On Wednesday night at Orlando’s cozy Social, myself and the rest of the fans crammed into the packed club on Orange Ave were treated to a night of unabashed pop rock fun. As one of the few post-college-aged geezers in the room, I felt a little bit like Thornton Melon at a Grand Lakes University frat party, but I loved every minute of the fun and chaos.
The Summer doldrums. Not as many rocking shows in Orlando this month with the college students gone and so many outdoor festivals in Tampa and across the rest of the country, but still a few interesting shows:
7/3, Boston – Hard Rock Hotel – They were just a local band out of Boston…
7/6, Reel Big Fish – House of Blues. Great ska music from The West Coast, Cali style.
7/9, Best Coast – The Social. Another West Coast band, this time Surf Punk style.
7/10, Tyler Hilton – The Social. The part-time actor plays rock star this month, singing and playing guitar for us this month
7/25, Styper – House of Blues
7/27, The Toadies – House of Blues. Reunited and back on tour supporting a new album. Make up Your Mind…
7/27, Vans Warped Tour – Central Florida Fairgrounds. This year’s festival features about 3,000 bands, including Taking Back Sunday, Yellowcard, All Time Low, New Found Glory and The Lost Prophets.
Lots of cool shows to pick from at the amphitheater this month!
7/4, Three Dog Night – Sutton Park Pavilion. Should be Joyous
7/11, Tyler Hilton – Orpheum.
7/13, Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival – 1 800 Ask Gary Amphitheater. Headbangers special with Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax and Motorhead, plus a few others
7/17, Last Summer on Earth Tour – 1 800 Ask Gary Amphitheater. Some 90’s Bands hanging out together again under the stars: Barenaked Ladies, Cracker, Big Head Todd &the Monsters and Blues Traveler
7/18, Dave Matthews – 1 800 Ask Gary Amphitheater. Still don’t understand the appeal for this guy…
7/20, Unity Tour – 1 800 Ask Gary Amphitheater. 311, Slightly Stoopid, The Aggrolites
7/26, Toadies – State Theater (St. Pete)
7/28, KISS and Motley Crue – 1 800 Ask Gary Amphitheater. This one just reeks of fun! Might have to make the trip for this one.
7/29, Vans Warped Tour – Vinoy Waterfront Park (St. Pete). This year’s festival features about 3,000 bands, including Taking Back Sunday, Yellowcard, All Time Low, New Found Glory and The Lost Prophets.
7/20, Unity Tour – St. Augustine Amphitheater. 311, Slightly Stoopid, The Aggrolites
7/24, Toadies – Jack Rabbits.
7/28, Yes with Procul Harem – St. Augustine Amphitheater. Some classic Progressive rockers who have found the Fountain of Youth visit the oldest city in America. These bands may have been playing back when Ponce DeLeon was roaming these streets.
7/31, Little Feat – Florida Theater