Orlando Calling Music Fest to Rock Citrus Bowl in November 2011

I’ve always told my friends that I thought Orlando was a place that needed a huge rock festival.

Oh, sure, we have the Florida Music Festival, which is great for checking out a bunch of indie and local musicians. And we do get traveling shows like the Warped Tour that roll on through.

But we’ve never really had an event on par with Coachella or Lollapalooza…until now.

In a press conference today, July 21, 2011, Melvin Benn, CEO of Festival Republic, stood with Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer and announced Orlando Calling, a two-day music festival to be held on the grounds of the Florida Citrus Bowl.

You may never have heard of Festival Republic, but they’re no fly-by-night company. As the company behind the hugely successful European festivals like Glastonbury and Reading in the UK, they have the experience and connections to make this happen.

Orlando Calling will be held over the weekend of November 12 & 13, 2011. It will feature four stages each day of big name talent like The Killers, The Raconteurs, Pixies, The Roots, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Kid Rock, Blake Shelton and more. The full listing (as of now) can be seen in the poster to the right.

Tickets are rather reasonable for this fest. If you buy prior to September 01, 2011, regular tickets are $80 per day or $145 per weekend pass. VIP tickets, which include the admission plus a VIP area, unlimited beverages and more, start at $165 per day or $285 for the weekend. After September 01, the prices go up about $20 per ticket option.

For more information on the fest, visit the website at OrlandoCalling.com.

City of Orlando Presents 5th Annual Blues-B-Q This Weekend

What goes together better than blues music with an afternoon of great BBQ food?

If that rings true with you, then you need to get yourself downtown on Saturday, February 19, for the City of Orlando’s 5th Annual Blues-B-Q.

This year’s festival features a line-up of great blues musicians, headlined by the legendary Buddy Guy. Also performing will be Cece Teneal and The Selwyn Birchwood Blues Band.

The BBQ side of the event will be provided by Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que, Porkie’s Original BBQ, Blackwater BBQ, and Ole Skool BBQ.

The event is free to attend, but the BBQ and other edibles are pay for what you eat. It’s being held at Church Street Plaza, in front of the Amway Center from 4pm until 10pm.

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