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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 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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