Fall is here and with the cold weather and pumpkin-spiced everything (seriously I saw pumpkin Fing dog treats the other day) comes a number of awesome live music to check out. Get out of your house and get yourself to one of these shows (or all of them).
October 8 – Toro Y Moi @ Freebird Live
Toro y Moi is no stranger to most people by now. Chaz Bundick, his actual name, has jumped around in musical styles since he first started recording music in 2008, when he was heavily embedded in the chillwave movement that rose out of California in the late 2000s. His more recent albums expand upon this initial sound, and blending influences from R&B and ‘80s boogie with, of course, indie rock. His latest album was once again well-received by most fans and critics, but attendees of this concert should expect a diverse mix of both old and new material. No complaints there. Tickets to see Toro perform on Thursday, Oct. 8, come fairly priced at $20 a pop. The show starts at 8 p.m.
October 10 — On Guard, Winter Wave, A Call for Kylie and Glazed @ 1904 Music Hall
Perhaps one of the best chances to see several great local acts in one place, on Saturday, October 10, 1904 Music Hall will be hosting a release party for On Guard’s newest record, Where Are You Now. Alongside On Guard, Winter Wave, A Call for Kylie and Glazed will be opening the night off with some great local music. Tickets for this event are a mere $10, so you can rest assured you’ll be getting plenty of bang for your buck. Doors open at 8 p.m.
October 11 – Insane Clown Posse @ Beach Boulevard Concert Hall
Perhaps a bit outside of the average person’s comfort zone, the concert to be at during the middle of the month is none other the Insane Clown Posse, or ICP as the juggalos call them. You’ve probably heard of the insanity that is ICP, and maybe you’re even a juggalo yourself, but if you haven’t, you might want to do a little research before heading to the concert. If you still think the duo from Detroit is just a joke, consider that they’ve got two platinum albums and five more gold albums under their belt. There are two ticket options for this show. If you want to ball out like a high-class juggalo king, VIP will run you $50, and for half the price, you can purchase a general admission pass. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.
October 21 – Joey Bada$$ @ Freebird Live
Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, aka, Joey Bada$$, has been rapping for quite awhile now. The 20-year-old rapper released his debut album a year ago, but has since been working on a number of projects. Since starting in 2010, Scott and the Progressive Era (Pro Era) crew have produced a great number of albums and mixtapes, each pretty decent, though nothing to really tip them into huge commercial success. While some seem to think Scott and Pro Era are “trapped in the ‘90s,” there are a lot of other rappers and groups in the game who could learn a history lesson or two from the Pro Era crew. If Scott alone isn’t enough reason for you to attend, consider that he’ll be with Bishop Nehru, one of rap’s rising young artists. This one will cost you around $25, and the doors open at 7 p.m.
October 23 — Buddy Guy @ The Florida Theatre
A true legend in the world of blues, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with six Grammys. If that isn’t enough reason for you yet, consider that Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 25 of its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” and at the age of 78, he probably won’t be playing for all that much longer, which is perhaps the single biggest reason you should be at this one. Don’t be kicking yourself later when he retires and you’ve missed the boat. These tickets are a bit pricier at ~$40, but it’ll be worth it. Show begins at 8 p.m.
October 30 to November 1 — Fest 14 @ Gainesville
Back for 2015, The FEST is back for it’s fourteenth year. This festival has been going on since 2002, and each year, it’s held in Gainesville and organized by No Idea Records. The Fest brings a diverse group of musicians together for a weekend of great music. While it is predominantly a punk rock festival, there is also a good mix of genres. The line-up for this year’s FEST is another great one, so consider taking a quick trip to Gville and check out all that FEST has to offer.