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Orlando Calling lineup is both great and terrible

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Yesterday, the lineup for Orlando Calling was announced. For those not in the know, this is the biggest music festival in the history of the city and the plan is to eventually make it an annual must-see event, like South by Southwest, Reading and Coachella.

The announced lineup somehow manages to be both impressive and disappointing at the same time. First of all, people were expecting a 3-day festival with more than 100 acts. It is now 2 days and 37 acts. Secondly, “eclectic” would be a kind way of describing the lineup. A more accurate description would be “what cracked-out music whore thought these acts go together?” It almost seems like someone shuffled through All Music Guide, picked random pages and invited whoever was on that page.

The positive angle is that there’s something for everyone. Lovers of great indie music can be excited about the Pixies, the Raconteurs, the Avett Brothers, Jenny and Johnny, and Dr. Dog. For those into folk rock, there is O.A.R., Pete Yorn, and Iron and Wine. Pop artists Brandi Carlile, Chris Isaak and Michelle Branch are there for people who still listen to FM radio. If you’re into blues, there is legend Buddy Guy as well as Robert Randolph & the Family Band. Southern rock fans can jam out to the Drive By Truckers and the Warren Haynes Band.

Do you like music so horrible that it makes you want to stab yourself in the ears until you go deaf? Good news, because Gogol Bordello will be there, as will Kid Rock. Do you like washed-up classic rockers who haven’t released a good song in more than 20 years? There’s Bob Seger and the Doobie Brothers. Like country music but only performed by guys who are better actors than musicians? Dwight Yoakam will be there. Are you a hipster rap fan, and by that, I mean a fan of the only rap group making credible, artistic music? Check out The Roots!

There’s a lot to love or hate at Orlando Calling, but the top thing to hate is the tickets. There are various levels, including single-day and weekend passes, field access, general admission, VIP access and more. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes on the prices: They’re all way too expensive!

Here’s the full lineup:

Saturday, November 12

The Killers

The Pixies

Avett Brothers

The Roots



Gavin DeGraw

Iron and Wine

Local Natives

Pete Yorn

Civil Twilight

Jenny & Johnny


Dr. Dog

Justin Townes Earle

Felice Bros

Gogol Bordello

Drive-By Truckers

Ben Sollee

Renee & the Translators

Sunday, November 13

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Kid Rock

Doobie Brothers

Buddy Guy

Warren Haynes

Chris Isaak

Robert Randolph

Dwight Yoakam


Los Lonely Boys

Blues Traveler

Brandi Carlile

The David Mayfield Parade

Michelle Branch

Blake Shelton

Justin Townes Earle

The Supervillains

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