State ‘rankings’ placing Florida last are based on thin air and snark

Media are breathlessly touting results of state ‘rankings’ that place the state of Florida dead last in an analysis of states ranked from “best to worst.” The list started with the “worst.” Headlines blared from eager media who probably are still smarting from Democrats’ loss in the Sunshine State in November, 2016. That’s beside the point, though. What is inside the point is that media who deliver your evening news on traditional networks actually took these ‘rankings’ seriously. These aren’t real ‘rankings’. 

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Boutique Wine Bar in Palm Coast gets a discreet makeover

Many musicians in Florida are acquainted with The Original Hammock Wine and Cheese bar in Palm Coast (FL). This boutique bar features indie musicians on a regular basis, and has done so for quite some time. Why do I call it a ’boutique bar’? 

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Indie artists in Florida may celebrate results of Yelp study

If you’ve ever looked for reviews of businesses, chances are you’ve come across Yelp, a website enabling the public to post reviews. It’s a popular site, and naturally a great deal of data can be mined from those reviews. That’s probably one reason Yelp now publishes a report titled “Yelp Economic Outlook.” Results of this year’s report may lead indie artists to celebrate if they live in the Sunshine State. 

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Mary J. Blige concert a bridge across the river ‘Turmoil’

By Jennifer Day Thompson I tend to avoid news sites. I even find myself staying away from social media some days. For a self-employed musician, social connections and engagement are everything. But every time I peruse Facebook or watch a local news broadcast, I’m bombarded with messages of hate and tragedy. I don’t report to an office each day. My office is across the hall from my daughter’s bedroom. I may spend 3-4 days at home, working on music as I’m able while raising a two-year-old. When the end of the week arrives and our gig schedule kicks in, I

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Eclipse 2017 didn’t quite go as planned here

Yesterday, at 1:34 p.m. here in the southeastern sector of Jacksonville, I got to see something remarkable. The sun was directly overhead. As I viewed it through my special glasses, that big orange orb looked like a mouse had nibbled at the upper right quadrant. By 1:49, the bite got bigger. Then things went south. 

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Add Island Hopper Fest, songwriter contest to list of great Florida music events

Florida is one of the nation’s largest states and we’re a popular tourist destination, so it’s no surprise we have a lot of music going on. Add Island Hopper Fest to the mix of great music events in the Sunshine State. This is only the fourth year for the festival, but it looks like it will have a long shelf life. Performers will be featured at venues including Captiva Island, Downtown Fort Myers, and Fort Myers Beach September 22-October 1. There’s a contest for aspiring songwriter-performers who can vie for a chance to perform. 

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Key West Songwriters Festival to feature more than 200 performers

The Key West Songwriters Festival will feature more than 200 performers and untold numbers of music fans who will converge on the island May 9-13, 2018. The performers are selected by organizations like BMI, so there’s a selection process that may take some time. 

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Second Sundays got a rain reprieve in Springfield

On Sunday, Rebecca was scheduled to open for Cain’t Never Could as part of festivities for Second Sundays in Springfield. We planned to go, but by late morning, our Mandarin community south of Jax was getting heavy showers and a light show. For a couple hours, it looked like the event at Klutho Park located north of Jacksonville wouldn’t be possible. By 2 p.m., a reprieve was in progress courtesy of Mother Nature, and the event was a go-ahead. There was a bonus, too. 

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