“Oh, my wandering eyes, nothing’s gonna take me by surprise I know, nothings gonna take me by surprise,” Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon sing.
Starting with a bang, this “family” band consists of Kelsey Joy Kopecky (vocals, keyboard, bass), Gabe Simon (vocals, guitar, horns), Steven Holmes (guitar, lap steel guitar), David Krohn (drums), Markus Midkiff (cello, guitar, keyboards), and Corey Oxendine (bass, guitar, horns).
“Kids Raising Kids” is the band’s first full-length album after releasing three EPs — “Embraces,” “The Disaster” and “Of Epic Proportions,” between 2008 and 2010.
“Kids Raising Kids” opens up with “Wandering Eyes” as Kopecky and Simon catch your attention right away after a catchy guitar riff leads into their vocals.
Incorporating simple sounds like snapping fingers and whistling gives the band a down to earth feeling as “Heartbeat” opens with fingers snapping to an upbeat rhythm.
“I don’t know, no I don’t know what I can do for you,” Kopecky and Simon sing as clapping comes into the song.
All the sounds come together as the song continues with the full band jamming by the chorus.
Heavy drums begin “My Way,” as a softer guitar and keyboard comes in to join Kopecky’s gentle voice rolling on the beat.
The song picks up for the chorus however as Simon’s voice reaches its high pitch tone, singing “Why can’t you see it my way!” That's something reminiscent of the lead singer of indie pop band fun.
A smooth guitar riff starts “Are You Listening” as whistling is incorporated into the mix that will have you whistling along.
“Don’t be shy now my father said, if you’re honest, no one will complain or ask you are you listening,” Kopecky and Simon sing.
“Glow” begins in a similar fashion with a simple riff and gentle lyrics as the pace picks up toward the chorus.
The band shows its emotional side as “Change” is the halfway point of the …
University of North Florida sculpture professor Jenny Hager, musician and talent manager David “Brad” Lauretti, fine artist Joy Poulard-Leverette (aka Sister Feathertoe) and Neptune Beach playwright Ian Mairs were selected as inaugural Spark Grant recipients.
A privately raised pool of $61,000 will be split among the four projects to be implemented Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014, in the Spark District, according to a press release from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.
Hager’s project, “Art in Public Places,” will seek outdoor sculptures for lending from a national call to artists.
Lauretti’s “Jacksonville Songwriters’ Residency” program is designed to attract songwriters to live and perform in the Spark District — from Northbank Riverwalk to Duval Street, bordered on east and west by Liberty and Hogan streets.
Leverette’s “The Looking Lab: Art in Empty Storefronts” will use four downtown storefronts to feature art of various disciplines.
Mairs’ “Swamp Radio Jax” — a quarterly variety show of local art, culture and history — will broadcast live within the Spark District.
The grant recipients were selected in a process involving art and community leaders, the city of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places Committee and the Cultural Council’s Board of Directors.
“Toes in the water, ass in the sand. Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today.” These vacation-lauding lyrics have found their liquid counterpart in LandShark’s island-style lager. Anheuser-Busch partnered with the Zac Brown Band to offer a series of limited-edition cans and accompanying exclusive video with band members.
The first can was released in May, the second in June and the third on Aug. 5. The three specialty cans are themed after the Zac Brown Band’s experiences. The first can celebrates pre-show routines, specifically the band’s “Eat & Greet” events. At these pre-concert Southern feasts, the band invites fans to join them in eating fried chicken. Guitars adorn the second can, which pays homage to the band’s performance. The third can’s design centers on the band’s post-show celebration.
This is not the first collaboration between the Zac Brown Band and LandShark Lager; the two have worked together for three years. LandShark brand manager Michael Lourie explained the cans are just one aspect of the partnership in an email. LandShark Lager is also sponsoring the Southern Ground Music and Food Festivals, which will feature the Zac Brown Band as the main act. The two-day festivals will be held in Nashville at the end of September and Charleston in mid-October. The festivals will include Kenny Chesney and Willie Nelson in Nashville and Band of Horses in Charleston. LandShark Lager is also a sponsor of the Zac Brown Band’s 2013 tour.
The Atlanta-based country band, created and led by vocalist Zac Brown, formed in 2002. Widespread national attention came when the band re-recorded and released their single “Chicken Fried” in 2008. Since then, the band has charted 10 hit singles, produced multiple platinum selling albums and toured all over the world.
Although many of their lyrics praise slowing down and enjoying a laid-back Southern lifestyle, the band has not had much time to sink their toes …
Congratulations to Arthur Moss for winning our drawing for two free VIP tickets to Folio Weekly’s Oktoberfest at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Oct. 19. Moss was selected randomly from the readers who posted a perfect score in Folio Weekly’s Fall Arts Preview Quiz. Here are the answers to the quiz:
1. What year did The Beatles perform at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville?
2. What was the first song Michael Jackson and his brothers performed on the first night (July 21, 1984) of the Victory Tour in Jacksonville?
b. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”
3. Who was the judge who warned Elvis Presley to tone down his act after his first show at The Florida Theatre in 1956?
a. Marion Gooding
4. Who painted the jaguar mural on the Bostwick Building in Downtown Jacksonville in 1995?
d. Jim Draper
5. What was the name of the Egyptian exhibit that came to the Prime Osborn Convention Center in 1986?
b. “Ramses II: The Pharaoh in His Time”
6. What are the six colorful statues outside Veterans Memorial Arena called?
d. “Talking Continents”
7. The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville was founded in 1924 as what organization?
c. Jacksonville Fine Arts Society
8. What is the most performed show in the history of Alhambra Theatre & Dining?
b. “Christmas Carole”
9. What is the full name for CEAM, Flagler College’s museum?
d. Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
10. What was the first Broadway show Artist Series brought to Jacksonville?
The annual event is held 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 25-31 at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, $8 for members; $10 for nonmembers, 757-4463.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
The classic is screened 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, $20; $15 for members, 396-6674 ext. 226, themosh.org.
Jacksonville Historical Society has fixed up the place for a fundraiser, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 26 at 314 Palmetto St., Downtown. Live music, food, drinks, costume contests and Labyrinth of Terror are featured, $50, 665-0064, jaxhistory.com.
AMAZING GRACE CROP MAZE
Petting zoo, corn crib, live music, fish and wildlife exhibit, 2-7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. through Nov. 2, 2899 Wisteria Farms Rd., Green Cove Springs; $11 for ages 4 and older, 284-2949, agcropmaze.com.
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Young ghosts and goblins wander wild walkways and meet costumed animal-keepers with creepy creatures and candy 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 31 at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, 999 Anastasia Blvd., $8 adults, kids 2-11 $6 for pass members; $9 adults, $7 for kids 2-11 nonmembers; 824-3337, alligatorfarm.com.
HAUNT NIGHTS HAUNTED HOUSE
Apocalypse 3D Haunted House, dusk-11 p.m. through Nov. 2; Carnieville and Dark Fables, dusk-10 p.m. Oct. 24, 27, 30-31, dusk-11 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2, at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, prices vary; 246-4386, adventurelanding.com.
RIVER CITY HAUNTS
A ghostly walking tour, 8 p.m. every Fri. through Dec. 20, starting at Jacksonville Landing escalators. For reservations, call 827-1845; $15 for adults; $5 for kids 5-12; adlibtours.com.
HAUNTING OF SCHOOL HOUSE 4
11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 28, Mandarin; $20 Fri.-Sat., $18 Thur. and Sun., kids under 12 must be with an adult; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 24, 27, 31; 7 p.m.-mid. Oct. 25-26, …
Have you seen this video Northeast Florida creative house Dripsblack created for TEDxJacksonville? Look for recognizable scenes of the Jacksonville area while you're inspired by its big message. The slick video received a lot of buzz at the Oct. 26 event.
TedX Jacksonville "Connecting Currents" from dripsblack on Vimeo.
Every month, Northeast Florida residents hit downtown for First Wednesday Art Walk to see great art, witness performances and get acquainted with what's new. While most art walkers enjoyed the entertainment outside, artists and guests gathered inside Southlight Gallery for the opening of its Members' Choice and Reunion exhibits.
Southlight Gallery is celebrating its fifth anniversary as a downtown gallery that features a diverse collection of art. The gallery felt the best way to celebrate its progress was to give new artists a chance to display their work and to bring veteran artists back to the gallery.
Southlight sent an open call to artists for their July guest exhibit Members' Choice in which the artists could select pieces to submit to the gallery to be judged for first-, second- and third-place prizes. The juried winner, Jeffrey Luque, called it a huge honor to receive recognition for his work. Though there was no monetary prize involved, he said the bragging rights were worth more than cash. Luque, a Jacksonville native, says he’s glad that Jacksonville has such a diverse art scene. After moving to New Mexico for a few years, he noticed the art scene was a bit dry but Jacksonville is much more vibrant.
That’s exactly the kind of environment that Pam Zambetti, the gallery’s manager, tries to foster. She says that she seeks diversity in the art that is selected to hang in the gallery. To her it's very important that artists have the chance to express themselves and display the pieces they think best reflect themselves. The diversity of subjects and media isapparent in each room of the gallery. Some rooms feature sculptures, black and white photography and beautiful watercolor paintings with bright colors bleeding into each other to create vivid beach scenes.
Lois Newman, a veteran of Southlight, is responsible for a few of those watercolors. An avid surfer and swimmer, she paints on location (or en plein air) in Costa Rica …
BIGGEST SCOREBOARDS EVER!
FULHAM vs. D.C. UNITED
Gather round for the great unveiling of the monolith … er … the new EverBank Field scoreboards — basically the biggest TVs ever, bigger than anything in Texas, bigger than a million jumbo jets (according to billboards around town). Fulham F.C. (aka Shad Khan’s European soccer team) will face off against the MLS’s D.C. United, then comes the unveiling of the 55,000-square-foot big screens (so what, they don’t want to show us soccer on video boards?). Khan’s fiesta for his new scoreboards wraps up with a performance by country superstar Carrie Underwood. 6 p.m. July 23, EverBank Field, Downtown, $29.70-$61.95.