FSCJ Sponsors JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival

Jacksonville, FL – JaxbyJax, Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville, the annual literary arts festival sponsored by Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), will re-introduce the city of Jacksonville to its own literary voice when it returns on November 12, 2016. The event features 25 local writers in 12 venues across Riverside to showcase the city’s own thriving writing scene.

Guests are invited to choose their own adventure at their leisure as they wander from venue to venue enjoying the works of local playwrights, poets and novelists, which include faculty and staff of FSCJ.

Writers participating in JaxbyJax 2016 include:
Jim Alabiso
Tricia Booker
RaeJeana Brooks
Fred Dale
Frances Driscoll
Bill Ectric
Katherine Espano
Joe Flowers
Sohrab Fracis
Liz Gibson
Tim Gilmore
Nan Kavanaugh
Grant Kittrell
Matt Lany
Johnny Masiulewicz
Emily K. Michael
Marcus Pactor
Ebony Payne-English
Heather Peters
Andres Rojas
Caleb Sarvis
Sean T. Smith
Mark Stewart
Marisella Veiga
Jeff Whipple

For more information on JaxbyJax, visit jaxbyjax.com or contact Tim Gilmore<mailto:tgilmore@fscj.edu>, FSCJ professor of English, at (904) 616-3884.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 2 – 9 p.m.
Student Showcase: 2 p.m.

Readings of featured writers: 3 – 6 p.m.
Flaire Celebrations
Il Desco Italian Restaurant
Jacksonville Magazine
Riverside Liquors
Silver Cow Watering Hole
Sunday Tattoo Gallery
The Mazer
True-Blue Hair Studio
Whiteway Conference Room

After Party and Book Signing ($10): 6:30 p.m.

11th Annual Family Literacy Fair at FSCJ

11th Annual Family Literacy Fair at FSCJIt is time for the Eleventh Annual Family Literacy Fair, Septmeber 21, 2013 at Florida State College’s North Campus.

Encouraging the love and joy of reading; emphasizing the importance of a college education

The North Campus and Nassau Center of Florida State College at Jacksonville is presenting its Eleventh Annual Family Literacy Fair for residents of Duval and Nassau Counties on September 21, 2013, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This year’s Literacy Fair includes opportunities for health screenings.

The Literacy Fair and “Health Extravaganza and Mighty Teeth Day” take place at the North Campus, 4501 Capper Road in Jacksonville (I-95 to Dunn Ave. or I-295 to Dunn Ave.).

It is free and open to the public.

The annual event is a celebration of the joys and benefits of reading, especially reading as a family activity. Those attending will enjoy free books (for all ages), door prizes, a light lunch, and a wide variety of fun, free and helpful activities designed to foster good reading habits.

In addition to reading activities, there will be golf lessons, health and dental screenings for children and adults, a healthy cook demonstration, and a Zumba class. Demonstrations of STARLAB, a portable inflatable planetarium manufactured by Science First in Yulee, will be held 10a.m. until 1p.m.

For more information the public may call 904-766-6555.

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I Know Jax Comes to Television

I Know Jax Comes to TelevisionJACKSONVILLE, FL – A new TV show is coming to CW 17 in Jacksonville. “I Know Jax” is a magazine style show about fun things to do in the greater Jacksonville area. The show is produced by Talentino Media and is based on the website with the same name – iknowjax.com.

It’s not common that a website goes to broadcast television, but that’s exactly what “I Know Jax” is doing. It’s common that a TV show creates a website and a Facebook page, but having a website with an existing audience go to broadcast television – that’s a different story.

“We have worked in broadcast television and the web for many years, so going from web to TV is a natural progression for us. This is the way more TV shows will develop given the convergence of internet and TV”, says Executive Producer Joe Talentino. The fast-paced TV show focuses on things to do in Jacksonville, Florida, mixing entertainment, sports, arts & culture, music, road trips and more.

“We just love what we do. We get to meet cool people in the greater Jacksonville area, do fun stuff and we are just having a blast. We already have some great stories lined up for this season”, says Susanne Talentino, producer of “I Know Jax”.

The first episode of “I Know Jax” is premiering on CW 17 on Saturday November 5, 2011, at 11 p.m. “I Know Jax” is a weekly, ongoing tv series scheduled for 52 weeks.

“The station has worked with Talentino Media on prior projects and is confident Joe and his team will produce an entertaining program that supports the station’s commitment to providing quality local programming,” said Marc Hefner, VP and General Manager of WCWJ CW17, Bounce Jacksonville and www.yourjax.com.

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Brand Loyalty often Misunderstood

Social Search is ready for take off

Social Search for Personal Branding is Ready for Take Off

Having Brand Loyalty is a hugely important advantage when you’re in business, but often misunderstood. Loyal customers are a business’ lifeline in tough economic times. But brand loyalty is often wrongly attached to the product or service. A typical example is a TV product called Two and a Half Men, which faced that reality last week when most of the record 27.7 million viewers of the revamped show with Ashton Kutchner replacing Charlie Sheen, came to the conclusion that Sheen-acting-Sheen was probably the entire attraction of the show, in spite of being surrounded by a myriad of funny actors playing off his persona. Of course we will give Chuck Lorre’s writers another chance or two before switching to another channel, as brand loyalty will slowly reveal that it is not the product but the person delivering it, that creates the loyalty. Charlie Sheen’s brand on Cable channel Comedy Central in turn commanded an aggregate 10 million viewers that same evening with the Charlie Sheen roast, making it the most-watched roast on the Cable network ever, and the most watched show of any kind with the targeted audience of viewers between the ages of 18 and 49. That’s brand loyalty for Charlie Sheen, who apparently still is “winning”, settling his $100 million lawsuit amicably.

Marketing experts have known for a long time that people were never really loyal to individual products or services, even though they often say they are. It’s the brand that they are loyal to and the brand is always the person that represents the product or service. Service companies have known this for a long time and through non compete clauses and other tricky legalese tried to restrict their top people when leaving the company. To the customer they are the brand. If you drive Ford or Chevy for many years it’s most often the dealer who is the brand’s face. It has always been like that and to prove it just think how easily we claim “ownership” of people that do something for us with the phrase: my handyman, my gardener, my mechanic, my dentist, my postman, my webmaster, my doctor, my financial adviser or my broker. We don’t become “possessive” with the use of the word “my” unless there is a degree of loyalty involved.

Corporations know this. Communications and Insurance companies, Grocery stores and Supermarkets, home improvement giants like Home Depot, Lowe’s and even Wal-Mart have turned their branding efforts to people.

You are a Social Search Brand

So here is a suggestion for all of you out there who have websites. Pay very close attention to where video shows up and will show up in the next 10-12 months. Brands are moving much more rapidly through video !
For example, when you order that Best Seller on your Kindle or iPad watch what changes are coming your way! It’s likely that you’ll see a new “Special Embedded Video” edition rising up. What does this mean? It’s an amazing version of the entire book with multiple embedded videos scattered throughout the pages. Research Dave Ramsey’s book “EntrePreneurship”. Right on iTunes you’ll find a Special Embedded Video Version, which brings you even closer to his brand…. which is essentially, himself.

And the changes keep coming…
As I have watched Apple roll out their iAds it’s become quite obvious that we could literally be entering a time when there will be no use or need for web browsers as we know it, even though Facebook’s changes last week were all aimed at becoming a player in SEARCH. But think this through… if you’re on your iPad or Smartphone it’s not likely you’ll even USE your browser like you might have if you were on a laptop or desktop computer. You might start browsing Facebook on an App, move over to Hootsuite to check your Twitter feeds, mosey over to read a book and if you do need to use Google, it’s most likely you’ll do so through….. you guessed it, an app! And you’ll do it following people, messages, personal contact… not products or services! It’s called Social Search and the term was coined in 2009, waiting for the technology to catch up on what people want.

Things are changing and it’s so important that you not only begin to understand, prepare and ACTIVATE for these changes, but you need to get your brand’s message right. Mobile marketing demands even more now than ever that your BRAND be wrapped around who you are and what you do.

Plain English? People want to see YOU and YOUR face and what you stand for on their mobile devices, not a glorified overly done flashy website.
When thinking through your brand, it’s important to ask yourself “Who Am I?” but remember, the answer to this question must lead to what people view you as. This might be a bit different than how you see yourself!
If you’re a professional and are used to being called “Dr So and So” or “Vet So and So” that is not going to work with branding. What you DO for people is where the focus needs to be.

This information will be hard for some to swallow but your college education, degree and investment into that Ivy League University means NOTHING when it comes to your brand, long term.

What does matter, what is BIGGER than that, is what do people want YOU for ahead of all others?  Do you make people well quicker? Do you make them money. Is your advise helpful in their custom circumstance?  Can you improve their health, their skills, their lives, their happiness, their income, their self confidence? This is part of your brand. If you’re a naturo-physician or therapeutic masseuse, do you treat people breaking all rules of traditional medicine? Than this would be a great brand-leading message. What result do you bring people? What are YOU an expert at? This is your brand. This is what people will know you as and remember for. Before the world wide web, you could not afford any profiling like this, but today it is at your fingertips or smartphone camera.

It’s important to not wrap our brand around our product or service. Always remember that people are never loyal to products or services. To get your brand into the minds and the hearts of the right people, my friends… wrap your brand around Y-O-U. That is why Facebook last week announced a number of ground breaking changes that all deal with emotional attachment at the center of the issue. Social Search is the Word of the Year. Watch Google’s Matt Cutts explain the essence of real content and in the process become the Face of Google.

Setting a Guiness Record for Largest Ballroom Dance Class

Setting a Guiness Record Be a part of this historical event, Dance for Jax! Set the Guinness World Record for Largest Ballroom Dance Class.

Whether you’re a beginner or not, In 2 hours you will be dancing like a star. You will learn to Salsa, Swing, Cha Cha, Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, & Tango your way into a World Record for a good cause. Portions of the proceeds to benefit Wounded Warrior Project & Wolfson Childrens Hospital.

The Goal is to have 1,001 persons in class on Saturday, September 17th, 2011, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

Free parking is available and check-in and registration will start at noon. Class line-up at 3:30 pm, with class starting promptly from 4:30-6:30 pm. There is a Victory Dance Party too, fromm 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

World Record DancingThe Cost is $25.00 for each Participant and $10.00 for spectators.

You may pick up Registration Entry Forms at Southside Medical Center Or any of the following Dance Studios: Absolute Dance, Beyond Just Dance, Avondale Dance Directions, Boleros, Dance Alday, Dance Elite, Dance Shack, Kalubys, Fred Astaire, Arthur Murray, A Social Affair, Dance Tonight, Richard’s Latin Danza, The Wedding Dance, Z Studio or find us on Facebook search “Dance for Jax.”

Rules and Regulations
1) All Participants must be 18 yrs of age or older to be eligible for the record.
2) Couples do not count as one participant.
3) Participants to be at the line-up by 3:30.
4) Class starts promptly at 4:30.
5) Spectators and under 18 are $10.00 each.
6) Prime Osborn and the organizers of the Dance for Jax Largest Ballroom Dance Class and their associates cannot be held liable for any theft of personal items or injuries sustained by any person in attendance, whether as a participant or spectator. Each person attending in any capacity whatsoever does so entirely at his or her own risk.

You may also call (904) 704-7635 for more information.

Jacksonville Chamber Webinar

Jacksonville Chamber Webinar

Jacksonville Chamber Webinar

Local Business Broker to Advise Business Owners at Jacksonville Chamber Webinar

Business owners to receive guidance on adding value to their companies

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Join the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce for a webinar on May 12, 2010 to learn useful tips for business owners on increasing the total enterprise value of their company. The Big Picture: Company Value Drivers features local merger and acquisition professional, Tom Calhoun.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the one-hour webinar identifies the major factors business owners need to focus on in order to experience continued growth and prepare for a possible future sale. The webinar will include ample time for Q&A. Participants may submit confidential questions in advance by email to tom@calhoungroupllc.com.

The webinar is designed to accomplish one of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 priorities to help second-stage companies move beyond the startup phase. A second stage company is defined loosely as a company with revenues to the company above $800,000 and ten or more employees. Owners of all companies should benefit from the webinar especially those whose total enterprise value falls between $300,000 and $75,000,000.

Tom Calhoun, president of Calhoun Group, LLC, has professional experience in the transfer of business ownership to instruct attendees how to increase revenue and encourage business growth.

The webinar is free with registration to chamber members. Non-members can register to attend the event for $25. Visit Opportunity Jacksonville for more information and to register online or call Meisha Joyce at the Chamber (904) 366-6695.

About Tom Calhoun
Tom Calhoun is president of Calhoun Group, LLC, a merger and acquisitions company that works primarily with Florida business sellers and interested buyers from across the nation and overseas. A fully licensed broker, with a back ground in commercial real estate and capital markets, Tom Calhoun is an expert in the sales process and guiding business owners to add value to the net worth of a company and preparing them for continued growth or a future sale. Calhoun and his wife have been Jacksonville residents for 19 years and remain active in the community.

Idina Menzel Review

Idina Menzel’s performance with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and guest conductor Matthew Kraemer, was absolutely a delightful evening out under the stars at Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park.

For Ally at the Desk‘s 15th birthday, we reserved Preferred Table Seating for a mom and daughter’s night out to see a phenomenal vocalist. Having studied vocal under Emma Bledsoe for the past two years at the Amelia Arts Academy, and playing the trumpet and French horn since elementary school, Ally’s music interests include old show tunes, contemporary music theatre, and big impressive symphonies. Once this birthday surprise was revealed last week, she has eagerly anticipated this exciting event.

Idina received a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut performance as Maureen, in the original production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning hit RENT. Menzel completed her Tony Award winning performance, for Lead Actress in a Musical, in WICKED in December 2005. Menzel recently joined the cast of Glee, the Fox juggernaut about a varied group of high school kids who come together to sing as the underdog of glee clubs. Menzel plays the coach of rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline, McKinley High Glee Club’s main competition.

Matt Kraemer, associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, studied conducting in Vienna, Austria with Salvador Mas Conde and was twice a fellowship conductor at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.

Matthew Kraemer

Matthew Kraemer

An Indiana native, Mr. Kraemer is a graduate of Butler University and the University of Nevada, Reno, where he assisted former Cincinnati Symphony concertmaster Phillip Ruder.

An accomplished violinist in his own right, he was a member of the Nightingale String Quartet. Fluent in German and French, when he is not performing, Mr. Kraemer enjoys cooking, running, and reading.”

Together, they entertained thousands!

The first half of the show displayed the talented Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performing familiar tunes from the stage and movies including West Side Story and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Idina Menzel Performances

Idina Menzel Performances

Idina joined the orchestra on stage and conversed intimately with the audience throughout her performance. Each song held a story, from the blending of Cole Porter’s 1930 song Love for Sale and Sting and The Police’s 1978 hit Roxanne to the swing she wrote for her infant son, Good Morning Walker.

Teasing at herself, she mentioned feeling a bit out of place (from the other side of the tracks) in her stunning, white and silver Grecian gown. But Idina’s contageous laughter, turned “snorter”, quickly made her quite familiar, like an old gal pal. She did her best to keep the show PG until the end, when she finally dropped an “F” bomb to the delight of the crowd. Menzel closed the show with Defying Gravity from Wicked, but a standing ovation brought her back to sing her childhood staple, Tomorrow.

Idina Menzel

Photo by: Anonymous, cameras weren't permitted

If you have the opportunity to see Idina Menzel perform, I recommend you get the best seats in the house, she is well worth the money!

Starry Nights at Met Park

Starry Nights at Met Park

Starry Nights at Met Park

The City of Jacksonville presents Starry Nights at Metropolitan Park with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Saturday, April 24th, broadway powerhouse Idina Menzel, the Tony Award winnning “Elphaba” from “Wicked” will be perfoming a diverse repertoire of classic pop and music theater favorites with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

This new addition to the popular FOX television series, “Glee”, will be singing from her album “I Stand” as wll as songs from “Wicked” and “Rent”.

The gates open at 5:30 PM and the music starts at 7:30 for this picnic in the park. You are welcome to bring a picnic basket, pre order your meal or purchase food and beverage at the concert. There is even a contest to win fabulous prizes if you have the best decorated table. VIP, Preferred and Lawn seating is available, check out www.MakeASceneDowntown.com or call (904) 354-5547 for more information.

Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel performs in Jacksonville

Idina Menzel is a Tony Award winner and has a diverse stage, film and music career including Disney’s hit, “Enchanted”, singing at Royal Albert Hall with Josh Groban, appearing in “Rent” as Maureen (for which she was nominated for a Tony), Broadway hit “Wicked” and on television’s “Private Practice” on ABC and “Glee” on FOX. For more on Idina Menzel, visit her website at www.idinamenzel.com.

Wing and Rock Fest

Wing and Rock Fest

Wing and Rock Fest

The Wing & Rock Fest in Jacksonville, Florida is this Saturday, April 24th from noon to 8:00 PM, rain or shine. The Jacksonville Expo Center at the Fairgrounds will be converted into one giant family friendly party with bands and wings for this second annual event.

Wing tickets will be available at the festival for reasonable prices and many of your favorites such as Dick’s Wings, Wild Wing Cafe, Sticky Fingers and Sharky’s are just a few of the tasty wings being represented.

The entertainment lineup at this FREE outdoor festival includes Yankee Slickers, Pitbull Toddler, southern rock by Sky train and Violent Soho from Australia.

Bud Light will be available to quinch your thirst with a portion of their proceeds going to Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville. Mark your calendars now for this family friendly event!

Jax – Our Neighbor to the South

I like to share with you a very humorous and insightful post from Southside Girl on Craigslist for Jacksonville. It kind of reflects the Rules of Engagement I try to observe every time I drive down Heckscher Driver into Jax. Enjoy

1. You must learn to say the city name correctly. It is usually referred to as “Jax”.

2. You must be a Jaguars fan. It is a requirement for citizenship. Also, you are either a Gator or a Nole. You have no choice. If you abstain, you will be assigned a team. There are no other schools. It’s better to learn that sooner than later.

3. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. No one pays attention to them here. Merging, turning, and right-of-way are completely foreign terms. ‚Ä®[No turn signals in cars, either]

4. To find anything in Jax it is required that you know where Regency Square is. It is the Alpha and the Omega: the beginning and the end.

5. Directions to anywhere may, and usually do, make a reference to “the old Pic and Save”.

6. The morning rush hour is from 6am to 10am. The evening rush hour is from 3pm to 7pm. Friday’s rush hour starts Thursday morning.

7. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear-ended, cussed out, and possibly shot.

8. East Rd. meets West Rd. on Beach Blvd, but they both run North and South.

9. Normandy Boulevard, State Road 228, Cecil Field Road, Maxville Road, and Post Street are all the same road.

10. On the southeast side of town, Hartley Road, Shad Road, and Hood Road are all the same road. Hartley Road is the western part of the road, and Shad Road is the eastern part of the road. Now don’t be confused about this Hood Road. This is the West-East part that is in between Hartley and Shad, not the North-South part that starts out as Old Kings Road South, changes into Hood Road South, and ends at Losco Road. Got it? [Guess this explains how I always end up on Hood Road when I turned off Phillips Hwy (South) onto Old St. Augustine Road, heading East to San Jose? I can never tell because it’s always dark by the time I get to Mandarin.

11. Construction is a permanent fixture in Jax. The barrels are moved around in the middle of the night to make the next day’s driving a bit more exciting.

12. Watch very carefully for road hazards such as deer, skunks, dogs, barrels, cones, cows, horses, pot holes, cats, pieces of other cars, single shoes, opossums, truck tires, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, crows or vultures feeding on any of these items.

13. The minimum acceptable speed on J Turner Butler Blvd is 75 mph. Anything less is considered downright sissy. This is Jacksonville’s version of NASCAR.

14. Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously.

15. If you are in the left lane, and only going 70 in a 55 zone, you are considered a road hazard and will be “flipped off” accordingly.

16. Ground clearance of at least 12 inches is recommended for city driving.

17. If it’s 100 degrees, Thanksgiving must be next weekend.

18. There are really only two seasons here: Summer and January.

19. There is actually a Westside high school that has a confederate battle flag as its school flag, an image of a slave plantation owner as its mascot, and Dixie as its school song. Just accept it. Please don’t make a fuss about it, for your own safety.

20. Ponte Vedra and Amelia Island are to Middleburg as oceanfront is to double-wide.

21. If you choose to live in Orange Park, or, God forbid, Middleburg, plan to leave for work at 4am and return home around 11pm. Otherwise you may get caught in what can only be described as “the world’s longest left-turn lane”.

22. Don’t get here late and expect something to eat. After 9pm, your choices are Famous Amos, Village Inn and Krystals.

23. You can buy a million-dollar condo downtown on the river, but you have to drive 10 miles for a loaf of bread, and never after dark.

24. The Landing is an interesting place. Every time you visit, there will be a whole new set of restaurants, fewer stores, and less parking. Hooters, however, is a permanent fixture.

25. All city council decisions must be signed off on by First Baptist Church.

26. You can’t drink alcohol and see topless girls at the same time. But, if you agree to drink Diet Coke, you can see them fully nude.

27. North Phillips highway. Don’t go there. Ever. Unless, of course, you are looking for motels that charge by the hour.

28. Learn all of the lyrics to every Lynyrd Skynyrd song. Trust me on this one.

29. If you like southern-style barbecue, you’ve come to the right place. There’s a restaurant on every corner. But, they all close at 9pm.

30. Convenience stores are literally EVERYWHERE, unless you live in a million-dollar condo downtown.

31. No matter where you want to go, you can’t get there from where you are…in other words, you can’t get there from here.

Editor’s Note: Southside Girl you can write for me anytime

Klinch to Perform at Courtyard Nights

The original Rock-N-Roll band, Klinch will perform at the courtyard Nights series on November 14, 2008 at 7:30 pm. This band is made up of members who attended Yulee and Fernandina Beach schools. Their name of course, comes from our own, Ft. Clinch!

Klinch recently placed as finalists in a record company competition in Nashville, TN.

Light refreshments will be available, the admission is free – and the show goes on no matter the weather at the FCCJ Betty P. Cook campus in Yulee, located near I-95. Call 548-4432 for information or directions.

I stole the following information from their myspace page:

Klinch has risen out of many things among the ashes. After “growing up” in other musical projects Chris Walton, Blaine Dickinson, Jeremy Gregory, Jonathan Foster and Brock Dickinson decided it was time for a new beginning and Klinch was born. Immediately the fingers went to frets and sticks and pen went to paper. We started writing and recording (sometimes at the same time) because we knew we were under the gun. People want music in their hands not only on the screen.

Although we are fairly new to the ears, the last thing we want to do is make an old sound. We want to write songs that deal with things that people relate to and play them in a way that stays with them when the music stops. So we try and wrap blazing guitar riffs, with chest pounding drums and bass around words/vocals that no matter who you are, you “feel” the music. If you feel the music it means a whole lot more. So this 6 song project we have called “Bridges and Breakdowns” is gonna give you everything you want. And the live show will give you more.

Five guys who grew up together in northeast Florida who named their band after “Fort Clinch” and the word, definitely deserves to be checked out. Listen to our stuff, come to a show. If you don’t like it, we don’t care. If you do, then you just became some of the first of hopefully many. So help support us, add a song, buy a CD at a show and come to the next one rock out and sing till you don’t have a voice.

Blistur Competes for Main Stage at Planet Fest

Blistur Competes for Main Stage at Planet Fest
Blistur, Fernandina’s favorite rock band, is competing to play for a spot on the main stage at this year’s Planet Fest at Metropolitan Park, to be held on November 8, 2008.  This is Jacksonville, Florida’s largest concert of the year. Nationally known acts included in this year’s line-up are Rehab, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Puddle of Mudd, Shinedown and Hinder.

Beginning with a “Battle of the Bands” at Jack Rabbits on Hendricks Avenue, Blistur competed against 75 other bands and ten bands were chosen as finalists after being judged in categories including musicianship, stage presence, song writing and originality. Blistur scored a 95.44 total of 100 possible points putting them in second place.

A final competition, between the ten highest scoring bands, will be held at Freebird Live, in Jacksonville Beach on October 19, 2008. Blistur takes the stage at 9:00 pm and promises an outstanding show as they take aim at their spot to play the main stage at Metropolitan Park. All performances will be judged by employees of PlanetRadio to determine which of the ten will join the above line-up on the main stage.

Blistur is composed of three full-time professional musicians and they have been busy laying down tracks at Rusty Dog Studios for their upcoming EP including the songs “OK” and “Bloody Mary”; expect to hear both at Freebirds and at Plant Fest 9, no matter which stage they perform. This rockin’ trio completely sold out their three original production runs of their first full length CD, released in 2007, “Greatest Hits Volume II”. Their tight sound, original lyrics and professional musicianship has gained them over 30,000 myspace friends, who can’t all be wrong!
To hear more about these full-time professional musicians check out www.blistur.com, or www.myspace.com/blistur.