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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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Bells were ringing at House of Blues

If anyone is looking for a fun, inexpensive show to go and see, check out Hell’s Bells. They are a cover band out of Kentucky and can really put on a  show.

For 2 hours, I could almost believe that I “might be” at a AC/DC concert. The band was loud and had plenty of energy to get the crowd’s fists pumping all night long. I was happy to hear “Thunderstruck” as the opening song and was not disappointed by the guitar showmanship.  Everything from Hell’s Bells (with a smaller bell onstage) , to the firing cannons of “For Those About to Rock.”

The set list also included: “Big Balls,” “Have a Drink On Me” and my personal favorite “Whole Lotta Rosie.”  So if you put up with the fact that their lead singers is a tad larger than the real Brian Johnson and the lead guitarist reminded me of my science teacher in high school, then I know you will be entertained all night long.

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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.

Walk the Moon Impresses Orlando Fans

Walk the Moon Bassist Kevin Ray at HOB-Orlando
Walk the Moon Bassist Kevin Ray. Photo: Rarasfarm.com

Rock fans in Orlando had a chance to catch Walk the Moon, one of today’s hottest Alternative Rock artists, at the House of Blues in Orlando this weekend.  The quartet out of Cincinnati is touring the country riding the enormous popularity of their current hit single, “Anna Sun.”  The song has been kicking around the Indie music scene for a few years, but has recently exploded after being polished and re-released on their eponymous debut album on RCA Records.

The band’s sound is addictive pop rock with smooth harmonies and catchy lyrics.  On this night, they played a short set, as the opening act for Neon Trees (see that review here).  They were co-headliners on this tour, and by the time they hit the stage, the venue was packed to near sell-out capacity.  It was apparent from the opening notes of their set that a good majority of the engaged fans were there to see Walk the Moon.  The foursome who are known for painting their faces before performing found that there were a slew of fans who followed suit.

Lead vocalist and keyboard player, Nicholas Petricca is the focal point, but this is clearly a group where everyone contributes equally.  Drummer Sean Waugaman and bassist Kevin Ray were the steady driving back bone throughout the energetic rocking set.  The harmonies of Petricca, Ray, Waugaman and guitarist Eli Maiman were even better live than on the band’s debut release.  Petricca interacted with the crowd all night, often getting their hands in the air and leading some cool rhythmic clapping.  His unique voice sounded excellent live, and the remainder of the quartet’s music was tight and crisp throughout the show.

Walk the Moon Nicholas Petricca at HOB-Orlando
Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon. Photo: Rarasfarm.com

The highlight of the night was an extended version of  ‘I Can Lift a Car,” a fantastic song that superbly showcases the bands’ musical abilities and which clearly highlights the potential for these Ohioans to be much more than a one-hit wonder. The youthful crowd sang along throughout the show and were bouncing and swaying during the entire set.  For us more seasoned rockers, it was a nice treat to hear the band throw in an excellent cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” with a nice Walk the Moon touch.

As expected, the band closed with a rousing performance of “Anna Sun” raising the crowd to a fever pitch, with the entire house singing and dancing along.  A great way to wrap up a passionate, albeit short set, from a band that proved they have what it takes to be a headliner their next time through Orlando.

Rock On!
Cretin

The Who Start their 2012 Quadrophenia tour in Florida


The Who, one of the greatest groups in rock and roll history have announced a Fall Tour of the United States, and luckily for us Floridians, they’ve decided to start right here in The Sunshine State, including a show at the house that Dwight built (and then deserted), the new Amway Center. This Tour is going to feature the entire double album from their 1973 rock opera, Quadrophenia.

First off, let me say that if you’ve never seen The Who you should mark these dates on your calendar:

Thur 11/1 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
Sat 11/3 Orlando, FL Amway Center

These guys are rock royalty. They’ve achieved status as Rock Gods, and they deserve it.  They’ve been around for nearly 50 years, developed a reputation as a phenomenal live band and had 17 Top Ten albums. I’ve seen them twice, and seen two great, memorable spectacles. Yet, I’m ambivalent about catching them on this tour.

I love The Who.  To me, The Who are Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwhistle and Keith Moon. The latter two are now playing in Rock ‘n Roll Heaven; Daltrey and Townshend are great talents and true legends, but they’re both creeping up on 70. I think I’d prefer to remember them the way they played and performed in the past. To cement my decision, I really don’t love Quadrophenia. It’s a good album, but not their best (That would be Who’s Next); and two of my favorites from the album were “Bell Boy” and “Dr. Jimmy” songs performed by the still deceased Moon and Entwhistle.

For those of you who are interested in checking them out, don’t let my jaded and curmudgeonly attitude dissuade you.  The musical catalog is phenomenal and they’ve announced they’ll play some other hits in addition to Quadrophenia.  Also, Daltrey and Townshend are living rock legends who still know how to rock and roll. Get your tickets when they go on sale Friday, July 27th, or consider joining their fan club for access to tickets as early as July 20th. You can do that by going here: The Who Fan Club.

Below, you’ll find links to the album on iTunes, and a track listing to whet your appetite.

Mike G – The Curmudgeon 🙂

The Who 2012 Quadrophenia full Tour Schedule

 

Buy pop and rock concert tickets Side oneI Am The Sea” 2:08The Real Me” 3:20

Quadrophenia” 6:13

Cut My Hair” 3:44

The Punk and the Godfather” 5:10

Side two

I’m One” 2:37

The Dirty Jobs” 4:28

Helpless Dancer” (Roger’s theme) 2:33

Is It In My Head?” 3:43

I’ve Had Enough” 6:14

Side three

5.15″ 5:00

Sea and Sand” 5:01

Drowned” 5:26

Bell Boy” (Keith’s theme) 4:55

Side Four

Doctor Jimmy (containing “Is It Me?”)” (John’s theme) 8:36

The Rock” 6:37

Love, Reign o’er Me” (Pete’s theme) 5:48

Wolf Gang Tears Up Orlando at The Social

I’ve seen a slew of concerts over the first half of the year, but none of them stood up to the dynamic show that London’s Wolf Gang delivered at The Social this weekend. This talented and energetic quintet is a band that we’re going to be hearing a lot from in the years to come, and they blew away the Orlando crowd with a blazing sixty minute set.

While most of Orlando was at The Amway Center abusing their ears with thousands of screaming pre-teens at the One Direction show, a sage group of discerning Rock And Roll Animals saw some truly majestic rock ‘n roll in the cozy club on Orange Avenue. If you were one of the many who chose the wrong venue on this evening, you really missed something special.

Max McElligott is the musical vision behind these young alt-rockers, having penned and performed all of the songs on the band’s excellent debut album Suego Faults. He’s also assembled a fantastic line-up of passionate musicians who have been touring extensively for about a year. Their set was predictable, with all but nine cuts off of the album, plus three other new songs. Suego Faults is really quite good, certainly one of the top ten of the year thus far. Surprisingly, the live performance actually exceeded those lofty standards.

They opened the set with a new track, “Into the Fire,” one that featured McElligott on guitar that got the house rocking from the start.  He switched over to keyboards for the next song, “Something Unusual” where we had our first taste of the band’s amazing harmonies. He traded off between guitar and keyboards throughout the show and on quite a few songs, he left the playing to the remainder of the band and took center stage with just the mic.

McElligot voice is powerful and distinctive and his range broad. The uber-talented front man sounded near perfect and the backing harmonies from his band mates were spot on, matching the excellent vocals from the album. On stage, McElligott reeks of charisma and certainly offers a theatrical touch. At times I thought of Freddie, other times Bowie, most times…I thought I was seeing the next legend out of England.

Interacting with the crowd throughout, McElligott was comfortable on stage, from his opening “Welcome to the wonderful people of the Social Bar” to sharing the London lads’ rough initial taste of our searing Florida sun. I was impressed by the energy of the band at the relatively small Social, immediately after wrapping up a huge arena tour with Coldplay, yet they seemed to thrive in the more intimate club.

The band members were tight and cohesive throughout the evening, and they all switched off between instruments, as well. James Woods on bass was a non-stop whirling dervish and powered the band through a rollicking version of Stay & Defend. Lasse Petersen on drums was the band’s backbone all night, and absolutely shined on another new cut, “The Kill.”

We had a chance to witness the group’s softer side on both “Promises” and the spectacular “Suego Faults” which featured three keyboards, highlighted by McElligott and Jamie Jones, and some of the best vocals/harmonies of the night. McElligott had the crowd in the palms of his hands, expertly adjusting the flow and timbre of the show throughout.

The entire band seemed energized during “Dancing With the Devil” which featured a nice solo from Gavin Slater, before slowing things down with a nice love song, “Midnight Dancers.” From there, the band wrapped up the show with their two biggest singles to date, “The King and All His Men” and “Lions in Cages” closing out a great set, raising the energy level to a fever pitch and sending the crowd home convinced they had seen something special.

Random Ramblings:

  • Charlotte’s Flagship offered a nice opening set in their first trip to Orlando, highlighted by their drummer, Mike Finster, who tore it up the entire set, despite playing on a borrowed drum kit! They’ve got a unique sound and are definitely worth a trip to check out next time they are in town.
  • Wolf Gang’s drummer, Lasse Petersen is apparently an excellent cook, with a fondness for duck, and actually cooked at Hard Rock Hotel this week.
  • All five members of Wolf Gang hung around after the show and got to know their fans; they really seemed to care about meeting everyone, asking names, chatting, and listening! It was refreshing to see.
  • Wolf Gang is looking to come back to Orlando this fall, so keep your eyes peeled to RARA’s Farm for the show announcement, and next time, don’t let some teeny-bopper boy band deter you from their excellent show.

If you were there, let us know what you thought in the comments below. If you were trapped into seeing One Direction to please your eight year-old niece and want to rehabilitate your ears, check out the album below.

Rock On! – Cretin

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Wolf Gang with RARA's Farm's Kerri
Wolf Gang with RARA's Farm's Kerri in Orlando

Setlist

Into the Fire
Something Unusual
Stay & Defend
The Kill
Where are You Now?
Promises
Suego Faults
Back to Back
Dancing with the Devil
Midnight Dancers
The King and All His Men
Lions in Cages

 

Kickin off Summer with The Rocket Summer

 

Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer on the Keyboard

 

This Wednesday night was the first night of summer in Orlando.  For a few hundred happy fans it was a fantastic Rocket Summer.  Putting on a passionate and energetic performance, Bryce Avary, the soul of The Rocket Summer lit up the stage at The Social in Orlando for nearly two hours. He is currently on tour promoting the band’s fifth album Life Will Write the Words. Avary started performing in Orlando about 8 years back and has made the city a repeat destination on his tours, and for good reason; his fans love him!

The Rocket Summer opened the night with an extremely impressive showcase of Avary’s musical talents – the energetic, multi-talented musician displayed his ability to play the drums, then moved to the keyboard, slid over to the bass guitar and finally rocked on lead guitar. With guitar in hand he fired up the crowd as he kicked into “Do You Feel”

Quickly realizing the show was only going to get more intense and energetic he performed “Hills and Valleys” and then the band played the first song off of the new album – “Run and Don’t Stop.” The new album hit the shelves just two weeks ago, yet there was hardly a person in the venue not singing along.  For “Of Men and Angels” – a definite crowd-pleaser – he took things down a notch and moved over to the keyboard to express his piano abilities.

The Rocket Summer then picked things back up with one of their most popular songs “Break it Out” allowing the fans to sing along while showcasing his musical skills. “Prove It,” another hit off the new album got the crowd jumping, then just as they reached a frenzy, Avary disappeared from the stage leaving the crowd searching.

Suddenly, fans at the back of the venue started screaming as Avary, guitar in hand walks to the center of the floor – takes a seat – and performs yet another song off the new album, “Soldiers.” A much more personal performance sang right in the heart of the fans.  After his performance he stood up on the bar and dove into the crowd as they passed him along back to the stage.

Before the performance of “Walls,” Avary spoke to the crowd about how much this song meant to him and that he wanted everyone to know they weren’t alone – it was a goose-bump moment to say the least, as the crowd sang in unison and his very impressive piano performance was displayed. The performance of “Revival” was the most rocking performance of the night; we heard more edgy vocals and saw more head banging, guitar rocking, and crowd jumping in this song than any other of the night. The Rocket Summer closed the set with “You Tell Me To Live.”

Bryce Avary in the crowd
Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer in the crowd

With the crowd rhythmically chanting and clapping for more, Avary returned to the stage, this time without the band. He opened the encore with three solo acoustic songs – all highlighting his outstanding vocal talent. I found it very unique that Avary opened the floor to the crowd on which songs they wanted to hear next and gave a few lucky fans the satisfaction of having their request selected.

Avary then decided it was time to throw “a little dance party” and once again ran around stage playing every instrument he could get his hands on, while the crowd danced mesmerized by his diverse musical ability.

In total, The Rocket Summer put on an encore of seven songs plus a little dance party. Avary repeatedly noted to the crowd that he just wanted to keep playing. A highlight from the encore was the performance of “Circa ’46” – this was the first time ever performing the song live. Avary noted to the crowd they had practiced it a few days earlier and wanted to test it. Throughout the performance he yelled “well this isn’t going so bad.” Truly a fun experience to be part of.  They closed the night with” I Need a Break… but I’d Rather Have a Breakthrough.”

Not only are the vocals of Avary perfectly on key but his musical talent is absolutely amazing. How many artists do you know who can perform for close to two hours, sing in the midst of a frenzied crowd, stage dive, crowd surf, interact with the fans, and move between playing the keyboard to the guitar singing the entire time, then put on a 7 song encore?

Bryce Avary is one of those musicians that is grateful for the fans that continue to come out and support his dream year after year and he rewards them with a jaw dropping performance. He connected with the entire crowd throughout the show and made sure everyone knew how thankful he was, and by the length of his encore really showed he had no desire to leave the stage.

I also noted that The Rocket Summer played seven songs off their new album, whereas most bands only play a few new cuts off a brand new album and stick to the fan favorites. Avary took a risk and it paid off as the crowd knew all the words and not a person seemed disappointed; but after a show like that how could you be?

– Kerri –

Check out the setlist below.

Setlist

Do you Feel
Hills and valleys
Run and Don’t Stop
Of Men and Angels
Break it Out
Prove it
Soldiers (played in the middle of the crowd)
Brat Pack
200,000
Walls
Revival
So, In This Hour
You Tell Me To Live

Encore:

Around the clock
Save
Never Knew
“Dance Session”
So Much Love
Circa ‘46 (first performance ever)
Just for a Moment Forget Who You Are
I Need a Break… But I’d Rather Have a Breakthrough

Jackie Bristow Enchants Orlando

Just a woman and her guitar, but, oh my… what a nice sound…

Jackie Bristow live in Orlando
Jackie Bristow live in Orlando. Photo: Hallie Ballie

Jackie Bristow brought her beautiful voice back to Orlando, opening for John Waite at Plaza Live. The New Zealand born muse now hails from Austin, Texas, and she’s developed a distinctive, melodic voice that I would best describe as Kiwi Country.

The stories in the music were the clear highlight of the show. She offered soulful selections off of her 2007 release Crazy Love and several more from her 2010 offering Freedom. The highlight of her forty-five minute set was the title track off of “Crazy Love” an introspective look at a woman who can’t seem to shake the memory of a former love. “‘Cause there’s something about the way you look at me, I forgive your everything, Oh love, such a crazy love…” It’s a beautiful, tender song perfectly matched to Bristow and her pure style.

The sound in The Plaza Theater is pristine and was the perfect setting for Bristow who played her entire set solo, accompanied only by her trusty acoustic guitar. Her songs are stories from her life, and she did a great job bonding with the crowd all night.  In one humorous exchange she shared that she was a Southern Girl, born in Southern New Zealand, then moving to Austin (she also reminded the crowd that Southern New Zealand is a bit more frigid than the Southern U.S.)

On this night, she was the ideal opening act for John Waite and his band (see that review here). Surprisingly, she plays fairly often in Florida, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the next time she’s in town.  Good stuff!

Cretin
(see the full set list below)

Here’s Jackie performing Crazy Love from her show in Orlando last year: Crazy Love: Live

Setlist

Tempted
Running
Come Down
Freedom
Crazy Love
Rolling Stone
Innocence
Holy Mess
Crying