Where to Listen to Live Music in Orlando

These music venues are the best place to catch a live show in Orlando.

Visiting Orlando and in the mood for live music? These venues are the perfect places in the city to sit back (or stand) and listen to a live show.

Tin Roof Orlando

Located in the brand-new I-Drive 360 complex, Tin Roof has transported its Nashville vibe to International Drive where local and regional bands take to the bedazzled stage evenings throughout the week. Seated at tables, booths and high-tops, guests enjoy a slew of well-performed cover songs (and a few original tunes, too), whilst noshing on delicious gourmet pub grub and sipping eclectic yet scrumptious cocktails. With The Orlando Eye observation wheel, as well as Madame Tussauds wax museum and Sea Life aquarium, set to open this spring, Tin Roof is one of many reasons to visit I-Drive’s newest entertainment and dining hub. 

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Spanning two city blocks, Orlando’s new state-of-the-art performing arts center is a shining jewel amidst The City Beautiful’s blossoming downtown corridors. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts opened Nov. 14 with a jam-packed calendar of theatrical and musical events, including several top-notch national performers set to take the stage inside the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater. That list includes John Mellencamp (March 22), Sarah McLachlan (March 24) and Idina Menzel (July 25). 

House of Blues

This whimsical concert hall decked out with colorful folk art features a 50-foot stage and multi-level viewing area where a 2,000-person crowd gets an intimate, live-music experience. Perched on the west end of Downtown Disney, House of Blues hosts a regular lineup of nationally renowned performers along with a soulful Sunday Gospel Brunch when heartfelt “halleluiahs” are served alongside mimosas and Southern grits.

BB King Blues Club

Nightly tunes doled out by the 11-piece BB King’s All-Star Band, as well as a rotating line-up of classic rock, blues, jazz, soul, funk and R&B bands, pair well with the finger-licking Southern soul food on the menu at BB King. Located on the second level of Pointe Orlando on International Drive, this live-music venue meets supper club houses four full-service bars in three different areas, including an outdoor patio, a mezzanine that looks over the main stage and a large dining area on the main level. 

Hard Rock Live 

Like stepping into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Hard Rock Live pays homage to music legends with an expansive collection of concert posters and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia inside this 3,000-capacity concert coliseum. Located at Universal CityWalk, the venue schedules more than 150 shows each year, including a regular rendition of Classic Albums Live, a note-for-note cover show of some of the greatest albums of all time. In addition to concerts, this spring it will host comedians Joel McHale (April 18), Wanda Sykes (April 25) and Lisa Lampanelli (June 6). 

Plaza LIVE

Tucked into downtown’s Milk District, this bygone two-screen movie theater was converted into a live-music venue in the early ‘90s and has since hosted hundreds of performers. Perks include the high ceilings and wide, open floor plus its close proximity to scores of fun locally owned eateries and bars. A mere 100 feet separate the stage from the back of the room, which means there isn’t a bad seat in the house. While plenty of rock and folk acts hit the stage regularly, the Orlando Philharmonic’s 2013 purchase of the building means orchestra rehearsals and performances. 

Kristen Manieri
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