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2017 Okeechobee Music Festival Lineup Released

2017 Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival Announces Lineup

The 2017 Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival is commencing once again following the massive success that the inaugural 2016 show brought. The festival is a melting pot of culture, music, food, and art in the Florida swamp, and was truly a fresh, and exciting addition to the festival circuit.

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Recap of Big Orlando Bands

Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy - photo by rarasfarm.com
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy – photo by rarasfarm.com

Fall Out Boy and Weezer Headline Big Orlando Fest

As the temperatures dipped, the steady stream of alcohol began to take its toll on more than a handful of concert-goers and the drizzle started up, the action on the Big Orlando stages began to heat up.

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(For my afternoon session reviews click here: Sleeper Agent, Bear Hands, Big Data, Know Hamilton, Crazy Carls, The Hip Abduction, Kasson, A Hero’s Fate)

I covered the first eight Big Orlando Festival bands that I saw in my summary published yesterday (you can see it here), and today, I focus on the last six acts, which included three killer performances.  Here they are in the order I saw them.

  • Dirty Heads – Saw these Huntington Beach natives at last year’s Big Ticket in Jacksonville, and loved their unique blend of ska and hip hop. The band revolves around front men Jared (Dirty J) Watson  and Dustin (Duddy B) Bushnell. In an interview before the show, Watson summed it up perfectly, “Nothing compares to live music. There’s something magical in the energy of a live show that I just love so much,” and it  showed, as the band seemed to be having a blast from the first moments of “Franco Eyed” to the final notes of “My Sweet Summer,” and the crowd had just as much fun. Check out our interview with Watson here.
  • J. Roddy Walston and The Business – Long hair and rugged-looking, they took the stage looking like a classic Southern Rock quartet spit out of the seventies.  As it turned out, they were not exactly Southern rockers, but definitely boasted a cool, classic rock vibe. Walston deftly bounced between guitar and piano and ripped off impressive throaty vocals.  Their set seemed to wrap up a bit more quickly than planned, but their closing offering, “Heavy Bells,” was one of the best songs we heard throughout the day.
  • Young The Giant – Coming into the show, I suspected that I wouldn’t be crazy about this set, despite the fact that I really enjoy the band’s first two albums. Their music sounded good, the band was tight, and lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s voice was excellent, but their performance just didn’t impress me.  It was a nice backdrop for chilling in the food tents, but not the kind of moving performance I hope for in a festival headliner.
  • New Politics – Wow! One hell of an entertaining set.  This Copenhagen trio stole the show with an extremely energetic, unpredictable set. Their set boasted half a dozen great songs, which had the crowd bouncing and singing along throughout.  Drummer Louis Vecchio spent more time on his feet than on his stool, guitarist Soren Hansen flew around the stage with reckless abandon, and lead singer David Boyd was an acrobatic madman, back-flipping, break dancing, crowd surfing and doing headstands. He was an athletic freak, but also a fantastic singer and entertainer, and the entire crowd loved him and his mates.  There were many highlights, but “Everywhere I Go,” “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” and “Harlem” ignited the crowd. My favorite was the Beastie Boys cover of “Sabotage.” Killer stuff!
David Boyd of New Politics o stage at The Big Orlando - photo by rarasfarm.com
David Boyd of New Politics o stage at The Big Orlando – photo by rarasfarm.com
  • Weezer – Last time I saw this band, they were supporting their second album 18 years ago, and honestly, they did not impress me at the time.  Fortunately, their live act is aging nicely.  From the moment Rivers Cuomo grabbed his guitar and ripped into “Hash Pipe,” he seemed to be having a great time.  Their set featured a killer mix of old and new and left the crowd thoroughly satisfied.  Early in the set, Cuomo invited Sleeper Agent’s Alex Kandel to join him for a nice version of the new single “Go Away.” Deeper into the set, I loved the versions of “Say It Ain’t So” and “Pork and Beans,” but the highlight was a fantastic sing along version of “Undone.”  Surprisingly, a good number of fans left after they closed with their encore “Buddy Holly,” apparently more intent on beating the rain and traffic than catching Fall Out Boy.
  • Fall Out Boy – the thousand or so fans who split early missed a blistering set. From the minute they hit the stage, the crowd was totally engaged. I think the set started off good, but they kicked it into a frenzy with a tremendous four song stretch, that went like this: “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “Centuries,” “Immortals” and “Dance, Dance.” It was the highlight of a fantastic set. Pete Wentz gets a ton of attention and soaks up the spotlight, but he was literally the least important performer on the stage.  Andy Hurley’s hard driving drums powered the band and Joe Trohman’s guitars punctuated most of the selections, but lead singer Patrick Stump absolutely blew me away with his vocals and is clearly the heart of this band, and on this night was the most impressive performer to grace the main stage.

So, there you have it – I caught 14 very talented alt-rock bands in one incredible day in the fields of Orlando, spent the day with thousands of happy, satisfied fellow rockers and can’t wait to see what next year holds.

See a slew of our Big Orlando photos here.

Rock On!
Cretin

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Big Orlando Alt-Rock Festival Could Use A Hand

The Big Orlando Street Team Needs You!

I caught up with Lauren Luna fro The Big Orlando production team today and she shared a great opportunity for Orlando area alternative rock fans.

The Big Orlando comes storming into Orlando on December 7th (get more festival information here), and boasts a fantastic line-up including Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Young The Giant, Dirty Heads, Big Data J. Roddy Walston and more. The group putting on this event have pulled off similar festivals in Jacksonville and Tampa, and they are well run musical feasts, and now is a great opportunity for a few enterprising Central Floridians to get in on the action, and to reap some nice rewards.

Lauren noted that the festival is looking for Street Team members:

The work? Sounds fun – use your social media connections to publicize the event a few times a week, attend local events to hand out circulars, and help spread the word around time.

The reward: A pair of VIP tickets to the event! You can get more info on the VIP tickets at the link provided above.

It’s a great volunteer opportunity with a killer payoff. If you are interested, ACT FAST, as there are limited opportunities available.

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The Big Orlando – Huge Alt-Rock Festival Heads to Orlando

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The Big Orlando Alt-Rock Festival

After a few years of watching the season’s best alt-rock festivals hit Jacksonville and Tampa, we finally get to see this killer line-up make a stop at Orlando. This is something we hoped for when we heard that X107.3 was coming to Orlando, and couldn’t be happier to see this come to fruition (See our prediction here).

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December 7th will be the date which will live in infamy for Orlando rockers.  The headliners are a great cross-section of artists spanning the alternative rock scene over the past twenty years.  We will get to see two RARA’s Farm favorites, Weezer and Dirty Heads, as well as other stalwarts who we have not caught live yet: Fall Out Boy, Young The Giant,  J Roddy, Big Data, Bear Hands, Twin Atlantic, Islander, and more.  J. Roddy, Bear Hands and Big Data are three acts we are anxious to see.

The venue for the first annual edition of The Big Orlando festival is the Central Florida Fairgrounds. I absolutely love the Metropolitan Park venue for the Big Ticket in Jacksonville and am curious to see how the The Big Orlando stacks up.  And, how long before local fans shorten this to the Big “O”?

“After four years of success with X102.9 in Jacksonville and The Big Ticket, I am very excited to launch this new festival with Cox Media’s new alternative station X107.3 and AEG Live. We look forward to bringing an incredible alternative festival to Orlando,” says The Big Orlando producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents.

For those of you interested, the Jacksonville festival, The Big Ticket, which is one of the best run festivals we’ve experienced in the past, is being held on Friday December 5th.  Very similar line-up, but substitute Alt-J, Chevelle and New Politics for Young The Giant, Twin Atlantic and Islander.  Sounds like a nice long weekend, eh?

Ticket Information

A special discounted presale for The Big Orlando runs from Friday, September 19 at 10:00 AM ET through Sunday, September 21 at 11:59 PM ET at www.TheBigOrlando.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Military discounts are also available as noted below.  The presale offers a limited number of general admission and VIP tickets at discounted prices as follows (plus fees):

General Admission: $34.50
VIP: $89.50

Regularly priced general admission and VIP tickets go on sale Monday, September 22 at 12:00 AM Eastern Time at www.TheBigOrlando.com. Ticket prices will be as follows until September 29, when prices will increase:

General Admission: $39.50
VIP: $89.50
4-Pack: $119.00

VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas); seated area with shade for dining; private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate.

Ticket discounts will also be available for active military through The Big Orlando partner GovX. For full details about all tickets, military ticket discounts, and VIP packages, visit: www.TheBigOrlando.com.

Central Florida Fairgrounds is located at 4603 W. Colonial Drive, only 3 miles west of downtown Orlando. The Fairgrounds are set on 87 acres with ample free parking and a Lynx Bus stop at the main entrance.

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The Big Ticket: www.x1029.com/s/big-ticket-2014/

See you in December…
Rock On!
Cretin

Your iPod – It’s What’s on the Inside that Matters

Recently, I was talking to an old friend who grumbled that there was no good new rock music on the airwaves.  Oh, how wrong he was.  There’s plenty – you just need to know where to look.  Hint: Sirius XM is a good start: XM Radios Starting at $29.99

In reality, there’s lots of damn good new music out there.  Here are 10 new tunes that are clearly worth a listen, probably even worth digging $1.29 out of your piggy bank (follow the links to visit iTunes). Download these to your iPhone or iPod and begin to impress your friends.  I’ve added in a few older tunes, too, for your consideration, giving you a nice Farmer’s Dozen.

Danny, Dakota & the Wishing Well – A Silent Film – This song is addictive.  The first single from the band’s forthcoming second album reminds me a bit of the Killers.  Great stuff from these lads out of Oxford, England. I have a feeling this one is destined to be one of those classic songs that ends up being a defining song of that summer.

Stay Useless – Cloud Nothings – Great Indie Rock out of Cleveland. This is pure, rough alternative with a punk flare.  It’s a ton of fun, and unique in today’s marketplace. Want to sound cool to your friends, play them this song.

Away Frm U – Oberhofer – The Beach Boys meet Oingo Boingo.  It’s a unique, cool sound from 21 year old Brad Oberhofer and his band. The album was produced by Steve Lillywhite, that’s impressive!  Based on this first single, the band has a ton of potential.

Girls Like You – Naked and Famous – Another hip cool band out of New Zealand.  This one has been out for a few months, but is just now starting to get airplay.  Thom Powers’ vocals are fantastic and the synth-laden song is a perfect alt-rock dance track.

That Old Black Hole – Dr. Dog Fun, fun stuff from the suburbs of Philly. It’s got a reggae, ska, funky feel and is just a blast to listen to.  Surprised this band has seen more success over the past decade. They are playing at the Hangout Festival in Alabama next month, with the next band…

Apartment – Young the Giant – The album is a year and a half old, but the third single is just now getting airplay.  It’s as good as the two predecessors “My Body” and “Cough Syrup.”  I’m truly bummed I missed the chance to catch these guys touring with Grouplove earlier this year.  Highly recommend this one.

Simple Song – The Shins – They’re a guilty pleasure, this quintet out of New Mexico. They play kid rock (that’s, kiddie rock, not Kid Rock), alt rock and bubble gum pop, but it’s all pretty damn good.  This one is a nice simple love song.  I love it…

Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings) -Silversun Pickups – I was a huge fan of these guys three or four years ago.  They’re prolific, and continually release new stuff.  Think it might be time for a break.  I find this track to be absolutely mediocre.  Check it out for yourself and see if you agree…

Rocky Mountain Way – Godsmack – It’s a nice cover. You’ll find a few of the staples from Joe Walsh’s original masterpiece as well as a few unique Godsmack-like touches.

Sirius XM’s Octane is featuring Egypt Central’s “Enemy Inside” as featured new music.  It’s a great tune, that we featured last year.  Check out Kerri’s review: White Rabbit

Life’s a Song – Jets Overhead – This one is about five years old now, but new to me.  Love the sound of this Canadian Quintet.  The lyrics are cool, too.

I Don’t Want to Grow Up – Ramones – It’s a timeless classic off of their Adios Amigos album.  Probably the best guitar work on any Ramones tune.

Your Love – Outfield – This song crosses a few genres of Rock, and it’s really an under appreciated classic.  Tony Lewis’s vocals on this 80’s hit are timeless.

There you go; thirteen tunes worth checking out, adding to your playlist and dazzling your friends, family, co-workers, and that dude at Starbucks.  Guaranteed you’ll like at least seven of them. OK, there’s no guarantee, but you’ll like most of them. Trust me…

Rock On – Cretin

2011 Top Rock Songs

2011 was an interesting year for rock music, with a tremendous focus on artists with original sounds.  Sure, a few of these tunes have a familiar feel, but far more offer us a unique new sound.  That’s  exciting stuff and leaves me anxiously awaiting 2012. Check out the RARAsFarm Top 25 and let us know what you think.

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Bonus Track: Songbird – The Drowning Men. This album was released in 2009, but just re-released in the US this year. “Songbird” is a fantastic song that evokes darker memories of The Arcade Fire.

25. Shake It Out – Florence and the Machine. She’s back with a new album. Honestly, Ceremonials is not as powerful as 2009’s Lungs, but this tune is solid.

24. Get Some – Lykke Li. The Swedish muse told us this one was about power, everyone still believes it’s about sex.  Either way – the song rocks.

23. Sing – My Chemical Romance.  This is probably the most mainstream song the band has ever released.  It’s a synth-laden anthem in waiting.

22. Burn – Papa Roach. This was one of the few new ones on their live Monsters of Annihilation album. Glad we didn’t need to wait for their next studio album for this one.

21. You Are A Tourist – Death Cab For Cutie. The band’s first number one hit, and well deserved. The guitars and layered vocals are beautiful.

20. The Roller – Beady Eye. Liam Gallagher seemingly channeling the Beatles, and it works very well.

19. If You Wanna – The Vaccines. A fun little ditty that will leave you singing. Reminds me lots of their UK brethren The Kaiser Chiefs.

18. Howlin’ For You – The Black Keys. This one was off of their previous album Brothers. The trance-like bass and drums are addictive.

17. Go Outside – Cults. A great debut from the young duo out of Manhattan. The sound is fresh and new. and features a xylophone solo.  Nice…

16. Help Is On The Way – Rise Against. The band’s highest charting song, and first to really garner some overdue mainstream attention.

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15. Changing – The Airborne Toxic Event. The West Coast rockers do it again. This one again features superb vocals from Mikel Jollet.

14. Baby Don’t Dance – Mother Mother – Ryan Guldemond’s unique vocals highlight this quirky hit from North of the Border.

13. New Low – Middle Class Rut. Finally a commercial success for this under appreciated band out of Sacramento.

12. Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People – The hip, happy song with the dark lyrics swept the world and the festival circuit this summer.

11. Black Night – Dodos. The freight train drums and addictive lyrics powered this song to the band’s most significant airplay.

10. The Sound of Winter – Bush. Gavin and Company are back after a ten year hiatus. and sounding as good as ever.

9. Crystal Vases – The Last Royals. This catchy tune reminisces on a relationship gone bad, and is the highlight of the band’s excellent debut EP.

8. Shake Me Down – Cage the Elephant. The best song on our album of the year, Thank You Happy Birthday. The lyrics reflect on life’s disappointments while hoping for something better. (Check out The Albums of the Year)

7. These Days – Foo Fighters. It’s Dave Grohl’s favorite song that he’s written, ever.  Mine, too.

6. Colours – Grouplove. Christian Zucconi’s unique vocal stylings, grunts, groans and a distinctive sound make this the best offering off their excellent debut.

5. What About Us – Handsome Furs. This one brings back memories of a great 90’s rock dance tune from another excellent young Canadian band.

4. Lonely Boy – Black Keys. The only band with two songs on this list, and this might be their best ever. Great stuff off the just-released El Camino.

3. My Body – Young the Giant. These California rockers, created this gem in ten minutes at the conclusion of what was otherwise a crappy day. Amazing.

2. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall – Coldplay. I think it’s their best ever, and we’ll be listening to this one forever.

1. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie – Red Hot Chili Peppers. It started with a bass chord Flea couldn’t get out of his head.  It morphed into be the best Rock song of the year.

You can sample all of the songs below…

Rock On – Cretin