The fourteenth annual Florida Music Festival (FMF) is scheduled for April 24-26 throughout downtown Orlando. This year’s festival features a variety of special edition showcases and events as well as national headliners Aer, Less Than Jake and Ed Kowalczyk.
As in past years, FMF will also include several music industry conferences and seminars for musicians, students and industry professionals to attend. The conferences will be held at the City Arts Factory.
The venues for this year are The Social, BackBooth, Bullitt Bar, Firestone Live, Tanqueray’s, Café Annie’s, Elixir, Magnolia and two stages at Wall Street Plaza. Single day tickets are available in advance for $10 and get fans into all the venues. Daily passes will also be available at each of the venues during the festival. The music starts at 6 p.m. each night of the music festival.
Although the festival is slated to start on Thursday, there are two special events on Wednesday that will serve to actually usher in the music festival. Other special showcases during FMF are courtesy of production and management companies, record companies and more.
The Florida Grammy Showcase
Wednesday night is the Florida Grammy Showcase at Firestone Live. The pre-show reception is at 7 p.m. with DJ M-Squared followed at 8 p.m. by live music from Tayler Buono, Good Luck Penny, Carly Jo Jackson, The Cold Start, Geri X and Variance. This FREE 18+ event will be hosted by WJRR’s Supa Dave.
The Jambando Stage at Tanqueray’s
Wednesday night at Tanqueray’s, the Jambando Stage series kicks off with The Drew Yardis Project and ISM. There will be two bands each night during FMF and leading up to the Spring Jambando Saturday at The Plaza Live.
The Blue Man Group drum-off
On Thursday, the finalists of the Blue Man Group drum-off competition will compete on the main stage for a prize package valued at over $6,000. Contestants will be judged on creativity, technical ability and awesomeness.
Thursday’s special showcases
At The Backbooth will be The Working Group Management Showcase with live music from Kyle Cox, Kids, Civilian, The Careful Ones and Hoyle. At The Social is the Brotherly Love Productions showcase with Levi Stephens, The Cold Start, Colours, Jimkata and Stokeswood.
EleMentz on Friday
At Firestone Live is the EleMentz showcase brought by Maximum Entertainment Group and The Inspira Project at 7 p.m. Following that is an afterparty event from D. Bailey Management, Inc featuring a live performance from Lovestruck Robot.
This Little Underground showcase
Also on Friday is the showcase presented by Bao Le-Huu (The Orlando Weekly) at The Social. Billed as This Little Underground Presents, the showcase will feature live music from Roadkill Ghost Choir, Case Work, American Party Machine, Good Graeff and E-Turn & SPS.
Saturday morning is the annual BMI Brunch at the Gibson Showroom featuring live music from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Later on Saturday is the Rah Rah Rah Records Showcase at the BackBooth with live performances from Lion In the Mane, A Brilliant Lie, Rescue Kid, Hair of the Beast and Abandon the Midwest.