Orlando bands challenge mainstream music with R&B, soul
Turn down your new Taylor Swift album, because some local acts are changing things up in Orlando's music scene.
For music fans looking to break up the constant flow of top-40 tracks on the radio, look no further than these bands looking to shake things up.
The Andrew Williams Band is a local band from Orlando, and its lead vocalist and guitarist, Andrew Sadlon, 19, describes it as rooted in soul music with a modern twist that members of a younger generation can grab onto.
"I think we have a young energy that we bring to the stage," Sadlon said. "People our age don't play this kind of music and you don't see it much anymore."
Jacob Chak, a senior creative writing major, said he enjoys going to see The Andrew Williams Band because he gets to support local musicians and be a part of a creative community.
"Big shows are impersonal and expensive. A healthy art community gives people an outlet," Chak said.
Sadlon said that it was important for his band to play local shows and cultivate a fan base. He said playing local shows at small bars and clubs around town can help grow a faithful and supportive fan base.
"It's our community," Sadlon said. "There's something to be said for playing local shows and getting a fan base. It's important for us to be in control of the music."
The Andrew Williams band plays every week at the BB King's Blue's Club on International Drive.
Another local group in Orlando is an all-female R&B/rap group called High Class. The group described its music as inspirational and diverse.
"Honestly, it's hard for musicians to get out there, especially when you're around people who don't believe in you," said Anilia Joseph, 18, a member of the group. "It's important for us to branch out. The more events we attend, the more social we get and the more networking we do."
High Class performs all over Florida and will perform at The Sesh at Doc's Streetside Grille at 1315 S. Orange Ave. on the first Wednesday of every month.
Beebs and Her Money Makers is a local band from Orlando that is performing its first Orlando show in two years at The Social this Friday.
The band's frontwoman, Michelle Beebs, 27, said while they also spend time and effort making their music, they work hard to make their shows a fun experience as well.
"It's a dance party — our shows are an experience," Beebs said. "We put on a crazy live show. You can expect dancing hot dogs and robots."
Beebs said that it is important for people to support local musicians in order to keep the music alive.
"Nothing can duplicate a live experience," Beebs said.
Alternative rock group A Brilliant Lie's lead vocalist, Tara Lightfoot, 29, describes her band's shows as having a lot of energy, always having music to sing along to and being memorable.
"A local band is the same as a local business," Lightfoot said. "You have to have people who have your back. It's an investment and it makes it easier if you have people supporting you. Every band you like started in a garage."
A Brilliant Lie will be performing at Backbooth, located at 37 W. Pine St., on Friday.
Andrew Williams Band
B.B. King's Blues Club
9101 International Drive
Friday, Nov. 14
Doors open at 6 p.m.
The Sesh at Doc's Streetside Grille
1315 S. Orange Ave.
Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Beebs and Her Money Makers
54 N. Orange Ave.
Friday, Nov. 7
Doors open at 8 p.m.
A Brilliant Lie
37 W. Pine St.
Friday, Nov. 7
Doors open at 8 p.m.