A frequently unsung aspect of the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is all the free music that goes down on the Green Lawn. The outdoor stage positions local bands in front of an international audience, and that’s not an opportunity that comes around all that often. The stage is managed by Jessica Pawli, the big-hearted band-touter behind the popular Southern Fried Sundays at Will’s Pub. Last week featured a solo set from Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan and Natalie Noone (daughter of Herman’s Hermits’ Peter Noone) amid treasured Orlando repeat performers like Kaleigh Baker and Beartoe. This week has already seen a special showcase put together by Orlando music scene vet Phil Longo (including intriguing rocker new-guys Adam and the Plastic). Wander over on Friday for beatboxer Rubox’s FringeStyle FreeFest or make a day of it at the Fringe Jambando starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, where you can catch FunkUs, Wheeler Newman, Drew Yardis and the sweat-soaked garage stylings of the Woolly Bushmen (and lots more till midnight).
Gay Days at Disney is kind of a thing but Gay Days at Parliament House is shaping up to be the destination, especially if you wanna end your Days seeing stars. This year P-House hosts vocal divas like LeAnn Rimes (June 7), Da Brat (June 3) and Mya (June 6). Some folks were bummed when Lil’ Kim had to cancel (cuz she’s with child), but she is expected to make up for it by showing up for Orlando Pride later this year, so don’t get down on it. In her place, they booked En Vogue and Dev (June 8), likely hoping to coax you to free your mind and follow the rest of us to Parliament House to get adequately funkdafied next month.
In case you missed the news last week, the former bear bar/music venue/Parliament House neighbor Full Moon Saloon will reopen this summer as Woodstock. With two acres out back and plans for an outdoor stage and indoor dance floor, new owners Kevin Naylor and Darryl Sheppard fully intend to keep the original spirit of the bar intact, describing it to Watermark as a colorful space that will feature local and touring bands. It’ll remain a gay bar, and as such, you might see low-key activity stirring there during June’s Gay Days (a potential soft opening). Good luck with building restorations, Woodstock, and thanks for helping Orlando become a place where everywhere there is song and celebration.
You might’ve noticed an uptick in the live music coverage on Orlando Music News, and to continue on that trend, I’m stoked to announce that Orlando Weekly is partnering with North Avenue Studios’ Off the Avenue to feature live video recordings of local and touring bands that grace our city. Each month, I’ll announce the featured band in Feedback, so check back here or follow along at Orlando Music News.