Marc With a C's "Anything Goes" Series
In this new ("possibly monthly") series, Marc With a C is taking requests! – with only a slight delay. To keep every set fresh, the audience votes on songs (anything goes!) for the smart popsmith to learn for the next installment.
8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Geek Easy, free
Bao Le-Huu of Orlando Weekly Presents
Our live music critic brings in beat-boxing (Rubox Cube), hip-hop (Deaf 2 the Industry), metal (American Party Machine) and psych-punk (Me Chinese) to put on his own show.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Free Outdoor Stage at Fringe Fest, free
"He gives us a style," says False Punk guitarist Nicholas Sinnott. "When we started, we wanted to have a hardcore band with a singer that's not only a frontman, but a hype man. Someone that would jump around. Someone that would be energetic. Someone that would be a force to deal with." Read our interview with Orlando's False Punk.
10 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the Space, $3-$5
Relive the soundtracks of your favorite video games as they're covered by Georgia's Bit Brigade in a free showcase that also features notable Orlando nerd rockers Sci-Fried and MagiTek.
7 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the Geek Easy, free
As one of the longest running Orlando bands still in operation, Rocket 88’s rockabilly roll is a well-carved groove by now. Since their energy and splash as a total entertainment machine has sustained remarkably well since 1992, that’s a reliably beautiful thing. But just when you thought you’d seen all there was to see of them, they go and throw some fresh spice into the recipe. After a recording hiatus of nearly a decade, they finally released Don’t Look Back at the tail end of last year to reveal some invigorated edges of country and surf. In fact, these new accents are so flattering to the famous Rocket 88 sound that they open intriguing new doors of possibility and relevance to the heritage band. It’s the best reason seen in many years to check back in on these tomcats. Throw in the Legendary JC’s and you’ve got solid Orlando music history crammed into one leg-shaking bill. – Bao Le-Huu
9 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Will's Pub, $10
Steve Earle & the Dukes
Country legend Steve Earle comes into town to take us on a blues bender with songs from his 2015 release, Terraplane.
7 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Plaza Live, $49.50-$59.50
Gilt Nightclub can be a tricky club to track if it’s not your default party place, but they’ve got posters plastered all over downtown alerting Orlando that Miami rapper Rick Ross will be movin’ bass in lavish Gilt on Sundays fashion this week. Rick Ross released two records last year, Mastermind in March and Hood Billionaire in November, and just last month WorldStarHipHop debuted his official music video for new track “Quintessential” (featuring Snoop, with the amazing brag “ate seafood for breakfast, ya’ll”) off Hood. Ross is a controversial figure despite being a proclaimed Christian – condoning date rape, staging drive-bys, stealing Freeway’s name, these are his most noted rumored offenses – but they say he prays before every show, so show up early to absolve your sins before Gilt sets in.
9 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at Gilt Nightclub, contact for price
Lazy Afternoon Sunday with Rich Medina
Determined to school Orlando on the world’s greatest grooves, Lazy Afternoon Sundays pulls in influential DJ Rich Medina. His grand design for the night will cleverly scheme through funk, soul, Afrobeat, hip-hop and house in a push and pull that dances with your brain in turns of colorful sonic curiosities and immersive, zombifying pulse. The high-profile DJ rose to legendary status with his hip New York parties in the early 2000s that drew in regulars like Prince and Talib Kweli, and his Fela Kuti-dedicated movement/party, Jump N Funk, made sure the Afrobeat went on beyond dedicated circles devoted to the Nigerian virtuoso. Now smart music fans can get in on all of Rich Medina’s get-down know-how in the open-air environment of the Patio, a spot that’s deceptively one of downtown’s slickest dancefloors. (P.S. You can pay $25 and get entry to this show plus the next two Lazy Afternoon Sundays, or pay $40 for all that plus a T-shirt and two drinks.)
5 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at the Patio, $10-$40
Authentic country crooner Nikki Lane sneaks in to serve as a curious Sunday destination at the Hyatt Regency, with concert tickets including parking and 20 percent off their summer menu (plus more perks for VIPs).
4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at the Hyatt Regency, $45-$199
Retro Beach Party
This boss little showcase finds rockabilly and surf rockers colliding on the Green Lawn, featuring the Wildtones, Thee Wilt Chamberlain and Rocket 88, plus a retro bathing suit contest.
3:30 p.m. Monday, May 25, at the Free Outdoor Stage at Fringe Fest, free
Twisted Tuesday With the Company
Join local rockers and Tanqueray's regular talent the Company as they make their Red Lion Pub debut at Twisted Tuesday.
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at Red Lion Pub, free (donations accepted)