Band of the Week: Chuck Magid Band


  • Mike Dunn

Welcome to Orlando Weekly's "Band of the Week." Every week, we highlight one of our favorite local bands. This week, we're pleased to bring you the Chuck Magid Band.

The Chuck Magid Band is playing an EP release show at Will's Pub on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Just the facts:

Who's in the band?
Chuck Magid - Guitar / Vocals
Aaron "Bucky" Buckingham - Drums / Vocals
Glenn Kastrinos - Bass / Vocals
Colin Fei - Keyboards / Vocals

I also have my good friends Daniel Heitz join in on guitar and vocals and David Vanegas on Bass and vocals from time to time.

When did the band form?
The Chuck Magid Band actually just formed this past May 2019 after the break up of my former band The Groove Orient.

Currently available releases:
I am currently in the process of releasing my debut solo EP, Traveling Home. Its release date is set for December 21 but I thought I'd give you all at Orlando Weekly the experience of releasing it first. I hope you enjoy!


Describe your sound in five words:
Hard. Fast. Loud. Rock N Roll

Five questions:

What has been your most memorable show so far?
Some of my most memorable shows so far have been when my old band The Groove Orient teamed up with Kaleigh Baker. One time we got to kick off the main stage at Suwannee Hulaween together and we also got to back up Kaleigh at House of Blues Orlando opening up for JJ Grey & Mofro on New Years Eve.  Those were some killer shows with great energy. I'm looking to make my upcoming release show just as memorable as these.

Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?
I'd have to say my favorite local band to play with has been Kaleigh Baker.  She brings some serious energy to her shows and its been an unforgettable experience being able to share some of those stages.

What description gets used for your band that you would most like to correct people on? Why?
I think a lot of people see me as a Jam Band guy because of the scene we are in. I mean, I love to jam but I grew up on Aerosmith, AC/DC, Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, etc. I'm a Rock 'n' Roll man in a Rock 'n' Roll band.

What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What's your least favorite? Why?
My favorite thing about being an Orlando musician is that we've got every kind of musical opportunity you can imagine. The original scene is there, the singer/songwriter scene is growing rapidly thanks to people like Mike Dunn throwing Folk Yeah, Thomas Wynn's The Circle, and Jordan Foley + Terri Binions duets. People are pushing original music here and there is so much talent. Orlando also has an incredible corporate music scene. So much opportunity here.

Any big news to share?
Well this is just the beginning for me venturing out on my own with the release of this new solo EP and I'm super excited to see where it takes me.  Catch me at Will's Pub December 21 with Oxford Noland, Jordan Foley & The Wheelhouse, and Patrick Hagerman for the release show and enjoy the new EP I just leaked above!

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