Downtown Orlando Music Venue Backbooth is now Soundbar

Downtown Orlando music venue Backbooth has undergone a renovation and is now known as Soundbar.

Downtown Orlando music venue Backbooth has undergone a renovation and is now known as Soundbar.

Besides the name change, the venue has received a sprucing up, including new murals by Cocoa Beach-based artist Van Eggers, and the removal of the step divider along the back wall in the main room.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up November 11 2016: 1921NVA, PizzeRizzo, Baoery

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: new openings, new brunches, special dining events, and a couple of closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

1921 by Norman Van Aken will start Sunday brunch service November 13.

1921 by Norman Van Aken will start Sunday brunch service November 13. The menu is a la carte and features dishes such as Corn Tamale Scramble, Acorn Squash Salad, Chicken & Waffles served with Asian spiced syrup, and the Full Moon Saloon Fish Sandwich with frites.

Hours are 11:30am to 2pm, and reservations are suggested. The restaurant is located at 142 East 4th Avenue in Mount Dora.

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Out and About: Peter Alden Kingdom Classics CD Launch Party

Central Florida musician Peter Alden held a release party on April 11 for his new CD, Kingdom Classics, and I was invited to enjoy the evening with his many friends and fans.

Peter Alden

The event took place at Gardell Brothers Pizza in Hunters Creek, and the place was packed. I don’t think there was an empty place to sit anywhere.

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Peter Alden Hosts Kingdom Classics CD Release Party at Gardell Bros Pizza April 11

Central Florida musician Peter Alden has just released his newest CD, Kingdom Classics, and will hold a release party and dinner for it on April 11 at Gardell Bros Pizza in Hunter’s Creek.

Peter Alden - Kingdom Classics CD

The CD is Alden’s tribute to the classic Disney songs he loves, and he lends a touch of rockabilly to them to give them an original feel.

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Orlando’s Emily Kopp Offers Single Download to Benefit Cadence & Cause

One of my favorite Central Florida musicians is Emily Kopp and if you haven’t heard her music yet, here is a chance to pick up her new single, for a donation to charity.

Emily Kopp

Her single, “Chasing Streetlights,” is available vis Cadence & Cause for a donation. A small 50 cent donation will provide a child with medication for treatment and protection against the seven most common neglected tropical diseases for a year.

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Central Florida’s Casey Conroy to Perform Free Show at Full Sail University August 18

Local singer/songwriter Casey Conroy will be performing a free show at Full Sail Live at Full Sail University on Tuesday, August 18.

Casey Conroy

Conroy, just 17, has already performed at the 2015 Florida Music Festival’s GRAMMY Showcase at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, BB King’s Blues Club Orlando, the Orlando Amphitheater, the Orlando Fringe Festival. She has also performed a two-hour sold out show at The Abbey, and currently has a recurring monthly show at The Venue.

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OrlandoiX Announces Search for the Best Geek Band #OrlandoiX15

OrlandoiX, an international digital festival to be held in Orlando from October 2-6, 2015, announced today it is searching for the best geek band.

OrlandoiX The Battle of the Geek Bands

These bands are wanted to compete in The Battle of the Geek Bands on Saturday, October 3, with the winner getting to headline a performance the next night, Sunday, October 4. .

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Emily Kopp Returns to Orlando for a Show at BackBooth March 6, 2015

Orlando’s own Emily Kopp returns to Orlando on her current tour of the Southeast U.S. with a show at BackBooth on March 6.

Emily Kopp

Kopp is an engaging singer-songwriter whose sound marries bluesy soulful vocals with indie-pop melodies. She moved to Orlando to study at UCF, and also worked for a local music venue where she learned about the business side of the music. She honed her own sound in the meantime and soon was sharing the stage with artists like Marc Cohn, Brandi Carlisle, and Michelle Branch.

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Free Indie-Folkfest Debuts at The Mennello Museum of American Art on Feb 14

Indie-Folkfest at The Mennello Museum of American Art Orlando

The Mennello Museum of American Art updates the traditional Orlando Folk Festival with the debut of Indie-Folkfest on Saturday, February 14.

The event will feature live music from emcees Joseph and Jessy Martens (aka JUNOsmile), as well as Hannah Harber, PALEFACE, Thomas & Olivia Wynn, and Eugene Snowden of The Legendary JCs.

There will also be an artist marketplace, food from East End Market vendors like Fatto In Casa, Skyebird, La Femme Du Fromage, Olde Hearth Bread Co. and Houndstooth Sauce Co, craft cocktails and beer, and more.

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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

Tin Roof Orlando Celebrates Grand Opening on January 24, 2015

Tin Roof OrlandoThe newest live music joint on International Drive is Tin Roof Orlando, and they’re celebration their Grand Opening on Saturday, January 24.

Their full menu will be available for purchase, and there will be drink specials for those 21 and over. There is no cover.

There will also be live music starting at noon (normally live music is Thurs-Sat nights starting at 10pm).

Taking the stage will be:

  • David Oliver Willis – 12-130 pm
  • Bryan Malpass – 2-4 pm
  • Hayfire – 5-830 pm
  • David and Whitney – 10 pm-close

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Tin Roof Orlando on I-Drive Soft Opens for New Year’s Eve

Tin Roof OrlandoTin Roof Orlando, a new live music joins serving food and drinks, has announced they will soft open in time for those looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

It’s located in the new I-Drive 360 complex at 8371 International Dr, and they will open to the public December 30 from 8pm to midnight, with live music from BlackWater Trio. They will also be passing out samples of their food, and have a full bar available.

They will be open December 31, for those looking to ring in the new year here. There will be live music from The Unfair Advantage, champagne toast at midnight, a confetti canon, balloon drop, party favors and more. Doors open at 8pm, with free cover for the first 100 people. After that, it’s only $10 to party into 2015. VIP tables are available, too.

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Music on Mills Brings the Party to Mills Ave in Orlando October 18, 2014

Music on MillsLocal and regional music takes center stage during Music on Mills, this Saturday, October 18, beginning at 3pm.

Participating venues along Orlando’s Mills Avenue are The Bart, St. Matthews Tavern, The Peacock Room, Wally’s and Will’s Pub. There’s also an Art and Vendor Market, and several Food Trucks.

Entertainment lineup includes: 3 Bucksworth, Begali Goo, Hymn For Her, Milka, Mill Tess, The Hindu Cowboys, Juke With Special, Guest Eugene Snowden, The Sh-Booms, Meiuswe, Lauren Carder & The Multiple Me, Milk Carton Superstars, Table For Tree, Sabals, Wheeler Newman And The Cosmic Roots Collective, Tears of a Tyran, Uncle Sam’s Pride, Shrinks, Ark, Jcarly+The Teeth, Sara Purser, Daniel Hanson, Drew Yardis & More.

Tickets are $15, and are available online at or day of at the venues. Must be 21+ to attend.

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