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Amway Center Offers a Legendary 2018 Rock Lineup

Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi, Dead & Company, James Taylor, Hall & Oates with Train…

2018 is shaping up to be an amazing, memory-filled year for Orlando rock music fans as the Amway Center boasts a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of rock ‘n roll legends.  It is still only January, and we already have six can’t-miss shows scheduled this year at the big house on Church Street – each show featuring members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Gasparilla Music Festival Lineup Preview

Gasparilla Music Festival Lineup Boasts Distinctive Flair

In its brief existence, The Gasparilla Music Festival has quickly become a destination festival with broad local and national appeal. Headlined by seminal alternative rockers Cage The Elephant, this year’s line-up boasts an impressively diverse group of headliners.

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Hey Mercedes’ Damon Atkinson Chats

Hey Mercedes’ Damon Atkinson Interview

22619-everynight-fire-worksHey Mercedes is in the midst of a nice resurgence in popularity, as they prepare to cruise into Orlando for a very special night of Alternative rock on this Friday, August 12th. Learn about their favorite Orlando ritual, who the vinyl nerd in the band is, and when you can expect new music from the guys…

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Leaving Haven Heading to EDBD


Luke Melsenti of Leaving Haven
Luke Melsenti of Leaving Haven

Luke Melsenti Discusses Earthday Birthday 22

Orlando rockers Leaving Haven are poised to explode onto the active rock scene and were recently selected to play at WJRR’s Earthday Birthday, and we took the opportunity to chat with the band’s guitarist Luke Melsenti about the appearance at Orlando’s premiere rock festival.

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Cretin: Tell me about your performance last week at Elixir any thoughts about the fan support there that sent you on to the slot at Earthday Birthday?
Luke Melsenti: We had a fantastic time playing Elixir! Playing an intimate acoustic show right downtown was a great way to entice our fan base to come out on a weekday night. The turnout was excellent and we received a lot of compliments from our fans about how much they enjoyed our set.

Cretin: You played an acoustic set that night. Will we be seeing future acoustic sets? Any acoustic offerings at Earthday Birthday?
Luke Melsenti: Absolutely. We’ve done several acoustic sets in the past and it’s something we always enjoy doing. We have been asked by EDBD to support the acoustic stage that day. We performed on the acoustic stage last year as well.

Cretin: What stage and time will fans be able to catch you?
Luke Melsenti: Leaving Haven will be performing on the acoustic stage again this year, however we have not been informed what time we’re going to rock the shit out of it yet!

Cretin: What’s your favorite crowd or venue you’ve played previously?
Luke Melsenti: I would say our “home field” where we feel most excited has to be House of Blues here in Orlando. It’s always the best time when we play there. Another favorite spot of ours is Venue 578 in Downtown Orlando. It has a great stage and lights and even better atmosphere. Those bigger shows always have an excellent crowd.

Cretin: How has the band’s sound and show changed from your last EDBD appearance?
Luke Melsenti: We made our first appearance at EDBD in 2013 where we opened the second stage, That year we performed as a full band. Last year and this year are both acoustic so naturally the sound and set are going to be different. This year I’m sure we’ll find something to do to change it up.

Cretin: Should we expect any surprises in your setlist at EDBD?
Luke Melsenti: Surprises? I don’t know, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise now would it?

Cretin: Any recommendations for other fans for bands they should not miss?
Luke Melsenti: If fans want to start their day off right they will be there right at the start to see our boys in SoulSwitch. They’re opening the main stage and are going to tear it apart! They’ll probably have to delay the next band due to repairs needed… just sayin’!

Cretin: Are there any bands you are most looking forward to seeing at EDBD who you have not seen before?
Luke Melsenti: I can’t speak for everyone but I’m most excited to see Slash, Rise Against and Nothing More.

Cretin: Some excellent choices, and two of our favorite touring bands on that list. See our earlier review for Rise Against and Nothing More

Check out the full Earthday Birthday Line-up HERE, and snag your tickets for EBDB 22 HERE.

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Welcome To Rockville Teaser

Welcome To Rockville is Coming To Jacksonville

We’ve been to the area’s premier hard rock event the past two years, and it’s always an amazing experience.

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The 2015 experience, the fifth incarnation of this headbanger’s feast, promises to be better than ever with a fantastic line-up and a few cool new events. The Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville festival is one of the events of the year in Jacksonville and a can’t miss event for rock music fans across the state.

Check out our review of the 2014 Festival for a taste of what to expect, and we have a link to our photos from last year below.

The amazing two day lineup features the following bands, including a Saturday line-up which is simply fantastic:

Saturday, April 25
Korn, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, Testament, Of Mice & Men, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Hollywood Undead, Suicidal Tendencies, The Devil Wears Prada, Periphery, Nonpoint, Exodus, Fozzy, Beartooth, Upon A Burning Body, Like A Storm, Stars In Stereo, Red Sun Rising, World Gone

Sunday, April 26
Slipknot, Godsmack, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, The Pretty Reckless, In This Moment, All That Remains, In Flames, Tremonti, Motionless In White, Hatebreed, Starset, Butcher Babies, Vamps, Young Guns, We Are Harlot, ’68, Islander, From Ashes To New, Sons Of Texas, and more

Volbeat at the 2014 Welcome To Rockville
Volbeat at the 2014 Welcome To Rockville

In addition to the killer hard rock on display, there are a couple of cool, interactive activities added to the agenda this year. Graffiti artist RISK have been added to the features, as has a new Mexican fiesta theme with a creative and entertaining special guest.

As in past years, the musical will be spread across three stages on the shores of the St. John’s River, plenty of local food trucks, some of the most eclectic vendors around, band autograph sessions, some super hip and cool fans, and new this year, The Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Tequila World.

The new Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Tequila World, with a Mexican fiesta theme, will feature a wide range of tequilas, extreme margaritas, gourmet tacos, mixologists and more. The expanded list of tequilas that will be offered in the Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Tequila World is as follows: Cabo Wabo, Corazon, Espolon, El Jimador, Lunazul, Margaritaville, Monte Alban, Pura Vida, Siete Leguas, and more to be announced. Gourmet tacos will be provided by TacoLu Baja Mexicana. Admission to this area is free and open to those 21 and up.

The special guest? Metalachi–the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band who will keep the party rolling with three performances on the Tequila World stage each day. Get a glimpse of the personality of these entertaining performers here: http://youtu.be/XSWUcaJlD0E.

Also new in 2015 is the RISK interactive graffiti art installation. Kelly Graval, the multi-talented fine artist, illustrator, and graffiti artist known as RISK (www.riskrock.com), will be curating an interactive art exhibit to be displayed on site. It’s intriguing, contemporary art that everyone needs to check out.

We’ll have more in the weeks to come, but grab your tickets now, before the prices rise. And, we’ll see you at Welcome To Rockville 2015…  Get your tickets here: Welcome To Rockville Tix

See our 2014 Welcome To Rockville Photos on our Facebook Page.

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Details for Carbon Leaf’s Ragtime Festival

Carbon Leaf Ragtime Orlando
Carbon Leaf Performing their Ragtime segment in Orlando

Carbon Leaf Announces Ragtime Carnival 2015

Well, as they hinted about in their recent Florida visit, these Virginia-based rockers are going back home for their second annual Ragtime Festival.

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Carbon Leaf’s unique festival will take place over two days, May 15 & 16 at Pocahontas State Park. The headliners will offer-up three distinct sets, and will be joined this year by 13 bands on two stages.

Some useful links:
Carbon Leaf Concert Review
RARA’s Farm’s Festival Survival Guide
Barry Privett Interview
Event Information
Park Camping Information

From the press release:
Carbon Leaf will perform three sets over the weekend, an acoustic set Saturday morning, and full-band performances closing out each night. Additional artists performing at Ragtime Carnival include actor/director Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band, Trigger Hippy feat. Joan Osborne and former Black Crowes members Jackie Green and Steve Gorman, as well as Sons of Bill.


FRIDAY, MAY 15 (Doors 5:30pm)

6:00pm – People’s Blues of Richmond
8:15pm – Carbon Leaf

7:30pm – Ben Daniels Band

SATURDAY, MAY 16 (Doors 10:45am)

11:30am – Sons of Bill
1:00pm – Scythian
2:30pm – Red Wanting Blue
4:15pm – Jeff Daniels & the Ben Daniels Band
6:15pm – Trigger Hippy
8:15pm – Carbon Leaf

11:00am – Carbon Leaf
12:30pm – TBA
2:00pm – Ian McFeron
3:45pm – Marie Miller
5:30pm – von Grey
7:30pm – Mandolin Orange


Friday, May 15 – $10 Advance / $15 Door (General Admission)
Saturday, May 16 – $25 Advance / $30 Door (General Admission)

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 20th at 10am through , Brocks Bar-B-Que in Chester, and the Pocahontas State Park office.


Tent camping for Carbon Leaf’s Ragtime Carnival can be reserved through www.pocahontaslive.com. Camping rates are $12 per person for one night or $20 per person for both nights.

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Big Orlando Line-Up Review and a few Samples

Big Orlando Line-Up and Videos

Well there’s been some exciting change since I last wrote about the Big Orlando, Central Florida’s biggest rock music event in years.  The line-up was filled out, and the newly announced bands are pretty damn impressive.

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Make sure you check out some videos of our featured bands below the article.

We already knew about Alternative rock legends Weezer and one of the hottest bands around, Fall Out Boy, riding the huge success of their latest single “Centuries.”  In addition, we were excited to see our favorite edgy ska band, Dirty Heads, Alt-Nation favorite Young The Giant and two very hot alternative bands, Big Data and J. Roddy Walston and The Business.

Since that first review, things have been kicked up a notch.  The big news for me was the addition of Sleeper Agent.  The Kentucky-based band has one of the most unique sounds on rock radio today, and they are famous for their entertaining shows.  They are a can’t miss band.  Another band in the same vein with a great live reputation is another newly added act, New Politics.

Know Hamilton, of “We Can Work It Out” fame is another intriguing artist.  An interesting surprise for me was the addition of The Crazy Carls. We’ve wandered into The Flagler Tavern in New Smyrna Beach twice in the past year and both times, found these talented guys gracing the stage. They are uber-talented and charismatic as hell, and local guys to top it off.  Make sure you check them out.

The final four announced bands are all talented as well: Bear Hands, Twin Atlantic, The Hip Abduction and A Heroes Fate.  All told – 14 excellent alternative rock bands in one fantastic day in Central Florida – December 7th and Central Florida Fairgrounds.

Tickets are available here: The Big Orlando

If you cannot make the 12/7 show, most of these same bands are playing the Big Ticket in Jacksonville on 12/5. More info here: The Big Ticket.

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To whet your appetite, here are some live looks at the 5 bands we are most looking forward to. Like our Facebook page as we will be adding video for every performing band this weekend as we countdown to The Big Orlando.