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Recap of Big Orlando Bands

Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy - photo by rarasfarm.com
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy – photo by rarasfarm.com

Fall Out Boy and Weezer Headline Big Orlando Fest

As the temperatures dipped, the steady stream of alcohol began to take its toll on more than a handful of concert-goers and the drizzle started up, the action on the Big Orlando stages began to heat up.

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(For my afternoon session reviews click here: Sleeper Agent, Bear Hands, Big Data, Know Hamilton, Crazy Carls, The Hip Abduction, Kasson, A Hero’s Fate)

I covered the first eight Big Orlando Festival bands that I saw in my summary published yesterday (you can see it here), and today, I focus on the last six acts, which included three killer performances.  Here they are in the order I saw them.

  • Dirty Heads – Saw these Huntington Beach natives at last year’s Big Ticket in Jacksonville, and loved their unique blend of ska and hip hop. The band revolves around front men Jared (Dirty J) Watson  and Dustin (Duddy B) Bushnell. In an interview before the show, Watson summed it up perfectly, “Nothing compares to live music. There’s something magical in the energy of a live show that I just love so much,” and it  showed, as the band seemed to be having a blast from the first moments of “Franco Eyed” to the final notes of “My Sweet Summer,” and the crowd had just as much fun. Check out our interview with Watson here.
  • J. Roddy Walston and The Business – Long hair and rugged-looking, they took the stage looking like a classic Southern Rock quartet spit out of the seventies.  As it turned out, they were not exactly Southern rockers, but definitely boasted a cool, classic rock vibe. Walston deftly bounced between guitar and piano and ripped off impressive throaty vocals.  Their set seemed to wrap up a bit more quickly than planned, but their closing offering, “Heavy Bells,” was one of the best songs we heard throughout the day.
  • Young The Giant – Coming into the show, I suspected that I wouldn’t be crazy about this set, despite the fact that I really enjoy the band’s first two albums. Their music sounded good, the band was tight, and lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s voice was excellent, but their performance just didn’t impress me.  It was a nice backdrop for chilling in the food tents, but not the kind of moving performance I hope for in a festival headliner.
  • New Politics – Wow! One hell of an entertaining set.  This Copenhagen trio stole the show with an extremely energetic, unpredictable set. Their set boasted half a dozen great songs, which had the crowd bouncing and singing along throughout.  Drummer Louis Vecchio spent more time on his feet than on his stool, guitarist Soren Hansen flew around the stage with reckless abandon, and lead singer David Boyd was an acrobatic madman, back-flipping, break dancing, crowd surfing and doing headstands. He was an athletic freak, but also a fantastic singer and entertainer, and the entire crowd loved him and his mates.  There were many highlights, but “Everywhere I Go,” “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” and “Harlem” ignited the crowd. My favorite was the Beastie Boys cover of “Sabotage.” Killer stuff!
David Boyd of New Politics o stage at The Big Orlando - photo by rarasfarm.com
David Boyd of New Politics o stage at The Big Orlando – photo by rarasfarm.com
  • Weezer – Last time I saw this band, they were supporting their second album 18 years ago, and honestly, they did not impress me at the time.  Fortunately, their live act is aging nicely.  From the moment Rivers Cuomo grabbed his guitar and ripped into “Hash Pipe,” he seemed to be having a great time.  Their set featured a killer mix of old and new and left the crowd thoroughly satisfied.  Early in the set, Cuomo invited Sleeper Agent’s Alex Kandel to join him for a nice version of the new single “Go Away.” Deeper into the set, I loved the versions of “Say It Ain’t So” and “Pork and Beans,” but the highlight was a fantastic sing along version of “Undone.”  Surprisingly, a good number of fans left after they closed with their encore “Buddy Holly,” apparently more intent on beating the rain and traffic than catching Fall Out Boy.
  • Fall Out Boy – the thousand or so fans who split early missed a blistering set. From the minute they hit the stage, the crowd was totally engaged. I think the set started off good, but they kicked it into a frenzy with a tremendous four song stretch, that went like this: “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “Centuries,” “Immortals” and “Dance, Dance.” It was the highlight of a fantastic set. Pete Wentz gets a ton of attention and soaks up the spotlight, but he was literally the least important performer on the stage.  Andy Hurley’s hard driving drums powered the band and Joe Trohman’s guitars punctuated most of the selections, but lead singer Patrick Stump absolutely blew me away with his vocals and is clearly the heart of this band, and on this night was the most impressive performer to grace the main stage.

So, there you have it – I caught 14 very talented alt-rock bands in one incredible day in the fields of Orlando, spent the day with thousands of happy, satisfied fellow rockers and can’t wait to see what next year holds.

See a slew of our Big Orlando photos here.

Rock On!
Cretin

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Interview: Jared Watson of Dirty Heads

Dirty Heads’ Jared Watson Interview

In a whirlwind weekend of Florida festival appearances, we managed to snag a few minutes of Jared  (Dirty J) Watson’s time as they traveled across the Sunshine State, on their way to the Main Stage at the inaugural Big Orlando Festival.

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Cretin: You guys seem to tour constantly. Every month the band is somewhere out on the road, Does it ever get old?
Jared Watson: 
Yes and no. You definitely get burned out being away from home and your friends and family and wife or girlfriend. But nothing compares to live music. There’s something magical in the energy of a live show that I just love so much. I really enjoy this job because once you get burned out on touring you can go home for a couple months and write music or design merch or do something totally different with your off time. I’d rather work two months straight and have a month off after then work five days a week and have two days off on the weekend. Also it’s the best way to connect to your fans. I think we pride ourselves in being a touring live band. Rather than a studio act.

Cretin: As much as you tour, you also pour out new music at a great pace, with basically a new album every summer for the past few years. Should we expect another offering next summer?
Jared Watson: No we will probably be touring off of this album for the next year, until 2016. I think this album has legs and longevity. There’s so many good songs and now we are going overseas. We will see how we feel in a year or two. We’ve never done an all reggae album we have been talking about going to Jamaica and maybe cutting a small EP in between the next full length. We like to switch it up and keep it fresh and entertaining for not only our fans but us as musicians.

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Dirty Heads Concert Photos from last year’s Big Ticket

 

Cretin: I interviewed Josh from Radical Something last month (they cite Dirty Heads as major influences). He described their sound as “California music” – does that resonate for Dirty Heads, as well? (see our interview with Josh Cocktail here)
Jared Watson: I think it did more so on the first album but now I’ve realized the Dirty Heads is so much more. I think we have come up with a sound that’s totally original and the more I travel the more I realize our message and style of music resonates all over the world.

Cretin: Festivals like those in Florida this weekend are great for the fans. Is there any time for you to enjoy the music? If so, any bands that you are particularly interested in seeing?
Jared Watson: I mean the line up is pretty fucking stacked they are all great bands. And of course that’s one of the perks of festivals! I’m really excited for ALT -j also our friends in young the giant and new politics. They have insane live shows, And great songs.

He’s absolutely correct, this line-up is pretty damn good. Lots of killer live acts, led by this six-piece out of Huntington Beach.

If you are going to be at the Fairgrounds on Sunday, do not miss this band live, the Dirty Heads always put on a great show! Check out these three bands Sunday at The Big Orlando:

  • Dirty Heads at 5:35 on The Monster Main Stage
  • Young The Giant at 7:00 on The Monster Main Stage
  • New Politics at 7:50 at the Jagermeister Stage

Rock On!
Cretin

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Big Orlando Alt-Rock Festival Could Use A Hand

The Big Orlando Street Team Needs You!

I caught up with Lauren Luna fro The Big Orlando production team today and she shared a great opportunity for Orlando area alternative rock fans.

The Big Orlando comes storming into Orlando on December 7th (get more festival information here), and boasts a fantastic line-up including Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Young The Giant, Dirty Heads, Big Data J. Roddy Walston and more. The group putting on this event have pulled off similar festivals in Jacksonville and Tampa, and they are well run musical feasts, and now is a great opportunity for a few enterprising Central Floridians to get in on the action, and to reap some nice rewards.

Lauren noted that the festival is looking for Street Team members:

The work? Sounds fun – use your social media connections to publicize the event a few times a week, attend local events to hand out circulars, and help spread the word around time.

The reward: A pair of VIP tickets to the event! You can get more info on the VIP tickets at the link provided above.

It’s a great volunteer opportunity with a killer payoff. If you are interested, ACT FAST, as there are limited opportunities available.

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The Big Orlando – Huge Alt-Rock Festival Heads to Orlando

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The Big Orlando Alt-Rock Festival

After a few years of watching the season’s best alt-rock festivals hit Jacksonville and Tampa, we finally get to see this killer line-up make a stop at Orlando. This is something we hoped for when we heard that X107.3 was coming to Orlando, and couldn’t be happier to see this come to fruition (See our prediction here).

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December 7th will be the date which will live in infamy for Orlando rockers.  The headliners are a great cross-section of artists spanning the alternative rock scene over the past twenty years.  We will get to see two RARA’s Farm favorites, Weezer and Dirty Heads, as well as other stalwarts who we have not caught live yet: Fall Out Boy, Young The Giant,  J Roddy, Big Data, Bear Hands, Twin Atlantic, Islander, and more.  J. Roddy, Bear Hands and Big Data are three acts we are anxious to see.

The venue for the first annual edition of The Big Orlando festival is the Central Florida Fairgrounds. I absolutely love the Metropolitan Park venue for the Big Ticket in Jacksonville and am curious to see how the The Big Orlando stacks up.  And, how long before local fans shorten this to the Big “O”?

“After four years of success with X102.9 in Jacksonville and The Big Ticket, I am very excited to launch this new festival with Cox Media’s new alternative station X107.3 and AEG Live. We look forward to bringing an incredible alternative festival to Orlando,” says The Big Orlando producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents.

For those of you interested, the Jacksonville festival, The Big Ticket, which is one of the best run festivals we’ve experienced in the past, is being held on Friday December 5th.  Very similar line-up, but substitute Alt-J, Chevelle and New Politics for Young The Giant, Twin Atlantic and Islander.  Sounds like a nice long weekend, eh?

Ticket Information

A special discounted presale for The Big Orlando runs from Friday, September 19 at 10:00 AM ET through Sunday, September 21 at 11:59 PM ET at www.TheBigOrlando.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Military discounts are also available as noted below.  The presale offers a limited number of general admission and VIP tickets at discounted prices as follows (plus fees):

General Admission: $34.50
VIP: $89.50

Regularly priced general admission and VIP tickets go on sale Monday, September 22 at 12:00 AM Eastern Time at www.TheBigOrlando.com. Ticket prices will be as follows until September 29, when prices will increase:

General Admission: $39.50
VIP: $89.50
4-Pack: $119.00

VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas); seated area with shade for dining; private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate.

Ticket discounts will also be available for active military through The Big Orlando partner GovX. For full details about all tickets, military ticket discounts, and VIP packages, visit: www.TheBigOrlando.com.

Central Florida Fairgrounds is located at 4603 W. Colonial Drive, only 3 miles west of downtown Orlando. The Fairgrounds are set on 87 acres with ample free parking and a Lynx Bus stop at the main entrance.

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Website: www.TheBigOrlando.com
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The Big Ticket: www.x1029.com/s/big-ticket-2014/

See you in December…
Rock On!
Cretin

Big Ticket Rocks Florida

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Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots at The Big Ticket

The Big Ticket Festival Concert Review

The 2013 edition of The Big Ticket Festival came rolling through Florida over the weekend, providing a memorable rock and roll experience for the overflow crowds.

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The event, co-sponsored by Jacksonville’s X102.9 historically features a broad spectrum of Alt-Rock acts, and serves as the highlight event for Alternative rock fans throughout Central Florida. This year was no different. Headlined by Thirty Seconds To Mars and the reformulated Stone Temple Pilots, we saw a harder edge then in prior years, but still quite a diverse offering of artists.

As it turned out, 21 was the key number for the day.  Spread out over the sprawling Metropolitan Park, we were offered the chance to see twenty-one bands over the three stages.  Over the course of the day, there were plenty of memorable highlights, but nothing more impressive than the amazing set from Twenty One Pilots.

30 Seconds to Mars and STP put on solid shows on the Main Stage, but in general, the smaller Jaegermeister Stage was the place to be. More on that later…

Let’s start with the Main Stage acts. Highlights included Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington making STP’s songs his own, and putting on his usual high energy show. Jimmy Eat World offered up forty minutes of non-stop hits, including a nice cover of “Last Christmas.” Crowd favorites, The Dirty Heads and Pepper (just three Coconut pokers from Hawaii)  got the crowd into a nice ska/reggae groove.  A distinctive pot odor permeated the crowd as both bands offered up fun, well-received sets, that seemed pretty much perfectly suited for the herb in the air.Local rockers, Breaking Through kicked off the main stage and looked and sounded perfectly at home on the big stage.  We also saw Ocala’s own A Day To Remember command the crowd with a powerful and creative set, including stuffing front man and lead singer Jeremy McKinnon into a big inflatable ball and bouncing him through the crowd during the best show of the event,”It’s Complicated.” The crowd loved the local guys, and their amped performance clearly fed off of the energy. Aside from his trip around the venue in the big beach ball, McKinnon was a mad man all over the stage and sounded great.

The main stage action was good, but truthfully, it paled in comparison to the events on the Jaegermeister Stage.  I was most excited to see Manchester Orchestra, but they truthfully were nothing special despite the fact they debuted some excellent new tracks.  Austin rockers Saints Of Valory kicked off the second stage with a tight set that featured a fresh rock sound. They also offered up the best cover of the day with a killer version of Lorde’s “Royals.”

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Matthew Healy of The 1975 at The Big Ticket Festival

The 1975 were clearly one of the most anticipated acts, and they lived up to expectations, led by charismatic lead singer Matthew Healy, they made the trip to Florida all the way from Manchester, England. Nothing More followed and delivered a powerful performance. Their powerful mix of metal and hardcore sounded strong, but I was more impressed by their stage show.  These guys were just fantastic, with all four band members also expert showmen,  They do some very creative things on stage and are a band that is truly a must see act just dripping with potential.

The festival also brought us another opportunity to see Frank Turner, and artist who I feel is one of the best touring the country today (see my recent review).  Accompanied by his uber-talented and hyper-energetic band The Sleeping Souls, they killed this, their 194th show of the year. They were a bit of an odd fit in the line-up, but walked away with many new fans.  Turner interacted with the crowd more than any other performer, and was his typical smart ass self, and as usual sounded superb. And, “yes,” the fans managed to get the flag onto the stage, after hitting every stop on this tour since it debuted in Cleveland.

As good as Turner was, he was not the best act on the stage; that honor for the 2nd year in a row went to Twenty One Pilots.  This duo out of Ohio, were astoundingly good live. Tyler Joseph is the lead singer and keyboard player, and he’s just a mad man on stage. He’s everywhere, he sounds great, he’s charming, he’s creative, he’s talented – in other words, he’s pretty damn good. Drummer Josh Dun is just as integral to the band’s success and also a great performer.

Highlights from their set, included a few new mandolin offerings, including a slick “Brown Eyed Girl” cover and their fantastic new single “House of Gold.” These guys are growing as musicians, impressive stuff, as they are already tremendous performers.  At different times, we saw Joseph crowd surfing, Dun perched on a small drumkit being held aloft by the crowd, and later dueling kettle drum solos where Joseph and Dunn were both being carried above the crowd by the fans.  They also did a bit of crowd-bonding through their new friend Austin, who led a bit of a group striptease with Joseph. Fun stuff!

Twenty One Pilots were our choice for best act at the 2012 (Read our review here) and have done it again this year.  Looking forward to 2014 when they return for an evening slot on the Main Stage.

Rock On!
Cretin

Big Ticket Festival Photos:

Saints of Valory Breaking through
The 1975 A Day To Remember
Pepper Dirty Heads
Nothing More Manchester Orchestra
Frank Turner Jimmy Eat World
Twenty One Pilots Crowd Shots