Orlando Weekly Fall Guide
MUSIC: Well-curated music festivals, touring national acts and emerging locals make fall the best time to go out and enjoy live music
Published: September 25, 2013
Maybe the fall is best loved for pumpkins, but there’s a fat, round lineup of bands coming to town this season that’s making us turn colors too. We’ll be treated to not just today’s most daring (and stunning) pop artist, Janelle Monáe, but also the hugely influential Pointer Sisters will be jumping for our love at Epcot in October. Later that month, Nine Inch Nails come toting that darkwave prince Gary Numan, arriving for a freaky industrial dance party on Halloween night. And did we mention that the noodle-armed Nerdapalooza gets a little more muscle this year, including huge headliner They Might Be Giants?! Add to that Matador darling Kurt Vile, up-and-coming Seattle tropical punk band Week of Wonders and an intimate show at the Acre with John Vanderslice, and we’re tempted to prematurely start puffing our breath to check if maybe, just maybe, the air has cooled already.
Colin Hay 7 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $27.50-$37.50; 407-228-1220.
STRFKR Indie-electro on Polyvinyl. 8 pm; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $17-$20; 407-246-1419.
The Chop Tops Rockabilly punk. 9 pm; Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $10.
Blues Traveler 8:30 pm; Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa; $33; 866-502-7529.
BT Trance music. 9 pm; The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave.; $20-$35; 407-648-8363.
Cowboy Mouth New Orleans rock. 7 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $20; 407-228-1220.
Dope Operatic Hosted by DJ Cub 10 pm; The Peacock Room, 1321 N. Mills Ave.; $5; 407-228-0048.
Ra Ra Riot Synth pop band on Barsuk Records. 8 pm; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $18-$20; 407-246-1419.
Velvet Sessions With Bret Michaels 6:30 pm; Velvet Bar, Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando; $29-$35; 407-351-7625.
Boney James 7 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $26.50-$52.50; 407-228-1220.
Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Starship starring Mickey Thomas ’80s rock. 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, 8 pm; America Gardens Theatre, Epcot, Lake Buena Vista; $90; 407-939-1289.
Flows Like Wine CD Release Party With Fiery Sushi, Marcellus, Ariday, False Narrative 7 pm; Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St.; $8; 407-999-2570.
Kamelot, Delain, Eklipse Power metal. 5:30 pm; House of Blues, Downtown Disney West Side, Lake Buena Vista; $25-$28; 407-934-2583.
Kattya Graham Album Release Party With Urbe Prima, Abdias Ernesto Garcia 9 pm; Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave.; free.
O’Brother, Daylight Post-rock. 7 pm; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $10-$12; 407-246-1419.
Orlando Rocks! With Kill the Sound, Not Tonight Josephine, Story’s End, Through the Glass 7 pm; House of Blues, Downtown Disney West Side, Lake Buena Vista; $5; 407-934-2583.