Things that made me feel warm and fuzzy this month: noticing an estranged couple holding hands at the lip of the stage during Caspian's set at the Social, seeing the checkerboard floor in the restored bathroom at Will's Pub, and last but not least: emphatically liking Lou's LMGA's Facebook status announcing the long-overdue addition of a resident PA system for the venue. This is the one venue in town that is willing to take in any orphaned show and not only salvage it, but also heighten the intimacy factor, making it the next best thing to a house show you'll find in Orlando. Seriously, I hope the heart that drives the music scene at Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall never stops beating, because those people were the initiators who threw a successful benefit show earlier this month to give back to the forever generous Uncle Lou, who is now the proud papa of his own PA.
In other exclamation-worthy news: Floridas Dying is still hanging out around town! Despite shutting down Wiggly World at the end of last year, Vinyl Richie seems to still have some time for a rather unique offering you'll see sporadically added to upcoming shows at Will's Pub: pop-up record shops. You may have experienced the trial run during the first experiment with this distribution model at the Golden Pelicans show on Feb. 13. This was a small-scale version, and you can expect the next iteration to be on a grander scale. So, if you're wondering where you can pick up a copy of Hungry Gayze's Roadkill 7-inch or Cop City/Chill Pillars' Hosed, keep your eyes glued to the Will's Pub calendar for "Wiggly World of Wills" show announcements.
Well, this appeals to me, although I will confess I haven't made it out yet: Spacebar has a recurring Thursday event called Bring Your Own Vinyl. Basically, a theme is announced, and anybody who is interested can show up at the Milk District bar with records from their personal collections to enjoy a shared listening experience with total strangers. For anyone who has ever posted an obscure-ish YouTube video in vain on Facebook only to hear crickets from music-loving friends who couldn't be bothered to click – this is your chance to play your cherished songs for a willing audience. More enticingly, it's a chance to discover new music you might be missing out on.
Kickstarter: What do I make of thee? Rampant with vanity projects, I'd given up hope on this type of funding for quality endeavors, but the Central Florida Composers Forum has renewed it. Their quest, "New Music for Strings," is to raise $5,000, which will unite a string quartet comprised of Orlando Philharmonic musicians Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, Alex Stevens, Mauricio Cespedes and Brenda Higgins to perform original songs by local composers at a special concert at Timucua in the spring. Check it out if you're feeling philanthropic about philharmonic efforts. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Kickstarter campaign ends March 1 at 6 p.m.