Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents Bret Michaels September 24

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents Bret Michaels

This month, Bret Michaels, lead vocalist of Poison, will be playing a special Pinktober version of the event benefiting breast cancer research on Thursday, September 24.

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Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents John Waite August 27

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

John Waite

This month, John Waite will be performing on Thursday, August 27. Waite had his biggest hit with 1984’s “Missing You,” but also charted with several other songs, including “Tears” and “Every Step of the Way.”

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Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents A Flock of Seagulls July 30, 2015

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

A Flock of Seagulls at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

This month, 80s hitmakers A Flock of Seagulls will be performing on Thursday, July 30. The band had several hits including “I Ran,” and “Space Age Love Song,” and were mainstays on MTV in the early 80s.

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Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents The Fixx July 25, 2015

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

The Fixx at Velvet Sessions

This month, 80s hitmakers The Fixx will be performing on Thursday, July 25.

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Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents Men Without Hats for April 2015

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

Men Without Hats at Velvet Sessions April 2015

This month, 80s hitmakers Men Without Hats will be performing on Thursday, April 30.

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Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents Howard Jones for March 2015

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

Howard Jones

This month, 80s hitmaker Howard Jones will be performing on Thursday, March 26. His hits include “What is Love,” “Life in One Day,” “Things Can Only Get Better,” and “No One is To Blame.”

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Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents Steve Augeri for February 2015

Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents Steve Augeri

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

This month, vocalist Steve Augeri will be performing on Thursday, February 26. Augeri is best known as the former vocalist for rock band Journey, so I’m sure the set list will include many of the band’s hits. He also has recorded many of his own songs, which are really good.

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Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents Jimmie Van Zant for January 2015

Jimmie Van Zant

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

This month, southern rocker Jimmie Van Zant will be performing on Thursday, January 29. Van Zant is a cousin of Ronnie Van Zant, who helped form Lynyrd Skynyrd, and grew up in a musical family. He released his debut album, Southern Comfort, in 2000, which features “Ronnie’s Song,” an ode to his cousin.

Tickets are $29 in advance online or $35 at the door. This not only gets you in the door, but free specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time. Complimentary valet parking is also included.

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Velvet Sessions with Lou Gramm at Hard Rock Hotel Postponed Due to Illness

Lou Gramm, the voice of legendary rock group Foreigner, was supposed to kick off the 2014 Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel with a performance this Thursday, January 30.

Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock HotelHowever, due to illness, the show has been postponed to July 31, 2014. Tickets for this show will be honored for the July Velvet Sessions, so hold on to them.

In place of Gramm will be 80s tribute band The Spazmatics. Tickets for this new Velvet Sessions will be $15 online or at the door, and will include free specialty drinks and finger foods from 6:30pm to show time, and free valet parking.

Those who purchased Lou Gramm tickets should check their email for a special ticket offer to this show.

Halloween Velvet Sessions at Hard Rock Hotel Features Gin Blossoms on October 31, 2013

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

Gin BlossomsThis month, 90s hitmaker Gin Blossoms will take the stage on October 31, for a special Halloween edition, complete with costume party.

Gin Blossoms first burst onto the music scene in the early 90s with their hit album, New Miserable Experience. That release had many hits, including “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” and “Found Out About You.” Follow-up albums yielded more hits, and the band is currently working on a new release.

Tickets for this special Halloween version are $50 in advance online. This not only gets you in the door, but free specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time. Complimentary valet parking is also included.

For $75, you can upgrade to VIP, which in addition to the above perks, gives you access to a special viewing area with a private bar, as well as all the benefits of the regular ticket.

After the show, a DJ plays tunes until 1am. Must be 21 or older for entry.

Here’s a video of Gin Blossoms’ hit, “Hey Jealousy,” to prepare you for the show:

Velvet Sessions at Orlando’s Hard Rock Hotel Features Bret Michaels for September 2013

Bret Michaels

Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

This month, 80s hitmaker Bret Michaels will take the stage on September 26.

Though recently known as a reality TV star, Michaels first rose to fame as the frontman for the hard rock band Poison. With that band, he sold over 30 million records worldwide, and had a string of hits, such as “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Unskinny Bop,” and the #1 hit, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.

This is a special Pinktober version, so tickets this month are $29 in advance online or $5 at the door. This not only gets you in the door, but free specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time. Complimentary valet parking is also included.

For $50, you can upgrade to VIP, which in addition to the above perks, gives you access to a special viewing area with a private bar, as well as all the benefits of the regular ticket.

After the show, a DJ plays tunes until 1am. Must be 21 or older for entry.

Here’s a video of Poison’s hit party anthem, “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” to prepare you for the show:

Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents Modern English for August 2013

Modern EnglishEvery month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

This month, 80s new wave band Modern English will play on August 29, 2013. Though they had many singles, their biggest was “I Melt With You.” Their last album was released in 2010, and they are planning to release another later this year.

Tickets are $29 in advance online or $35 at the door. This not only gets you in the door, but free specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time. Complimentary valet parking is also included.

For $50, you can upgrade to VIP, which in addition to the above perks, gives you access to a special viewing area with a private bar serving those free specialty drinks all night.

After the show, a DJ plays tunes until 1am.

Here’s a video of the band’s hit single, “I Melt With You,” to prepare you for the show:

Teddy Geiger to Play Acoustic Velvet Sessions at Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando on August 9, 2013

For those who’ve never been there, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando has an almost monthly concert series called Velvet Sessions. They bring in classic pop and rock bands to play for the evening and have a pre-show with free cocktails and such.

Teddy GeigerWell, if you’ve always wanted to check out a Velvet Sessions show, but weren’t sure if you wanted to pay the $30 or so for a ticket, you might want to check out the show this week.

It’s a bit of a twist called “Acoustic Sessions” and instead of a full band, it features a musician or band in an unplugged-style concert.

Teddy Geiger will be this month’s acoustic artist on August 9, 2013. Geiger’s hits include the certified platinum single “For You I Will (Confidence),” “These Walls” and more. On-screen, He also appeared with Emma Stone in The Rocker, as well as on the television series Love Monkey.

In addition to being a stripped down version of the normal Velvet Session concert (but no less fun), this show differs because it’s completely free, as long as you don’t mind standing in the back. Of course, because it’s free, drinks won’t be, but there will be cash bars and cocktail service for the evening, and discounted parking at the hotel ($5 for self-parking; $10 for valet).

There are also tables available, if you want reserved seating. $40 will cover a table for two and $60 will cover a table for four. Reserved tables include complimentary first round of drinks (house wine, house liquor, domestic draft or soda) and complimentary valet or self parking.

Reserved table tickets can be purchased online. For reservations and more information, call 407-503-2402.

Here’s a video of Geiger performing an acoustic version of his song “Happier”:

Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel Presents Toad the Wet Sprocket for July 2013

Toad the Wet Sprocket Every month, except November and December, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando hosts a live concert called Velvet Sessions. It’s a 21 and over event that features classic rock and pop artists performing in an intimate club-like atmosphere.

This month, alt-rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket will play on July 25, 2013. They had chart success in the 1990s with singles which included “Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want,” “Something’s Always Wrong,” and “Fall Down.”

Tickets are $29 in advance online or $35 at the door. This not only gets you in the door, but free specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time. Complimentary valet parking is also included.

For $50, you can upgrade to VIP, which in addition to the above perks, gives you access to a special viewing area with a private bar serving those free specialty drinks all night.

After the show, a DJ plays tunes until 1am.

Here’s a video of the band’s hit single, “All I Want,” to prepare you for the show:

Treasures of the Hard Rock on Display at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Through July 5, 2013

Hard Rock Hotel Treasures of the Hard RockOrlando’s Hard Rock Hotel is currently hosting a “Treasures of the Hard Rock” exhibit, featuring music memorabilia collected by the Hard Rock over the decades.

The exhibit features items grouped into two themed collections.

“Gone Too Soon” pays tribute to music icons who lives were tragically cut short. Items in this collection include a dress worn by Amy Winehouseduring a 2008 Nelson Mandela tribute concert and John Lennon’s hand-written lyrics to the song, “Help.”

“Music Gives Back” features artists who have worked with the brand on various charitable campaigns throughout its more than 40 years. Items in this collection include a gown worn by Shakira on her 2006 tour, as well as Pete Townshend’s custom Gibson Les Paul guitar.

“Treasures of the Hard Rock” will be on display through July 5, at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. It is free to view the exhibit. It will then go on tour throughout the US, before returning to the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Orlando CityWalk November 18 through 25, 2013.

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