Orlando Calling: Fest of both worlds
Our pullout guide to getting the most out of the varied offerings of Orlando Calling
Published: November 10, 2011
with the Killers, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Kid Rock, the Raconteurs, Blake Shelton, Pixies, Doobie Brothers, the Avett Brothers, Warren Haynes Band, Kid Cudi, Gogol Bordello, the Ettes, the Roots, Chris Isaak, Buddy Guy, Gavin Degraw, Iron & Wine, the Silver Fleece and many more
Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13
After nearly a year of anticipation, countless back-and-forth debates over everything from the lineup announcement to ticket placement, and a sizable PR campaign aimed at every demographic imaginable, the inaugural Orlando Calling music festival – the largest of its kind to hit the city in decades – is finally here. If you’re like us, you still have some questions: What ticket package did I actually buy? Which bands should I check out? Why are my parents going, too?
We have at least some of your answers here in this de facto survival guide to an event with the potential to embody everything we wanted out of an Orlando festival but were afraid to ask for. See you at the Porta Potty!
Our minute-by-minute, turn-by-turn guide to maximizing your experience.
12:30 p.m.(Main Stage) – They’re Nashville-based but singer Lindsay “Coco” Hames is a local girl. Most importantly, they’re a powerhouse band that’s among the cream of the garage-rock crop. If they’re cool enough to work with luminaries like Dan Auerbach and Greg Cartwright, they’re cool enough for you.
The Deep Dark Woods
1 p.m.(Stage 3) – If you’re a partier like us, then midday on a Saturday is practically mythical. And this lush, stately alt-country band from Canada is a pretty smooth way to ease into things.
Kids These Days
1:15 p.m.(Stage 2) – Hip-hop and jazz is the music world’s peanut butter and chocolate. But these Chicago youngsters don’t just borrow from jazz; they’re a seven-piece band that actually plays the music themselves.
1:50 p.m. (Main Stage)
Andy Matchett & the Minks
1:55 p.m. (Stage 4)
With their wild, always rousing gypsy punk, Gogol brings some real pulse and character to the event. But irrepressibly bright Orlando power-poppers Andy Matchett & the Minks are famous for their big, creative party performances involving storms of confetti, balloons, beach balls and a big parachute. It’ll be worth seeing how much they can get away with.
2:20 p.m. (Stage 2) – The connection between Orlando and these peerless and rugged Memphis country rockers is deep enough to consider them adopted sons by now.
2:40 p.m. (Stage 4) – This local folk act is still a little green, but there’s a lull in the action, and this is more interesting than the polished mediocrity of Civil Twilight.
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