Out and About: Poca’s Rock the Sauce Offered Up a Day of Great Food and Music

A recap of the 7th Annual Poca's Rock the Sauce food and music festival held at Will's Pub in Orlando.

Every year Wendy Davis, Chef/Owner of Poca’s Hottest Hot Sauces, holds a culinary competition where the contestants must use one of her hot sauces in their entry. This year was the 7th annual cook-off and it was held at Will’s Pub on Sunday, April 29.

In conjunction with the cook-off this year, Poca’s Hottest held a competition for the next band to have a hot sauce named after them.

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Daytona International Speedway Announces 2018 Country 500 Music Festival Line Up

2018 Country 500 Music Festival

Daytona International Speedway has announced the artists that will be headlining the 2018 Country 500 Music Festival next Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27.

Scheduled to appear are Toby Keith, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Billy Currington, Sugarland, Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, Midland, A Thousand Horses, 38 Special, Frankie Ballard, Colt Ford, David Nail, Craig Campbell, Michael Ray, Runaway June, High Valley, DJ Dirty and many more.

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Out and About: Sunset Music Festival Tampa 2016 – A Recap

Sunset Music Festival 2016 - photographer Julian Bajsel

It’s been eight years since my last EDM festival. In between Ultra Music Festival 2008 and Sunset Music Festival 2016, my exposure to the EDM scene was limited to attending various events at clubs in my hometown of Orlando (including the memorable experience of seeing DeadMau5 at Firestone). Sunset Music Festival was a great reintroduction to the scene.

To find our fellow ravers, we had to look no farther than the hotel parking lot – both days, they were everywhere along our route from the Tampa Riverwalk to the Raymond James stadium.

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Out and About: A First-Timer’s Visit to Sunset Music Festival

Sunset Music Festival 2016 - photographer Alex Perez

It felt like every meme on the internet came alive and started dancing as electronic dance music scene took over Tampa Bay on Memorial Day weekend for the fifth annual Sunset Music Festival.

The two-day festival, which routinely draws some of the top DJs in the world, did not disappoint this year, with fan favorite Hardwell dominating the main stage on opening day, in the company of DJs like Galantis, 3LAU, and Audien.

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5th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival Returns to Orlando November 6-7, 2015

The two-day Electric Daisy Carnival returns for it’s fifth year to Orlando, with more than 50 talented DJs scheduled to perform November 6 and 7.

Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando 2015

Each day of the festival will feature some of today’s most renowned dance music artists from all over the world, playing on three stages: kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS and neonGARDEN.

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College Park JazzFest Returns For 12th Year on October 17, 2015

Where are my Central Florida jazz lovers? I know you’re all going to want to be at the 12th Annual Collage Park JazzFest this weekend on October 17.

12th Annual Collage Park JazzFest

Hosted by the Collage Park Partnership, the College Park JazzFest features three large stages located along the main street of College Park, Edgewater Drive, local food vendors and thousands of music-lovers. Six blocks of the main street are filled with people of all ages enjoying the live entertainment.

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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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4th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival Returns to Orlando at Tinker Field November 7-8, 2014

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Orlando

EDM fans mark your calendars for November 7 and 8 – that’s when the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) returns to Orlando, setting up this year at Tinker Field.

Now in its fourth incarnation, EDC Orlando will be a two-day adventure bringing together dozens of eclectic artists performing across multiple stages, vibrant art installations, costumed roaming characters, dancers and performers, as well as the festival’s signature full-scale carnival rides for guests to enjoy amid a transformed venue with unique and immersive décor.

New to this year’s festival is a high-flying zip line that will allow attendees to experience an adrenaline filled bird’s eye view of the sweeping festival grounds below.

This year’s event will feature over 60 EDM artists performing on three stages over the two days. Among the musicians and DJs are Cedric Gervais, Steve Aoki, 3LAU, Above & Beyond, Headhunterz, Aly & Fila, Arctic Moon, Emma Hewitt, and more.

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Rock the Universe Returns to Universal Orlando September 5-6, 2014

Rock the Universe

Rock the Universe Christian music festival returns to Universal Orlando the weekend of September 5 and 6.

Musical acts on Friday include Third Day, Newsboys, and Jeremy Camp. On Saturday, bands include Switchfoot, Lecrae, and TobyMac. In addition to the music, there will be inspiring guest speakers, a candlelighting ceremony, and more.

The event takes place inside Universal Studios. During the event, many of the attractions will also be open, including the newly opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

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Night of Joy Will Light Up Magic Kingdom September 5-6, 2014

Night of Joy

Night of Joy returns to Walt Disney World for its 32nd year with a two-night roster of the hottest Christian and Gospel artists September 5 and 6.

Stages will be spread out throughout the Magic Kingdom where you can catch the following acts:

  • Friday – Hillsong United, Chris Tomlin, Matthew West, For King & Country, and more.
  • Saturday – Skillet, Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Rhett Walker, and more.

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Austin’s Coffee Hosts 9th Annual I-4 Fest on July 4, 2014 in Winter Park

I-4 Fest at Austin's CoffeeIt’s time for the 9th annual I-4 Fest at Austin’s Coffee, which takes place on Friday, July 4 this year.

The festival features live music from over 20 bands on two stages, including Moonmen from Mars, Luscious Lisa, The Woolly Bushmen, and more.

There will also be a Handmade Art Fair, food (incl. vegan options), and free beer when Moonmen go onstage.

Cost for all of this is only $5. I-4 Fest starts at noon, and is scheduled to end at midnight.

Austin’s Coffee is located at 929 W. Fairbanks Ave in Winter Park. For more info, visit austinscoffee.com.

The Mennello Museum of American Art Presents the 12th Annual Orlando Folk Festival February 8 & 9, 2014

The 12th Annual Orlando Folk Festival returns to The Mennello Museum of American Art at Loch Haven Park, the weekend of February 8 and 9.

orlandofolkfest2014This is a celebration of art, music, and traditional crafts. Local musician/promoter Joseph Martens has booked a varied lineup of local musicians this year, including Bing Futch, Terri Binion, Drums of Umoja, The JCs Trio, JUNOSmile, and Beartoe.

Dozens of artists and artisans from around the country will feature their paintings, sculpture, ceramics, wood carvings, traditional crafts and other creations and inventions during the festival.

There will also be a Kids Corner featuring interactive artistic activities, food trucks, and other vendors.

The festival is free to attend, and runs from 10am-5pm both days. Admission to the museum itself is $5 for adults and $1 for students and children ages 6-18.

For more information, visit the Orlando Folk Festival website.

Southern Fried Sunday’s End of Summer Shake-Up on Mills Ave Takes Place on Sept 15

Southern Fried Sunday Orlando

It’s not often that you can get a day long music festival and a great BBQ dinner at a low dough price, but this Sunday, you can do just that.

This month’s installment of Southern Fried Sunday is their “End of Summer Shake-Up on Mills” and features three venues full of regional and local music, plus dinner, for the price of $10 in advance/$12 day of.

Even better, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, to help them purchase a new box truck to pick up donations of furniture and household items so they can continue to serve Central Florida families transitioning from shelter living into their new homes.

Will’s Pub, Lil Indies & The Peacock Room will play host to over 20 bands. Those attending will also get to enjoy a Southern Style BBQ Dinner prepared with help from Tako Cheena and Smiling Bison. The event starts at 4pm, and it is 21 and over.

For more information, a listing of bands, or to purchase tickets, visit the SFS Facebook page.

Universal Orlando Gets Ready to Rock The Universe Again September 6-7, 2013

One of Universal Orlando‘s biggest annual events is Rock the Universe, which is a two day Christian music festival that will take place this year the weekend of September 6-7, 2013.

Universal Orlando Rock the UniverseAmong the headliners are 2012 Grammy winners Lecrae, Grammy award-winning group and Daytona Beach natives Casting Crowns; Grammy nominated and winner of 20 Dove Awards Chris Tomlin ; and rock band Switchfoot, which has sold millions of albums worldwide.

The full two-day line-up is as follows:

  • Friday, September 6: Switchfoot, Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Tenth Ave North, Family Force 5, Colton Dixon, and Kyle Sherman
  • Saturday, September 7: Casting Crowns, Jesus Culture, Lecrae, Relient K, Red, Everfound, and Crave

Returning this year is the Fan Zone presented by Coca-Cola where guests will enjoy live music by Dara McClean, OBB and Love & The Outcome, autograph sessions with the bands, karaoke and band merchandise.

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