Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Riverside Trolley Extended Remix! Art Walk November 3! Trolley to MIDNIGHT!

More info to come but basically the Riverside Trolley made famous by this video is being extended to midnight on Art Walk November 3rd. This is a sweet treat because it is the Birthday of Art Walk which began in November of 2003. Don't forget its really Movember Art Walk. 

So the trolley is just $1 each way, and sure, its just a bus that looks like a trolley, BUT, think about how awesome it will be to not have to deal with parking and traffic. Leave the driving to JTA!

This was the brainchild of Black Sheep Restaurant Group (Orsay/Chew), RAP, Wingard Creative, and of course JTA!

The stops on this link are just a fraction of the total stops, look around and see the stop near you. The trolley will run at 35 minute intervals. I am working on getting a map with all stops. Come back and get updates!

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Drinking Out of Cups

What a week I have had! Had a big meeting with my buddy Allan from Chew at JTA and Carmen from RAP. We're working on something big and awesome with those guys. Trying to take some cars off the road and what not. Stay tuned.

On Tuesday night I got to see President Bill Clinton at an Alvin Brown kickoff/fundraiser. Bill is awesome. If you see me on the street, ask me to tell you his left handed mayonaise story. Its a classic. I really like Alvin Brown and if he can get Bill's brain every now and again I think he is going to be amazing for Jacksonville. 

And that was just Tuesday. Wednesday I had to pick up some web assets from Orsay and got to hang with my buddies from Design Cooperative. We moved the party to Birdies and it was cool to see old Riverside friends over there in the 5. 

Thursday I was late to a secret meeting (oops) facilitated by the cultural council and I think DVI and the city to try to expand the downtown artist studio scheme to downtown artist studio live work. Here is my quick review that I gave the group. Don't discuss it. Don't bring in artists and test the market or do a study. Work on the actual conversions. Get the permits. Get the COA's and make it happen. I guaranty there will be a line out freaking door if you have cheap rent and cluster of artists. GUARANTY. We have more broke artists in this town than any other commodity. But you can't just talk about it, you have to do it. Roll up your sleeves and get the conversion going. 

Then I filled in for the best blogger ever, Joey Marchy at a PRSA round table. It was like speed dating. The, ahem, journalists would go from table to table every five minutes and take questions about why we make the decisions we make publishing, etc. No one, including me, believed that this blog was "media" but I did look pretty bad ass next to Wayne Ezell who tried to sit on my lap a couple times during the changeovers. I got to see Melissa Ross which is always a highlight. I pitched her an idea for a guest. Irony! "The media request is coming from inside your house." Wondering what I pitched? See movie above, trying to get this Movember Momentum going and setting up a big event at Hawthorn featuring staches of fury and Intuition Ale (secret invite to Tap Room Grand Opening if you click)!

Also, yesterday I met with my buddy about some plans for Jazz Fest. We agreed that we have one of the top 5 in the US! But before that I had a huge meeting with a new company that is going to change the world. Seriously. Am I ever hyperbolic? Not this time! There will be announcements forthcoming, but I'll give a time clue, it involves the Library

STAY TUNED ACTIONVILLE - If you can't have fun in this city, check your pulse. 

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

RADO : NSP Informational Seminar

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Hey guys! I just wanted to spread the word about my next event. This will be an informational seminar on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Please tell anyone who may be interested plus spread the word that we will be able to do some more Riverside/ Murray Hill new construction after the first of the year.
Thank you so much :)

Melody S. Byrd



Communications Director / Client Specialist

881 Stockton street

Jacksonville, FL 32204

904.381-0950 (office)

904.381-0951 (fax)



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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Please check out the first of several Oktoberfest videos on RAM-TV.
Our Friday night band kLoB knocked it out of the park!


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Friday, October 15, 2010

Beer at RAM tonight and tomorrow. Film Festival. Thespians. End Message.

  • 4 pm– 10 pm: Aetna Healthy Food Fight Cooking Sessions -- we'll have a large pavilion set up with six full-kitchen theatres. 48 local chefs will compete in two-hour sessions over 2 days for the national prize of $10,000. 
  • 6:30 pm: Oktoberfest Begins with the Ceremonial Tapping of the First Keg!
  • 6:30 pm: German Food Festival vendors + major beer: 20 craft beers on tap
  • 6:30 & 7:45 pm: One Step Ahead of the Law Brass Band will be our lead oompah band, with a sing-along complete with the words projected on the big screen and follow-the-bouncing-ball.
  • 6:30 - 11:00 pm: Street performers
  • 7:20 & 8:35 pm: Jacksonville Film Festival short films
  • 9:20 pm: Cult-status local band kLoB plays infectious Jazz Rock Fusion
  • <>Saturday, October 16 
    6:00pm: Dan & Eric of the John Carver Band (30 minutes) 
    6:45pm: Polygons (40 minutes)
    7:50pm: Opiate Eyes (80 minutes)
    9:40pm: Laurel Lee and the Escapees (80 minutes)

Saturday, October 16th:
  • 10 am – 4 pm: The Riverside Arts Market is open with Oktoberfest theme. Beer at RAM all day!
  • 10 am – 4 pm: Clean Cities Exhibit of Earth-friendly vehicles - sponsored by the North Florida Clean Coalition and the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization
  • 10 am – 8 pm: Aetna Health Food Fight Cook-off continues, Round 2. Celebrity chef Sara Moulton will be one on the judges.
  • 10:30 am -- Florida Conservatory of Music
  • 12:30 -- Larry Mangum
  • 2:30 pm: Special announcement by Mayor John Peyton on the River Stage
  • 5 pm:     Oktoberfest Saturday Night begins!
  • 5 pm:     German Food Festival vendors reopen with 20 craft beers on tap
  • 6 pm:     Dan & Eric of the John Carver Band play folk rock and acoustic tunes
  • 6:45 pm: The Polygons -- progressive rock with a unique folk/jazz influence
  • 7:50 pm: Jacksonville-based band Opiate Eyes plays progressive Indie Rock
  • 9:40 pm: Laurel Lee and the Escapees play their unique blend of wry and witty country music

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010


The Creature from the Black Lagoon headlines the 2010 Horror Fest - in 3-D!

Also appearing Friday, October 22nd to Sunday, October 24th: French zombies (in French), 70's Italian horror (in English), other zombies, Evil Dead, Psycho, rock band vampires, sensitive wolfmen, and much much more.

The complete lineup is here:

You can also buy an all-access pass for $35 at the website!

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

RELEASE: DVI Receives International Award for Downtown Jacksonville




(JACKSONVILLE, FL. Oct 7, 2010) -- The International Downtown Association (IDA) awarded Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) a Downtown Pinnacle Award, IDA’s highest honor for success and innovation in downtown development worldwide.  One of ten winners, Downtown Vision won the marketing and communications category for the explore the more campaign.  Seventy-three qualified entries were submitted this year. 


“We are pleased with the campaign’s success and the recognition for Downtown Jacksonville,” said Terry Lorince, executive director of Downtown Vision.  “It is humbling to have our counterparts from other cities throughout the world use Downtown Jacksonville as a model for their campaigns.  That is success.”


The campaign is DVI’s largest marketing partnership to date, involving more than 50 property owners, 100 street level retailers and city support for a unified effort to promote Downtown Jacksonville. 


“The goal was to create an engagement campaign that would awaken Downtown users – businesses, workers, residents and visitors – to Downtown Jacksonville’s diverse and unique offerings,” explained Andy Dykstra, principal at Burdette Ketchum, the integrated marketing firm that created the campaign with Downtown Vision. “It is rewarding that the campaign was successful for Downtown Vision and that it has earned this peer recognition.”


The campaign was also featured in one of the industry’s leading publications, Downtown Promotion Reporter, which specifically highlighted the parking meter wraps with Downtown’s mobile website address,, as the most innovative marketing strategy of 2009.  As a result, DVI received multiple calls from other cities inquiring about the campaign and various elements as they sought to adapt concepts to their own needs. 


In addition, The Great Fire Party a nightlife promotion held in May of this year, was one of 10 events selected from more than 200 submissions as a best practices case study for other cities.  The promotion was lauded for its creativity, economic impact and cost-effective strategies.


“Even large cities are watching what we’re doing.  When the executive director of a Los Angeles Business Improvement District comments that he is was impressed by what Jacksonville is doing and would like to do a similar event, it reinforces that we are being innovative,” added Lorince.


The Washington, D.C.-based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 600 members, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities and regions.


About Downtown Vision, Inc.

Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) is a not-for-profit 501(c) 6 organization whose mission is to build and maintain a healthy and vibrant Downtown community and to promote Downtown as an exciting place to live, work, play, and visit.


Founded in 2000, DVI is dedicated to promoting the Downtown area, building a neighborhood Downtown, serving as a one-stop shop for information on Downtown and advocating the interests of local businesses and property owners. Downtown Vision is the only organization solely devoted to revitalizing Downtown Jacksonville.  For more information, visit




Pamela Nix Elms

Director of Marketing

Downtown Vision, Inc.

214 N. Hogan Street, Suite 120

Jacksonville, FL 32202

w 904-634-0303 ext. 222







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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

BEER & Movies Under the Bridge poster

Here is the poster for this week's Movies Under the Bridge.

If you can, print out a few of them and hang them some place visible to the public, and/or put them on you website/FaceBook page.



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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Burrito-Gallery | Restaurants | Jacksonville | Delta Sky Magazine +

Burrito-Gallery | Restaurants | Jacksonville | Delta Sky Magazine +

Art Walk at The Old Library Wednesday, October 6th from 5:00 until 9:00!



THE LIBRARY at 122 Ocean (, the former Haydon Burns Main Library) Produced by Gray C. Solomon and Patrick Gearhart!  Joe Miller’s Duval County Courthouse (2009-2010) Photo Essay Montage returns for one more viewing with new images!  Jonathon Atkins, Kristen Abrahamsen, Judi Patterson, Holly Halford, Michael Lanier, Clay Misner, Jay Antablian, Jacob Brooks, Jason Tetlak, Gustavo Rocca, Tonsenia Yonn, Miles Bateman, Pugsley, Natalie Frazier, John Wylie, Josh Hoyle, Amber Bailey, and others.  Photographers: Matthew Winghart’s ‘on metal exhibition’, and new work by Miguel Emmanuelli, Jake Roth and Justin Shaw!  Jacksonville Table Tennis !!  Ceramics by Laura Blankenship and clothing designed by Jaxleigh.  TAROT!  Furniture as Art by James Stamford! Security by The Sand Troopers of the 501st Legion, Squad 7! Sake tasting by Circle Japan pastries by Bliss Bakery!  SweetPete’s candy   

SUITE 106 at The Landing! – The JOEY THATE and KIM BARRY will present ARCHAIC: A HAPPENING!!/joeythate )

SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY – MACTRUQUE!! In the East lobby: PAUL LADNIER’S FOOTBALL SERIES!!  100 South Laura and Forsyth! (

BUY LOCAL ARTISTS!!!  Original Art broadens the way you look at life!  You get to enjoy your piece and be uplifted every day by work created by your own neighbors!    Forget the ‘experts’, let yourself go and simply look to your inner-self for your own reaction.  My favorite phrase is ‘I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like’.  We guarantee you will like something/someone here.  

Things are happening at The Library (, the former Haydon Burns Library) at Ocean and Adams!!!! Come and learn about The Late Night Library club/music venue, Downtown Underground music and art space and incubation zone, and the Library Marketplace!

The Downtown Art Walk is a FREE ‘happening’ that occurs the first Wednesday of every month where approximately 46 downtown venues stay open until 10:00 and folk stroll around from venue to venue enjoying community and art.  Also included are the New Main Library, JMOCA, Off The Grid Studio Galleries, art galleries, shops, restaurants etc. DIRECTIONS: Easy to get to!  From I 95 just go over the Main Street Bridge and go North on Ocean two blocks and turn left.  From the Matthews/Hart Bridges turn left on Newnan Street and right on Adams!  Just across the street from The Burrito Gallery!  So 'meet at the Burrito', get your official Downtown Vision Map and start your Art Walk experience at The Library!  Join the downtown arts excitement!

Gray C. Solomon, Thistle Art, The Jacksonville Arts Initiative, 'Making North Florida A Nationally Recognized Arts Producing Region' , Email., Tel. (904) 234 0443, Patrick Gearhart, Integrative Marketing | Products | Promotions, Email.,  The Library, Mark R. Rinaman,


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From my main man Steve. Solid. 

Check out the following picture of the Ryder Cup - where an errant shot by Tiger Woods is captured immediately before the ball hits the photographer.  Notice the cigar guy in the upper right corner of the photo, and the classic pre-impact facial expression.  

As amazing as the first photo is, check out the second photo.


- Steve


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