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A quiet week leads to a packed weekend for Orlando music

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Outside of Friday and Saturday, this coming week, December 23-29, is a quiet one for live Orlando local music. Of course with all the great show choices packed onto Friday and Saturday nights, it would be a nice time to be cloned, several times over.

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In music news for Orlando/Central Florida, Alex and Sierra (Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton) won big this week on National television’s “The X Factor” Wednesday night. For finishing in the top spot on the reality show, the duo won a $1 million recording contract with Sony Music. That just goes to show everyone what the level of talent is here in Orlando.

The long anticipated CD release from Orlando singer/songwriter Reggie Williams, “The All Of Us EP,” officially comes out on Christmas Day. Williams funded the new CD and the recent tour with a successful Kickstarter campaign.

“It’s what we live for, playing live, and it’s a hell of a lot more fun to play to a packed venue than to play to 15 or 20 people. So get off your asses and get out and support local music. All those bands you love so much had to start somewhere.” - John Panaccione of Orlando bands Unit 25 and I Woke Up Early For My Funeral

Monday, December 23

Audubon Park Community Market - 1842 East Winter Park Road - Live music from Orlando band King and Company during the community market from 6-10 p.m.

West End Trading Company - 202 S. Sanford Ave. (Sanford) - RPR presents open mic hosted by Jessica and Mordecai at 8 p.m. This FREE event is 18+.

Tuesday, December 24

The Red Lion Pub - 3784 Howell Branch Road - Twisted Tuesday with Orlando band Holey Miss Moley for this 18+ show. This FREE event includes live music and other entertainment as well as a home-cooked meal, but donations are appreciated. The live music starts at 7:30 p.m.

Jazz Tastings - 164 Lake Ave. (Maitland) - Live music from Orlando’s John Valeri Quartet at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 25

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 26

Wills Pub - 1042 N. Mills Ave. - Eugene Snowden’s Kwanzaa Kickoff Party at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5.

The School House - 1828 Murdock Blvd. - Live music from Orlando bands Direct Effect, Flashlights and Among Giants for this show. The music starts at 9 p.m. There is no specific cover charge, but donations are appreciated.

Dexter’s Winter Park - 558 W. New England Ave. - Live music from Orlando band Midnight Ramblers at 8 p.m.

Jazz Tastings - 164 Lake Ave. (Maitland) - Trilogy Latin Jazz night featuring Orlando’s Dimas Sanchez at 7 p.m.

Friday, December 27

The Plaza Live - 425 North Bumby Ave. - Live music from singer/songwriter Kaleigh Baker (formerly of Orlando) opening for Zach Deputy for this show. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

Osceola Heritage Park - 1875 Silver Spur Lane (Kissimmee) - Manor Professional Wrestling Dinner Theater featuring pre-show live music from Orlando band Anyone’s Guess. The doors open at 7 p.m. Reservations are required for this event. No tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are $35 for adults and kids over 12, $25 for kids under 12 and kids under 3 are FREE. Pre-sale tickets have been SOLD OUT.

Holly and Dolly’s - 500 E. State Road 436, Suite 1020 (Casselberry) - BookedPro presents live music from Orlando area bands Darko Gray, Chaddy Boom, Heartwork and John D. Williams along with Central Florida band Brink for this FREE 18+ show. The doors open at 7:30 p.m.

West End Trading Company - 202 S. Sanford Ave. (Sanford) - Live music from Orlando area bands Broke on Dyer and Succulent Thing with Central Florida band Gnarlstarz and more for this all ages show. Tickets are $5 for 21+ and $8 for under 21. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.

The Red Lion Pub - 3784 Howell Branch Road - Live music from Orlando/Boston band Two Months To Boston at 9 p.m.

The Haven - 6700 Aloma Ave. - Live music from Central Florida band Trae Pierce & T-Stone.Bad Monkey Tavern - 105 West 2nd St. (Sanford) - Live music from Orlando singer/songwriter Josh Williams at 8:30 p.m.

Casselberry’s Patio Bar and Lounge - 2671 S. US Highway 17/92 (Casselberry) - Live music from Orlando band SPEED LIMIT 70 at 9 p.m.

BB Kings Blues Club - 9101 International Dr. - Live music from Orlando’s Shaun Rounds Blues Band from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cafe Murano - 309 Cranes Roost Blvd. (Altamonte Springs) - Live music from Orlando band Franchise Players.

Jazz Tastings - 164 Lake Ave. (Maitland) - Live music from Orlando’s Jazztastings Quartet at 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 28

House of Blues Orlando - 1490 E. Buena Vista Dr. - Live music from Orlando bands Maybe If You Hit It, Blaine the Mono and Leaving Haven along with Los Angeles band Violet (featuring musicians formerly of Orlando) for this all ages show. FREE tickets are available from the bands. The doors open at 7 p.m.

West End Trading Company - 202 S. Sanford Ave. (Sanford) - Live music from Orlando bands The Supervillains, Leilani Wolfgramm (full band), Jahnopa and YugoSKAvia with Central Florida band Dedbolt for this show. Tickets are $8 in advance or $11 at the door with a $3 surcharge for those under 21. The doors open at 7 p.m.

Orlando Brewing - 1301 Atlanta Ave. - Booked Promotions presents live music from Orlando bands Akazia, Tears of a Tyrant and Homestruck Orchestra with Central Florida bands Fuzz Lightyear and Cherri Ryno for this FREE all ages show. The doors open at 8 p.m.

The Peacock Room - 1321 North Mills Ave. - The Florida SKA Events end of the year party featuring live music from Orlando bands Control This and Big City Bombers with Rob Corbino from Midnight Foolishness. Tickets are $5 for this 21+ event and the doors open at 9 p.m.

Casselberry's Patio Bar and Lounge - 2671 S. US Highway 17/92 (Casselberry) - Live music from Orlando band SPEED LIMIT 70 at 9 p.m.

BB Kings Blues Club - 9101 International Dr. - Live music from Orlando band The Hooba Hoobas from 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Cafe Murano - 309 Cranes Roost Blvd. (Altamonte Springs) - Live music from Orlando band Franchise Players.

Jazz Tastings - 164 Lake Ave. (Maitland) - Live music from Orlando’s Jazztastings Quartet at 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 29

Odin’s Den - 1335 Howell Branch Road - BookedPro presents live music from Orlando bands Picking Up Naploean, Homestruck Orchestra, Through The Glass, Last ConneXion and Another Close Call for this 18+ show. Tickets are $6 for 21+ and $8 for 18-20. The doors open at 5 p.m.

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