When: Sat., May 23, 9 p.m. 2015
They’re one of the longest-running Orlando bands still in operation, so Rocket 88’s rockabilly roll is a well-carved groove by now. Their energy and splash as a total entertainment machine has sustained remarkably well since 1992, and that’s a reliably beautiful thing. But just when you thought you’d seen all there was to see of them, they go and throw some fresh spice into the recipe. After a recording hiatus of nearly a decade, they finally released Don’t Look Back at the tail end of last year to reveal some invigorated edges of country and surf. These new accents are so flattering to the famous Rocket 88 sound that they open intriguing new possibilities and relevance to the heritage band. It’s the best reason in many years to check back in on these tomcats. Throw in the Legendary JC’s and you’ve got solid Orlando music history crammed into one leg-shaking bill.