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A Flock of Seagulls at Hard Rock Velvet Sessions July 30

It’s that time again! Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s 2015 Velvet Sessions lobby concert series is back again next week with A Flock of Seagulls. The band performs hits “I Ran,” “Wishing,” “The More You Live, The More You Love” and more on Thursday, July 30 in the Velvet Bar and Lobby Lounge.

Velvet Sessions is Hard Rock Hotel’s special rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party and lobby concert held the last Thursday of the month (January through October). Don’t forget all Velvet Sessions tickets include FREE specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time, cash bars and live band from show time onward, and complimentary valet parking. This is a 21 and older event!

The big question is: do you have the guts to rock your best old-school Flock of Seagulls hairstyle to the show? If you do, tweet us a photo @CentralFLTop5.

Get tickets in advance to save a few dollars: $29 online or $35 at the door (fees apply). Limited VIP tickets are $50 online only and include all the benefits of a regular Velvet Sessions ticket, plus access to a special viewing area with private bar. Purchase tickets in advance online and receive early entry to the show at 6 pm.

Go to velvetsessions.com for tickets and more information or call 407-503-2401.

 

Alkaline Trio: Past Live at The Social

Alkaline Trio’s discography spans almost 20 years and eight studio albums.  In 2014 they went to three different cities and over four nights played all eight albums.  In 2015 they extended the tour, Past Live, to eight more cities.  Lucky for us Central Florida fans, they chose Orlando and spent four sold out nights at The Social.  It’s rare you see bands try to pull something off like this, Coheed and Cambria being the most recent in memory with their 2008 Neverender tour.

Instead of playing the albums in order, every night they played from each end of their discography. Albums 8 and 1, 7 and 2, etc.  With the evolution of their albums over the years, they’ve collected a very diverse group of fans but I’ve noticed that their concerts tend to draw an older crowd.  A fair amount of younger people didn’t seem to know their older stuff quite as well.  I even spoke to someone in line on the first night who was worried she wouldn’t know their first couple of albums.

Night One: My Shame is True (#8) and Goddammit (#1)

If you listen to Alkaline Trio’s albums in order you can really hear how they’ve evolved and matured over the years.  But nothing truly hits that point home until you hear their most recent and their first album back-to-back.  Goddammit was one of the albums I’d been most excited about hearing live.  It’s also the one that I’d been most worried about.  All these years later would the band be able to recapture the raw energy that made the first album so great?  The answer is yes.

My Shame is True came to an end with its final song, “Until Death Do Us Part” and the band didn’t waste any time going into the next album.  The moment Matt Skiba retuned his guitar, you could feel the energy of the crowd shift.  “Cringe” kicked off Goddammit like a punch in the face.  I don’t remember the last time I saw a crowd erupt so quickly like that.  It was 1998 again and the pit moshed and sang like they were at an old punk show.

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Night Two: This Addiction (#7) and Maybe I’ll Catch Fire (#2)

This was another night you could really see the differences of the fans in the crowd.  This Addition is a little closer in style to their first couple albums but when Maybe I’ll Catch Fire started, the crowd blew up and they were back in 2000.  “Radio” was easily one of the highlights of the night and judging by the crowd’s reaction, everyone else felt the same way.

Night Three: Agony & Irony (#6) and From Here to Infirmary (#3)

This was the night that seemed to blur the lines between old and new fans. “Calling All Skeletons” kicked off the show with a bang and the rest of Agony & Irony played great.  From Here to Infirmary was more mainstream than their first two albums and definitely goes into more pop/punk territory.  So when “Private Eye” started, it put Goddammit’s eruption to shame, uniting fans old and new with some of the most moshing and crowd surfing of any night.

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Night Four: Crimson (#5) and Good Mourning (#4)

Clocking in at 26 songs, this was the longest night of the tour.  And while I love both of these albums, myself and everyone who had been there the entire time were feeling it. But despite the exhaustion, the final night was a blast, “Mercy Me” and “This Could Be Love” were certainly among the highlights. One of my questions going into these shows was if and what they would do for encores.  Each night they picked something off of one of their compilations that weren’t on the studio albums. And for the final night the went with “’97.”

After four nights and almost 100 Alkaline Trio songs, I’m exhausted, everything hurts, my voice is shot, and I’m pretty sure it’s gotten me sick.  But damn, was it worth it. It was very worth it. Oh wait! I have something here to make me relax. Weed bro, this thing rips wholesale.

Ed Sheeran Headlines Amway Center in Orlando, Sept. 8

Last time Mr. Sheeran played Orlando’s Amway Center, he opened for “the” Taylor Swift. Ladies swooned, guys were jealous of his accent, and he was, perhaps to my surprise, very good live. And very charming. But Sheeran needs no introduction now, and has plans to headline his very own evening at the Amway Center this September. 

 

Ed Sheeran announced the Orlando stop is set for Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the second leg of his North American Tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m.

 

While predictable based on the amount of radio play he gets, Sheeran’s summer tour has sold out most dates in minutes, including Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Newark’s Prudential Center, and back-to-back nights at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. He also has top billing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas, and Summerfest in Milwaukee. Sheeran’s worldwide tour will conclude with three sold out nights at London’s Wembley Stadium. 

For more information visit www.AmwayCenter.com and for tour updates, visit www.EdSheeran.com.   

 

Men Without Hats at Hard Rock Velvet Sessions April 30

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Hear hits like “The Safety Dance,” “Pop Goes The World,” “Living In China” and more, April 30th, when Men Without Hats takes the Velvet Sessions’ stage at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando.

Velvet Sessions is Hard Rock Hotel’s special rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party and lobby concert held the last Thursday of the month (January through October). All Velvet Sessions tickets include: FREE specialty drinks, finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30 pm until show time, cash bars and live band from show time onward, and complimentary valet parking (not valid for overnight guests).

Tickets are $29 online or $35 at the door. Limited VIP tickets are $50 on-line only and include all the benefits of a regular Velvet Sessions ticket, plus access to a special viewing area with private bar. Purchase tickets in advance online and receive early entry to the show at 6 pm.

Velvet Sessions is a 21 and older event.

Purchase tickets at velvetsessions.com. For tickets and more information, call 407-503-2401.

Sound the Ocarina, The Legend of Zelda is back at DPAC

Remember that time when The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses sold out Bob Carr? We do too!

GREAT news!! Tickets are already on sale for “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest” at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and our own Orlando Philharmonic is again presenting this powerful, wise and courageous musical journey! You can bask in The Golden Light yourself on Saturday, July 18th at 8pm in the Walt Disney Theater. Here’s a sneak peek of the program:

Legend of Zelda 2015

ACT I

Overture
INTERLUDES

  • Gerudo Valley
  • Boss Battle Medley
  • Suite from Majora’s Mask
  • A Link Between Worlds

THE SYMPHONY

  • Prelude ~ The Creation of Hyrule
  • Movement I ~ Ocarina of Time
  • Movement II ~ The Wind Waker

ACT II

  • Intermezzo ~ Great Fairy’s Fountain
  • Movement III ~ Twilight Princess
  • Movement IV ~ Time of the Falling Rain
  • Finale

 

MORE details? Here you go!

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office or by visiting the Box Office at 445 Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Saturday.  Tickets are also available by calling 844.513.2014 or online at drphillipscenter.org. Online and phone ticket purchases include handling fees.

The triforce has been completed with the highly-anticipated, global concert tour of “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest.” The acclaimed concert will visit The Dr. Phillips Center and regale fans with a truly unique experience from one of the most beloved game franchises ever. Audiences can expect to experience awesome new inclusions from “A Link Between Worlds,” the most recently released The Legend of Zelda game. Never before performed scores accompanied by new gameplay imagery, will appear for the first time ever in “Master Quest,” though fans will still be treated to the show’s now-classic repertoire from seasons past.

Those new to Symphony of the Goddesses will also have the opportunity to experience the beautifully orchestrated four-movement symphonic work from last season, which chronicles fan-favorite moments from the franchise’s rich and storied history, carefully and expertly timed with a gorgeous, larger than life video presentation.

Journey back to the land of Hyrule with Master Quest, the next chapter in the acclaimed world tour, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. Master Quest is a never-before seen or heard multimedia concert experience that celebrates the beloved 28-year-old The Legend of Zelda franchise. It’s not to be missed!

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts opens to public this weekend

This weekend is going to be BUSY in Central Florida! The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will open to the public with tours running all day on both days, a hospitality suite and a free concert on Saturday by NINE TIME Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Sheryl Crow! This makes us very happy…

Here’s some important information to know before you go:

Saturday, Nov 8th – Open House and Sheryl Crow Concert

  • Plaza opens to the public at 11:00 a.m.
  • Open House begins at 12noon and runs through 6:00 pm, early preview for members at 11:00 a.m.
  • Food and soft drinks will be available for sale all day, 11:00 a.m. until the end of the show.
  • Beer and wine will be available for sale at 6:00 p.m.
  • Hospitality Suite opens at 6:00 p.m.
  • Prohibited Items
    • Chairs
    • Wagons and carts
    • Large bags or backpacks
    • Coolers
    • Outside alcohol
    • Glass containers
    • Pets, with the exception of service animals
    • Signs/posters with poles, sticks, indecent or derogatory comments/images
    • Signs/posters must not be larger than 2×2
    • Large umbrellas
    • Video cameras, cameras with detachable lenses greater than 6 inches, laptops
    • Weapons, lasers pointers, fireworks
    • Skates, skateboards, cycles, recreational equipment
    • Unauthorized solicitation, handbills, giveaways, or sampling
    • Any other items that could be deemed as dangerous, illegal and/or detrimental to others enjoying the show.
  • All bags and/or guests are subject to be searched.
  • There will be an ATM(s) on site

Sunday, Nov 9th – Open House and Family Festival Day

  • Plaza open to the public 12:00 p.m.
  • Open House 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Food, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for sale at 12:00 p.m.
  • Hospitality Suite opens at 12:00 p.m.
  • Prohibited Items
    • Large bags or backpacks
    • Coolers
    • Outside alcohol
    • Glass containers
    • Pets, with the exception of service animals
    • Signs/posters with poles, sticks, indecent or derogatory comments/images
    • Signs/posters must not be larger than 2×2
    • Large umbrellas
    • Video cameras, cameras with detachable lenses greater than 6 inches, laptops
    • Weapons, lasers pointers, fireworks
    • Skates, skateboards, cycles, recreational equipment
    • Unauthorized solicitation, handbills, giveaways, or sampling
    • Any other items that could be deemed as dangerous, illegal and/or detrimental to others enjoying the show.
  • All bags and/or guests are subject to be searched.
  • There will be an ATM(s) on site.

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