Friday, May 11 – The Heathens
with Christina Wagner, Overdale, Shyster, New Mexican Disaster Squad, the Hated Salford, Lads Pub Ensemble, a roast for Phil Longo
1042 N. Mills Ave.
Local luminary Phil Longo has been a major player in the Orlando music scene longer than most area bands have been playing live, so it made sense when his birthday/“retirement” party was announced that some Phil-esque shenanigans would take place: a roast for Longo involving local comedians, a Quicksand cover set, a Smiths cover set – you know, the usual great night out on Mills 50. But this bartender is more beloved than usual, his reach more widespread, so the word “usual” just had to get thrown out the window pretty quickly. In the blink of an eye (or so it seemed to outsiders), tonight’s fete has taken on epic proportions, with reunion shows by some of Orlando’s most acclaimed acts of yesterday. Hardcore act New Mexican Disaster Squad are scheduled three and a half years after their breakup, while long-dormant ’90s area punk stalwarts Shyster get the band back together for a monumental blast from the past. Of course, the biggest news revolves around the headlining reunion of the Heathens, the one-time pop impresarios of O-town whose nasty 2007 dissolution, and the stories surrounding their implosion, has practically become its own storytelling genre around town. It doesn’t get more local, more deeply personal or more mind blowing than this, Orlando. – Justin Strout