In life there are those quirky moments you remember simply because they’re quirky. I was traveling to Fernandina Beach with Rebecca. She was playing tunes with Wes Goode at The Green Turtle. I was doing a bit of work while she drove when I saw the truck. Right in front of us. The back had a slogan: “best coffee on the interstate.” I realized I was drinking the same kind of coffee the truck was advertising.
Saturday evening Rebecca had planned a rare weekend night off. Her husband Joshua had received an award at work, and she thought we had a great opportunity to celebrate that and take in some music together. So we headed out to Green Cove Springs to a place we’d heard about but hadn’t had a chance to visit—Red’s Wine Bar in Green Cove Springs. Considering the abundance of musical talent in this area—Clay County—I think it’s time to rename the area “Musicville.”
Filmmakers involved in the movie I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday just keep getting good news. After sold-out showings in Jacksonville, the filmmakers strategized for a world tour. New dates are being added for screenings in other states. Amid the excitement for director Durden Godfrey and others involved, good news emerged related to the hit series The Walking Dead.
Media in Jacksonville and Florida in general are a sleepy bunch, especially when it comes to the arts. One major accomplishment has apparently escaped media attention. Jacksonville Beach recording group The Gunboat Diplomats’ song “Crazy About You” is included in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film Glass. I had to laugh after an email exchange with one of the Diplomats because he shared that news with me as an afterthought.
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.
Back in the day drive-in theaters were a favorite place for teenagers, for obvious reasons. In the small town where I grew up, the local drive-in was off limits for some of us teens. I went one time. Someone saw me and told my mother. Justice was swift and I was an adult before I went to a drive-in again. I didn’t know there was a drive-in close to Jacksonville until I got an email about the places Durden Godfrey’s I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday will screen.
Sam Ash Music Stores recently opened a new store in Jacksonville (FL), at the former George’s Music location on Blanding Blvd. in Orange Park. Several thoughts occurred to me as I read comments on a Facebook thread about the new store. Searching for information, I learned some interesting things about the latest option in shopping for the Jax music community.
If you’re traveling this Christmas, you’re not alone. You’ll be one of an expected 112.5 million travelers hitting the roads. The good news is that not everyone is heading in the same direction. For Floridians, the news is a mix. My home state will benefit from all those travelers’ dollars, but three Florida cities are in the top ten destinations, and that means serious traffic on I-95 and other major highways.
Indie Art South has followed recording group Gunboat Diplomats for quite some time, reporting favorably on their compositions. Now the Jacksonville Beach (FL) group has reasons to celebrate something besides Christmas. Keith Holmes, who does lead vocals on the song, “Crazy About You,” told IAS the song will be included in content for use in M. Night Shyamalan’s new film Glass. Holmes isn’t shouting the news from the rooftops—he shared it as an aside in an email exchange in response to my mentioning song licensing opportunities.
Jared Rush, with Third Man Entertainment, is on the road (and in the air) a lot these days as he travels to places on behalf of an industry that’s a perfect fit for him. Rush is a familiar when it comes to local arts of any kind, from music to film to visual art. Now the Mosaic Film Festival has tapped the Jacksonville native for social director ahead of the 2019 event.