Midsummer doings in N. Florida: Chuck Nash, Mama Mia, and Darwin

Florida Theatre
Florida Theatre image courtesy of The Crazy Daysies/Rebecca Day.

In North Florida there’s something for everyone to do when it comes to leisure time. You can opt to hear live music, go to a dinner theater, and inspect papers related to Charles Darwin’s theories. From the beaches to downtown, we’ve highlighted some events. Want to dance in the streets? Read on!
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Friday’s here; Get ready for a fun weekend in North Florida

Looking for fun as the weekend opens? North Florida has you covered. From the beaches to Fruit Cove, there are plenty of options for leisure as Friday rolls in to deliver most of us from work for a day or two. Continue reading “Friday’s here; Get ready for a fun weekend in North Florida”

West Ashley Street Blues—in Jacksonville, Florida?

Blind Blake and Jacksonville, a historic stop along the blues music trail

Image of Blind Blake from popular YouTube site RagtimeDorian Henry: youtu.be/D-YwCk6ANY4
Image of Blind Blake from popular YouTube site RagtimeDorian Henry: youtu.be/D-YwCk6ANY4

In discussions about the stomping grounds of early blues musicians, Mississippi, Chicago, and Memphis are cited as havens for the birth of the first blues wave.

Delta blues arising by the waters of the Mississippi river. The swinging, big band style of Chicago. The intricate, bouncing notes of the Piedmont blues. Blues in other areas aren’t discussed as much, although the genre touched many different communities in the United States. Continue reading “West Ashley Street Blues—in Jacksonville, Florida?”

Via Bradenton Blues Fest, meet Mojohand who makes blues pop in more ways than one

An ad for the Bradenton Blues Festival in Florida popped up on my Facebook feed, and I checked out the comments. Someone remarked the promo poster for the festival looked nice, and it happened that the artist who did the poster saw the comment too. The artist gave a link to his website, Mojohand, and I followed that. Talk about blues art. I was, as is sometimes said in the South, like a rabbit in a briar patch. Continue reading “Via Bradenton Blues Fest, meet Mojohand who makes blues pop in more ways than one”

Bands gather to raise funds for singer fighting cancer

Lisa Ann Taylor Mad Hatters Band from Facebook
Still shot from video of Florida vocalist Lisa Ann Taylor from Lisa and the Mad Hatters on Facebook. (@lisasmadhatters)

Bands in the North Florida music community will come together for a special performance to help a fellow musician.

The performances in August will include a special reunion of the band The Ride, and some tunes by Lisa Ann Taylor and her husband Robin.

Florida musician Lisa Taylor is fighting colon cancer.

An announcement on the Facebook page for the Taylors’ band Lisa and the Mad Hatters includes details of the fight Lisa has had to wage:

“As most of you know my wife Lisa has been battling stage 4 colon cancer for 6 years ..during this time she’s had two life saving surgery’s, infections, emergency room visits , long hospital stays ,29 chemo treatments and 6 radiation shots into her lung …”

Cliff’s Bar and Grill (3033 Monument Road, Suite 2) will host the fundraiser on August 17 from 5 PM-1 AM. Details were posted on the band’s page: Continue reading “Bands gather to raise funds for singer fighting cancer”

Take a humor break; head to third LOL JAX Film Festival

Tired of negative natter spilling from TV screens across the land? Weep no more. Participants in the LOL JAX Film Festival offer you a chance to take a humor break because this festival in its third year shines a light on comedy. Who’s responsible for focusing on laughter amid chaos? Continue reading “Take a humor break; head to third LOL JAX Film Festival”

Key personal moment marks my visit to Hemming Park

Yesterday Rebecca did a solo show at Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville. The day was hot, but shade from the trees and a gentle breeze made it comfortable. I met so many people as I did roadie duties, and every exchange was pleasant. I took note of all the different types of people there. The park is, like our country, a melting pot. After the performance ended, I witnessed something that touched me deeply. Continue reading “Key personal moment marks my visit to Hemming Park”

Not going to the Stones? Options for live music Friday in N. Florida

The Rolling Stones are expected to entertain approximately 50,000 people in Jacksonville (FL) tonight. Jax is a big city, and for those who aren’t attending the concert, there are plenty of options for Friday live music in this area outside downtown. Continue reading “Not going to the Stones? Options for live music Friday in N. Florida”

With major film placement success, Gunboat Diplomats release new song

Florida recording group Gunboat Diplomats has gone one better, and that’s saying a lot. This group’s song “Crazy About You” is part of the soundtrack for M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film Glass. Imagine heading to the theater and seeing your song in a major motion picture. Having scored at the top of the meter in an amazing way, the group is releasing their latest song, “Judgment Road,” and it is most definitely a winner. Continue reading “With major film placement success, Gunboat Diplomats release new song”

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”