SOME HISTORY: I don't know how many shows I've booked or tickets I've sold. It's only in the last two months that I've really thought about my past shows at length. Just under 23 years ago I booked my first show in North Florida: a sellout with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Fat Kat Music Hall. A year later Anne, my wife, opened Jack Rabbits with Big Sky as our first show. (They sold us out too!) When asked about my favorite shows, I always talk about what's to come. But, like so many, the concert world is at a standstill. Plans to "reopen the country" list concerts and theaters in the last stages and that’s with a reduced capacity. But we know that music is as much a part of life as breathing is to so many people. Shows WILL happen! We just need to make it through this transition.
OUR CURRENT REALITY: So far we haven’t qualified for any of the government “small business” programs or even been approved for unemployment. We’ve made it through lean times before. When the touring industry was devastated for over a year after 9/11, we held in there. That’s why Jack Rabbits is one of the oldest venues of its size in the southeast. But our reserves are running out. We’re going to need help to keep JaxLive and Jack Rabbits alive. We've started a GoFundMe with a goal of $22,000: $1,000 for each of our 22 years of shows. In addition to our operating costs, the shutdown interrupted a loan application that we’d started to pay for, among other things, a new shed for our walkin cooler. Though “the other things” can wait, a new shed cannot. We also need to make changes to Jack Rabbits to follow new safety guidelines in light of Covid-19. Again, that takes money.
HOW TO HELP: If you can help, Anne and I thank you. Lisa, Rob, Lee and the rest of the extended family at Jack Rabbits and JaxLive thank you. Times past we’ve been able to help others out. But there’s also been times that we couldn't because we just didn’t have it to spare. So please don’t worry if you can’t donate today. We know we're not the only ones struggling right now. Just save up so that you can come out to hear that new band you like the next time they're in town. That's helping too! Please let your friends & family know about our campaign via your Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter with the hashtag #KeepJaxLive.
OUR THANKS: As a token of our appreciation, donors that contribute $100 will receive a complimentary ticket to any Jack Rabbits show and two drink tickets. Donors that contribute $500 will receive a pair of tickets to a Jack Rabbits show and a $100 bar-tab at Jack Rabbits. Please note that, as always, complimentary tickets are subject to venue capacity. So if a show is sold-out, then the complimentary ticket can not be redeemed for that show.
Cheers to another 22 years -- hopefully.
**Did you do THIS Show? I’ve produced and booked a lot of shows and not only at Jack Rabbits. We've made a limited and partial list* here . If you're wondering if a show is one of mine, then email JaxLiveMusic with band name(s), the venue and the year. Thanks to storm damage at both our home and Jack Rabbits there are big gaps in our written records before 2010. With a name and a year or venue then I can verify that it was my show. But after tens of thousands of shows over thirty plus years, clues really help!
From 1987 to 1999 I did thousands of shows in Southern California including Pearl Jam, Blur, Korn, Kid Rock and Tool. From 1998 to present, I've done shows in Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Tallahassee. With rare exception, all the shows at Jack Rabbits and Freebird Live were mine. In addition, I've produced shows at over 20 other venues including St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Florida Theatre and 1904 Music Hall.