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.

Florida Strawberry Festival Announces First Music Headliners for 2011

The only thing that makes a whole festival dedicated to one of my favorite fruits, the strawberry, better is the music line-up that appears at that festival.

Today, the annual Florida Strawberry Festival announced the headliner entertainment for 2011.  The line-up is predominantly country, as in previous years, but there are also a few classic rock artists set to perform.

So far, the FSF has confirmed the following shows:

  • March 3 – Bobby Vinton at 3:30pm / Kenny Rogers at 7:30pm
  • March 4 – John Conlee at 3:30pm / 38 Special at 7:30pm
  • March 5 – Jeremy Camp at 3:30pm / Gaither Vocal Band at 7:30pm
  • March 6 – Trace Adkins at 3:30pm / The Judds “Final Tour” at 7:30pm
  • March 7 –  Charley Pride at 3:30pm / Clint Black at 7:30pm
  • March 8 – Chubby Checker at 3:30pm / Chris Young at 7:30pm
  • March 9 – Tanya Tucker at 3:30pm / Rick Springfield at 7:30pm
  • March 10 – George Jones at 3:30pm / Doobie Brothers at 7:30pm
  • March 11 – Ray Price at 3:30pm / Jamey Johnson at 7:30pm
  • March 12 – Allstar Weekend & Jenette McCurdy at 3:30pm / Billy Ray Cyrus at 7:30pm
  • March 13 – Easton Corbin at 3:30pm / Lady Antebellum at 7:30pm

All shows go on sale on December 6, 2010, and prices will be revealed closer to that date.

The 2011 Florida Strawberry Festival runs from March 3 to 11 in Plant City, FL. For more information on the festival, check out the festival website.

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