Dsc00018The buzz was that Friday was the night to  hit FMF2006, if you had to choose.  Choosing is a constant state of mind here, with fifteen bands playing at any given time, so the buzz is what you follow (until that third or fourth Jager shot, and then the buzz follows you.)

It wasn't as crowded as I thought it'd be, though the areas around some of the smaller clubs with buzz-bands like Band Marino, Dear + Glorious Physician and The Why Nots were difficult to navigate.  Here, the murmur's began:  "Hey, there's a really good band over at" such and such a place.  Hear a few of those floating in the air, especially about a certain band, and you're apt to head off in that direction.   How do you know if you chose wisely?  When you walk up to a venue with a sea of people in front of it and inquire what is the dealio and they respond with huge grins and flushed faces "those guys were really good." Fock!  I hate when that happens.  Happened last night.  Twice.  But I made some worthwhile choices as well.  Dirty Shannon, The X's, Obsession Day, Big 10-4 (pictured) all good, a lot of the other bands I've seen, so it was "new school" night.  A good portion of the music all sounded the same; which got sort of annoying after awhile and I wasn't the only one thinking that.

Doorway27It was also "old school" night; a little like a high-school reunion.  Every ten steps or so I was seeing familiar faces from the familiar circles that we've maintained in Central Florida and I must say, we're aging well.  Must be the benefits of living on a peninsula with all of that fresh air.  Max Fraser and Bryan Wuhlust from Doorway 27 are bros that go way back - we've played many a show together and partied many nights away - cripes, it's been eight years or so since I met those cats.  Time doesn't just fly when you're having fun.  It afterburns.  Their other two bandmates, Angel Lozada and Chris "Captain Colors" Cartrett had already headed back to West Palm Beach after their mini-Roots Music Incorporated set on Thursday night with The Burnin' Smyrnans and Boxelder.  Cartrett had slipped me some songs back in the fall of last year that have ended up on a new disc entitled The Rescue Effect which they laid on me last night.  I haven't listened to the CD yet, but the album art alone is truly "cutting edge."  You'll get the joke when you see the surprise inside.

Tonight should be fun - The Wynn Brothers are going to be on the Wall Street Plaza stage at 11:30 pm.  These guys are a total show and are also sporting a brand new release that's called Feel The Good, the title track of which is now loaded into our Ear Bud Jukebox.  

The Wynn Brothers - Feel the Good

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Soorya Arsala, Orlando CityBeat's local CD reviewer.