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”

Small publishers, beware the Facebook ad glitch, censorship

Yesterday I wrote a column expressing my thoughts on the Republican National Convention holding some events here in Jacksonville, Florida. I wrote that column after reading stories in media promoting Democrat Party leaders’ opinions on the matter. Those party leaders don’t want the opposition party to be able to host convention events here. Continue reading “Small publishers, beware the Facebook ad glitch, censorship”

To host RNC or not to? Pluses, implied threats, and confusion

My home city of Jacksonville, Florida is being considered to host parts of the Republican National Convention scheduled for August. Naturally, on social media Jaxxers are debating the pros and cons. Some things become evident if you sift through all the social media rhetoric. There are definitely some positives. There are definitely implied threats. There is absolutely a lot of confusion, partly stirred by partisan media. Our entertainment and hospitality industry is hurting right now, and a large event could be beneficial to all.

So should Jacksonville host parts of the convention? Note my use of the word “parts”. Continue reading “To host RNC or not to? Pluses, implied threats, and confusion”

Live music back as Florida moves to Phase 2; bars, theaters, and tattoos

Gov. Ron DeSantis is greenlighting businesses in Florida as Phase 2 reopenings begin. The indie music sector will welcome the opening of bars and pubs, but the venues must stay at 50 percent of capacity for areas inside. DeSantis made the announcement on June 3 at Universal Orlando. Continue reading “Live music back as Florida moves to Phase 2; bars, theaters, and tattoos”

Ward Davis brought foot stomping tunes and music tales to Jacksonville

Ward Davis and his band, with Clint Park on bass and doing harmonies, in Jacksonville.
Ward Davis and his band, with Clint Park on bass and doing harmonies, rocked 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville on Saturday. (Photo: Indie Art South)

I pretty much freaked the family out when I bought tickets to see Ward Davis at 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville. For one thing, my husband didn’t know Davis’ music. For another, it takes a lot to get me out on a Saturday when I’m not traveling with Rebecca and crew. So we headed to downtown Jax on Saturday night and once we got there, we had a problem. Continue reading “Ward Davis brought foot stomping tunes and music tales to Jacksonville”