Jax music community rallies to help photographer who gave much, asked for little

Photo of banner for Celebration of Mike's life. Banner created by Melissa Smith.
Photo of banner for Celebration of Mike’s life. Banner created by Melissa Smith.

Friends and supporters of photographer Mike Hamilton will converge at 1904 Music Hall on Sunday, October 6, to celebrate his life.

Jacksonville’s music community is rallying to help the family of Mike Hamilton, the photographer who gave so much and asked so little in return. Spearheaded by Crystallea Monroe, Mike’s partner and friend, a celebration of his life will take place at 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville on Sunday, October 6. A time for the event will soon be announced once all the plans are fully in place, so keep the date open. Continue reading “Jax music community rallies to help photographer who gave much, asked for little”

North Florida music community loses a family member with Mike Hamilton’s passing

Flowers.Indie Art South photoSaturday was a pretty lousy day here all around. I came home late that afternoon after a situation involving a family member who’d been injured in a traumatic accident. I sat down to collect myself and look at my messages. I saw a text that said, “Damn. Mike passed away.” Continue reading “North Florida music community loses a family member with Mike Hamilton’s passing”

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”

Of late, the crazy hits home for the Daysies

Maybe it’s the Ides of March. Or maybe it’s the water. Of late, the crazy has really hit home with the Crazy Daysies. It’s a given that running a music business is a challenge that runs on adrenalin. We have that in droves right about now. Continue reading “Of late, the crazy hits home for the Daysies”

Meet photographer Mike Hamilton, quiet advocate for Florida musicians

Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) with Mike Hamilton (This Guy Multimedia)
Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) with Mike Hamilton (This Guy Multimedia)

Florida musicians have a talented advocate working quietly in the background at bars, festivals, and other venues. Mike Hamilton is becoming the persona grata in the world of Sunshine State music, and he’s drawing well-deserved attention for the many images he’s shot of musicians working in different genres. The first time I saw Mike, I had no idea who he was.

He was shooting photos of Rebecca and Jennifer at one of their gigs. Later he posted some pics on Facebook and it was obvious he has a good eye for composition. I saw that he was photographing different bands, and I became interested in his work.

Wednesday night Mike came out with a friend to hang with us at Brick Oven Pizzeria where Rebecca was doing a solo show. I told him I wanted to write about him and I asked him a few questions.  Continue reading “Meet photographer Mike Hamilton, quiet advocate for Florida musicians”