Friday night in Fernandina Beach a cornucopia of music

Amelia Island is one of my family’s favorite places to go among the many places we enjoy here in Florida. The island’s historic charm blends with great places to shop, eat, and enjoy live music. This past Friday was no exception. We traveled up there to Fernandina Beach to hear live music at The Palace Saloon, but while we were there, we came across musicians performing in other venues. The first we encountered was Kevin Ski who was playing at The Salty Pelican where we’d gone to grab some supper. Continue reading “Friday night in Fernandina Beach a cornucopia of music”

Friday music: Live from Green Cove Springs to Fernandina Beach

Live music is one of North Florida’s best kept secrets, and this Friday there’s lots to choose from in the area where I live. One of my favorite bands is playing tonight in Fruit Cove, and one of my favorite wine bars in Green Cove Springs will rock to tunes by an accomplished musician. Meanwhile, I’ll be doing my roadie duties up in Fernandina. Continue reading “Friday music: Live from Green Cove Springs to Fernandina Beach”

Florida weekend: Live music all around the Sunshine State

Florida is known for sunshine, but it should also be known for music. On any given day or night, you can find live music in every nook and cranny in the nation’s third largest state. Coming up on the last weekend in June are many live performances spanning all types of music. Heading to Ft. Lauderdale? Like pop? Continue reading “Florida weekend: Live music all around the Sunshine State”

Wide Open Country cites Gulf Coast Jam in top nine summer festivals

Many don’t need a specific reason to visit Panama City Beach (FL). The incredible white sand beaches on the Emerald Coast attract so many people the beach has been called the “Capital of the Redneck Riviera.” Now PCB’s annual Gulf Coast Jam has been cited as one of the top nine best summer festivals in country music. Continue reading “Wide Open Country cites Gulf Coast Jam in top nine summer festivals”

Coming to Jax? Shop local arts and farmers’ markets

The image of the guitar on my piano is the photo I use for the Indie Art South Facebook page. I found the guitar at Jacksonville’s Riverside Arts Market one Saturday a couple years ago. My daughters were doing music there, and I had a great time looking at many different works of arts and crafts. Jacksonville is such a big city in terms of land area, it’d be hard to come up with a comprehensive list of all the local arts markets. I’ve settled for pointing out a few I’m familiar with. Continue reading “Coming to Jax? Shop local arts and farmers’ markets”

Concert on the Green: The gift of music for young and old

Early on, I knew my children would love music. In our younger years, my husband and I squeezed the household budget to provide music lessons for both our girls. The only mandate we issued was to tell them we would never tell them to practice, but if they didn’t practice, we would stop paying for the lessons. They held up their end of the bargain, and now they both do music as their only job outside the home.

When I saw an event notice on Facebook, I realized there’s a wonderful opportunity for Memorial Day weekend, and especially  if you have children interested in music, Concert on the Green will be a fantastic experience for the whole family. Continue reading “Concert on the Green: The gift of music for young and old”

‘50 States’ graph indicates musicians have a big money pie to target

50 states of music graph BMI
50 states of music graph/BMI

Be forewarned. The chart is definitely addicting.

BMI, along with other industry partners, has published a new graph and data indicating musicians in the US have a big money pie to target. It doesn’t matter if you’re a known brand or an up and comer. The market share for the industry is huge, and the state I live in has enough revenue churning to fire up the ambitions of any songwriter, performer, or other industry professional. Start with the overall US market–$143 billion in annual value and 2 million jobs. Continue reading “‘50 States’ graph indicates musicians have a big money pie to target”

Music entrepreneur founds first Bastiat society chapter in North Florida

A Jacksonville musician has established the first Bastiat Society chapter in North Florida to expand debate on free enterprise, property rights, sound money, and personal freedom.

Rebecca Day, the Jacksonville music entrepreneur who founded The Crazy Daysies band, is establishing the first ever chapter of the Bastiat Society in northern Florida. Day aims to create a resource for members to discuss and explore ideas about free enterprise, economics, and individual freedom. The Jacksonville Bastiat Society, currently the only active chapter in the state of Florida, will be part of a network of existing chapters spanning the globe, hosting more than 150 lectures, discussions, seminars, workshops and conferences annually in more than a dozen countries. Continue reading “Music entrepreneur founds first Bastiat society chapter in North Florida”

Did they need Ghostbusters at our Early Vote site in Florida?

ECTO 1 Ghostbusters CarWe headed out to vote in our local Jacksonville Elections on May 11, and this Early Vote experience was a bit different. There was a food truck in the parking lot at the South Mandarin Library, and there was also the car that  became an icon courtesy of the original Ghostbusters film. The car, ECTO-1, could have been the original or a replica—I’m not sure about that. It looked authentic. There were also different costumed characters wandering around. We saw one lady with this huge curved horn-looking thing. I’m not sure what it was. Continue reading “Did they need Ghostbusters at our Early Vote site in Florida?”

Attorney determined to clear pilot’s name—again—in Skyway Bridge disaster

Iconic moment showing a car driven by Richard Hornbuckle who was able to brake just in time to avoid a plunge into the Bay after a freighter hit the Skyway Bridge in 1980. Hornbuckle told media, "“The Lord was real good to the four of us." (Image from NBC news video May 9, 1980 provided to Facebook)
Richard Hornbuckle said, “The Lord was real good to the four of us,” after he was able to brake in time when part of the Skyway Bridge collapsed, falling into Tampa Bay on May 9, 1980. (Photo from NBC News broadcast; May 9, 1980; video on Facebook)

Each May Floridians remember the 35 victims of the Skyway Bridge disaster in Tampa Bay. A freighter struck the bridge early in the morning on May 9, 1980. The freighter, Summit Venture, was flying the Liberian flag when a sudden storm made it impossible for radar to work.

The freighter was trying to turn when it struck the bridge. John E. Lerro, the pilot, eventually was cleared as far as fault goes, but that didn’t stop people from judging him. Media understandably covered the story intensely. Lerro is dead now, but his attorney aims to clear his name for the second time.

Tampa attorney Steve Yerrid is co-producing a film about the bridge disaster, hoping to set the record straight. Some media accounts reportedly blamed Lerro, and public opinion embraced theories the pilot had been drinking. Yerrid dismissed those theories because, he said, Lerro “was a health nut.” Continue reading “Attorney determined to clear pilot’s name—again—in Skyway Bridge disaster”