In its third year, Ralphfest has grown to become a three day festival in memory of slain Orlando musician Ralph Ameduri. The three day music festival will take place February 7-9 in several locations throughout Orlando with proceeds from the music festival going to the Ralph Ameduri Jr. Music Scholarship, a fund that provides musical instruments for Central Florida students.
The first Ralphfest event takes place Friday, February 7 at Will’s Pub and Lil’ Indies. Music fans will get to enjoy live music from Orlando bands Rocket 88, Terri Binion, Gene & the JC Jumpers, Thomas Wynn & the Believers, Shew’bird, The Hindu Cowboys, Big Jef Special, SC Accidental, Join Hands, Jim O’Rourke & the Rugs, The Bloody Jug Band, funkUs, Sunny, Chris Charles Trio, JUNOsmile, The Actomatics and more. The doors open at 7 p.m. and there is a $10 cover charge.
The festival continues on Saturday with events scheduled at The Beacham, The Social, Sky 60 and BBQ Bar in downtown Orlando. Music fans can enjoy live music from Orlando bands The Legendary JC’s, Paddington Ambush, Riverbottom Nightmare Band, Lorna Lambey and the Mark Wayne Tribute Orchestra, The Belltowers, Precious (reunion), The New Lows, The Sh-Booms, Gerry Williams Band, Princetons Guff and Brenden McNeil along with Nervous Turkey, The Attack, The Goldminers, Guided By Voices Tribute Band, My Man Mohammed, Octagrape and the festival headliner Sebadoh. There will also be DJs Gomez, Mot, Ken Sherry, Nigel and more performing at Sky 60. The doors for The Social and The Beacham Theater open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. with tickets for $15.
On Sunday is the FREE Ralphfest wrap up party at The Lucky Lure Bar with Miami’s Juke providing the music. The doors open at 6 p.m. for the party.
The first two Ralphfest music festivals were held in the fall but this year’s event was moved February to coincide with the trial of the man accused of Ameduri’s murder. After going on trial last week, the man was found guilty of many charges stemming from the attempted robbery, including first degree murder.
Ralphfest is a great opportunity to not only support live local music, but a chance for local music fans to help out the community as well. Keep updated on the Ralph Ameduri official web site.