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Central Florida January Concert Calendar

It’s a slow start to the year, but there’s still a few gems to be found across Central Florida in January.

Orlando

01/01 – B.B. King,  Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live

01/05 – Donna The Buffalo, The Plaza Theatre

01/10 – Justin Townes Earle, The Social

01/11 – The Darkness / Hell or Highwater, Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live
01/11 – The Dropa Stone, The Social (check out our album review here)
01/11 – Burning Tree, West End Trading Co. (Sanford) – Reggae rockers playing a free show!

01/12 – The Supervillains, West End Trading Co. (Sanford)

01/13 – Sevendust and Candlebox with Tremonti at HOB-Orlando. Johnny Damon Foundation Presents Johnny JaM’13

01/17 – Tab Benoit, The Social

01/18 – Big Head Todd & The Monsters, House Of Blues
01/18 – Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, Backbooth
01/18 – Kansas, The Plaza Theatre

01/25 – Ron White Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live – Yeah, I know he’s not a rock artist, but he’s just damn funny.

01/28 – A Silent Film, The Social – Great young band out of the UK, with one of our Top 25 Rock Songs of 2012
01/28 – Of Mice & Men, The Beacham

01/30 – G. Love & Special Sauce, The Plaza Theatre

01/31 – Ed Kowalczyk (of Live), Hard Rock Hotel

 

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Jacksonville

01/06 – B.B. King Florida Theatre

01/09 – Justin Townes Earle Cafe Eleven (Saint Augustine)

01/25 – Marshall Crenshaw Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (Ponte Vedra Beach)

01/26 Candlebox Freebird Live

01/31 G. Love & Special Sauce Freebird Live

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Tampa Area

01/05 – B.B. King Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

01/16 – Natalie Merchant Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)
01/16 – The Supervillains Jake’s Tavern (Sarasota)
01/16 – Tab Benoit Skipper’s Smokehouse

01/19 – Kansas Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

01/25 – Candlebox Downtown Clearwater (Clearwater)
01/25 – Jackyl State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

01/28 – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes Capitol Theatre (Clearwater)

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Central Florida December Rock Concert Listing

The months starts off with one of the best one day festivals in the entire country, X102.9’s The Big Ticket at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville.  After that, it’s a relatively slow holiday month.

Orlando

12.01, Everclear and Eve 6 – The Beacham. Still haven’t been to this venue yet, but this would be a good show to check it out with.  Both bands are excellent live. Here’s our most recent Everclear review to give you an idea.

12.02, Richard Marx – The Plaza Theatre

12.03, The Silversun Pickups – Hard Rock Live

12.06, Vince Neil – Hard Rock Live. Motley Crue’s front man…

12.07, Southern Culture On the Skids – The Social. These guys are just an absolute blast to catch live. Highly recommended.

12.08, Sum 41 – HOB-Orlando.  Great Alt-Rock with a punk twist. Always put on a good show.
12.08, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – West End Trading (Sanford)

12.14, Emily Kopp – Backbooth
12.14 – 12.15, New Found Glory – The Social

12.16, Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Always a good show, excellent musicians, great lights and this year they promise a new twist.

12.22, The Starting Line and Fake Problems – HOB-Orlando

12.31, Thomas Wynn & The Believers – Will’s Pub

 

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Jacksonville

12.02, X102.9 The Big Ticket – Metropolitan Park. This is the show of the month in Central Florida, and probably the one best day of the year: Rise Against, Bush, Fun., Anberlin, Silversun Pickups, Grouplove, Of Monsters And Men, Imagine Dragons, Paper Tongues, The Joy Formidable, Twenty One Pilots

12.06, Southern Culture On the Skids – Cafe Eleven (St. Augustine)

12.13, Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

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Tampa Area

12.01, 97X The Next Big Thing – Vinoy Waterfront Park (St. Petersburg)
Mutemath, Rise Against, Bush, Silversun Pickups, Fun., Grouplove, Flogging Molly, Imagine Dragons, Of Monsters and Men and more

12.01, Richard Marx – Capitol Theatre

12.03 – 12.04, Eddie Vedder – Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater)

12.07, Pat Travers – Cocktails (New Port Richie)
12.07, Sum 41 – Ritz Ybor

12.08, Southern Culture On the Skids – Skipper’s Smokehouse

12.11, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick – Tampa Bay Times Forum. Still rockin’ after all these years.

12.14, Vince Neil – Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

12.15, Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Tampa Bay Times Forum

12.29, Donna the Buffalo – Skipper’s Smokehouse

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New Rock Music Around the Farm


Seems like this time of year the amount of good new music seems to dwindle a bit, but our crack research team has offered up a few selections worthy of your precious listening time.

(You can click on the title of each selection to sample it on iTunes)

Seems like this time of year the amount of good new music seems to dwindle a bit, but our crack research team has offered up a few selections worthy of your precious listening time.

(You can click on the title of each selection to sample it on iTunes)

Cinematics – The Epilogues – Let’s start with Cinematics, the latest release from Indie rockers The Epilogues.  This foursome out of Denver offers up a nice diverse collection of modern rock that will appeal to most Alt-Rock fans.  Chris Heckman’s vocals conjure up comparisons to Silversun Pickups in a comfortable way, but the layered music is all their own.  Definitely worth a listen.

What Makes A Good Man? – The Heavy – These English modern rockers are back with another fantastic soulful anthem.  Love their sound which is a great meshing of Alt-Rock, R&B and just oozes soulful coolness. If you aren’t familiar with the band, they’re the same guys who gave us 2010’s fantastic The How You Like Me Now?

Put the Gun Down – ZZ Ward – Zsuzsanna Eva Ward. This young American singer songwriter has a soulful voice that reminds me of Duffy and Florence and the Machine.  This is her debut release and offers up a glimpse into her very bright future.

My Girl – Yukon Blonde – These Canadian Indie rockers have been around in one form or another for about seven years, and they’ve always had a great sound. This one is my favorite thus far.  Good stuff!

That Girl – Noisettes – This English duo hearkens back to 60’s Motown like the Ronettes.  This is a fun, bouncy song with an oldies rock feel. (This one is not yet available on iTunes)

Heaven Nor Hell – Volbeat – Some good old fashioned hard rock from this Danish trio.  Melodic heavy metal that is guaranteed to get you moving. Love their sound…

Pick Up the Phone – Falling In Reverse – Great hard rock from Las Vegas that was actually recorded here in Orlando.  It’s hardcore rock with nice melodies and fun lyrics.

Another Neighborly Christmas – EP – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – Nashville-based Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors is following up the band’s debut Christmas album (A Neighborly Christmas), with Another Neighborly Christmas which includes an excellent version of “Merry Christmas Baby.” Tis the season…

Rock On!
Cretin


 

See Legendary Rockers, THE WHO, in Orlando

THE WHO, one of rock’s most legendary and defining bands, are headed to Orlando’s Amway Center this Saturday where they’ll perform their iconic 1973 double album Quadrophenia in its entirety, along with a selection of WHO classics. The critically acclaimed Quadrophenia marked the British band’s second rock opera and features a slew of rock classics as well as some under-appreciated and rarely played gems.

Saturday is a rare chance for Orlando rock music fans to catch a legendary act of THE WHO’s stature. This is the type of treat we were all salivating over when the Amway Center was conceived.

THE WHO have been touring on and off for more than 40 years, and still feature two of their four original band members, iconic frontmen Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. During Quadrophenia, we’ll get to hear “The Real Me,” the fantastic “%:15” and Keith Moon’s shining voval moment “Bell Boy.” It will be interesting to see if Zac Starkey, Ringo’s son and current drummer, takes over Keith’s role behind the mic on this rollicking tune. Side 4 of Quadrophenia is pure perfection: “Doctor Jimmy,” “The Rock” and “Love, Reign o’er Me.”

Jon Enthwistle and Keith Moon will always be missed, but Daltery and Townshend are joined by a very talented band, Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals). Hot Los Angeles newcomers Vintage Trouble will be opening the show and are worth an early arrival.

Tickets are still available, so don’t miss out on a chance to see a legendary band performing one of the greatest albums in rock history right here in our back yard.

 

Central Florida Rock Concert Calendar

Lots of excellent rock headed Central Florida in the next month or so. From The Who to Primus to Men Without Hats, quite an eclectic mix!

Orlando

11.02, Euge Groove with Jackie Bristow – The Plaza Theatre
11.02, The Maine and Mayday Parade – HOB, Orlando

11.03, Hinder – Backbooth
11.03, Three Dog Night – Mission Inn Resort (Howey in the Hills)
11.03, The Who – Amway Center.  Pete and Roger are back on the road, this time playing the full album Quadrophenia. Check them out in a rare area appearance in a great venue for arena rock.

11.04, Counting Crows – Hard Rock Live

11.05 – 11.06, Blues Traveler – Epcot Center

11.06, Taking Back Sunday – HOB – Orlando

11.09, Primus – Hard Rock Cafe

11.10 – 11.11, Weezer – Hard Rock Cafe. A rare two night stand at Hard Rock from these legendary West Coast Alt-Rockers.
11.10, Yellowcard – HOB-Orlando. These Florida natives stop in town in support of their excellent new album. Read our review first!

11.11, All Time Low and The Summer Set – HOB-Orlando
11.11, Bad Veins – Will’s Pub. This Indie rock duo brings their fun alternative rock to Central Florida at a cozy venue I have yet to visit.

11.15, The Bastard Suns – The West End, Sanford. This quintet from Atlanta offers up a reggae infused punk rock sound with a little bit o’ Irish whiskey on top.

11.16, Enter the Haggis – Backbooth

11.17, Authority Zero – The West End, Sanford. Cool ska from Arizona.

11.20, Men Without Hats – The Social. Yup, that band…

11.21, Asia – The Plaza Theatre. Yup, that band, part II. This really should be a fantastic show this is the original line-up and they are one hell of a talented band.

11.25, Sevendust – HOB-Orlando

11.27 – 11.28, Eddie Vedder – Bob Carr Perf. Arts Centre. Two nights from the voice of Pearl Jam, in a cool venue.

11.27, Japanroids – The Social

11.29, Twenty One Pilots – The Social. A fun blend of poppy Christian rock.

11.30, Of Monsters and Men – The Beacham
11.30, Of Montreal – The Plaza Theatre
11.30, Rise Against – HOB – Orlando

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Tampa Area

11.02, Hinder – Local 662 (St. Petersburg)

11.03, Rush – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre

11.08, Taking Back Sunday – Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

11.09, Weezer – Mahaffey Theater (St. Petersburg)
11.09, Yellowcard – Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)
11.09, Bad Veins – New World Brewery

11.10, Glenn Frey – Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater)

11.15, Regina Spektor – Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater)

11.17, The Bastard Suns – Jake’s Tavern (Sarasota)
11.17, Enter the Haggis –  Highlander Park (Dunedin)
11.17, Lou Gramm – Youkey Theater (Lakeland). The original voice of Foreigner makes a solo visit.
11.17, Rick Derringer – The Lakeland Centre

11.18, Aaron Lewis – Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater) – Founding member and frontman from Staind visits the West Coast

11.18, Authority Zero – Jake’s Tavern (Sarasota)

11.20, ASIA – Capitol Theatre (Clearwater)

11.21, Men Without Hats – Orpheum

11.28, Japanroids – The Crowbar

11.30, Little River Band – Downtown Clearwater

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Jacksonville

11.02, Heart – St. Augustine Amphitheatre.  Legendary 80’s rockers are back out on the road. Shawn Colvin opens.

11.03, Euge Groove – Ritz Theatre

11.07, Dr. Dog – Freebird Live.  Check out our Free Music Friday atop this page for some free music from the band.

11.08, The Bastard Suns – Jack Rabbits

11.09, All Time Low and The Summer Set – Freebird Live

11.10, Steve Forbert – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

11.11, Charlie Daniels Band and 38 Special – Old City Music Festival Grounds (St. Augustine)

11.14, Authority Zero – The Roc Bar

11.16, Aaron Lewis – Maverick’s

11.17, Title Fight – The Phoenix Taproom

11.24 – 11.25, Eddie Vedder – Moran Theater
11.24,  Filter – The Roc Bar. These guys always put on a good show.
11.24, Men Without Hats – Jack Rabbits

 

 

West End – Seminole County’s Top Rock Room


I recently made my first trip to West End Trading Company in Downtown Sanford, and left that evening feeling like I discovered something special.

West End Live is a cozy rock room and a great place to see a show.  They feature live music four or five times a week, and offer up a handful of national acts each month.  We caught Rehab playing to a near full house in the 300 seat venue, and Unwritten Law is there next week.  A lot of the music is reggae or hip hop, and they also feature local and national rock acts. The crowd is as diverse as the music selections and it’s a comfortable place.

The only downside to the club is that it is very smoky, otherwise it’s damn near perfect for catching a show. The room is nicely sized to catch an emerging act, and for Seminole County residents, the location is fantastic.  West End is just off of 2nd Street on Sanford Avenue. It’s easy to get to, with plenty of free parking nearby. It’s a nice alternative to Downtown Orlando and the nearby tourist areas.

As for the club itself, West End is two bars in one.  The primary area features two bars with a beach vibe, and the friendliest bartenders around.  In fact, of all of the local music venues around, I don’t recall any joints with more friendly service.  As any regular readers know, my next favorite past time after rock music is Beer.  West End offers more than 50 beers in bottles/cans, and about a dozen on tap. This place is pure heaven for beer drinking, Rock And Roll Animals, like us! This room was pretty smoky, too.

Attached to the main bar is the West End Live venue.  Capacity is about 250 to 300 and the sound in the room is above average.  Sight lines are excellent and there’s not a bad seat in the house.  OK, there’s really not many seats, as it’s more of a standing room venue, but no matter where you are, you are close to the show.

I highly recommend the place for an intimate rock experience in the friendly Seminole County confines of West End Trading Company.

Rock On!
Cretin

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

 

Around the Rock and Roll Farm – Philly Style

We’re sitting around the farm cranking The Drowning Men and trying to organize all of the random tidbits here at the end of the summer, and we noticed a Philly slant to a few of the topics. So, grab your exhaust-seasoned soft pretzels and mediocre over-priced South Philly cheese steaks and check out this stuff.

We love The Last Royals. Yeah, we know they’re now from New York, but their lead singer Eric James grew up in Philly, and they’ll be in the City of Brotherly Love at the cozy North Star Bar this Friday, September 14th.  These guys are going to be huge; take advantage of this opportunity to catch them playing a smaller venue while you still can. Pick up a free download of their new single “Only the Brave” via our Free Music Friday feature on 8/10/12.

In The Pocket is Philadelphia Rock and Roll.  David Uosikkinen, of The Hooters, leads this all-star cast of Philly Rock Legends as they cover iconic songs from the city’s storied musical past. They’ll be premiering their sixth single “Disco Inferno” on October 2nd at World Cafe Live. Uosikkinen is an interesting guy and is a walking encyclopedia on Philadelphia music and he’s assembled a kick ass band.  Check out our recent interview with Uosikkinen here. and visit his website for more info on the cool new single and upcoming show.

Finally on the Philly front, we reviewed some fun new techno / electronic rock from City Rain, a local duo with an interesting entree into that realm. Check it out here.

Heading North up the New Jersey Turnpike, we were recently introduced to On the Fifty a punk pop band from The Big Apple. They’ve released their first single off of their upcoming EP, Fast Hands, Bad Timing. The song, “The Future” is excellent, and the video even better.  Check it out at AltPress, it’s just a bit twisted, but oh so fun…

There you have it, a quick and dirty run down of some cool stuff on the Philly and New York music scenes.  And, even if you’re not close, do yourself a favor and check out the music from these four bands.

Rock On!
Cretin