Category Archives: Fun

Mickee Redux

The Eclectic Acoustic Band, playing in the back yard of the Mickee Faust Club on a fine fall evening.
The Eclectic Acoustic Band, playing in the back yard of the Mickee Faust Club on a fine fall evening.

The Old Lady made a return visit to the Mickee Faust Club in Tallahassee (see ).

And found it just as bizarre the second time around.

The performance this time was a “Ratrospective” of existing material.  In some of the skits the music was recognizable from the group’s CD (i.e., “Hypocrisy in Democracy”), but some of it was new to the Old Lady.  The writing is political satire and parody, the humor is edgy, and the music is catchy.  A lot of the political references are Florida-specific but you’ll get the gist even if you do not hail from the Sunshine State.

Again, “The Trouble with Andre” broke the Old Lady’s heart.

Find out more about this long-standing topical humor musical performance group at

And go see a performance, if you can possibly get to Tallahassee.

Ears to the Mickee Faust Club… may they continue to QUESTION AUTHORITY.DSCF4191

Fox Mountain Festival


The Old Lady and the Elf took to the woods for a weekend of camping and music at Fox Mountain Camp and Artist Retreat near Cherry Log in the mountains of north Georgia.

And what a fine weekend it was!

Drying wet boots and socks

                The campground is a lovely place to be, even in the rain. DSCF5748DSCF5767

Friendly people...
Friendly people…
... and friendly dogs
… and friendly dogs

It rained off and on but mostly at night, and not at all during the music.  Arrie Bozeman, Barb Carbon, Hollin Gammage, Carly Gibson, Kato Estill, and special guests Jesse Hamilton and Jason Beaudreaux played far into the night, and as the hour got later the music just got better!

Hollin Gammage
Hollin Gammage
Carly Gibson
Carly Gibson


The Old Lady sends big THANK YOU to Jana Cargile and Sherrie Kelly who run Fox Mountain Camp and organized the festival.  These wild women of the woods have worked tirelessly (or maybe they do get tired) to make the Camp a welcoming, comfortable place and to make this festival special.

Sherrie & Jana
Sherrie & Jana

If you are interested, find Fox Mountain Camp and Artist Retreat on Facebook or on the web at DSCF5747

New EP from Hall of the Elders

Hall of Elders beefcake

Hall of the Elders, an electronic hardcore band born in Valdosta, Georgia but now gone to Atlanta, has released an EP titled Bioacoustic that distills the madness of their live performance into pure, sweet shots of 100-proof firewater.

From the first metronomic tones of the first cut, Option 2, the listener has no option but to remain.

Keven Hammonds-McArthur‘s controlled but manic lead guitar lines intertwine with Jonah Edwards’ deep hard bass, using the drummer Nick McLendon’s explosive percussion as a steel framework to build these tunes so they can hold up to vocalist Mark Jackson’s now wailing, now growling voice.

The Old Lady’s favorite tracks:

Don’t Mess with the Mayor sneaks up out of the darkness like a mugger, catching up and snatching up your attention, holding you hostage with grinding beats and lyrical interludes until you’re ready to give up that last twenty you have stashed in your shoe.

Undertoe washes in pleasantly over your feet, but brings on its sea breeze the despairing cries of distant drowned voices.  Swim at your own risk!

Animal jumps on your back with all four paws, scratching and clawing at your ears with a smooth jungle viciousness that beguiles you into becoming willing prey.  Lay down and die, and bon appétit!

You can hear download the Bioacoustic EP at and check out the store… there’s merch, man!

If you want to book this on-the-way-to-greatness group, contact them at and tell them the Old Lady sent you.Bioacoustic

Red Door Redux


Red Door Records hosted another ROCKIN’ show tonight, Saturday, August 23. 2014, in Valdosta, Georgia.DSCF5271DSCF5289

CUTTING TEETH is the latest incarnation of the band formerly known as STAY AT HOME.  Their new material took the crowd by storm, causing much moshing and some crowd surfing.  These Thomasville homeboyz are growing and getting better and better.  Look forward to their next gig, gang, they are on their way to greatness!


WICKED PRETTY from Hotlanta put up a sick set, taking no prisoners.  Catch them next in St. Augustine, or if you like their stuff check it out at


THE HOTELS death pop can be heard at and it is well worth your time to check them out… It is also worth your money to buy the download.DSCF5335

KOCTOK is Valdosta’s newest band.  Kelby Clark and Bradley Gandy have just released an EP titled “SLIMEY MOMENTS”, and you can get the download at  These two guyz are monsterz; the Old Lady can’t wait to hear what they come up with next!


The Old Lady loves seeing family members of band members support these shows.DSCF5364

Much gratitude to Jessica Donaldson of Red Door Records… these shows are the bomb!


Wake Up Fest, Day One

DSCF5193Wake Up Fest.  Fun in the sun, on the land and on and in the water.


Too many bands for the Old Lady to count.  Each put in a fine performance.  If she missed your band, she apologizes… she stayed as long as she could.  Thank you all for the music!DSCF5106

DSCF5130DSCF5138DSCF5197Artists brought their wares, decorative touches of atmosphere and creativity.

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Check out Lukas Rushlow on Facebook



BIG shout out to the Valdosta Wake Compound, and to Sin.DSCF5159DSCF5199

GREAT job, guys!

The Old Lady had a wonderful afternoon.DSCF5135DSCF5166DSCF5118DSCF5139DSCF5140DSCF5178








Wake Up Fest continues tomorrow – Sunday, August 17, 2014, at the Valdosta Wake Compound just off I-75 at exit 13 south of Valdosta, GA.  If you missed it – here’s your second chance!  Don’t blow it!  LISTEN TO THE OLD LADY!



WEEN E got out of the doghouse and off the chain.


The world’s first, and only, weenie dog rapper roamed down to Gainesville, Florida, for QueerBall.  The variety show was a fundraiser for the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida, and combined the former shows HairBall (for queens) and Show Bois (for kings) into one supercalafragilistic no-holds-barred all-gender-inclusive extravaganza.



And what a show it was!

WEEN E put on the dog and peed on a mic stand (passes for entertainment in the canine world), then enjoyed talented performances by drag queens and drag kings as well as the music of SisterSong and Flash and Pandora.DSCF4964


WEEN E loved everybody, but particularly enjoyed Stevie Sparkles aka Abi Gayle, whose performance piece included a shadowplay of the visibly pregnant Abi reacting to curious shadowanimal friends who wanted to know “Is it a boy or a girl?”  Abi maintained that not only is the gender unknown, it is irrelevant and physically threw out the whole pink versus blue stereotype thing.  The piece was not only creative but revolutionary in statement, and completely out of left field which is what WEEN E loves to see.



WEEN E sends a big woof-out to all who performed at QueerBall.  Hope to see y’all at the 2014 Gainesville Pride Parade and Festival October 25!


Hotter and Hotter


Did the Old Lady say it was hot, last time there was a show at the Elder House in Valdosta, GA?

Tonight was savagely hot.  The Elder House sweated, and stunk, and smoked.

John Weeks stepped up when one of the scheduled bands flaked out.  John puts out a big sound for one man and a guitar, with a heaping helping of angst in his lyrics.  This was his last acoustic set; he promises he’ll be back in September with a full band.  Stay tuned.  Meanwhile, you can sample his acoustic history at

In Life’s Wake is also in transition; after tonight a couple of the guys are moving on to other places.  Tonight’s grinding set sent them off in fine style.  Good luck, boyz!  They’ve left a legacy for us to remember them by at

Me and the Trinity are on tour from Savannah; tonight was the first time they’ve ever been in Valdosta.  The Old Lady hopes it won’t be the last.  Find out why at

Dying Whale finished the night, playing dark metal hardcore.  They put in a pretty energetic set for such a hot night.  Check’em at


Seems that Elder House is in transition too.  The band Hall of the Elders is losing at least one member, and the future of this venue is up in the air.  Everything changes, nothing remains the same, but it’s all okay kids.


RoadPix – Florida Caverns State Park


Florida Caverns State Park on Hwy. 166 north of Marianna, Florida, surely should be listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Sunshine State.DSCF4835

Visitors to the park may tour one of the caverns, which runs only about 67 feet below the upland hardwood forest but which feelsDSCF4878 as far away as another dimension.

Stalactites and stalagmites abound but among them are many other, much stranger stone formations.


The beauty of this underground world is breathtaking.DSCF4891

But after an hour of crouching, ducking, and squeezing through narrow passageways, coming up to the surface is a breath of fresh air.