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.
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.
Yesterday I did a column about Taylor Swift’s reaction to Ithaca Holdings’ acquisition of the record label that made Taylor Swift a great deal of money. Swift was definitely not happy to see Big Machine Label Group acquired by Ithaca. Swift doesn’t have control over the masters to a number of albums that took her from country star to pop tart. Eady, who is an indie musician from Texas, gave his take and it’s very similar to what I’ve told my daughters since they decided to do music fulltime.
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?
Some bands, for whatever reasons, attract fans so loyal they go to as many concerts as possible, following the bands from city to city. Most have heard of the Deadheads loyal to The Grateful Dead and its founder the late Jerry Garcia. Twenty One Pilots, the duo arising from an indie band in Columbus (OH), drew their followers to Jacksonville (FL) this week, ahead of the June 14 concert. It’s not the fact the band drew fans here from out of state or country that is intriguing. It’s the fans’ behavior that attracted coverage from local media.
Abstracts and releases about study results proliferate these days, and scribes who write for news sites often don’t go beyond the excerpts. Now some media are running stories about a study done on “high school students”, with results indicating “intelligence to be a significant predictor of the preference for instrumental music, but not of the preference for vocal-instrumental music.” Genres of instrumental music cited by The NY Post include “jazz, classical, big band and ambient/electronica.” If you buy into this sweeping statement, it’s a good idea to consider relevancies, some of them pointed out by the study author who is
The Green Turtle is a staple in Amelia Island entertainment, and the popular music venue is gearing up for a pre-Shrimp Festival celebration beginning Saturday, April 27. In anticipation of the more than 100,000 people expected to head to Shrimp Fest, The Green Turtle kicks off the weekend before the festival with their first ever Turtle Jam Mini Fest. Melody Trucks and her band will headline this event. Trucks is part of the Trucks family music dynasty.
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.”
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.
The CD Awakening featuring brothers Kent and Brent Smedley performing as Eternal Odyssey is now available for pre-order from EMP Label Group. The estimated shipping date is April 12. The CD features nine songs in keeping with the band’s melodic metal/hard rock aesthetic. Kent and Brent have both dedicated their lives to music, including playing in or being associated with well-known bands.