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2011 Florida Music Festival

We decide who you should see



This week, the Florida Music Festival ( hits the decade mark, and by now everyone knows the deal. Even if you're like us and you're not exactly the mainstream sort, there's still a string of quality shows to be had for a bargain if you know what you're doing. Don't worry: we 
got you.

First off, $25 for the three-day festival pass is definitely a deal. But single-day passes give you a whole night of music for the typical price of one reasonably well-known touring band (Thursday, $15, Friday and Saturday, $10 each night). In convenient chronological order, here's how discerning music-heads can maximize their FMF 

Thursday, April 7

7:30 Goodrich & the Die Tryin's (the Social) - A blend of indie and traditional blood, they're one of the city's best and least clichéd folk bands.

9:00 King Bee (the Beacham) - This Miami outfit weaves a brawny, expansive and slightly psychedelic brand of blues-rock.

9:30 Yella! (57 West) - If only because the appearance of beatbox wonder Rubox Cube makes the notion of an a cappella group a little less dorky.

10:00 Gerry Williams Band (the Beacham) - Local funk, soul and R&B act that knows both its roots and how to ignite a party.

11:30 Minus the Bear (Wall St. Plaza Main Stage) - The biggest, legitimately indie band on the roster.

Friday, April 8

6:45 Prote-J (Wall St. Plaza Main Stage) - This Orlando/Daytona rapper shines with a youthful, confident and contemporary perspective.

7:00 Danny Leggett (the Social) - Another mix of indie and traditional, this interesting folk artist has a remarkably rich voice.

8:00 Will Quinlan & the Diviners (Back Booth Fedex Stage, BB lot) - With peerless songwriting and soul, this criminally unheralded Tampa group is one of the best alt-country bands to ever come out of Florida.

10:00 The Silver Fleece (the Social) - You don't often hear old school, gospel-kissed folk music done this beautifully and faithfully outside of a country church.

11:00 J. Roddy Walston & the Business (Back Booth Fedex Stage, BB lot) - Springing from Tennessee, this Vagrant Records band kicks out some burly, alternative Southern rock.

12:00 The Ettes (Back Booth Fedex Stage, BB lot) - Good enough to attract heavyweight collaborators like the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and the Reigning Sound's Greg Cartwright, this Nashville trio (with local ties) is one of today's leading garage-rock bands and easily FMF's best featured act.

Saturday, April 9

10:00 Ponderosa (Back Booth Fedex Stage, BB lot) - This bright New West Records band renders Southern rock by the book but in full glory.

10:00 Gasoline Heart (the Social) - Perhaps no band from around here has ever done American trad-rock with such heart, precision and fortitude.

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