Twenty One Pilots fans go ‘Deadheads’ on us

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. Continue reading “Twenty One Pilots fans go ‘Deadheads’ on us”

Study abuse: ‘Smarter people listen to instrumental music’ (in Croatia)

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 a PhD student at Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom. Continue reading “Study abuse: ‘Smarter people listen to instrumental music’ (in Croatia)”

Melody Trucks Band set to headline pre-Shrimp fest celebration at Green Turtle

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Photo/Indie Art South

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. Continue reading “Melody Trucks Band set to headline pre-Shrimp fest celebration at Green Turtle”

Red’s Wine Bar—another reason Clay County should be called ‘Musicville’

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.” Continue reading “Red’s Wine Bar—another reason Clay County should be called ‘Musicville’”

Jax and Florida media clueless about major film with Gunboat Diplomats’ song

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.  Continue reading “Jax and Florida media clueless about major film with Gunboat Diplomats’ song”

Smedley brothers’ Eternal Odyssey CD now ready for pre-order

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.  Continue reading “Smedley brothers’ Eternal Odyssey CD now ready for pre-order”

Amid Super Bowl anthem controversy, Gladys Knight says “Get ready!”

Gladys Knight spoke about singing the national anthem for Super Bowl Llll in an interview posted by the NFL on YouTube. Amid criticism from a small but vocal collection of activists, Knight has maintained her calm and is sticking to her decision to sing the anthem. Knight has seen and participated in all aspects of the Civil Rights movement, recounting having to give separate performances for white and black audiences in the South of yesteryear.  Continue reading “Amid Super Bowl anthem controversy, Gladys Knight says “Get ready!””

Meet photographer Mike Hamilton, quiet advocate for Florida musicians

Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) with Mike Hamilton (This Guy Multimedia)
Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) with Mike Hamilton (This Guy Multimedia)

Florida musicians have a talented advocate working quietly in the background at bars, festivals, and other venues. Mike Hamilton is becoming the persona grata in the world of Sunshine State music, and he’s drawing well-deserved attention for the many images he’s shot of musicians working in different genres. The first time I saw Mike, I had no idea who he was.

He was shooting photos of Rebecca and Jennifer at one of their gigs. Later he posted some pics on Facebook and it was obvious he has a good eye for composition. I saw that he was photographing different bands, and I became interested in his work.

Wednesday night Mike came out with a friend to hang with us at Brick Oven Pizzeria where Rebecca was doing a solo show. I told him I wanted to write about him and I asked him a few questions.  Continue reading “Meet photographer Mike Hamilton, quiet advocate for Florida musicians”

Norway authorities allege millions of ‘fake streams’ for Jay-Z’s Tidal

Anyone in the music business is aware streams of artists’ music play a vital role in their success. While indie artists’ fans often ask for CDs or vinyl, streaming stats supply numbers guaranteed to impress media and fans. Whether streaming numbers translate to similar numbers in fans is up for debate. Now Norway authorities are investigating US musician Jay-Z’s Tidal, alleging millions of “fake streams” for some artists. If true, this would result in disenfranchising others because of the way revenue is tabulated for artists.  Continue reading “Norway authorities allege millions of ‘fake streams’ for Jay-Z’s Tidal”

What’s wrong with Imagine Dragons doing halftime show for college football championship?

My indie arts family is psyched for the national college football championship game tonight between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama’s Crimson Tide. I didn’t know until yesterday that Imagine Dragons will do the halftime show. I hadn’t listened to much of that band’s music, but when I saw a columnist dissing them as halftime entertainment while expressing positive feelings about their music, I revisited their song “Zero” and a couple others. The columnist suggested a great musician would’ve been a better fit for the gig. I disagree.  Continue reading “What’s wrong with Imagine Dragons doing halftime show for college football championship?”