Archive for August 10th, 2009


Spirit of the Swanee Music ParkGator fans everywhere, it’s time to kick off the new season for the National Champions and you can do it at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP)! That’s right, the first Gator Chomp Romp is set for Aug. 21-22 at the SOSMP with a weekend of games, meet and greets with Gator greats, Gator Mascots Albert and Alberta and the Gator dance team the Dazzlers, making of the YouTube Music Video ‘ARE YOU READY FOR THE GATORS’ (a message from the Gator Nation to the world), poker run on golf carts, pep rally and Gator Rally along with Mike Mullis of Gator Chomp song fame and his band, WhooWhee and six other bands. Mike co-wrote words and music for the song “Gator Chomp,” a rollicking song about the University of Florida Football Program. Gator Chomp was a licensed collegiate product sold throughout Florida and at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Gift Shop. Other bands playing for the event include William Scott and Silverado, Woodard Johnson Band, Orange Avenue, Prestiege and more! There will also be vendors.

It will soon be time to gather the orange and blue and head out to the SOSMP for this huge tailgate party and BIG weekend with other Gator fans to kick off the new Gator season! GATOR FANS, YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT SO YOU CAN GET READY TO CHEER ON YOUR TEAM! There’s still time to reserve your RV parking space, primitive camping site or luxurious cabin for the weekend that includes two nights of music and events. Just call 386-364-1683 or 1st Street Music at 386-755-2060. You can also go to and click on the calendar to see the ad and learn more about this exciting event.

Games will include greased football, Gator tail eating contest, Gator toss, Gator prowl, Gator golf cart parade with a prize to the best looking Gator cart, punt, pass and kick contest and Texas Hold’em poker tournament.

The event is sponsored by B & B Food Stores, Budweiser, Big 98 WQHL, Lake City Reporter, North Florida Gator Club, 1st Street Music and Sound Company, 99.5 Kix Country, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Lake City Advertiser, 1st Street Music and Sound Company, KCountry 93.7FM, Florida Times Union, 106.1 and Baker’s Communications, Inc.

Advance tickets at all B&B Food Stores and 1st Street Music and Smitty’s Western Store in Lake City or on line or

Ticket prices are as follows:

VIP $129
for the weekend plus tax and handling fee. VIP tickets include:

*Assigned front row seat both nights

*Access to VIP tent/pavilion

*Friday night finger food buffet

*Saturday dinner (full meal catered by Dana Faucher of the Blue Roof Café)

*25 drink tickets – $1 beverage thereafter

*Front row for pep rally and in music video

*Inaugural Gator Chomp Romp Tee Shirt.

**VIP ticket price does not include camping or overnight accommodations.

General admission $49
for the weekend plus tax and handling fee. $39 advance. Purchase tickets at SOSMP, 1st Street Music (386-755-2060) or from North Florida Gator Club. Does not include camping or overnight accommodations.

Student w/ID $25
weekend plus tax and handling fee/purchase at the gate only. Does not include camping or overnight accommodations.

Special bulk pricing
available to all Gator Clubs. Gator Club bulk ticket purchasers must contact Steve Briscoe at 1st Street Music and Sound Company or call him at 386-755-2060. For complete details, go to

To find out more about this huge Gator Nation weekend event or the other exciting events coming up at the SOSMP this year, go to, email the SOSMP at or call 386-364-1683.

Some proceeds will benefit the North Florida Gator Club’s scholarship fund.


Listen to Whitney’s new song, “Million Dollar Bill” at!

Hurry over to to hear Whitney’s second single off the most anticipated new album this year, I Look To You.  The amazing new track, entitled “Million Dollar Bill,” was written by Alicia Keys.

Following the release of Whitney’s soul-touching ballad, “I Look To You,” the upbeat “Million Dollar Bill” exemplifies the talent and diversity that has made Whitney and international icon and is sure to cement I Look To You an instant classic.

Only 24 Days Left!

I Look To You available in stores August 31, 2009

I Look To You available in stores August 31, 2009

There are only 24 days left until the album hits stores, so if you haven’t pre-ordered a copy for yourself, you should do so right now…!

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Playing fiddle on the Suwannee

Playing fiddle on the Suwannee

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA – Got nothing to do this weekend? The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park can fix that problem for you with the Kids Music Camp, dinner and dancing with the DJ hits of Stevie D and The Restless Kind band this weekend.

The weekend kicks off Aug. 14 with the three-day Kids Music Camp where kids learn to play a mandolin, guitar, fiddle, African drums or sing. No instrument? Not a problem. Kids ages 5 – 17 are encouraged to come learn about these instruments and how to play them. Parent or guardian MUST be on site during all classes. Classes and the Saturday night cookout for students are free. Kids will present a concert Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16, in the Music Hall.

Friday night Aug. 14 in the Music Hall guests may enjoy dinner and beverages at regular prices from the SOS Café and Restaurant while listening and/or dancing to the DJ hits of Stevie D. Don’t forget those dancing shoes! This new event is sure to please as Stevie D is a well-known radio host in North Florida.

Saturday night in the Music Hall The Restless Kind (TRK) band will entertain. TRK features guitar, fiddle, keyboard, drums, bass, male and female vocals and tight harmonies that add up to one great country music variety show for all ages. It’s no mystery that unique instrumentation is what sets The Restless Kind apart from other bands.

TRK is an exciting force in country music with more than 200 years of combined experience. The hugely entertaining show covers five decades of classic and modern country music, with a healthy dose of classic and southern rock tossed in.

Bring your sweetie, have dinner and dance the night away with this awesome band. You may even want to make reservations and spend the weekend, go canoeing, go horseback riding, hike or shop our Arts and Crafts Village and Country Store. Cabins, RV parking or primitive camping is available. You’ll be glad you came!

Cliff Worrell and the Restless Kind Country band 2009.

Cliff Worrell and the Restless Kind Country band 2009.

Doors to the Music Hall open at 6 p.m., shows begin at 7 p.m. Delicious meals and beverages are available at regular prices from the SOS Café and Restaurant during each event.

Admission Friday night is $5. However, Friday night only, the admission price can be applied to your dinner and/or beverages. Admission Saturday night is $10.

For more information about the SOSMP, this weekend’s events or the exciting shows coming up like the Gator Chomp Romp Aug. 21-22, The Colt Ford Show with Johnny Bulford Aug. 28, Comedy Night with Carl Faulkenberry Aug. 29 or the big Labor Day weekend coming up Sept. 4-6 or to register for Kids Music Camp, go to or call the SOSMP at 386-364-1683. We’ll be looking for ya’ll!

Nuke The Soup's "Make Waves Not War" CD review.

Nuke The Soup's "Make Waves Not War" CD review.

Nuke The Soup
“Make Waves No War ”

CFM’s music reviews is one of my favorite parts of the website for two reasons. One I get free CD’s and two as they climb up through the ranks I can lie and say I know them…personally.

“Make Waves No War ” asks the big question,  “Are you filled with dread”? “Make Waves Not War” answers today’s  concerns and growing uncertainty over social problems with a simple solution.  ”When She’s With You. You know where you are”  The solution is love.

The very easy to listen to  “Make Waves Not War” has something for just about everyone. The beach and surf crowd have “Ocean”.  The lovers  have “Our Song” a nostalgic ballad that looks back on a life long relationship. Then there is one of my favorites from the CD, the playful “Finger of Friendship” aka “Dolphin Song” a definite car dance track. The best song on “Make Waves Not War” is “More To You”  it has a dreamy feel that I find very relaxing.

Nuke The Soup’s  Mark Davison, singer/guitaritst/songwriter surrounds himself with an extraordinarily  talented group of musicians. Keyboardist Brian Simms, bassist Mike Mennell, guitarist Rennie Grant and Chester Thompson on drums make up the current lineup.

Nuke The Soup's "Make Waves Not War" CD review on CFM Music and Entetainment News

Nuke The Soup's "Make Waves Not War" CD review on CFM Music and Entetainment News

The CD liner notes  says about Mark Davison,”Cubic Feet has had a successful run of four albums, the last being the critically acclaimed Superconnector. Nuke the Soup is looking to expand upon that fan base with great new material and a top notch band. ” Expanding on that fan base should not be a problem with “Make Waves Not War” it is a group of catchy, upbeat, infectiously happy songs that compel you to sing along.

You won’t be “filled with dread” when you listen to this CD.

Listen to tracks from “Makes Waves Not War” on Nuke The Soup’s MySpace Page.  Wondering about the band’s name, Soup is “The after affects of a breaking brave. Especially evident on a closeout. Synonym: Whitewater”  (Definition from Riptionary Surf Lingo Lexicon.) Learn more at Nuke The Soup’s website.