“And So It Begins” the Anton Laplume Band on the Amelia River Cruise

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

 

The Anton Laplume Band

 

A buzz has been vibrating the surface of the music scene in the Southeast. The source, you ask? That would be none other than the emanating sounds of The Anton Laplume Band. With rhythmic bass lines echoing the phrasing of Bootsy, melodies so infectious they’ll take control of your dreams. Lyrics that embody the struggles of the mundane, and grooves that make the song you’re hearing become your only concept of time. Why wouldn’t you want to experience the vast flavors of this musical spread?!

The Anton Laplume Band, originally hailing from the cultural landscape of South Florida, decided to relocate and call Jacksonville, FL the home base. In its current incarnation this project is largely represented by the musical and personal relationship between singer/songwriter/guitarist Anton Laplume and bassist/songwriter Shawn Saul.

Back in the early 2010s, Anton brought Shawn in on his first band “Final Daze”, where Shawn was instrumental in helping write parts and arrange the songs in ways that brought a whole new element to the singer/songwriter approach that had been previously implemented. The band had a revolving line-up of local South Florida musicians mainly influenced by its core members at the time— Shawn Saul, Brett Segal (drums), and Zack Grehl (guitar). After cycling through members to sustain “Final Daze”, the group was disbanded and everyone went on to pursue other projects.

The Anton Laplume BandAnton and Shawn, however, continued their personal friendship and occasionally embarked on musical collaborations together until Anton decided it was time to give the original music they had created another shot in a new place. Since relocating to Jacksonville the core band still includes Anton Laplume and Shawn Saul but has added drummer Aaron Plotz to the line up.

The band just released their first EP appropriately entitled “And So It Begins”. In many ways, the EP represents the final arrangements of tunes from Shawn and Anton’s previous collaborations, which were arranged and performed over time in many different ways and by many different people. The largely funk and rock influenced band has made waves in the local Jacksonville scene in the short time they’ve been present. They have performed at major venues and festivals, opened for major touring acts, and still have much more in the works. Only big things are to be expected from this talented group of musicians, so be on the look out for what’s to come!

 

 

 

Make sure to check them out on the Adult Twilight BYOB Cruise. To learn more about this exciting group visit their website. But better yet, check them out on the Amelia River Cruise’s Adult Twilight BYOB Cruise. (learn more…)

 

 

 

 

 

Boo Radley Music Duo Joins Amelia River Cuises

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Boo Radley Music Duo

 

It is with great pleasure that we at Amelia River Cruises welcome the acoustic stylings of the Boo Radley Music Duo. Michael Shawn Turner and Patricia Matson have been working together as a duo, creating a sound that has yet to be comparable to any other local sound. With high quality vocal harmonizing backed up by the organic sounds of full-body acoustic, warm tones and well-rehearse harmonies set the Boo Radley apart from any other duo in the Northeast Florida music scene.

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Find Your Zen on Cumberland Island

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Robert Stafford's Plantation

Robert Stafford’s Plantation on Cumberland Island, GA

 

In this age, we have become quite savvy at discovering new ways to find harmony with ourselves. Many find solace in performing a simple mantra every day when they arise from what has been – hopefully – a good night’s rest. “Your destiny is your own.” “I am calm and collected.” “The day holds nothing I can’t bear.” Repeating’s mantras just like these have been documented to make a person feel secure and empowered, ready to take on their grind for the day.

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Adopt a Pet and Gain a Lifelong Friend

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Dog on the boat

 

One of the most beautiful things about being or becoming an American, a privilege not to be taken lightly, is owning your own domesticated animal. Pets are what turn your down time into fun time of the day. Yes, when they are little, they can leave you with – quite literally – a handful. Sure, there are all sorts of animal lovers out there. Dogs and cats are great, but don’t believe for one second that the only viable pets in today’s culture are only house cats and Frisbee-dominating dogs. I grew up in a neighborhood that we could have opened as a half-way legitimate wildlife reserve. With the neighbors keeping everything from ferrets, possums, sugar gliders (flying squirrels), and even the occasional snake, there was never a dull moment where our pets and interactions among them were concerned.

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The Great Eastern Florida Birding Trail starts on Amelia Island

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Osprey

 

With almost 500 different species of birds, Florida has been a long revered destination for bird watchers all over the word. Ranking 3rd in the nation in number of species, one can imagine the number of enthusiast and new hobby seekers that report to this region on a regular basis. Moreover, Amelia Island is the entrance point to the eastern region of the Great Florida Birding trail. Fortunately for you, many of the most sought after bird sightings can easily be seen from a seat aboard one of our cruises. Today, we are going to gaze into the life of one of the areas most popular hunters. Ladies and gentlemen, the Osprey.

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Setting The Sun

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Sunset Tour

 

Chances are, if you have made good use of a weekend evening and ventured off with us on one of our sunset tours, you have been most fortunate to witness – firsthand – a pretty impressive spectacle. Yes, so maybe it is a spectacle you have seen a thousand times over. The question is, do you know what it is you are truly seeing? In most cases, those who lack interest haven’t been lucky enough to see the sunset in such a way as you might experience from a river tour along the first coast.

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Bike Lanes Make a Difference

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Atlantic Ocean

 

If there is any one occupational hazard to being a human being that comes at the greatest cost, it’s a fundamental misunderstanding of the relationship we have with our home planet earth. Or even worse, we ignore it altogether. Most of us are pretty savvy about staying up to date on what’s happening in our own zip codes. That’s a great thing, but it’s a good idea to take in as much knowledge as our eager minds will allow! Then, use it. Ocean acidification is as worthy a recipient of that brain space as any other. The burning of fossil fuels has resulted in the acidification of our oceans. The decrease in the ph level of earths’ largest bodies of water has resulted in countless damaging factors; including the bleaching of the coral reefs along the once beautiful coastlines

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Destination Historic St. Mary’s Georgia

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 The Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

The Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

 

While a few hours on the river makes for an unforgettable time, Amelia River Cruises is ecstatic to be able to offer you and your family one of our customized Destination Tours. With one of our own Coast Guard captains at the helm, you and yours may enjoy the breathtaking sights of Cumberland Islands’ Greyfield Inn, take in the serenity of Cabin Bluff, or get your history fix while walking along the streets of Historic St. Mary’s. Today, let’s take a gander at a couple of the most frequented spots in this well-traveled slew of historically significant landmarks.

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New Year’s Eve: A Brief History

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Happy New Year from Amelia River Cruises

 

With the holiday season on its’ way out, there is still one hooray left to be had. That’s right! A new year has come upon us once again. Officially the last day on the Gregorian calendar, parties all over the USA are held to welcome the next chapter on New Year’s Eve. The first recorded celebration was around 2000 B.C. While you can’t call it an official federal holiday, it definitely is a favorite among citizens looking to have a solid night out on the town! Although this event has been recognized for nearly four millennia, it has not always been a celebration held on December 31. Long ago, it was celebrated in mid- March upon the vernal equinox. The early Roman calendar did not include the first two months we know now as January and February.

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Dredging the First Coast

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Dredging the intracoastal waterways

 

In some form or fashion, Earth’s bodies of water are always being manipulated by external influences. In some way, our planets’ bodies of water are always in motion. Water cascades down mountains, and pours into oceans. Wind pushes along the top of the water, first creating a ripple. Over time, those ripples eventually become waves as they reach the shore. Gravity moves rainwater after it has splashed down on your driveway. Debris in the path of moving water shapes routes along which water flows.

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