Author Archives: Kerry Speckman

Beyonce … Coachella … Jacksonville? What’s the connection.

Queen Bey made history this weekend when she became the first black woman to headline Coachella. More than that (I mean, how many times more times can she make history), she was lauded for her performance, which a New York Times reviewer called “… rich with history, potently political and visually grand. By turns uproarious, rowdy, […]

Jumbo Shrimp Homestand Highlights: April 11-15

Baseball’s never been tartar! (“Tartar,” as in “tartar sauce,” as in stuff you dip shrimp in … hey, I’m writing this at 6:12 in the morning, so cut me some slack). The Jacksonville Shrimp home opener is Wednesday, April 11 and is followed by four games against the Mobile BayBears. But I don’t know the […]

Music Monday: American Glutton

Every Monday, Richie Evans introduces you to a local band/musician. You may already be a fan—in which case, great—maybe you’ll learn something you didn’t know about them. If you’ve never even  heard of them, even better. #listenlocal For all intents and purposes, American Glutton is a metal band. But guitarist Tommy Harrison describes their sound […]

Batter up: The Jumbo Shrimp are back!

By Richie Evans Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are in for an exciting new season, as team owner Ken Babby told attendees at a recent press conference. There will be plenty of theme nights, including Sunday Family FUNdays, Taco Tuesdays, Thirsty Thursdays and Red Shirt Fridays, as well as military appreciation games, Bark in the Park Days […]

Return of Thursday Night Trivia With The Specktator

It’s been almost six months since European Street Cafe—San Marco drowned as a result of Hurricane Irma. Fortunately, insurance covered the $650,000 in property damage, but I think we can all agree, NO amount of money can replace the hours of fellowship and knowledge we lost through the absence of Thursday Trivia With The Specktator. […]

Finding a date in the ‘modern’ world

More than a decade ago, I wrote an article about dating in Jacksonville where I tried various dating websites, speed dating and personal ads (it was the mid-2000s, people!). Last month, I decided to try it again but using dating apps. The experiences were very different. But the end result … the same.   Originally published […]

Concert Review: A Night With Zach Deputy and Come Back Alice 

By Richie Evans If you ask me, there truly isn’t anything better to do on a Friday night than to sing and dance with friends and other music lovers to great live music. And the Jan. 12, 2018 Zach Deputy  show at 1904 Music Hall reminded me of just that. I’ve already seen Zach in concert so […]

Chef Kenny Gilbert brings the heat to Jax Beach

By Richie Evans Few words can describe how lucky Jacksonville Beach is to have Chef Kenny Gilbert open two restaurants in one building—and how lucky I was to attend a preview before the restaurants opened to the public today. Located on the first floor of the former Seachasers restaurant, Gilbert’s Hot Chicken, Fish & Shrimp […]

Celeb chef Kenny Gilbert does it again … and again

If you know me at all, you KNOW I love me some Kenny Gilbert. So imagine how excited I was to receive this email from his publicist. Chef Kenny Gilbert announces two new concepts opening early this winter—Gilbert’s Southern Kitchen & Bar and Gilbert’s Hot Chicken, Fish & Shrimp. Both concepts will be located in […]

POST-humous: 10 things you didn’t know about Bill Harrell

Yesterday, Bill Harrell, well-known attorney and founder of Harrell & Harrell, died. I didn’t know him personally, but I did interview him many years ago. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about the man you’ve been seeing on billboards and TV commercials for more than 20 years imploring you: “Don’t settle for […]