Orlando Philharmonic Hosts Party at the Plaza 2015 at Plaza Live Orlando June 20

Party at the Plaza is the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra‘s biggest party of the season, and it takes place this year on June 20, at Plaza Live Orlando.

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Party at the Plaza

The event features four stages of music, including headliner Orlando Transit Authority performing the music of Chicago, as well as other artists playing jazz, classic rock, cabaret, chamber music and more.

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Out and About: Peter Hook Brings Joy Division and New Order Favorites to Plaza Live Orlando

Seeing Peter Hook and The Light live at the Plaza Live was like taking a trip back in time. The calendar may have said it was April 19, 2015, but the music said it was the 1980s.

Peter Hook and The Light live at Plaza Live Orlando 4-19-15

That’s because Hook was co-founder of the bands Joy Division and New Order, and his show incorporated plenty of songs from those bands.

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Peter Hook & The Light Bring Joy Division Classics to Plaza Live Orlando April 19, 2015

Peter Hook & The LightPeter Hook & The Light are kicking off their southern states tour with a weekend of Florida dates that include a stop at Plaza Live Orlando on Sunday, April 19.

Peter Hook is a lead vocalist and bassist who first rose to fame as co-founder of post-punk synth-influenced band Joy Division in the late 70s. Released during the summer of 1980, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” became the band’s biggest charting single.

Following the death of Joy Division’s lead singer Ian Curtis, the band reformed as the modern rock band, New Order, and combined their former post-punk sound with electronic dance music, which made them popular in the club scene of the early 80s. Their best known hit is 1983’s “Blue Monday,” which is said to be the best-selling 12-inch single of all-time. Hook left the band in 2007.

Since then, he has still continued writing, recording, and touring with his band, The Light.

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Out and About: Jim Breuer at Plaza Live Orlando

Comedian Jim Breuer returned to Orlando on Thursday, March 5, and put on a great show that kept the audience laughing for over an hour at Plaza Live Orlando.

Jim Breuer on the marquee at Plaza Live Orlando

Running late, due to travel delays, he immediately launched into a really funny bit about being on cruises hosted by rock bands that segued into a even more hilarious discussion about the capture and training of the cruise staff. The part about the towel animal had me choking on my water, I was laughing so hard.

Jim Breuer onstage at Plaza Live Orlando

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Jim Breuer Brings the Laughs to Plaza Live Orlando March 5, 2015

Jim Breuer - photo by Gregory Pallante
[photo by Gregory Pallante]
Get ready for a night of fun as comedian Jim Breuer returns to Orlando for a show at Plaza Live Orlando on Thursday, March 5.

Breuer first rose to fame as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” in the 90s. His impressions were so good, and who can forget his original character of “Goat Boy”?

He then went on to appear in movies like “Half Baked,” as well as TV shows like “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” He is also a frequent guest on the Howard Stern Show. He’s so funny, Comedy Central named him one of the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.”

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Out and About: Ink Master Season 5 Premier at Plaza LIVE! Orlando

Ink Master Season 5 Premier at Plaza LIVE! Orlando

Last week Tuesday (September 2) marked the fifth season premier of reality TV show Ink Master, and there was a free party held at the Plaza LIVE! Orlando for fans, with several stars of the show in attendance.

This season’s theme is “Rivals,” where contestants are paired off based on personal beefs. For one of the pair of “Rivals” we get to see familiar faces, Joshua Hibbard and Jason Clay Dunn from season 3. I’m excited to see Joshua in action again. Despite having been a prick, he was still a great artist. I hope that Jason has amped up his skills, though. He’s a very sweet person, but he was weak as an artist.

This season has quite a few contestants from Florida, which is why this party was held, sponsored by H2Ocean. I’ve got to say right off the bat, this was NOT a well-organized event. Doors opened at seven with “festivities” scheduled to start at eight. There were three people there when the doors opened: me, my partner-in-crime, and one guy in a beanie. We killed time by watching people set up the bar and cupcakes. It was very hardcore.

Ink Master Season 5 Premier at Plaza LIVE! Orlando
Ink Master contestant Aaron Is with daughters Molly and Mina; Robbie Ripoll with Chantal

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The Plaza LIVE! Orlando Presents Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) on October 23, 2014

Moody Blues vocalist Justin HaywardOne of the smoothest voices in classic rock is that of Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward, who will be appearing in concert at The Plaza Live! on October 23.

Since the early 70s, Hayward has helped the band chart hit after hit, including their signature song, “Nights in White Satin.” He has also released several solo projects and worked with other artists.

Billed as “An Intimate Evening with Justin Hayward,” tickets for this show range from $36.75-$56.75, and go on sale today, August 22. This show is all ages.

The Plaza LIVE! is located at 425 N. Bumby Ave. For more information, visit plazaliveorlando.com.

Plaza Live Concert Highlights for April 2012

Here’s some of our picks for shows not to miss at Plaza Live for April 2012:

April 6 – Pink Martini – $28.50 and up
From jazz to classical to pop and more, Pink Martini loves to explore the boundaries of music. They’ve collaborated with a roster that includes such diverse talent as Carol Channing and DJ DIMItri from Paris, and it’s not unusual to see more than a dozen musicians onstage at any point in time. They’ve been known to sell out Carnegie Hall, so here’s your chance to see them in a more intimate venue.

April 11 – Tower of Power – $26.50 and up
They formed in Oakland, California, in 1968, and spent the early 70s releasing a string of hits. They’ve also performed on hits from the likes of Huey Lewis, Rod Stewart, Smokey Robinson and David Sanborn. If you like classic soul and R&B, this is the show to catch.

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April 13 – Jimmie Vaughan – $20 advance/$22 day of
Vaughan is a well respected and well loved bluesman, who, on his own and as a member of bands like the Fabulous Thunderbirds, has recorded a legacy of great music. On his newest release, Blues, Ballads and Favorites, Vaughan has covered tunes he loves that were written by others. It’s his first CD in nearly nine years and he says, ““I just wanted to do these songs and that was it, really. And like all of my albums this one is 100% totally selfish. I want people to like what I do but at the same time I have this strong feeling that if I don’t like it, I can’t expect them to.”

April 20 – Rick Springfield – $45 and up
Rick Springfield is a multi-hyphen entertainer whose resume includes actor and author. But music has always been his first love and he has a string of hits to prove it. Songs such as “Jessie’s Girl” and “I’ve Done Everything for You” are still radio staples, even more than 30 years after their release. Don’t miss this chance to see Rick perform live – he always puts on a great show.

April 27 – Chris Burns – $15 gen admission/$20 admission + CD
This show is a CD release party for Orlando’s own Chris Burns. This singer-songwriter has spent the last two years writing and recording his newest release, Out of the Well, so come on out and celebrate its release. $20 preferred tickets even get you a copy of the CD – that’s a deal!

For more information on these and other upcoming shows, visit plazaliveorlando.com. Plaza Live is located at 425 N. Bumby Ave. in Orlando.

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