Band Mom: My first ever Possum Festival unleashed trove of memories

Rexall Drugstore at Heritage Park in Macclenny, FL.
Rexall Drugstore at Heritage Park in Macclenny, FL.

I never know what to expect from a venue when I head out of town to hear my daughters perform. Sometimes the distance is great; other times, it’s close to home. On Saturday, a 40-minute drive to Macclenny (FL) landed me in Heritage Park Village where the Possum in the Park Festival was held.

I always enjoy local festivals, and I am always surprised by something. But this one was different. As I walked into this park in a town where the population is roughly 6,000, I was not prepared for the treasure trove of memories a single sign and some buildings evoked.

That single sign said ‘Rexall.’  Continue reading “Band Mom: My first ever Possum Festival unleashed trove of memories”

Band Mom: Seawalk Festival put Florida musicians in spotlight

Seawalk Community First Festival
The crowd began to gather early at Seawalk Community First Festival.

I’ve often joked to my husband I can hear good music at a number of places in Florida on a given night, and I don’t have to pay $100 for concert tickets. Community First Seawalk Music festival this past weekend at Jacksonville Beach validated my claim.

The festival featured ten bands and closed with country star Josh Turner.

Chiara Blair (center) with daughters Ciera King (left) and Ammie King (right)
Chiara Blair (center) with daughters Ciera King (left) and Ammie King (right) came to Jacksonville Beach to see the Crazy Daysies at the Seawalk Community First Festival.

The Crazy Daysies opened the festival on Saturday. They were followed by Mama Blue whose voice does for the blues what honey does for toast. All the bands received compliments—some I heard first hand and some can be viewed on the Festival’s Facebook page.

Surfdog Photography did photos for the festival; you can see those on Facebook too.

Lots of people from the community came out, and I think there were some out of towners as well. I heard one young woman who was exiting a nearby hotel tell her friend, “I didn’t know they did stuff like this here.”

Festivals like this are a true community gathering spot. All sorts of people came out—from young to old, to enjoy the incredibly beautiful weather, the music, vendors with very unique goods, and the beach.

I was busy trying to take some photos and videos of the Daysies and their bandmates, and also trying to make sure to speak to everyone who came out to hear the band. But in between, I really enjoyed myself. It’s a must-go festival if you can—you can hear a thousand dollars worth of music for free over a two-day period.

Rebecca Day and the band ended their opening performance by singing happy birthday to a very special guest who traveled with her family from Georgia to see the Daysies. Focusing on the Southeast right now, the band has done lots of singing and performing around the state of Georgia.

The Daysies head to Thomasville, Georgia this weekend to do two back to back performances as a duo at Cream of the Crop at South Eden Plantation.

[Photos by Indie Art South]

(KBD/March 2, 2017)

Ocala Rotary’s Cracker Cattle Drive put the fest in festival

cowboy on horse with cell phone
Loved seeing the cowboy checking his phone while riding his horse. (Photo: IAS)

One of the most unique festivals I’ve been to is this past weekend’s Rotary Discovery Fest Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Roundup. The city of Ocala goes all out to support the festival, and it’s one of the most heavily attended I’ve been to.

What sets this festival apart? (Story continues after photos) Continue reading “Ocala Rotary’s Cracker Cattle Drive put the fest in festival”

Seasoned in Nashville, Jason Evans aims for ‘stomp those boots’

Jason Evans gets ready to perform at Calavida. (Photo: IndieArtSouth)
Jason Evans gets ready to perform at Calavida. (Photo: IndieArtSouth)

Jason Evans is a seasoned veteran of Nashville, having played with country stars having and co-written popular songs.

Now Evans has returned to Florida, doing gigs with his band and aiming for music that makes fans want to “stomp those boots.”  Continue reading “Seasoned in Nashville, Jason Evans aims for ‘stomp those boots’”

American Heritage Festival lit up the night, literally

The Crazy Daysies at Jarrito's
The Crazy Daysies Jennifer Day Thompson (left) and Rebecca Day with a staffer at Jarrito’s in Lake City, SC.

On Saturday a group of us traveled from different cities to a farm near Lake City, South Carolina, to hear The Crazy Daysies perform at the American Heritage Festival.

The weekend-long event is only a couple of years old, but organizers and vendors offer a lot of sights, sounds, and handmade crafts for guests.  Continue reading “American Heritage Festival lit up the night, literally”