Festival of Light: An Intimate Evening With Matisyahu
"There are some people who get it and there are some people that don't, and that's what it is," Matisyahu says in a phone interview. "I have no control over who understands my life and who doesn't understand it and who understands my music and who doesn't. And I try not to spend too much time really thinking, or worrying or even reading comments about it. I'm busy kind of living my life." Check out our interview with Matisyahu.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Plaza Live, $34.50-$49.50
The Bowery Shadows: a reading of Patti Smith’s work
Patti Smith’s latest book, M Train, opens with the line “It’s not so easy writing about nothing.” Call that poetic license (a license Smith certainly possesses in perpetuity); M Train could more accurately be described as being about everything. As in the punk poet-priestess’ earlier memoirs Just Kids (soon to be a Showtime series), Woolgathering and The Coral Sea, this latest encompasses nothing less than the birth of an artistic soul. Nicholas Sellitto, impresario of the Modern Music Movement, had been meaning to create a Patti Smith event and when he saw she had a new book out, figured it was a good time to take the leap. The Bowery Shadows will follow the pattern of earlier MMM events – like the William Burroughs reading Midnight Exterminations – of readings accompanied by music apropos to the poet – in this case, Smith’s poems will be read by Megan Faubel, Ashley Inguanta and Lisa Bugayong (of Obliterati), with the angular saxophone accompaniment of another Obliterati member, Jim Ivy. We feel sure this talented quartet will raise the shadows and ghostly presences that swirl though Smith’s work, along with the populist punk spirit of the Bowery. – Jessica Bryce Young
9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Parkview, Winter Park, free
LA's AC Slater earns his rep as King of Heavy Bass House in America by reimagining the future of house music while simultaneously keeping it old school.
10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Social, $7.50-$10
"On the Come Up" featuring One Drop
Swamburger's latest showcase reunites the positive force of One Drop alongside jaw-drop support in Alexandrah Love and DiVinci, J-Live and Kristen Warren.
9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Social, $10
Nobody can touch Travis Scott’s style in the hip-hop or pop world, and his 2015 debut, Rodeo, could not have been more hotly anticipated or more righteously received. Since joining Kanye West’s GOOD Music, fans have hungered for more than the mixtapes and bold production that allowed Scott’s reputation to explode (notably on Rihanna hit “Bitch Better Have My Money”) before anyone even knew they needed his “Antidote.” It’s one of the year’s biggest tracks, and you can get Venue 578 will explode when he invokes its infectious trippy sway live.
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Venue 578, $45-$65
Orlando Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Some of Orlando's most revered musicians tip their hats to one of music's most powerful figures at the seventh annual tribute, also the 10th annual event that features a food drive benefiting Fern Creek Elementary.
9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Will's Pub, $10
The Scene III Alternative Hip-Hop Music & Art Festival
It will be a spectacle at Venue 578 when the Scene III draws upon rad artists to create a live interactive community mural to captivate the cheer you can always expect at this massive party. The hip-hop festival features too many acts to name ’em all, but highlights include Phraydoe Peans & Mango Beats, Split Soul and Nosis. Plus there will be spoken word and b-boys and girls, a vinyl swap meet, T-shirt and merch expo, and rad DJs keeping spirits bumpin’ all night. It’s also a toy drive, so bring something for the kiddies.
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Venue 578, $10
The usually scarcely populated and grimy back lot of the Spacebar and Sandwich Bar in the Milk District is about to get a lot more warm and fuzzy. You know that holiday sweater you swore you would never wear after 2012? It’s time to dust it off for Saturday’s Sweater Fest. Besides the multiple circle of friends expected to form in the back lot, prepare your eyes and ears for the groovy goofiness that is silent disco. But we won’t go into too much detail about that– it would ruin the fun! The outdoor stage won’t be blasting the N’SYNC Christmas album, but think of this year’s selection of bands as an all-star lineup with SWIMM’s party-ready psychedelia and Fat Night’s jazzy funk. – Marissa Mahoney
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in the Milk District, $10
The Tampa Southern Rock breakout band of the '70s returned this year with new album It's About Pride, and original singer Henry Paul is bent on proving just that at the Plaza.
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Plaza Live, $29.50-$120
Thomas Wynn & Friends
It's a holiday show and fundraiser led by one of Orlando's brightest stars, with special appearances by Tampa shakers Sheba & the Shamans and Bad Santa & the Angry Elves.
5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Will's Pub, $10
His songs form an exciting core for his notable jam band, but you can catch the singer-songwriter stripped down but still rocking acoustic this night.
9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at Will's Pub, $5
Chris Charles Trio
Chris Charles and his esteemed musician friends make Tuesday better at the Smiling Bison each week.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Smiling Bison, free