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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 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.

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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.
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Magazine Society – FMF Grammy Showcase Winners

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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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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!

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