If you like it hot, you’ll want to check out Poca’s Hottest 7th Annual Sauce Cook-Off & Food Drive at Will’s Pub on Sunday, April 29.
There will be plenty of food, from the cook-off recipes featuring Poca’s Hot Sauces, to free tacos from 2:30-5:30pm.
Aiming to fight hunger for a third year, Beth McKee and the Swamp Sistas Songwriter Circle will launch the La La Summer Hope Virtual Food Drive at Casselberry’s Earth Fest in Lake Concord Park on Saturday, April 28.
Admission to the Earth Fest and the Swamp Sistas Songwriter Circle is free.
The campaign will run from April 28 until the end of the La La May 19 at Orlando Fringe, where cash and check donations will also be accepted.
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.
The Swamp Sistas Songwriters Circle are kicking off their La La Summer Hope For Kids initiative with a Volunteer Party at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida on May 3, 2017.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local singer/songwriter Casey Conroy will be performing a free show at Full Sail Live at Full Sail University on Tuesday, August 18.
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.
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.
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. .
Orlando’s Emily Kopp is one of my favorite hometown musicians, and her new video is a perfect example why.
She covers the Smokey Robinon classic, “Cruisin,” and really puts her own spin on the song, while retaining the heart and soul of the original.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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