The city’s largest and longest-running music festival has again invited Orlando Weekly music column This Little Underground to be a guest curator. For the third year in a row, the TLU showcase takes over the Social with a fresh selection of vetted homegrown acts worthy of more attention than they’ve received. In the headlining spot this year is the sweet grit of garage-soul act the Sh-Booms, who’ve made the most turbo reboot in recent memory with mighty new frontwoman Brenda Radney and are currently one of Orlando’s best bands to discover – and now, rediscover. Reverist is an indie-pop act whose skyscraping synths and gigantic melodies are as prime for breakout as it gets. Panther Camp earns their spot by doing anthem punk the right way: soaring, strong and straight down the line. The union of noted MC Jorok and pure songbird Kristen Warren, Project Eden is the kind of peanut-butter-and-chocolate magic you hope for when hip-hop and soul get together. And Mike Dunn is an esteemed veteran who’s recently gotten back in the game to reclaim his own roots-rock crown. Together, they’re a cross-section of Orlando music that deserves some more ears. And what’s that, Scrooge? Oh, yeah, it’s FREE.
with the Sh-Booms, Mike Dunn, Project Eden, Reverist, Panther Camp | 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21 | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | floridamusicfestival.com