It was clear that Kansas was opening for and not co-headlining with Foreigner at their late winter 2017 St Augustine tour stop. Despite that, they delivered a defining performance, showing that their music is more important than any gimmick or specific lineup.
Foreigner has always been a band that pushed boundaries and embraced gimmicky sex appeal. 40 years later, on an anniversary tour most bands from their genre never made it to, they stayed true to form. We were treated to nearly painted on skinny jeans, mic stands and drum sticks thrown high, and a great light show.
On Thursday night, Orlando’s Social became headquarters for the near annual Carbon Leaf family outing. When this Richmond quintet comes to town, their loyal fans ooze through the woodwork and fill the cozy Social for a night of familiar and comfortable rock ‘n roll. This year’s visit was highlighted by stellar musicianship, familiar indie rock hits and a few nicely timed surprises.
When I first heard Stephen Kellogg’s masterful Blunderstone Rookery in 2013, I quickly realized he was an artist I needed to see in concert. I was new to the music of Kellogg , but immediately impressed by his distinctive music and purposeful lyrics. Unfortunaately, the stars never aligned and he lingered near the top of my must-see list for a few years. Earlier this week, at the cozy Social in Orlando, I finally had the chance to catch him live, and it was well worth the wait.
I was born on Long Island and have spent most of my life surrounded by longtime fans of Billy Joel, but until this weekend, I had never caught the legendary performer in concert. Friday night, in a hit-filled two-hour set, I had my first chance. So, does Billy Joel enter my pantheon of all-time great “Can’t Miss” rock performers?
People were baptized in the church of Ghost on November 2nd in Orlando. The Swedish metal outfit gave communion to 500 + fans at the Hard Rock Live clamoring to be within the breath of the band, and they delivered one of the best shows I have seen in 2016. Ghost has spent most of the year traveling the festival circuit on their critically acclaimed Popestar EP behind the lead single “Square Hammer” a pop ditty, banger that hails satan in the process. Papa Emeritus III and the Nameless Ghouls play up the shock rock, but behind the robes and masks is a metal band with great songs, and an even greater live show.
The first time I ever got to see the mighty Coheed and Cambria they were touring with Thursday and Thrice. They played a sold-out show at the House of Blues in Orlando circa 2002. The second time they were opening for The Used at the now defunct Club 5 in Jacksonville, then again at the now defunct Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach, that time as headliners. There are not many bands that I would go way out of my way to see live and review over and over again, but if I even sense that they will be coming within a hundred mile radius of me it would feel wrong not to be in attendance. Continue reading Coheed and Cambria – Gainesville→
If you weren’t at the Anthony Green show this weekend, you sure missed one hell of an entertaining night. On his current tour for his freshly released album, Pixie Queen, Green made a stop at Orlando’s The Social. It was a night of pure fun, singing your heart out, and celebration.