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High in China

Runway Chronicles

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Musical Innuendos: Wigs on Paper

“LIL NAS X:

BREAKING BOUNDARIES”


PRESENTS

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Live your life to its fullest potential

and don’t really care too much about

what other people think of you.”

~ Lil Nas X

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Oh My Goddess

Cupid Will Make You Stupid for the

Love of Music

Lil Nas X - Breaking Boundaries

Behind the Mic: Riggs

Runway Chronicles

Musical Innuendos: Wigs on Paper

Artist Feature: Corey Rivera

High in China by Hank Harrison

Static Live Event Calendar

Rocktails

A Day in the Life of a Gigging Musician

Lift Every Voice and Sing

The Krewe of NOLA

The Acoustic Takeover

Snap It

Metal Compost

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Franceskah

Hi, my name is Franceskah - Fran for short. I am the oldest of 5 and actually love it.

I am from Brooklyn, New York but moved to Florida at the age of 16 with my family;

now I’m practically a Floridian but still and always will be a New Yorker. My parents,

on the other hand, are both Haitian and met each other in New York with the help of

my granddad setting up his daughter. I have a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies

and have used it a bit for 2 years to teach the youth but ended up going a different

path.

When it comes to (recent) music I have two favorites; Justin Timberlake and Sam

Smith. I was extremely excited in 2018 when I got to see them both up close in concert

in the same year. I enjoy the beach, sun, and kayaking when it comes to relaxing,

but it has to be cold in the house in order for me to get some sleep. I’m the funny

person as well as the mom in the group; at the end of the day, my goal is to always

make sure I made at least one person smile/leave happy.

Oh My...Goddess

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Because this is the

month in which Cupid will

make you stupid – you

know, the Valentine’s

Day thing – I will make a

confession: I have been

in love nine times in my

life. Five of those loves

are rock bands, and those

love affairs all continue

to this day. Four of those

loves were women. Yes, I

said “were.” Only my love

for my late wife Cheryl

endures. The other three

relationships soared

then crashed and burned

like Icarus scorching his

ass on the sun before

plummeting to the earth in a fiery, wretched

death.

In case you needed reminding: Cupid is a tricky

little bastard. He will whisper in your ear that your

newfound love is going to last until Bob Dylan

wins the Nobel Prize for literature. I mean, that’s

pretty much forever, right?

What does it say that my love affairs with the

Beatles, Led Zeppelin, U2, Pearl Jam and the Irish

pop-folk band Clannad have lasted longer than all

my female relationships except Cheryl?

Hell, what does it mean to “love” a band instead

of merely liking one? You probably know even if

you don’t realize it.

My nine-year-old heart intuited that I loved the

Beatles when my older brother Gary brought

home “Sgt. Pepper” and we and our younger

brother Rusty sat there gobsmacked. I felt like

extraterrestrials had kidnapped me to a planet

where everyone ate chocolate pie for breakfast

and every day I could catch an up-skirt glimpse of

the panties of Lisa, the cutest girl in fourth-grade

class.

I fell in love with Led Zeppelin in the early 1970s

when deejay Albert W. Mason played

this mysterious, magical slice of musical

mana every evening just before radio

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Make You

Love of Music

station WDIG in Dothan,

Alabama, signed off the

air at midnight. (Yes, radio

stations used to do that

sort of thing.) When I

caught on that Albert was

going to sign off every

freakin’ night by playing

this mystical Druid anthem

about a stairway to heaven,

and that I was going to be

initiated into this secret

magical society if I listened

enough, well – I was in love

with the mighty Zep.

Yes, I like a lot of music:

by Rick de Yampert the Doors, the Dave Clark

Five, Hank Williams,

Tears for Fears, Erykah Badu, Public Enemy,

Radiohead, German-born sitar player Prem

Joshua and on and on.

But to love a music artist means that at some

point in your life, you would have gone bat-shit

insane or even died if you had not heard THAT

song by THAT band at just the right moment, and

you realized the secret cult of Music Druids (yes,

those guys again) were guiding your love life – at

least the sonic side of it.

Falling in love with a music artist is like falling in

romantic love with someone: It’s something you

can’t force or plan on. It’s just something that

kismet decrees: Whammo! You hear a song or

an album and you realize that your DNA and your

weltanschauung have been shape-shifted and

you are a different person that you were an hour

earlier.

What does it mean that the great musical loves

of my life outnumber my female loves, and

have lasted longer than three-fourths of them?

I’m not sure. If one of my band loves makes a

shitty album, maybe I’m more forgiving than if a

female lover commits the equivalent of a shitty

album. After all, John Lennon’s “Yer Blues,” U2’s

“Achtung Baby” and Pearl Jam’s “Given to Fly”

are always there whenever I need them. They

have never told me “Not tonight dear, I have a

headache.”


to become musicians, no matter their

backgrounds or preferences.

The future looks bright for this young

man and there’s little doubt that he will

continue to inspire many who were

afraid to be who they really, both inside

and out. Here’s a little more about Lil

Nas X and what makes special in the

music world:

Born Montero Hall in Atlanta, GA on April

9, 1999, he disappointed his parents

when he decided to drop out of college

to pursue a music career; the decision

caused him to stay at his sister’s house

for a few days while his parents warmed

up to the idea. He began his journey on

Twitter and building his fan base there

gave him the confidence to start posting

his music online.

LIL NAS X:

Lil Nas X released his first hit, “Old Town

Road” on SoundCloud in December

of 2018. He released it as a country

song to increase its visibility on both

SoundCloud and iTunes. Users of the

TikTok app gave it viral status, however,

by uploading videos of themselves in

cowboy gear drinking “Yee Yee Juice”

with the tune playing in the background

(taking from the line in the song, “I got

my horses in the back”.

BREAKING BOUNDARIES

It’s not easy being a musician, much less a

famous one. The odds are probably similar to

(or even longer than) becoming a pro athlete.

With one in a million odds, not only must one be

talented; they must also be able to market their

product and generate fans.

Now, take all of that and add the fact that

homophobia and rumors can quickly crush a

career before it even begins. This month’s cover

features a young man who has shown us that

talent and drive trumps prejudice and hate.

The rap game is a tough one; many artists in

that genre fit the sterotype seen in videos and

movies. But the times, they are a-changing as Lil

Nas X has broken those boundaries by coming

out as a gay man and proven to the world that

not everything is as it seems. Imagine having a

By The Reluctant Genius

number one hit and being on top of the world and

gathering the strength to tell the world that you’re

gay; one would think that most of us would hide

it and try to appeal to the masses. Not only that,

but by working in both country and rap he has

challenged two very difficult and not always

open-minded fan bases and won. With his

numerous hits at a very young age, he has

become a symbol and an inspiration to others

“Old Town Road” made the Billboard Hot

Country chart in early 2019, reaching

number 15; ;it was number 7 on the

HipHop/R&B chart. Billboard later

removed it from the country chart as not

embracing enough key elements of the

genre. Fans took to Twitter in protest

and Lil Nas X got an encouraging

message of support from Billy Ray

Cyrus, which was followed by the remix

collaboration. The remix reached

number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

We can only hope this is just the

beginning for Lil Nas X, as he and Billy

Ray Cyrus were awarded the Grammy

for Best Music Video on Sunday,

January 26, 2020.

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Behind the Mic: Riggs

95.7 the Hog, Daytona Beach

“LOVE”

SONGS

Hello, friends! February

is chock full of goodness

for me. It’s my birthday

month, lots of fun during

Speedweeks and

the Daytona 500, I’m

forcing myself through

another half marathon,

the return of the XFL

and it’s National Snack

Food Month! Oh, and

Valentine’s Day. Love

it or hate it, an annual

reminder of the existence

of love or passion or

whatever gets your motor

started ain’t such a bad

thing.

And a lot of my

enjoyment in this month

of romance comes

from music. Some are

legit songs about love,

some are bitter broken

relationship tunes. So

if you still do mixtapes

or spotify playlists

or ipod gym mixes, I

thought I’d select some

thematic songs for your

indulgence.

“Is This Love” - WHITESNAKE

This track has a slow, silky burn that features David

Coverdale’s awesome pipes and John Sykes’ soaring guitar

work. I love this song and even though the lyrics ask a

question unsure of the answer, I feel like it IS love. Play

this one when you’re gettin’ in late on VDay night.

“Love Bites” - HALESTORM

This Grammy-winning song is a banger and warns

the listener “Love bites but so do I” which is valuable

information if you are on a first date or first bedroom

encounter. Plan accordingly.

“Love In An Elevator” - AEROSMITH

This Grammy nominated Top 10 hit is self-explanatory.

Proceed with caution though, as an indecent exposure

charge will mess up your evening.

“Some Shit About Love” - SALIVA

This cut from their most recent record delights me and,

while the message contained in the lyrics is that of antilove,

Wayne & Brad and the gang have laid down a cool

groove for you to enjoy while crapping on the the mere

concept of Valentine’s Day.

“You’re In Love” - RATT

From the cellar dwellers who brought you “Lovin’ You Is A

Dirty Job” and “Never Use Love” comes this rocker with an

often misunderstood lyric. “Urine Love” is not a song; it’s a

low budget porn. THIS song, however, puts the woman in

charge of bringing the business, and the passion business

is apparently damn good in the Ratt Camp. Drop this song

on your sassy significant and just wait for the riding crop

show up!

“I Still Love You” - KISS

Power ballad time for the Creatures Of The Night as Paul

Stanley wails with the heartbroken emotion of a dude who

may have banged someone’s bestie and now has to make

good or lose his gravy train. If you are looking to reignite or

mend fences, try this KISS on for size.

“Love Gun” - KISS

The opposite of the above. This is a song about gettin’ it

on old school. Lyrical promises are made and based on

Paul’s forest of chest hair and prominent abs, I’m guessing

kept. (“No place for hidin’ baby, no place to run, you pull the

trigger of my Love Gun”) I used to unwittingly sing these

lyrics regularly as a kid and only WISH I had the swagger to

sing it at a Sadie Hawkins mixer!

Beast), Blackie Lawless and squad

make another bold assertion about

sex skills as the lyric tells...

“And if you try to love me, You’ll not be

the same!”

Well WELL! Aren’t we proud of

ourselves?!?! I do like this song,

though, as it provides a positive

lesson in spelling each the the chorus

rolls around. Be careful not to pop

this one out until you are SURE that

she is the ONE as you may be on the

receiving end of a restraining order.

“Love’s A Bitch” - QUIET

RIOT

Who knew the late Kevin Dubrow had

a tender side?

“Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” - NIGHT

RANGER

The video for this track is staged

almost entirely on a train. Draw your

own conclusions.

“Screaming For A Love Bite”

- ACCEPT

German metal pioneers who probably

had no idea how close this song would

tie in with legendary sportscaster Marv

Albert’s 1997 arrest after a hotel tryst

with his lady friend. Silly Germans!

“This Love” - PANTERA

I’m not sure Saint Valentine had this in

mind when he started with the arrows

and whatnot.

“Love Is On The Way” -

SAIGON KICK

A beautiful song indeed though it was

a departure for the band and, much

to the chagrin of Floridian Jason

Bieler who wrote the damn thing, it

pigeonholed the band as hair ballad

dealers. This song would work well

in a candlelit boudoir as a seduction

method. Also of note, the band’s

drummer would later confess his sex

addiciton on VH-1’s “Sex Rehab With

Dr. Drew”. Sure hope this song didn’t

trigger it!

At this point, we need to address

the differences in “LOVE” between

Van HALEN and Van HAGAR. Very

different interpretations indeed so let’s

begin with the O.G.

VAN HALEN - Heart-felt passion

and warm feelings were NOT part of

the David Lee Roth era, as in…

“Ain’t Talkin’ ‘bout Love”

“Outta Love Again”

“Feel Your Love Tonight”

“So This Is Love?” - Jesus Christ, they

put punctuation in the damn title just

to make SURE you don’t misread the

vibe.

And of course “Everybody Wants

Some”. LOVE, I assume?

VAN HAGAR - Sammy brought

tenderness and feelings to the table in

the lyrics of flacid classics like...

“Love Walks In”

“Why Can’t This Be Love”

“When It’s Love”

“Can’t Stop Lovin’ You”

Another important note about the band

we led off with,

WHITESNAKE… they have a TON

of “LOVE” songs that you can work

interchangeably into a passion play,

including

“Give Me All Your Love”

“Lookin’ For Love”

“Victim Of Love”

“Love Ain’t No Stranger”

“You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again”

“Slide It In” - OK, well maybe that one

breaks the mold. But hell, they ARE

named Whitesnake.

HONORABLE MENTION

These songs bring some worthy

qualities to a Valentine’s romp or a

drawn out February seduction… or

just to rock out to.

• “It’s Not Love” - DOKKEN -

We know Don, we know.

• “Ten Seconds To Love” -

MOTLEY CRUE - Vince

• confesses

• Anything from BULLET FOR

MY VALENTINE

• And these “HEART” cuts...

• “Broken Heart” - WHITE LION

• “Another Heart” - TREMONTI

• “Heart To The Flame” -

• VAN ZANT

• “Heart To Heart” -

• ALDO NOVA

• “Sacred Heart” & “Straight

Through The Heart” - DIO

And perhaps the most

loving, sex-fueled band in

the game delivers a beautiful

ballad of love and

relationship boundaries in

these lyrics...

“...’Cause my heart

belongs to you

There ain’t nothing that I

wouldn’t do

My heart belongs to you

But my dong is community

property”

• “Community Property” -

STEEL PANTHER

Ahhhhh…. There we go. That

should set ya up for the month,

whether you are wifed up, looking

for love, or just need some tunes

to FEEL the love. I hope that

helps and just know that I love you!

Cheers!

RIGGS

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Runway Chronicles

Dreams of being in the modeling acting industry seem

to start when we admire a TV character, movie star,

magazine cover, or a social media Influencer. The idea

runs through your head: Why can’t I be like them?

And even the tiniest bit of inner confidence makes you

believe, “If they can do it, why not me?”

Well, unfortunately, many marketing moguls are

counting on you to start searching for fame. The vanity

business is viral. Watch out for the pitfalls and don’t

fall prey to the predators. I am honored to have met

and counseled by the legend Eileen Ford, co-founder

with her husband, Jerry Ford, of the world renowned

Ford Modeling Agency. We were in Los Angeles, at the

incredibly famous and equally scandalous, Chateau

Marmont hotel on Sunset Strip. The Ford Agency

hosted an event each year called “The Ford Supermodel

of the World Search”. They reviewed thousands of

submissions and selected one model to represent each

country. As it turns out, the US representative hailed

from New Smyrna Beach—she was my own client. One

evening, Eileen Ford offered invaluable advice to us,

newbie agents. She told me, to my face, “Christine,

never swim in murky waters. Only in the crystal clear.”

I wondered whether she knew that I reside in the shark

bite capital of the world. I didn’t dare mention that,

but after listening to the grandmother of modeling

ramble on about all the wolves in sheep’s clothing for

the next hour, it all became clear. Her wise knowledge

and experience have always stuck with me.

A clear, lucid path, simple yet structured,

will allow you to swim safely in a murky,

dark watered business. You should be able

to open your eyes in the crystal-clear water

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and trust that you’re in safe seas. One thing I advise

everyone who asks for guidance into this industry is

that there are never, EVER any promises. Success often

comes at random. I do not suggest idleness; idleness

never got anyone to LA. Have a plan to stay in the safe

waters, but when you feel a current leading you to a

new opportunity, take it.

Every new face that comes to me has an interesting

story. Some are so starry-eyed about becoming a

fashion model or actress; they would do anything.

Others have done everything, “invested” thousands

of dollars on trips to meet so-called “star-makers.”

Others have hopes of unattainable goals that they are,

quite unfairly, never able to reach for simply having

the wrong body structure or height. They trust anyone

who will make them an empty promise. Few come in

having already done the research and understand that

an agency and the model will win together, or not at all.

That said, every model-hopeful deserves to be treated

with respect, and discussions should be honest and

find their positive qualities that lead them to goals

within reach.

Our local model, back at the Chateau Marmont, was

the runner-up to the top contract offered, and surely

surpassed her minimum guarantee of $100,000! She

enjoyed a lucrative world career for 6 years with the

Ford Agency, while getting the travel experience of a

lifetime too! The crystal green-eyed beauty only swam

in the clear waters, and that’s how we treat each new

face.

By Christine Harris


Musical Innuendos

By Samantha Tribble

WIGS

O N P A P E R

There are few people in the local

music industry who are as well known

as Jason Wigley. If you know Jason

you know he normally goes by Wigs.

Wigs is a man of many musical talents

playing everything from guitar to

Djembe to old-fashioned washboards.

He also runs the soundboard at

Beachside Tavern. And if you haven’t

noticed yet, he has killer dreads. And

yes ladies, they’re real.

Wigley hails from Oklahoma and grew

up listening to his dad play songs

by John Prine, Neil Young, and many

other Folk artists. He realized his love

for music around the age of 5 which

influenced him to pick up his first

instrument, the guitar. When Wigs isn’t

immersed in music he’s traveling the

world as the Lead Utility/Cameraman

for All Elite Wrestling. His favorite

pastimes include fishing on his boat

(even though he doesn’t eat fish…) and

wakeskating.

Wigs can be found at The Cabbage

Patch in Samsula with his band Playin’

Possum on every second Friday. A

few of his past bands include Burnin’

Smyrnans, Cut Offs, and Soul Taxi and

he’s played with Beartoe.

Keep your eyes out for Wigs anywhere

live music is played, The Cabbage

Patch during Bike Week, and with AEW

on TNT every Wednesday at 8 pm.

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BTW ladies, he’s single. Inside tip: The

way to Wigs’ heart is through fried okra

and bourbon.

Photos credit: Stephen Holvik of Lunar Studio


The Art of Fantasy

We all have fantasies. Some are dark and

dreary; others are bright and happy. They really

are limitless and can seemingly go on forever.

When it comes to creating fantasy art, this

month’s featured artist has it down pat.

Whether it’s goblins or ghouls; dragons or

mighty warriors, he definitely has

a great imagination when it comes

to creating his unique work.

sketchbooks of all the encounters I had and

did the same thing whenever I got the chance

to go to the zoos or aquariums. My interest

started as a kid, and only grew and developed

as I got older. I eventually ended up going to

get a degree in art. Along the way, my art was

influenced by the games, movies and books I

consumed and brought my attention to sci-fi

and fantasy.

We have all had visions of wild

and crazy things, but being able

to put them into something that

others can see is not always easy.

Corey seems to have no problem

doing this and, in fact, thrives on

working hard and coming up with

new and exciting pictures at a

pace that would make most of us

dizzy. As you can see, he shares

his own little fantasy world for others to see,

with each of his works showing us that there’s

unlimited potential for the future. The fun thing

is - it’s just the beginning.

Corey, according to Corey . . .

Born, raised, and still based in Orlando, I

grew up exploring my back yard watching the

cranes and deer pass by and catching little

critters hiding in our garden. I would make little

When it comes to mediums, I always loved to

sketch and draw with graphite and ballpoint

pen, and for a long time I would avoid using

any color because I am colorblind and would

mix up my greens and browns and reds.

But going to school, I was exposed to other

mediums and programs to create, design, and

edit my art with. Along with it, I came to find

ways of getting around my colorblindness and

incorporating it into my illustrations.

Now I strive to learn more skills and incorporate

the tools at my disposal so that I can keep

growing and refining my craft. I have an interest

in many industries to which I would like to

apply my illustration and design skills such as

publishing, music, animation, and video games

and entertainment.

By Bartholomew Betelguese III


HIGH IN

CHINA

By Hank Harrison

paper manufacturing in China, so the chances that the

plant was also used for its euphoric effects are more

than just probable. Switches and branches of the

Mulberry tree are still used worldwide to make strong

and especially large wicker baskets and are often

blended with hemp to make ropes and bumpers for

old-style ships, known as Dhows, which are still in use

on the Nile.

Cannabis plants and seeds have been identified at

other archaeological sites in the region. A thousand

miles to the east - almost to Russia - in the Jiayi

Cemetery of Turpa - a cannabis ‘burial shroud’ woven

into a mat, was discovered during excavations in

2016. These were the first complete cannabis plants

found in a human burial in China, and date from

the sixth to the eighth century BC. Turpan was an

important stop on the Silk Road; inhabited in ancient

times by the Subeixi culture, also known as the Gushi

Kingdom. But again; the Subeixi, like the Tibetans,

still exist as an ethnic minority and are currently being

censored by Beijing so who knows exactly what will

come of this research.

Marijuana has become a big problem

in China, especially in ethnic districts

like Tibet and Mongolia, where pot

has been used in folk remedies for

centuries. The Beijing Government

insists on using its “Reeducation”

programs to brainwash the old ways out of the

modern population; and therein lies a dilemma. The

central government bans Cannabis on the assumption

that any form of euphoria or self-cure is delinquent or

irrational and anti-social and, by policy, often punishes

users by fine or even with jail sentences.

This makes it odd that an article would recently

appear in a prestigious Chinese archaeology journal

discussing the excavation of several graves containing

cannabis and hashish incense burners buried with

grave goods. This proves the history of cannabis

cultivation goes back thousands of years in China -

and possibly tens of thousands.

Cannabis in all of its

forms is an incredibly

versatile plant and has

been mixed in the Greek,

Syrian and Chinese

pharmacopeias with

many other plants for

human and veterinary

medicines and to

alleviate pain in humans

and animals. In Europe and along Roman Imperial

trade routes it was used with opium and fermented

brews as well as mushrooms and rye-wort buffered

with vinegar, (lysergic acid) to make a psychedelic

compound, it is even speculated to have

been used in the biblical Hysop mixed given

to Jesus in a sponge on the cross.

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In an even older and far more bizarre

situation, the Egyptians used cannabis to compound

mummia, which was employed as a preservation tar

in the mummification process. The Ancient Greeks

and Scythians used hash based compounds mixed

with Wild Rue and Opium on the battlefield and sold

it far and wide to their allies. Recent archaeology

reveals that the hash plant was connected to a

ritual compounding process in Latakia, Syria and in

Northwestern China, at least 4000 years ago and

probably much earlier.

Although the current Chinese government does not

want to brag about it, recent evidence was presented

in an international journal demonstrating that weed

was used long ago in China. The journal emphasizes

its strong fibers were used to create burial mats and

horse collars and even cart ropes well before 1100

BC. But this is where modern censorship comes in.

The journal article avoids mention of any euphoric

quality; clearly, the government wants to stress a

kind of puritanical conformity throughout the entire

country. We know people got high on weed based on

the artifacts they left behind in many graves! In fact,

2000 years ago, China was known as “the land of

mulberry and cannabis” because of the abundance of

these plants seen along the various salt routes and

silk trade roads. Mulberry and cannabis were used in

The earliest direct evidence in Asia for the

consumption of cannabis as a medicine has recently

been discovered in a 2500-year-old cemetery in the

far west of China. The practice of getting high on it

goes back much further and still goes on in remote

villages - but the government doesn’t want you to

know that.

An international team of researchers analyzed the

contents of ten wooden bowls excavated from burials

at the Jirzankal Cemetery, a site on the Pamir Plateau

in China (see map). The bowls contained small stones

that had been exposed to high heat, identifying them

as incense burners. The research was published in

Science Advances in June 2019 (open access). The

Chinese government refused to allow the researchers

to speculate on the uses of the compounds found;

but it seems obvious that any ritual use of any herb,

anywhere on earth, is ultimately going to be linked to

healing and getting high, or expanding consciousness

in some way.

Remarkably, the recent Jirzankal cannabis samples

featured the highest levels of THC; yet detected

at an ancient site, suggesting that people were

intentionally cultivating hybrid cannabis for its strength

and euphoric properties. However, I repeat; the

inhalation of cannabis smoke from a heat source was

well known to the Greeks and Egyptians. The Greek

historian Herodotus, in the fifth century BC, relates

that the horse worshipping Scythian; a nomadic tribe

from the Steppes, used cannabis in “Vapor Baths” and

burial rituals.

The Scythians prized the

resin from the flowering

plants above gold and

transported the compound

in decorated urns. Various

ritual vessels discovered in

2013 in the burial mound of

a Scythian Queen buried

with her horses and chariot,

were found to contain traces

of both opium and

marijuana; suggesting that they inhaled the

hashish along with opium or mixed them in a

drink or both.

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Saturday, February 1

31 Supper Club - Billy Dean Trio

7pm

Bounty Bar - Hannah Wilson 12pm

Bounty Bar - Jeff Allen 7pm

Chase’s - Drew Halverson 4pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Davey Leatherwood

5pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Rasta Bayers

12pm

Crow’s Nest - JW Gilmore 6pm

Crow’s Nest - Travis Rudd 1pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm

Grind/Kona - Brent Clowers 7pm

NSB Brewing - Sam Seas 6pm

Outriggers - Jay Paski 6pm

Tayton O’Brians - Strum Stick 9pm

Traders - TBD 9pm

Traders - Warren Beck 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Gina Cuchetti

6pm

Sunday, February 2

Bounty Bar - The Evening Muze

7pm

Chase’s - Big Beat 10am

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Vibe

12pm

Crow’s Nest - Relief 1pm

Flagler Tavern - Jay Paski 9pm

Outriggers - Billy Dean 2pm

Yellow Dog Eats - The Transfers

1pm

Monday, February 3

Grind/Kona - Jeff White 6pm

Traders – Grindstone Sinners and

Davis 7pm

Tuesday, February

Grind/Kona - The Transfers 6pm

Wednesday, February 5

31 Supper Club - Cesar Romero

6pm

Grind/Kona - Are Friends Electric

6pm

Outriggers - Laree App 5pm

Traders - Sal & Ashley 7pm

Thursday, February 6

31 Supper Club - Billy Dean Trio

6pm

Bounty Bar - Bradford Buckley 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm

Grind/Kona - The Click 7:30pm

Outriggers - Corey Shenk 5pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Davey Leatherwood

6pm

Friday, February 7

31 Supper Club - Jim Young Jazz

Trio

Crabby’s Oceanside - Brent Clowers

4pm

Crow’s Nest - Stephanie Schaffer

6pm

Grind/Kona - Psycoustic 7pm

NSB Brewing - Down River Duo

6pm

Outriggers - Dustin Stock 6pm

The Garage - Adam’s Edge 8pm

Traders - Billy Dean 6pm

Traders - Boomers 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - The Evening

Muze 6pm

Saturday, February 8

31 Supper Club - Kelly Jarrard 7pm

Bounty Bar - Clint & Layla 7pm

Chase’s - Dustin Stock 4pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Hall Brothers

5pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Seth Pause

12pm

Crow’s Nest - Bret Messner 1pm

Crow’s Nest - Joe Payne 6pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm

Grind/Kona - Brody Mullikin 7pm

NSB Brewing - The Cyclones 6pm

Outriggers - Bradford Buckley 6pm

Traders - Boomers 9pm

Traders - Etc 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Adam & Farley

6pm

Sunday, February 9

Bounty Bar - Brody Mullikin 7pm

Chase’s - Sean Holcomb 10am

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Cyclones

Duo 12pm

Crow’s Nest - Smyrna Erb 1pm

Flagler Tavern - Jeff Risinger 9pm

Outriggers - The Vibe 2pm

Tayton O’Brians - Casey Picou 8pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Claire Vandiver

1pm

February

CALENDAR

Monday, February 10

Grind/Kona - Bradford Buckley

6pm

Tuesday, February 11

Grind/Kona - Hall Brothers 6pm

Wednesday, February 12

31 Supper Club - Beartoe 6pm

Grind/Kona - Warren Beck 6pm

Outriggers - Laree App 5pm

Traders - Marty McCarrick 7pm

Thursday, February 13

31 Supper Club - Leeza Stiles

Bounty Bar - Seth Pause 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm

Grind/Kona - The Cyclones 7:30pm

Outriggers - Brody Mullikin 5pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Beartoe 6pm

Friday, February 14

31 Supper Club - Warren Beck 7pm

Bounty Bar - Thom Blasberg 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jimmy C

4pm

Crow’s Nest - Eddy Davis 6pm

Grind/Kona - Mike Quick Band 7pm

Outriggers - Smokin’ Torpedoes

6pm

The Garage - 5 Time Shag 8pm

Traders - Acoustic Inferno 6pm

Traders - Pop Culture Poets 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Evan Ahlswede

6pm

2020

Saturday, February 15

31 Supper Club - The Big Beat 7pm

Bounty Bar - The Transfers

Bounty Bar - Warren Beck 7pm

Chase’s - Sean Holcomb 4pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Down River

Duo 5pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Evening

Muze 12pm

Crow’s Nest - Thom Blasberg 1pm

Crow’s Nest - Wild Flowers 6pm

Flagler Tavern - Trees of Life Duo

5pm

Grind/Kona - The Vibe 7pm

NSB Brewing - Eddy Davis 6pm

Outriggers - The Evening Muze

6pm

Tayton O’Brians - James Ryan 9pm

Traders - Jay Paski 6pm

Traders - Pop Culture Poets 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Dustin Stock

6pm

Sunday, February 16

Bounty Bar - Chuck Morel 7pm

Chase’s - Sean Holcomb 10am

Crabby’s Oceanside - Chuck Morel

12pm

Crow’s Nest - Rasta Bayers 1pm

Flagler Tavern - Jonny Odis 9pm

Outriggers - Warren Beck Duo 2pm

Tayton O’Brians - Casey Picou 8pm

Traders - Mike Quick 2pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Hannah Wilson

1pm

Monday, February 17

Grind/Kona - Rasta Bayers 6pm

Tuesday, February 18

Grind/Kona - Jay Paski 6pm

Wednesday, February 19

31 Supper Club - Russ & Russ

Grind/Kona - Chuck Morel 6pm

Outriggers - Laree App 5pm

Traders - Bradford Buckley 7pm

Thursday, February 20

31 Supper Club - The Transfers

6pm

Bounty Bar - The Transfers 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm

Grind/Kona - Beartoe 7:30pm

Outriggers - Corey Shenk 5pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Casey Picou 6pm

Friday, February 21

31 Supper Club - The Evening Muze

7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Psycoustic

4pm

Crow’s Nest - Sam Seas 6pm

Grind/Kona - Eddy Davis 7pm

NSB Brewing - The Vibe 6pm

Outriggers - Pot Likkers 6pm

The Garage - Jay Paski 8pm

Traders - Billy Dean 6pm

Traders - B-Side 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Rasta Bayers

6pm

Saturday, February 22

31 Supper Club - Wild Flower 7pm

Bounty Bar - Warren Beck 7pm

Chase’s - Eddy Davis 4pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Adam’s Edge 12pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Bradford

Buckley 5pm

Crow’s Nest - Big Beat 6pm

Crow’s Nest - Tiki Band 1pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm

Grind/Kona - Savannah Savino 7pm

NSB Brewing - The Evening Muze

6pm

Outriggers - The Transfers 6pm

Tayton O’Brians - Cody & Kyle 9pm

Traders - Etc 2pm

Traders - Rock Candy 6:30pm

Traders - The Vibe 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Seth Pause 6pm

Sunday, February 23

Bounty Bar - Bradford Buckley 7pm

Chase’s - Rasta Bayers 10am

Crabby’s Oceanside - Beartoe

12pm

Crow’s Nest - Danny Dread 1pm

Flagler Tavern - Jeff Risinger 9pm

Outriggers - The Vibe 2pm

Tayton O’Brians - Pot Likkers 8pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Chuck Morel 1pm

Monday, February 24

Grind/Kona - Sam Seas 6pm

Tuesday, February 25

Grind/Kona - The Evening Muze

6pm

Wednesday, February 26

31 Supper Club - Beartoe 6pm

Grind/Kona - Down River Duo 6pm

Outriggers - Laree App 5pm

The Garage - Are Friends Electric

Traders - Hall Brothers 7pm

Thursday, February 27

31 Supper Club - Mark Raisch 6pm

Bounty Bar - Chuck Wiggins 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm

Grind/Kona - 5 Time Shag 7:30pm

Outriggers - The Cyclones 5pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Austin Miller 6pm

Friday, February 28

31 Supper Club - Dana Kamide

Band 7pm

Bounty Bar - Austin Miller 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Vibe

4pm

Crow’s Nest - Mark Moore 6pm

Grind/Kona - Cory Worsley 7pm

NSB Brewing - Bradford Buckley

6pm

Outriggers - Mike Quick 6pm

The Garage - Eddy Davis 8pm

Traders - Drew Halverson 6pm

Traders - Kings County 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Brent Clowers

6pm

Saturday, February 29

31 Supper Club - Ricky Silvia 7pm

Bounty Bar - Brody Mullikin 7pm

Chase’s - The Cyclones 4pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Eddy Davis

5pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Hannah Wilson

12pm

Crow’s Nest - Adam’s Edge 6pm

Crow’s Nest - Laree App 1pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm

Grind/Kona - Bradford Buckley

7pm

NSB Brewing - Brent Clowers 6pm

Outriggers - Down River Duo 2pm

Tayton O’Brians - James Ryan 9pm

Traders - Kings County 9pm

Traders - The Vibe 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Billy Dean 6pm

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Rocktails

with Chez Rocker

Did I hear right? John Frusciante, an American

singer-songwriter and producer, is back with the Red

Hot Chili Peppers! This will be his third stint with the

band, spanning 3 decades and 5 albums with them.

Also known as Trickfinger, Frusciante has had 12

solo albums and has worked with the likes of Mars

Volta, Josh Klighoffer and Joe Lally. He also produced

albums with Wu Tang Clan and Duran Duran. When

he talks about leaving the Chili Peppers, he explains

that his reason for joining, to begin with, was because

they treated the crowd like a part of the band.

When success and fame came so quickly, he was

overwhelmed; enough to almost not go on stage

at a show in Japan, although he did say it would

be his last show for a period of time with the band.

According to Frusciante, he fell heavily into drug

addiction and had to go to drug rehabilitation to get

back to making his own music again.

In 1999, he rejoined the Chili Peppers with their

album “Californication”. They would record two more

albums, by the way, and “Stadium Arcadium” (their

9th studio album). In 2009, he left the band for a

second time.

Rolling Stone Magazine ranked John Frusciante 18th

on their list of the top 100 guitarists. He is once again

back with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and they are

rumored to be working on a new album.

He gave up drugs and alcohol, so I thought it would

be relevant to create a “mocktail” for this issue:

TRICKFINGER

2 oz watermelon juice

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon sugar

3 mint leaves, chopped

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Fill with sparkling water over ice

Serve in a tall glass or large wine glass


HUSTLE through traffic on my way to the gig? No

need really since I’m early by 15 minutes as always.

I once thought being busy meant being in a hurry but

in some ways, it is quite the opposite. The working

musicians I encountered in my youth seemed a bundle

of energy, never standing still. It’s hard to tell if they were

permanently harried or just nervous. When I entered the

music profession at a young age, I’d get all worked up on

how to make it. I need gigs, songs, bandmates, agents,

managers - well, the list goes on. It seemed like getting it

together for a career was all about speed.

Later in my work, I got schooled by some veteran

players. They let me know that being needy was a turnoff

and limited my possibilities. This was quite a shock

to my system and I reassessed my approach. How we

treat our career in music is fundamental to how we get

through life itself, and I had to ask the big questions.

The BIG ones usually start with a ‘W’ and there is

none bigger than ‘Why?’. Why did I choose a life as a

player and singer? Was it to smash 24/7 like a used car

salesman? Is the goal to be as efficient as a

corporate meathead and pursue my career

like a bond trader after a buck? My reflections

showed me I had to be careful not to become

24 enamored with the buzz of being busy.

A Day

in the

Life

of a

Gigging

Musician

by Adam Floyd

Instead, I try to be content while enjoying the journey.

This cautionary tale is not to say I don’t need to apply

enormous energy; it’s about how I focus that force.

A less aware me used to call a venue excitedly on a

Thursday about a gig for the weekend. The reformed

version of myself calls on a Monday about engagements

2 or 3 months out. I think it’s more about consistent daily

effort and less about a giant push a couple of times a

month when I get frustrated. I like to take it like a tortoise;

one thing at a time regular as a clock. I’ve come to prefer

success FOR SURE over success IN A HURRY.

There are many things I do to help this along without

pushing. I glad-hand the managers at venues, cultivate

agents and bandmates. I keep my social media active

and approach fans after concerts; while other musicians

might disappear to the green room or van, I am

relentless at improving my skills and refining my setlists.

I work as a bandleader, composer and frontman for

Coyotes and Towndogs, The Potlikkers, Adams Edge

and The Hi Steppers. Four bands with all the lyrics and

music to memorize and coordinate countless details

for festivals, shows, and concerts. I love every minute

of it and use the easy going gear in my hyper-speed

HUSTLE.

2/1 Warren Beck 6pm

2/1 TBD 9pm

2/3 Grindstone Sinners/Davis 7pm

2/5 Sal & Ashley 7pm

2/7 Billy Dean 6pm

2/7 Boomers 9pm

2/8 Etc 6pm

2/8 Boomers 9pm

2/12 Marty McCarrick 7pm

2/14 Acoustic Inferno 6pm

2/14 Pop Culture Poets 9pm

2/15 Jay Paski 6pm

2/15 Pop Culture Poets 9pm

2/16 Mike Quick 2pm

2/19 Bradford Buckley 7pm

2/21 Billy Dean 6pm

2/21 B-Side 9pm

2/22 Etc 2pm

2/22 Rock Candy 6:30pm

2/22 The Vibe 9pm

2/26 Hall Brothers 7pm

2/28 Drew Halverson 6pm

2/28 Kings County 9pm

2/29 The Vibe 9pm

2/29 Kings County 9pm

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Lift

Every Voice

Known to many as the black national

anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is one

of the strongest examples of how music

can influence and unify people. Two of the

most recent soul stirring performances of

this song made a major impact on me personally:

“Amanda Seales:

I Be Knowin”

comedy special

on HBO, where

she rouses her

audience into a

heartfelt sing-along

of this song

and Beyonce’s

gloriously

uplifting and

powerful marching band version sung at Coachella.

Both of these opened my heart to the ways in which

music and lyrics can emotionally engage an audience

to feel deeply another’s struggle, to unite in a

triumphant hope for the future and to help heal a great

divide through the kind of empathetic experience

that sometimes

only music and

artistry can stir in

us. I’d like to take

a moment here

to delve into the

lyrical content and

political history

surrounding a

song that has had

such amazing outreach and unification power. A song

that has touched the hearts of so many in the black

community as well as multiple races throughout its

rich history. A song all of us should know by heart.

First written as a

poem in 1899 by

NAACP leader,

American author,

educator, lawyer,

diplomat, poet,

songwriter, and

activist James

Weldon Johnson

while he was

the principal at

the segregated

Stanton School

in his hometown of Jacksonville Florida, this piece

was set to music by his brother, John Rosamond

Johnson as they collaborated on the composition. It

was performed

in public for the

first time as part

of a celebration of

Lincoln’s Birthday

on February 12,

1900 by a choir

of 500 Stanton

schoolchildren.

This event

was attended

by Booker T.

Washington who

endorsed this

song in 1905.

By 1919 it was

adopted as the

official anthem of the NAACP. This familial duo

created a transcendent song that hits so many

varying emotional chords in its 3 verse structure.

With its change in tone, both lyrically and melodically,

it illustrates the hope, struggle and triumph of our

fellow Americans who have suffered at the hands of

power. This dynamic songwriting team demonstrated

how the fusing of music and lyrics together can

have more potency, sway and staying power than

either on its own. As a stand alone poem it may

not have become a piece that

churches and schools recite all

the time, but in song form it had

the opportunity to reach anthem

status, and it’s legacy passed on

from generation to generation.

Shana Redmond, a professor

at UCLA and author of the book

Anthem: Social Movements and

the Sound of Solidarity in the

African Diaspora, reminds us that

this is ultimately a song about

transcending difficulties,

difficulties that have

not yet abated.

Redman says, “Black

communities across

the globe continue to

be vulnerable in very

unique and unsettling

ways. To sing this song

is to revive that past -

but also to recognize, as the lyrics of the

song reveal, that there is a hopeful future

that might come of it.” The optimistic first

verse starts as such:

and Sing By Candice Beu 27


Lift every voice and sing

Til earth and heaven ring

Ring with the harmony of liberty

Let our rejoicing rise

High as the listening skies

Let it resound, loud as the rolling sea

Sing a song full of faith that the dark past has

taught us

Sing a song full of the hope that the present

has brought us

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun

Let us march on till victory is won

This 1st verse makes a request to sing loud and

proud a joyful song of faith and of hope so that

freedom and harmony may reign each new day,

vibrating into the distant future. There is an old biblical

belief that goes back to the story of Jericho and the

crumbling of its walls with sound. Perhaps this verse

is asking that all people sing in unison so that the

walls built between us will fall. If we lift each other up

and give everyone a voice while acknowledging each

others pain then there may be hope for a harmonious

future.

Stony the road we trod

Bitter the chast’ning rod

Felt in the day that hope unborn had died

Yet with a steady beat

Have not our weary feet

Come to the place on which our fathers

sighed

We have come over a way that with tears has

been watered

We have come, treading our path through the

blood of the slaughtered

Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at

last

Where the white gleam of our star is cast

This second verse takes quite a turn and paints a

picture full of stark imagery and poignant reminders

of the dark horrors of slavery. To again quote Shana

Redman from her interview on NPR’s morning edition

of American Anthem, “It allows us to acknowledge all

of the brutalities and inhumanities and dispossession

that came with enslavement, that came with Jim

Crow, that comes still today with disenfranchisement,

police brutality, dispossession of education and

resources. It continues to announce that we

see this brighter future, that we believe that

something will change.”

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God of our weary years

God of our silent tears

Thou who has brought us thus far on the way

Thou who has by thy might

Led us into the light

Keep us forever in the path, we pray

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God,

where we met thee

Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the

world, we forget thee

Shadowed beneath the hand

May we forever stand

True to our God

True to our native land

Johnson leads us in yet another direction in this

3rd verse. The lyrics now become a prayer, not

to men but to God, to help those who have been

through living hell stay on the road to glory. This

prayer acknowledges that God has been with them

through the darkest of times and it asks that God

keep them on the lighted path. In 2009, Civil Rights

leader Rev. Joseph Lowery used the lyrics of this 3rd

verse as part of the benediction prayer at President

Barack Obama’s inauguration. A bit of controversy

surrounded the last lyric in the final verse of this

song. It is said that the line, “true to our native land”

is actually meant to mean the United States of

America and not Africa as some might have thought.

As James Weldon Johnson was widely known as

an assimilationist rather than a black nationalist, this

distinct interpretation of his lyric became of increasing

importance to him with the unfolding of the 20th

century. Johnson, a diplomatic poet of the Harlem

Renaissance and a civil rights activist himself, truly

believed that the goal of the civil rights movement

should be integration while preserving the voice of his

people. The intent of his original poem was to touch

hearts and bring people together through empathetic

awareness, especially the families and faculty at

the segregated school in his care. That’s why the

eventual song’s outreach grew and grew. Timothy

Askew, a scholar of the song’s history says, “Even

during the days of segregation there were Southern

white churches who wrote to James Weldon Johnson

and who said, ‘We are singing that song you called

the black national anthem.’ People in Japan, South

America, people around the world, particularly during

the ‘30s and ‘40s, were singing this song.”

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” obviously held wide

appeal, although not everyone agreed with it being

called “the black national anthem”. The song lost

some popularity towards the end of the civil rights

movement because of this particular debate. Askew

says, “There were many African-Americans who were

in conflict with that idea. They were saying, ‘Well, if

we have marched, and we have attained what we

hope to be equality, we can’t have a black anthem.

We need an anthem that links us all together.”

Similarly, not everyone in America agrees that “The

Star Spangled Banner” fully achieves this goal either.

The truth is that neither James Weldon Johnson nor

Frances Scott Key actually wrote these songs with

national anthem status in mind. Much like “Lift Every

Voice”, “The Star Spangled Banner” was adopted as

an anthem by those who felt it encapsulated a time

and a place, while inspiring in people some deeply

felt yearnings for freedom and patriotism. There is no

doubt that both songs are beautifully and poetically

written. They each carry an emotional charge that

stirs within us an emotional reaction. But as many

have expressed, these anthems still fall just a hair

short of unifying a nation that has been inherently

divided from the get go.

So, maybe we can reframe this sensitive debate and

see it as a call to action instead! A call to love, if you

will. Without taking anything away from these beloved

songs steeped in history and heart, perhaps we could

consider that it may just be time for a new anthem.

Perhaps we need a song that is purposefully intended

to be our nation’s singular anthem of equality. Having

separate anthems may inadvertently be assisting to

keep us divided and so we must look for a heartfelt

way to bring the two together. Could our modern day

songwriters, poets and civil rights activists find this

way by co-creating for our great nation a new kind

of anthem of inclusivity, hope and harmony that still

acknowledges the long held struggles of its people

(age, race, and sex included)? Or is that pain filled

gap that intrinsically links us as Americans too far

to bridge? Is it possible that we could actually lift

our voices together in song and raise our shared

humanity to new heights of compassionate liberty?

Let us stand on the shoulders of giants, as Isaac

Newton once said, and write something fresh,

together. Let’s show each other we are capable of

change by actually changing not just singing of a

proposed distant future where equality, freedom and

healing reside. The future is now. We only have this

moment in time together. This means we must not

only acknowledge the pain and imbalances that still

carry on today but make amends by making the policy

changes necessary to be able to find homeostasis

between all races and genders alike. Then we can

truthfully sing about it together! Is anyone up for that

challenge in this tumultuous climate? Is that poet,

activist or policy maker you? Is that songwriter you,

me…or Beyonce? I don’t know; but what I do know is

that in order to make progress we must stop clinging

to tradition, stop hiding behind screens spewing vitriol

and be the change we want to see in the world.

Sometimes the most beautiful music can arise from

the cacophony of discordant sounds around us. I

believe we will get there someday. We can start

by walking in each other’s shoes but more so by

feeling with each other’s hearts. Music is the fastest

way I know to do so. As Beyonce said in her Vogue

interview about her historic Coachella performance,

“I know that most of the young people on the stage

and in the audience did not know the history of the

black national anthem before Coachella. But they

understood the feeling it gave them.” Imagine if

we truly did what the first verse of this emotionally

evocative song invites us to do...lift EVERY voice and

sing...sing with the HARMONY of liberty... what would

that kind of unity sound like? Imagine the difference

that true freedom from systemic oppression and

injustices would do for our country. Only time will tell.

Maybe we could start with a collaborative poem:

Divided we fall, United we stand

The fate of our country we hold in our hands...

Now it’s your turn...Go.


CROSSWORDPUZZLE

ACROSS

4. What is the first name of the pop artist who wrote

the 2014 hit song, Fight Song?

6. What state was XXXTentacion born and raised

in?

7. What is the title of Selena Gomez’s newest

album?

9. What country was The Weeknd from?

10. What is Lil Nas X’s first name?

12. Which mathematical symbol has Ed Sheeran not

used for an album title?

15. What is the first name of female rapper featured

on Maroon 5’s song “Girls Like You”?

17. What is Kanye West’s middle name?

19. What is the title of Brockhampton’s

2019 hit song that is currently featured on

Billboard’s top 100?

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1. What is American DJ, Marshmello’s first name?

2. What is the title of Juice Wrld’s hit song he is

most known for: Lucid ____?

3. What state is Lil Nas X originally from?

5. After Camila Cabello split from Fifth Harmony,

what song landed No. 1 on the Billboard Hot

100?

8. Which pop artist had a tour named

“The Mrs Carter Show” in 2013

11. What is the title of Justin Bieber’s newest single?

13. What is the title of The Weeknd’s debut album?

14. What is the title of Drake’s studio album released

in 2016?

16. What is the title of Lil Nas X’s breakout single:

Old Town ___?

18. What is the late American rapper Juice Wrld’s

birth first name?

1. What hip hop group was the American rapper, Ghostface Killah apart of?

2. Which famous pop artist is Camilla Cabello currently in a relationship with?

3. What is the title of Roddy Rich’s hit song off his new album, Please Excuse Me For Being Anti

social?

4. What artist was charted at number 1 on billboard hot 100 charts for 19 weeks?

5. Which popular boy band broke up in 2015?

6. What is the stage name of American rapper with the birth name, Jacques Bermon Webster ll?

7. What was Lil Nas X’s inspiration behind writing “Old Town Road”?

9. What is American rapper, Tyler, the Creator’s clothing brand name?

10. What pop artist will be featured on the new James Bond’s theme song?

11. What disease did Ozzy Osbourne recently revealed he is currently dealing with?

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The

Krewe

of

NOLA

By Jamie Lee

Everyone has heard of New Orleans; the mention of the

city itself makes you think of Mardi Gras, beads, beer and

bourbon (the street or the drink). New Orleans boasts the

Second Line and the French Quarter, plus Jazz, Art, and

Music Festivals; and some of the best Creole cuisine in the

land. Any of this ringing a bell?

New Orleans is filled with traditions and NOLA flare; one

such tradition is the quintessential art form known as the

Second Line. There are two parts to a Second Line; first

is the Grand Marshal, parade leader, and the band. In

this part, if there are people being honored - whether a

wedding or a funeral - these folks would also be included.

The strutting

precession that

falls in behind with

their bright colored

suits and banners,

big band sounds,

are what is known

as the Second

Line. A Second

Line invites

people to join

in, the more the

merrier. You can

see many Second

Lines throughout the year, mostly in the French Quarter,

the Vieux Carré (Old Square in French - the oldest

neighborhood in New Orleans) and Tremé neighborhoods,

most often on Sunday afternoons.

The number of festivals that take place in this once French/

Victorian city is staggering. In one year, NOLA will host

approximately 130 festivals ranging from art, music, food

and drink, film, theatre and literary, multicultural, and the

four seasons, just to name a few. Of course, I think we all

can agree on the most well known is Mardi Gras. Mardi

Gras translation, Fat Tuesday, can be traced back to The

House of the Bourbons, (branch of the Capetian dynasty

that descended from a younger son of King Louis IX of

France.) When Bienville landed in a place 60 miles south of

NOLA, he named it “Pointe du Mardi Gras” when his men

realized it was festival season. They celebrated America’s

first Mardi Gras in 1703 at the settlement of Fort Louis de

la Mobile, which is the location of modern day Mobile,

Alabama. That’s right folks; the first Mardi Gras was in

Mobile, not New Orleans. Bienville established Mardi

Gras in NOLA in 1718, but it was not until the 1740s

that Louisiana’s governor established elegant society

balls. In the 1830s they held street processions (modern

parades) with flambeaux (gaslight torches) lighting the

way for the Krewe’s (secret society) members. Going

forward more Krewes were created and parades for

each Krewe were thrown. The testament of riches in the

societies were shown by the emerging colors of purple

for justice, gold for power, and green for faith. Floats

were integrated in 1873; exotic paper mache spectacles,

the Krewes took the celebration even further to express

their faith forward. Most people think that Mardi Gras is

a huge party you can attend, which is true; however, this

celebration was started because of the Christian religion.

“Carnival” refers to the weeks before, starting January

6th. Fat Tuesday is the end of Carnival and signals the

beginning of the Lenten season, which promptly starts at

midnight on Ash Wednesday. I have been to both Mobile

and New Orleans

for Carnival and

Mardi Gras;

either is worth

every bit of your

time and money

… speaking of

money - maybe

make sure you

have bail money.

NOLA is an

enchanting menagerie of culture, the Crescent City filled

with the fire of the human spirit. I have made 9 visits

(and counting). I recommend visiting this freewheelingfun

city any and every chance you can. Be sure to visit

Mardi Gras at least once (2020 Fat Tuesday date is

February 25), Jazz Fest (April 23- May 3rd) at least

once and then visit for no other reason than to feel the

electricity that flows through its streets and

experience the magic that floats through the air.

New Orleans excites all your senses and you

always leave wanting to return.

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THE ACOUSTIC

TAKEOVER

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By Randy Pepper

The acoustic takeover is now in effect; more

acoustics are sold than electrics and there

doesn’t seem to be any slowdown in the

near future. Part of the reason is; girls

are now playing more guitar than ever before,

and the other reason is - gigs available. Clubs

and restaurants now have singles and duos just

about every weekend. So, the sales of acoustic

guitars have gone up. The days of having a stage

for a band just don’t exist anymore. So, more

acoustics are being sold to musicians looking to

cash in on the acoustic craze. But the question

remains; do you need an expensive guitar to do an

acoustic gig? I wish I could say you did, but in all

reality - no, you don’t. There are many musicians

all across the country that use cheap guitars,

and that’s probably the smart thing to do. Why

would you want to take out a $3,000 Gibson Taylor

Martin, or any other high-end guitar, to a gig when

someone might steal it off the stage or out of the

corner? Sure, there are players out there that still

use high-end acoustics - and they sound great

- but to the average ear, there is no difference.

There are players in this area that I personally

know who use cheaper acoustics, like my own duo

partner Bill Hamilton in Psycoustic. He gigs with

an Urban acoustic. These were guitars that were

sold on QVC TV and, to me personally, aren’t very

good. But you never have to worry about anyone

wanting to steal it. Since we use a good PA, we

can actually make it sound good. There are also

acoustic preamp direct boxes made by Radial

and Aphex that can make an ok-sounding guitar

sound great; or at least a lot better. The downfall

of playing these less expensive guitars is not

knowing how long they will last.

With a nice American made Gibson, Taylor or

Martin; they are made from premium woods and

we know they will last for many many years. I have

seen quite a few less expensive guitars come in

for repair after a year or so of gigging on the beach

that are toast. In most cases, the person will say,

“Oh well, I guess it’s time for another one.” So,

if you’re planning on playing outdoors a lot, just

remember; an acoustic is made out of wood and

the cheaper the wood, the less likely it’s going to

survive the elements. The best bet is to get a guitar

made from solid wood that has good electronics

and, that way, you will get years of use out of your

new guitar. Happy guitar hunting; and be sure to

ask the pros playing out what they use and that will

give you a better idea of what to purchase.

Randy Pepper is a Freelance Guitarist for hire and

the owner of the Guitar Attic in Holly Hill.

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February 8

Brett Messner 1-5

Joe Payne 6-10

February 9

Relief 1-5

February 14

Eddy Davis 6-10

February 15

Thom Blasberg 1-5

Wild Flowers 6-10

Live Music Line-up for February

February 16

Rasta Bayers 1-5

February 21

Sam Seas 6-10

February 22

Tiki Band 1-5

Big Beat 6-10

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Mark Moore 6-10

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Laree App 1-5

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answers

1. What hip hop group was the American rapper, Ghostface Killah apart of? Wu-Tang Clan

2. Which famous pop artist is Camilla Cabello currently in a relationship with? Shawn Mendes

3. What is the title of Roddy Rich’s hit song off his new album, Please Excuse Me For Being

Anti social? The Box

4. What artist was charted at number 1 on billboard hot 100 charts for 19 weeks? Lil Nas X

5. Which popular boy band broke up in 2015? One Direction

6. What is the stage name of American rapper with the birth name, Jacques Bermon Webster ll?

Travis Scott

7. What was Lil Nas X’s inspiration behind writing “Old Town Road”?

Being kicked out of his sister’s house/being on his own

9. What is American rapper, Tyler, the Creator’s clothing brand name? GOLF WANG

10. What pop artist will be featured on the new James Bond’s theme song? Billie Eillish

11. What disease did Ozzy Osbourne recently revealed he is currently dealing with?

Parkinson’s Disease

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By Chris Rajotte, Andy Minor and Jeff Watson

Metal Mania 2020

TStretch thy neck muscles and prepare for banging of thy head as 2020

looks to be a gracious year for metal mania abroad. The Haven hosts

Vader, The Pantera Experience, and The Central Florida Metal Fest. The

Soundbar bar is hosting Soulfly and Life of Agony. Queensryche is again at

Plaza Live. House of Blues welcomes metal pioneers Overkill and Exhorder.

Daytona International Speedway transforms itself into a weekend of metal

and punk for the 2020 “Welcome Back To Rockville “ concert (previously

held in Jacksonville), headlined by 2 nights with none other than thrash

titans Metallica. Some of the notables for this show include Social Distortion,

Anthrax, Mastodon, Deftones, Lamb of God, Rancid, Godsmack and

hardcore legends Agnostic Front to name a few. I highly recommend taking

Monday off for this one. The Tampa Bay area has a lot of tasty treats as well

this year. Time to get your mosh on, kiddies!

New School Album of the Month

Oozing Wound’s “High Anxiety” was released by Thrill Jockey Records in

2019, in follow up to their 2016 “Whatever Forever” with an aggressive

thrash, sludge concoction that will get yer head a banging. This three-piece

hails from the Windy City of Chicago and formed up in 2013. I suggest giving

these guys a listen; your earholes will be blasted upon for sure. Tracks like

“Riding the Universe” and “Die on Mars” showcase Oozing Wound’s ability

to pound out some shredding riffs and driving percussions. I detect a hint of

Down mixed with a tad of Dark Angel from this trio.

Old School Album of the Month

LIVE MUSIC

Gotha Location

2/1 Madison Shae

2/6 Gabriel Collazo

2/7 Diamond Dixie Duo

2/8 Jordan Foley Band

2/13 Erick Ruck Solo

2/14 Joe Demko

2/15 Jim Young Jazz Trio

2/20 Kevin Hardy

2/21 TBD

2/22 Mornin Biscuits Duo

2/27 Layla Brisbois

2/28 Alejandre Garcia Duo

2/29 Dave and the Waverlys

New Smyrna Location

2/1 - Gina Cuchetti

2/2 - The Transfers

2/6 - Davey Leatherwood

2/7 - The Evening Muze

2/8 - Adam & Farley

2/9 - Claire Vandiver

2/13 - Beartoe

2/14 - Evan Ahlswede

2/15 - Dustin Stock

2/16 - Hannah Wilson

2/20 - Casey Picou

2/21 - Rasta Bayers

2/22 - Seth Pause

2/23 - Chuck Morel

2/27 - Austin Miller

2/28 - Brent Clowers

2/29 - Billy Dean

147 Canal St,

New Smyrna Beach

Was there a predecessor to Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell” sound? Let the

controversy begin. Enter New Orleans’ own Exhorder with their debut album

“Slaughter In The Vatican”. Released on Roadrunner Records in 1990,

Exhorder was able to bridge the gap between groove and thrash metal and

help invent the Louisiana metal scene at that time. The comparison with

Pantera is primarily with the vocals and not so much the guitar sound. On

“Slaughter In The Vatican “, Exhorder uses the dual guitar combo along with

the double kick drum action for pure excellence, but it’s singer Kyle Thomas’

angry/vulgar, gruff vocals that give it that “ Phil “ sound. “Desecrator” is

the highlight of the album, with its killer thrash intro and hilariously angry

lyrics. But there are plenty of other gems to enjoy, including “Death in

Vain”, “Exhorder” and “The Tragic Period”. One last thing to consider

though; whereas Pantera released their epic in 1990 also, “Slaughter In The

Vatican” was first self-released by Exhorder in 1988 thus making them the

kings of the “Big Easy” sound.

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