Fare thee well, Michael Wilcox

Fare thee well, Michael Wilcox

Michael Wilcox

from Panama Red


When I knew Michael he lived a block off of one of the most beautiful beaches on the gulf. He could walk barefoot to the water if the sun wasn’t too high in the sky. Michael was in the habit of swimming every day unless the hammerheads were running. Those days he stayed on shore.
– Mari

Looking for Morrison at Beaux Arts


My name is Logan and I’m writing to you on behalf of The Doors Music Co. I was browsing through the Beaux Arts website hoping to find some information on Jim Morrison, as he is said to have performed at the gallery sometime between 1960 and 1962. Here is the notation I found on the site:

“1960-1962 Jim Morrison recited poetry at Beaux Arts and was filmed in the garden at Beaux Arts while attending St. Petersburg Jr. College.”

I was hoping someone could tell me more about the film of Jim in the garden, or anything else that might be in the ‘archive’. Also, I’ve attached a couple of images from newspaper scans from 1971 that feature quotations from Tom Reese on the death of Jim Morrison, and an article about a memorial service that was to be held at the gallery in honor of Jim. ( from the Evening Independent September, 1971.)

Thanks for any help you can give me,

(Logan’s site: http://mildequator.com/filmhistory/private.html)

A little bit of Heaven

Horse heaven in the hell of war

by Hugh van Skyhawk

About a year and a half ago I found a lame pregnant mare abandoned on the roadside near Islamabad. She had been standing there eating garbage and drinking dirty water for some months. Her time was near and I couldn’t bear the idea of her foal entering this world some two to three meters away from heavy traffic. I am sure you all know that foals stand up and practice running with their long new legs about an hour and a half after birth. So, I couldn’t let the mare stand there and let the inevitable happen, i.e. foal crushed under the wheels of a lorry, mare hit by another heavy vehicle while trying to save foal. (I know all of this is hardly as interesting as the oh so important jet travels of vacuous Hillary, the camera posturings of steely ‘Obomba’ guiding the ship of state through the camera lens of a Seal storm trooper, or the ash-grey deadpan of beady-eyed McMullen looking for someone or something new to attack and destabilize.).

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Whispering Palm Trees

Whispering Palm Tress and Rick Ferriss

Whispering Palm Trees played around the University of South Florida area around 1971-72: the basic band consisted of Dave Bullard (guitar, harmonica, mandolin, vocals), Rick Ferriss (guitar, vocals), Richard Reynolds (accordion), Geoff Shelly (dulcimer), and Mick Wiggins(percussion and misc).

I recorded them at Beaux Arts – Phil Larson
Rick Ferriss (26)

Arnold’s Boat Yard

Arnold’s Boat Club revival on the Beaux Arts Site coming soon as per request.


If you don’t know about this, surprise. They don;t have your name spelled right. It’s Mari Eliza who travelled with Michael and Richard Leps to NY, then they got that recording contract off the streets. I was back in 2006 to promote a concert at the State Theater in St. Pete. Richard played with Jak Kelly by my request and also Ronnie Elliott and the headliner Bethlehem Asylum (Danny Finley or Panama Red, Buddy Helm, and Charlie Dechant). Lost my ass but had a great reunion and Florida vacation. We did a live hour on wfmt, a little beach bar gig but still only 35 people showed up. Lynn French requested to do an acapella song at the end, that was nice ,, I think she was the first one I heard at Beaux Arts in 1966 or so with her then husband George. I still have some rough cassettes of that boy scout camp ranch festival you put otn. I used to be in the furniture trucking business in Florida and had to repair some booboo’s on the truck.¬† Tried to learn as much as I could from this old wizard we had a Mangurian’s mega ripoff store. Sounds like a good niche¬† to combine with music. I currently own a share of a taxi co-op in San Francisco so life is comfortable, lots of musican friends and roommates, do Photography and Video.It’s great to get in touch again. Let me know if you’re coming this way, there’s actually no money out here, too many musicians, people who are good playing for tip jars and dinner! just like the sixties. Let’s get the Arnold’s Boatyard stuff together and do a page or on the Beaux Arts site. Still sounds great to me! PHIL

From David Dawsey – via facebook:
Holy f%#K Phil, You belong to a very elite(I mean small) group of folks who would speak those words “Arnolds Boatyard”. I’m flattered you remember me from 197?.
Recording studio-Berkeley? I lived there a few years before we met.
ilike.com has a small selection of current music under my name.
I have a small service bussiness doing blemish repair on furniture and cabinets(20+years-I’m “the”guy in town)so that I can afford to play music. I’ve been doing a lot of that in the past few years.
I’m surprised and glad to hear from you.

Southern Point Headlines at McNally’s Pub

Former Beaux Arts musician John Balcomb and his band Southern Point are headlining the 2nd Annual Winter Dance Party at McNally’s Pub near St. Pete College in St. Petersburg on Dec. 4th, 2010. 923 72nd Street North St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Performing an impressive list of Southern rock classics, Door’s, Hendrix, Neil Young, Beatles, originals and more… Opening act is The Sensational Rob Edwards Band, Southern Point take the stage at approximately 6:00 pm and play till 10:00. Don’t miss this latest Dance Party and southern barbecue!

Also latest Morrison piece:
Jim Morrison headline article on the upper half of the front page of the 11/28/10 St. Petersburg Times.


John Balcomb