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Concert Review and Interview with Lead Singer Jag of A Skylit Drive

By: Jen Thuy-Tien
Contributing Writer
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Underoath, Thursday,A Skylit Driveand Animals as Leadersall performed on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the House of Blues. If you don’t know, Underoath and Thursday are hardcore/screamo bands, A Skylit Drive is a post-hardcore band and Animals as Leaders is an all-instrumental progressive-metal band. All the bands are extremely talented and I was absolutely thrilled to be at the show. Throughout the show, there was moshing, head banging and crazy amounts of adrenaline. All in all, it was a great night of music. Saturday’s show was the second to the last stop on the Underoath/ Thursday nationwide tour which ended last Sunday in FortLauderdale.

Below is my interview with the lead singer of A Skylit Drive, Jag after the band’s set.

A Skylit Drive is from Londi, California and is comprised of vocalist Micheal “Jag” Jagmin, guitarists Nick Miller and Joey Wilson, bass player and screamer Brian White, drummer Cory La Quay and keyboard…

Go Radio's New Album "Lucky Street" Review

By: Jen Thuy-Tien
Contributing Writer
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This Tuesday, March 1, Go Radio (Facebook MySpaceOfficial Website) is releasing their first full-length album Lucky Street”. Go Radio is an alternative rock band from Tallahassee, Florida. The band is comprised of lead singer Jason Lancaster (former member of Mayday Parade), guitarist Alex Reed, bass player Matt “Burns” Poulos and drummer Steven Kopacz. Lucky Street” is a follow up to the band’s EPDo Overs and Second Chances.” “Lucky Street” is a great album with catchy songs, beautiful lyrics and a combination of well-done upbeat rock songs and slow songs. My favorites from the album are “Lucky Street”, “Any Other Heart”, “Kill The Beast”, “Why I’m Home”, “Forever My Father” and “House Of Hallways”. If you haven’t listened to the album, visit the band’s MySpace and listen to the new album before it even releases.
The band is currently touring with Chiodos and Emarosa. In early March, the band will tour with A Rock…

Coytown Community Garden | We Got Plots!

The neighborhood of Coytown is starting a community garden on 12 acres of land donated by the city. Construction has already begun on this same plot of land for the Orlando Mountain Bike Park. The Coytown community garden is on the hunt now for locals who'd be interested in tending to their own plot within the garden. Contact them here.
They're in the planning stage right now, so this is your chance to get in early and have some input into how this garden will work. Due to the large space they have to work with, twelve acres donated by the city, this could potentially be one of the largest community gardens in Orlando. Seeing as how many of the other community gardens have waiting lists, this seems like a good opportunity for you community gardeners-in-waiting out there.
The proposed site is at the North end of Coy Drive, just off Colonial between Bumby and The Fashion Square Mall. Previously part of the Orlando Navy Base facilities, the 17+ acre site was granted to the City of …

Doug Rhodehamel | BACON! The Experience Looking for Kickstarter Funding From Bacon Lovers Everywhere

Doug Rhodehamel’s self-professed “dream project”, BACON!: The Experience was conceived based on an interesting observation Doug made in a series of social situations during which he noticed that he could ignite energetic, connection-based dialogue where uncomfortably awkward, flagging conversation was previously taking place, simply by mentioning the word “BACON!” In celebration of this wide-spread “bacon love”, Doug has decided to stage a large-scale, interactive, bacon-themed art installation. Pretty much think Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory … only with BACON!

The exhibit is scheduled for Saturday April 23, 2011 in Orlando, FL and will include:
• A bacon “red carpet”;
• A treasure trove of sculptures and larger-than-life art made from both real and conceptually-rendered strips of bacon;
• Bacon characters: including Agí “The Bacon Princess”, Randall “The Bacon-ator”, and Doug, dressed in a one-of-a-kind bacon suit;
• Ambient bacon music;
• Subliminal pro-bacon messaging; and, of…

Daniel Collins Covers Bruno Mars A Capella Style

Local improvisor and actor Daniel Collins did an a capella cover of Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are." Like it?

Food Truck Orlando | Red Eye BBQ

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You can find this truck almost every Saturday at the Dr Phillips Farmers Market and also a few nights per week at World Of Beer at Dr. Phillips. "We got into the BBQ biz out of the love for smoking meats in our backyard over the last 11 years and after taking 3rd place in people choose at the 2nd annual Orlando BBQ contest and competing with some top names in Orlando we decided to do a food truck as it was a fun way to get our name out on the street and see where that may take us in the future."

Food Truck Guide to Orlando

We're producing the first-ever Orlando Food Truck Bazaar March 29, 2011 to promote food truck culture in Orlando. (Print & share our flyers please!) We should start a guide here, too, so you can know where all the trucks are in the city. So we did. Help us fill in what we're missing: names, locations, websites, twitter accounts, photos, etc. Thanks!
Orlando Food Truck Guide

Doug Rhodehamel Latest Show Desicated All Over Orlando

The opening night party for Doug Rhodehamel's show "Desiccation" Friday February 25, 2011 at Twelve21 Gallery (1221-C N. Orange Ave.) was very well-attended. By the time we got there, half the pieces had sold and the room was packed. The boots pictured at left were sported by Rhodehamel, as the show was a collection of pieces modeled to appear as if they were rare sea specimens collected by an 1800s traveller.

The collection was a departure from Doug's normal medium, cardboard, and his tendency to create spaces filled with hundreds of similar-shaped objects. Each piece in this collection was its own entity, each unique. And most likely by the end of the night, each sold.

Significant Trees In Orlando: The Map

Want a tour of the significant trees in Orlando? Click here.

Hannibal Square Wine Tasting & St. Patrick’s Day Street Party 2011

The Hannibal Square Wine Tasting & St. Patrick’s Day Street Party is Thursday, March 17, 5:30-8:00pm on New England Avenue (between Pennsylvania and Virginia), Winter Park, FL 32789. Admission is $20 for Chamber members in advance, $25 for non-members, $25 at the door. Get tickets online or call (407) 644-8281

The 8th annual Hannibal Square Wine Tasting is presented by the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard and Arnold Palmer Medical Center. Held the Thursday prior to the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, the event will feature a St. Patrick’s Day street party along New England Avenue, live entertainment by The Redcoats, 40 different varieties of wine and beer samples and hors d’oeuvres from Bake Me a Cake, Chez Vincent, Dexter’s, Hannibal’s, John & Shirley’s Catering, Mi Tomatina, Tolla’s and Winter Park Fish Co.

Attendees are encouraged to wear green to be entered in a drawing for a Hannibal Square prize pack featuring gift certificates to area merchants and…

pARTicipartion 2011 at Maitland Art & History Center

The 13Th annual pARTicipation pairs regional artists and colorful cooking at Maitland Art & History Center with three events scheduled: (1) Opening Reception Friday, March 25, 2011 6-9pm, (2) Artist Tribute Saturday April 2, 5:30- 6:30pm (3) Top Artist, Top Chef Dinner Affair, April 2, 6:30pm.

During the reception on March 25, guests can explore the Art Center’s galleries and gardens and view the creative process as artists work on original pieces. The night also gives patrons first bids in a silent auction of artwork that continues online, March 25- April 2. Cost: $5

The Artist Tribute honors an artist who has made a significant impact on Central Florida’s visual culture. J. André Smith, founder of the art colony that would become the Maitland Art Center, will receive the 2011 inaugural award. Complimentary beer and wine will be served

Top Artists & Top Chefs Dinner Affair, where patrons experience visual and culinary creativity at the top of its game. Some of the best region…

Dr.Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (DPAC) Moves Forward With Community Construction Corporation (CCC)

To address construction concerns and keep the Dr.Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (DPAC) moving forward, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and DPAC Board Chairman Jim Pugh announced today they have reached conceptual agreement on the formation of a non-profit entity – The Community Construction Corporation (CCC) – to oversee construction of the project.

“The formation of the CCC is an important step in realizing the vision for a new performing arts center for our region,” said Mayor Dyer. “Nearly all of the successes our community has experienced over the past few years are the product of collaboration and partnership between the City, County, our business community and our civic leaders. We are committed to partnering together to jointly identify solutions to ensure the performing arts center is developed in a viable, fiscally-responsible manner.”

Bach Festival Society Brings Barry Douglas' Camerata Ireland Orchestra and Irish Soprano Celine Byrne to Winter Park

Irish pianist Barry Douglas, his orchestra Camerata Ireland and Irish soprano Celine Byrne will tour the US March 2011 with stops in New York City, Nashville, Sarasota, Illinois, Indiana and Winter Park. The Winter Park stop, thanks to Bach Festival Society, is on March 13th, 4pm at Tiedtke Concert Hall at Rollins College (1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789). For tickets call 407-646-2182.

The orchestra is under the artistic and musical direction of acclaimed pianist and conductor Barry Douglas, and is entirely comprised of exceptionally talented Irish musicians, many of whom also play in top positions in other premier orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Camerata Ireland is unique in that it enjoys the honor of the joint patronage of Mary McAleese, President of Ireland and HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Programs will include works by Rossini, Mozart, Field, Bunting and Barber. Internationally acclaimed Irish soprano Celine Byrne…

CrossFit Kings Point Offering Deal to Readers of The Daily City ONLY!

Ever wondered how the actors in the movie "300" got in that shape? They didn't kill themselves for endless hours in the gym. They got in that shape through a high intensity training program called CrossFit! What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for both men and women used by many police academies, tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and thousands of other athletes worldwide. The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience, and is customized the person's individual fitness level. It combines weightlifting, sprinting, and gymnastics, and strives for proficiency in each of ten fitness domains: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy.

The training is high intensity and lasts less than 1-hour per s…

Wicked 1st National Tour Does Orlando Benefit Concert at The Mezz

The cast of Wicked will be in Orlando for five weeks performing the show nightly at Bob Carr performing Arts Centre. Want to see them doing something un-wicked? They will be performing in a benefit cabaret for Broadway Cares and Orange County Arts Education Center MArch 14, 2011 at 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm) at The Mezz (100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando, FL). Tickets start at $45. Get them at or 407-540-9916.

Orlando Indie Media Meetup #4 | Downtown Credo Coffeehouse

The 4th Orlando Indie Media Meetup was held Tuesday February 22, 2011 at Downtown Credo Coffeehouse (706 W. Smith Street in College Park). First off, big thank-you from the entire group to Downtown Credo. They stayed open late for us. They also have a very neat thing: a coffee subscription. For $20/month, you get a mug and as much coffee as you want. 

And go to their "Committment Breakfast for Downtown Credo" March 10, 2011, 8am-9am. That will be a discussion led by the owners on "how (they're) improving the quality of life on both sides of I-4 and how you can be a part."

A lot was discussed at the February 22 meetup. Bess from Central Florida Top 5 shared what she learned on day one of Social Fresh. Then we discussed how we're all different, alike, who we think our audience is, ways we can help each other, how we can support each others' contests and events, ad sales and how each of us handle being approached by PR firms. 

If you run a blog, web series, t…

The Moon Is a Disco Ball: Each performance includes a Bake Sale

The local two-person band The Moon is a Disco Ball will play a show every Tuesday in March as part of their residency at Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall (1016 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL, 32803). Each show will have a unique storyline and feature their self-made costumes and props, hula hoop routines and bake sale.Watch some videos.
March 1: Sci-Fi, JarlQ, Toecutter
March 8: Girls Night, Cassandra WIlcox, Winter Bay
March 15: RapCity, Krondor Krew, uan Pablo
March 22: Folk Adventure, Sterling Shroeder and The Chosen Ones, Goodrich and The Die Tryin's
March 29: Enchanted Fairytale Forest, Surprise GuestsAbout the band: The Moon is a Disco Ball includes Lucy de Leche and NoelAvello. It was formed in 2009 and has been performing ever since in the Central Florida area. The band has a series of "On-The-Go" videos that led them to being discovered by the producer and creator Peter Bernard of the New York public access show "The 209 Show".

Tony Kushner in Orlando at Rollins College

Rollins College’s Winter Park Institute will host award-winning American playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner April 12, 2011 at 7pm at Rollins College, Keene Hall inside Tiedtke Concert Hall (1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, Fla. 32789). Free and open to the public.

Kushner will discuss American theater, current events and his upcoming work. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for his play Angels in America, he is widely recognized and acclaimed for his rejection of conventional beliefs in playwriting.

Blog Watch: Art Droolius

Droolius is a food blog with stunning photography. It shares food photos from where the blogger eats, taking you along with him on his culinary journeys, in hopes you'll trek out there on your own at some point.  Currently based in Orlando, FL the bloggers travel locally and nationally to eat great food and take awesome photos during the process.

The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck to Bring Sweets to Neighborhoods All Over the City

By Mark Baratelli
Staff Page

Time to go crazy all you foodies, dessert fiends and food truck lovers: Orlando is getting its first cupcake truck! The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck is being built out in Jacksonville as we speak, should be ready mid March or early April and might even make an appearance at the Orlando Food Truck Bazaar March 29, 2011. Its owned by Joey and Alex, a couple who met at UCF and spent some time in San Francisco and Philadelphia, where they discovered the food truck trend. Find the cupcake truck on Facebook and Twitter. We had the chance to interview Joey by email. Below are his answers to our questions. Contact him here.

Wicked National Tour Loads Into Orlando, Florida Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre

By Mark Baratelli

This morning we got invited to view a few minutes of "load-in" for the national tour of Wicked, opening at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre this week and running for the next five.

Load-in is the term used for the time when a national tour brings their set into a theatre and constructs it. As we took photos and filmed video, we had to stay clear of folks carrying in giant metal pieces, step over bundles of thick wires and cords and weave our way around rolling boxes full of who knows what. Very exciting.

Peeling Paint on Billboard

This is pretty to me. Had to stop and take a picture. -Mark 

Other Peoples Property Springtime Swap & Shop 2011

The next Other Peoples Property Springtime Swap & Shop is Friday, March 18, 2011 7pm - 9pm at Downtown Credo Cafe (706 W Smith Street, Orlando, FL). Parking is behind Credo and along the street. See photos from the most recent Swap & Shop held December 3, 2010.

Other Peoples Property is the name of a one-woman company. She is a personal stylist and also a reseller of vintage clothing. She puts on these Swap & Shops every few months.

There are two parts to the Swap & Shop: the Swap and the Shop.

The Swap
The first part is the clothing swap. Bring all your clothing, shoes, and jewelry that have been cluttering up your closet forever that you just don't wear anymore, have grown out of, or was just never right for you to begin with. Someone will want it! Old, new, whatever. If you can bring it by the day before, even better. If not, bring it the night of. Dana says she already has ten garbage bags full of great swap stuff folks have dropped off. Its all free! Some of the…

Urban ReThink | CoWorking, Event and Meeting Space in Thornton Park

Urban Rethink is a new non-profit coworking, meeting and office space in the heart of Thornton Park. They've invited me to use their facilities for a period of time to offer feedback and ideas as one of their very first "coworkers." I am thrilled (for a short time anyways) to have access to a desk, wifi, plugs and a seemingly endless stream of neat people coming in and out. Its like an office for those of us who are used to working out of our homes and in coffee shops. Watch the video above for a brief tour and explanation.

Coaches from the New York Yankees Put on Youth Baseball Clinic

Registration for the Free Youth Baseball Clinic, which will be attended by coaches from the New York Yankees organization, has already reached over 1,000. On February 26th, 2011, 9:30am at Northwest Recreation Complex, Field of Dreams (3710 Jason Dwelley Pkwy, Apopka, Fl 32712) a number of coaches from the New York Yankees organization are scheduled to teach 1,000+ lucky young sluggers how to field, hit and pitch just like the pros. Preparations are underway to make this activity an experience to remember. This historic baseball workshop is complimentary. Kids can still pre-register here.
Mark with one of the owners of the Yankees in Box #1  at their Spring Training Facility in Tampa, Florida.

9th Annual APC Great American Pie Festival Sponsored by Crisco

The 9th Annual American Pie Council Great American Pie Festival runs April 9 - 10, 2011 all day both days at Lakeside Park (631 Sycamore St., Celebration, Florida 34747). Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 9; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 10. Admission to the festival is free. Costs for the Never Ending Pie Buffet are: $10 adults, $5 ages 65 and up; $5 ages 6-12.

Its "two days of family fun, reminiscent of days gone by." There will be a Pie Eating Contest of course. See video below for how it might end. The Never Ending Pie Buffet is back with 83,000 award-winning pie slices (up from 70,000 in recent years) as well as ice cream, toppings and beverages from local, regional and national commercial bakeries, restaurants and markets.

Sister Hazel at House of Blues

By: Jen Thuy-Tien
Contributing Writer
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On Saturday, Feb. 19, Sister Hazel (FacebookMyspaceWebsite) performed at the House of Blues. Doors opened at 7:00 pm and the show started at 8:00 pm. The opening acts were Jerad Finck and The Cringe. Sister Hazel was the final performance of the show. The five-memberband is from Gainesville, Florida.The band comprises of lead singer Ken Block, bass player Jett Beres, guitarists Andrew Copeland and Ryan Newelland drummer Mark Trojanowski. The band’s music falls under a few genres: acoustic, alternative, punk, pop, classic rock, southern rock and folk. Heartland Highway is the band’s latest album, which was released last October. My favorites from the album’s 13 tracks are Great Escape, Stay Awhile, Far Away, At your Worst, The Saddest Song, Lessons in Love, Hope, And Faith- Part 2 Snow Globe World and Lessons in Love, Hope, And Faith- Part 3 Behind the Sun. The album is relaxing and mellow- great to listen to in your s… Orlando Food Truck Bazaar

Subscribe to our mailing list Food Truck Bazaar Food Truck Bazaar (AboutTwitter, Facebook) is the original travelling gourmet food truck event in Central Florida. Creator and Producer Mark Baratelli turned a one-time event on March 31 2011 into a 10-town-per-month traveling event with an average attendance of 500- 1,000 in each town. Become a Sponsor

It helps each town it visits, too, by bringing foot traffic to area shops and restaurants (yes restaurants!) and giving the locals in each town it visits one more reason to gather and commune. It also promotes both the mobile vending industry and the Orlando food truck scene. The event itself is family-friendly atmosphere and dog-friendly. 

The Food Truck Bazaar has also done special event work for City of Orlando, Visit Orlando, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Stetson University, Rotary Club of Winter Garden, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Department of Transportation, City Arts Factory, Edgewater High Scho…