As 2015 winds down, my eyes are already cast down the road to some of the major concerts announced for next year. Outside of Okeechobee Music & Arts Fest (with a bill that continues to grow in intrigue)
in March, there has been a really admirable amount of cool shows announced that have seen me quietly hissing "yesss" as the tour dates drop. Below are 10 concerts (in date order) that should be stunners for music fans right here in Orlando, plus read on for other major tours to catch in 2016.
Jan. 5, at the Plaza Live
The near-unparalleled musicianship of this vastly creative jam band got a Grammy nod for their 2015 album, Sylva
, for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, encouraging longtime fans and new groove seekers to equally swarm the Facebook event page
with great interest.
Jan. 15, 2016 at Will’s Pub
Weirdos unite to catch this seminal no wave act from the late '70s, featuring frontman John D. Morton (Electric Eels) reviving their exciting agitation with Craig Bell (of fellow Cleveland legends Rocket From the Tombs) and Matthew Harris. The balance between blissful rock-outs (like "Transmography") and spiky antisocial atonal stuff on new disc Albert Ayler's Ghosts live at the Yellow Ghetto
will offer disparate rationale for freaking out.
Jan. 22, 2016 at Will’s Pub
Torche focused their doom pop last year on new record Restarter
and return to prove a simple lashing is still a force to be reckoned with. Expect a sweaty up-swell in the pit.
Shannon and the Clams - Norsekorea's 5 Year Anniversary
Jan. 23, 2016 at Backbooth
Not only are we mad grateful for the continued boon to our calendar that Norsekorea provides each year with rad and tasteful booking that's often as indulgent as oreo cheesecake, but we're also stoked they coaxed Shannon and the Clams down south on one of 2015's best records, Gone By the Dawn
. (More gushing here.)
Tool and Primus
Jan. 28, 2016, at CFE Arena
You don't exactly need to be told why this one is a major event, especially since it sold out in a matter of seconds, it felt like, but for those who secured their tickets, maybe spring for a new black shirt to stand out in this assuredly faded crowd?
Jan. 29, 2016, at Hard Rock Live
One of the latest contradictions in rap is G-Eazy, the "James Dean of Rap" who keeps his boasts to what he knows, making it pretty damn accessible, but more than that, his authenticity is pretty damn convincing over woozy beats on 2015's sleepy swooner When It's Dark Out.
Gary Clark Jr.
Feb. 20, 2016 at House of Blues
Mentored by Eric Clapton, the sick Texas guitarist knows how to do righteous blues - he just chose to go his own way on acclaimed 2015 release The Story of Sonny Boy Slim
, which revives gospel spirit over infectious hip-hop rhythms like he woke up one day and decided to be a new funk master instead. His genius is overwhelming on record, so live should be electric.
They Might Be Giants
April 6, 2016 at Beacham
Prolific pop band They Might Be Giants goof off lyrically only with two serious offerings in 2015 - the dark bounce of Glean
and their first kids album in 6 years, Why?
- so if you'd been a fan since before Flood
(which celebrates 25 years this year!), don't sleep on the new stuff.
Napalm Death and the Melvins
April 8, 2016 at the Plaza Live
This is the kind of bill that makes you snort soda out of your nose, featuring the legitimate sonic terror of pioneering British '80s metal band Napalm Death and the grunge-supernova-inspiring sneer of freaking sludge punks the Melvins.
June 30, 2016 at Amway Center
ICYMI: 2015 was the year Justin Bieber brought Justin Bieber back with Purpose
, and this massive arena show should be a campy affair whether you're a serious fan or half-sneering celebrity goggler.
More major shows down the road:
Ani DiFranco - Jan. 15, 2016 at the Plaza Live
Bloodshot Bill and Dex Romweber - Jan. 21, 2016 at Will’s Pub
Arlo Guthrie’s – Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour - Jan. 24, 2016 at the Plaza Live
Natural Child - Jan. 28, 2016 at Will’s Pub
Def Leppard - Jan. 30, 2016 at Amway Center
Cradle of Filth - Feb. 2, 2016 at Venue 578
Black Tusk - Feb. 3, 2016 at Will’s Pub
Ambrosia - Feb. 6, 2016 at the Plaza Live
Mutemath - Feb. 19, 2016 at House of Blues
New Found Glory - March 1, 2016 at the Social
Joe Jack Talcum (of the Dead Milkmen) - March 4, 2016 at Will’s Pub
Hoodie Allen - March 11, 2016 at the Plaza Live
Coheed and Cambria with Glassjaw - March 11, 2016 at Hard Rock Live
They Might Be Giants - April 6, 2016 at Beacham
The Used - April 19-20, 2016 at House of Blues
Underoath - April 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live