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Mind Altered Media covers events throughout Central Florida & festivals.

April 30, 2018

Modest Mouse sold out the Hard Rock Live Orlando Venue on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Isaac Brock & Lisa Molinaro of Modest Mouse. 

The drive to Orlando from the coast always takes longer than you want it to take. Orlando, the city where you get the privilege of standing in line. You line up to park your car, you line up to queue past security, you line up to to enter Universal City Walk, you line up for a drink at the bar. The line...

March 30, 2018


Reggae Rise Up Florida returned to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 16, 17, & 18 for 3 full days of positive vibes with a jam packed line-up split on two stages overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay. Now in its 4th year, Reggae Rise Up graduated from a one day festival to span a three day weekend headlined by some of the biggest names in Reggae music like Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, SOJA, The Expendables, and Rebelution...

February 28, 2018

The Gasparilla Music Festival kicks off its seventh year on March 10th - 11th at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park in Downtown Tampa. This year’s line-up has something for everyone from Hip Hop to Rock, including the legendary Roots Crew. The Roots are headlining along with Father John Misty, Warpaint, Spoon and Tampa’s local sons, the Ries Brothers.

 The Roots NPR Tiny Desk Concert

This weekend guarantees...

February 20, 2018

California Hip Hop invasion rained down on the Orlando Amphitheater on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Flower BoyScum Fuck Flower BoyTyler, the Creator, touring in support of his fourth album 2017’s ), brought his fellow Californian and Odd Future alum, Vince Staples, to the Orlando Amphitheater. Besides their California roots, Vince Staples and Tyler, the Creator also share a tendency to manage their darker sides with playfulness...

December 1, 2017

It may surprise you to know that the members of New Kingston hail from New York (by way of Jamaica) and are not, in fact, from Florida. The New York natives tour the Sunshine state so often that I naively hoped they were from here, having caught them last year at the one off FloGrown Festival in Orlando. They recently played the West End Trading Company in Sanford and will return in March for the Reggae Rise Up festival in St....

November 10, 2017

Rootfire at the Park is back for another year in Cocoa Beach celebrating roots music. This year the festival has expanded to three days of jam packed music featuring local and international artists like Michael Franti & Spearhead, Shaggy, The Hip Abduction, Stephen Marley, and The Ries Brothers. It starts tonight, so get ready to spark up and roll deep. You can find tickets at Eventbrite.

I’m fully expecting this year to be thr...

October 16, 2017

Thievery Corporation Review @ House of Blues Orlando Saturday, October 14th, 2017

The show on Saturday at House of Blues Orlando was my first chance to see Thievery Corporation live, even though their music has haunted the swankier moments of my existence, especially the times when I visited their numerous bar ventures in their native DC, where I also lived for a number of years. I blearily remember dancing til 2am at Eighteent...

September 1, 2017

Donavon Frankenreiter at Cafe Davinci in Deland 7pm

A healthy crowd showed up at Deland’s Cafe Davinci to see Donavon Frankenreiter perform his patented version of surfer rock meets the blues. Touring to support his latest studio album, 2015’s The Heart, co- written with Grant-Lee Phillips, the songs on this album are some of Frankenreiter’s most sentimental to date. The two have collaborated before on Frankenreiter’s album Pas...

July 27, 2017

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit played with opener, Strand of Oaks, on a rainy Saturday evening in St. Augustine. Isbell, known for  his alternative country sound, piqued my interest - making this show the first real country concert I ever attended. The genre has never quite appealed to me with notable exceptions like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton, but Jason Isbell isn’t your typical country star. His latest offerin...

February 23, 2017

Review: The Coathangers, Killmama, & Wet Nurse at Will’s Pub Orlando, Saturday, February 4th

Will’s Pub filled up just prior to Orlando’s own Wet Nurse beginning their set, rocking an upbeat punk/pop vibe. The four piece band, fronted by two lead vocalists, sisters Nina and Susana, offered an unusually harmonious brand of punk. After a false start, they  launched into songs like “Girl Problem,” which rocked a 60s surf rock temp...

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