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Mayfest Rocks Melbourne

Murderfly and Chris Marsh Productions put together eleven bands from around central Florida for a little thing they call Mayfest. The fifth in a series of annual events, it was held in the same venue as the previous years – County Line Saloon in Melbourne. It was also the last to be held in this location Chris Marsh later stated; due to the building’s state of disrepair, and rumors that it is slated to be demolished.

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Mayfest Hits Melbourne Today!

Join me today, Saturday May 21st at the County Line Saloon, located in Melbourne, as I take in the fifth annual Mayfest, presented by Chris Marsh Productions. A total of eleven local bands will grace the stage, starting at 5pm with genres ranging from hard rock, to heavy metal, and whatever sound the genre-crossing MekaNism claims.

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Clear As Black And White

Gary Lazer Eyes are a talented quartet and intriguing new band from Melbourne, FL, who need to be on your new music radar.  They just released Black And White, their debut EP – Good news for local rock fans, as it’s a refreshing serving of distinctive rock ‘n roll.

Gary Lazer Eyes 2015 Florida Music Festival
Gary Lazer Eyes at the 2015 Florida Music Festival

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Central Florida November Rock Concert Calendar

Here’s the cream of the crop for Central Florida area concerts this month. Lots of great shows at some of our favorite area venues.  Support these awesome clubs, the Central FLorida rock scene and all of our hard-working local bands!

David Boyd of New Politics o stage at The Big Orlando - photo by rarasfarm.com
David Boyd of New Politics at The Big Orlando – They’ll be in Jax on 11/6 and Orlando 11/7.  photo by rarasfarm.com

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American Idol Live Hits Florida


 

American Idols Live in Melbourne FLorida - rarasfarm.com
American Idols Live in Melbourne Florida – rarasfarm.com

American Idol Performers Wow Florida

After 14 seasons, American Idol Live has tweaked its approach and in this, their penultimate year, they’ve nailed down a formula that works exceptionally well.
 

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The uber-talented Top 5 rolled into Melbourne’s King Center For the Performing Arts in Melbourne, and enjoyed their increased time under the spotlights. This was the third show of the nascent tour, and by this night, everything was running smoothly.

This year for the first time in the tour’s history, they’ve whittled down the traveling contingent from the Top 10 to the Top 5 and it was a fantastic decision. As a result of the more concentrated line-up, we get a much better glimpse into the talents of each musician as well as a compelling look into their backstories, as each Idol took a few minutes to share their own personal journeys.

Each of this year’s Top 5, had their share of moments on this evening, led by 2015 winner, Nick Fradiani and the rest of the crew, Clark Beckham, Jax, Rayvon Owen and Tyanna Jones. Under the new format, each singer had a chance to deliver a handful of riveting solo performances. All five of this year’s Idols boasted fantastic vocal performances, confirming that these five were clearly very deserving of their lofty status.
 

American Idols' Jax in Melbourne Florida - rarasfarm.com
American Idols’ Jax in Melbourne Florida – rarasfarm.com

Our Facebook photo link: American Idol Concert Photos
 
The highlight of the night for me were the performances of the Top 3, particularly 2nd Place finisher Beckham and 3rd Place Jax.

Beckham has a personality built for the stage, and a voice beyond compare. He introduced himself with “I love singing for people, and I can’t ever remember music not being a part of my life,” and it showed. He delivered stunning versions of a Ray Charles inspired version of “Georgia On My Mind” and my favorite performance of the night, a killer version of Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason.” As I listened to his voice, I couldn’t help wondering how he’d sound singing a Robert Plant song – yeah, he’s got a special gift.

He also displayed an affable fun side comfortably perched behind his piano, as he slickly weaved in a few classic TV and advertising jingles. At one point, he said “Hi” to his guitar tech Tim, then shared “Tim is a great guitar tech; well, he’s the only guitar tech I’ve ever had, but I’m pretty sure he’s the best ever.”

The performer I was most anxious to see was Jax, the creative 20 year-old from New Jersey. She’s a charismatic singer with a distinctive, captivating voice and a rare ability to connect with her audience. Her range is impressive, as well, one second flying around the stage tearing through a rollicking version of “My Generation,” then minutes later absolutely nailing a precise, compelling rendition of Dido’s “White Flag.” Great stuff.

She stated she was more comfortable being on stage than being alone in her own bedroom, and it showed. She raced across the stage, jumped into the crowd, high-fived fans, smiled incessantly, took selfies, and generally bonded with the crowd and members of her dedicated JaxPack.

While you are here, check out our recent Jax interview here: Jax Speaks…
 

American Idol's Nick Fradiani in Melbourne FLorida - rarasfarm.com
American Idol’s Nick Fradiani in Melbourne Florida – rarasfarm.com

 
Fradiani’s offerings were just as good. It’s easy to see why he won this year’s competition, as he’s got a polished stage presence, dynamic voice and a personality built to perform. The highlight of his set was an original song that he penned with his former band “Beach Avenue.” He mentioned the roll of the dice Idol performers endure with their first single selected by the Idol team, but how pleased he was to be gifted a song like “Beautiful Life” which he nailed.

Owen and the 16 year-old Jones (from nearby Jacksonville) also displayed their exquisite voices. Although they are not great fits for a rock music website such as ours, they both delivered engaging performances, and boast bright futures. It was refreshing listening to the two performers share how important their family was to them and to the development of their budding careers.

In general, I found that the group performances fell kinda flat, but there were two notable exceptions. Jax offered “Something beautiful can come from a broken road” and the group delivered a stirring version of Rascal Flatts’ “Broken Road,” and later in the evening, they delivered a tremendous version of Sia’s Chandelier,” highlighted by Owen’s dulcet voice.

Joey Cook, one of this year’s more compelling characters opened the show with a quick ten minute set, where she quickly bonded with the crowd, while dishing out three excellent songs, including one of her all-time favorites “Dream A Little Dream,” an apt way to start the journey for these future stars.

We will have a slew of photos from the show and all six performers over the next day forthcoming on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@rarasfarm). Here’s the Facebook photo link: American Idol Concert Photos

Upcoming Florida Dates:
7/11/15 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
7/12/15 Ft. Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
7/14/15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Parker Playhouse
7/15/15 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theater

See more at: http://www.americanidol.com/tour

Rock On!
Cretin
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The Harlots – On Their Way


 
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The Harlots “On My Way” Single Review

The more music I hear from Australia, the more convinced I am that the country is quickly becoming the hottest incubator for fresh rock ‘n roll.

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The latest band to catch my attention is Harlot, a talented six-piece from Melbourne, Australia.  They’re a group of twenty-somethings who are about to deliver their fantastic new single “On My Way” on June 26th.

The infectious rocker is in invigorating call to action. It’s a rare rock song that is both raw and exquisitely polished at the same time.  The single is a guitar-driven effort laced with sharp hooks, which are masterfully paired with catchy vocals from Tom Pitts (the nephew of Nick Cave of Bad Seeds fame).

Pitts’ vocals are vibrant and quite diverse and the song is a great landscape for his talents, but the lush musical bed is even more captivating. Hard-driving drums provide the perfect backdrop for a song that is drenched with excellent guitar work throughout.  It’s an catchy and generous 4:23 gem that wonderfully builds to a soaring close.  Check it out and let me know your thoughts.
 

 
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