Chris Barron of Spin Doctors to Play Velvet Acoustic Sessions on November 9 at Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando

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.

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Well, 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.

Chris Barron will be the acoustic artist for November 2012. Barron is best known as the lead singer of the band Spin Doctors, who had several hits in the 90s, including “Two Princes,” “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong, ” and “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues.”

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 self-parking at the hotel.

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.

For reservations and more information, visit loewshotels.tix.com.

Here’s a Spin Doctors video to tide you over until the show:

Kevn Kinney to Play Velvet Acoustic Sessions for November 2011 at Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando

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.

Well, 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.

Kevn Kinney will be the acoustic artist for November 2011. Kinney originally struck fame as the lead vocalist and guitarist for southern rock band Drivin N Cryin in the early 90s. He has since been earning a living as a solo artist, with several albums to his credits.

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 self-parking at the hotel.

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.

The show takes place Wednesday, November 23, 2011, starting at 8pm. For reservations and more information, call 407-503-2402.

Kip Winger to Play Velvet Acoustic Sessions for September at Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando

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.

Well, 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.

Kip Winger will be the acoustic artist for September 2011. Those of you old enough might remember him as the lead singer/bassist for his self-monikered band Winger. They had many hits in the late 80s, including “Seventeen” and “Miles Away.” Kip has also put out his own solo CDs, as well as guested on other artist’s releases and even written classical pieces for ballet.

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 self-parking at the hotel.

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.

The show takes place Friday, September 2, 2011, starting at 8:30pm. For reservations and more information, call 407-503-2402.

Here’s a video from Kip Winger of a song called “How Far Will We Go” to tide you over until the show:

Bonerama Brings Big Easy Brass Rock Band Sound to Plaza Live on August 27

When most people think of New Orleans brass bands, visions of jazz clubs come to mind.

But while Bonerama is a Big Easy brass band, it takes that sound further into the realms of funk, classic rock and even jam band territory. Sometimes all within the confines of a single song.

If this sounds like your cup o’sound, then you’ll definitely want to be at the Plaza Live this weekend, on Saturday, August 27, when Bonerama takes the stage.

Tickets are only $14 in advance from the venue’s website, or you can wait and pay $17 at the door. Doors open at 7:30pm and show starts at 8pm.

Plaza Live is at 425 North Bumby Ave and you can call them for more info at 407-228-1220.

In the meantime, here’s a short clip of Bonerama live via YouTube:

Southern Fried Sunday for August 2011 at Will’s Pub this Weekend

Doing anything this Sunday, August 21? Then head on over to Will’s Pub for another installment of Southern Fried Sunday.

What is SFS? It’s an all day party with local music and great food.

This weekend’s edition has tunes by The Lonesome City Travelers, The Mud Flappers, The Kitschy Kittens Burlesque Troop with Giddy Up Go and WPRK’s DJ White Lightnin’ plus a special festival closing performance by Tampa’s The Lambasters (formerly Nervous Turkey).

Grub includes a BBQ and fried chicken dinner, along with sides. Yum!

Best of all, it’s only $7 to attend, or $2 if you have a Summer Stock Fest weekend wristband.

SFS runs from 5:30pm to 11:30pm at Will’s Pub (1042 N. Mills Ave).

 

Orlando Calling Music Fest to Rock Citrus Bowl in November 2011

I’ve always told my friends that I thought Orlando was a place that needed a huge rock festival.

Oh, sure, we have the Florida Music Festival, which is great for checking out a bunch of indie and local musicians. And we do get traveling shows like the Warped Tour that roll on through.

But we’ve never really had an event on par with Coachella or Lollapalooza…until now.

In a press conference today, July 21, 2011, Melvin Benn, CEO of Festival Republic, stood with Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer and announced Orlando Calling, a two-day music festival to be held on the grounds of the Florida Citrus Bowl.

You may never have heard of Festival Republic, but they’re no fly-by-night company. As the company behind the hugely successful European festivals like Glastonbury and Reading in the UK, they have the experience and connections to make this happen.

Orlando Calling will be held over the weekend of November 12 & 13, 2011. It will feature four stages each day of big name talent like The Killers, The Raconteurs, Pixies, The Roots, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Kid Rock, Blake Shelton and more. The full listing (as of now) can be seen in the poster to the right.

Tickets are rather reasonable for this fest. If you buy prior to September 01, 2011, regular tickets are $80 per day or $145 per weekend pass. VIP tickets, which include the admission plus a VIP area, unlimited beverages and more, start at $165 per day or $285 for the weekend. After September 01, the prices go up about $20 per ticket option.

For more information on the fest, visit the website at OrlandoCalling.com.

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