisher who brought out two of my books. He also published a book about these whales, and he was very dedicated to their cause. When we say this whale is endangered, what does that mean in terms of numbers? 

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Indie artists in Florida may celebrate results of Yelp study

If you’ve ever looked for reviews of businesses, chances are you’ve come across Yelp, a website enabling the public to post reviews. It’s a popular site, and naturally a great deal of data can be mined from those reviews. That’s probably one reason Yelp now publishes a report titled “Yelp Economic Outlook.” Results of this year’s report may lead indie artists to celebrate if they live in the Sunshine State. 

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Big music lineup for Jax Bar-B-Que Fest at The Landing

Barbecue lovers will head to Jacksonville Landing Nov. 3-5 and they’ll be getting far more than a great meal. Eight bands, a number of them with professional experience, will perform during the three day event. A contest, drink specials, and activities for children will be part of the offerings, and a charity for veterans will benefit from festival support. I haven’t heard all the bands who will perform, but I have heard some of them. 

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For the music world, Monday was a tragic day

Monday, October 2, held enough misery to last a lifetime for music enthusiasts. Americans woke up to news of horrific mass murders committed in Las Vegas as thousands converged at the Route 91 Harvest Festival to hear country music star Jason Aldean. Roughly 28 minutes into the show on Sunday evening, the shooting started. Shortly before midnight, the shooting ended with the presumed murderer’s death. Within approximately a two-hour span, hundreds had been injured, many of them fatally. Thus far, we know very little about the shooter or his motive. By Monday afternoon, reports about Tom Petty’s health began to

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Add Island Hopper Fest, songwriter contest to list of great Florida music events

Florida is one of the nation’s largest states and we’re a popular tourist destination, so it’s no surprise we have a lot of music going on. Add Island Hopper Fest to the mix of great music events in the Sunshine State. This is only the fourth year for the festival, but it looks like it will have a long shelf life. Performers will be featured at venues including Captiva Island, Downtown Fort Myers, and Fort Myers Beach September 22-October 1. There’s a contest for aspiring songwriter-performers who can vie for a chance to perform. 

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Key West Songwriters Festival to feature more than 200 performers

The Key West Songwriters Festival will feature more than 200 performers and untold numbers of music fans who will converge on the island May 9-13, 2018. The performers are selected by organizations like BMI, so there’s a selection process that may take some time. 

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Band Mom: Hat tip to organizers and volunteers at Blue Crab Festival

Palatka’s Blue Crab Festival over Memorial Day weekend drew lots of people to the small town known for festivals, views of the mighty St. John’s River, and hospitality. That last was obvious as soon as we arrived to hear the Crazy Daysies and other bands scheduled for Saturday. 

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Band Mom: Heading to our first ever Blue Crab Festival

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? 

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Headliner concerts may go with shorter sets, more special effects

Recently I heard criticism from some folks who’d attended an outdoor concert here in Jacksonville. Our weather was iffy. The concert featuring a long list of established performers had to be briefly evacuated because of weather. And because that meant lost time, the top performers my friends had gone to see didn’t take the stage anywhere near on time. Have you had a bad ‘big concert’ experience? 

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How can artists and craftsmakers deal with Florida wildfire smoke at outdoor events?

Is there anything more inspiring to an artist than a beautiful Florida day? Despite a long run of fair weather, quite a few of us find ourselves with a bit of cabin fever these days. Why? Wildland fires. What can you do if you’re trying to perform as smoke wafts across the stage? 

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