Out and About: 101.9 AMP Radio Electric Bounce House feat. Steve Aoki

101.9 AMP Radio Electric Bounce House feat. Steve Aoki

Watching a performer smash cake into an enthusiastic fan’s face sounds like something that would happen at a Blue Man Group show, not an EDM concert.

But when the EDM performer in question is Steve Aoki, all bets are off.

On June 30, 101.9 AMP Radio‘s Electric Bounce House packed the House of Blues Orlando with local and visiting EDM fans for an extended lineup of DJs performing, finishing the evening with headliner Aoki and the popular singer Bebe Rexha.

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101.9 AMP Radio Hosts Electric Bounce House at House of Blues Orlando

101.9 AMP Radio’s Electric Bounce House with Steve Aoki

This week, 101.9 AMP Radio’s Electric Bounce House will hit the House of Blues Orlando on Thursday, June 30. The show will feature sets from headliner Steve Aoki, along with Bebe Rexha, Jump Smokers, gnash, and more.

Steve Aoki is a Grammy-nominated international producer/DJ, electronic dance music entrepreneur, and founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company and apparel line Dim Mak.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up May 7, 2016: Shake Shack, House of Blues Orlando, Restaurant ASH

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up, charity promotions and a lot of new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Shake Shack is hosting The Great American Shake Sale

Shake Shack is hosting The Great American Shake Sale through May 31. Guests who donate $2 or more to No Kid Hungry will receive a card for a complimentary hand-spun shake (valued at $6.00) redeemable on their next visit. One hundred percent of donations will benefit No Kid Hungry.

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Out and About: WALK THE MOON Plays to Sold-Out Crowd at House of Blues Orlando on Oct 14

The lights went down at the House of Blues and Walk the Moon takes the stage. As the adoration of the packed crowd calms down slightly, the band launches into a rendition of “Circle of Life” by Elton John. Fitting since they are on Disney property.

Walk the Moon - Nicholas Petricca; photo by Michelle Snow

The crowd appears slightly bewildered but rises to occasion to sing along by the time the band gets to the chorus.

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Failure to Rock House of Blues Orlando October 11, 2015

Alt-rock band Failure will play the House of Blues Orlando on October 11, with Hum and Torche opening.


Failure was formed in the early-90s, but hit it big in the mid-90s with their third album Fantastic Planet. The first single from that release, “Stuck on You,” reached #23 on Billboard ‘s Alternative Songs Chart.

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Out and About: House of Blues Orlando Hosts Local Brews Local Grooves

Yesterday (June 13), House of Blues Orlando hosted an event called Local Brews Local Grooves that featured sampling of beers made in Florida along with live entertainment.

House of Blues Orlando Hosts Local Brews Local Grooves

The event started at 4pm. It cost $5 to get in and then $3 a piece for a 3oz pour of beer. You could get a wristband for $15 that gave you 5 pours and a souvenier plastic cup. No real savings for buying 5 at a time, which I found odd, but I figured I’d buy the wristband to limit myself to 5 samples. We also got a booklet offering beer descriptions and a layout map of the breweries.

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House of Blues Hosts Local Brews Local Grooves June 13, 2015

The House of Blues Orlando will host Local Brews Local Grooves, a craft beer event, on Saturday, June 13.

House of Blues Orlando Local Brews Local GroovesThe following breweries will be representing with samples of their local brews, with more to be announced:

  • Bold City Brewery: Jacksonville, FL
  • Brew Hub: Lakeland, FL
  • Darwin Brewing Co: Bradenton, FL
  • Dogfish Head Brewery: Milton, DE
  • Florida Avenue Brewing Co: Tampa, FL
  • Wops Hops Brewing Company: Sanford, FL

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Out and About: Extreme Celebrates Pornograffitti 25th Anniversary in Concert at House of Blues Orlando

In 1990 Extreme‘s Pornograffitti album came out, and I was blown away by how good it was from start to finish. It was rock with a touch of funk and a lot of attitude, with some beautiful ballads thrown in.

Extreme at House of Blues Orlando Apr 15, 2015 - shot of the band

Flash forward 25 years, and I’m waiting inside the House of Blues Orlando, waiting to hear Extreme perform the entire Pornograffitti album live. Yes, I’d heard most of the songs live in various concerts over the years, but this would be the first time I would hear the album played all the way through.

Extreme at House of Blues Orlando Apr 15, 2015 - shot of the band

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Tesla to Rock the Doors off House of Blues Orlando April 17, 2015

Legendary rock band Tesla will be returning to Orlando for a show at the House of Blues Orlando on Friday, April 17.


Tesla formed in Sacramento, CA in 1985, and released their debut album, Mechanical Resonance in 1986. It went Top 40 on the album charts with hit singles like “Modern Day Cowboy,” “Gettin’ Better,” and “Little Suzi.” It also has one of my favorite tracks by them, “Cumin’ Atcha Live.”

Not bad for a first album, but it was their second album, The Great Radio Controversy, which launched them into superstardom in 1989. Rock radio loved singles like “Hang Tough” and “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out),” but it was the ballad “Love Song” that gave the band their first Top Ten Pop single.

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Extreme to Bring 25th Anniversary Pornograffitti Tour to House of Blues Orlando April 15, 2015

Rock band Extreme are on tour, and will be in Orlando on Wednesday, April 15, for a show at the House of Blues Orlando.


Extreme was one of the most popular rock acts in the late 1980s and 90s. They broke onto the scene with their single “Kid Ego,” but it was their album 1990 album Pornograffitti that put them on the map. That album had several hits, including “Decadence Dance,” “Hole Hearted,” and my personal favorite, “Get the Funk Out.”

It’s “More than Words” that everybody remembers them best for, however, even though it’s very different from the funk-rock sound of the rest of the album. The single was the band’s first number one, and even got them nominated for a Grammy.

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Easter Brunch in Orlando

Still trying to decide where to celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday in Orlando? We have some great suggestions for you and your family.

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Easter Brunch in Orlando

Here are our picks for places to celebrate your Easter meal:

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Blues Artist Ray Bonneville to Play Free Show at House of Blues Orlando March 7, 2015

Ray Bonneville has been called a blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired song and dance man, and he will be bringing his blues groove to the Blues Kitchen at House of Blues Orlando on Saturday, May 7.

Ray Bonneville

Born in Quebec, Canada, and currently based in Austin, TX, Bonneville didn’t write his first son until his early 40’s, about 20 years after he started performing. Since then, he’s earned many accolades, including a Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys), the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, and in 2012, Bonneville won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge.

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The Expendables Bring Winter Blackout Tour to House of Blues Orlando on Feb 27, 2015

The Expendables

Reggae-rock-punk band The Expendables will be making a a stop in Orlando during their current Winter Blackout Tour. They will be playing the House of Blues Orlando on Friday, February 27.

The band is touring in support of their sixth full-length studio album, Sand in the Sky, on Stoopid Records. The album was mixed by Butthole Surfer guitarist and producer Paul Leary (who has also worked with Sublime and Weezer), and was co-produced by The Expendables and Gordon Brislawn.

If you want to check out the band’s latest, they are offering a free download of the new song, “Starry Night” at sandinthesky.com.

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