By The Key West Mermaid Festival
The Inaugural Key West Mermaid Festival is founded by a Key West native mermaid, and local mermaid boutique owner. She, along with her crew and pod, invite you to step back in time to an island called Cayo Hueso (Bone Cay), where the Gulf meets the Atlantic, and the captains, seafarers, and fishermen would tell their stories of the sweet sirens' songs.
This fin-tastic three-day event will unite the Key West locals and tourists, our neighboring Keys, visiting mermaid communities, and mermaid enthusiasts from around the world, on our magical little island. Family friendly, with fun for all, join us as we raise awareness for our beautiful oceans and educate all humans to swim safely in mermaid tails. #TheTakeOverIsReel we like to say, and we look forward to getting salty with all of the captains and mermaids who work hard to make Key West and the Florida Keys a better place for all who live the island life and our visitors.
By Sarah Katt,
April 2nd 2019
So here we are, one post Bike Week and I’m finally feeling like myself again. It was the 78th Annual Bike Week in Daytona this year and
Main Street was packed every day and night.
I spent the majority of my time at Main Street Station and Dirty Harrys and experienced
Cackleberry for my very first time.
It was my third time (EVER!) going to this Bikeweek, it was the most fun of all.
The best part about Main Street during Bike Week? The number of bands, with the variety of music, all within earshot and walking distance. Don’t like this band? No problem! Walk next door and something completely different will be playing.
There is something for everyone.
For me and the Behind Daytona crew,
all the festivities started Wednesday for Bike Night.
Friday, the official kick off, we caught Big Engine at Main Street Station, roamed up and down the street, saw Bobby Friss and to close the night Diesel at Dirty Harrys. All of these bands pull in such a crowd and offer such a variety of music.
Saturday was a busy day and it started around 7:30 am. Jeff the founder was up and at it with Sunrise Live Streams.
Our first stop was the Busted Knuckle Tour at
Seminole Harley Davison absolutely worth going to. Then Main Street Station and Dirty Harrys.
Various bands were heard throughout.
Now Sunday is when I got my first taste
If you’ve not been, it is vastly different
than Main Street, pretty much anything goes....And I mean ANYTHING! Topless bull riding, ladies walking around without their tops, topless go-go dancers, bikini contests in between the sets of music. It’s an experience in itself.
It is definitely a bit more wild than Main Street and provides a completely different experience.
On Tuesday, Blandini played at Main Street Station with special guest George Lynch. It was an amazing concert. Zoltan, the original drummer for 5 Finger Death Punch, is a sight to see when he plays. This was my second time seeing them play at the Station and boy do I hope they come back. Their show was outstanding!
Thursday, I got to experience Drowning Pool. WOW! While I liked their music beforehand, I LOVE this band after seeing it live! I hope Phaedra brings them back again. And soon! They drew in quite a crowd and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The next day was a big one for us at
We interviewed two national bands, Saving Abel and Tantric. It was a first for me, but definitely won’t be the last. If you haven’t watched yet, please head over to our Facebook page and watch.
Saving Abel and Tantric both play at MSS regularly and they are always a favorite. They draw in the crowd and get it hyped. This night was no different. We got to hear some of Tantric’s new music from the new album too.
Special shout out to Burgey’s Tiki Hut.
They allowed us to use their upstairs patio for the Saving Abel interview and fed us some
delicious food in between interviews.
Definitely a great place for local eats on Main Street.
Saturday was the last big day of Bike Week this year. We were graced with Michael Allman starting with the Blues Dogs. Adam James then went on stage and man, him and Michael together is a treat. They are both eternal performers and know how to work the crowd.
Michael Allman stayed around and sang
with Leaving Eden, much to the their delight. It was pure bliss to watch.
They played off of each other and put on a show like no other.
All in all, it was a busy week and a half, but it was a BLAST as always.
Thank you to the venues and bands for making it such a memorable experience.
It will not be forgotten!
By Karen Romano Adams
Photos By Jeff Stolowitz & Karen Romano Adams
WJRR's Earth-day Birthday EBDB Festival turned a quarter of a century this year! What a run for one awesome all-day music fest. For around the last 10 years it has taken place at the Central Florida Fair Grounds where they set up a huge main stage, use the amphitheater as a second stage and schedule acoustic, more intimate setting shows in the air-conditioned exhibit building. You can recharge your self from the sun, have a seat and rest your feet, and take in some great tunes.
This year we found Waldo, spoke to a devil, and our belief in the tooth fairy has been revived! I am, of course, speaking of the many 'characters' you see during the festival who are dressed to have some fun with the fans.
Once again WJRR has shown us why this festival has been the biggest one in Central Florida for 25 years. They brought in some great bands who performed on three stages from 11:30 in the morning until 11 p.m.
One of the highlights, from a photographer's point of view, was the band Fozzy that is fronted by wrestling giant, Chris Jericho. They invited all of the photographers up onto the stage to take photos from their perspective and it was amazing as the amphitheater grounds were absolutely full of fans which gave phenomenal photo opportunities.
Shinedown is also very appreciative of the photographers in the pit. Singer, Brent Smith, shakes hands from one end of the photo pit to the other as a tradition during every show. This band brings so much energy and musical talent to the stage. They were the final headlining band this year.
As always , EDBD has a lil something for everyone. This year's line up was diverse with local, semi-national, national, older, & newer bands all represented.
Performing on the Lipton Stage, was Dead Girls Academy, Fozzy, 10 Years, Powerman 5000, & Starset.
On the Bud Light stage we saw an amazing tribute band, Nirvanna-A Tribute to Nirvana, to start the day. This band regularly plays on the Southeastern House of Blues circuit and is by far the best we've seen!
We also had Red, Seether, NonPoint, All That Remains, Bush, 3 Days Grace, and Shinedown headlining the show.
Both VIP areas, located on either side of the main stage, were tented with an ample amount of seating and offered terrific views of the main stage.
Our ticket winners Crystal and Jared were in hand for a Behind Daytona/Stknthe80s Rock Pix group shot. They were having a blast and we thank WJRR for the chance to give these 2 an awesome experience!
After 25 years of producing this event, the radio station, 101.1 WJRR, really has a handle on what the fans are looking for and every year we see improvements and new things!
We look forward to next year!
Please Visit Our Facebook Page Below for a Full Album of over 500 Images from the show
Press Release !!!
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville
Festival Experiences Announced
Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience Set For
April 27 – 29 At Metropolitan Park In Jacksonville, FL
With Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters,
Avenged Sevenfold, Queens Of The Stone Age,
Along With Billy Idol, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Stone Sour & More
General Tickets, VIP Packages, Hotel & Camping Options On Sale Now
The lineup of festival experiences has been announced for the eighth annual Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL.
Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience grows to three days in 2018 with Foo Fighters, Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Godsmack, Stone Sour, and Five Finger Death Punch leading an incredible talent lineup not seen at any other U.S. rock festival.
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville tickets, VIP packages, as well as hotel and camping options are selling fast, but limited quantities still remain on sale now at www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com.
In addition to performances from top music artists, attendees at this year’s Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville will enjoy a variety of onsite food and beverage experiences, as well as sponsor activations.
Grub Zone: Food and beverage options will be provided by Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC, DWP’s affiliate concessionaire. Patrons can enjoy some of Jacksonville’s local favorite restaurants, cuisine, and food trucks such as: Mojo’s BBQ, Pele’s Wood Fired Pizza, Indochine Thai Cuisine, Island Noodles, Guana Bana Ice Pops, Brucci’s Pizza, Cely’s Philippine Cuisine, Knuckle Sandwiches, Grumpy’s Homemade Ice Cream, Dos Vatos Tacos, What’s The Catch Fish Tacos, Chinchilla Eatz on the Streets, Mambo on Ruedas Cuban, Wingin It, Cousins Maine Lobster, BC Tacos, Mama’s Greek Cuisine Food Truck and much, much more!
Beverages: Festivalgoers 21+ can enjoy a variety of beverages at one of the festival’s many bar locations. Specialty experiences include Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden (owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer) and the Heavy Tiki Bar (a tropical oasis filled with killer island cocktails and shade). Guests can also stop by Mrkt N Jolt to grab a hot coffee, cold brew or other sundry items. Bud Light, Samuel Adams Sam ’76, and Jack Daniel’s will be available throughout the festival grounds.
Monster Energy: Stop by the Monster viewing deck to refuel and meet some of your favorite Monster Energy artists! Monster Energy will be keeping attendees fueled up and ready to rock all weekend long. Enjoy Monster Energy drinks from their viewing deck, one of the best seats in house. Make sure to check back throughout the festival for a schedule of Monster Energy's interactive artist experiences.
Bud Light: Introduced in 1982, Bud Light is a premium light lager with a superior drinkability that has made it the best-selling and most popular beer in the United States. Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice. The light-bodied beer features a fresh, clean and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and a crisp finish that delivers the ultimate refreshment. For more information, visit www.BudLight.com.
f.y.e.: f.y.e. will be hosting the ultimate fan & artist interactive experiences throughout the festival! f.y.e. is the only place at the festival to get all your favorite band's music — and maybe even get to meet your favorite Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville performer! Check back for updates on artist meet & greet and autograph signing sessions!
Jack Daniel’s: The "Taste of Tennessee" invites visitors to come out and tour the nation's oldest registered distillery from outside the Jack Daniel's Hollow. The Jack Daniel's Experience, a mobile museum, is bringing a little of the much-loved distillery from Lynchburg to anywhere in the USA. Visitors will learn who Mr. Jack Daniel was and how he ended up with the best selling whiskey in the world. They'll get to see (and smell) whiskey dripping slowly through charcoal and the new oak barrels used in maturing Tennessee's finest whiskey. Once you tour the Experience and spend some time with the folks from Jack, it'll make you want to plan a visit to Lynchburg, Tennessee to see how and where they've made Jack Daniel's since 1866. The Experience is open to all folks, 21 years old and up, for tours free of charge. Games and giveaways will also be part of the entertainment at various times throughout the festival.
Hashtags: #jackdaniels #BornToMakeWhiskey
Samuel Adams Sam ’76: Sam ’76 is a revolutionary new beer from Samuel Adams, born out of our experimental Nano Brewery in Boston. It combines the best of a lager and an ale to deliver an unmatched combination of refreshment, craft flavor, and aroma. At 4.7% ABV, Sam ’76 is a refreshing, easy-to-drink beer that’s perfect for a day at the beach, a backyard barbecue, or an all-day music festival. Be sure to make Sam ’76 a part of your Welcome To Rockville weekend! For more information on all our beers, please visit: http://www.samueladams.com.
Zippo: Zippo Encore will be back in action at Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville with a full stock of Zippo lighters, including limited edition festival designs! Come by and check out their contests and giveaways or get a free lighter fill or tune-up. Be sure to bring your Zippo lighter to the festival, it could be your ticket to special experiences.
Hashtags: #zippo #zippoencore
SWFTCharge: SWFTCharge provides a quick, portable and convenient phone-charging service for large-scale venues. Their mission is to eliminate battery anxiety in places where it is experienced the most. Individuals purchase the service at a nearby kiosk and leave with a SWFTCharger. The small, compact device provides a quick 40-minute charge of customers’ cell phones. Once depleted, the SWFTCharger can be swapped for a new one as often as customers want while they’re at the venue.
The Music Experience and The Student Experience: The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards and electronic gear that are used by today's most popular bands. After laying your hands on the hottest equipment available, you will walk away feeling like a rock star and you may even see one there, too! Thanks to all of our partners. Come and meet your favorite band members from the festival at The Music Experience Tent. You can win free amps, free guitars and get tons of other free stuff as well. Check The Music Experience Facebook page and the festival website for updates, schedules, and interactive artist experiences on the day of the show. The Student Experience offers a unique opportunity for youth engaged in music and art related academic programs. Students, educators, and local unsigned bands gain unprecedented access into and an impressive and inspirational behind-the-scenes look at some of the country's largest festivals.
Fearless Records Experience: Fearless Records has your exclusive merch from some of your favorite Fearless artists. Hang out a while, you never know what will happen at the Fearless Records Experience. #Underoath
Formed in 1994, Southern CA’s Fearless Records was built on a punk-rock foundation, fueled by a furious passion and the drive to help build the careers of an eclectic collection of on-the-verge artists. The current roster includes some of the genre’s most respected acts, such as Grammy-nominated artists Underoath and August Burns Red, and certified Gold artists I Prevail and Pierce The Veil. The label is also a home to an eclectic collection of on-the-verge artists including Real Friends, Wage War, Movements, The Plot In You and Grayscale, as well as the successful covers compilation series Punk Goes... which has featured such notable acts as All Time Low, A Day To Remember, We Came As Romans, Issues, New Found Glory and Of Mice & Men.
Fxck Cancer/Dyin 2 Live: The Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program is a wish-granting organization whose purpose is to try to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring hope and inspiration to their lives. In doing this, we hope it can help give them a chance to forget, even if it's only for a day, what they are battling. Through our extensive network of friends, supporters, and affiliates, we are able to reach out to individuals and present them with one of a kind experiences and opportunities that arise. We feel a Dyin 2 Live Dream can offer a source of inspiration for those undergoing difficult medical treatments and be a positive force that offers a life-changing impact not only to them, but also the family to overcome their obstacles. If you are currently fighting cancer or know of someone in the fight who could benefit from a Dyin 2 Live Dream, please submit your story and tell us why and how a Dyin 2 Live day would help. Also, anyone interested in being a supporter, volunteer, or donor, please contact us at email@example.com.
Take Me Home: Take Me Home (TMH) has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001. TMH was founded as an animal rights advocacy foundation saving orphaned animals and striving to end animal overpopulation. TMH works in conjunction with shelters and rescues throughout California and beyond to help save animals on death row, on the streets, or in unsafe living conditions. Stop by their booth for custom gear and to contribute to a great cause.
Love Hope Strength: Love Hope Strength, the world's leading Rock n Roll cancer charity, saves lives one concert at a time by hosting free bone marrow donor drives at concerts and festivals in an attempt to find life-saving marrow donors for cancer patients in need of transplants. A quick, simple cheek swab and single page contact form is all it takes to determine if you hold the cells necessary to save the life of a cancer, or other blood disorder, patient in need. Stop by the Love Hope Strength tent and #GETONTHELIST#LoveHopeStrength
Jacksonville Jaguars: This year’s Welcome To Rockville features the return of the Rockville VIP Rock N Jock Experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Welcome To Rockville performing artist Stone Temple Pilots. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the band at Welcome To Rockville and get a VIP experience provided by the Jacksonville Jaguars at the festival and at the 2018/2019 game of their choice (subject to blackout dates/playoffs).
Head to http://www.jaguars.com/rockville/ for more details. #DUUUVAL
The daily band lineups for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville are as follows:
Friday, April 27: Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, The Used, Parkway Drive, Underoath, Trivium, Atreyu, Power Trip, Texas Hippie Coalition, ‘68, Toothgrinder, Palisades, Bad Wolves, Them Evils
Saturday, April 28: Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots, Hollywood Undead, Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Andrew W.K., Avatar, Butcher Babies, Red Sun Rising, Joyous Wolf, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, He Is Legend, Stick To Your Guns, Palaye Royale, The Wild!
Sunday, April 29: Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Clutch, Bullet For My Valentine, Thrice, Greta Van Fleet, Baroness, Quicksand, Red Fang, Wolf Alice, The Sword, The Bronx, Turnstile, The Fever 333, Fireball Ministry, Spirit Animal
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville tickets, VIP packages, as well as hotel and camping options, are on sale now. Discounted online hotel rates are also available through Curadora. Visit www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com for details. As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts are also available for active military through Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville partner GovX (www.govx.com).
As previously announced, for the first time, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is offering car and RV camping spots for attendees. Camping spots at Tailgaters Parking lots include four nights of camping in a secured lot featuring indoor restrooms, shower trailers and access to a full restaurant and general store.
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Aftershock, Louder Than Life, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Chicago Open Air, Bourbon & Beyond, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Northern Invasion and more. Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville kicks off the annual World's Loudest Month festival series.
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional 2018 sponsors include: Bud Light, North Florida Sales Distribution, Samuel Adams, f.y.e., Jack Daniel’s, Zippo, SWFTCharge, The Music Experience, The Student Experience, US Army, Fearless Records, Roadrunner Records, Fxck Cancer/Dyin 2 Live, Take Me Home, Love Hope Strength, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC.
For more information on Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, visit:
About Danny Wimmer Presents: Since 1993, music industry veteran Danny Wimmer has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which includes Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Aftershock, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Chicago Open Air, and Northern Invasion, among others.
About Monster Energy: Most companies spend their money on ad agencies, TV commercials, radio spots and billboards to tell you how good their products are. At Monster Energy, we chose none of the above. Instead we support the scene, our bands, our athletes and our fans. We back athletes so they can make a career out of their passion. We promote concert tours, so our favorite bands can visit your hometown. We celebrate with our fans and riders by throwing parties and making the coolest events we can think of a reality.
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Article and Photographs Contributed to By Karen Romano Adams,
John Livengood, Monty Montgomery.
Written by Jeff Stolowitz
The 25th anniversary of Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach according to most accounts was a huge success.
The magnitude of the event was championed by the thousands and thousands of incredible people who attended, from the local bikers to the world traveling enthusiasts the colorful array of Hundred Thousand Dollar Steel Horses paraded up and down the streets from Flagler to New Smyrna and roared down Daytona’s Main-Street.
And by all estimates the local business community is reporting a nice uptick in revenue from the previous year.
The Local Report