Orlando Calling: So, what have we learned today?
But in the midst of all this macro, we might be overlooking the micro. So let's pause a moment and ask: What does Orlando Calling really mean for music fans in Tampa Bay?
Let's see ...
-- The first question that comes to mind is: Will any of these artists pass through Tampa, too? It's possible. We wouldn't count on, say, the Killers or Pixies, but some of the acts lower on the bill, maybe. It's happening with the Langerado Festival, where headlining acts like Ween and Arctic Monkeys are taking a side trip to Tampa Bay on their way to and from Sunrise. We'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this.
-- Orlando Calling's big headliner on Nov. 13 is Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. We already know that Seger is coming to Tampa this fall, and it would make sense for him to book both shows around the same time. So pencil in Seger for a show at the St. Pete Times Forum in mid-November (but not Nov. 12, because Taylor Swift will be at the Forum).
-- Orlando Calling is scheduled for the same weekend as the jam- and funk-focused Bear Creek Music Festival in Live Oak, which is featuring some pretty phenomenal acts in its own right -- Trey Anastasio Band, Galactic, Medeski Martin and Wood, etc. It's also the same weekend as St. Petersburg's Ribfest, which organizers say draws up to 60,000 fans a year. This year's headliners are John Fogerty, Styx, Trace Adkins and the Outlaws.
-- Organizers and experts seem to expect more single-day ticket sales than weekend passes, which makes sense. And with single-day passes starting at $80 through Sept. 1, we have to say ... that's a pretty great deal. Seriously, on Saturday, Nov. 12, you could see the Killers, the Pixies, the Raconteurs, the Roots, the Avett Brothers, O.A.R., Iron and Wine, Drive By Truckers, Gavin DeGraw, Gogol Bordello and so many more, all for $80? Wow. Eighty bucks ain't cheap, but considering tickets to see Lauryn Hill at the Ritz started at $65, Orlando Calling is giving you a ton of music for your money.
-- Lastly, take another look at that lineup. Only 37 acts have been announced, and organizers have promised about 100 in all. We've probably seen the biggest names already, but still, the mind reels with possibility over what's yet to come.
It's fun to armchair quarterback like this, and play guessing games with a star-studded lineup. For once, Florida will probably be the center of the music world. Is it at the level of Bonnaroo/Coachella/Lollapalooza yet? No. But it's a fine start.
What about you? Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Orlando Calling? And what do you think this will mean for the Tampa Bay concert scene?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*