ORLANDO – Maybe the only question left is just how huge the crowds are going to be.
Because it’s safe to say that the 10th annual Florida Musical Festival will almost certainly bring a lot of music fans to downtown Orlando when it kicks off tomorrow night at 7.
“I do know it’s a very large event,” said Heather Allebaugh, press secretary to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
This is also one event expected to keep the cash registers clinking in downtown.
The Wall Street Plaza, right next to History Center Park, will be the central location for the 10th annual Florida Music Festival, and over the course of this three day festival, a wide variety of indie, pop and rock performers will be on the stage, entertaining the crowd.
The festival’s promoters, Broadcast Music Inc., expects this, the largest music networking event in the southeast, to attract a massive crowd once again this year.
“The 2011 Florida Music Festival is set to break records again with more than 250 bands and over 25,000 music fans expected to attend,” BMI notes in a news release on the event. “FMF 2011 will commandeer more than 10 state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor venues, stages and theatres in downtown Orlando.”
The festival kicks off on Thursday at 7 p.m. and continues until 11:30 p.m. at the Wall Street Plaza’s BMI-sponsored stage at 100 S. Orange Ave. in downtown Orlando. The music keeps playing on Friday night with the Hawaiian Reggae of the Easy Star All Stars, Cas Haley, the Green and Nashville indie throwbacks The Ettes. On Saturday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., there will be the “Acoustic Brunch” at 25 E. Central Boulevard.
What to expect? “Ten bourgeoning acts reflecting Florida Music Festival’s wide-ranging approach in offering festival-goers memorable and unique performances,” the promoters note.
This year, the festival will celebrate a decade of making music in downtown Orlando.
Thursday’s festival kicks off with a performance by the Kingston Springs at 7 p.m., followed by Say Never, a Daytona Beach band, at 8 p.m. Then at
9 p.m., Ocean is Theory, an indie band with a self released EP, Into the Mouths of Lions, will take the stage.
Madeira, the Orlando-based alternative rock outfit, takes the stage at 10 p.m., and will be followed at 11 by Bear Cub featuring singer/songwriter Jesse Hall.
The Acoustic Brunch on Saturday starts at 11:15 a.m. with a performance by the Well Reds, the Atlanta rock band, and at 11:35 a.m., the Baron Sisters — singer/songwriter sisters Kimberly and Kelsie Baron – will bring their melodic vocal harmonies to the stage.
Jesse Hall and Bear Cub returns to the stage at 11:55 a.m., followed at 12:15 p.m. by the pop rock band inPassing, to perform selections from their EP “Breathing in the Ash.”
They get followed at 12:35 p.m. by Tayler Buono, a 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Orlando who first picked up a guitar at 15, and wrote her first song after learning four chords.
Tickets are $15 for Thursday, and $10 each for Friday and Saturday, although three-day passes are available for $25.
To learn more, log on to www.floridamusicfestival.com.
Broadcast Music Inc., the U.S. performing right organization that represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers and more than 6.5 million works in all genres of music.
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