Lacey Sturm is a dynamic rock vocalist with an impressive track record, both as lead singer for Flyleaf, and as a solo performer. She brings her solo show to Winter Park, headlining an impressive show produced by local promoter Maniacal Mojo this Friday, July 22nd in Winter Park.
And as a nice treat for local rock fans, the lineup features a slew of diverse and talented local and regional rock bands, as well.
It’s been two weeks since the senseless tragedy at Pulse NIghtclub, and we’re starting to see some nice signs of healing. Last night in an Orlando Love event packed with local rock musicians and passionate fans, we saw camaraderie, laughter, fellowship and a hearty dose of rock ‘n roll, with more than a few memorable moments.
Day One of the 2016 Florida Music Festival is in the books, and once again the producers of the festival have put together an entertaining and diverse line-up. I love attending festivals like FMF and discovering new music and on Thursday night, I discovered two excellent new acts, and had the opportunity to see a few old favorites, and I’m looking froward to two more killer nights of free live music!
The Florida Music Festival is one of my favorite musical events in the state, and the 2016 version kicks off this Thursday, April 21st. And, just like last year, the music is free – so get your asses out to downtown Orlando this weekend – no excuses…
Our favorite Orlando hard rockers, Blaine The Mono are doing something pretty cool around the release of their new video for “Capsize,” the first single off of their recent album release of Jellyfish . Check it out, as it could result in some cool prizes for you…
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As you will see in the official announcement from the band below, prizes include City Walk passes, Jellyfish swag and tickets to see the band with Dreaming (Stabbing Westward) at one of our favorite local music venues, West End Trading Co. in Sanford.
Check out the video below and start sharing!!!!
If you are interested in learning a little bit more about the song meaning, as well as a tour through every other track on the album, check out our interview with the band that we published earlier (Part One, Part Two) Here’s a little teaser from lead singer Randi Stickles, “It’s kind of a one night stand perspective and then somebody taking it further than a one night stand and just becoming ridiculously obsessed with you and you have no idea why…”
Participate in the online ‘Capsize Video Contest’ to WIN (4) Orlando City Walk VIP passes or (4) AMC movie passes, a full Blaine the Mono merchandise package, free tickets and more!!!!!
In an effort to promote our latest video “Capsize” and our upcoming show with The Dreaming (formerly Stabbing Westward) we are holding a 4 week online contest in which you the fans participate by sharing the Capsize video far and wide across the social biosphere!
You don’t need to live in the Orlando Area to participate and all prizes will be shipped to you anywhere in the US.
Extra credit will be given to attendees of the show (see below)
Share the Capsize video on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites and include the hashtags #blainethemono and #capsizecontest. (Each site share counts as an entry, one site share per day)
Take a photo of the band on stage at The Dreaming show and share it with the same hashtags (Counts for ten entries)
Take a photo with the The Blainettes at the merch table at The Dreaming show and share it with the same hashtags (Counts for ten entries)
Each action counts as an entry into the contest and at the end of the contest all the entries will be placed in a hat and a grand prize winner will be drawn at random. Participation prizes will be given to the most creative and active participants throughout the contest.
Grand Prize- Four (4) Universal Orlando City Walk VIP Party Passes (each ticket provides free entry into all City Walk nightclubs) and a full Blaine the Mono merchandise pack. If winner is under 21 years old or lives out of town four (4) AMC movie passes will be substituted for the City Walk passes.
Participation Prizes – Free tickets to the Dreaming (formerly Stabbing Westward) show at West End Trading, Sanford FL on June 20th, 2015, Free Jellyfish CDs, Free Jellyfish Shirts.
IMPORTANT! In order for an entry to be tracked and ultimately counted both hashtags must be included in the social media post.
The festival has been entertaining Orlando music fans for fifteen years, celebrating local and indie music, and bringing some much needed culture to our city, but somehow, I never really knew much about it. This time, I literally got my invite a few days before, and had to squeeze in my festival time around previous commitments Thursday night and all day Saturday, but it was well worth it, because in the eight hours I was there, I was exposed to a plethora of fantastic new music.
The festival boasts some excellent industry events including compelling keynote speakers, special events and workshops, but for this year at least, I had to limit my participation to the musical showcases. With 125 artists packed into the three days, I had plenty of interesting, talented options to choose from.
Here are a few of my personal highlights:
Blaine The Mono – I always enjoy these talented Orlando rockers and just love Randi Stickles vocals. Thier impromptu set-up on the floor of Bullitt Bar made this set just a bit more intimate, too.
Magazine Society – This Miami band played in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater in the Annual Florida Grammy Showcase and stole the show. They were energetic and polished live and had an excellent sound.
Magic City Hippies – They brought their distinctive beach flair down from South Florida and dished out an engaging and unique blend of rock, blues and ska that left me thirsting for more.
Gary Lazer Eyes – This quartet from the Melbourne/Orlando area was my favorite new discovery. Their unique approach to rock music boasts a heavy reggae vibe that’s just a blast to listen and move to.
Jonnie Morgan Band – The Orlando seven-piece squeezed into Side Show and delivered a raucous set punctuated by an electric three piece brass section, and highlighted by Morgan climbing up on a counter and practically singing from the sidewalk.
Favorite Venue – My first trip into the Dr. Phillips Center’s Pugh Theatre was wonderful. The acoustics and sightlines were perfect in the cozy theater where they held the Grammy Showcase. I also LOVED the Wall Street set-up with two rotating stages bracketing the bars and party-goers inside.
Best Bargain – the musical showcases were FREE! 125 bands for zero dollars? That’s just unheard of these days and an absolutely amazing deal for local music fans. Kudos to Coors Light, the Downtown Development Board and JetBlue for making that happen.
The FMF Staff and Volunteers – I spoke to at least a dozen folks working the show and every single one of them was happy, gracious and patient. They took an excellent well-run event and made it just a little bit better.
Most Dynamic Performer – Alex Baugh of The Crazy Carls just drips with charisma. Although, their music was not my favorite at the festival, Baugh is a captivating front man who demands attention… constantly…
Lemonade – Kudos to The Jonnie Morgan Band for taking a rough situation and making the best of it. They were unexpectedly moved from the Main Stage onto the tiny stage at Side Show and still delivered a great set. They squeezed in, improvised, smiled and kicked ass.
Lemons – The Noise Ordinance issues that sent Jonnie Morgan inside also cost me and a nice showing of fans the chance to see Kasson take the stage Thursday night. Silver lining is that they got to close that stage out on Friday night. The noise issues need to be resolved in future years.
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