Live music and fireworks ready to help you celebrate Happy Birthday, USA in Jax

The Coronavirus may still be suppressing our normal lives, but the good news is live music still lives in Jacksonville. There are plenty of options for hearing music stream directly to the comfort of your backyard or family room, or for heading out to grab a cold one and listen in person.

Music starts on Thursday, July 2 and goes right through the weekend. Unlike other cities, Jax will also feature fireworks displays, and instead of centralizing those  displays at one location, they’ll be held in different areas around this sprawling city. Continue reading “Live music and fireworks ready to help you celebrate Happy Birthday, USA in Jax”

Outrage towards Chase Rice and others but praise for leader presiding over 31,000+ deaths?

Chase Rice, whose music is most kindly described as new country, faced outrage after doing a concert in Tennessee this past weekend. Someone posted video and social media erupted after numerous fans hugging the stage were shown in close proximity.  Predictably many of the fans were young women disregarding the current pandemic. Continue reading “Outrage towards Chase Rice and others but praise for leader presiding over 31,000+ deaths?”

To host RNC or not to? Pluses, implied threats, and confusion

My home city of Jacksonville, Florida is being considered to host parts of the Republican National Convention scheduled for August. Naturally, on social media Jaxxers are debating the pros and cons. Some things become evident if you sift through all the social media rhetoric. There are definitely some positives. There are definitely implied threats. There is absolutely a lot of confusion, partly stirred by partisan media. Our entertainment and hospitality industry is hurting right now, and a large event could be beneficial to all.

So should Jacksonville host parts of the convention? Note my use of the word “parts”. Continue reading “To host RNC or not to? Pluses, implied threats, and confusion”

Live music back as Florida moves to Phase 2; bars, theaters, and tattoos

Gov. Ron DeSantis is greenlighting businesses in Florida as Phase 2 reopenings begin. The indie music sector will welcome the opening of bars and pubs, but the venues must stay at 50 percent of capacity for areas inside. DeSantis made the announcement on June 3 at Universal Orlando. Continue reading “Live music back as Florida moves to Phase 2; bars, theaters, and tattoos”

Netflix series on Jeffrey Epstein doesn’t solve mystery or puzzle

Followup to IAS article, “Netflix releases steamy Epstein series” (5/28/2020)

When I saw James Patterson’s book Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him, and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein was the basis for the Netflix series Filthy Rich, I admit I was puzzled. I still am. I watched the series, and it doesn’t solve the full mystery of Epstein or do anything to clear up my confusion. Continue reading “Netflix series on Jeffrey Epstein doesn’t solve mystery or puzzle”