There’s just something right about the fusion of jazz and funk, and New Orleans-based Dumpstaphunk really does it right.
Born onstage at the city’s Jazz & Heritage Festival, the band is descended from Neville family bloodlines. Yes, those Nevilles. Ivan Neville on the Hammond B3 keyboard, and cousin Ian Neville on the guitar, join with the groove of dueling basslines from Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III.
On Saturday, October 25, Dumpstaphunk will bring their Big Easy sound to Orlando, opening for Jorma Kaukonen at Plaza Live. Tickets are $20 – $39.50 for this show, and are available online or at the box office. This event is 16 and over for admission.
Adapting their classical instruments to a modern repertoire, 2CELLOS have crafted a unique sound that they will bring to Plaza Live in Orlando on Saturday, October 26.
This innovative Croatian duo, comprised of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, are classically trained, however their set lists are anything but. You’re more likely to find renditions of everything from Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” and Sting’s “Fields of Gold,” to AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” and “You Shook Me All Night Long.” Set lists have also had unique covers of songs from Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and Guns’n’Roses, though they do throw in the occasional classical piece.
They’ve released two albums, including the most recent, In2ition, in January 2013. They’ve also toured with Elton John, and performed on an episode of Glee. These guys are just phenomenal musicians.
Opening will be A Great Big World, another duo whose songs have been heard quite often on TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, and Glee. Their music is also being used in the original live-action drama, Contest, airing on the Cartoon Network. Their newest single is “Say Something.”
Tower of Power has been wowing music audiences since the late 60’s and you can find out why when the group brings their show to Plaza Live on Saturday, October 20.
The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and not only have they released their own records, but they have (collectively and individually) recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, and Heart.
On November 25th, the group will release Hipper Than Hip Live, a 2-disc package recorded in 1974. But you can hear them live in person this weekend at Plaza Live.
Tickets are $26.50 to $46.50, and are available online, or at the box office. Plaza Live is located at 425 North Bumby Ave in Orlando.
Singer/songwriter Zach Deputy will be bringing his “one man dance party” back to Orlando on July 25, when he plays the Plaza Live.
Popular on the jam band and outdoor festival circuit, Deputy’s sound is a mixture of R&B, Caribbean music, and pop. Even more impressive is that he is a one-man show, using “live looping” to play all the instruments in his songs.
Tickets for the show are $15 in advance, and can be purchased online or at the box office. Also performing on the bill are Florida Harmonica Champion RJ Harman and Christopher Hawley Rollers.
Plaza Live is located at 425 N. Bumby Ave in Orlando.
To get you in the mood for the show, here is a video of Deputy performing “Coconut”:
Legendary country artist Travis Tritt will be playing Plaza Live in Orlando on February 24, 2013.
Known for hits like “It’s a Great Day To Be Alive,” “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” and “Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof,” Tritt has had a string of platinum albums and Top Ten singles, including three number ones.
His last album, The Storm, saw Tritt collaborating with producer Randy Jackson (American Idol), resulting in his country sound taking on influences of southern rock, delta blues, and even a bit of gospel.
Tickets to see Travis Tritt are $32.50 to $56.50, and are available online and at the box office. Plaza Live is located at 425 North Bumby Ave in Orlando.
Here is a video of Tritt performing “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)”:
Legendary band The Irish Rovers will be bringing “The Long Goodbye” tour to Orlando at the Plaza Live on February 25, 2013.
The band has been performing their traditional Irish folk songs for over 45 years, and plan to tour only two more years, with a grand finale planned for March 2015.
“That makes it fifty years of touring”, says Rovers founder George Millar, “a good round number.”
Along the way, they have had many hits, including “The Unicorn,” “Wasn’t That A Party,” “The Black Velvet Band,” “Lily The Pink,” and “Drunken Sailor.”
In the 70s and early 80s, the Irish Rovers had a weekly series in Canada, and another that was syndicated throughout the world. Recently, the Rovers recorded a tribute to The Titanic for its 100th anniversary.
Tickets for the show at Plaza Live are $29 to $45, and are available online and at the Plaza Live box office. Doors are at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.
Here is the video compilation of The Irish Rovers live, as a taste of what to expect during the show:
Considered by many to be America’s best live Pink Floyd show, The Machine will perform with a new line-up at Plaza Live on January 20.
For over 24 years, The Machine has faithfully recreated Pink Floyd’s music, utilizing state-of-the-art lighting, various multimedia, and even playing with various orchestras. Their song list usually spans Pink Floyd catalog of albums, though sometimes they will perform an album in its entirety.
They’ve performed at major music festivals like Bonnaroo, and have been hailed by the music press for their “chilling accuracy” (Rolling Stone). Now you have a chance to experience what everyone is talking about when they play Orlando.
Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 day of. You can purchase online or at the Plaza Live box office.
Here is a video of The Machine performing “Another Brick in the Wall” live:
A lot of great music coming to Orlando in December. Here are our picks for the ones you should check out:
December 01 – Everclear with Eve 6 – The Social
Both Everclear and Eve 6 hit the charts in the late 90s and early 2000s. The former with songs like “Santa Monica” and “I Will Buy You a New Life.” The latter with songs like “Inside Out” and “Here’s to the Night.”
Tickets: $20 – $35
December 01 – Fuel with Filter and Lit – House of Blues
Fans of late 90s alt-rock will enjoy these three bands, all which had hits on the charts during that decade. Fuel hit the charts several times, most notably with “Hemorrhage (In My Hands).” Filter rocked the charts with “Hey Man, Nice Shot,” and Lit also had several hits including “My Own Worst Enemy.”
December 02 – Richard Marx – Plaza Live
In the late 80s and early 90s, Richard Marx was king of the pop power ballad. He has had 13 of his songs hit #1 on the charts and he’s sure to play all of them and more during this show.
December 04 – Metalocalypse: Dethklok – House of Blues
Another of the WJRR “Blizzard of Rock Series,” this show features the fictional band from the Cartoon Network animated series. Think of this as Spinal Tap for the death metal crowd.
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.