Florida’s The Hip Abduction to Play House of Blues Orlando Jan 30

The Hip Abduction will be playing Orlando at the House of Blues on January 30, at a show that includes The Expendables, and Zach Deputy Band.

The Hip Abduction

Hailing from St. Petersburg, FL, they are touring in support of their upcoming sophomore album, Gold Under the Glow, which is set to hit stores March 11, 2016.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up: The Oktoberfest Menus

It’s October, and several Orlando-area eateries are doing up special dishes to celebrate Germany’s Oktoberfest. Here’s where you can get a taste:

Hard Rock Cafe Oktoberfest burger 2015
The Hard Rock Cafe Orlando at Universal Orlando CityWalk will be offering a special OctoberFest Schnitzel burger through October 31. Inspired by Hard Rock Cafe Munich’s Local Legendary Schnitzel Burger and features a lightly breaded tender pork schnitzel, Samuel Adams OctoberFest-infused beer cheese sauce, topped with smoked bacon, tangy sauerkraut, whole grain mustard and fresh arugula, served on a pretzel bun.

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WALK THE MOON to Perform at House of Blues Orlando October 14, 2015

Riding high on their new album, the quartet known as WALK THE MOON will be bringing their tour to Orlando at the House of Blues on Wednesday, October 14.


The band was founded in 2008 by singer/keyboardist Nicholas Petricca, who derived their name from the song “Walking on the Moon” by The Police. They released their debut album in 2010, receiving airplay for the single “Anna Sun,” then signed to RCA records and released their self-titled major label debut in 2012, which combined their indie album with new tracks.

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Adventure Club Brings the Dubstep to House of Blues Orlando October 3

Canadian electronic music production duo Adventure Club are returning to the House of Blues on October 3, and it’s set to be a dubstep party.

Adventure Club

Hailing from Montreal, Adventure Club is Christian Srigley and Leighton Callou, a production outfit specializing in meshing dubstep and electronica with delicate vocals and upbeat melodies, creating a sound that’s uniquely theirs.

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Out and About: Fozzy Rocks the House of Blues on December 11, 2014

Fozzy live at the House of Blues Orlando on December 11

I first heard of the rock band Fozzy years ago when I was a music buyer at the Virgin Megastore here in Orlando. I was already a fan of Chris Jericho from his day job as a WWE wrestler, but now he was fronting a hard rock band? Always open-minded, I popped in their debut cd and loved what I heard.

Fast forward more than a decade, and I was invited to check out Fozzy live when they played the House of Blues Orlando on December 11. Of course, I said “Yes!”

Fozzy live at the House of Blues Orlando on December 11
Fozzy vocalist Chris Jericho lights up the stage with his jacket live at the House of Blues Orlando on December 11


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Fozzy to Rock House of Blues December 11, 2014



Heavy rock band Fozzy returns to Orlando with a show at the House of Blues on Thursday, December 11.

Fozzy is led by vocalist Chris Jericho, a former WWE champion wrestler, and guitarist Rich Ward, formerly of the band Stuck Mojo, along with band members Jeff Rouse, Frank Fontsere, and Billy Grey. The group has six albums to their credit.

The most recent release, Do You Wanna Start a War, made its debut on the Billboard charts at #54, the band’s highest charting debut ever. The album also charted #20 Rock Albums, #10 Independent Albums, #9 Hard Rock Albums and #1 on the iTunes rock charts in 5 different countries.

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Out and About: Erasure ‘The Violet Flame’ Tour at House of Blues Orlando by @GoEpicurista

Andy Bell of Erasure at House of Blues Orlando - photo by Christina Thomas

House of Blues Orlando witnessed synth-pop is alive, and doing quite well, with iconic 1980s band Erasure on Saturday September 13.

Orlando, the second city of ‘The Violet Flame’ 58-stop tour, welcomed Erasure with open arms. The tour, promoting their 16th studio album, runs through December. The album is due September 23. Listen to an early preview here: soundcloud.com/erasureinfo/the-violet-flame-continuous-dj-mix/ or scroll down to hear it.

NINA at House of Blues Orlando - photo by Christina Thomas

Opening act NINA, supported with strong percussion and vocals by Laura Fares, stayed in line with the synth beats the crowd was there for, yet paired them with spiritual and soulful voices that gave us a trance-like, almost ethereal feeling. Their music, described as a blend of dream pop / moody disco, with songs like ‘Dark Rider’, ‘We Are The Wild Ones’ and ‘Sweet Surrender’, got us started on this retro-modern kind of evening.

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Out and About: A Review of The Smokehouse by House of Blues Orlando

Downtown Disney House of Blues The Smokehouse

One of my favorite places to eat at Downtown Disney is the House of Blues, so I was excited to hear they had opened a counter service restaurant out front called The Smokehouse.

Located in the small building that was formerly the ticket booth for the House of Blues concerts, The Smokehouse serves BBQ-meat sandwiches, smoked turkey leg, a hot dog, a few sides, and drinks.

Having enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich inside the sit-down area of House of Blues, my friend and I ordered that sandwich, along with the brisket sandwich, because we both love brisket.

Both sandwiches were served on a brioche bun, accompanied by a small cup of housemade cole slaw and a side of smoked tomato BBQ sauce.

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