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Central Florida April Concert Calendar

April Rock Music Calendar

Not many shows in the Central Florida rock scene this month at a national level. But we will get Rush and some excellent festivals in all three primary cities: Two full days of Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, Earthday Birthday in Orlando and 98 Rockfest in Tampa. Other than those killer shows, it might be a good month to check out some of the great local rock in your own backyards.

Orlando

04/12 – Anthrax, House of Blues. Metal Alliance Tour
04/12 – Umphrey’s McGee, The Plaza Live

04/13 – Sister Hazel, House of Blues. Gainesville rockers always put on a fun show
04/13 – WJRR’s Earthday Birthday, Tinker Field. Excellent line-up of hard rock powers, featuring Offspring, Papa Roach and Stone Sour

04/17 – All Time Low and Pierce the Veil, House of Blues
04/17 – Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, West End Trading Co (Sanford)

4/18 – 4/20 – Florida Music Festival, Downtown Orlando at various venues. Lots of good new music and plenty of the yet to be discovered.  Local favorites Blaine the Mono and The Dropa Stone, and fun Indie act Reverend Peyton’s Bog Damn Band highlight the schedule: Florida Music Festival.

04/21 – Dick Dale, The Plaza Live. Dale is the father of surf guitar and a legendary guitar player

04/24 – GWAR, The Beacham

04/25 – ASIA, featuring John Payne, Hard Rock’s Velvet Sessions – always a great cocktail party, this time with some great rock.

04/26 – The Wailers, House of Blues

04/28 – Rush, Amway Center. The legendary Canadian rockers visit the big house in this month’s highlight show in Orlando.

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Jacksonville

04/01 – Marron 5 with RARA’s Farm favorites Neon Trees (see our concert review) and Owl City, Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena

04/03 – Yes, Florida Theater. This incarnation features Steve Howe, Christopher Squire and Alan White!

04/11 – Unphrey’s McGee, Freebird Live

04/24 – The Wailers, Freebird Live

04/25 – GWAR, Freebird Live

04/26 – Saliva, Jax Underbelly. Welcome To Rockville kick-off

04/27 – Welcome to Rockville, Metropolitan Park. This is a great rock line-up at an excellent venue for a festival: Limp Bizkit, Three Days Grace, Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Papa Roach

04/28 – Welcome to Rockville, Metropolitan Park Day 2! More great rockers: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Three Doors Down, Shinedown (see our recent review), Buckcherry, Thousand Foot Krutch and many more

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Tampa Area

04/02 – Yes, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

04/13 – Foghat – Manatee County Fairgrounds (Palmetto)
04/13 – Umphrey’s McGee, Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

04/16 – All Time Low and Pierce the Veil,  Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

04/19 – Dick Dale, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

04/25 – The Wailers, Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

04/26 – 98 Rockfest, Tampa Bay Times Forum. Nice line-up of rockers: Three Days Grace (see our review and photos here), Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, Halestorm and more.

04/27 – Relient K with Mike Mains & The Branches, State Theater (Saint Petersburg)

04/30 – The Black Crowes, Mahaffey Theater (Saint Petersburg)

04/30 – Suicidal Tendencies, State Theater (Saint Petersburg)


Central Florida March Rock Calendar


March Rock Music Calendar

Lots of good Alt-Rock in March.  Twenty One Pilots, Against Me!, The Rocket Summer, Mother Mother, AWOLNATION… And, one killer show at the Amway Center on March 9th with Shinedown, Three Days Grace and P.O.D.

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Orlando

03/02 – Daryl Hall & John Oates, the “Bands, Brew & BBQ Concert Series” Sea World Orlando Adventure Park
03/02 – Bruce Cockburn, The Plaza Live
03/02 – Dropkick Murphys, Hosue of Blues

03/03 – REO Speedwagon, Downtown Orlando. Another excellent free concert from the good folks at WMMO. Visit their website for VIP seats.
03/03 – Darius Rucker, the “Bands, Brew & BBQ Concert Series” Sea World Orlando Adventure Park

03/07 – Coheed And Cambria, House Of Blues (Lake Buena Vista)

03/09 – Shinedown, Three Days Grace, P.O.D. at Amway Center – Some of the biggest rock acts today, this one is the show of the month.  Shinedown was one of our Top 5 albums in 2012.
03/09 – Sunbears!, Will’s Pub

03/10 – Pinback, The Social

03/13 – Faster Pussycat, No Edge Saloon (Edgewater)

03/14 – AfroMan – The West End (Sanford) – A fun local venue…

03/15 – Great White, No Edge Saloon (Edgewater)

03/16 – Matchbox Twenty and Matt Hires, Universal Studios

03/17 – Bad Religion, Against Me! and Polar Bear Club, House of Blues. Great line-up on St’ Patty’s Day, Against Me! is just great live.

03/20 – The Rocket Summer, The Social – great live show – check out our review of their 2012 show
03/20 – Twenty One Pilots, The Beacham – saw these guys in Jacksonville this summer (see the review here), and they are fantastic live.

03/22 – Bruce Hornsby, The Plaza Theatre
03/22 to 3/24 – The Guess Who, “Flower Power Concert Series” at Epcot
03/22 – Queensryche, House of Blues
03/22 – Chuck Ragan, “The Revival Tour” The Social – Chuck is a great performer, with a soulful rock voice.

03/30 – Maroon 5, Owl City and Neon Trees, Amway Center. Do not miss Neon Trees, they are fantastic live, check out our recent review for an idea of what to expect.

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Jacksonville

03/03 – Bruce Cockburn, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (Ponte Vedra Beach)

03/06 – Current Swell, The Standard (Saint Augustine)

03/08 – Sister Hazel, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (Ponte Vedra Beach) – always put on a good show.

03/12 – Orgy, The Roc Bar

03/14 – Pinback, Freebird Live

03/16 – Awolnation, Blondfire, Mother Mother – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (Ponte Vedra Beach). This is a fantastic line-up. Three great new Alt-Rock bands. Here’s our review of Mother Mother’s latest album, The Sticks

03/17 – Matchbox Twenty and Matt Hires, St. Augustine Amphitheatre (Saint Augustine)

03/21 – Twenty One Pilots, Jack Rabbits

03/23 – Chuck Ragan “The Revival Tour,” Jack Rabbits

03/26 – Eric Clapton and The Wallflowers, Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena

03/29 – Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Florida Theatre

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Tampa Area

03/03 – Dropkick Murphys, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg) – Great Irish punk – always a fun time.
03/03 – Goo Goo Dolls Willie Nelson, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

03/06 – Coheed and Cambria, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)
03/06 – Daryl Hall & John Oates, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater) – Daryl strays from his house for a few shows this month.

03/08 – Sunbears!, The Crowbar

03/10 – Orgy, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

03/15 – Queensrÿche, The Ritz Ybor

03/16 – Bad Religion, Against Me! and Polar Bear Club, The Ritz Ybor

03/17 – The Moody Blues, Mahaffey Theater (Saint Petersburg) – Under-appreciated legends of rock ‘n roll.

03/18 – Leonard Cohen, Carol Morsani Hall

03/21 – Bruce Hornsby, Capitol Theatre (Clearwater)

03/22 – Roger Hodgson, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater). The voice of Supertramp and an excellent performer.

03/23 – Twenty One Pilots, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

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X102.9 Alt-Rock Festival – Band Reviews


This is the third part of our Big Ticket trilogy – sort of our version of Fifty Shades of Great.

      Part I – The Best of The Big Ticket
      Part II – The Festival Wrap-Up
    Also, We took a slew of great photos, and you can check them all out on our Facebook site.  Just do us a favor and Like Us while you’re there. RARAs-Farm Facebook Page.  

 

As I’ve noted in my two prior articles, when I first saw the line-up for the Big Ticket Festival, I had lofty expectations.  I had covered about half of the acts previously and was a big fan of each.  As it turned out, the bands I was familiar with all delivered what I expected, but I was amazed by how good the rest of the acts were.  Here’s a quick peek at each band in the order they played. (All of the bold text link to related material).

Sunbears! – This duo had a chance to play in their hometown of Jacksonville.  We arrived just at the tail end of their set and they sounded good, in front of a decent crowd.  I’d describe their sound as a modern blend of psychedelic rock, but take that for what it is worth as I only heard a small sample. Sunbears Photos

Paper Tongues – Our first nice surprise of the night. I was aware of these guys out of Charlotte but didn’t know much about their music.  They seem to have a bit of a cult following in Florida, and after seeing them perform live I totally get it.  Lead singer Aswan North just reeks charisma, which is matched by their leopard clad bassist, Daniel Santell.  The entire band sounded great and got a rousing welcome from the crowd. The highlight was North singing “Trinity” from the crowd. Next time these guys are in the neighborhood, I need to see them.  Paper Tongues Photos

Whole Wheat Bread – Another band with local ties, these three guys also hail from Jacksonville. They have a unique sound, sort of a mainstream Southern Rock Alt-Rock thing from the inner city, and it works!  The crowd was grooving to the trio that reminded me of Lenny Kravitz with more of a funk groove. Bass player, Willy, won the award for best dreads at the festival.  Whole Wheat Bread Photos

Grouplove – I had great expectations for this LA Band, as their Never Trust A Happy Song was our #2 Ranked album of 2011 (that’s right, we knew they’d be special long ago). Still, they blew me away. All three lead vocalists sounded great, the music was superb and they just put on a damn good show.  They immediately amped the energy level with a great version of their current hit “Itchin’ On a Photograph” and offered up a great ukulele  driven version of “Spun,” before closing with a killer version of “Colours.” Oh, and they sneaked in a version of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Cool, cool stuff. Grouplove Photos

Twenty | One | Pilots – True confession – these guys opened for a band recently at HOB – Orlando, and I skipped their set when I saw they wore skeleton suits on stage and dismissed them as a gimmick act.  Sometimes, I’m an idiot. These two guys are tremendous entertainers and musicians.  Lead singer Tyler Joseph plays organ and is accompanied on stage by drummer Josh Dun. The music was good, Joseph interacted with the crowd the entire set and was a madman – singing one song from the speaker stack, one from the scaffolding in the middle of the crowd and the finale from the Griswold Family Winnebago next to the stage. Not to be outdone, Dun uncorked an impressive back flip off of the speakers onto the stage as they wrapped up the show. One hell of an entertaining set.  Twenty One Pilots Photos

Of Monsters And Men – I caught the band in Orlando two nights before the Festival and thought their show was great.  Shorter set, Festival mode, this day, but still very impressed.  These guys had a slew of their peers watching from back stage and did not disappoint.  Their names are impossible to remember (and pronounce), so check out our earlier review for the particulars, but the vocals and the music are superb.  They started with a great version of “Dirty Paws” and featured some fun interactive versions of “Mountain Sound” and “Lakehouse.”  Was wondering what the Icelanders were thinking of the toasty Jacksonville weather… Of Monsters And Men Photos

The Joy Formidable – This Welsh trio sure delivers a big sound.  Singer and guitarist Ritzy Bryan was a whirling dervish and had great chemistry with animated bassist Rhydian Dafydd.  Good, energetic set that was highlighted by a fantastic closing version of “Whirring.” The Joy Formidable Photos

Silversun Pickups – Love the band’s sound, but wasn’t sure how their layered perfection would translate into a festival atmosphere.  Bottom line, the sound was superb, despite the absence of bass player Nikki Monninger who was home preparing to give birth. Brian Aubert’s voice was pristine and dominated the performance   Not the most exciting stage show, but the setlist was great, featuring “Bloody Mary,” “The Pit,” “Panic Switch” and a rocking extended version of “Lazy Eye.” Silversun Pickups Photos

Flogging Molly – One of my favorite live bands ever, and they actually disappointed a bit this show, but I had set the bar pretty high. I wasn’t crazy about their set list, but perhaps that is because I am used to them having twice as long to play.  There were still some great moments.  Loved “The Likes of You Again,” and really enjoyed the tin whistle and Dylan cover of “The Times They are A-changin.”  Bassist Nathan Maxwell absolutely tore it up during a rollicking version of “Saints and Sinners.”  Flogging Molly Photos

Fun. – I was curious about these guys, not sure what to expect. I knew that every teen chick within 100 miles was there to see Nate Ruess, which made me a bit skeptical,  but I also knew that their album, Some Nights is masterful.  To put it simply, I was impressed. Ruess is a charismatic guy who sounded excellent, and the band (which doubles in size for their road show) was spot on. “Some Nights” and “Gets Better” were great, for the band who opened the festival just last year. Good stuff!  Fun. Photos

Anberlin – Yet another local band. These guys closed out the day at The Jagermeister Side Stage in grand fashion. Front man Stephen Christian had the crowd engaged throughout and the band offered up some nice punk pop with a Christian touch.  Their six song set was highlighted by “Little Tyrants” and a killer version of “Someone, Anyone.” Anberlin Photos

Chris Traynor of Bush at The Big Ticket Festival
Chris Traynor of Bush at The Big Ticket Festival

Bush – From the moment the spotlight hit Chris Traynor for the opening guitar riff of “Machinehead” you knew this was going to be a special set.  Twenty years after founding the band, Gavin Rossdale and Bush are just getting back into their rhythm after a seven year hiatus. The music was impeccable and Rossdale, sounding great, put on a great show.  They played all of their hits in a show highlighted by one of their more marginal hits, “The Afterlife,” during which Rossdale raced through the packed crowd, singing from a few different spots on the field.  Immediately after he returned to the stage, his band mates left him alone for a stark solo version of “Glycerine,” which was the best song of the entire festival.  They closed with a rousing version of “Comedown” leaving the rocking crowd thirsting for more.  Bush Photos

Rise Against – OK, this didn’t work out well for us.  Due to the bands falling slightly behind schedule, and our 150 mile ride home, I had to split before Rise Against took the stage to close the night.  Based on Tweets I received, I can share that they opened with “Survive” and closed with “Savior.”  I also heard they did a nice acoustic version of “Swing Life Away.”

So, there you have it ten hours of great rock ‘n roll, 13 bands, and one incredibly well-oiled festival.  Already looking forward to the 2013 version!

We’d love to hear what you thought about the show – leave your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Cretin

 


The Big Ticket Delivers BIG


Rock music festivals just don’t get much better than this!

Over the past twenty-plus years, I’ve been a rock music junkie, attending many hundreds of rock shows and festivals all along the East Coast.  But, I’m not sure I ever witnessed as much good music in one day as I caught at The Big Ticket on the riverfront in Jacksonville. X102.9 is Jacksonville’s New Rock Alternative, and they delivered a talented diverse line-up that was damn near perfect for Alternative Rock fans.

The festival featured Alt-Rock legends Bush and Rise Against and some of today’s hottest new acts, such as FUN. Grouplove and Of Monsters And Men, as well as a handful of local rockers.  The Met Park venue was set-up perfectly, with music alternating seamlessly between the two primary stages.

The Main Stage was packed with can’t miss acts the entire day, and no one disappointed.  I was just as impressed with the diverse line-up playing the Jagermeister Side Stage; – Rarely have I seen a second stage boasting the kind of talent we were presented with, including the likes of Flogging Molly, Anberlin and the most pleasant surprise of the festival Twenty One Pilots.

We’ll get to the band-by-band recap in a bit, but first, lets focus on the festival in general.

The Big Ticket Crowd scene
The Big Ticket Crowd scene

We took a slew of great photos, and you can check them all out on our Facebook site.  Just do us a favor and Like Us while you’re there. RARAs-Farm Facebook Page.  We also offered up our Best of The Big Ticket earlier in our three part Big Ticket series, if you want to check that out.

The Metropolitan Park location was the ideal venue for a festival, with plenty of room for four stages, dozens of bands, a slew of vendors and ten thousand rabid rock music fans. It didn’t suck that the weather on the riverfront was absolutely perfect either. Met Park is one of the few places I’ve seen a show where you could “get away” for awhile if you wanted, including some nice spots on the river, and still hear the acts on the Main Stage. At the North end of the park there were two smaller stages featuring local acts and numerous merchandise booths offering a kicked back festival feel.

The bands alternated between the Main Stage and Side Stage impeccably, with there rarely being a break of more than few minutes.  The only exception was a twenty minute delay for Grouplove that may have been the result of a wiring issue.  The stages were set-up close enough that a few thousand fans could literally just rotate 45 degrees, twice an hour to catch non-stop fantastic performances.

The Side Stage featured a bit more of aggressive Alt-Rock, and leaned towards the punk side.  Flogging Molly, Anberlin and Joy Formidable all had the crowd bouncing.  The earlier acts on the stage were also entertaining and well-received by the crowd.  Whole Wheat Bread, The Sunbears and the aforementioned Twenty | One | Pilots all had the crowd engaged, as well. Tyler Joseph was a mad man and one of the stand out performers of the day.

On the Main Stage most of the performances were exceptional.  Paper Tongues immediately got things started with an energetic, animated performance.  One of many bands with Jacksonville or Florida roots, they engaged the crowd as much as any band throughout the day.  Grouplove and Of Monsters And Men followed up with great sets that had the crowd dancing and singing along, and Silversun Pickups sounded superb.

The Main Stage closed with three great sets. An incredibly well-received set from Fun, sounded as good as their richly layered recorded material and Nate Geuss was thoroughly entertaining.  Gavin Rossdale was all over the venue, and disappeared into the crow a few times during Bush’s set. Then, Rise Against, delivered a powerful set to close out the night.  The sound quality was superb all day from both stages, and did not suffer at all from the outdoor locale.

It was a near perfect line-up in a fantastic venue on a spectacular day, run exceptionally well by X102.9 and the promoters.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

Check back tomorrow for our final Big Ticket article, our band-by-band recap – lots of great anecdotes.

Rock On!
Cretin

 


The Big Ticket Festival – Best Of Edition


Wow – one hell of a show in Jacksonville yesterday!

Our first trip to The Big Ticketand damn were we impressed.  An absolutely great line-up, and everything ran fantastically well. We have a slew of excellent pictures and lots of material to share over the next few days. Like us on Facebook to keep up with all of our photos and Follow us on Twitter for updates.

In the meantime, here’s our Best of Listing for our first Big Ticket experience:

  • Song of the Day – “Glycerine” by Bush. Immediately after running through the crowd, Gavin Rossdale comes back on stage and plays this cut off of Sixteen Stone, unaccompanied for the first few verses – starkly spectacular The crowd sings along throughout, and the full band returns for a rousing close; a great performance of a great rock song.
  • Best Chill Spot – The gazebo down by the river. Soothing sounds of the water, yet still close enough to hear the bands on the Main Stage, and plenty of shade.  We caught a few folks meditating when we stopped by.  Cool spot, literally
  • Best Sounding Artist – Grouplove. Never Trust A Happy Song was one of our Top 10 albums of 2011, and the band played every song flawlessly.  All three vocalists sounded great and the music was perfect.  Bonus points to Andrew Wessen for the only ukulele of the day.
  • Best Mosh Moment – If you’ve read us before, you know we don’t love mosh pits, and thankfully not too many this day, but we did have a nice one spontaneously form during Flogging Molly’s rollicking “The Likes of You Again.” Moshing with a bit of Irish Jig tossed in.
  • Best Vendor – The tent right near our chill locale. Not sure of the vendor name, but they were selling psychedelic attire and classic concert merchandise.  Lots of cool threads and all kinds of cool niche items.
  • Top Singalong moment – There were a few nice ones throughout the day, but when Fun hit the stage, the crowd was packed and in a frenzy.  No surprise here, but EVERYONE sang along to We Are Young.”
  • Most Chatty Artist – Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots was a blast throughout his set.  Constantly chatting with the crowd, he was entertaining and funny.  Loved his request for the crowd to pretend they were calling the band out for an encore.  Creative stuff…
  • Best Food – The $9 funnel cake.  I hate having to buy a ticket before spending money, but for this monstrous and perfectly greased treat, it was worth the effort. Good stuff, and good for you (right?).
  • Crowd-pleasing Moment – There were a bunch of great sets and a few moments that really stood out, like Rossdale’s tour through the crowd or Joseph’s trip up the rafters, but I’ll go with Aswan North of Paper Tongues who jumped across the Photos pit and then Security to mix with the crowd, and they loved it.
  • Best Parking Spot – we grabbed the first lot we saw and may have ended up outside of Duval County.  The Jaguars lot right across from the venue was much closer, the same price and had plenty of spaces, and a more vibrant tailgating feel.  Sold…
  • Justin Bieber Moment – No doubt about it, when Fun’s Nate Reuss stepped onto the stage, my ears started bleeding from all of the high-pitched squeals, but damn can that guy sing – an excellent entertainer!
  • Act of the Day – As I mentioned, so many great acts to choose from, but I’m going to go with Twenty One Pilots.  I already mentioned the interaction with the crowd, we also had lead singer Tyler Joseph sing one song from atop the speaker tower, another from the rafters in the center of the crowd, and the finale from the roof of the motor home next to the stage.  Drummer Josh Dun was nearly as animated, and the dup were just an absolute blast their entire set.

So, that’s it for now.  Lots of material still to come.  Make sure you Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for all of our Big Ticket coverage and loads of photos.

(Here’s our summary review of the Festival)

Rock On!
Cretin


Central Florida December Rock Concert Listing

The months starts off with one of the best one day festivals in the entire country, X102.9’s The Big Ticket at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville.  After that, it’s a relatively slow holiday month.

Orlando

12.01, Everclear and Eve 6 – The Beacham. Still haven’t been to this venue yet, but this would be a good show to check it out with.  Both bands are excellent live. Here’s our most recent Everclear review to give you an idea.

12.02, Richard Marx – The Plaza Theatre

12.03, The Silversun Pickups – Hard Rock Live

12.06, Vince Neil – Hard Rock Live. Motley Crue’s front man…

12.07, Southern Culture On the Skids – The Social. These guys are just an absolute blast to catch live. Highly recommended.

12.08, Sum 41 – HOB-Orlando.  Great Alt-Rock with a punk twist. Always put on a good show.
12.08, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – West End Trading (Sanford)

12.14, Emily Kopp – Backbooth
12.14 – 12.15, New Found Glory – The Social

12.16, Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Always a good show, excellent musicians, great lights and this year they promise a new twist.

12.22, The Starting Line and Fake Problems – HOB-Orlando

12.31, Thomas Wynn & The Believers – Will’s Pub

 

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Jacksonville

12.02, X102.9 The Big Ticket – Metropolitan Park. This is the show of the month in Central Florida, and probably the one best day of the year: Rise Against, Bush, Fun., Anberlin, Silversun Pickups, Grouplove, Of Monsters And Men, Imagine Dragons, Paper Tongues, The Joy Formidable, Twenty One Pilots

12.06, Southern Culture On the Skids – Cafe Eleven (St. Augustine)

12.13, Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

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Tampa Area

12.01, 97X The Next Big Thing – Vinoy Waterfront Park (St. Petersburg)
Mutemath, Rise Against, Bush, Silversun Pickups, Fun., Grouplove, Flogging Molly, Imagine Dragons, Of Monsters and Men and more

12.01, Richard Marx – Capitol Theatre

12.03 – 12.04, Eddie Vedder – Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater)

12.07, Pat Travers – Cocktails (New Port Richie)
12.07, Sum 41 – Ritz Ybor

12.08, Southern Culture On the Skids – Skipper’s Smokehouse

12.11, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick – Tampa Bay Times Forum. Still rockin’ after all these years.

12.14, Vince Neil – Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

12.15, Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Tampa Bay Times Forum

12.29, Donna the Buffalo – Skipper’s Smokehouse

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Central Florida September Concert Calendar

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The Summer doldrums are over.  Lots of excellent rock headed Central Florida in the next month or so.

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Orlando

8/30, Flock of Seagulls – Hard Rock Hotel – The latest installment of the 2012 Velvet Sessions schedule.  This band is so much more than a one-hit wonder, and you already know how much we love the Velvet Sessions venue. We’ll be there.

8/31, Cowboy Mouth – House of Blues. These guys are absolutely great live.  Good music from The Big Easy, and one of the best front men in rock music today.  Here’s our interview with the aforementioned drummer/singer to whet your appetite: Fred LeBlanc Interview.

9/1, Seven Mary Three – The Garage Bar at Rte. 46, Stanford

9/2, Pepper – House of Blues

9/5, Bombay Bicycle Club – The Social

9/7, Owl City – The Beacham

9/8, Thousand Foot Krutch – Disney World’s Night of Joy.  We love this band’s latest album, The End Is Where We Begin.
9/8, Reliant K – Universals Rock the Universe

9/15, Citizen Cope – House of Blues
9/15, Matt Hires – BackBooth
9/15, Swellers and Strung Out – The Social. Excellent hard rock from Swellers.
9/15, Chris Isaak – Hard Rock Cafe

9/18. Go-Go’s – Hard Rock Cafe

9/19, Guided By Voices – The Beacham

9/20, Green River Ordnance – The Social.  Touring in support of their latest album, Under Fire, which is a damn good listen. We’ll be there.

9/22, Atari’s – Will’s Pub
9/22, Ian Anderson – Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre – The front man from legendary Jethro Tull is a musical genius

9/23, Jackie Bristow opens for Euge Groove – Plaza Theatre – We love Jackie Bristow and her fantastic Kiwi-Country voice. Check out our recent concert review.

9/27, Metric – Hard Rock Cafe

9/28, Night Ranger – Epcot – This show requires park admission and they play through 9/30.

9/29, Adam Ant – Hard Rock Cafe
9/29, John Waite, The Romantics, Modern English – WMMO’s Downtown Concert – these are usually excellent shows from classic rockers, and they are FREE! We’ve seen Waite a few times recentlyand he’s excellent live. Check out our review. 

9/30, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes with Clay Your Hands Say Yeah – The Beacham – Nato Bardeen loves the band, so they must be worth checking out, right?

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Tampa Area

9/1, Sublime with Rome, Matisyahu, Pepper – English Brothers Park, Pinellas Park

9/13, Citizen Cope – Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
9/13, Strung Out and Swellers – State Theatre, St. Petersburg
9/13, Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Thousand Foot Krutch. Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater

9/14, Arrested Development – State Theatre, St. Petersburg
9/14, Elton John – USF Sun Dome.  This seems like a nice opportunity to see Sir Elton in a relatively small venue.

9/15, Grand Funk Railroad – Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg.  A rare area appearance from an under-appreciate rock band.

9/16, Chris Isaak – Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg

9/19, Go-Go’s – Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. Do they still have the beat?

9/20, Ataris – Crowbar

9/23, Blondie and Devo – English Brothers Park, Pinellas Park
9/23, Ian Anderson – Ruth Eckard Hall, Clearwater

9/24, Stevie Nicks – Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg

9/25, Florence and The Machine and The Maccabees – USF Sun Dome

9/30, Metric  – Ritz Ybor

Jacksonville

8/31, Against Me! – Cafe Eleven, St. Augustine. This band out of Gainesville is excellent live and has a big sound.

9/6, Black Joe Lewis – Jack Rabbit’s.  We got to see them earlier, a fun live band.
9/6, Train – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

9/12, Citizen Cope – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

9/13, Chris Isaak – Florida Theatre

9/16, Strung Out and Swellers – Freebird Live

9/21, Ian Anderson – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

9/22, Blondie and Devo – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

9/25, Stevie Nicks – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
9/25, Adam Ant – Freebird Live

9/30, Joe Cocker  – St. Augustine Amphitheatre. One of rock’s biggest legends and most distinctive voices. Always puts on a great show.

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.

Orlando

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.

Tampa Area

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.

Jacksonville

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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