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”

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)