Out and About: Captain Morgan Celebrated New Cannon Blast With Human Cannonball Stunt

Saturday night, Captain Morgan chose Orlando to help launch their new Cannon Blast Shot, and they did it by launching a man out of a cannon, not once, but twice.

Captain Morgan Cannon Blast - Brian Miser and the Captain

This is probably one of the craziest things that has happened at Wall St. Plaza in downtown Orlando in the two decades I’ve called Orlando home…and one of the most fun!

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Captain Morgan to Launch Man From Cannon October 17 in Downtown Orlando

This weekend, in addition to the Creative City Project, downtown Orlando will be the setting for a man being shot out of a cannon.

Captain Morgan's Cannon Blast Bar Crawl in Orlando

It’s part of Captain Morgan‘s “Cannon Blast Bar Crawl,” to promote their new Cannon Blast variety. Cannon Blast features a blend of Caribbean rum and unique bold spices, providing Captain Morgan drinkers with a blast of citrus sweet flavor, followed by a spark of unexpected heat. The product’s innovative packaging includes a cannonball shaped bottle that glows in the dark when featured with a black light.

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Creative City Project to Bring Downtown Orlando Alive with Free Art and Music October 17, 2015

Reason #1436 why I love living in Orlando: Creative City Project, which returns to bring downtown Orlando alive with free art and music Saturday, October 17.

Creative City Project Orlando

For one night, Orange Ave will be filled with art being brought to life before your very eyes and ears. There will be marching bands and orchestras. There will be aerial acrobatics and dancing. There will be visual artists creating as you watch.

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Cheap Trick to Headline WMMO Downtown Concert Series for October 2015

Every few months, Orlando radio station WMMO sponsors a free concert in downtown Orlando, and the next one will be Cheap Trick on October 24.

Cheap Trick to Headline WMMO Downtown Concert Series
The legendary rockers have been entertaining their legion of fans for over four decades, and show no signs of slowing down.

The band, comprised of Robin Zander (lead vocals), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass), and Bun E. Carlos (drums), first formed in the early 70s in Rockford, Illinois. Their biggest hits since then include “Surrender”, “I Want You to Want Me”, “Dream Police” and “The Flame,” and their live album Cheap Trick at Budokan, is still one of the best concert albums ever.

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Wahlburgers Coming to Downtown Orlando

It was confirmed this week that Orlando will be getting a Wahlburgers restaurant.

Wahlburgers

The Boston-based brand was founded by brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul, in 2011, and has spawned a hit reality show of the same name on the A&E network. Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg are also known for their acting and music.

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WMMO Presents Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo in their Free Downtown Concert Series May 23, 2015

It’s time for another of WMMO’s Downtown Concert Series, and this month it will feature Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on Saturday, May 23.

WMMO's Downtown Concert Series with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

Benatar and her husband Giraldo have been making beautiful music together for over three decades, with hits like “Love is a Battlefield,” “We Belong,” and “All Fired Up.”

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Iration to Co-Headline Reggae on the Block 2 in Downtown Orlando May 9, 2015

Alternative-reggae band Iration returns to Orlando to co-headline Reggae on the Block 2 on Saturday, May 9.

Iration

Iration hails from Hawaii, via California. The group is made up of members Micah Pueschel (vocals/guitar), Adam Taylor (bass), Joseph Dickens (drums), Cayson Peterson (keyboard/synth) and Joseph King (engineer, who have been touring together nationally since 2008.

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Nerd Nite Orlando’s 2-Year Anniversary Coincides with Pi Day March 14, 2015

To coincide with Pi Day and the 2-year anniversary of the very first Nerd Nite in Orlando, there will be a special edition of Nerd Nite presented with Canvs at the Church Street Exchange on March 14.

Nerd Nite Orlando Pi Day 2nd AnniversaryNerd Nite Orlando is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking talks across many disciplines presented in a casual bar atmosphere. Speakers present for up to 20 minutes, each on a fascinating subject of their choice. Following each presentation is a 5-10 minute Q&A with the audience.

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City Of Orlando And Orange County Officially Welcome New Red Lobster Support Center

On Friday, March 6, Red Lobster Seafood Co. officially opened its new restaurant support center and headquarters at CNL Tower 1, in downtown Orlando.

Red Lobster Seafood Co. officially opened its new restaurant support center and headquarters at CNL Tower 1, in downtown Orlando
Ribbon Cutting Moment from left to right: Former Chairman and CEO of Darden Restaurants Joe Lee, President of Red Lobster Salli Setta, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, CEO of Red Lobster Kim Lopdrup, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Operating Partner of Golden Gate Capital Neale Attenborough and Mary Darden.

On hand to celebrate were Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who proclaimed March 6, 2015, “Red Lobster Day” during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mayor Dyer and Mayor Jacobs were joined by Red Lobster’s executive leaders, as well as city commissioners and other special guests to officially welcome Red Lobster to Downtown Orlando.

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Betty Wright Headlines 9th Annual City of Orlando Blues B-Q Feb 28, 2015

The City of Orlando is throwing the 9th edition of their annual Blues B-Q in downtown Orlando on Saturday, February 28.

City of Orlando Blues-B-Q 2015

From 4pm to 10pm, enjoy delicious BBQ for purchase from local vendors like Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que, Blazin’ Bones, Johnny Henry’s, Mister Bar-B-Que, and more.

There will also be live blues music courtesy of the legendary Betty Wright, and The Gerry Williams Band throught the event.

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Downtown Food & Wine Fest Returns to Lake Eola in Orlando Feb 21-22, 2015

Downtown Food & Wine Fest in Orlando

The seventh annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest will take place at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando the weekend of February 21-22.

The two-day fest features features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, and 50 domestic and international wines to enjoy. Food and beverage tickets are available for $2 each, with offerings ranging from 1 to 4 tickets.

There will also be live entertainment from alt-rock band Lifehouse on Saturday night, and classic rock band Loverboy on Sunday night. This is included with admission to the event.

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George Porter Jr and Runnin’ Pardners to Play Back Booth on February 12

George Porter Jr and Runnin' Pardners

If you like your music a little old school funky, you’ll want to check out George Porter Jr and Runnin’ Pardners at their February 12 show at the Back Booth in downtown Orlando.

Porter is best known as the bassist for the legendary New Orleans band The Funky Meters, but he’s also done session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Tori Amos, and Patti LaBelle.

Porter also finds time to front his own project, the Runnin’ Pardners, which has received many accolades on the jam band and festival scene. He has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project: Brint Anderson (guitar), Michael Lemmler (keyboards), Khris Royal (saxophone), and Terrence Houston (drums).

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BORGORE Brings the Bass to Venue 578 in Orlando on January 15, 2015

BORGORE

BORGORE, bass music’s bad boy, will be kicking off the The Buygore Show tour, with a show at Venue 578 in downtown Orlando at January 15.

The tour is in support of his new album, The Buygore Album, set for release on January 13, 2015. Since first founding his Buygore label, BORGORE has always wanted to launch a full-blown tour with all of its artists. This album and tour brings his dream to life.

Joining him on the tour will be his Buygore label mates Ookay and Jauz.

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Florida Citrus Parade Rolls Through Downtown Orlando December 30, 2014

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One of the harbingers of the end of the year is when the annual Florida Citrus Parade rolls through downtown Orlando. This year, the event happens on December 30.

Grandstand seating, where the cameras will be, are already sold out, but curbside seating will be available. Get there early if you want a spot, as this is a very popular parade.

The pre-parade show begins at 9pm, and the parade starts at 10am, at the corner of Orange Ave and Robinson Street. The route continues south on Orange Ave, then moves east on Anderson St, to Rosalind Ave, where it turns north. The parade ends at intersection of Rosalind Ave and Robinson St.
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Out and About: Tastings at Soco Thorton Park

Soco restaurant in Thornton Park

Earlier this week we attended a media social at the new Soco restaurant in Thornton Park where we sampled a few things from the menu.

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Our first appetizer was the Crab-stuffed Deviled Duck Eggs with bacon and truffle oil ($12). The dish was well-balanced but very rich and creamy. One or two of these would do as a meal starter.

Next up was Cornmeal Crisped Oysters on a bed of chicharrones, with pickled green tomato relish and herb cream ($9). If you love oysters, you’ll love this different take on them. The dish really works if you can manage to get all four components in the same bite.

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