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Music updates around town: Fat Night, Park Ave CDs, Gram Parsons 


Over in Orange City, there’s this rad music production company called North Avenue Studios that in 2010 launched a neat little offshoot called Off the Avenue to do live in-studio recording sessions with touring and regional bands, primarily shot here in Florida. Many of their videos are prominently featured on music taste-making site Consequence of Sound, including recent ones with Deltron 3030 and King Tuff. I’m stoked to say that the Off the Avenue folks are now partnering up with Orlando Weekly to document awesome bands we see in town and help promote upcoming local talents, like this month’s video featuring the funky soul of Orlando’s Fat Night. Fat Night formed in 2010, released a 10-song self-titled album in September of last year and expects to tour on new songs this fall. Dedicated soul seekers, their live performances exude the electricity of their varied influences, and this is their chief inspiration: “A musician who has played a song at hundreds or thousands of shows but can still find ways to make it sound fresh is the kind of musician that survives. I think funk, soul and R&B especially allow for songs to develop endlessly.” You can read more about the band and see both videos here.

We’ve been celebrating Park Ave CDs 30-year anniversary since the calendar turned in January, and last month, former store owner Denise Frankenberger Allen shared some vintage photos from when the store first opened in 1984. Here, we’ve printed some of our favorites, but you can see more in the music category at This year, the indie music store attracted record-breaking crowds for Record Store Day, blowing out the event by inviting Manchester Orchestra for an exclusive meet-and-greet. But even more recently, they were chosen to be part of legendary jazz label Blue Note Records’ 75th anniversary, meaning they’ll have discounts and exclusive releases every month through the end of the year. Past or present, Park Ave rules.

Then and now: Celebrating 30 years of Park Ave CDs through photos

Attention: Gram Parsons fans, you might want to take part in a major effort to preserve the massively influential, genre-blending artist’s prominent place in Central Florida’s history in the coming weeks. Gram Parsons’ Cosmic Revival is a Winter Haven fundraising effort to restore the Derry Down building – a music-minded youth center established in 1964 and one of the first venues Parsons ever played – to transform it into a proper tribute space where people can listen to and bask in his music. To join forces with these grievous angels, go to 297 NW Fifth St. in Winter Haven at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28 to enjoy live music, share stories and help contribute (they suspect total costs for restoration will be around $150,000). P.S. Scrapbookers: The camp is also seeking any photos documenting the youth center or Gram Parsons.

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