Yes, the Crazy Daysies are learning as they go with Facebook Live

Crazy Daysies at Waffle House
After a late night gig in Georgia, we were all starving. The first thing I said when we finally found a place open was, ‘Thank God for Waffle House’. (L to R: Jen Day Thompson, Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies)

When the Daysies started talking about doing a Facebook Live weekly show, I admit I had my doubts.

We’d already tried FB Live after the band collected a lot of food and supplies from supporters for a local pet charity. Jennifer and Rebecca delivered the food and supplies in person.

When I reviewed the video, I realized we had a few challenges.  Continue reading “Yes, the Crazy Daysies are learning as they go with Facebook Live”

After Irma, restoring property, schedules, and wallets

tree on roof after Irma
The top of a massive old oak crashed onto this roof. Such sights were common in Northeast Florida after Irma.

Hurricane Irma is one I will long remember. In the middle of the storm, I stood in the alcove on our front porch and watched the wind direct the trees like a conductor directs an orchestra. It was otherworldly, with the sounds the wind made and the constant green flashes in the sky from transformers blowing.

For many self-employed musicians, Irma was an assault on property, performance schedules, and wallets.  Continue reading “After Irma, restoring property, schedules, and wallets”

CD Baby conference a definite plus for indies

Tootsies Nashville
No trip to Nashville is complete without a trip to Tootsies Orchid Lounge. The CD Baby conference was about 2 blocks away.

The Daysie team returned from Nashville late last night and to say the CD Baby DIY Conference inspired them is an understatement. If anything, the feedback I’ve heard confirms what I’ve been writing about on this site.  Continue reading “CD Baby conference a definite plus for indies”

Band Mom: Hat tip to organizers and volunteers at Blue Crab Festival

Palatka 2017 Blue Crab Festival
Palatka’s annual Blue Crab Festival featured lots of crafts, food, and bands.

Palatka’s Blue Crab Festival over Memorial Day weekend drew lots of people to the small town known for festivals, views of the mighty St. John’s River, and hospitality. That last was obvious as soon as we arrived to hear the Crazy Daysies and other bands scheduled for Saturday.  Continue reading “Band Mom: Hat tip to organizers and volunteers at Blue Crab Festival”

Band Mom: Seawalk Festival put Florida musicians in spotlight

Seawalk Community First Festival
The crowd began to gather early at Seawalk Community First Festival.

I’ve often joked to my husband I can hear good music at a number of places in Florida on a given night, and I don’t have to pay $100 for concert tickets. Community First Seawalk Music festival this past weekend at Jacksonville Beach validated my claim.

The festival featured ten bands and closed with country star Josh Turner.

Chiara Blair (center) with daughters Ciera King (left) and Ammie King (right)
Chiara Blair (center) with daughters Ciera King (left) and Ammie King (right) came to Jacksonville Beach to see the Crazy Daysies at the Seawalk Community First Festival.

The Crazy Daysies opened the festival on Saturday. They were followed by Mama Blue whose voice does for the blues what honey does for toast. All the bands received compliments—some I heard first hand and some can be viewed on the Festival’s Facebook page.

Surfdog Photography did photos for the festival; you can see those on Facebook too.

Lots of people from the community came out, and I think there were some out of towners as well. I heard one young woman who was exiting a nearby hotel tell her friend, “I didn’t know they did stuff like this here.”

Festivals like this are a true community gathering spot. All sorts of people came out—from young to old, to enjoy the incredibly beautiful weather, the music, vendors with very unique goods, and the beach.

I was busy trying to take some photos and videos of the Daysies and their bandmates, and also trying to make sure to speak to everyone who came out to hear the band. But in between, I really enjoyed myself. It’s a must-go festival if you can—you can hear a thousand dollars worth of music for free over a two-day period.

Rebecca Day and the band ended their opening performance by singing happy birthday to a very special guest who traveled with her family from Georgia to see the Daysies. Focusing on the Southeast right now, the band has done lots of singing and performing around the state of Georgia.

The Daysies head to Thomasville, Georgia this weekend to do two back to back performances as a duo at Cream of the Crop at South Eden Plantation.

[Photos by Indie Art South]

(KBD/March 2, 2017)

Actually, it’s not a violin; it’s a viola

I didn’t know much about the viola when I chose it as my instrument for elementary school orchestra. I just knew I liked the way it sounded.

The deep, soulful tone of the viola has always been much more satisfying to me than the high-pitched shriek of the violin. Not that I don’t appreciate the talent of any musician, regardless of instrument.

Growing up, I learned there were few solo opportunities for a classical viola player.  Continue reading “Actually, it’s not a violin; it’s a viola”

Ocala Rotary’s Cracker Cattle Drive put the fest in festival

cowboy on horse with cell phone
Loved seeing the cowboy checking his phone while riding his horse. (Photo: IAS)

One of the most unique festivals I’ve been to is this past weekend’s Rotary Discovery Fest Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Roundup. The city of Ocala goes all out to support the festival, and it’s one of the most heavily attended I’ve been to.

What sets this festival apart? (Story continues after photos) Continue reading “Ocala Rotary’s Cracker Cattle Drive put the fest in festival”

Newberry, heart of Carolina’s small town America

Christmas lights Newberry
Lights on Main Street in Newberry. (Photo: Rebecca Day)

After performing at the American Heritage Festival in Lake City, SC, in early December, the Crazy Daysies headed upstate shortly before Christmas to visit with family and friends.

I dreamt of living amidst vast fields and rolling Carolina hills while growing up.

Farm houses and cozy log cabins appealed to me, while neutral, modern-styled houses furrowed my brow.  Continue reading “Newberry, heart of Carolina’s small town America”

American Heritage Festival lit up the night, literally

The Crazy Daysies at Jarrito's
The Crazy Daysies Jennifer Day Thompson (left) and Rebecca Day with a staffer at Jarrito’s in Lake City, SC.

On Saturday a group of us traveled from different cities to a farm near Lake City, South Carolina, to hear The Crazy Daysies perform at the American Heritage Festival.

The weekend-long event is only a couple of years old, but organizers and vendors offer a lot of sights, sounds, and handmade crafts for guests.  Continue reading “American Heritage Festival lit up the night, literally”

Crazy Daysies, craftsmakers highlight Fall Festival

Mark Goldwich
Mark Goldwich, chair for the Mandarin Fall Festival, tastes a sampler of the chili entered in the competition.

The Mandarin Council of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce held the Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff on November 19, with visitors coming from near and far.

On a perfect fall day, guests enjoyed music, the opportunity to taste many different kinds of chili, and also do some early Christmas shopping among an eclectic assortment of crafts and other goods for sale by indie artists and vendors.

The Crazy Daysies duo, Rebecca Day and Jennifer Day Thompson, performed country, pop, and Americana tunes as people strolled through the marketplace on San Jose Blvd.  Continue reading “Crazy Daysies, craftsmakers highlight Fall Festival”