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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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The Maine Concert Review

John O'Callaghan of The Maine at The Beacham in Orlando
John O’Callaghan of The Maine at The Beacham in Orlando

 

Orlando Hosts Rousing Conclusion to The American Candy Tour

Florida often serves as the first stop on American tours for a plethora of artists. It’s rare that we have the opportunity to see a well honed, energetic conclusion to a tour, but as we saw last night at The Beacham, they can be nights to remember. The Maine threw a little party to honor the occasion with 1,000 or so of their closest Orlando friends.

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The Phoenix-based band wrapped up their Spring American Candy tour with an entertaining night full of surprises as they played to a packed house at The Beacham. On this night, the three opening bands, The Technicolors, Knuckle Puck and Real Friends were headed home, while the main act headed West to squeeze in a few last shows as they worked their way home to Arizona. But, first one more night of fun for the four acts who truly seemed to be real friends…

The Technicolors kicked off the night with an insanely early 5:40 start time. As a testament to the Orlando fans, the place was already packed as they took the stage. The band drips with potential, and they delivered a nice blend of pop rock and a polished stage show. As a sign of things to come, Kennedy Brock from The Maine came out and jammed with them for a song.

John O'Callaghan of The Maine at The Beacham in Orlando
Real Friend’s Dan Lambton onstage with Knuckle Puck

Chicago’s Knuckle Puck took the stage next and shook things up a bit with a powerful punk-infused set. They quickly had a mosh pit swirling and definitely brought a harder edge to the show. Dan Lambton, frontman for Real Friends, came out and sang a song with the quintet. Their own lead vocalist Joe Taylor flew around the stage and was an entertaining showman.

Real Friends, the third of the opening acts is another Chicago band with melancholy punk tendencies. They settled into a nice groove with a blend of music that was more pop than punk, and the perfect warm up for the headliners. Lambton, decked out in a “Fry Your Brain On The Maine” T-shirt asked the light technician if he could turn on the mirror balls for a ballad. When he complied, every member of all four bands snuck on stage and slow danced together, kicking the party into another gear. Fun stuff.

After a short break, The Maine took the stage to a fervid crowd and immediately jumped into rocking versions of “Miles Away,” “Run” and “Growing Up.” They churned through the three songs as the crowd sang along throughout, before frontman John O’Callaghan chatted with his guests for the first time. He grabbed the mic “Hi, how do you all feel about yourselves?” It started a theme that continued throughout the show, as he frequently checked to make sure everyone was in a good place, and it was clear from the crowd reactions that they were bought in.

John O'callaghan of The Maine
John O’callaghan of The Maine

O’Callaghan seemed to be a more chipper version of himself during the show; at one time offering “I used to be an Emo kid, but I’m not anymore, and I have never been so happy… If you want sadness, listen to Morrissey. There’s enough sadness in The Smiths songs for every fucking person on the whole planet.” And the party was in full swing. The Maine-iacs who filled the venue seem to feel like they’re part of a strong caring family, and in a way they were, with O’Callaghan the caring patriarch.

(Read our recent interview with O’Callaghan HERE)

The band delivered a fantastic version of “Same Suit, Different Tie,” that was the highlight of the night for me, and for many pleased fans in attendance. The band also dished out a rollicking cover of The Rolling Stones classic “Satisfaction.”

As the show neared its conclusion, O’Callaghan grabbed an acoustic guitar and shared “I had a vodka and orange juice before I played, but I’m not really drunk,” and then led a nice crowd singalong to “Into Your Arms.” He stumbled through the lyrics and quipped “Maybe I had two vodkas and orange juices, oopsies!” Classic stuff!

Members of Real Friends, Knuckle Puck and The Technicolors join The Maine
Members of Real Friends, Knuckle Puck and The Technicolors join The Maine

His longtime musical mate Jared Monaco took over lead vocals for a quick song, and then the stage got quite crowded as all of the band members from across the line-up wrapped the show up in raucous fashion. O’callaghan closed with a classic quote: “Thanks for allowing us to play music, it’s the best fucking job in the world.” Perfectly summed up by a singer and band who seem refreshed and recharged and on top of their craft.

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Rock On!
Cretin

 

 

Against Me! Rocks Orlando

Laura Jane Grace of Against Me in Orlando
Laura Jane Grace of Against Me in Orlando

Against Me! Concert Review

Seven years ago, I saw Against Me! tearing up the Amway Center opening for Green Day. Since that powerful night of aggressive alt-rock, the quartet has gone through an immense transition, but through it all, Laura Jane Grace and her bandmates have retained the same energetic thrashing style that drives passionate support from their rabid fans.

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Watching Laura Jane Grace on stage, you see a ferocious rocker who is at peace with where she is headed in her life. With a constant smile plastered to her face, she commanded the stage and had the fans offering up their unconditional appreciation.

The atmosphere in the Beacham Theatre was electric as the band took the stage. The crowd was as diverse as you’ll see at an Orlando event. A mix of heavily tattooed punk rockers, a myriad of fans from the LGBT community, business men and teen girls dotted the audience, many sporting Florida Equality stickers.

Grace and the band took the stage to a rousing welcome and immediately leapt into an explosive “True Trans Soul Rebel.” The track was one of many from the fantastic 2014 release, Transgender Dysphoria Blue, the album that finished atop our 2014 Albums of the Year feature.

Although we heard numerous cuts from that album, we were also treated to a great variety from across the band’s diverse catalogue. Early on Grace offered “We’re playing some songs on this tour we haven’t played in awhile,” and she was true to her word, as the 20+ song set featured music from every stage of the band’s life cycle.

Longtime guitarist James Bowman is still a hard-driving rock to Grace’s left and dished out punk-infused riffs throughout the show. Drummer Atom Willard and Inge Johansson dished out solid rhythm all night. Johansson shined, bouncing around the stage, rhythmically clapping with the crowd and generally having a blast. But, the band is all about Laura Jane Grace, and she was on top of her game this evening. She was fun, raw, engaging and at times humorous, “This guitar doesn’t play well, but it looks great.”

Highlights from the set included two tracks off of Transgender Dysphoria Blues, a killer version of “Unconditional” which Grace introduced with “This song is about self-respect.” And a song she said “is about fighting back,” “Fuck My Life 666.” Some of the earlier cuts that shined on this night included “Don’t Lose Touch,” “I Was A Teenage Anarchist” and a fantastic version of “Black Me Out.”

Laura Jane Grace of Against Me in Orlando
Laura Jane Grace of Against Me in Orlando

The crowd became progressively more energetic as the night wore on and for a handful of songs, turned the floor into a raucous pit with bodies flying as frequently as beer cups. The mixed crowd had a collective blast, dancing, screaming, clapping and re-bonding with Grace. It was clear that this relationship still works exceptionally well.

For the encore, it was just Grace and her guitar for the first few songs. She whispered, “Thanks, this is fun, really fucking fun” and then kicked into “Baby I’m An Anarchist” which quickly became a spirited singalong. Offering up a song for “old and new friends,” she put an acoustic spin on “Thrash Unreal” with the band joining her midway for a rousing and powerful finish, before they wrapped up the night with a smoking version of “We Laugh At Danger (and Break All the Rules).”

Laura Jane Grace is indeed breaking all of the rules and transitioning to a place in her life where she seems much more at peace. It’s a good place for her, and just as importantly for the many satisfied fans in attendance.

Rock On!
Cretin

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Kongos Impress Orlando

Kongos Orlando Concert Review

When your father preaches “Only thing I can say to you is ‘You gotta be good and you gotta be true,’ and you respond by creating the unique, distinctive brand of rock ‘n roll that the Kongos brothers deliver to their fans, you’ve definitely made your dad proud, while simultaneously impressing rock fans across the world.

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Kongos Live at The Beacham Orlando
Kongos Live at The Beacham Orlando

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A few years ago, when I first heard the powerful, tribal-infused rock music from this talented foursome, I thought Kongos was a perfectly fitting name for this band with distinctive South African roots. As it turns out, Kongos was actually the last name for these four tremendously talented brothers.

Their father John Kongos had a few hits in the 70s, including “Tokoloshe Man” from which the aforementioned lyrics came from. As we saw last week at the raucous Beacham Theatre in Orlando, his four sons inherited fantastic musical talent and are just dripping with rock star potential.

Their show on this night was electric and fresh and the enthused fans at The Beacham soaked it in. The music is different – different in a deliciously fresh, yet classically comfortable way. The Phoenix-based quartet have South African roots, were raised in a household filled with classical music, and several of the brothers are formally trained jazz musicians. The result? Four immensely talented rockers with a unique and powerful brand of rock music.

They took the stage to tribal music and jumped into a rollicking “Hey I Don’t Know,” featuring drummer Jesse on lead vocals. It was quickly apparent that Kongos are driven by their distinctive rhythm section. Bassist Dylan creatively teamed with Jesse’s polyrhythmic playing throughout the show. It’s a unique approach and on this night it provided a great canvas for the band’s music. Dylan took over lead vocals on the next track, “Sex On The Radio” and the two traded-off lead duties all night, with guitarist Daniel and Keyboardist Johnny providing nice harmonies.

Like both of the excellent opening acts, Sir Sly and Colony House, the band played next door at The Social just last year. On this tour, they headlined the much larger Beacham and if this night was an indication, I expect we’ll see them playing larger venues in the very near future. Their sound is big, heavy and attention-grabbing, and well-suited for arenas.

The foursome clearly feed off of each other and work together… well… like brothers. While their live sound was superb and is already top notch, they still have some maturing to do as a headlining act, but that’s only a matter of time. These guys are destined for great things on the rock music scene.

Daniel dished out staccato guitar riffs that reminded me at times of The Clash, other times of early reggae and still others hard driving rockers. As an example of their multi-instrumentalist abilities, Daniel and Dylan traded off instruments a few times throughout the show. On “Kids These Days,” and a handful of other songs, the band offered a unique rock ‘n roll twist with Johnny playing a captivating accordion.

Highlights from the set included crowd favorite “Take Me Back,” which is a huge drum-powered stadium rocker, and the antithesis, “Traveling On” which Dylan introduced with “One of the advantages of headlining a tour is the ability to play some of our slower songs.” It sounded great, and added nice balance to the well-constructed 90 minute set. “It’s a Good Life,” was a zippy journey with a South African flair, punctuated by killer accordion, that had the crowd engaged throughout, and “I Don’t Mind” featured great keyboards from Johnny.

Kongos Live at The Beacham Orlando
Kongos Live at The Beacham Orlando

Their two biggest hits “Come With Me Now” and “I’m Only Joking” were embraced by the fervid crowd, which probably hit its most frenetic point during “Come With Me Now.” My personal favorite was a Beatles cover. It’s the song they played a dozen years ago when they hit the stage for the first time in a high school talent show. They performed “Eleanor Rigby” as you’ve never heard it before – a special reggae-laced version with a brief rap interlude where one of their stage hands jumped out and offered a cool little rap. Great stuff!

For their encore, they closed with a tribute to their father, a cover version of his aforementioned hit “Tokoloshe Man,” and a smoking (literally) version of “Blue Monday,” which leaned much more towards the hard-driving Orgy take than New Order’s more famous dance version. Check out our photos for a shot of the cool smoke rings they fired over the crowd throughout the song.  Definitely, a powerful, exciting end to a fantastic show.

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Rock On!
Cretin

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Setlist
Hey I Don’t Know
Sex on the Radio
Kids These Days
Escape
I Don’t Mind
Take Me Back
It’s a Good Life.
Traveling slow
This Time I Won’t Forget
Come With Me Now
Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles cover)
Take Me Back
It’s a Good Life
I Want to Know
Take It from Me
I’m Only Joking
Encore:
Tokoloshe Man (John Kongos cover)
Blue Monday (New Order cover)

Frank Turner Rocks Orlando


Frank Turner Orlando Concert Review

Frank Turner live in concert at The Beacham Orlando
Frank Turner live in concert at The Beacham Orlando

 

Among American rock fans, he’s probably the most under-appreciated musician on the planet, but this talented artist is gaining passionate new fans at a tremendous pace. He’s part folk rock troubadour and part classic rocker. Mix in a healthy dose of punk, and you get a unique mix of music and one hell of an entertainer.

Frank Turner cut his teeth as the hardcore punk vocalist in the band Million Dead; abruptly evolved into a folk singer, before ultimately settling into his niche as a versatile rock front man. On Saturday night, he returned to Orlando to a packed house at The Beacham. It didn’t take long to get the crowd roiling as he kicked into “Photosynthesis,” with a clear synopsis of what we were all in for: “Now I’ll play and you sing, the perfect way for an evening to begin… I won’t sit down, I won’t shut up, but most of all I won’t grow up.” The party was on.

Uncharacteristically, Turner took the stage without his omnipresent acoustic guitar. He shared that after recently badly hurting his back, he was directed to cancel his tour, but chose instead to bring a new guitarist on tour and eschew the guitar. He introduced his ‘replacement’ an Irish bloke (whose name I missed) who learned the songs five minutes before they went on tour; and then showed his “Rocky Horror-esque” back brace and shared “We’re still going to have a rocking show,” before kicking into “Losing Days.”

Turner invited the crowd to get involved and open their mouths early in the show and they willingly complied, offering rousing accompaniment on “Reasons Not To Be an Idiot” and “Wessex Boy” as well as two tracks from his fantastic 2013 album Tape Deck Heart: “Plain Sailing Weather” and “Losing Days.” (See our album review here)

His band, The Sleeping Souls is the total opposite. They flew around the stage sounding perfect throughout, and appeared to be having a blast the entire time. During the hour and forty minute set, Frank and his band mates interacted with the crowd constantly, with the front man exuding his abundant charisma and charm throughout.

During a humorous interlude, Turner shared interesting facts about Orlando, as prepared by his tour manager – fun stuff. He referenced prior trips to the city throughout the night including his last visit which brought him next door to The Social. He also threw in some nice references to the Central Florida area; referencing “the best record store on the planet, Park Avenue Records,” the whiskey bar across the street (Elixir?), and worked The Social into the “I Am Disappeared” lyrics; all nice touches.

As an interesting anecdote, Turner pointed out a nice homemade Tape Deck Heart flag flowing form the rafters, noting that fans have arranged for it to be displayed in every venue since their stop in Cleveland over a month ago.

Frank Turner live in concert at The Beacham Orlando
Frank Turner live in concert at The Beacham Orlando

Turner had the crowd in the palm of his hand all night, the majority of whom had never seen him before, but reacted to his every command and movement. As the night drew to a close, the pace was ratcheted up to a fever pitch for a killer version of “Recovery.” He then masterfully slowed things down for the unaccompanied, tender “Broken Piano,” which ended the main set.

He returned to the stage solo and for the first time in the evening, slung the acoustic guitar over his shoulder. He shared with the crowd his preference to play a different song in tribute to his locale that evening. Thankfully, he skipped the Orlando bands, instead heading 100 miles to the North to honor The Allman Brothers with a slick rendition of “Rambling Man.”

Turner thanked the crowd and offered one more song, before kicking into the near perfect closer, “I Still Believe,” with The Sleeping Souls at his side “Now who’d have thought that after all, Something as simple as rock ‘n’ roll would save us all. And who’d have thought that after all, it was rock ‘n’ roll.” It seemed the perfect ending to what is likely the show of the year, until…

…he grabbed the mic and began the rollicking roller-coaster ride that is “Four Simple Words.” The song starts with a stark vocal and evolves into a Sleeping Souls punk rock party. “I want to dance, I want to dance.  I want lust and love and a smattering of romance. But I’m no good at dancing, yet I have to do something. Tonight I’m going to play it straight, I’m going to take my chance, I want to dance.” And we did, deep into the cool Orlando evening.

Rock On!
Cretin


Central Florida January Concert Calendar

It’s a slow start to the year, but there’s still a few gems to be found across Central Florida in January.

Orlando

01/01 – B.B. King,  Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live

01/05 – Donna The Buffalo, The Plaza Theatre

01/10 – Justin Townes Earle, The Social

01/11 – The Darkness / Hell or Highwater, Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live
01/11 – The Dropa Stone, The Social (check out our album review here)
01/11 – Burning Tree, West End Trading Co. (Sanford) – Reggae rockers playing a free show!

01/12 – The Supervillains, West End Trading Co. (Sanford)

01/13 – Sevendust and Candlebox with Tremonti at HOB-Orlando. Johnny Damon Foundation Presents Johnny JaM’13

01/17 – Tab Benoit, The Social

01/18 – Big Head Todd & The Monsters, House Of Blues
01/18 – Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, Backbooth
01/18 – Kansas, The Plaza Theatre

01/25 – Ron White Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live – Yeah, I know he’s not a rock artist, but he’s just damn funny.

01/28 – A Silent Film, The Social – Great young band out of the UK, with one of our Top 25 Rock Songs of 2012
01/28 – Of Mice & Men, The Beacham

01/30 – G. Love & Special Sauce, The Plaza Theatre

01/31 – Ed Kowalczyk (of Live), Hard Rock Hotel

 

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Jacksonville

01/06 – B.B. King Florida Theatre

01/09 – Justin Townes Earle Cafe Eleven (Saint Augustine)

01/25 – Marshall Crenshaw Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (Ponte Vedra Beach)

01/26 Candlebox Freebird Live

01/31 G. Love & Special Sauce Freebird Live

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Tampa Area

01/05 – B.B. King Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

01/16 – Natalie Merchant Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)
01/16 – The Supervillains Jake’s Tavern (Sarasota)
01/16 – Tab Benoit Skipper’s Smokehouse

01/19 – Kansas Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

01/25 – Candlebox Downtown Clearwater (Clearwater)
01/25 – Jackyl State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

01/28 – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes Capitol Theatre (Clearwater)

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Of Monsters and Men Dazzles Orlando


Since January when we first wrote about this uber-talented band out of Iceland, I’ve been looking forward to catching them live, to see if their live show lived up to my lofty expectations. After their powerful, engaging fourteen song set at The Beacham, there’s no doubt, we witnessed the next huge Indie breakout band.

Of Monsters and Men is often compared to The Arcade Fire, and although there are indeed musical similarities  the crew from Iceland have a sound all of their own. It’s unique indie-rock with a folksy flair that comes across even better live than on their hit album, Into The Woods.  I do see valid comparisons to The Arcade Fire in their huge potential to become the next Indie rock act to cross over to huge mainstream success, both critical and commercial.

The Beacham was sold out for this show, and the packed crowd was eagerly engaged from the opening notes of “Dirty Paws” to the powerful closing notes of the final encore “Yellow Light.” Nanna Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Þórhallsson share the vocals and sounded magnificent all night trading off between the female and male leads. Their voices were pure all night, distinct and captivating, at times reminding me of the exceptional vocals of The Beautiful South which is high praise.

The band has added a seventh member for this tour, and it works magnificently, as they sound bigger, fuller and more vibrant than in their recordings. Their line-up features three guitars (including the left-handed Ragnar), a bass, drums, keyboards, accordion, kettle drum and trumpet, offering up plenty of unique mixes. The band members enjoyed the packed house throughout the show and seemed humbled by the crowd’s constant participation, either clapping or singing along to most songs.


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The house was rocking all night, but the fervor kicked up a notch for “Slow and Steady,” where the entire corwd had their hands aloft clapping rhythmically, and then hit a fever pitch for their current hit “Mountain Sound.” They also threw in a nice cover of The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs’ “Skeletons.”

The highlight of the show was an extended version of “Lakehouse,” where drummer Arnar Hilmarsson came out front and led the crowd through an animated singalong. From there, they closed out the set with an exhilaration version of their hit single “Little Talks.”

From there, it was a nice three song encore, that led off with a stripped down version of “Sloom” with just the three guitarists on stage. They were rejoined on stage by their band mates for “Beneath the Bed,” before closing with a raucous version of “Yellow Light,” which featured grewat drums from Hilmarsson, as well as Nanna on kettle drum – a rousing end to a great night of rock music. For the 1200 in attendance it was a great glimpse into the future of rock stardom, and likely a fleeting chance to see them in a cozy venue, as their next trip to Orlando will find them in a much bigger venue.

Rock On!
Cretin

Setlist:
Dirty Paws
From Finner
Slow and Steady
Mountain Sound
Your Bones
Skeletons (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)
Love Love Love
King and Lionheart
Lakehouse
Little Talks
Six Weeks

Encore:
Sloom
Beneath My Bed
Yellow Light