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FMF Day 2 Photos

FMF Day 2 Photos – One Day Left!

Another Florida Music Festival is heading into its last day, and thus far, the diverse musical offerings have not disappointed. We’ve got a quick photo recap highlighting some of our earl favorites, but there’s plenty of music left.  Get out to Downtown Orlando tonight and support the Florida music scene, and check out fifty plus sets of free music from uber-talented Sunshine State artists.

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Dru Cutler Interview

Dru Cutler Interview with RARA’s Farm at FMF 2016

At this year’s Florida Music Festival, I met a slew of talented new bands, most of them from the Sunshine State, but my favorite new discovery was Dru Cutler, a hard-working talent from Brooklyn, NY.

Dru Cutler at Cheyenne Saloon during FMF 2016.
Dru Cutler at Cheyenne Saloon during FMF 2016.

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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 Rock Festivals

Festival Season in Florida is just around the corner. Two months just loaded with excellent and diverse music festivals, highlighted by a slew of intriguing rock artists.  Here’s a look at seven festivals within 100 miles of Central Florida this Spring.

Crowd surfing at Welcome To Rockville Festival
Crowd surfing at Welcome To Rockville Festival

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Florida Music Festival Thoughts

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FMF Highlights

It was a last minute thing, but I finally got to see my first Florida Music Festival, and I’m so happy that I experienced my first taste of it.

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The festival has been entertaining Orlando music fans for fifteen years, celebrating local and indie music, and bringing some much needed culture to our city, but somehow, I never really knew much about it. This time, I literally got my invite a few days before, and had to squeeze in my festival time around previous commitments Thursday night and all day Saturday, but it was well worth it, because in the eight hours I was there, I was exposed to a plethora of fantastic new music.

The festival boasts some excellent industry events including compelling keynote speakers, special events and workshops, but for this year at least, I had to limit my participation to the musical showcases. With 125 artists packed into the three days, I had plenty of interesting, talented options to choose from.

Jonnie Morgan Band Florida Music Festival
Jonnie Morgan Band at Florida Music Festival

Here are a few of my personal highlights:

  • Best Bands:
    • Blaine The Mono – I always enjoy these talented Orlando rockers and just love Randi Stickles vocals.  Thier impromptu set-up on the floor of Bullitt Bar made this set just a bit more intimate, too.
    • Magazine Society – This Miami band played in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater in the Annual Florida Grammy Showcase and stole the show. They were energetic and polished live and had an excellent sound.
    • Magic City Hippies – They brought their distinctive beach flair down from South Florida and dished out an engaging and unique blend of rock, blues and ska that left me thirsting for more.
    • Gary Lazer Eyes – This quartet from the Melbourne/Orlando area was my favorite new discovery. Their unique approach to rock music boasts a heavy reggae vibe that’s just a blast to listen and move to.
    • Jonnie Morgan Band – The Orlando seven-piece squeezed into Side Show and delivered a raucous set punctuated by an electric three piece brass section, and highlighted by Morgan climbing up on a counter and practically singing from the sidewalk.
  • Favorite Venue – My first trip into the Dr. Phillips Center’s Pugh Theatre was wonderful. The acoustics and sightlines were perfect in the cozy theater where they held the Grammy Showcase.  I also LOVED the Wall Street set-up with two rotating stages bracketing the bars and party-goers inside.
  • Best Bargain – the musical showcases were FREE!  125 bands for zero dollars? That’s just unheard of these days and an absolutely amazing deal for local music fans.  Kudos to Coors Light, the Downtown Development Board and JetBlue for making that happen.
  • The FMF Staff and Volunteers – I spoke to at least a dozen folks working the show and every single one of them was happy, gracious and patient.  They took an excellent well-run event and made it just a little bit better.
  • Most Dynamic Performer – Alex Baugh of The Crazy Carls just drips with charisma. Although, their music was not my favorite at the festival, Baugh is a captivating front man who demands attention… constantly…
  • Lemonade – Kudos to The Jonnie Morgan Band for taking a rough situation and making the best of it.  They were unexpectedly moved from the Main Stage onto the tiny stage at Side Show and still delivered a great set. They squeezed in, improvised, smiled and kicked ass.
  • Lemons – The Noise Ordinance issues that sent Jonnie Morgan inside also cost me and a nice showing of fans the chance to see Kasson take the stage Thursday night. Silver lining is that they got to close that stage out on Friday night. The noise issues need to be resolved in future years.
Magazine Society - FMF Grammy Showcase Winners
Magazine Society – FMF Grammy Showcase Winners

We have event photos posted on our Facebook page. Check them out, and do us a big favor and Like the page while you’re visiting:  Day 1  |  Day 2  | Blaine The Mono

It was really a fantastic experience, and I’m still bummed out that I basically only caught half of the festival, but there’s no doubt that I’ll be on board for the full festival in 2016!

Rock On!


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