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Yes Brings Legendary Albums to Orlando

Yes Brings Special Show to Bob Carr

The Bob Carr performing Arts Center offered up a huge concert announcement earlier today.  Legendary rockers Yes, are coming to town for an intimate evening where they will perform their classic albums Fragile and Close To the Edge in their entirety on Sunday, August 3rd.

The current line-up is a damn good one: Jon Davison vocals, Chris Squire bass, Steve Howe guitar, Alan White drums and Geoff Downes keys.

From the press release:

ORLANDO, FLORIDA [March 25, 2014] Throughout 2013, the iconic, Grammy®-winning rock band YES marked a career first by performing a triple-header concert featuring three of their classic albums in their entirety. Now, the band is back and ready to rock crowds nationwide with a 35-date summer tour featuring YES performing their 1971 groundbreaking album, “Fragile” and 1972 album “Close To The Edge” in their entirety. YES plays the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on August 3. Tickets go on sale April 18 at 10 a.m.

(Check out the albums on iTunes and a link to all tour dates at bottom of post)

“Fragile” is considered to be YES’ U.S. breakthrough album, peaking at number four on the Billboard Album charts in the U.S. The RIAA-certified, double-platinum album sold over two million copies and features YES’ hit single “Roundabout” and other classics like “Long Distance Runaround” and “Heart of the Sunrise.” It also marks the band’s first collaboration with artist Roger Dean on cover art, who has designed many of the band’s album covers and logos. The band’s album “Close To The Edge”–widely regarded as one of the greatest progressive-rock albums ever recorded–was on the U.S. charts for 32 weeks, peaking at number three. A “Rolling Stone” review noted, “YES’ colors are subtle, almost imperceptible tints, but the main strokes are bold and thick, applied with sureness and natural instinct.” Inspired by Siddhartha and their “state of mind” at the time, the Gold-certified album featuring epic suites such as “Close To The Edge” and “You And I,” was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time” by “Guitar World” (2006).

YES is proud to provide VIP concert packages, which include near-stage seating, a meet and greet with the band, exclusive limited edition gifts and much more. For more information on prices, on-sale dates and to purchase YES packages/tickets, visit www.yesworld.com.

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Rock On!

 

Full Tour schedule: http://concertfix.com/tours/yes

March Central Florida Concert Calendar


March Rock Music Calendar

Hey there! We’ve added a new feature this month, where you can order tickets for a bunch of shows right from this web page. Because we love our fans, we’ve hooked up with the venues and artists who are not reaming us with exorbitant service charge fees.

Orlando

3/01 – Collective Soul, Universal Studios
3/01 – Dishwalla, House of Blues
3/01 – The Manzingers and Off With Their Heads, Backbooth

3/04 – G. Love & Special Sauce with Kristy Lee, The Social (Get Tickets Here)

3/05 – Local H, Will’s Pub (Get Tickets Here)

3/07 – Saliva, No Name Saloon (Edgewater)
3/07 – The Supervillains, The West End (Sanford)
3/07 – ZZ Ward, Last Love Tour, The Social (Get Tickets Here)
3/07 to 3/09 – The Guess Who, Epcot Center

3/08 – Emily Kopp, House of Blues
3/08 – Thomas Wynn & The Believers, DaVinci (Deland)

3/09 – Foghat, Seminole Harley Davidson (Sanford)

3/14 – Jack Russell’s Great White, No Name Saloon (Edgewater)
3/14 – The Supervillains, Beachside Tavern (New Smyrna Beach)

3/15 – We The Kings, The Beacham (Get Tickets Here)
3/15 – The Georgia Satellites, Harley Davidson of Orlando

3/16 – Paul Simon and Sting, Amway Center

3/20 – George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Plaza Live Orlando (Get Tickets Here)

3/22 – Middle Class Rut, The Social (Get Tickets Here)
3/22 – Mark Cohn, Plaza Live Orlando (Get Tickets Here)

3/23 – We Are The In Crowd, The Social (Get Tickets Here)

3/24 – Lacuna Coil, Stardust Video and Coffee

3/28 – The Supervillains and Whole Wheat Bread, The Social (Get Tickets Here)

3/29 – The Moody Blues, Hard Rock Cafe
3/29 – Get The Led Out – The American Led Zeppelin, Plaza Live Orlando (Get Tickets Here)
3/29 – Tommy Tutone, Downtown Orlando

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Jacksonville

3/01 – Iron & Wine, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

3/02 – Local H, Jack Rabbits

3/05 – Surfer Blood, Jack Rabbits

3/06 – Dropkick Murphys, Mavericks

3/07 – Jars Of Clay, Murray Hill Theatre

3/08 – Steve Miller Band, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

3/09 – Black 47 at the St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival, Francis Field (St Augustine)

3/13 – Jack Russell’s Great White, The Roc Bar

3/16 – La Dispute, The Roc Bar at Brewster’s (Get Tickets Here)

3/19 – George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Florida Theatre

3/22 – The Moody Blues, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
3/22 – We Are The In Crowd, Jack Rabbits

3/28 – Citizen Kane, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

3/29 – The Mowgli’s, Jack Rabbits

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Tampa Area

3/01 – G. Love & Special Sauce, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg) (Get Tickets Here)
3/01 – Saliva, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

3/02 – Collective Soul and Ed Kowalczyk, Mahaffey Theater (Saint Petersburg)

3/04 – Local H, Local 662 (st. Petersburg)

3/05 – Shiny Toy Guns, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

3/07 – Don McLean, Capital Theatre (Clearwater)

3/08 – The Flaming Lips amd Zulu Wave at Gasparilla Music Festival at Curtis Hixon Park (Get Tickets Here)
3/08 – Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg) (Get Tickets Here)

3/15 – The Outlaws, Florida Southern College (Lakeland)
3/15 – The Supervillains, Cabana Inn (Sarasota)

3/19 – La Dispute, Pianos Become the Teeth, The Orpheum (Get Tickets Here)

3/21 – George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)
3/21 – Marc Cohn and Emily Kopp, Capitol Theatre (Clearwater)

3/22 – Al Stewart, Capitol Theatre (Clearwater)

3/24 – The Moody Blues, Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall (Sarasota)

3/25 – The Moody Blues, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

3/27 – Indigo Girls, Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall (Sarasota)

 


Best of The Big Ticket

The Best of The Big Ticket Festival

It’s been 5 days since this year’s version of The Big Ticket hit Jacksonville and I figured it was a good time to reminisce a bit.

This year’s event was year four of X102.9’s annual pilgrimage for Florida’s alt-rock nation; and there are rumors that changes in city ordinances could make it the last.  Hopefully, it’s the typical local news’ blown-out-of-proportion, attention grabbing crap that dominates so many newscasts these days, because this festival is an important event for we local Rock And Roll Animals at RARA’s Farm.

So, some thoughts this year:

Best Act: There were some great sets: Frank Turner, A Day To Remember, The 1975, but everything else paled in comparison to Twenty One Pilots.  This energetic, frenetic duo spent more time in the crowd than on the solid footing of the stage, sounded great, interacted with the crowd, and have clearly grown as artists since last year, when they were, um, the Best Act… Yup, two years in a row…(Check out our review of the 2012 Big Ticket here)

Best Song: “It’s Complicated” A Day To Remember. The crowd was already ratcheted up for these Ocala natives who were tearing through a powerful set. Then, they were pushed over the edge when lead singer Jeremy McKinnon crawled inside a big ball and sang this one from inside the ball, as the crowd bounced him around the park.  Pretty damn cool!

Best Setlist: Lots of great songs and creative selections throughout the day, but lets nod the head to Jimmy Eat World. Every song was good, plenty of hits, and they threw in “Last Christmas,” the only holiday song during the day.

Best New Artist: (New to me anyway) – I really enjoyed Nothing More. Quite frankly, their music is a little rougher than my normal preference, but I liked their sound, and loved their stage show. Every band member of this foursome out of San Antonio made the same kind of impression this year that Twenty One Pilots made last year. Entertaining band…

Hottest Chick in a band: Incomplete. We saw seventeen bands throughout the day and every single performer had a Y chromosome. Apparently all of the talented Alt-Rock women were in the area earlier this year at the Coastline Festival.

Best Topless Moment: Nope, not what you think. In fact, I didn’t see any female breasts, but think there were at least five lead singers who performed at least part of their set topless. We saw shirtless performers from Pepper, The 1975, Black Bottom Lighters, Twenty One Pilots and our winner Frank Turner. Why him? Because after 60 plus shows, his shirt was grimier than the sheets at an hourly motel, and it needed to go…

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Frank Turner and the Tour Flag that traveled the country.

Most Engaging Performer: Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull offered up some funny one liners, but this is Frank Turner’s specialty. He was funny, engaging and entertaining throughout his set, and his lyrics were witty and creative. He’s also a great storyteller and I loved hearing the recap of the Tour banner that a fan brought to a show in Cleveland and henceforth has somehow managed, with no help from the band, to be at every show on the tour.

Best Food: I have no clue, but the funnel cake sucked and the $7 hot dog was worse. The pizza, at least, was edible. Let’s give this one to Monster, not only because it was free, but I actually liked the taste of their Rehab offering.

That’s it for me.  What did I miss?  Let me know in the comments below.

For a full recap of the day, visit the RARA’s Farm 2013 Big Ticket Festival Recap.

Rock On!
Cretin

 

 

Sting and Paul Simon Headed to Orlando – Together!

Paul Simon and Sting Announce Amway Center Tour Stop

Two of rock musics most iconic singer-songwriters are collaborating on a once-in-a-lifetime tour. Sting and Paul Simon hit the road this winter on a tour that brings them to Orlando’s Amway Center on Sunday, March 16th.

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From the Amway Center Press Release:

Paul Simon & Sting, two of music’s most renowned and enduring artists, embark on a concert tour throughout North America in February and March 2014. Both artists have explored world rhythms and pushed the boundaries of popular music and through their music, continue to speak to generations of fans. Now, Paul Simon & Sting perform a series of concerts On Stage Together.

As friends for many years, their collaboration on a tour is a natural fit. During each performance, audiences are treated to the unique pleasure of experiencing these two innovative musicians On Stage Together, in addition to solo performances with their respective bands, in what will surely be one of the most highly anticipated concert events of 2014.

Tickets for Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together go on sale to the general public Monday, November 18. The artists’ fans will have access to a pre-sale through their respective official websites, starting Wednesday, November 6 at 10 a.m. local time. American Express® Card Members have an opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public.

At RARA’s Farm, we’ve seen both artists live, and separately they put on great shows.  Catching them in the same show and sharing the stage together is one of those rare can’t miss moments.

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Orlando October Rock Calendar


Orlando Rock Concert Calendar

Welcome to Rocktober – another nice mix of rock shows across the region this month.  Some killer hard rock featuring some huge acts at big venues.  Nine Inch Nails, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, A Day To Remember and more.  Check their shows out below…

Orlando

10/01 – Sick Puppies, Redlight King and Charming Liars, House of Blues.

10/04 – Saves The Day, The Social

10/05 – City and Colour, House of Blues

10/06 – Eve 6, The Social
10/06 – Black Taxi, Will’s Pub

10/08 – Portugal The Man with Crystal Fighters, House of Blues
10/08 – Sigur Ros, CFE Arena

10/09 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Beacham

10/10 – The English Beat, Plaza Live Orlando

10/13 – Hinder with Candlebox and Devour the Day, House of Blues
10/13 – Voodoo Glow Skulls, Will’s Pub

10/16 – Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones, Amway Center. A killer doble bill at the Big House.

10/18 – Atlas Genius, House of Blues

10/19 – Matt Nathanson, House of Blues
10/19 – They Might Be Giants, Orange County Convention Center

10/20 – Finch, The Beacham

10/24 – A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Pierce The Veil and The Wonder Years, CFE Arena. This line-up is a guaranteed night to remember.

10/25 – WJRR Halloweenie Roast: Alice Cooper, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine and more, CFE Arena. Second consecutive day of great rock on the campus of UCF.

10/26 – Kix, Radisson Center (Cape Canaveral)

10/29 – Barenaked Ladies, Hard Rock Live

10/30 – John Fogerty, Hard Rock Live. He was a last-minute fill-in for Fun. at the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, and blew the crowd away.
10/30 – Story of the Year, Hawthorne heights and more, The Beacham

10/31 – Nine Inch Nails with Gary Numan, Amway Center. Just an amazing way to spend Halloween.

 

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Central Florida June Concert Calendar


June Rock Music Calendar

Not quite the incredible month we saw in this area in May, which was highlighted by two amazing Paul McCartney shows, but still a bunch of stuff to choose from.

Orlando

06/01 – The Supervillains, West End Trading (Sanford). RARA’s Farm has not caught this band yet, but everyone raves about their fun live shows. Catch them in one of our favorite local venues.

06/03 – Killswitch Engage with Darkest Hour, House of Blues

06/04 – Fall Out Boy with New Politics, House of Blues. These guys from Illinois have amazingly already been around for a dozen years and keep getting better.  The opener is a cool band from Denmark.

06/05 – The Postal Service, Hard Rock Live – It’s Ben Gibbard’s (Death Cab For Cutie) new electro-synth project, and it’s good stuff. Sold Out

06/07 – The Front Bottoms, Will’s Pub
06/07 – The Menzingers and Fake Problems, The Social – Punk rock

06/08 – The Airborne Toxic Event, The Beacham.  Mikel Jollett’s vocals might be the best in today’s Alt-Rock landscape, and the band is fantastic.

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06/11 – The Neighborhood with The 1975, The Social. Two up and coming Alt-Rock artists worth seeing.
06/11 – The Tallest Man on Earth, The Beacham. Creative rock from Sweden renowned for their entertaining live shows.

06/12 – Say Anything, House of Blues

06/14 – Night Beds, Will’s Pub. Winston Yellen is Night Beds; catch this talented young artist from Nashville at a cozy local joint.
06/14 – Whole Wheat Bread, West End Trading (Sanford). Punk, funk, reggae, rock… See our recent review

06/20 – Inner Circle, The Social. Girl I’m gonna make you sweat…”

06/25 – Daniel Tosh, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. Yeah, it’s not rock, not even music, but Daniel is hilarious.

06/27 – Shinedown. WJRR Presents An Evening with Shinedown Acoustic with Brent Smith and Zach Myers. These guys are the heart and soul of the band and magical on stage together (check out our recent review)

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Jacksonville

06/01 – Peter Frampton, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

06/03 – Ours, Jack Rabbits

06/05 – Goo Goo Dolls, Florida Theatre. Always put on a good show.

06/06 – The Front Bottoms, The Roc

06/08 – The Menzingers and Fake Problems, The Phoenix Taproom

6/10/13 – The Airborne Toxic Event, Freebird Live

6/12/13 – Billy Idol, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. One of the biggest modern rock acts of the eighties makes a trip to Florida’s oldest city.

6/15/13 – The Neighborhood and The 1975, Jack Rabbits

6/19/13 – Capitol Cities, Jack Rabbits

6/21/13 – Anberlin, Freebird Live – Back in their old stomping grounds. See our recent review.

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Tampa Area

06/02 – Peter Frampton, Ruth Eckerd Music Hall (Clearwater)

06/07 – Fleetwood Mac, Tampa Bay Times Forum
06/07 – The Supervillains, 1509

06/09 – The Airborne Toxic Event, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

06/10 – Say Anything, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

06/12 – The Neighborhood and The 1975, Local 662 (Saint Petersburg)

06/18 – Billy Idol, Ruth Eckerd Music Hall (Clearwater)
06/18 – Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. The “Heartbreaker” Tour – very intriguing…

06/19 – Thousand Foot Krutch, Southeastern College (Lakeland). These guys put on a great and powerful live show.  See our recent album review.

06/21 – Robert DeLong, Push Ultra Lounge. Hot new talent, worth checking out.

06/22 – Pat Travers, Music Ranch (Lakeland). Never been to this family owned venue, but this might be the show that gets me out there.

06/27 – Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. It’s one of rocks biggest legend headlining The “Americanarama Festival Of Music.”

RARA’s Six Pack Interview with Kendall Meade


Anders & Kendall Tour

Anders Parker and Kendall Meade are offering an incredibly intimate East Coast tour including a handful of even more quaint house shows along the way.  Check it out here: East Coast Tour Dates, and check out our interview with Kendall to help get you ready.

Kendall Meade Interview

Talented Singer-songwriter Kendall Meade, well-known for her band Mascott, has collaborated with acclaimed solo artist Anders Parker for an infectious new indie rock album, Wild Chorus.  The duo will release their first collaborative effort on February 19th.  Wild Chorus is a captivating acoustic record whose first single “We’re On Fire, Babe” is pretty swoonworthy. It’s a nice debut effort from two familiar artists and as you’ll read, a promising sign of things to come.

We caught up with Meade and shared a RARA’s six pack of questions.  So grab your favorite beverage and check out a few words with the engaging singer from New York.

RARA’s Farm: I know that the two of you were occasional collaborators in the past, how did it work with the two of you collaborating so closely on the entire album?

Kendall Meade: It worked surprisingly well. Either we both brought individual ideas to the table and helped each other flesh them out or Anders would start strumming on a riff and I’d encourage him to keep going with it while I worked out a melody. We worked really hard to get to a place where we both loved all of the songs. We recorded 14 total and only 11 ended up on the album. It was so hard to choose!

RARA’s Farm: You and Anders complement each other’s voices so well – why didn’t this album happen earlier?

Kendall Meade: We’ve always talked about it, but it took awhile for us to get serious and come up with an actual writing plan. When the time was right, we just went for it. We mainly wrote on weekends. I’d fly to Vermont or Anders would come down to New York. He’s a talented guitar player. He’s got such a gift for writing riffs and creating cool arrangements. I’m also a huge fan of his voice. Always have been.

RARA’s Farm: Is this a one-time effort for the two of you?

Kendall Meade: No, we’re so excited to make another record! I hope we can do it sooner than later.

RARA’s Farm: You named the album Wild Chorus after Scott Minor’s studio, was he a big contributor to the way the album evolved?

Kendall Meade: Yes! His honest, gut opinions and way he precisely shaped the sounds on each song was really amazing. He cares so much about what he does, and worked so hard to help us get everything done…and done well. Also, I just like being around him.

RARA’s Farm: Who were your influences?

Kendall Meade: I love Richard and Linda Thompson. I love Fairport Convention. We listened to everything from Bobby Charles to the Zombies when we were driving down to Knoxville to record.

RARA’s Farm: If you could collaborate with any artist on future effort, who would be your dream paring?

Kendall Meade: I’ll head to Jamaica and record with any living Marley. Or I’d love head to my hometown and record in Detroit with Rodriguez.

Look for the new album, Wild Chorus, from Anders & Kendall, available on Tuesday, February 19th.

 

Central Florida October Concert Calendar

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The Summer doldrums are over.  Lots of excellent rock headed Central Florida in the next month or so.

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Orlando

10/3, Public Image Limited – Firestone Live

10/4 – 10/7, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Series. These shows require amusement park admission.  Starship always puts on a good show, it will be interesting to see how they handle the recent death of long-time guitarist Mark Abrahamian. Check out a recent concert review here.

10/5, Bombay Bicycle Club – The Social
10/5, Renaissance – The Plaza Theatre

10/7, Band of Skulls – The Social – Alt-Rockers from the UK with a great fresh sound.

10/8, Gotye, with Givers – House of Blues

10/11, Rehab – The West End (Sanford) – Heard these guys are great live.
10/11 – 10/12, Smash Mouth  – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Series

10/12, Jack Russel’s Great White – The Garage Bar at Route 46 (Sanford) – two consecutive nights of good rock in Sanford!
10/12, The Marshall Tucker Band – Sanford Bikefest, Fort Mellon Park – One of the original legends of Southern Rock. These guys put on a good show. Check out our recent review.
10/12, Candlebox – Wall Street Plaza
10/12, Flobots – Backbooth
10/12 The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – The Beacham

10/13, Matt and Kim – The Beacham

10/14, Nightwish – House of Blues – These Finnish rockers have a powerful, unique full symphonic sound.

10/15, Ingrid Michaelson – The Beacham

10/18 – 10/19, Gin Blossoms – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Series

10/20, Temper Trap and The Neighbourhood – House of Blues

10/22, Passion Pit – House of Blues
10/22, Xavier Rudd – The Beacham

10/25, Awolnation with Imagine Dragons – House of Blues – Two talented new alternative rockers come to HOB.
10/25, Soul Asylum – Hard Rock Hotel – This month’s Velvet Sessions is their last show of the year and also their annual Halloween party.

10/26, Lynyrd Skynyrd – The biggest name in Southern Rock makes a visit to UCF’s campus.
10/26, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson – WJRR Halloween Roast at Tinker Field.  Love this pairing…

10/29, Psychedelic Furs w/ The Lemonheads and Juliana Hatfield.  The Furs always put on a good show.  The Lemonheads might be good, depends on the day…

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Tampa Area

10/1, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes w/ Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Jannus Live (St. Pete) – A nice double bill.

10/4, Joe Cocker w/ Dave Mason – Cocker is a legendary rock front man with an amazing, distinctive voice.

10/5, Bret Michaels – The Largo Cultural Center
10/5, The Wailers – Jannus Live

10/6, Public Image Limited – Cuban Club
10/6, Renaissance – Capital Theatre (Clearwater)

10/7, Buckcherry – Cuban Club

10/8, Band of Skulls – State Theatre (St. Pete)

10/10, Flobots – Orpheum

10/12, Journey w/ Pat Benatar and Loverboy – 1-800 ASK GARY Amphitheatre.  Fun line-up of three classic rock stalwarts.  RARA’s will be at this show.

10/13, Warrant – The Lakeland Center
10/13, Rehab – Jake’s Tavern (Sarasota)

10/14, Band of Horses – The Ritz Ybor

10/17, Matt and Kim w/ Oberhofer – The Ritz Ybor. Matt and Kim are the bigger name, Oberhofer is the band I’m most interested in seeing.

10/23, The Temper Trap – State Theatre

10/24, Awolnation and Imagine Dragons – The Ritz Ybor
10/24, Lynyrd Skynyrd – Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater)

10/27, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie – 1-800 ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
10/27, The Psychedelic Furs, The Leomonheads. Juliana Hatfield – State Theatre

Jacksonville

10/5, Band of Skulls – Freebird Live

10/13, Flobots – Jack Rabbits

10/17, Gin Blossoms – Whiskey River – a chance to see to see these 90’s rockers without dropping a C-Note at Disney.

10/24, Pennywise – Plush

10/28, Blues Traveler – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

10/30, Lemonheads – Jack Rabbits