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Florida Music Festival Kicks Off

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FMF 2015 is Underway

Well, this is my first Florida Music Festival, and after one day, I am excited about the future of this event. Lots of good music, but certainly not the perfect night the organizers had hoped for.

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First thing, I stopped by mid-afternoon to register, and the organizers and volunteers I met then and throughout the day were all great to deal with and very friendly – definitely left a nice first impression!

Going into the evening, I was expecting that the foreboding forecast would be an issue, but at the end of Day 1, the only problem was pesky neighbors who had the Orlando PD come out and issue two citations for violating the city’s noise ordinance, but more about that later. For now, let’s focus on the good, and there was plenty of that!

The city had 20,000 folks at the Corporate 5K at Lake Eola, including me, and probably just as many ParrotHeads over at the Amway Center for the Jimmy Buffet party, yet traffic and parking for the festival was pretty painless. Due to my volunteer commitment at the 5K, I didn’t get to the festival until after 10:00, and I raced to Bullitt Bar to catch the end of Blaine The Mono’s set.

It was a hard rocking beginning to a few hours of excellent (mostly) local rock. From there it was over to Wall Street, where we caught a melodic alt-rock set from Melbourne’s The State Of How and a pop-laced dance-driven set from Orlando’s The Crazy Carls.

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Alex Baugh of The Crazy Carls Performing at FMF

See more photos here: FMF 2015 Photos

But, then the fun began. I noticed the members of Jonnie Morgan Band hastily toting their equipment over to Side Show, the new bar on Orange Avenue. I’m sure that was a contingency in the case of rain, but the culprit this time was that pesky noise ordinance. The seven-piece made the best of it, and squeezed onto the tiny stage and delivered an excellent brass-infused set that had the small room rocking.

Unfortunately, no such luck for Kasson, who had to scrub their entire set, despite a nice crowd gathered at their stage. Fortunately, they were rescheduled for tonight at 12:30, where they’ll close the Main Stage, if the city allows… It’s hard to understand how the festival does not have some sort of variance, as it is sponsored by the Downtown Development Board, and has the potential to add some much needed musical culture to our city.

But, let’s get back to the good stuff – the music and the artists. There are 125 bands playing here over the three evenings, and there’s something for everyone. Best of all, almost all of the music is Free. Get out to the FMF tonight or Saturday and check out some excellent new music.

Hope to see you there.

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Rock On!
Cretin

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Interview: Alex Baugh of The Crazy Carls


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Alex Baugh of The Crazy Carls at The Big Orlando Festival

The Crazy Carls’ Alex Baugh Chats With Cretin

We caught up with energetic and talented front man Alex Baugh from Orlando’s Crazy Carls a few weeks ago at the inaugural Big Orlando Festival, where the band shared the spotlight with some of the biggest names in Alt-Rock: Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Young The Giant, New Politics, etc…

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Amidst that impressive line-up, Baugh truly stood out as one of the most dynamic performers of the festival. We caught up with him shortly after his entertaining set.

Cretin: Great set today. I’ll tell you, you have a lot of charisma on stage.
Alex Baugh: (Flashing an electric smile) Thank you. Awesome.

Cretin: So, how would you describe your band’s brand of rock music?
Alex Baugh: Fun. It’s just fun feel good music. Dancy, pop, rock, there’s some funk in there. There’s a lot of different influences we draw from but most of all it’s a fun energetic live show.

Cretin: It is. Speaking of fun and energetic, what did you think of the crowd who caught your set?
Alex Baugh: Sick. It was sick.

Cretin: They really seemed to like it.
Alex Baugh: They liked it and we liked playing for them. It was fun. Definitely got them stoked. They were into the numbers as the set moved on and they seemed to have a good time.

Cretin: When I saw you play at Flagler Tavern, you had a guitar slung over your shoulder.
Alex Baugh: Yeah I did, not today. (smiles)

Cretin: But you seemed like a good guitarist, as well.
Alex Baugh: Yeah, thanks, that’s what I am first off. Being a songwriter, I’ve played guitar for awhile. We were just trying different things, trying to keep it fresh and keep it exciting for the fans. We tried something different today and I think it went off well.

Cretin: I think it gives you a chance to free yourself a bit. (Baugh was flying around the stage)
Alex Baugh: Yeah, a little bit. (smiles again) I felt some freedom today.

Cretin: The music we heard today and the backing tracks, was that all your stuff?
Alex Baugh: It’s all our music. We did one cover, the new Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk.” All of the other songs we worked out in the studio and produced ourselves. Those tracks are hard work.

Cretin: So, speaking of this festival, are there any other bands on the line-up today who you are of particular interest to you?
Alex Baugh: I would say it’s a pretty awesome line-up. I’ve been on tour with Dirty Heads before, they’re cool, good guys (see our interview with Jared from Dirty Heads here). I’ve seen Fall Out Boy before, which is awesome. I’m excited to see Young The Giant; I heard they have good live shows.

Cretin: I saw a bunch of fans singing along in the crowd today, that’s great to see, especially knowing how hard it is to get airplay around here.
Alex Baugh: It’s hard to get radio play anywhere as a local regional artist. Radio is very corporate and it’s money. Radio now is pay to play. Fortunately we got some love from a local Orlando station. 101.1, they play our music sometimes, as well as college radio.

Cretin: So, you’re an Orlando-based band. I thought you might be from New Smyrna Beach?
Alex Baugh: We’re from here (Orlando), but we play all over Florida and just finished a run out to Texas. We also toured with Aaron Carter recently

Cretin: Any new music coming up?
Alex Baugh: We have an EP release coming in January or February next year.

Cretin: Your new video for “To The Stars” is great and the song is very catchy. How’s it doing?
Alex Baugh: It’s doing great. We got over 10,000 views on Youtube and it just came out a week or two. And people love the video, I think it came out pretty awesome. We’ve had a great response so far.

Check out the video shot at Cocoa Beach below:

Cretin: With radio play so tough to get, has video become more important in recent years?
Alex Baugh: Video has become a staple, yeah. I’ve been doing this for a couple of years, and we were one of the first local bands to put out a good video. Now, everyone’s got a good camera, everything’s so accessible and it’s so easy to edit . If you don’t have videos, you may be a little lazy. It’s something for me that is more of a staple. We have over a million views on our YouTube channel. If we’re going to give you new music, we’re going to give you video, too. It’s interactive, it’s fun.

Cretin: So, what’s next for you guys?
Alex Baugh: We’ll be headlining an event in Orlando next year and you’ll see some new music. We’re releasing a new EP and also have a single coming out in the next week or so from that EP, with a new video that we shot for that. We filmed it on the road with Aaron Carter. So, it will be a nice live video which we haven’t released in awhile. Then we’ll hit some states regionally and nationally and hopefully hit South By Southwest.

As we wrapped up the interview, Baugh was thankful and humble. Nice traits for a budding star, just bursting with charisma. We’ll keep you in the loop when they’re playing live and when the band’s new music hits the street. Until then, make sure you hit up Crazy Carls on Twitter and Facebook (then do the same with us).

Rock On!
Cretin

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Big Orlando Bands Deliver For Orlando Rock Fans

The Hip Abduction at The Big Orlando. Photo by rarasfarm.com.
The Hip Abduction at The Big Orlando. Photo by rarasfarm.com.

Big Orlando Band Recaps

As soon as I saw Weezer and Fall Out Boy on the line-up, I knew that the first edition of The Big Orlando was going to kick ass. When the full line-up was fleshed out a month later, my expectations ratcheted up another notch, and I was not disappointed.

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For a glimpse of the Evening session reviews click here: Fall Out Boy, Weezer, New Politics, Young The Giant, Dirty Heads, J. Roddy Walston & The Business

I’ll share my thoughts on each band, in the order that I saw them; not a crappy act in the bunch, but a few really stood out above the others. As the festival began to resonate around the nickname The Big O (which I suggested many months ago), I thought about using some clever sexual-based rating system, but I’m much too mature for that. Well, maybe not, but let’s just go with some quick thoughts for each band. This is a two part series to be continued tomorrow – and we will also have many photos to share in the next week.

  • Knox Hamilton – “We Can Work It Out” is their signature single, and from what I heard at the show, there are a handful of other catchy pop rock singles on the way from this Arkansas-based trio.  They boasted two guitars and two lead vocalists who dished out laid-back, bouncy, feel good rock ‘n roll, which was a great way to open the Main Stage, and for me to start my day.
    Knox Hamilton at The Big Orlando. Photo by rarasfarm.com.
    Knox Hamilton at The Big Orlando. Photo by rarasfarm.com.
  • A Hero’s Fate – An unsigned Orlando quartet just filled with energy. They delivered a nice blend of pop punk, that was mainstream and edgy at the same time. They appeared to be having a great time on stage, led by frontman Brian Frank and guitarist Blake Murphey who bounced across the stage throughout.
  • The Hip Abduction – I listened to these guys before the event and their unique blend of music, that my wife astutely categorized as “reggaeish,” was captivating.  Their live set, was even better.  The six-piece from St. Pete calls their music “afropop.” The music, which featured a handful of unusual African instruments, a sweltering bass beat and sweet vocals, was an absolutely refreshing twist on surf music. All of their music was excellent, but I’d highly recommend their set-closer “Holiday” if you want to get a good feel for this talented band.  Buy their music, check them out live, get to know them – you won’t be disappointed.  They were the early highlight of the festival.
  • Bear Hands – Probably one of the more anticipated acts of the festival, as this Brookly foursome is riding the success of two huge Alt-Rock hits, “Giants” and “Agora.”  They sounded excellent and kept the cool afternoon groove going, even though they were one of the least animated acts of the day.
  • Crazy Carls – another Orlando-based band, and a great choice to close the Axis local stage.  Charismatic frontman, Alex Baugh  eschewed his guitar for this set, as the band relied on backing tracks, allowing Baugh total freedom to interact with the crowd, and he had them in the palm of his hand.  He’s a non-stop ball of energy, who moved around the stage constantly, belted out killer pop vocals, and seemingly connected with everyone in the large crowd.   He’s a consummate front man who demands attention. (Make sure you follow our site, as we’ll publish an interview with him shortly.)
  • Kasson – A trio from Orlando, who I believe won a contest to secure their spot on the Jagermeister stage.  Good indie rock that was easy to listen to. I need to check them out sometime in The City Beautiful, as I missed part of their set due to a conflict with Crazy Carls.
  • Big Data – I’ll admit, I was a little sceptical about this band, which is really the love child of producer Alan Wilkis. I had no idea how this would translate live, but was in for a nice surprise. The boy/girl vocals and interactions were excellent, and their waltz across the stage entertaining. I loved the bass throughout the entire set, but particularly on their megahit “Dangerous.”  The setlist boasted nice diversity, as well, and they offered the strangest cover choice of the festival – “Private Eyes” by Hall & Oates!
  • Sleeper Agent at The Big Orlando. Photo by rarasfarm.com.
    Sleeper Agent at The Big Orlando. Photo by rarasfarm.com.
  • Sleeper Agent – The one band I was most excited to see, and they were good, but not as fantastic as I had heard.  Another six-piece, these Kentuckians have a unique edgy rock sound. They offered “This is our last show of the year, we’re so happy to be spending it with you,” but unfortunately went out with a bit of a whimper.  Lead female singer Alex Kandel sounded good, but Tony Smith’s vocals seemed lost in the mix.  The band was energetic and the music sounded good, but I just felt like they were holding something back.

See a slew of our Big Orlando photos here.

Rock On!
Cretin

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