Top secrets 

A few of our favorite under-the-radar Orlando music venues

click to enlarge Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall
  • Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall

There are plenty of loudly advertised shows in town to keep you busy or at least prevent you from getting too bored. But then there are the quietly awesome events that also occur, the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it type stuff that most people only hear about after the fact. One prominent example of this is Park Ave CD’s in-store performances (2916 Corrine Drive, 407-447-7275, parkavecds.com). Make it a habit to drop by the store and check for announcements, and you can see some of the biggest national touring bands for free in an intimate setting that often includes free posters and band signings.

For fans of punk and garage, Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall (1016 N. Mills Ave., 407-898-0009) is a mainstay, featuring a house-show mentality behind an often-obscured storefront on Mills Ave. These shows are sparsely advertised, unless you know the right booking people online or keep a militant eye out for the typically collage-style posters. It’s a similar situation for shows at Bar-BQ-Bar downtown (64 N. Orange Ave., 407-648-5441), which often puts up last-minute but worthwhile shows you’ll need to be diligent about Facebook to see.

Perhaps the best-kept secret of hushed Orlando shows is the Timucua White House (2000 S. Summerlin Ave., 407-595-2713, timucua.com), though. Here you’ll find modern classical performances, sensational international bands and the best tribute shows in town, no matter what Hard Rock Live might claim. Check the website to keep up with their cultural events.

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