Florida Music Festival Invades Florida

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FMF Band Showcases

The Florida Music Festival returns to Orlando this weekend with a plethora of excellent local rock on tap for Orlando rock fans, and they’ve got a nice twist this year.

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The twist? How does free admission to the music showcases sound?

Over the three day event, you’ll have the chance to see 125 (mostly) local bands at more than a dozen downtown venues beginning Thursday, April 16th. It’s a rare opportunity to see the best of the hard working bands from the city, the state and the region. There’s a tremendous amount of talent toiling on the local music scene that deserves our attention, and this is the perfect set-up to get your fill.

I’m a little late to the table on this event, and I’ve never attended a previous Florida Music Festival, so I can’t offer too much inside information (yet). There are some very affordable industry functions, speakers and Happy Hours – a great time to mix and mingle with other folks in the music business. I’ll definitely welcome the opportunity to rub elbows with these hard working folks.

But, let’s get back to the music. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a handful of these hands previously, and can guarantee there’s going to be something for any music lover, at any time during any of the three days.

Here are some bands that you need to have on your radar:

Randi Stickles of Blaine The Mono
Randi Stickles of Blaine The Mono

Thursday Can’t Miss Acts
Wall Street Plaza – Savannah (9:45), The Crazy Carls (10:45), Jonnie Morgan Band (midnight)
Wall Street Plaza II – Kasson (11:30)Bullitt Bar – Blaine the Mono (9:30) and Death Of Paris (8:30)
Backbooth – Diarrhea Planet ($5)
Magnolia – Kasson (9:00)

Alex Baugh Crazy Carls Big Orlando Festival
Alex Baugh of The Crazy Carls at The Big Orlando Festival

Friday Can’t Miss Acts
Wall Street Plaza – Hor!zen (midnight)
Cheyenne Saloon – Carly Jo Jackson (8:00)
Dr. Phillips – Matt Shenk (8:00)

Saturday Can’t Miss Acts
Wall Street Plaza – Bothering Dennis (8:00), The Supervillains (12:15 AM), Blue Man Group Drum Off (11:00)
Wall Street Plaza II – Groove Orient (10:30)
Cheyenne Saloon – Bailey Callahan (10:00)

If you can, make sure you check out the aforementioned bands, but make sure you visit the FMF website for the full schedule: FMF Showcases . And check back here in a few days for our thoughts and photos from the festival. (Make sure to Like our Facebook to assure you don’t miss a thing.

We’ll see you on the streets of Orlando this weekend!

Rock On!
Cretin

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