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From folk to rock, July music will be hot in Orlando

June 30, 2014

By Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel



June 30--It's July, so it's time for punk-rock teens and extreme-sports fanatics to embrace the hot-weather endurance test that is the Vans Warped Tour.

Fortunately, before that annual rock ritual unfolds, there will be other opportunities to catch a diverse lineup of music without the risk of heatstroke. From mellow singer-songwriters to alternative rockers to arena-size pop acts, this month's calendar is, well, hot.

There's even the opportunity to see a Central Florida blues practitioner on his way to bigger things in the Windy City.

And most of the time you can leave the sunscreen at home.

Ray LaMontagne

When: 8 p.m.July 11, Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando

Why it rocks: Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne is hot again, following the inclusion of his "Without Words" on the film soundtrack for "The Fault in Our Stars."

Potential sour notes: As with more than a few Americana types, LaMontagne's understated material runs the risk of becoming boring in large doses.

Cost: $52.10-$72.50

Online: ticketmaster.com

The Fray

When: 8 p.m.July 23, Hard Rock Live

Why it rocks: The Denver-based alternative rock band is on the road behind a new album, "Helios." New songs such as "Love Don't Die" are expansive anthems built for shaking arenas.

Potential sour notes: A lot of these heavily produced songs sound like a band more interested in imitating Coldplay than finding its own identity.

Cost: $32-$55

Online: hardrock.com

Selwyn Birchwood

When: 1-4 p.m.July 26, Lakeridge Winery, Clermont

Why it rocks: Born and raised in Central Florida, Birchwood recently released his debut album on Chicago's influential Alligator Records.

Potential sour notes: Is it possible to have the blues on a sunny summer afternoon? With wine in the mix?

Cost: Free

Online: lakeridgewinery.com

Vans Warped Tour

When: 11 a.m.July 27, Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando

Why it rocks: Yeah, the Vans Warped Tour is old enough to vote, but it maintains much of the genuine buzz and excitement that has been part of its DNA since the inaugural tour in 1995.

Potential sour notes: It's certain to be brutally hot on the shadeless fairgrounds in late July. Drink plenty of liquids and not the alcoholic kind.

Cost: $38.50

Online: vanswarpedtour.com

MKTO

When: 7 p.m.July 30, House of Blues, Downtown Disney, Lake Buena Vista

Why it rocks: Pop duo MKTO -- Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller -- will be opening arena shows for Demi Lovato this fall, so this could be the last chance to see them at close range for a while.

Potential sour notes: The appeal of exuberant hits such as "Thank You" could be limited for the 14-and-older crowd. Yet the catchy melodies could be hard to resist, even for adults.

Cost: $26.50

Online: hob.com

jcabbott@tribune.com

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