Exploring Entertainment in Florida's 850 & Beyond
Just when I think that things can’t get any more awesome – a month like May comes along. One top touring hard rock band, two sludgy metal shows, and so much goodness in-between.
May 3rd – Club Lavela pulled in some really big names for Panama City Beach’s Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally, including Buckcherry. The concert started off with Redlight King who combine hard rock with a touch of hip-hop. Next was James Durbin, the American Idol contender out to prove that he is ready to win over any crowd. Closing out the night was a super high-energy set from Buckcherry, complete with outlandish stories from lead singer Josh Todd between songs.
After the concert, it was time to pop over to Spinnaker to catch a couple of sets from Sin Seven.
May 5th – I can’t quite put into words how excited I was for this show. It started off with Panama City’s own Coeur and Death Before Dying. Coeur is really starting to come into their own. Death Before Dying’s new line-up is feeling more cohesive. Order of the Owl was a super special treat. They feature Brent (formally of Zoroaster) who I couldn’t wait to experience live. Order of the Owl are simply fantastic.
In between sets, I kept popping into C-level’s dinning room to listen to songs from local favorite Pat C.
May 11th – First a stop at Foghorn’s to check out Sammy & The Slammrz; a southern, classic, and a-little-bit of everything else rock band. Then Hidden Element at Club LaVela, playing everyone’s favorite hard rock songs. Ending the night at Spinnaker listening to Top of the Orange, who are always an absolute joy to watch and listen to.
May 18th – It seemed like all the local’s turned out to see One Track Mind blaze through a slew of hard rock songs at Foghorns. Then a peek into Spinnaker to check out Flamethrowers who had a ton of energy and stage presence.
May 20th – Central Store Records in Seaside opened up their back room for a semi-acoustic performance by indie darlings The Heartless Bastards.
May 25th – Started off the night with a couple hard rock sets by Sin Seven at Ms Newbys. Then checked out Classic Addict at Spinnaker, a rock band that pulls in songs from the 50’s all the way to current radio hits.
May 27th – Took advantage of some of what South Walton had to offer for Memorial Day weekend: The Sinfonia Gulf Coast brought music scores to life at Alys Beach. The Americana band The Dirty Guv’nahs wowed the crowd at Rosemary Beach.
May 31st – It seems like each time I see Coeur their sound is growing, expanding, and raising the bar for their personal best. Next up was another blistering set by Death Before Dying. Then Cough brought the 70’s inspired fuzzy doom with looping beauty to get completely lost in. Dragged into Sunlight closed out the show with a powerful set of blackened doom.
With ringing ears, stopped into Spinnaker to see the last couple sets from 12 Sharp, who debuted a really tight original song that night.