Published: September 29, 2011
It’s autumn, which means the big manly stores for big manly men are cranking up their outdoorsy man-speak: “Never Stop Improving” shouts Lowe’s in a leafy ad. “Outdoor Power Essentials. Advantage: Home Depot” grunts the caveman warehouse. Never one to be left out, the city of Orlando went out and bought their own gas-guzzling leaf blower in the form of a brand new music festival. Orlando Calling is the Super Bowl of Super Blows, a pricey (tickets range from $87.50 to $1,700), sprawling (the fest will take over Citrus Bowl Park Nov. 12-13) machine with a recognizable brand name (Festival Republic, producers of festivals in Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury) and powered by pro-level, greased-up engines (Kid Rock, Blake Shelton, Pixies). Of course, there’s a safety switch for the tender-fingered older user (Doobie Brothers, Buddy Guy, Blues Traveler, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band), while the, uh, livelier lawn owner will enjoy the sharp-edged blades (Kid Cudi, the Raconteurs, the Killers, the Roots). And best of all, it’s all happening outdoors, which, as anyone with a green thumb will tell you, is always a bit of a crapshoot in Florida. Gambling is fun!
If you’re not one for worn-out metaphors, big-time fall bookings are coming fast and furious these days. New kid the Beacham has acts as diverse as Thrice (Oct. 8) and Odd Future (Nov. 3) on the schedule, while their neighbors at the Social boast shows from Mates of State (Oct. 7), Deer Tick (Oct. 19) and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (Nov. 8). Amway Center hopes to shove Guns N’ Roses onto the stage (Oct. 28), while Hard Rock Live is front-loaded with goodness from Adele (Oct. 13) and a solo Chris Cornell (Nov. 4). House of Blues has the original lineup of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones(Oct. 21) as well as TV on the Radio (Oct. 26). On a smaller scale, Will’s Pub hosts captivating indie acts, from Memoryhouse (Oct. 27) to VHS or Beta (Oct. 14). Gentlemen, start your power tools.
– Justin Strout
Langhorne Slim 8 pm; Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; 407-898-5803.
The Aggrolites, Peelander-Z 8 pm; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $12-$15; 407-246-1419.
Rick Springfield 6:30 pm; Velvet Bar, Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando; $29-$35; 407-351-7625.
Zeds Dead 8 pm; Firestone Live, 578 N. Orange Ave.; $18; 407-872-0066.
Auditory Armory, Picking Up Napolean, Lights of Ara 9 pm; The Haven, 6700 Aloma Ave., Winter Park; $5-$7; 407-673-2712.
Authority Zero 8 pm; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $12-$14; 407-246-1419.
British Soul Night with DJ BMF9 pm; McRaney’s Tavern, 1566 W. Fairbanks, Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-622-4474.
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