The primary goal the founder of http://www.SroMag.com had when creating this online magazine was to showcase and support the small, local musicians that are on the cusp of hitting the National scene. Major artists are not lacking publicity by any stretch of the imagination, so while we may report on those big names from time to time, that is not our focus here at SRO, Standing Room Only. The local clubs and venues that showcase the talents of musicians of all genre’s need our support. The garage bands dream is to play the local clubs and music festivals. We take for granted that the music scene is available all over, but that just is not the case. As Johnny Falcon and Sid Starling can attest, not all communities embrace music with the enthusiasm of Florida, Jacksonville in particular, but the entire state. So while I am directing this article at Florida, it is our goal to grow and spread throughout the Southeast and bring you news of the talents from all around.
We have writers in North Carolina, Texas and Ohio, along with our core in Florida. If you know a band that is deserving of the spotlight, please let us know. Obviously we cannot be everywhere just yet, we are still starting out. But if we can get to your local club and check out the band, we will. The music is the bond we all share, the love of that creative expression. Through the support of people attending shows at small bars, local festivals, and other venues the bands that work so hard to create can share their music and open each of us up to a new experience.
At SRO you will find information on bands such as Stayne Thee Angel, (N)ception, Prideless to name a few, that have performed recently in the Jacksonville/Middleburg area. It is our hope that we can shed light on these local musicians and bring their names to you before they hit the National music scene. The hours of hard work and dedication put in by these artists is nothing short of amazing. When you get to meet them face to face and spend some time talking, you understand just how much your support means to them. The music is the vehicle, the fans are the gasoline.
When you get a chance to see a live band, take it. Imagine one day seeing them on TV, and realizing you shook hands or got an autograph from them “before” they hit it big. While researching this article I decided it was key to share with you all some of the local bands that made it big, from Florida. This list is impressive and I don’t share them all of course, just some I thought would make an impact as a “once local band”. I hope some of you will remember seeing these names BEFORE the World knew them…
• Lynyrd Skynyrd (MUST TOP THE LIST), formed in 1964 in Jacksonville
• Limp Bizkit , 1994 Jacksonville
• Molly Hatchet, 1975 Jacksonville
• Shinedown, 2001 Jacksonville
• Creed, 1995 Tallahassee
• Blackfoot, 1970’s Jacksonville
• Anberlin, 2002 Winter Haven
• Streetkind, 2004 Miami Beach
• Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, 2003 Middleburg
• Later Days, 2001 Naples
• Sawyer Brown, 1981 Apopka
• Alter Bridge, 2004 Orlando
• The Mavericks, 1989 Miami
• KC and the Sunshine Band, 1973 Miami
• Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1976 Gainesville
• Cold, 1996 Jacksonville
• Marilyn Manson, 1989 Fort Lauderdale
• The Outlaws, 1967 Tampa
• The Allman Brothers Band, 1969 Jacksonville
• Rapper Mase, 1993 Jacksonville
Just think, once upon a time these icons were playing the local pubs and bars, getting paid in beer and just praying for their big break. Get out there and support your local musicians! You never know, one day they may be headlining a world tour.
Love and Hugs <3