March 20-23: Critically Acclaimed Producer Brings Audio Boot Camp to Orlando

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Eyal Levi, critically acclaimed guitarist, composer, producer and engineer, and renowned producer, Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, I See Stars), have announced an Orlando, Fla. stop on Levi’s “Unstoppable Recording Machine” audio boot camp tour, set to take place at Levi’s private studio from March 20- 23.

Special guests, guitarist/songwriter/producer Keith Merrow and drummer Alex
Rüdinger (Conquering Dystopia, ex-The Faceless), will join Levi and Sturgis for 40-plus
hours of personalized recording instruction. Registration is on a first come, first served
basis, and space is limited. For more information, and to sign up for the Orlando
workshop, head over to:

“People who have gone through the boot camp experience have told me that they learned more in four days than in their entire recording school career to date,” said Levi.

“When I was coming up, I would have given anything to have some of my recording heroes sit me down and tell me ‘this is how it’s done.’”

“Whether you struggle with recording, production, editing or mixing and mastering, this boot camp is going to help you learn directly from successful people in the field,” commented Joey Sturgis. “It’s not about tips or tricks. It’s about real knowledge
that can only come from real experience. Come extract that directly at the source.”

Levi describes the “Unstoppable Record Machine” boot camps as “intense, hands- on, comprehensive immersion style experiences that will show people exactly what matters when trying to make pro sounding recordings. In just a few days, we will cover what would take a year or more in traditional school.” He has already hosted successful workshops in Cleveland, Ohio, Orlando, Fla. and Portland, Ore., which have featured special guests like Matt Heafy (Trivium) and Anup Sastry (Jeff Loomis, Intervals), as well as returning instructors Joey Sturgis and Keith Merrow.

Born in Atlanta, Ga. into a musical family, Eyal Levi was already playing violin and piano by the age of three, and composed his first symphonic work when he was just 17.

In 2010, Levi moved to Orlando, Fla. where he joined forces with Jason Suecof (August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder) and Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse,Whitechapel) at Audiohammer Studios. There he helped to both expand and enrich their facilities by adding a magnificent drum room, two new control rooms and sleeping quarters for the bands.

As a part of the Audiohammer family, Eyal Levi worked with such acts as Job for a Cowboy, August Burns Red, Six Feet Under, Carnifex, Chelsea Grin, Whitechapel, Deicide, Death Angel, I Killed The Prom Queen, The Contortionist, Motionless In White, Arsis, Demon Hunter, Firewind, Charred Walls of the Damned, The Black Dahlia Murder, Battlecross, DevilDriver and Reflections.

Aside from his work behind the glass, Levi has toured the world and released three studio albums with Dååth, while also releasing an instrumental guitar album with Emil Werstler on Magna Carta called Avalanche of Worms. Recently, he has taught several CreativeLive ‘Music & Audio’ courses on topics ranging from audio engineering, to songwriting and more.

Keep up with Levi on his Tumblr at:, and stay tuned for more information on additional “Unstoppable Recording Machine” workshops.

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A SPECIAL NOTE: These words are taken directly from the press release.


Attorney John Morgan Buys Wally’s Patrons a Round

Photo by Jason Powell

Photo by Jason Powell

Last week, Attorney John Morgan visited Wally’s, one of Orlando’s oldest and best dive bars. Some friends and I were sitting at the end of the bar counter, near the bathrooms. John Morgan was with other attorneys.

After leaving the bathroom, he shook our hands.

“Hi, my name is John,” he said.

Then, he walked to his group.

After seeing his TV ads for years, I of course knew who he was. In 1988, John Morgan founded the firm Morgan and Morgan. The company’s belief always ran on “for the people,” and not big companies.

Recently, John Morgan supported the legalization of medicinal marijuana. This is what his website states, “According to John, the deeply personal cause is a step to not only provide safer pain relief and treatment methods for those with legitimate diseases, but also to help end the rampant problem of prescription drug abuse in Florida.”

On this night, he bought everyone booze. Not just a few folks. No, John bought the whole damned bar booze, and the place was already packed.

When someone said they were posting on Facebook, he told the person to tell folks he was buying rounds.

With my phone, I photographed a buddy with John Morgan.  Not a good pic.  Yet, here it goes.

John Morgan with Cyril CruzadaI don’t remember how long John Morgan stayed.  Yet, I think he and his group left around 12 AM.

Last time I saw a local celebrity lawyer in Wally’s, some folks weren’t to thrill to see him. I’m talking about Jose Baez, Casey Anthony’s lawyer.  They didn’t say anything nasty to the guy as he chatted with a female companion. Some folks just didn’t appreciate his presence.

John Morgan, on the other hand, folks always love to see.


Shooot! An Orlando Live Band Photography Exhibit

Last week, I attended Shooot!, an event showcasing live band photography.


The month long exhibit is at Orlando’s Lil Indies. All photographers are from the Central Florida area. Photos of local acts are displayed among photos of national and international acts. Most photos are for sale. Also, most photo prices are between $20 to $60. Heidi Kneisl put the whole thing together with this being the second year.

Also being displayed are past event fliers. Some date back to the 90s.

Lil Indies exists on 1036 N. Mills Avenue.

February 20: LA Quartet The Colourist Performs at The Social

The Colourist

On February 20, LA pop quartet The Colourist performs with Echosmith at Downtown Orlando’s The Social. The band released a remix EP this past fall called Inversions featuring remixes from Magic Man, St. Lucia and more.

This is something I borrowed from Wikipedia:

“In 2009, the band won Best New Artist, Best Song and Best Live Band at the O.C. Music Awards with debut single “Little Games” becoming the No.1 song on Hype Machine.[3]

“The following year, the band performed at South By Southwest 2010 in Austin, Texas, were recommended for the 2010 OC Music Awards as Best Song and Best New Artist, and took the title of Best Live Band in the Best of 2010 issue for Weekly.[4] In December of that year, the quartet was the resident band at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, California.[4]”

In the past two years, the band has toured with The Naked and Famous, Metric, Fitz & the Tantrums and Panic! at the Disco.

Here is a link to their self-titled LP released via Universal Republic :

Inversions EP:

The show starts at 7 PM. The door is $15.00 to $17.00.  As of now, the show is sold out.  Yet, you never know, somebody just might cancel.

Blue October Performs Excellent Show at Orlando’s Aloft

On February 5, alternative-rock band Blue October performed at Orlando’s Aloft.

blue octoberThe two highest charting songs of the Houston band are “Dirt Room”  and “Hate Me“.

Overall, the Aloft event had a terrific turnout.  The energetic and engaged crowd went wild, showing their appreciation by singing along with all the songs. The biggest crowd pleaser by far was singer Justin Furstenfeld’s dramatic rendition of his hit song, “Bleed Out.”

The performance was followed by a meeting in greet, much to the delight of the over 100+ fans who stopped to get photographed with Justin.

Free Tickets to 2015 Central Florida Fair

Recently, I received free tickets to Central Florida Fair 2015. This year the fair happens from February 26 to March 8.

Birthed in 1910, Central Florida community leaders created the fair to celebrate both Orlando agriculture and agriculture from surrounding communities.

This year on March 5, Ginuwine performs.


Folks may remember Ginuwine for the 90s hit “Pony”.

March 7, James Otto performs.

James Otto

In 2007, James Otto’s hit “Just Got Started Loving You” reached number one on Billboard’s Country chart.

Admission to the fair is $10 for adults and $6 for kids.

Yet, I can hook you up with two free tickets.  it’s easy. All you have to do is e-mail me at  That’s it!  I only have a few.  First responders will receive free tickets.

UPDATE:  No more free tickets!

March 7, Rappers Vanilla Ice and Coolio Headlines Orlando’s Tin Roof Venue

On March 7, rappers Coolio and Vanilla Ice headlines the first outdoor concert for the recently-opened Tin Roof.

Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice

Most folks know Vanilla Ice for the 1990 hit song “Ice Ice Baby“. During this time, he performed at Orlando’s The Beacham. “Ice Ice Baby” was the first hip hop song charting number one on the Billboard charts.

Now, Vanilla Ice hosts The Vanilla Ice Project, a home remodeling show on DIY Network. Plus Vanilla Ice is recording new music.



Back in the 90s, Coolio released three known hit songs: “Fantastic Voyage“, “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “Gangsta’s Paradise“. For “Gangsta’s Paradise”, a soundtrack song for the movie Dangerous Minds, Coolio won a 1996 Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance.

He’s also a trained chef who published the cookbook Cookin’ with Coolio.

Tin Roof doors open at 6:30 PM. The yet-to-be-announced opener goes on at 7:30 PM. Coolio hits the stage at 8:30 PM. Vanilla Ice is scheduled for 9:30 PM to 11 PM.

Tickets are $20 pre-sale and can be only purchased online. You can purchase them at Tin Roof’s website.

Ages are 21 and up. Plus food and drinks will be available at separate tents. (They didn’t say but I don’t expect food to be free.)

Tin Roof’s address is 8371 International Drive, Orlando FL 32819. Parking is free.