It’s been eight years since my last EDM festival. In between Ultra Music Festival 2008 and Sunset Music Festival 2016, my exposure to the EDM scene was limited to attending various events at clubs in my hometown of Orlando (including the memorable experience of seeing DeadMau5 at Firestone). Sunset Music Festival was a great reintroduction to the scene.
To find our fellow ravers, we had to look no farther than the hotel parking lot – both days, they were everywhere along our route from the Tampa Riverwalk to the Raymond James stadium.
It felt like every meme on the internet came alive and started dancing as electronic dance music scene took over Tampa Bay on Memorial Day weekend for the fifth annual Sunset Music Festival.
The two-day festival, which routinely draws some of the top DJs in the world, did not disappoint this year, with fan favorite Hardwell dominating the main stage on opening day, in the company of DJs like Galantis, 3LAU, and Audien.
Where are my Central Florida jazz lovers? I know you’re all going to want to be at the 12th Annual Collage Park JazzFest this weekend on October 17.
Hosted by the Collage Park Partnership, the College Park JazzFest features three large stages located along the main street of College Park, Edgewater Drive, local food vendors and thousands of music-lovers. Six blocks of the main street are filled with people of all ages enjoying the live entertainment.
Alternative-reggae band Iration returns to Orlando to co-headline Reggae on the Block 2 on Saturday, May 9.
Iration hails from Hawaii, via California. The group is made up of members Micah Pueschel (vocals/guitar), Adam Taylor (bass), Joseph Dickens (drums), Cayson Peterson (keyboard/synth) and Joseph King (engineer, who have been touring together nationally since 2008.
EDM fans mark your calendars for November 7 and 8 – that’s when the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) returns to Orlando, setting up this year at Tinker Field.
Now in its fourth incarnation, EDC Orlando will be a two-day adventure bringing together dozens of eclectic artists performing across multiple stages, vibrant art installations, costumed roaming characters, dancers and performers, as well as the festival’s signature full-scale carnival rides for guests to enjoy amid a transformed venue with unique and immersive décor.
New to this year’s festival is a high-flying zip line that will allow attendees to experience an adrenaline filled bird’s eye view of the sweeping festival grounds below.
This year’s event will feature over 60 EDM artists performing on three stages over the two days. Among the musicians and DJs are Cedric Gervais, Steve Aoki, 3LAU, Above & Beyond, Headhunterz, Aly & Fila, Arctic Moon, Emma Hewitt, and more.
Rock the Universe Christian music festival returns to Universal Orlando the weekend of September 5 and 6.
Musical acts on Friday include Third Day, Newsboys, and Jeremy Camp. On Saturday, bands include Switchfoot, Lecrae, and TobyMac. In addition to the music, there will be inspiring guest speakers, a candlelighting ceremony, and more.
The event takes place inside Universal Studios. During the event, many of the attractions will also be open, including the newly opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.
The 12th Annual Orlando Folk Festival returns to The Mennello Museum of American Art at Loch Haven Park, the weekend of February 8 and 9.
This is a celebration of art, music, and traditional crafts. Local musician/promoter Joseph Martens has booked a varied lineup of local musicians this year, including Bing Futch, Terri Binion, Drums of Umoja, The JCs Trio, JUNOSmile, and Beartoe.
Dozens of artists and artisans from around the country will feature their paintings, sculpture, ceramics, wood carvings, traditional crafts and other creations and inventions during the festival.
There will also be a Kids Corner featuring interactive artistic activities, food trucks, and other vendors.
The festival is free to attend, and runs from 10am-5pm both days. Admission to the museum itself is $5 for adults and $1 for students and children ages 6-18.
It’s not often that you can get a day long music festival and a great BBQ dinner at a low dough price, but this Sunday, you can do just that.
This month’s installment of Southern Fried Sunday is their “End of Summer Shake-Up on Mills” and features three venues full of regional and local music, plus dinner, for the price of $10 in advance/$12 day of.
Even better, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, to help them purchase a new box truck to pick up donations of furniture and household items so they can continue to serve Central Florida families transitioning from shelter living into their new homes.
Will’s Pub, Lil Indies & The Peacock Room will play host to over 20 bands. Those attending will also get to enjoy a Southern Style BBQ Dinner prepared with help from Tako Cheena and Smiling Bison. The event starts at 4pm, and it is 21 and over.
For more information, a listing of bands, or to purchase tickets, visit the SFS Facebook page.
One of Universal Orlando‘s biggest annual events is Rock the Universe, which is a two day Christian music festival that will take place this year the weekend of September 6-7, 2013.
Among the headliners are 2012 Grammy winners Lecrae, Grammy award-winning group and Daytona Beach natives Casting Crowns; Grammy nominated and winner of 20 Dove Awards Chris Tomlin ; and rock band Switchfoot, which has sold millions of albums worldwide.
The full two-day line-up is as follows:
Friday, September 6: Switchfoot, Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Tenth Ave North, Family Force 5, Colton Dixon, and Kyle Sherman
Saturday, September 7: Casting Crowns, Jesus Culture, Lecrae, Relient K, Red, Everfound, and Crave
Returning this year is the Fan Zone presented by Coca-Cola where guests will enjoy live music by Dara McClean, OBB and Love & The Outcome, autograph sessions with the bands, karaoke and band merchandise.
Christian and Gospel music fans will come together to celebrate the 31st edition of Walt Disney World’s Night of Joy music festival the weekend of September 6-7, 2013.
For the first time, Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith will team up together for a performance, as well as perform separate sets. Returning favorites include MercyMe, TobyMac, Skillet, and Newsboys.
The full line-up for the two nights is:
Friday, September 6: Mercy Me, Steven Curtis Chapman & Michael W. Smith, Skillet, Mandisa, Audio Adrenaline, For King and Country, Moriah Peters, We As Human and City Harbor
Saturday, September 7: TobyMac, Francesca Batistelli, Newsboys, Matthew West, Group 1 Crew, Building 429, Plumb and Jamie Grace
The event takes place at Magic Kingdom, so attendees can enjoy the park attractions during the evenings.
One-day tickets to Disney’s Night of Joy are $55 plus tax in advance and $65 plus tax the night of the show (if available). Two-night tickets are $99 plus tax (advance purchase only) and group discounts are also available.
To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, visit NightOfJoy.com.
Orlando R&B radio station Star 94.5fm presents the 2013 Funk Fest at Tinker Field on Saturday, April 6.
Performing will be Anthony Hamilton, Bell Biv Devoe, El DeBarge, Dru Hill and more.
General admission is $35; reserved seating is $60. There are also two levels of VIP tickets that include reserved seating and more benefits, at $80 and $100, respectively. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster or the Amway Center box office.
Gates open at 3pm, with the show starting at 5pm.
Tinker Field is located at 1610 W. Church St. in Orlando.