Out and About: House of Blues Orlando Hosts Local Brews Local Grooves

Yesterday (June 13), House of Blues Orlando hosted an event called Local Brews Local Grooves that featured sampling of beers made in Florida along with live entertainment.

House of Blues Orlando Hosts Local Brews Local Grooves

The event started at 4pm. It cost $5 to get in and then $3 a piece for a 3oz pour of beer. You could get a wristband for $15 that gave you 5 pours and a souvenier plastic cup. No real savings for buying 5 at a time, which I found odd, but I figured I’d buy the wristband to limit myself to 5 samples. We also got a booklet offering beer descriptions and a layout map of the breweries.

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Alyssa Harrison to Hold EP Release Party at Orlando Brewing on January 30, 2015

Alyssa Harrison to Hold EP Release Party at Orlando Brewing Orlando’s Alyssa Harrison will hold the release party for her new EP “It’s Only Natural,” on Friday, January 30, at Orlando Brewing.

Harrison will be performing songs off the EP during the free show, and says about the songs, “My music is in no way conventional pop, the way you might think of Katy Perry or Taylor Swift. I write about very personal, intimate problems people often face within themselves.”

Opening for her will be Orlando ska band, The Luna Bellum. There will also be food trucks and drink specials throughout the night. Copies of the EP will be available for purchase.

Orlando Brewing is located at 1301 Atlantic Ave. For more information on Alyssa Harrison, visit facebook.com/AlyssaHarrisonMusic.

Austin’s Coffee Hosts 9th Annual I-4 Fest on July 4, 2014 in Winter Park

I-4 Fest at Austin's CoffeeIt’s time for the 9th annual I-4 Fest at Austin’s Coffee, which takes place on Friday, July 4 this year.

The festival features live music from over 20 bands on two stages, including Moonmen from Mars, Luscious Lisa, The Woolly Bushmen, and more.

There will also be a Handmade Art Fair, food (incl. vegan options), and free beer when Moonmen go onstage.

Cost for all of this is only $5. I-4 Fest starts at noon, and is scheduled to end at midnight.

Austin’s Coffee is located at 929 W. Fairbanks Ave in Winter Park. For more info, visit austinscoffee.com.

Florida Music Festival Returns to Downtown Orlando April 18 – 20, 2013

fmf2013The Florida Music Festival rolls into Orlando again next week, and they have some amazing music showcases for everyone to check out from April 18-20, 2013.

The FMF takes place in downtown Orlando, and your nightly pass gets you into all participating venues.

The Opening Night Pass on Thursday, April 18, is only $15, and will allow you to check out artists like SNDCLSH featuring DJ Lupe Fiasco & DJ Sky Gellatly, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Seven Nations, and Boombox.

Friday, April 19, your nightly pass is only $5, and gets you into sets by the likes of rising country star Charlie Worsham, Roots Underground, Hor!zen, Daniel Polich and more.

The Saturday, April 20 nightly pass is also $5 and you can enjoy artists like The Supervillians, Stiletto Red, and Beebs & Her Moneymakers.

Over the course of three days, over 50 bands and musicians will perform. You can check out the complete schedule online at FloridaMusicFestival.com. All nights are 18+ to attend the shows, except Friday and Saturday are 21+ at the Wall St Plaza Mainstage.

Participating venues include Wall St. Plaza, Tanqueray’s, The Social, Harp and Celt, Stagger Inn, Elixir, Cafe Annie’s, Bullitt Bar, and Backbooth.

Delta Rae to Play The Social with Emily Kopp and Savannah on January 9 in Orlando

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The six members of Delta Rae blend a variety of Americana influences – gospel, bluegrass, blues, and pop – with four part harmonies to produce songs that are also rich in storytelling.

Touring in support of their 2012 album, Carry the Fire, the band will appear at The Social on January 9, 2013.

Opening will be Orlando’s own Emily Kopp, who is a brilliant singer/songwriter in her own right, along with Orlando’s piano-fronted rock band Savannah.

This all ages show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $12, and are available online and at the door.

The Social is located at 54 North Orange Ave in downtown Orlando.

Here is a video for Delta Rae’s new single, “Dance in the Graveyards”:

Rock for Hunger Fest 6 with Victor Wooten on October 6, 2012

Want to enjoy some great music for a good cause? Then check out the annual Rock for Hunger show on October 6, 2012.

Originally started as a community project by a group of UCF students, the event has grown into nonprofit organization that helps the homeless and at-risk youth of Central Florida.

This year, Rock for Hunger will plug in at The Plaza Live, with multiple stages, food trucks, crafts, and our first ever art wall created by kids in the community.

Five-time Grammy winning bassist Victor Wooten will be headlining this year’s event. Wooten hit the worldwide scene in 1990 as a founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and has won every major award given to a bass guitarist including Bassist of the Year in Bass Player Magazine.

Joining him will be great musicians like Arpetrio, Emily Kopp, Chris Burns, and Savi Fernandez Band.

Tickets start at $25. Show starts at 6pm.

Proceeds from the sixth edition of Rock for Hunger will go to New Image Youth Center, an organization focused on at-risk youth, and Heart to Heart, a support group for single mothers.

Local Rockers Afterglow Radio to Film Live Video at August 4 Show

One of my favorite bands on the Orlando scene is Afterglow Radio.

This weekend, the quartet will be playing live at The Abbey on August 4. During the show, they will be shooting some live video for their upcoming music video for the song, “American Beauty.”

If you want to be part of the video, the show starts at 9pm. AGR is playing with Fell On Deaf Ears. Cover is $8 and it is 18 and over.

The Abbey is at 100 S. Eola Drive. For more info, call 407-704-6103.

Afterglow Radio is also playing August 25 at the House of Blues Downtown Disney with Junkie Rush and Beebs & Her $$ Makers. Tickets are free from any of the bands in advance, or you can get in for $5 at the HOB door.

Central Florida Stick Night at Natura Coffee & Tea

In the 1970’s a man named Emmett Chapman invented a musical instrument that is now known as a Chapman Stick®.

Basically, it is a large guitar-like instrument with a huge fretboard that is played upright, instead of slung across the shoulder on a strap. It’s rare to find someone who plays it, but Orlando has several that do.

Local musicians Jeremy Birdsall and Juan R. Leon will be joined by Flint Blade (another Stick player) and drummer Reed Hayes for a jam fest this Friday night (July 28).

The event will take place at Natura Coffee & Tea (12078 Collegiate Way) starting at 9pm. Birdsall says the evening will end with a Q & A and “petting zoo”, where audience members can try out the Chapman Stick® for themselves.

It’s free to attend.

Southern Fried Sunday for August 2011 at Will’s Pub this Weekend

Doing anything this Sunday, August 21? Then head on over to Will’s Pub for another installment of Southern Fried Sunday.

What is SFS? It’s an all day party with local music and great food.

This weekend’s edition has tunes by The Lonesome City Travelers, The Mud Flappers, The Kitschy Kittens Burlesque Troop with Giddy Up Go and WPRK’s DJ White Lightnin’ plus a special festival closing performance by Tampa’s The Lambasters (formerly Nervous Turkey).

Grub includes a BBQ and fried chicken dinner, along with sides. Yum!

Best of all, it’s only $7 to attend, or $2 if you have a Summer Stock Fest weekend wristband.

SFS runs from 5:30pm to 11:30pm at Will’s Pub (1042 N. Mills Ave).

 

Florida Music Festival Set to Rock Downtown Orlando April 7-9, 2011

If you love checking out local music and yet-to-be-discovered bands, you’ll definitely want to check out the Florida Music Festival.

This year’s FMF takes place this week, from Thursday, April 7 to Saturday, April 9. It spans 10 venues throughout downtown Orlando, including Wall St. Plaza, BackBooth, 57 West, Orlando Tastings, The Social and One Eyed Jack’s.

FMF also has drawn in some top notch bands, including headliners like Minus the Bear and JJ Grey & Mofro on Thursday night; Easy Star All-Stars and The Ettes on Friday; and Better Than Ezra and The Supervillains on Saturday.

The FMF website has a complete schedule of performers, along with which venues they’re playing at online.

Now, you might think that having so many great bands playing so many venues would cost a lot to attend, but the FMF is truly a great value. Single day passes are only $15 for Thursday and $10 for Friday or Saturday. Or, you can get a pass good for all 3 days of music for only $25.

That’s right – over 150 bands on 10 stages for only $25!

Both the single day and 3-day passes allow you to venue-hop, so if you don’t like one band, head over to another stage.

You can buy passes or get more information on the Florida Music Festival website.

If you happen to go and get some great shots of the festival, drop us a link and we’ll let our readers know to go check them out.

Rock on Orlando!

Orlando This Weekend: December 17-19, 2010

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Here’s a round-up of concerts and other events happening in the Orlando area this weekend.

December 17:

December 18:

  • Michael Andrew Holiday Spectacular at The Plaza Theatre – $25-$50
  • Candlelight Processional w/Guest Narrator Thomas Gibson at Epcot – Free with Park Admission
  • Christmas in the Park concert (4:30pm/6:30pm) at Lake Eola Amphitheater (downtown) – Free
  • Dubtribe Sound System at The Social – $15-$20
  • Hand to Hand (Farewell Show) at Back Booth – $8
  • Heroine with Tiffany from Monsters of the Morning at Garage Bar in Sanford – Free
  • Maryellen Hooper at Orlando Improv at Pointe Orlando – $17
  • Local Author Festival (12pm) at Orlando Public Library Downtown Branch – Free
  • Santa’s Farewell Festival (11am) at SODO Shopping Center – Free
  • Xmas Bash with Showdown at The Barn in Sanford – $5

December 19:

  • Candlelight Processional w/Guest Narrator Trace Adkins at Epcot – Free with Park Admission
  • Grandma Party Bazaar Craft, Music and Food Shopping Event (10am)at Stardust Video & Coffee – Free
  • Maryellen Hooper at Orlando Improv at Pointe Orlando – $15
  • Michael Kramer / Greg Parnell at The Plaza Theatre – $20
  • Swamp Cabbage Xmas Party at Back Booth – $8
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