Rob Nicholson

Rob started his media career in the late 80’s working in the Press Office at the Georgia House of Representatives. From there, Rob segued in to Radio at The Voice of Georgia State University, WRAS Album 88.5 in Atlanta. In the early 90’s Rob was picked up by the Radio 2000 Group and became Program Director and later Vice President of Programming USA. In the late 90’s, while running 3 music-driven radio stations in Springfield, Missouri, Rob had the opportunity to put together and launch, Southwest Missouri’s Regional Periodical, 417 Magazine. A publication that is still in circulation today. After selling his interests in Radio 2000 in the early 2000’s, Rob returned to his hometown of Jacksonville Beach, Florida to be near family. For 10 years he worked with the Clear Channel Radio Stations: Planet Radio and KISS-FM. In 2010, Rob took a hiatus from radio and went in to concert promotion and event planning, while also running the now 30 year old Beaches Hospitality Network – the organization that is well known for bringing the Superbowl, 2004 to the beaches area. When presented with the opportunity to work with Folio Weekly Magazine, Rob said, “there was no way I could resist an opportunity to work with the local, independent news magazine in the city I’m from. I can’t wait to get to work every morning”. Rob currently resides in North Jax Beach with his brother, Rich and dog, Tonka.

Born in a Barn With Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak   Country, Americana, rockabilly, folk and rock … you name it and Chris Isaak plays it, sings it and writes it. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Chris Isaak has sold out concert venues around the world. Throughout his life, Isaak had many opportunities, including a shot at being in the CIA, but his true love has always been music. Isaak is probably best known for his hit song “Wicked Games” from his album “Heart Shaped World.” The song actually debuted a year before it made it to commercial radio and only hit the charts after being …

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Catching Up With Paula Cole

Words by Rob Nicholson    Paula Cole was literally plucked from obscurity in 1993 by Peter Gabriel when she replaced Sinead O’Connor on the 1993-94 Secret World Tour. Since then, she’s been a multi-Grammy winner in various categories including Singer/Performer, Songwriter and Producer. Paula was an instrumental part of the team that put together and toured with The Lilith Fair and Cole has been on the voice faculty at Berklee College of Music while continuing an active performing career. In anticipation of her Concert on November 20th with Sophie B. Hawkins at the Thrasher-Horne Center, after twenty years since they …

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Born in a Barn with Dean Winter

  Words by Rob Nicholson   Dean Winter is likely one of the most unassuming guys you’ll ever meet. Very easy going and relaxed, he’s calming to be around. But stick around until showtime, and you’ll see a very different Dean Winter. When he takes the stage with The Heat, he’s his own inner country star. From Winter’s website: “With every passing release Winter evolves as a songwriter finding details in the experience to draw each listener closer. You feel the push and pull between winning and losing and the fleeting euphoria of a dimly lit bar as reality flickers …

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Wasabi Con

WasabiCon is Wasabi Anime‘s convention for fans of cosplay, anime, gaming and pop culture. The events are designed to create an inclusive environment for fans to immerse themselves in the otaku culture and celebrate the energy and creativity that surrounds the fandom and everything “geek.” The two-day convention features celebrity guests, local artists, exhibitors, gaming, panels, contests and much more. Daytime programming and events are designed for all ages with content appropriate for adult attendees scheduled in the evening. Tom Croom is the mastermind behind WasabiCon and its producing company Green Mustard Entertainment. Folio’s Rob Nicholson chatted with Croom via …

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Karissa Wade

Karrissa Wade is the most booked, most visible and the “hardest working” drag performer in Northeast Florida. Go ahead and add numerous crowns and accolades for her performances including her comedy shows. Her domain runs as far north as Yulee, Florida and as far south as St. Augustine. She has raised thousands and thousands of dollars for nonprofit organizations. Even while holding down a full time job it is not unusual for Karrissa to work as many as four to five shows in any given week.   Karrissa sat down with Folio’s Rob Nicholson to talk about her upcoming show …

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Folk Is People

The band Folk is People is essentially Stacey Bennett. She is the singer/songwriter who wears her Appalachian Roots on her sleeve and weaves it through her music. Crisscrossing the country on tours including high-profile festivals like South by Southwest, the Jacksonville transplant has achieved the status as North Florida’s preeminent alt-folk troubadour. Former <Folio> music writer Nick McGregor once called Folk Is People’s sound as “catchy and thorny, full of propulsive, breakneck folk songs played with a propulsive buzz, imbued with Bennett’s powerful voice.” Stacey sat down at the <Folio> HQ with Rob Nicholson to play a few tunes and …

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Collective Soul Interview

Click here to listen to the interview Recently, the folks at the historic Florida Theatre reached out to me to see if I had any interest in talking to Collective Soul. I hadn’t talked to Collective Soul singer/songwriter Ed Roland in almost 30 years, so I leapt at the opportunity. After finishing high school, Roland studied songwriting and guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston, then served as the lead engineer and producer at Real 2 Reel Studios in Stockbridge, Georgia. In 1985, he joined a band called Ed-E and another in the late 1980s/early 1990s called Marching Two-Step, …

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Jackson Dean Concert Review

To follow up on last month’s (August – Folio Go-To-Entertainment Guide) interview with Lee Brice, I went to the show at the famed St. Augustine AMP excited to see the show. But, besides Brice, I also really wanted to see Jackson Dean. He’s made a big debut splash in the country music radio pond with his hit “Don’t Come Lookin”. A song inspired by a phrase he used to tell his mother back in Odenton, Maryland. It also didn’t hurt that Paramount Plus had the song featured in it’s MONSTER hit show Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner and the spin off …

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