Firestone Live rocked last Friday night thanks to outstanding live music from Orlando bands American Jesus, The Dealers, Stockholm and the Jonnie Morgan Band. The enthusiastic crowd danced, cheered and sang along during each band’s high-energy sets.
Shortly after the doors opened, Orlando band American Jesus hit the stage. They are a relatively new band, but the members are all music scene veterans. As their set unfolded it was clear they were not only there to rock, but to ensure that they and everyone in attendance had a good time. There was so much going on during their show, it was hard to know where to look as the band members brought their characters to life. The four piece band played a mix of originals and covers and included the classic rock song “Whooly Bully.” American Jesus is the kind of band that makes a music fan glad they showed up early enough to catch the opening act, because they were one not to miss and they won't be little known for long.
Next up was the three piece Orlando band, The Dealers. They kicked off their set with “Radio” a catchy, addictive song from their recently released EP, “Knock Around.” (Read the Examiner review of their EP here.) It was a great choice as an opening song, easily drawing in fans that may have been unfamiliar with the band’s music. Their live sound was full and rich, something that doesn’t always happen with a three piece band’s live show. They closed their set with “Virgo,” another song from their EP.
Next up was Orlando band Stockholm. The five piece band is one of the more popular local bands, having built a large, loyal following with their memorable songs and high-energy stage shows. The band has changed up their sound a little bit and brought lead singer Chris Arter out front and center without his keyboards and it’s been going over very well with local music fans. Their set showcased several songs off their recently released EP, “Emerald City,” including their opener “Getaway” as well as “That’s Not Your Girlfriend” and their set closer “Shake It Off.” Of course they didn’t forget some of their biggest fan favorite songs from earlier releases including “Don’t Stop Now” and “Wildfire.”
Closing out the early part of the night was another popular local band, Orlando’s Jonnie Morgan Band. Even before the stage curtain opened for the band, the crowd packed in as tightly as they could to make sure they caught every minute of the band’s highly charged set. The seven piece band opened their show with a couple of new songs before launching into one of their better known songs, “Sorry.” New songs or old favorites, it didn’t matter, the band’s dedicated fans reacted by singing and dancing along to all of them. Morgan said during the show that the band’s philosophy is to make sure they were drained and sweaty at the end of every show; it seems to be the audience’s philosophy as well. The last song of their set featured a dazzling guitar solo from Brandon Sollins that brought a huge round of cheers from the crowd.
It was a great line-up of Orlando rock bands at Firestone. Each of the bands served up a diverse offering of rock music and judging by the crowded merch tables and fan meet and greets after each band’s set, new fans were earned by all.
(There were other bands scheduled later on, but alas the Orlando Local Music Examiner was unable to see them.)