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Anti Pop Music Festival: Worth the drive to Orlando?




This week is the Fifth Annual Anti Pop Music Festival, a four-day series of concerts at venues all around downtown Orlando, including Back Booth, the Plaza Theatre, Will's Pub and Club Firestone.

Perhaps we're just jealous  -- "Why can't Ybor City have a music festival like this? Wah!" -- but we're not making the drive to Orlando for this one. A handful of the headliners, including Pete Yorn, MC Chris, Big D and the Kids Table and Sunbears are performing (or have performed) in Tampa Bay this month anyway. And a lot of artists -- Viernes, Dark Romantics, The Legendary JC's, Thomas Wynn and the Believers -- are Tampa regulars.

And then there are those artists who can't find the time to drive the hour and a half down I-4 to Tampa, like Yacht (above), Thursday at Back Booth; Minus the Bear, Wednesday at Firestone, Lakeland's soon-to-be-broken-up Copeland, Saturday at the Plaza Theatre.

The bottom line, we suppose, is this: Advance festival passes are only $25, and that gets you into all events (based on capacity, of course). Considering some tickets to individual shows are running as high as $18, you cannot beat that deal with bully club.

Who's going to Anti Pop? And which shows are you planning to see?

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt* Photo: Sarah Meadows.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:14pm]


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