Last May, local maker-of-happenings Tierney Tough put on the inaugural Orange You Glad Music Fest featuring local and Orlando-friendly bands with a distinctive Audubon-area leaning. The event proved that our city is ready and willing to support the kind of musical pride and self-congratulation that the indie scene, for whatever reason, has resisted for quite some time.
So one can imagine how disheartening the news was that a second annual edition would not come around this past summer, compounded by similar news from the organizers of the Anti-Pop Music Festival, the national-level fall event we’ve come to know and love. Both were declared delayed-but-not-dead and a gap-filling Orange You Glad pub crawl was announced. It sounded like a consolation prize.
Now that it’s here, however, it couldn’t come at a more needed time. The October influx of major, epic national concerts seldom seen here anymore (The National, LCD Soundsystem, MGMT) left a chilly seasonal hangover in its wake. This week, the Orange You Glad Sleigh Ride serves as a hair-of-the-dog warm-up for a 2011 that promises to bring on some real-deal show action.
Below is a guide to the ride, subject to (and almost certain to) change as the night progresses. There will be drop-off spots at each venue for Toys for Tots, so bring a Barbie. Drink and be merry – the action goes all night. Pace yourself.
7 p.m. – Lauren Carder kicks things off at Redlight Redlight with folksy acoustic sounds inspired by Russian philosophy ... only way more fun.
7:15 p.m. – Hop on the Shipyard party bus (it’s providing transportation all night) and head to the Peacock Room to catch relative newcomers Maximino’s deeply felt art-rock.
7:30 p.m. – Good thing Howling Owls are playing early at Will’s Pub. Their off-kilter mood music could be terrifying once “tipsy” turns to “somber.” Meanwhile, Park Ave CDs contributes with a set by DJ Sleepy Hippie, one of Orlando’s most trusted tastemakers.
7:45 p.m. – No, you’re not drunk yet; that’s really a seven-piece ragtime bluegrass Americana act onstage. Redlight Redlight might be the WTF spot of the night.
8 p.m. – Sensitive type James Dreffen is coming into his own. He holds court at the Peacock Room while the Still Voice’s Erin Solari introduces cyclist haunt Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux’s audition as a fest venue.
8:15 p.m. – Bestiarii, that instrumental band that’s been tearing the roof off of dive bars locally plays Will’s Pub. Don’t miss it.
8:30 p.m. – If Elliott Smith found God, he’d sound like Richard Sherfey, whose Redlight Redlight set should be an early highlight.
8:45 p.m. – Skyline Underground get punchy and poppy at the Peacock Room.
9 p.m. – The Broken Inn rock Will’s Pub while singer-songwriter Chris Rowland does his thing at Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux.
9:15 p.m. – Rocker Mrenc’s buzz is reaching critical mass. He’s at Redlight Redlight.
9:30 p.m. – Ohioans the Most Beautiful Losers play perfect drinking music. That will come in handy at the Peacock Room.
9:45 p.m. – An Introduction to Sunshine rock their pretty stuff at Will’s Pub.
10 p.m. – Another bright spot: Only Thieves at Redlight Redlight.
10:15 p.m. – Infectious pop from the Equines at the Peacock Room.
10:30 p.m. – Comanche play Will’s Pub, but this might be time for some comedy. The Heart of Darkness, at Stardust Video and Coffee, is a comedy/music show by SAK vet-turned-cool New York guy Greg Barris and friends. A recent Big Apple HOD performance featured Reggie Watts.
10:45 p.m. – Pop-rock act Cure for Caska continue a solid night at Redlight Redlight.
11 p.m. – Bob on Blonde are always interesting live. Tonight, they’re at the Peacock Room.
11:15 p.m. – People seem to dig Gainesville synth-lovers Oh Fortuna. Those people should head to Will’s Pub.
11:30 p.m. – Have another drink during the frantic badasses the New Lows’ set at Redlight Redlight.
11:45 p.m. – Dana Fasano, Steve Garron and Erin Nolan are Potsie and they’re playing the Peacock Room. If those names don’t serve as spoiler alerts for what lies ahead, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
12 a.m. – While Stardust finishes up with a DJ set by the Very Large Array, Will’s Pub is going full throttle with the great and powerful Telethon.
12:15 a.m. – Andy Matchett & the Minks headline at Redlight Redlight and deservedly so.
12:30 a.m. – Locally beloved Alias Punch closes out the Peacock Room.
12:45 a.m. – While our own Jason Ferguson DJs the Redlight Redlight denouement, Loud Valley are just getting started at Will’s Pub. They used to be called Bananafish, and they probably really wish we’d stop mentioning that and just talk about their music.
1 a.m. and beyond – The night comes to an end on Mills Avenue with DJ sets from Blood Eagle (Peacock Room) and Bao Le-Huu (Will’s Pub), whom you may know.
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