In memoriam: Let us now praise the Daysies’ Yamaha Stagepas 500

It happened last night when Rebecca did music solo on the deck at Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery on Jacksonville’s southside. Just as she started a song, there was a pop. It was not a pretty pop. For a second, I thought she’d torched a guitar string. Then I saw the look on her face. Her first sound system, the one she bought when she started performing as a solo artist, had gone belly up. Continue reading “In memoriam: Let us now praise the Daysies’ Yamaha Stagepas 500”

Friday night in Fernandina Beach a cornucopia of music

Amelia Island is one of my family’s favorite places to go among the many places we enjoy here in Florida. The island’s historic charm blends with great places to shop, eat, and enjoy live music. This past Friday was no exception. We traveled up there to Fernandina Beach to hear live music at The Palace Saloon, but while we were there, we came across musicians performing in other venues. The first we encountered was Kevin Ski who was playing at The Salty Pelican where we’d gone to grab some supper. Continue reading “Friday night in Fernandina Beach a cornucopia of music”

Florida weekend: Live music all around the Sunshine State

Florida is known for sunshine, but it should also be known for music. On any given day or night, you can find live music in every nook and cranny in the nation’s third largest state. Coming up on the last weekend in June are many live performances spanning all types of music. Heading to Ft. Lauderdale? Like pop? Continue reading “Florida weekend: Live music all around the Sunshine State”

SWAMPYTONK EXPERIENCE BEGINS IN FERNANDINA BEACH FOR THE CRAZY DAYSIES

Wes Goode, Rebecca Day, Jen Day-Thompson The Crazy Daysies
(L to R) Guitarist and vocalist Wes Goode, guitarist and vocalist Rebecca Day, and violist and vocalist Jen Day-Thompson do a selfie at their gig at the Green Turtle in Fernandina Beach. (Photo: The Crazy Daysies)

The Crazy Daysies kick off their summer Swampytonk Experience with a performance on the Riverfront Stage at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on May 5.

Instead of a typical tour most musicians do, this series of shows will highlight original music written by Jacksonville-based sisters Rebecca Day and Jennifer Day Thompson. The goal is to spread the word about their unique “swampytonk” sound most closely aligned with Americana music, and to have fun welcoming all those who want to come out and be part of something different. Continue reading “SWAMPYTONK EXPERIENCE BEGINS IN FERNANDINA BEACH FOR THE CRAZY DAYSIES”

Melody Trucks Band set to headline pre-Shrimp fest celebration at Green Turtle

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The Green Turtle is a staple in Amelia Island entertainment, and the popular music venue is gearing up for a pre-Shrimp Festival celebration beginning Saturday, April 27.

In anticipation of the more than 100,000 people expected to head to Shrimp Fest, The Green Turtle kicks off the weekend before the festival with their first ever Turtle Jam Mini Fest. Melody Trucks and her band will headline this event. Trucks is part of the Trucks family music dynasty. Continue reading “Melody Trucks Band set to headline pre-Shrimp fest celebration at Green Turtle”

More than 100,000 expected for Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

More than 100,000 guests are expected to attend the 2019 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, based on attendance in previous years. Firefall and Poco will headline the music, with bands like The Crazy Daysies and The Swingin’ Medallions taking the stage on Sunday. The music is only part of a three day mix of activities, parades, and marketplace wares. Continue reading “More than 100,000 expected for Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival”

‘Best coffee on the Interstate’ truck passed as I drank some out of necessity

In life there are those quirky moments you remember simply because they’re quirky. I was traveling to Fernandina Beach with Rebecca. She was playing tunes with Wes Goode at The Green Turtle. I was doing a bit of work while she drove when I saw the truck. Right in front of us. The back had a slogan: “best coffee on the interstate.” I realized I was drinking the same kind of coffee the truck was advertising. Continue reading “‘Best coffee on the Interstate’ truck passed as I drank some out of necessity”

What’s up in 2019 for the Crazy Daysies?

Jen Day Thompson (left) and Rebecca Day (right) making up the Crazy Daysies duo opened the festival on Saturday. (Photo: Jen Day Thompson)
Jen Day Thompson (left) and Rebecca Day (right) making up the Crazy Daysies duo opened the festival. (Photo: Jen Day Thompson)

Every so often I do an update here about what the girls and their fellow musicians are up to. It looks like 2019 will be another busy year, but we’re hoping for a little more space in between gigs than we had in 2018. Rebecca learned that four gigs in the span of a week makes for one tired musician.

If you work as a musician, you know how it is. You’ll have gigs on the book for a certain week, and a too-great-to-decline offer comes up. So you put it on the calendar. That happened quite a few times in 2018.

There’s also the busy work of running a small business. Rebecca does a good job and I help as I can, but the paperwork alone can be tedious. Music looks glamorous from the outside, but when you’re on the inside of it and doing it fulltime, it takes a lot of energy.

Last year there were lots of personal events going on, and that made scheduling tricky. There’s good news and bad news on that front.  Continue reading “What’s up in 2019 for the Crazy Daysies?”

The show must go on—unless you’re too sick

Every performer deals with it at some point. Things are bopping right along, going great, and then it hits. Someone gifts you with something you definitely don’t want—a virus. But you keep going because you have to. You may think to yourself it’s just a bug, and after a few days you’ll toss it off because you’re young and healthy. Then comes the point when you realize, yes, the show must go on, but sometimes, you just can’t.  Continue reading “The show must go on—unless you’re too sick”

Most requested songs at gigs are often from the past

It doesn’t matter if you’re a performer or a music enthusiast, if you’ve taken in live music performances, you will always witness special requests. While it’s true most of my experience is in Americana or country venues, the requests cover all genres. “Time after Time” is a perfect example.  Continue reading “Most requested songs at gigs are often from the past”