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”

In memoriam: Let us now praise the Daysies’ Yamaha Stagepas 500

It happened last night when Rebecca did music solo on the deck at Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery on Jacksonville’s southside. Just as she started a song, there was a pop. It was not a pretty pop. For a second, I thought she’d torched a guitar string. Then I saw the look on her face. Her first sound system, the one she bought when she started performing as a solo artist, had gone belly up. Continue reading “In memoriam: Let us now praise the Daysies’ Yamaha Stagepas 500”

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”

Miranda teases 8 million+ on Facebook with new song and ‘something else’

More than 8 million fans of Miranda Lambert keep up with her doin’s on the country star’s Facebook page. The page is updated frequently with news about her new music, tour and other appearances, and efforts for “Mutt Nation.” On Monday, Lambert announced the release of a new song and added a teaser. Continue reading “Miranda teases 8 million+ on Facebook with new song and ‘something else’”

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”

Friday music: Live from Green Cove Springs to Fernandina Beach

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. Continue reading “Friday music: Live from Green Cove Springs to Fernandina Beach”

Indies may benefit from CASE Act; most probably never heard of it

It’s happened to me and it may happen to you, regardless of the arts genre you work in. A few years ago, I did a lot of research on a piece of federal legislation. It took me hours to work my way through the obscure language, references to other bills, and other minutiae. I filed my article after a full day of work on it. A couple weeks later, I did a search, as I always do, to see if anyone else had written about the bill. Imagine my surprise when I saw my article, and photographs, copied and pasted word for word into someone else’s website. What happened next was infuriating. Continue reading “Indies may benefit from CASE Act; most probably never heard of it”

‘Indigenous’ author Reeser tapped for ‘Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents’ event

Poet and author Jennifer Reeser has been tapped by the Louisiana Book Festival to present her new book ‘Indigenous’ during ‘The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents’ event. Reeser will be there on November 2 for the event in the state capitol complex in Baton Rouge. Approximately 24,000 people are expected to attend. Continue reading “‘Indigenous’ author Reeser tapped for ‘Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents’ event”

Swift blowup: Scooter Brown backlash case of mistaken identity

Pop star Taylor Swift’s recent blowup over the sale of the label her first albums belong to made national headlines. Swift held nothing back in complaining about the label sale although she’s now worth hundreds of millions of dollars partly because of that label. Swift targeted Scooter Braun, the man at the helm of the purchase of her label, for allegedly bullying her, among other reasons. Rising country star Scooter Brown had no idea what would come at him as a result of mistaken identity. Continue reading “Swift blowup: Scooter Brown backlash case of mistaken identity”