Bill Meredith

Utah 2007


Florida Jam story - Oct. 11 issue of Florida Weekly
Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist/vocalist Dickey Betts scheduled the Florida Jam, with his band as headliner, for May 19 at Sunset Cove Ampitheater in Boca Raton, FL. When bad weather threatened attendance, he pushed the event to Oct. 20, and then canceled his appearance. Another former Allman Brother, guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes, brought his band Gov't Mule in as a replacement, with preceding sets by Elvin Bishop and Eric Gales.

Pop season previews - Oct. issue of Palm Beach Arts Paper
Sir Elton John makes three stops in South Florida on his final "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour; Fleetwood Mac performs for the first time in decades without singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, and Buckingham makes his first area stop since being sacked by the Mac. There's no shortage of baby boomer drama in the 2018-2019 South Florida pop concert season.

Jazz season previews - Oct. issue of Palm Beach Arts Paper
The highlights among South Florida's 2018-2019 season in jazz concerts appear to be veteran names who frequently appear, but may be among the fine print. Underrated guitarist Frank Vignola conjures up Django Reinhardt's legacy, and pianist Robert Glasper teams with actor/rapper Common and drummer Karriem Riggins, both in November, and vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant fronts a group of gifted female musicians in December.

Selected Works

Originally scheduled for May with Dickey Betts as a headliner, the Florida Jam was pushed to Oct. 20 because of weather, and finally took place at Sunset Cove Ampitheater in Boca Raton, FL featuring Gov't Mule, Elvin Bishop, and Eric Gales after Betts canceled.
From Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan to Lauryn Hill, Black Violin and Maxwell, the 2018-2019 season in South Florida pop concerts offers contrasting nostalgia acts and those who primarily rose since the turn of the century.
The 2018-2019 season in South Florida jazz is a microcosm, and perhaps a signal that the genre is at least suffering a regional identity crisis. Veterans like pianist Chick Corea, banjoist Bela Fleck, guitarist John Scofield, vocalist Kurt Elling, and trumpeter Randy Brecker dot the late-season landscape.