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Gasparilla Music Festival Lineup Preview

Gasparilla Music Festival Lineup Boasts Distinctive Flair

In its brief existence, The Gasparilla Music Festival has quickly become a destination festival with broad local and national appeal. Headlined by seminal alternative rockers Cage The Elephant, this year’s line-up boasts an impressively diverse group of headliners.

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More Impressive Local Music at FMF

We were back in Downtown Orlando for another excellent sampling of Orlando’s vibrant music scene on Friday night. This time, we brought along excellent local photographer Jay Verdesca who helped capture the night in photographs.

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Ryan McKenzie – Photo: Jay Verdesca

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FMF Off To Impressive Start

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!

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Get Ready for FMF 2016

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…

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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

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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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Florida Music Festival Invades Florida


FMF Band Showcases

The Florida Music Festival returns to Orlando this weekend with a plethora of excellent local rock on tap for Orlando rock fans, and they’ve got a nice twist this year.

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The twist? How does free admission to the music showcases sound?

Over the three day event, you’ll have the chance to see 125 (mostly) local bands at more than a dozen downtown venues beginning Thursday, April 16th. It’s a rare opportunity to see the best of the hard working bands from the city, the state and the region. There’s a tremendous amount of talent toiling on the local music scene that deserves our attention, and this is the perfect set-up to get your fill.

I’m a little late to the table on this event, and I’ve never attended a previous Florida Music Festival, so I can’t offer too much inside information (yet). There are some very affordable industry functions, speakers and Happy Hours – a great time to mix and mingle with other folks in the music business. I’ll definitely welcome the opportunity to rub elbows with these hard working folks.

But, let’s get back to the music. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a handful of these hands previously, and can guarantee there’s going to be something for any music lover, at any time during any of the three days.

Here are some bands that you need to have on your radar:

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Randi Stickles of Blaine The Mono

Thursday Can’t Miss Acts
Wall Street Plaza – Savannah (9:45), The Crazy Carls (10:45), Jonnie Morgan Band (midnight)
Wall Street Plaza II – Kasson (11:30)Bullitt Bar – Blaine the Mono (9:30) and Death Of Paris (8:30)
Backbooth – Diarrhea Planet ($5)
Magnolia – Kasson (9:00)

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Alex Baugh of The Crazy Carls at The Big Orlando Festival

Friday Can’t Miss Acts
Wall Street Plaza – Hor!zen (midnight)
Cheyenne Saloon – Carly Jo Jackson (8:00)
Dr. Phillips – Matt Shenk (8:00)

Saturday Can’t Miss Acts
Wall Street Plaza – Bothering Dennis (8:00), The Supervillains (12:15 AM), Blue Man Group Drum Off (11:00)
Wall Street Plaza II – Groove Orient (10:30)
Cheyenne Saloon – Bailey Callahan (10:00)

If you can, make sure you check out the aforementioned bands, but make sure you visit the FMF website for the full schedule: FMF Showcases¬†. And check back here in a few days for our thoughts and photos from the festival. (Make sure to Like our Facebook to assure you don’t miss a thing.

We’ll see you on the streets of Orlando this weekend!

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Central Florida April Concert Calendar

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.

Van Halen

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 Рthe 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.

Tampa Area

4/11. Daughtry – Ruth Eckard Hall in Clearwater

4/12, Marshall Tucker Рthis 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 РGainesville 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
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