Orlando!! featuring The Mud Flapper's and The Legendary JC's

We were super lucky to be added to insanely fun lineup at Will's Pub this Friday. The lineup featured two local bands that are clearly adored by the music community in Orlando.

The Mud Flapper's put on an incredibly entertaining show that had me dancing the whole time. Their energy was contagious, and you could feel it in the room. Their musical style is hard to pinpoint but had me thinking of early harmony ridden jazz and upbeat indie fusion folk. Their harmonies were super tight, and the showmanship of lead singer's George and Sarah was impeccable. 

The Legendary JC's is a band that has been around for 20+ years. It's always super humbling to be around bands that have played together for that long. They were funky, soulful and the lead singer, Eugene, had vocals that were reminiscent of Prince. If you ever have an opportunity to see either of these bands live, drop what you are doing and do it.

We stayed up late and went to a top secret classy Orlando afterparty that I have been sworn to secrecy to say absolutely nothing about. So I won't. 

Huge huge huge thanks to our friends from The Mud Flapper's, Sarah and George, and to Jessica (books Will's Pub) for adding us to such an amazing night!

The Mud Flappers

The Mud Flappers

The Legendary JC's

The Legendary JC's

Sarah and George's dog Elvis. Stole my heart. look at that underbite.

Sarah and George's dog Elvis. Stole my heart. look at that underbite.

ELVIS!!!!!! 

ELVIS!!!!!! 

Alabamaaa, Pho, and the beginning of our Floridian Adventures

So at this point basically all we do is drive, sleep at rest stops, hang out in parks all day, and then play shows at night. I'll just post pics of nature rather than trying to describe how pretty everything is down south. Here is a recap of the last couple days =) =) =) =) =) =) =) =)

Dothan, Alabama:: Played at a spot that ended up being at a huge warehouse storage space (turned music DIY venue) at the bottom of a winding dirt road. The spot is called The Plughouse and is a liberal safe haven for people who don't quite fit the mold of conservative Alabama. It was clear that The Plughouse is a staple in Dothan's art community. We played with a bunch of heavy rock bands. One that I really dug was Celestial Spawn- a two piece death metal band out of Columbus Georgia. 

Tallahassee::Haiku

We played a house show

Then sat on couches outside

The weather was warm

****also ate Pho. We love Pho.

Special Interest played a helluva show.

Special Interest played a helluva show.

St. Petersburg::

Played tunes with Geri X and Jeremy Trevino at The Bends in impossibly hip downtown St. Petersburg. The bar was crazy because it felt like it was more of a club, but apparently they host a ton of heavy metal nights. Huge thanks to one of the owners, Victoria, for hooking us up with the gig.

***ate more Pho. Florida's Vietnamese food is on point.

****also, I did something really stupid that night...I FORGOT MY CELLO AT THE VENUE!!!!! We got about an hour and a half out of St. Pete when we got a phone call from Victoria informing us of my mistake. Who does that!? Who forgets a cello at a venue? I guess I do. I'm really happy that Rachelle and Daisy didn't kill me that night, and that we got it back and that all was well. I think I need to cover my cello in glow in the dark tape or put a beeper on it or something. Never again!

Cape Coral::

Played at Nice Guys Pizza in Rachelle's hometown. Holy hell this was a great night. Our friend Marc Davis set up a super rad show with Constellation, Plural Being, and Lee Breshnyda. The bar was packed with super friendly locals and vacationers. (is Vacationers a word?) Anyway. We had a blast hanging with everyone and got a complimentary truffle pizza from the owners Jimmy and Greg. Also check out this fantastically honest drink menu. All the love to South Florida and to everyone who came out to the show!

*did not eat Pho. Sadly.

An honest menu at Nice Guys Pizza. I seriously love this. 

An honest menu at Nice Guys Pizza. I seriously love this. 

A park near Tallahassee

A park near Tallahassee

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

The Bends, St. Petersburg   

The Bends, St. Petersburg

 

Geri X killing it in St. Pete

Geri X killing it in St. Pete

Celestial Spawn at The Plughouse, Doth AL

Celestial Spawn at The Plughouse, Doth AL

Looks like a peaceful empty field of storage units......it isn't. Love to The Plughouse

Looks like a peaceful empty field of storage units......it isn't. Love to The Plughouse

Nice Guys Pizza

Nice Guys Pizza

The view from the van at 4 AM after we drove back to The Bends...I will never forget my cello at a gig again. Never. That sucked. hahahahahahhahaaha.

The view from the van at 4 AM after we drove back to The Bends...I will never forget my cello at a gig again. Never. That sucked. hahahahahahhahaaha.

Here's to looking at you, Florida. 

Here's to looking at you, Florida. 

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