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
3:10 p.m. (Main Stage) – We wish hip-hop was better represented, but this Brooklyn alt-rapper is modestly intriguing.
Iron & Wine
3:40 p.m. (Stage 2) – Sam Beam spent a good part of his college years in Florida and he’s riding a wave of goodwill following his stellar new album. His pastel sounds make for a decent transition here.
The Avett Brothers
4:35 p.m. (Main Stage) – With unlikely but deserved fame, this youthful, progressive outfit is bringing broad relevance back to folk music. After them is a perfect time to catch your breath for a sec.
6:10 p.m. (Main Stage)
6:20 p.m. (Stage 4)
They’re in the reunion moon of their career but, shit, it’s the motherfucking Pixies! If you’re not into the Pixies, you should get your head checked. But to the rescue of even poor suckers like you is powerhouse siren and Orlando ex-pat Kaleigh Baker. She always brings down the house.
7:50 p.m. (Main Stage)
8 p.m.(Stage 2)
8 p.m.(Stage 3)
Next is practically a three-way tie that really depends on your taste: The Raconteurs, the Roots and Drive-By Truckers. Considering both overall quality and infrequency of Orlando visits, DBT is the best pick.
9:45 p.m.(Main Stage) – Judging by the press releases and the cherry slot, the festival organizers seem to think these guys are a bigger deal than we do. There are no other competing performances at this hour, though, so might as well.
All right, geezers, your turn. Up and at ’em.
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
12:10 p.m.(Stage 2) – This outstanding alt-country act shouldn’t really be playing Sunday’s inferior lineup and definitely not in the dreaded first slot. But, whatever, they’re one of the best of the fest so get there early.
The David Mayfield Parade
1 p.m.(Stage 3) – The gentle and sweet Americana of this Nashville outfit is youthful in voice but steeped in tradition.
1:15 p.m. (Stage 2) – This Florida-born neo-traditionalist country artist dishes out the brass with some atypical tendencies.
1:25 p.m. (Main Stage) – This Nashville bluegrass legend represents perhaps the day’s deepest, most legit musical heritage.
2:25 p.m.(Stage 2) – This next wave of sets is a little flat but, appropriately enough, Texas’ Flatlanders will likely nourish the most with their gentlemanly, authentic take on country.
3:25 p.m.(Stage 4) – The patient, atmospheric and wistful indie folk of this young New Hampshire band will appeal to fans of Bon Iver.
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