The Jacksonville Jaguars are teaming up with their boisterous neighbors at Welcome To Rockville, the area’s biggest musical festival, and offering up a sweet giveaway for hard rock fans.
Here’s the cream of the crop for Central Florida area concerts this month. Lots of great shows at some of our favorite area venues. Support these awesome clubs, the Central FLorida rock scene and all of our hard-working local bands!
Titusville – From Rockets To Rockers
There’s been a bit of a resurgence for rock music along Florida’s East Coast this year. Still, I was surprised to see a notable rock music event targeted for Titusville’s Sandpoint Park… surprised, but absolutely excited by the prospects.
The park, which is known as a prime viewing locale for rockets, never struck me as a fitting venue for rockers, but it turned out to be an ideal location. The broad green expanse boasts a picturesque view along the Indian River, and it’s the perfect size for an outdoor rock ‘n roll celebration, and this inaugural event met all of my expectations and leaves me looking forward to more.
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Barefoot Productions put on the show and did a killer job with just about everything. The line-up was a great mix of Active/Alternative Rock artists with national and local appeal. One of the biggest names in Alt-rock, Fuel, headlined the event, and were joined by red hot Birmingham, Alabama rockers Within Reason. Two talented Orlando-based bands who I had not previously seen, A Brilliant Lie and Leaving Haven kicked off the night, as well.
A Brilliant Lie, is a young female-fronted five-piece who are just dripping with potential and they were a great choice to open the event. Their melodic rock was a guitar-driven feast, as they’ve recently added Matthew Movens as their third guitarist. Bass player Zachary Treman was a whirling dervish on stage and was an early highlight. But, the focal point of this band is vocalist Tara Lightfoot. She boasts a fresh, engaging rock voice and was comfortable and interactive with the very appreciative crowd. (see our A Brilliant Lie photos here).
Next up was Leaving Haven, a quintet from across the country who came together in Orlando a few years ago. They’re a talented outfit who have played numerous shows with key names from across the rock universe, and are supporting the release of several recent singles. They also boasted a more polished sound featuring catchy guitar riffs and versatile vocals from lead singer Trevor Hastings. (see our Leaving Haven photos here)
Both of the “local” acts were very well-received by the crowd, and are likely destined for bigger and better things in the near future. No doubt that you’ll be reading more about them on our blog, and social networks throughout the next year.
Next up was a band that we at RARAsFarm are very familiar with. Birmingham’s Within Reason impressed us on the festival circuit earlier this year and were the primary reason we decided to attend this show. They play a powerful brand of rock ‘n roll that is perfect for hard rock radio, and they always tear it up on stage. On this night, they did it again with an entertaining forty-five minute set that was the highlight of the night. Read our full review of Within Reason’s set here and see their photos here).
Fuel took the stage last and did a decent job closing out Titusville’s first night of rock ‘n roll. Original vocalist Brett Scallions, the heart and soul of Fuel is back leading the band. He strolled onto the stage, grabbed the mic and addressed the crowd, “Shall we rock? Let the party begin” and the band kicked into a rollicking version of “Last Time.” Scallions with a smile plastered across his face throughout the set, was an engaging front man.
There were some nice moments throughout the set, but the performance was a bit underwhelming, especially after the first three bands. But, Scallions was true to his word, “Today we’ll hear a little old, a little new and everything in between.” The band offered up great versions of “Shimmer” and “Bad Day,” the latter track featuring impressive singalong vocals from the crowd. I also enjoyed two new tracks “Time For Me To Stop,” a song about addiction and “Puppet Strings” which was one of several songs to feature pristine guitar solos from Yogi Lonich. My personal highlight was a long meandering interactive duet between Lonich and Scallions.
Fuel closed the night with a rousing version of their 2000 hit “Hemorrhage.” It was a big way to end a big night of rock ‘n roll in an ideal outdoor venue on the Titusville shores of the Indian River.
- The city of Titusville was very welcoming. The first person I met at the front gate was a city council member who seemed truly excited to see us there, and the residents and police supporting the event might have been the most friendly I’ve ever come across.
- The backstage VIP area under the pavillion was a great set-up, and the subs were amazing. (anyone know where the subs came from?)
- Barefoot Productions nailed the production of this event. All four bands were excellent and complemented each other well. And, every act started exactly on time.
- The mix was a bit messy at times but overall sounded good especially considering it was the first event of its kind in this location.
- All four artists went out of their way to thank Barefoot Productions profusely. Sounds like they were treated as well as the VIP guests.
- The only real negative was that the crowd was smaller than it should have been. Many of the fans we chatted with noted that the advertising and promotion before the event were ineffective. Sure, we’re not exactly Rolling Stone, but we feel we’re a meaningful music outlet in the area (we are, right?), and we had no clue about this event until we stumbled across it ourselves on a Within Reason’s website a few days earlier.
A few of the artists mentioned that another similar event was headed to this area in March. That, if true, is great news, because this night absolutely showed the potential for this area. Hopefully we’ll see another meaningful rock event at the venue soon, with a line-up just as good as the one we enjoyed on the inaugural concert.
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May Rock Music Calendar
It’s a great month Rock And Roll Animals with a diverse appetite for rock music. The weekend of May 17th in Orlando is a whole month’s worth of great, and very different rock music packed into three fantastic nights – from the ultimate in classic rock, to some great new punk and a killer free show. Over the rest of the month there is amazing alternative rock all over the schedule. Lots of stuff to choose from, especially when you add in Jacksonville and Tampa area shows. Nice…
05/01 – The Black Crowes, House of Blues
05/02 – The Airborne Toxic Event, The Beacham. One of the most talented rock bands touring today. This show is a must see. Rescheduled to 6/8
05/02 – Willie Nelson, Savannah Center (The Villages)
05/03 – Suicidal Tendencies, The Plaza Live. Remember catching these guys in Philly just as they were starting out. fun show…
05/04 – Of Montreal, The Social
05/05 – Crosby, Stills & Nash, Hard Rock Live – Legendary.
05/06 – The Joy Formidable, The Social – Excellent live Alt-Rockers we got to check out in a short festival set last year. Looking forward to their headlining set. See our review.
05/08 – Phoenix, House of Blues – This band is HOT. This will likely be your last chance to see them in a small venue.
05/10 – Cheap Trick, Hard Rock Live – Always a great show!
05/10 – Alkaline Trip, House of Blues
05/17 – The Bastard Suns, The West End (Sanford) – This Atlanta-based group is fantastic live. Punk, ska, reggae mix at one of our favorite local venues. See a recent review.
05/17 – Bloc Party, The Beacham. Fun Alt-rock.
05/18 – Paul McCartney, Amway Center. The biggest show ever in Orlando. His first of two amazing night. See our preview.
05/18 – Brett Michaels, Downtown Orlando
05/18 – Starship Starring Mickey Thomas, Epcot Center – Another rock legend on a two night Orlando gig. See our show review.
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05/19 – Paul McCartney, Amway Center – Night two, and then he’s off to tour the world.
05/19 – Starship Starring Mickey Thomas, Epcot Center
05/21 – The Hush Sound and Hockey, The Social
05/23 – Bad Veins, The Social – Ben Davis’s band. Good stuff.
05/23 – The Original Wailers, Milken’s Reef (Port Canaveral)
05/24 – Yngwie Malmsteen, The Plaza Live
05/30 – The Fixx, Hard Rock Hotel. Hard Rock’s Velvet Sessions, Orlando’s Best (and only) Rock And Roll cocktail party.
05/31 – Ours, The Social
05/02 – The Smashing Pumpkins, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
05/03 – Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent, St. Augustine Amphitheatre – Three excellent midwestern American classic rock acts.
05/05 – Bob Dylan, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
05/05 – Donna the Buffalo, Freebird Live
05/08 – Black Francis (aka Frank Black), Jax Underbelly
05/11 – Imagine Dragons, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Super hot Alt-Rockers.
05/17 – Crosby, Stills & Nash, Florida Theatre
05/24 – Sevendust, The Roc Bar
05/01 – The Airborne Toxic Event, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg) Rescheduled to 6/9
05/01 – Peter Murphy, Orpheum
05/01 – Willie Nelson, Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater)
05/03 – Funshine Music Festival, Florida State Fairgrounds. Train, The Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Youngblood Hawke and more, and at a fantastic price!
05/04 – Donna the Buffalo, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)
05/04 – Funshine Music Festival, Florida State Fairgrounds. REO Speedwagon, Styx, Ted NugentWe The Kings, New Found Glory and more.
05/05 – The Joy Formidable, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)
05/05 – The Wallflowers, Funshine Music Festival, Florida State Fairgrounds.
05/07 – Crosby, Stills & Nash, Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall (Sarasota)
05/18 – Bryan Adams, Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall (Sarasota)
05/18 – The Original Wailers, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)
05/22 – Bad Veins, The Crowbar
05/23 – The Hush Sound and Hockey, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)
05/26 – Sevendust, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)
05/26 – Yngwie Malmsteen, Orpheum
05/30 – Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge, Mahaffey Theater (Saint Petersburg) – Part of the bands’ Summerland Tour. Everclear always puts on a killer set. Live and Filter are great live artists, too.
05/31 – The Fixx, Capitol Theatre (Clearwater) – Cy Curnin is an excellent and talented front man, definitely worth checking out live.
Paul McCartney Concert Announcement
The world’s biggest rock icon is coming to Orlando – Paul McCartney has announced that he will be kicking off his all-new 2013 “Out There” tour right here in Central Florida at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on May 18th. This is a huge coup for the Amway Center, which is a great arena to catch a show. It’s also one of the few locales where you won’t be in an outdoor stadium environment, which will offer local fans a rare intimate setting for the Beatles’ legend.
McCartney is famous for his three hour rock spectaculars and has been creating amazing rock experiences for fifty years. At a spry 70, he still puts on a great show, and is a performer that just can’t be missed. This trip will be McCartney’s first performance in the city in twenty years, and will be his only Florida performance on this tour.
McCartney’s “Out There” tour is a brand new, never-before-seen production featuring hours of material from the greatest catalog in rock history. McCartney will be performing songs spanning his entire career: as a solo artist, member of the Beatles and from his days with Wings. Simply put, it’s a show that can’t be missed by any rock fan.
See below for ticket information
From the press release:
The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity. For approximately three hours, many of the greatest moments of the last 50 years of musical history–not to mention the soundtracks of entire lives–are magically brought to life as only McCartney’s can do. Last year marked 40 years since McCartney’s premiere tour as a solo artist and these past four decades have seen him play in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people and even a performance beamed into outer space. Having played with his peerless band of Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards), Rusty Anderson (guitar), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums) and Brian Ray (bass/guitar) for over ten years, Paul never disappoints.
McCartney is throwing himself into 2013 with full force following yet another landmark year in 2012, which saw him conclude his record-breaking “On The Run” tour, release his Grammy®-winning “Kisses On The Bottom” album, accept a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, play at both the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics Opening Ceremony, be named MusiCares Person of the Year and headline 12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief–to highlight just a few memorable moments. With the “Out There'” tour and a new studio album in the works, it looks like 2013 will show no signs of McCartney slowing down.
- Tickets on sale beginning Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com.
- American Express® Card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 11 at 10 p.m EDT.
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PAUL McCARTNEY – OUT THERE U.S. TOUR 2013 (more dates will be added soon)
May 18 – Orlando FL – Amway Center
May 22 – Austin TX – Frank Erwin Center
May 26 – Memphis TN – FedEx Forum
May 29 – Tulsa OK – BOK Center
July 9 – Boston MA – Fenway Park
July 12 – Washington DC – Nationals Ballpark
July 19 – Seattle WA – Safeco Field
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.
After a rocking March, we’re in for another great month for Rock And Roll Animals who love live Rock ‘n Roll There are a few interesting shows headed to Central Florida, as well as a cool festival in a beautiful part of the state.
Yup, they’re still together after six weeks on the road. I’m surprised, but that’s good news for Floridians. They’re one of the rare big acts to hit all three major Central Florida venues. Thu, Apr 12 in Orlando at Amway Center, Sat, Apr 14 at Tampa Bay Times Forum and Mon, Apr 16 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. When they are on top of their game they are one of the best acts around.
4/12, Daughtry – saw him just after his American Idol success and the band put on a good show. He’s at The Hard Rock Cafe for those folks not headed out to see Van Halen.
4/13, Marshall Tucker – the classic rockers are at The Orlando Jai Alai. Interesting venue selection, but sometimes these shows are nice surprises.
4/19 – 4/21, Florida Music Festival – Diverse festival at locations around the area. The Dirty Heads, Filter and Candlebox are the big attractions, but there’s tons of offerings for new and emerging artists, too such as two of our favorites The Dropa Stone and Jackie Bristow. Check out their site here: Florida Music Festival
4/25, Say Anything – they’re at The Beacham with Kevin Devine and Fake Problems
4/26, Lit – this month’s Velvet Sessions at Hard Rock Hotel is a good one. These guys rock and put on a great show. And you know how much we love this intimate little gathering place.
4/11. Daughtry – Ruth Eckard Hall in Clearwater
4/12, Marshall Tucker – this time they hit the fairground circuit with WAR. Sounds cool to us; Manatee County Fairgrounds
4/20, Candlebox – they hit Jannus Live in St. Pete.
4/20, Dick Dale – this one is intriguing. Dick Dale is the greatest surf rock guitarist ever, and is just basically a guitar god. He’s at State Theater in St. Pete.
4/21, Filter – Another good live act with a powerful show. You can catch them at State Theater, too.
4/24, Elvis – This guy is hit or miss. We’ve seen Mr. Costello rock and also seen him kind of suck. If you want to roll the dice, he’ll be at Ruth Eckard Hall in Clearwater.
4/27, Lit – State Theater
4/28, 98 Rockfest – The Tampa Bay Times Forum will be rocking. Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch and Evanescence headline this big show.
4/28, Sister Hazel – Gainesville rockers head West. They usually put on a solid show.
4/28. Greg Lake – fantastic and under-appreciated musician. Highly recommended. He’s also at The Capitol Theater in Clearwater on the 30th.
4/6, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Fun, fun stuff, and a BIG sound. They are a blast and you can see them at Cafe Eleven
4/10, Candlebox – Maverick’s
4/15, Daughtry – Moran Theater
4/27, Elvis Costello – Florida Theater
4/28, Rise Against – Help is on the way, Jacksonville! Get your hard rock fix at St. Augustine Amphitheater
4/29, Greg Lake – continues criss-crossing the state; he’s at Florida Theater
4/29, Welcome to Rockville – take Tampa’s 98 Rockfest and kick it up a notch or two by adding Korn and P.O.D. Powerful. They’ll all be at Metropolitan Park.
Rock By The Sea
How about a rock festival with a good line-up, a great cause and a fantastic location? It’s Rock By The Sea in Panama City. Sister Hazel and Shawn Mullins are two headliners, but we’re really stoked about Stroke 9. These guys rarely play in Florida and are phenomenal live. They alone might be worth the trip. Get more information on the festival and this year’s charities at: Rock By The Sea