A live music venue that gained popularity in Nashville and since 2002 has sprouted venues in more than a dozen other cities, Tin Roof looks next to Orlando for its newest location (8371 International Drive), set to open this December. On the press release, the emphasis seems to be less on attracting national tours in the vein of other tourist-area venues like Hard Rock Live and House of Blues and more on spotlighting quality local and regional acts. That's downright refreshing and seems to keep with the spirit of Nashville as I've always understood it (and daydreamed frequently about experiencing. Someday). It's a smaller room, with a capacity of 210 (155 inside, 55 outside), and they promise ample, free parking. Also unlike other venues on that side of town (and most venues, frankly), they do not expect to have ticketed events. (The Tanqueray's of I-Drive?) Some nights will charge a cover, but my guess is they are relying on the tourist dollar to encourage walk-up audiences, rather than seeking to draw Orlando residents away from their neighborhood watering holes.
Once the doors open, live music will be scheduled from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The rest of their show calendar will rely on acoustic performances to hold down the vibe until the weekend.
The news is so fresh, they have yet to update their website with even a placeholder for the Orlando location, but I have a note out to their rep to see how they will go about booking talent for the room and will update for curious local musicians once I hear back. UPDATE: Their Facebook is active, and it appears that they are actively seeking Orlando bands. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire. I've also just been told they will be hosting a night soon where musicians will be welcome to come play, and it will be something like a try out. Email email@example.com to get that information once they're ready to release.
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