10 Ideas to Promote a Show in a Different City

Promoting for a show in another city can be one of the biggest pains you will ever have because you can’t physically be there. Especially if you don’t have any friends there. Who’s going to put up the fliers? Can you even trust the club to hang up ones you mail?

#1. Before Even Booking the Show

Before heading a few hours to a new city, start reasearching months before you plan on doing a show there. Learn which clubs have the smallest capacity with the largest foot traffic. Know which bands are playing where, and when they are coming to your city. Know the demographics such as is it a college town, navy town, or upper-middleclass suburb.

I’ve made the mistake of booking clubs that were nowhere near any foot traffic. Being on tour from Seattle just to arrive to no one at all in San Francisco really sucks.

Booking a club that has a 400 person capacity, and you have zero fans, also sucks.

Traveling 10 hours to play that one club notorious for ripping off bands…sucks.

#2. Get Involved with the City’s Blogs and Forums

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Finally Friday’s Put the Spotlight on Duval Indie Artists

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Celeb’s Kitchenwas the place to be this past Friday night as Rightway Entertainment put on another edition of Finally Friday’s, featuring some great independent artists in Jacksonville. The Chris Knite Band hit the stage first, with the lead singer saying that he wants to “bring R&B” back and delivering original slow jams that were definite crowd pleasers, especially with the ladies.  Hip-hop/spoken word artist S.O.U.L. (Something Others Usually Lack) was up next, and his hard-hitting, conscious lyrics combined with mad emcee skills proved Erykah Badu’s words true-“hip-hop ain’t dead”.  In a world of tired, overplayed themes of sex, violence, and bling, independent artists like S.O.U.L. are true gems, reminding us of what hip-hop was and what it still can be.  In a showcase of his versatility, S.O.U.L. mixed his set up with an original spoken word piece that had the audience snapping, clapping, and everything in between.  Be on the look-out for his album to drop later this year.

Rapper Aquarius hit the stage as well, performing “Hop on It”, his new single that is receiving a lot of following in Jacksonville, partly due the airplay on 93.3 by EasyE.  There was also a casting call for the upcoming video for that single.  The show closed out with Ghozt, a Duval newcomer by way of L.A. who is looking to make his mark on the underground hip-hop scene here as well.

In between sets, D.J. Hiztory kept the crowd going by mixing old-school and new school tracks that took the crowd back down memory lane and up to the present again.  The kitchen was open all night, serving great drink specials and a full dinner menu, including wings and fries, chicken and waffles, and even grits and eggs for those with a taste for late night breakfast.

If you haven’t been to a Rightway Entertainment production, then you really should mark the next one on your calendar.  Rod G is an awesome promoter and he only puts quality performers on his shows.  He is also a true supporter of the community. Instead of saying that there isn’t anything to do in Jacksonville, or wondering why artists from this area have a hard time making it, let’s step up and support events like this and bring some positive energy into the music scene and the city as a whole.

The Cypher Open Mic Poetry & Soul – Biweekly

Brought to you by ill Clinton, Cuban, & DJ Monsta and hosted by Seven Soul Jones and Kia Flow…

The Cypher Open Mic Poetry & Soul is a staple of Jacksonville entertainment and nightlife. The Cypher brings to the stage the best in poetry, soul, hip hop, live music, and anything artistic and self-expressive.

Just go ahead and make The Cypher your home every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday! 

When: Doors open at 8pm | Show starts at 9pm

Cost: Only $5.00!!!!!

Where: The legendary DE REAL TING CAFE (128 West Adams St.)

Specials: 3 for 1 well drinks, $3 wine, $5 wings, $3 Yuenglings Full dinner menu! Come hungry! Come Thirsty!


Universoul Circus Back in Jacksonville!


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The Pan-African Film Festival

LOS ANGELES – The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is happy to announce that it will receive the first ever  Special Achievement Award in the Film Festival Category by African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). The festival will be recognized for its contribution to cinematic arts. PAFF will be presented with this award during the AAFCA’s  private awards ceremony on Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, Calif.

This year, the AAFCA named “Zero Dark Thirty,” directed by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow as its Best Film of 2012. Based in Los Angeles,  the AAFCA is the premiere organization of African American film media professionals. Founded in 2003, AAFCA’s members represent a geographically diverse cross-section of media covering the cinematic arts. The organization honors excellence in cinema by creating awareness for films with universal appeal to black communities, while emphasizing film about the black experience and those produced written, directed and starring performers of African descent. The association actively reviews the quality and standard of black talent, content and media coverage. AAFCA also supports the development of future black film critics and filmmakers. AAFCA is based in Los Angeles. For more information, visitwww.AAFCA.com

“We are very humbled by this award from the African American Film Critics Association,” said Ayuko Babu, executive director of PAFF. “When we began this festival 21 years ago, we knew there was a hunger and demand to see positive images of Black folks from around the world on the big screen. Over the years, we’ve worked very hard to have our fingers on pulse of the international film market.” Babu added, “We built it, and people came out to support the festival. We’re extremely grateful and thankful for everyone’s support over the years.”

Currently, PAFF is gearing up for its 21st anniversary on February 7-18, 2013  at the new Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles.  PAFF is the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival.  Over the years, it has showcased films from all parts of the world, representing such countries as Angola, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, and of course, the United States.


Gearing up for its 21st anniversary, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), is America’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Each year, it screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country.


PAFF was founded in 1992  by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona  in the tv series, “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an  international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs.  PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression.


The goal of  PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.


For more information, please visit www.paff.org or call (310) 337-4737.

Young Black Males Symposium

Blacksonville, FL

Reclaiming Young Black Males for Jacksonville’s Future, is scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd

Please visit the website for information and registration. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Symposium!  The Symposium is open to anyone interested in helping our young Black males to succeed. Please share this information with everyone in your network and anyone that would be interested in helping our young Black males.

Are Single Gender Schools An Answser?

Speaker: Dr. John J. Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education

What 5th Annual Urban Education Symposium: Reclaiming Young Black Males for Jacksonville’s Future
Day/Date/Time Sat., Feb. 2, 2013 at 8:30 am
Place Jacksonville Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202
Plus: Special Youth Forum for High School Seniors

Hosted by the UES Young Professionals Group, Fri., Feb. 1, (Time and Location TBA)
For details, call (904) 599-0399 or email the UES Young Professionals Group.

The symposium is open to anyone interested in helping our young black males to succeed.


Blacksonville, FL
Committee Co-Chairs: Dr. Barbara Darby and Cleve Warren

Jacksonville Jazz Fest 2013

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a weekend of Jazz that is the “second-largest jazz festival in the nation” according to Superpages and that, according to the Jacksonville Times-Union, has been dubbed by “experts” as “one of the 20 best in the nation.” Friday night marks the beginning of FREE jazz performances on multiple stages in the heart of downtown including Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio; and Sonny Rollins on Memorial Day Weekend! The Wine Down/Brew Town Tasting Experience and the Art in the Heart Downtown juried art show and sale will also be open along with jazz exhibits and displays to start the festival weekend.

The festival includes The Great American Jazz Piano Competition which takes place at the Florida Theatre on Friday evening of the festival weekend. The winner plays a featured set at Metropolitan Park. During the Art at the Met concert in Metropolitan Park, the audience can view the work of prize-winning artisans and master craftspeople from around the nation while listening.

Jacksonville Jazz Festival set for May 25, 2013.


Why Every Artist Should Have a Blog Web Site

Are you looking to expand your fan base, while keeping your existing fans interested and excited about your music? Could you use an easily-accessible page where you can list your band’s history of gigs, news, song releases, and everything else? Would you like to share more in-depth info with your fans than what you can post in a Facebook update or Tweet?

Many popular artists and bands keep a running, current blog page on their websites, and if you don’t already, you should consider starting up a blog page too! A blog can be an invaluable tool not just for your fans, but for you personally as an artist/band.

Our friends over at Music Think Tank recently posted a great article about why your band needs to blog. They list 4 great points about how having a blog page for yourself as an artist/band can really benefit you and your fan base. Click Here to read more..

Check back often for more industry news, tips & tricks on how to make the most out of your promotion on Blacksonville.com!

The Fort Mose African Market

African Festival at Fort Moser

The African Market at Fort Mose, and the African American Future Society presents an African Village at Fort Mose,
Columbus Day week-end October 12-14, 2013 as part of Viva Florida 500 Celebrations in Saint Augustine Florida.

Join us at the African Village for African Dance, Drumming and African story telling from Africa to the US.

There will be over 50 Arts and Craft and Food Vendors.


In partnership with VIVA Florida 500, Fort Mose and the Florida Department of State Parks Department, The African Market at Fort Mose seeks to reestablish the West African cultural heritage of Fort Mose by creating an opportunity for Floridians to experience the language, styles, traditions, food, art and music of West Africa.   Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose or Fort Mose (pronounced Moh-Say) is located in Saint Augustine, Florida and was founded in 1738.  Fort Mose is the first free African settlement of ex-slaves and it is one of the original sites on the southern route of the Underground Railroad.

Our Goals for the African market at Fort Mose are to:

1. Create quality cultural heritage events and activities that responsibly engage the public.
2. Focus on unity to build productive partnerships between local, national and international communities.

​3. Be inclusive and accessible to all audiences of all ages.
4. Expand Viva Florida 500 outreach.
5. Make history and cultural heritage come alive in Florida.