Wildlife Benefit- Release the Bats!

Oct. 9th, The Heart of Darkness, a non-profit social club, will be hosting a benefit to
help The Florida Bat Conservancy at The Attic, 233 W. University Avenue (above The Venue) in Gainesville.





Release the Bats will be a night of fun and dancing, all for a good
cause. The night will have local DJs in a nightclub atmosphere, with The Florida Bat
Conservancy hosting, helping raise awareness of the plight of the many bats in Florida.
There will also be a silent auction, with everything from signed books and comics to
mini-bat houses and handcrafted jewlery. Doors open at 10pm, with a $5 donation. All proceeds will go to The Florida Bat Conservancy. So, come dance the night away for a good cause and Release the Bats. For more information, go to www.heartofdarknessclub.org or www.floridabats.org

The Machine Gun Kristin Marathon Show



The Machine Gun Kristin Marathon Show:
Thursday August 27, 2009.
Bands: Hot Hands, Garbo's Daughter, Bunnygrunt, Sex Robots, Courtneys, Saving Twilight.
Venue: Wills Pub. 1042 N Mills Avenue.Orlando, Florida 32803. Doors at 8pm. $6 cover. 18&up.


It's always been sort of a joke for how many bands an Orlando musician can be in - at one time, especially if you are a drummer. Since moving to Orlando in 2004 from Coral Springs, drummer Kristin Messina has been in about seven bands. More if you include her bands (Dethlehem, Argento's Children) with her brother Eric Messina down South. Kristin had always joked around "Wouldn't it be cool if all my bands played the same show?" Well, the answer is: she's gonna try. Four of her current and past bands are confirmed: Garbo's Daughter, Hot Hands, Courtneys, and Saving Twilight are slated to play Wills Pub Thursday August 27th.

Impressive is not the amount of bands she's been a member of but the difference in styles. From the power pop beginnings with The Sharp Objects (who were the opening act for punk legends Angry Samoans on the first and only Florida tour) with Hannah Miller on guitar/vocals and boyfriend Jeffrey Howard on bass guitar (who authors the long running Orlando webzine Kick Bright Zine (http://www.kickbrightzine.com) and was bassist in rock band The Hot Six).

Then came the infamous Teddy and the Fratgirls (a punk band from South Florida in the late 70's) cover band that became known as Jeanie and the Tits. It was fronted by Jeanie Peaden along with guitarist Mary Dodd and bassist Yochi Long. One of their first shows (January 2006) would be opening for Black Lips. Kristin began to help write lyrics for that bands first original songs. She would be in this band for a little over a year, leaving in 2007.

About the same time she joined Jeanie and the Tits, the opportunity came to drum for Courtneys (first show February 2006 at Skull Kingdom), a girl powered indie rock band fronted by Courtney Matzke and Courtney Rackley. Jeffrey Howard also joined this band on bass. They played all over Florida, released a CD and toured in the summer of 2006 (in which Messina and Howard would be engaged). She would continue to be in Courtneys until July of 2008.

In late 2006 Kristin Messina and Jeffrey Howard would form their own two-piece rock band called Hot Hands with the intention of being a little more crazy and noisy than their other bands. Things picked up for Hot Hands in 2008 as they played all over the south east (Georgia, Alabama and North Florida). They released their own cassette of live recordings on their record label KBZ (aka Kick Bright Zine Records). The two just completed another tour of the south east in July 2009.

Also in 2006 Kristin was in a one time performance of three songs of a band called Bitch Hips just to play in Florida's Dying Rockfight show made up of new made-up bands (Hot Hands debut would also be at Rockfight).

June of 2008 brought in yet another band: Garbo's Daughter, an all girl power-pop band with deep roots in the girl groups of the 50's and 60's and teen idols of the 70's with vocalist/guitarist Mandy Mullins (sister of Freddy Mullins of The Future on Films in Space/Fantasie) and Jaime Sparrowhawk on bass. Their pure bubblegum pop goodness have been talk of the town since. Califonia label Burger Records is releasing their debut recording by the end of the year, as well as appearing on local label Florida's Dying "Party Platter" compilation LP.

Late 2008 Kristin and Jeffrey became the backing band for Saving Twilight, led by the twee pop queen of Orlando, Geannie Friedman. She's had many of Orlando greats in her band at some point (members have gone on to Cobra Starship and This Ivy League). Jeffrey and Kristin had been fans of hers for years so they couldn't say no. They played a couple of shows with her in 2008 and 2009. Geannie has moved on to form a new band, Weak Ends, with her friend Sam Metro.

In addition two St. Louis bands are playing: Bunnygrunt and Sex Robots. Bunnygrunt are perhaps inventors of the "cuddlecore" genre. They've been at it for 13 years now. This is the first time they've come to Orlando. They share bandmates with Sex Robots.

Links:

Poster/flyer: http://kickbrightzine.com/events/marathonshow.jpg

Band Links:
http://www.myspace.com/garbosdaughter
http://www.myspace.com/hothandsband
http://www.myspace.com/savingtwilight
http://www.myspace.com/courtneys
http://www.myspace.com/therealbunnygrunt
http://www.myspace.com/sexrobots

Farewell to Fashion in Lakeland, This Friday, April 24th...

Anyone remember Farewell to Fashion??? They're back together and playing Lakeland, April 24th...
You could also win tickets to Busch Gardens...


Take a trip back to the past so to speak and come see Farewell to Fashion with 3 other great bands. If you were into the local music scene of lakeland, I promise you'll have a blast at this show and see many other old familiar faces.....






www.myspace.com/therealfarewelltofashion
www.myspace.com/48statesaway
www.myspace.com/magnificentapplesauce
www.myspace.com/masmarketing
www.myspace.com/campfirebooking
www.myspace.com/theweddingparty

ALL AGES SHOW, no drugs, no alcohol, no attitudes, no problem!

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FAREWELL TO FASHION, 48 States Away, MagSauce & The Wedding Party...Friday, April 24th...

Take a trip back to the past so to speak and come see Farewell to Fashion with 3 other great bands. If you were into the local music of lakeland several years ago, I promise you'll have a blast at this show and see many other old, familiar faces.....






www.myspace.com/therealfarewelltofashion
www.myspace.com/48statesaway
www.myspace.com/magnificentapplesauce
www.myspace.com/masmarketing
www.myspace.com/campfirebooking
www.myspace.com/theweddingparty

ALL AGES SHOW, no drugs, no alcohol, no attitudes, no problem!

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Pigpen - Original Grunge

Casting Call

CASTING CALL for ROCKY HORROR SHOW at SURFSIDE PLAYHOUSE, COCOA BEACH.

(reposted from the Surfside website)

Every October for the last 7 years, Surfside Playhouse has presented 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' to packed houses of screaming fans. And to commemorate the closing of the theatre's landmark 50th season, Surfside is proud to debut on its stage the musical that started it all: 'The Rocky Horror Show'!

'The Rocky Horror Show' is the full stage rock musical that inspired the cult film, 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'. This is NOT the film and shadow cast experience; this is the live band, full stage musical with great songs and crazy characters.

Surfside will be holding open auditions on Sunday and Monday, March 22 and 23 at 7 pm at the Playhouse. All are welcome to audition. Those planning to attend should dress for a dance audition. Also, there will be selections taught and sung from the show, but those interested may bring a prepared song NOT from a stage musical. If bringing a prepared piece, please also bring a background track on CD that does NOT contain vocals. There will also be cold readings.

The show will run from May 22 - June 7. Directed by Anthony Mowad.
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.


Surfside Playhouse is located at Ramp Road and Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Beach. Phone number is 321-783-3127. It's easy to find. Take State Road A1A to 5th Street South (5 blocks south of Minuteman Causeway) and head west until you drive into it.