Live music and fireworks ready to help you celebrate Happy Birthday, USA in Jax

The Coronavirus may still be suppressing our normal lives, but the good news is live music still lives in Jacksonville. There are plenty of options for hearing music stream directly to the comfort of your backyard or family room, or for heading out to grab a cold one and listen in person.

Music starts on Thursday, July 2 and goes right through the weekend. Unlike other cities, Jax will also feature fireworks displays, and instead of centralizing those  displays at one location, they’ll be held in different areas around this sprawling city. Continue reading “Live music and fireworks ready to help you celebrate Happy Birthday, USA in Jax”

Outrage towards Chase Rice and others but praise for leader presiding over 31,000+ deaths?

Chase Rice, whose music is most kindly described as new country, faced outrage after doing a concert in Tennessee this past weekend. Someone posted video and social media erupted after numerous fans hugging the stage were shown in close proximity.  Predictably many of the fans were young women disregarding the current pandemic. Continue reading “Outrage towards Chase Rice and others but praise for leader presiding over 31,000+ deaths?”

Mardi Gras, Jax Beach style, features giveaways, prizes, and ‘unique pub crawl’

Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras, post Katrina (Carol M. Highsmith Collection, US Library of Congress)

On Saturday, February 22, Jacksonville Beach will be the place for all adults who want to celebrate Mardi Gras—in English, Fat Tuesday. Celebrations like this precede the traditional Shrove Tuesday events in New Orleans, and the Jax Beach affair will feature giveaways, prizes, and what organizers describe as “a unique pub crawl.” Continue reading “Mardi Gras, Jax Beach style, features giveaways, prizes, and ‘unique pub crawl’”

Popular beach bar in Jax isn’t alone in facing music licensing suit

Surfer the Bar in Jacksonville Beach (FL) isn’t the first bar to allegedly run afoul of music licensing regulations. ASCAP [American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers] is suing the bar on behalf of a number of groups for copyright infringement. Does this matter, in the scheme of things, for a bar that stands on hallowed ground in these parts—the former location of Freebird? Surfer the Bar isn’t the only venue to deal with copyright infringement issues. Continue reading “Popular beach bar in Jax isn’t alone in facing music licensing suit”

Whale of a festival on behalf of endangered Right Whales

Right Whale Festival poster
Official poster for 2017 Right Whale Festival

There’s a whale of a festival scheduled for Sunday at Jacksonville Beach, and it’s dedicated to protecting the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale.

I first learned about these majestic creatures from the regional publisher who brought out two of my books. He also published a book about these whales, and he was very dedicated to their cause.

When we say this whale is endangered, what does that mean in terms of numbers?  Continue reading “Whale of a festival on behalf of endangered Right Whales”