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August Bartender of the Month: Blair Redington

Blair Redington is a staple at San Marco’s upscale watering hole, Town Hall. If Blair Redington were a drink, he’d be a whiskey neat: there’s a touch of redolence under the bite in his deadpan tone. His warm, straightforward service could only come from being the local barkeeper for as long as he has – when it comes to the neighborhood, he’s seen it all from behind the bar. Twenty years ago as a high school student at Bishop Kenny, Redington started bussing tables at a San Marco restaurant led by Chef Tom Gray. His family home was just a …

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“That Jacksonville Thing”: Katt Williams Coming Back to Jacksonville Next Friday (August 27)

   I love comedy. I love stand-up comedians. In a word that is so divisive and so contentious, laughing with strangers is so powerful. Since aquiring Folio, I have had the ability to interview Brian Regan, Bob Saget and, now, Katt Williams. Go see Katt Williams, Friday, August 27, 2021 at Vystar Veterans Arena. He sold out the Florida Theatre last time was here and filmed his hit special, giving Jacksonville worldwide attention, talking about Duuuval and diversity, our food and our culture. In the interview, he refers to Jacksonville as a hidden gem. He’s back to do it …

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Rights for the Environment?

Voters are getting philosophical and Tallahassee doesn’t like it.  The United Nations released its updated report on climate change, sounding the alarms and making it fairly clear: Humans are the root cause of climate change, and it may be too late to reverse the damage.  Each of the last four decades has been hotter than the last, warming at a rate that far surpasses what the natural rate of warming would be. According to the report, “the scale of recent changes across the climate system as a whole and the present state of many aspects of the climate system are unprecedented …

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Ghost Town

Take a trip to Cassadaga, Florida’s portal to the other side.  Tucked away in between Daytona Beach and Orlando, just off of I-4, sits a sleepy little town of about 300 people. It was founded in the late 1800s by George Colby, who traveled to Central Florida—at the instruction of his spirit guide—to create a spiritualist center. Past the surface of its old Florida charm, in the Victorian homes’ entryway reading rooms, there are spirits floating alongside psychics, being summoned out of those who come seeking them.  The Spiritualist Camp is a small community in itself, originally created as a …

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Artists You Should Know: Sailor Goon

Singer, writer, producer, director, burgeoning musician, bartender, eyelash technician, rug-maker, ex-insurance salesperson: Kayla Le—aka Sailor Goon—does it all. One of the most enigmatic artists in the scene, the 22-year-old Jacksonville native is making waves with her R&B-tinged soundscape and colorful videos. Le started releasing music as Sailor Goon in 2019 and has put out a handful of singles since then. Her latest effort “Way Down in Decatur” arrived in March, and she’s set to release more material in the coming months. But before that, she’s secured a stop in Los Angeles to perform at The Echo in September, her first …

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Artists You Should Know: Primary School

There’s an understated air to the way Brianna MacLean discusses pain and trauma. She takes monumental, earth-shattering events and reduces them to mere anecdotes, recalling moments that changed her life with relative nonchalance. But MacLean doesn’t shrug off the sadness: She glides through it, tackles it head-on and verbalizes her emotions with honesty and openness. It’s similar to her writing approach for Primary School—subtle but overwhelmingly sincere.  MacLean’s style has settled nicely within the Primary School project, where she acts as the main songwriter. The product of MacLean’s high school experimentation, Primary School has been a steady presence in the …

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Dad Rock Will Not Die

The enduring legacy of Dad Rock is that it will always be at an arena near you.  It’s something we’ve been waiting to say for over a year: Live music is making a comeback. After countless cancellations and virtual concerts, we’re seeing some of the industry’s biggest names announce long-awaited tour dates (Phoebe Bridgers, Tyler, The Creator, Clairo and Lorde, just to name a few). It’s an entertainment renaissance right now, a rebirth of a celebrated ritual that’s long lay dormant, and it’s being spearheaded by some of the most exciting acts in music. But Jacksonville seems to be left …

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DuVal vs. DUUUVAL

As racist relics of the South were torn down last summer, conversation mostly steered clear of  Jacksonville and Duval County namesakes, Southerners with a past of slavery and ethnic cleansing. How has Duval changed over time, and is it appropriate to chant it?  It’s 2021 and everything is under question, and for good cause. Fueled by the civil unrest of 2020, cancel culture has become a vital vehicle facilitating progress in our city and has ousted inherently racist bricks from our foundation like the idolization of confederates in school names and statues. But recently, our war cry has been under …

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New Music Radar: “Split in Two” by Shane Malone

Singer-Songwriter Gillian Welch once wrote in her song “Everything is Free” about the commodification of art, and quitting it all just to live a normal and pleasant life. The thing is, that even at the writer’s most existential, she still chose to write a song about it instead of throwing in the metaphorical towel. That’s because for most artists, you simply can’t escape the art.  Shane Malone is feeling a lot like Gillian Welch these days, stuck at a crossroads between his music and his college path of computer science. He wants to, as the title would suggest, “Split in …

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July Bartender of the Month

Chris Lamoureux serves up at Philly’s Finest. “In 1988, I served my first beer in Philly. I lived outside of, came down to visit a friend in the Navy who just got stationed here and I’ve been in Jacksonville ever since,” said Chris Lamoureux, resident bartender at Jacksonville Beach’s Philly’s Finest. The Philly-themed restaurant and bar—and Lamoreaux’s home away from home—showcases delectable cheesesteaks and wings.  “The difference between living there and here is I have Philly here, but when it snows, I’m winning,” he said. Philly’s Finest has one of the few ice bars—if any—in the state, as well, which …

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