Day two of the Florida Music Festival (FMF) kicked off Friday April 25 in downtown Orlando. There were over 50 bands booked for the night at the two Wall Street Plaza stages, BackBooth, Bullitt Bar, Café Annie’s, Elixir, Magnolia, The Social and Tanqueray’s as well as The eleMentz showcase at Firestone Live.
At Wall Street Plaza Orlando band Paddington Ambush started the day off on a high note. The band’s jazz, rock and blues infused reggae music has just the right combination to entice music fans across genres and draw them into the band's live performance.
Once their set was done, it was time for Virginia band Audiostrobelight to take over on the other Wall Street stage. The high-energy punk/pop band opened their set with a rocked up version of the Eagle’s “Hotel California.”
Next up was Orlando band Ancient Sun on Wall Street Plaza. The band was grabbing the crowd with some cool, breezy vibes and funky jams that included their songs “Tear You Apart” and their set closer “Killer.”
After their set, it was time for Orlando singer/songwriter Billy Wright at the other end of Wall Street Plaza. Wright, playing with a full band, was making his first appearance at FMF and looked like he was having a great time up there. The crowd was certainly enjoying his high-energy soul infused pop/rock music.
Then it was back to the other end of Wall Street Plaza for Orlando based band Beemo. The four piece acoustic band’s rocking folk music and spirited delivery really got the crowd revved up during their set.
Up at Café Annie’s it was time for The Getbye. The three piece Orlando band’s music has a cool sound; it’s very rhythmic, with a folk/experimental vibe. The band had two drummers, sort of, for their FMF set. Davy Pendry plays the drums when he’s not playing trumpet or cello or accordion or sometimes while he is playing those other instruments.
Next on tap was the Brothers of Alien Rock set over at The BackBooth. Dressed in very shiny silver suits that really complimented their masks, they blasted the humans with their hard-hitting inter-galactic rock music.
Meanwhile over at the Wall Street Plaza main stage, The Gerry Williams band was drawing a big crowd with their high-energy funky jams. Williams’ enthusiasm creates a commanding stage presence and his silky smooth vocals ensure a captivated, happy audience.
Once his set was finished, the Jonnie Morgan Band started up on the other end of Wall Street Plaza. The band is packed with talent and never fails to draw a large crowd with their pop/rock music. This performance, like every live show from the band solidifies their reign as one of Orlando’s top bands.
Then it was off to BackBooth for Murderfly. It was a feeding frenzy of energy as the band’s hardcore heavy metal music had the crowd head-banging in unison with the band members. The band is known as one of the premiere metal bands in Central Florida and this performance helped to solidify that reputation.
Next up it was The Social and the craziness that is Orlando band American Party Machine. Sadly, the Orlando Local Music Examiner missed most of their set; it’s not a mistake that should be repeated by anyone. The party, the outfits, the beach balls and the crowd surfing guitarist that took place must be witnessed first-hand, from start to finish.
Back at Wall Street Plaza was the Jacksonville based Sidereal. The band has been generating a lot of buzz lately and it was easy to see why. The band’s pop/reggae musical blend had many in the crowd dancing to the music.
Over at The BackBooth, Orlando band Our Future Leaders had the crowd’s attention with their special blend of blues infused rock and metal music. While at Wall Street Plaza, music fans were packed in for the classic punk sound of Orlando band The Attack.
Then it was time to head back over to The Social for Case Work. The four piece band’s rock/pop music has a hint of alternative/experimental in its sound giving their music a fresh spin.
The Orlando Local Music Examiner ended the night with blues/rock music from The Daniel Heitz Band at Cafe Annie’s. When people talk about Daniel Heitz’s guitar playing the word prodigy is thrown around a lot. The young man’s guitar skills were very impressive.