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Are we having Fun yet, indie band stops in Central Florida, plus more area music scene

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm


By Peter Covino
Lifestyles Editor
Maybe it’s the change in the weather, but suddenly it’s a great time to listen to music.
There are outside music festivals, including Osceola County’s biggest Latino event, and a whole lot more coming up in the coming weeks.
First up, if you missed it, alternative indie pop band Fun, made a stop in Central Florida.
Osceola News-Gazette contributing writer Katie Petty recently went to the band’s show at the CFE Arena. It was part of the band’s Most Nights Summer Tour. That is also Petty’s photo up above. She gave it a big thumbs up and here are some of her thoughts from the experience.
The trio, consisting of vocalist Nate Ruess and guitarists Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost, made their audience feel as though they were long lost friends of the band.
Ruess appeared to see eye to eye with the crowd, or at least with the front row, when he sang “It Gets Better.” Midway through the song, the singer got down on his knees starred into the crowd. “It gets better, it gets better, it gets better, we’ll get better,” he had the audience chant.
Fun’s lyrics, which often describe hardships or heartbreaks, added to the intimate feel of the concert. It seemed as though the crowd wasn’t merely echoing the lyrics of the band’s songs, but using them as a tool to tell their own stories.
The show’s graphics and lighting added to the ambiance of the songs. While the band performed “Stars,” images of constellations were displayed on the screen behind them.
If the intimacy of the concert hadn’t left the audience stunned,  Petty continued, Ruess’ voice sure did. His vocals sounded exactly as they do on Fun.’s  albums. Each time the song “All the Pretty Girls” required him to hit a series of high-pitched “I do, I do, I do’s,” his voice delivered perfectly.
Apparently lead vocalist Ruess also enjoyed his time in Central Florida as well, she said, quoting the musician.     “We’ve never missed a (concert) in Orlando and we won’t miss one in Orlando after this night,” Ruess said.
Viva Osceola
Hopefully the cooler fall weather will be taking hold for Viva Osceola, which comes to Kissimmee Lakefront Park, Saturday, Oct. 12.
The free event kicks off at 11 a.m. and continues until 6 p.m.
Scheduled musical guests include Tony Vega and Lourdes Robles. There will be live DJs on stage, dancing, activities for children, arts and crafts,  Latin food and more. Vendor applications are still being accepted for information contact the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce at 407-847-3174.
Florida Blue Blues and Music Festival 
There is a new musical event  on the calendar and although this one is in Sarasota, it looks like it is worth the frip for blues fans.
It takes place  Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and shows will begin at noon.
This inaugural event continues the tradition of a fall blues and music festival in Sarasota and will feature Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats with special guest Little Charlie, Popa Chubby, and Samantha Fish as headlining acts. A portion of the proceeds will benefit All Faith’s Food Bank.
You can’t bring coolers, pets or video cameras, but blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. It is also a rain or shine event.
General admission tickets are $27 for advance sale and $32 the day of the event. Limited quantity VIP tickets are still available for $75 and include access to a special seating area, an exclusive VIP hospitality area and a variety of food and beverages throughout the day. Tickets for children 12 and under are $10.
Tickets can be purchased at, charge by phone or at the Sarasota Fairgrounds main office.
American rock band Dangerkids, who recently released their debut album, Collapse, have announced their upcoming U.S. “Tracing Back Roots Tour” with We Came As Romans.
The band will stop at House of Blues in Orlando, Oct. 22.
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Dangerkids, which is comprised of Tyler Smyth, Andy Bane, Jake Bryant, Jake Bonham, and Katie Cole, released their new album, Collapse, via Rise Records on Sept. 17
Having only formed in April 2012, the Ohio based rockers were named one of Under The Gun’s Top 5 Artists To Watch in 2013 – “Their slick, high-gloss approach to marketing and music production sets a new standard for independent artists.”   Dangerkids have toured under Sleeping With Sirens, Attack Attack and played the 2013 Skate and Surf festival in Jackson, NJ.
The album is now available on iTunes,  You can also check out a full stream of Collapse on Guitar World here:
Beartooth, the new metalcore band of former Attack Attack! frontman Caleb Shomo, will hit the road with August Burns Red, Blessthefall and Defeater this fall for a full 39 date U.S. tour including a Dec. 6 stop at The Plaza Live in Orlando.
For a free download of the new EP and more information about the tour, visit:
Along with Shomo, Beartooth is guitarist Taylor Lumley, bassist Nick Reed and drummer Brandon Mullins. After parting ways with Attack Attack!, Shomo produced and executed vocals, guitar, bass, drums and programming in his Ohio home studio for the entire EP and now has assembled some of his Midwest crew to form the live version of the band.
New Dwight Yoakum
New West Records has just released the new Dwight Yoakam compilation, 21st Century Hits: Best of 2000-12.
The album chronicles for the first time the key singles, hits and most loved songs Yoakam recorded while on New West Records, Warner Brothers and Koch between 2000-12. The collection picks up where the multiple Grammy Award winner’s last greatest hits compilation left off and will bring the listener right up to his latest album, 2012’s 3 Pears. It will be available digitally, on CD and as a deluxe CD+DVD combo featuring five music videos: “Close Up The Honky Tonks, “Intentional Heartache,” Blame The Vain,” “Back Of Your Hand” and “Late Great Golden State.” The bonus DVD will also contain hi-res 24/96 audio playback of the album.
The 14-track LP is compiled of essential singles from five albums including Tomorrow’s Sound Today, Population Me, Blame The Vain, Dwight Sings Buck and 3 Pears as well as the smash hit “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” as featured in the film “The Break-Up,” and the never before commercially released duet with Michelle Branch, “Long Goodbye.” Also included is the Willie Nelson duet “If Teardrops Were Diamonds” and the rollicking “A Heart Like Mine” produced by Beck.
Opening the album is “The Sad Side Of Town,” a torchy Buck Owens-Yoakam co-write delivered with aching restraint. Yoakam’s homage to former mentor Owens, Dwight Sings Buck, is represented here with three tracks including Yoakam’s take on The Baron of Bakersfield’s perennial favorite, “Act Naturally.” His 2005 New West debut, Blame The Vain, which saw Yoakam taking the reins for his first-ever self- produced album, is highlighted here with four tracks including the rocking, uproarious “Intentional Heartache,” the twangy, boot-stomping “I Wanna Love Again” and the Hammond organ-laced country-rock title track.
Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Yoakam. In his illustrious three-decade career he has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, has amassed 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums and is a 21-time nominated Grammy award winner. 21st Century Hits shines the spotlight on this country pioneer’s second act, which showcases him embracing rock, Americana, pop and soul with aplomb and the same fiery passion first displayed on his trail blazing 1986 debut.
Moscow Ballet announces open auditions on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4:00pm for student dancers ages 7 to 16 years at Highland School of Dance, 6929 Old Highway 37, Lakeland, FL 33811. Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” Audition Director Svetlana Todinova will be present to select 60 dancers to perform as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and many more roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Dec 27, 7:30pm at the Lakeland Center Youkey Theatre in Lakeland. Applicants must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. The experience of working and performing with professional ballerinas is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for aspiring dancers. Former Somerville NJ Gotta Dance student Hillary-Marie Michael, now director of Jersey Tap Fest, says, “From start to finish … it is an excellent way for dancers to understand both the discipline and fun involved in a professional ballet production.” Call 863.644.4124 for more info and register at .