Monthly Archives: August 2017

Florida Wild: Longleaf Pine Forests

Longleaf pine forests are among the Earth’s most biologically diverse habitats. Once covering 90 million acres of the southeastern United States, from Virginia to Texas, longleaf pine forests have been reduced by logging and development to just three percent of their historic range. Conservationists are working to restore longleaf forests and savannas for the benefit […]

Editor’s Note: The Day the Music Lived

May 27 was a sunny spring day in North Florida. I was excited to see Tedeschi Trucks Band christen Jacksonville’s Daily’s Place amphitheater by performing on its opening night. Local guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks helms the 12-member band with his wife, Susan Tedeschi, and I was lucky enough to interview the couple for Flamingo last […]

One-on-One with John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band

Anyone who has seen the Zac Brown Band perform will recognize the towering bandmate with the long flowing chops, jamming on a guitar and belting out vocals. John Driskell Hopkins, or Hop, as friends call him, grew up in Gainesville, Georgia. But in 1993 his love of theater pulled him farther south to Florida State […]

Pre and Post-Game Plays

MIAMI SLEEP & CHILL Kimpton Epic Miami Perfect for the impossibly hip traveler, this hotel is situated where the Miami River and Biscayne Bay meet—in downtown Miami, but just far enough from the hustle and bustle. The rooftop bar, with spectacular sweeping views, is not to be missed. epichotel.com  Mandarin Oriental An icon of Miami’s new skyline, […]

Gulf & Western Takes the Stage

Island Hopper Songwriter Festival Captiva Island, Fort Myers Sept. 22–Oct. 1, 2017 island-hopper.fortmyers-sanibel.com Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival Pensacola Beach Oct. 4–8, 2017 pensacolabeachsongfest.com Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival Pensacola Nov. 9–19 frankbrownsongwriters.com Meeting of the Minds Key West Nov. 1–5 phip.com/meeting 30A Songwriters Festival Santa Rosa Beach, Rosemary Beach, Miramar Beach, Seaside Jan. 12–15, 2018 30asongwritersfestival.com […]

Sunshine Screenings

Key West Film Festival Now in its sixth year, this emerging festival makes the most of its tropical locale, with beach screenings and fancy cocktail parties under the palm trees at iconic sites such as the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and President Harry S. Truman’s Little White House. Previous guests of honor have included […]

Just Hatched: Fall 2017 Openings Around The State

NORTH THE COLLECTOR LUXURY INN & GARDENS St. Augustine Like St. Augustine, The Collector is packed with incredible history. Once the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, this landmark was built in 1790. Today, the venue still features the original structural integrity of its 30 unique rooms with coquina walls and stained glass windows, yet it’s […]

Ramblin’ Man, Gregg Allman

  1958 Gregg, Duane and their mom, Geraldine, moved from Nashville to Daytona Beach. As teenagers, Gregg and Duane formed their first band and played gigs all over Daytona. 1969 The Allman Brothers Band formed in Jacksonville, where most of the members were living at the time. Their first concert under that name was at […]

Things To Do In Florida: The Tide Fall 2017

NORTH SING OUT LOUD FESTIVAL St. Augustine Sept. 8—10, Sept. 15—17, Sept. 22—24 The nation’s oldest city isn’t only brimming with history, culture and beaches. St. Augustine is a booming music town, and its Sing Out Loud Festival proves that point. The three-weekend event, with acts such as Steve Earle, Lake Street Dive and Lydia […]