I don’t think Central Florida is well-known for its vast array of Live Music venues, but it should be!
One of the greatest things about this town is its access to the concert circuits, big and small. Sure we get bypassed for Tampa on some of the larger shows every now and again, but that shouldn’t dissuade you, Live Music loves Orlando!
Let’s start small and focus on downtown …
My personal favorite is The Social in Downtown Orlando. Centrally located on Orange Avenue, this is a gem of the downtown scene. The Social holds approximately 400-450 people, but the intimate setting makes it feel more like 40-45. The full-service bar and fast service never keep you waiting long whether it’s for a Tucher on draft or your favorite mixed drink.
The Social’s music scene offers tremendous variety, as well. One of my favorite shows in the past couple years was seeing Imogen Heap perform. Not to be outdone by groups as different as Yo La Tengo and Will Hoge who’ve both graced the Social’s stage.
Speaking of Will Hoge, he returns to The Social on March 29. Doors open at 9 p.m., tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day-of-show. For more upcoming shows, check out The Social’s event calendar.
The Social, 54 N. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 246-1419.
One of the more surprising venues just down the block from The Social is the Club@Firestone. Mostly known for its club scene, Firestone has an open-airy feel and great sound. Next show is this Thursday, March 6, and features Justice. Doors are at 8 p.m., tickets are $25 and can be purchased online via TicketWeb.
Club@Firestone, 578 N. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 872-0066.
Unless you follow the Indie circuit, this last one may be totally new to you … BackBooth Bar & Venue has been bringing the music scene to Downtown Orlando for six years now. Located a little off the beaten path on West Pine Street, BackBooth holds 350 people comfortably and boasts an enormous draft beer selection.
Hosting acts from the local music scene, BackBooth also brings in the better name acts such as this Saturday’s performers, Blind Melon. Sans Shannon Hoon from the 90s Blind Melon fame, the band still promises to bring a great show to BackBooth. Their new single, “Wishing Well,” drops today and they have a new album, “For My Friends,” out in April.
BackBooth Bar & Venue, 37 W. Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 999-2570.