Hard Rock Bash

Imagine one of the sickest, coolest, most awesome block parties ever! That was the Hard Rock Bash in Orlando on Saturday night. Orange Ave was closed off and filled with music from some of the best 90s groups ever! The headliner was Collective Soul, a bad that I remember jamming out at a friend’s house once at 4AM back in 1994!

It was Collective Soul’s second album and we were having the time of our lives. And one of my fondest memories was that air guitar jam session to a band that helped to define my early twenties right along with groups like Hootie and the Blowfish and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Three of my favorite bands from the 90s. Cool thing is, I’ve seen two out of the three in concert, which is awesome in itself.

Anyway, back to the block party from this past Saturday night, October 1, 2011. For two city blocks you were surrounded by nothing by music fans and families enjoying themselves, listening to some talented people, and making life long memories.

One of the first places we went to was a nice restaurant with a gorgeous waitress. With all of the beautiful women there, I will still have to voice my opinion that she was by far the prettiest girl at the ball–or bash if you will. Of course, the very pretty girl who talked to me at the taco place comes in a close second, ha! Go Bazinga shirt!

We heard several great bands like John Frank who played a mix of rock and roll that was fresh and inviting. It was cool that we later met him on the street and the guys were able to have their picture taken with him. I also got to fist bump the lead singer from Plain Jane Automobile while we were all listening to Everclear – another great 90s band! He was weaving through the massive crowd and you could not mistake his “Elvis” hair anywhere. So that was cool!

The evening ended with Collective Soul. They started out with “Heavy” which is by far one of my favorite songs from this band. It has unmistakable guitar licks that make you want to start head banging the moment those notes hit your eardrums. It was a fantastic show! My only regret is that we had to leave before it was completely over to get someone back home before curfew. Over all, I will have to say that the evening was a great success! Another one of my great ideas I will never get the credit for, ha. Like all the other places I’ve taken people too that they enjoyed and had a good time and yet they forget that if it wasn’t for me they never would have experienced it in the first place. But, then again, I’m a place mat — only here until something better comes along.

And the chocolate Vodka was to die for too!


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