Florida is packed with a million things. Heck, theres more real (and artificial) America thats trickled down into Florida over the last half-century than in most states. Thats doubly true for Orlando, the states defacto central-most city. Now take that, and the amped-up entertainment precedent in the area (ranging from strip clubs to Disney World to The Holy Land Experience) and try making a music festival to compete. Imagine you have tons of money and experience in putting on festivals, but have never put on a gig in America before.
Thats the position Festival Republic was in with Orlando Calling: trying to be all things to all people. In a place like Orlando, FL, you can hardly blame the folks behind Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury in the U.K. for going big and going hard with that – its the only way they know. And God bless em for booking stylistically diverse (you could argue nonsensically disparate) acts like The Raconteurs, The Roots and Drive-By Truckers, all performing simultaneously Saturday night.
But on the ground, it all seemed to gel nicely (well, maybe not during parking). The only obvious disconnect, obvious from the day Orlando Callings lineup was announced, was in terms of generational tastes. Its unlikely the festivals two days would have a ton of demographic overlap. And, not to state the obvious here, but the reason Consequence of Sound only covered the first day of Orlando Calling was, while many of our readers adore classic rock, our timely coverage doesnt normally encompass Dwight Yoakam, you know? Plus, you guys, its the end of the festival season until SXSW 2012 and were all fucking exhausted. Oh wait, people are gearing up for that already? Shit.
Anyway, heres our 10 favorite sets from Orlando Callings first day of its first-ever fest. Dont say we never did anything for you.
Paul de Revere