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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

 

Coldplay in Atlanta: Look at the (xylo)bands. Look how they shine for you.

About 7 months ago I begrudgingly purchased tickets to Coldplay – Christmas gifts for my 13 and 15 year old daughters. I liked Coldplay, but not enough to pay close attention to their music or to try to distinguish between their songs, which to me, all sounded similar. Not being the biggest fan of huge, mainstream productions in arenas, I cringed at the thought of going, and continued cringing all the way up until the point that I entered the venue.

Coldplay’s graffiti-inspired Mylo Xyloto set has got to be one of the most vivid backdrops I’ve ever seen – almost to the point of distraction. Adding to the spectacle, upon entering the arena fans were given “Xylobands,” light-up wristbands to wear during the concert. (A quick Google search revealed that the band spends nearly $600,000 per night on these bracelets for the tour.) The wristbands were programmed to light up at certain points throughout the show. I was skeptical at first, but have to admit, it really was pretty cool to see Atlanta’s Philips Arena, lit up with 20,000 lights. In fact, the Xylobands almost stole the show.

Coldplay Live in Atlanta
Coldplay Live in Atlanta at Phillip’s Arena

About half of the songs on the evening’s set list were from their most recent Mylo Xyloto album. And the other half pretty evenly spread from their older albums. The highlight of the evening was the encore set. Spotlights illuminated a small section of the lower balcony where two rows of about five seats were roped off. One by one, the band members joined Chris Martin in that very small area and performed an acoustic set of “Up Against the World” and “Speed of Sound.” (The only thing that could have made this any cooler was if the band members weren’t wearing matchy-matchy colorful outfits with parachute pants…but I digress.) The encore then continued from the main stage with “Clocks” “Fix You” and “MMIX”. Chris Martin led into “Fix You” with Ray Charles’ “Georgia on My Mind.” The crowd went wild.

The music was much better than expected, and the scenery was spectacular. So over-the top in fact, that every now and then I found myself feeling like I was watching some sort of elaborate Disney concert, or perhaps Coldplay had stolen the Wiggles’ uniforms, but those thoughts were fleeting and overpowered by the fact that, all in all, it was a really good show.

DeeCeeZee

Editor: Click here for a recent review of Wolf Gang the opening band on this tour.

Matt Butcher Carves Out a Following at Orlando Calling

After listening to three O.A.R. songs, I turned to my friend in boredom and said, “Hey you want to check out that Matt Butcher guy at the Art House Stage?” She quickly agreed and we headed from a large stage area with thousands of people and beer tubs to a tiny tent that could hold maybe 75 people. The Art House Stage was for up-and-coming artists. The baristas and red velvet couch created the appropriate atmosphere for the performance that was about to ensue.

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Matt Butcher and Justin Beckler took the stage in colorful western attire and immediately connected with the audience with a confident yet humble presence. Butcher asked the crowd to move in closer so he could see our beautiful faces. However, the real treat was when Butcher and Beckler began to play their soulful rock. Butcher’s voice and style reminded me of other folk like rock artists such as Band of Horses, Gavin Degraw, and the Avett Brothers. They both played guitar with the occasional mandolin thrown in for good measure. Their seven song set was a pure delight. I only know the name of one of the songs because it was a cover of “Sympathy for the Devil”. I wish I could tell you the names of the others…because they were really good! Butcher admitted that he is a poor self-promoter and decided not to play any of the new songs off of his latest album, Ghostwriter. However, I took a risk and decided to purchase Ghostwriter anyway since it was available for immediate purchase.

I highly recommend the album (available on iTunes). My favorite song on the album is called “Rome, Rain or Hail.” I turned my stereo up as the sweet melody filled my car with a playful beat and interjections of a harmonica. Take a chance on Matt Butcher. Walk away from the unoriginal, have a seat on a red velvet couch and take it all in.

Mango

Wednesday Evening Random Thoughts

So – Orlando Calling has come and gone.  We asked for press access to the inaugural event so that we could dazzle you with our amazing coverage, but the Festival organizers ignored us.  Truthfully, I can’t really blame them, we’re still a small player on a huge stage.  You can help us for next year – follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook. Then tell your friends to do the same thing.  And finally – post on our Facebook page, share your pictures, provide your thoughts, and offer tips on new music, beer tasting and your favorite Modern Family episodes.  OK – got it?

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As for the first iteration of Orlando Calling, we’ve talked to a bunch of people who were there, and all of the reports have been positive.  Personally, Day 1 was much more appealing with The Killers, Gogol Bordello, Pete Yorn and The Pixies among the many bands spread across their five stages.  Day 2 had a totally different vibe with Bob Seger, Kid Rock, The Doobie Brothers and Blake Shelton headlining.  Truthfully a little schizophrenic.  Next year, they need to decide what they want to be when they grow up and have the entire weekend gel better as far as the line-up is concerned.  Seriously, what would a Bob Seger fan think when they saw the antics of Gogol Bordello???

Although we weren’t there, a few of our website members (oh yeah – you can register there, too) did attend, and we’ll be sharing some reviews shortly.

We’ve reviewed a bunch of great new music lately to tide you over.  Here are quick links to the last handful, if you want to check them out:

They were all good – honestly (we are not just schmoozing for more free music, although we are certainly open to that).  My favorite was Grouplove’s effort – and fortunately, they’ll be hitting the Sunshine State shortly for a few shows in early December.

We also had a great interview with Lovedrug’s Michael Shepard.  The band has a great story, a unique sound and their talented front man is a helluvanice guy.

Finally, I’ll leave you with this little tidbit from The Last Royals, who we interviewed a few months back.  Here’s a recording studio that is truly a “head” of its time: Crystal Vases

 

On the Road Feature

Hey Animals – We’ve started a new feature called On The Road.  You can get there by clicking the link in the very Top left portion of the page, or by clicking here: On the Road.  Our goal is to give a quick one page city guide for our fellow Rock and Roll fans.

On the On The Road page, you’ll also find a quick link to the current tour schedule for each of our 48 featured cities.  It’s a nice feature you can leverage any time you hit the road.

We’ve put together a sample for Orlando if you’d like to check it out.  Our goal is to have this guide built as a collaborative effort between all of you and our editors.  Take a peek at the Orlando page and contact us at Rarasfarm to get the ball rolling. The templates for each city will be similar, but you can contribute even if you only have one tidbit to share.  And, we’ll keep updating them over time as we continue to get new information.

So, take a few minutes to think about your city and send your contributions it into us. We’ll give you credit as you help us improve this community!

Thanks!

So, what’s the deal with this RARA’s Farm site?

Over the years, I’ve realized that the one constant throughout my life has been rock and roll music. I’ve been listening for four decades, and love today’s rock as much as I enjoyed the great stuff in those halcyon high school days of the past. Over the years, I’ve dropped thousands on Albums, Cassettes, 8-Tracks, CD’s and MP3’s.  By my slightly damaged memory, I’ve seen 500+ bands live from the biggest names to ones no one has ever heard of. If it’s live, I love to be there.

To top it off, I love to write about Rock and Roll, and I love to discuss this core part of my life, and of course, share my opinions.  On this site, we’ll have some fun together; we’ll make some world altering decisions (like what is the greatest driving song ever?); and we’ll share rock trivia and news.

So, thanks for stopping by, as we try to grow into a worthwhile Rock and Roll forum.