local music news
The month kicks off with one of our favorite events. The Florida Theatre will host their annual Uncommon Music showcase to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on July 1st. This year Will Pearsall, Amy Hendrickson & the Prime Directive, Christina Wagner and the Badlands Trio will all perform in support of this terrific cause. We hope to see you there!
This month’s Spotlight band, Honey Chamber, released their debut album Bridge to Homesick last month. Celebrate with the band on July 3rd when they have their CD release show at Shantytown.
The 3rd also marks the one year anniversary of Landshark Cafe?s grand opening. The milestone will be commemorated with live music from Grandpa’s Cough Medicine and Yankee Slickers.
Folk rockers, Don’t Sigh Daisy, are unveiling their new EP They Call it History on July 10th. The band and their fans will be at the Murray Hill Theatre that night to celebrate the release.
They split up two years ago, but on July 11th local hard rock group Burn Season will reunite to play at Freebird. No word on if this is a onetime thing or the start of something bigger so be sure to catch them while you can.
Area troubadour Patrick Bass will release his new record Better to Have Loved and Not Lost on July 24th. The CD release party will be that night at the Murray Hill Theatre.
A ska festival will be held on July 25th at The Pit and the guys of General Tso’s Fury thought this rare event would make a great reunion show. We agree. Be there and party like its 1995!
Marion Crane and Fit for Rivals will be joining forces on the 25th to celebrate the releases of their new CDs. The duel party will take place at Jack Rabbits and will also feature special guest Swansinger from Orlando.
Finally, see some of the best local bands battle it out at the Murray Hill Theatre’s annual King of the Hill contest. This month’s leg of the event will be on July 25th with performances by Scientist of the Week, Twisted Affliction, Rockland Drive and more.
get outta town!
Sometimes good bands don’t come to us, so we have to go to them! Here are a few road trip-worthy shows to check out this month:
July 3: Julien-K / Combichrist- Firestone (Orlando)
July 4: Japandroids- Drunken Unicorn (Atlanta, GA)
July 10: Abe Vigoda / Talbot Tagora- Sluggo’s (Pensacola)
July 13: Sonic Youth- Variety Playhouse (Atlanta, GA)
July 14: Handsome Furs- The Earl (Atlanta, GA)
July 25: Hill Country- Revue Masquerade (Atlanta, GA)
July 28: Tori Amos- Bob Carr Performing Arts Center (Orlando)
July 29: Casper & the Cookies- Caledonia Lounge (Athens, GA)
July 31: My Favorite Highway / The Cab- The Social (Orlando)
venue of the month: square one
1974 San Marco Blvd., San Marco
Dance club, live venue, lounge and dining destination all rolled into one, Square One has a little something for everyone. The San Marco hotspot is the place to see and be seen on Wednesdays when they host their part dance party, part art show “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?”. It’s a popular post-Art Walk event that’s not to be missed should you want to rub elbows with the who’s who of the Jax hipster scene. The lounge has a full bar and serves up some of the best martinis around. Square One patrons can also order and dine on the fab fare of Thai Bistro upstairs. For a complete look at their nightly drink specials and the restaurant’s menu, head over to their website.
Monday: Soul on the Square with live performances by Band of Destiny, DJ Dr. Doom spins
Tuesday: Hospitality Night with Aerial Tribe and Wes Cobb
Wednesday: Are ‘Friends’ Electric? hosted by Shawn Gutz and Kid Chocolate with DJs Wes Reed and Matt Caulder (indie, dance, electro, 80s, hip hop)
Thursday: Ladies Night with a mix of live bands and DJs
Friday: Live music with local bands
Saturday: Saturdays on the Square with DJ Jade (80’s, rock, hip hop, dance jams)