South Florida Country Music hails return of country to SunFest

SunFest is a big music festival held annually in downtown West Palm Beach (FL) on the waterfront. Of late the festival was heavy on pop, rock, and reggae. The 2019 SunFest adds a genre—country music. The country act is most definitely high profile. Florida’s country music advocacy group South Florida Country Music hailed the return. 

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. 

‘Ragtag roots artist insurgency’ set for Grass Roots Festival in Grass Valley

California will welcome indie musicians to Grass Valley October 19-21 for the Grass Roots Festival. At a time when packaged music dominates airwaves and streams, the organizers of this festival view it as a “ragtag roots artist insurgency.” What, exactly, does that mean? 

Shrimp and grits lovers celebrate escape from Hurricane Florence

As this past weekend approached, there was a lot of discussion on the Facebook page for the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival. Much of that discussion had to do with how Hurricane Florence might affect the weekend weather in the area. As is always the case, you don’t know what a hurricane is going to do until it does it. All worked out well as Mother Nature smiled on South Georgia. Festival organizers anticipated welcoming approximately 45,000 attendees intending to celebrate escaping the storm. 

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.

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? 

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. 

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. 

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

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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