Mandaddy and the Reverend host a trip down memory lane at Under the Influence


Eugene Snowden tells a story. - PHOTO BY JERRY JOHNSON
  • Photo by Jerry Johnson
  • Eugene Snowden tells a story.

In case you haven’t heard it enough, it bears repeating that Orlando has a deep, rich musical history that extends way past the boy bands and DJs of the 1990s, full of talented musicians, legendary venues and great stories. The focus of this event is the latter. Jerry “The Reverend” Johnson and Chuck “Mandaddy” Ellis invite representatives from the local scene to take the mic at Lil Indies and tell some of their best stories, with the only stipulation being that the story must have something to do with a song. It can be a song that influenced them musically or just one that reminds them of a person or event from the past, but after the story’s over, the song gets played over the PA while folks refresh their drinks and the next storyteller gets set up. This month’s edition brings a slew of aging hipsters like DJ and Spacebar owner Tommy Mot, Ludes guitarist Jeff Nolan and the unofficial feelgood ambassador of Orlando, Eugene Snowden, to the stage to tell some of their best stories from back in the day, so expect to learn a little history and maybe even develop a little respect for your elders.

11 p.m. Thursday, May 7 | Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave. | | free


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