The music is live and kicking at these awesome Orlando venues

What’s that Triumph sang about – the “magic power” of the music? Whether you've heard of Triumph of not, the sentiment holds true; and Orlando's certainly an ideal city when it comes to magic! Most people aren’t steadfast in their musical tastes. Jazz, blues, hip hop, soul, rock, country…. It just depends on the mood, really. So, what’s yours? Looking for a Disney-based haven where you can feed your tummy, sate your liver and enjoy live tunes with the kids? Check out Raglan Road, where two stages offer up two different live-music vibes and Irish dancers stomp nightly. Feel like unearthing something special that many locals aren’t hip to just yet? Head over to Maitland for cool jazz, smooth wines and tasty tapas at Jazz Tastings, an unexpected oasis in an unassuming shopping plaza. Touring acts of all stripes hit Disney Springs’ House of Blues, a beautiful venue with great sound and multiple bars – but then, they also visit The Social and Will's Pub, two stellar venues held dear in the hearts of local music lovers. From the smoky “underground” jazz vault of downtown’s Tanqueray’s  to the truly unique space of the Timucua Arts Foundation's White House, there are enough live music haunts in town to please everyone, whether your love of music was born of the Victrola, the Discman or the MP3.




Small, smoky and, if you like intimate spaces and great music sans pretention and expensive decor, kinda dive-bar sexy, Tanqueray's is an "underground" music venue where the drinks are cold and the horns blow hot. Wind your way downstairs and...  Read More

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With live music on two different stages and Irish dancers every night of the week, Raglan Road really packs in the entertainment. And there's plenty of good food and cold drink with which to enjoy it. Monday through Sunday you can stomp, clomp...  Read More



Smoking-hot blues acts, both local and national, grace the stage of this long-standing Sanford standby virtually every night of the week to the delight of regulars and those still stumbling in to discover its welcoming and unpretentious vibe....  Read More



This unassuming but amazing little venue in the Milk District is a favorite among the arts community in Orlando, and lovers of live music in general. Its size ensures that no seat is a bad one. At Plaza Live, artists from Intergalactic to the...  Read More

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The acts that perform at Orlando's House of Blues run the gamut from metal to folk, rock to pop, country to – of course – blues and everything in between (and let's not even talk about its Sunday Gospel Brunch). HOB is an all-around...  Read More



It's a common occurrence in the City Beautiful: you're minding your own business in some unassuming little shopping plaza and BOOM! (or in this case, the noise is a bit smoother, maybe with a little piano, some sax and some subtle, sultry vocal...  Read More



What's black and gold and red all over? If you're in downtown Orlando and don't know the answer, the joke is on you, because you're missing out on the Bosendorfer Lounge, one of the city's sultriest locales for cool martinis and even cooler live...  Read More



Consistently voted a favorite live-music venue by critics and locals alike, the Social's laid-back vibe, efficient barkeeps and relatively intimate space draws an eclectic crowd of music lovers, be it blues, folk, rock, metal, reggae.... Really,...  Read More

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Serving up drinks and live music to Orlando locals thirsty for both for 15-plus years, Will's is something of a petri dish for indie music, a come-as-you-are joint if ever there was that has played host to burgeoning acts of all stripes. Recent...  Read More



What happens when a world-class musician converts his beautiful downton Orlando home into an amazingly intimate performance space Find out at the Timucua Arts White House, a beautiful, intimate venue that hosts musicians and artists from all...  Read More


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