by Kellie Abrahamson
local music news
January 8th marks the end of an era. Beloved dive bar and punk playground Doozers Pub will be having their very last show. Several bands including Knock Galley West,
Viva Le Vox, Grabbag and SPP will be on hand to send the venue off in style. Come out, have a beer, have some fun and say goodbye. • Sunbears!, one of our favorite local bands, is continuing their quest for a trip to New York to record their newest opus. The band is attempting to raise $8000 though Kickstarter and is looking for donations from fans and music lovers. As of late December, 31 people have donated over $1500, quite a feat but there’s still a long way to go before the January 21st deadline. You can help out by pledging at http://bit.ly/savesunbears. Depending upon how much you donate you can get sweet incentives including advance copies of the record, merch, free admission for life to any of their shows, instruments and even a concert for you at the venue of your choosing. Donate now! • Concert promoter extraordinaire Ryan Dettra has moved back behind the helm of Café Eleven and aims to reopen the venue this month. We welcome the opportunity to hear some live music at the once-great venue soon!
venue of the month
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. (Downtown)
For some of the biggest names in entertainment, the most exciting sports action and the grandest stage spectacles, look no further than the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Home to our city’s Arena Football and ABA teams, the Arena seats 15,000, making it the perfect place to catch the must-see events that frequent the River City on any given evening. Concession stands are conveniently located throughout the venue, allowing guests to grab a bite or an icy cold beverage while they watch their favorite music icon or family friendly show. For a complete listing of all of the events happening at the Arena, visit their website.
Upcoming Concert Events
January 14 Winter Jam: Newsboys / David Crowder Band / Kutless / Red / Francesca Battistelli / Newsong
January 26 Barry Manilow
January 28 George Strait / Reba / Lee Ann Womack
February 22 Ozzy Osbourne / Slash
February 25 Salt-N-Pepa / Whodini / Kurtis Blow
March 9 Kid Rock / Jamey Johnson
June 17 Keith Urban
spotlight: lady daisey
What began as a three-month adventure into the European music scene is now a way of life for the globe-trotting duo known as Lady Daisey and Batsauce. Funk’s royal couple are back on their Jacksonville home turf and eager to share their unique brand of soulful sunshine.
Lady Daisey and her producer-husband Batsauce are winding down a whirl-wind North American tour in support of her first solo project In My Pocket. The couple, who have relocated to Berlin, have climbed the ranks and earned an international name for themselves on both the club and festival circuits.
A new album is also underway and a steady stream of videos, promotions and collaborations are in the works. The duo is also planning another US tour in early Spring before they return to their busy European tour schedule in April.
Lady Daisey says she fell in the love with the diversity of the European music scene after a three-week European tour with the Smile Rays in 2008. That tour sparked a curiosity about the scene that eventually led them to move to Berlin despite missing friends, family, their “fat Beagle” and Mexican food.
“Bat and I were feeling adventurous and decided to throw everything in storage and stay for three months, work the scene, see the world. We both fell in love with Europe and never got on the plane to come home,” she says.
“Everyone brings their own unique culture and flavor to the stage and we all learn from each other. And as a female artist, it’s refreshing to be surrounded by so many sisters. The B-girl scene is huge over there.”
While In My Pocket is a departure from the music the couple created as the band Heavenly Noise, Lady Daisey said the project is still very much a mutual effort.
“Even though it’s got my name all over it, it’s still very much a collaboration with Batsauce. He produces all the music, co-writes lyrics, etc. Music is such a personal thing. It’s a blessing being able to share the experience with him. Plus, I couldn’t imagine touring the world with anyone else,” she says. “As for being a solo artist, I do like the fact that my name is getting out there, as opposed to our old band name. It’s more direct and less confusing that way.
“I always knew I’d do something musical, but I never thought about where it would take me. I believe, if you truly follow your dreams and passions, it will pave the perfect path for you,” Lady Daisey says. “Music introduced me to my amazing husband, my friends, it’s taken me to places I never imagined and it provides an outlet for me to express myself in a way that makes people smile. I couldn’t ask for more.” – LIZA MITCHELL
get outta town
Sometimes good bands don’t come to us, so we have to go to them! Here are a few road-trip-worthy shows to check out this month:
January 8 Red Jumpsuit Apparatus State Theatre (St. Petersburg, FL)
January 12 Of Montreal / Kid Sister The Moon (Tallahassee, FL)
January 13 The Walkmen Variety Playhouse (Atlanta, GA)
January 15 Cake Jannus Live (Tampa, FL)
January 16 Against Me! / Fences Masquerade (Atlanta, GA)
January 20 Charlie Mars Eddie’s Attic (Decatur, GA)
January 21 Girl Talk Tabernacle (Atlanta, GA)
January 28 Thirty Seconds to Mars / Middle Class Rut Tabernacle (Atlanta, GA)
January 31 Barren Earth The Club at Firestone (Orlando, FL)
Nico Vega Nico Vega Covers Nico Vega & Rod Stewart
Jake Shimabukuro Peace Love Ukulele
Cake Showroom of Compassion
The Black Dots of Death Ever Since We Were Children
Young Circles Bones
Cage The Elephant Thank You, Happy Birthday
Tab the Band Zoo Noises
The Decemberists The King Is Dead
Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers Teenage and Torture
White Laces White Laces
Vusi Mahlasela Say Africa
Social Distortion Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes
Gang of Four C O N T E N T
Amos Lee Mission Bell
Nicole Atkins Mondo Amore
James Vincent McMorrow Early In The Morning
Lia Ices Grown Unknown
Chikita Violenta TRE3S
John Vanderslice White Wilderness
Ringside Lost Days
Acrylics Lives and Treasure
U.S. Royalty MIRRORS
David Guetta One More Love
Corinne Bailey Rae The Love EP