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Kevin Hart’s “Reality Check” tour at Amway Center Friday
Thursday, Sept. 15
Cults, the dream-pop duo of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, return to Central Florida for a postponed tour date behind their fourth album Host (2020). Host differs from albums past with singer/multi-instrumentalist Follin contributing her own music to the songwriting process, in collaboration with Oblivion and producer, Shane Stoneback. Hypnotic melodies accompany themes that include parting with what no longer serves you to make room for those people, places and ideas that are better aligned. “Writing these songs helped me learn to be OK with putting myself out there, with having the confidence to express what I want and what I won’t accept when it comes to personal relationships,” shared Follin via Bandcamp. Join them. — Nicolette Shurba
Servando y Florentino 8 p.m., Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd., $50-$160, 407-351-5483.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Like a cockroach, the blend of Flea’s funky bass and Anthony Kiedis’ punky SoCal scatting will outlive almost anything in pop. Tastes have changed, pandemics have descended, yet there will always be a sizable squad primed to lose their minds to “Trinidad’s got it bad for Tobago, take me to the lake where we do the avocado.” The loyal RHCP massive will descend on Camping World Stadium this week when the Peppers hit Orlando as part of a 32-date world tour. And even if a few of the live vids sadly made their way onto the Catatonic Youths Instagram, fans of the funk will get more than their money’s worth with weirdo funk god Thundercat opening — a subtle passing-of-the-torch moment. Also, the Strokes will be there and even we can admit that’s pretty cool. Is this it? Yes. — Alex Galbraith
Collective Soul, Switchfoot, Jade Jackson 7:30 p.m., Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd., $38.50-$68.50, 407-351-5483.
Seven Lions 9 p.m., The Vanguard, 578 N. Orange Ave., $29.99-$64.99, 5705920034.
This Is What Dreams Are Made Of: A Disney and 2000s Pop Throwback Dance Party 8 p.m., Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave., $15.
Wannabe: A Spice Girls Tribute 7 p.m., The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive, $17, 407-704-6261.
Friday, Sept. 16
With an eclectic and bombastic style, Colombia’s Bomba Estéreo is a unique Latin music act known for their multidisciplinary techniques in composition, alongside melodies and vocals that are tricky to place solely in the “Latin pop” category. Their discography spans 15 years, with songs like 2015’s “Soy Yo” appearing in commercials, movie soundtracks and videogames, as well as collaborations with acts including Tainy, Will Smith and Bad Bunny — they featured on El Conejo Malo’s “Ojitos Lindos,” which has been streamed about 534 million times on Spotify. And now Orlando gets the chance to say “somos nosotros.” — Lynnette Cantos
Superstar comedian and current top-billed actor Kevin Hart hasn’t been out on tour in a while. Between the pandemic and Hart’s TV and movie career, it’s been several years since the one-time road warrior toured the big rooms that he regularly filled. That’s all changed now, with Hard bringing his “Reality Check” tour to the Amway Center this weekend. “I am hype as shit to go back out on tour. There is nothing better than making people laugh … I’ve been cooking up something special and have thoughts I need to get off my chest,” Hart shared in his tour announcement. FYI: Hart is asking audience members to lock their mobile devices in Yondr pouches. — AG
Rock & Roe
Orlando concert promoters Montgomery Drive and Red Eye Booking host a “Rock & Roe” benefit show with local bands Saturday to raise money for the Florida Access Network. The lineup for the night includes the Quilts, the Pheromones, Surf Witch. Sky Navi, Real Men, Bitters and Pretend Everything. The homegrown, nonprofit Florida Access Network funds abortion care and provides resources and support to those needing an abortion, as part of a larger (and admirable) mission of collective liberation. — MM
Alicia Keys 8 p.m., Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., $99.50, 844-513-2014.
Alterity Chamber Orchestra: “Divergent Pulsations” 8 p.m., Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre, 600 N. Lake Formosa Drive, $17.50-$35, 407-426-1733.
Cece Teneal’s Icons 7 p.m., Steinmetz Hall, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., $35-$65, 407-358-6603.
Central Florida Metal Fest With Chelsea Grin, Drowning Pool, Upon A Burning Body, Cold, Dropout Kings, Signs of The Swarm, Seven Kingdoms, Evergreen Terrace. 11:30 a.m., Ace Cafe, 100 W. Livingston St., $64.99-$174.99, 407-996-6686.
Prince Royce 8 p.m., Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd., $58-$178, 407-351-5483.
Tito Nieves 7 p.m., House of Blues, Disney Springs, Lake Buena Vista, $70-$100, 407-934-2583.
Sunday, Sept. 18
On his titular worldwide tour, Camilo will make his first appearance in Orlando and perform at the Amway Center less than a week after the release of his latest album, De Adentro Pa Afuera. The Colombian singer-songwriter’s lyrics are wistful, heartfelt and romantic, adding modern Latin pop touches to classic cumbia sounds. Since winning Colombia’s version of The X Factor back in 2007, Camilo has earned his stripes in the industry after co-producing with artists like Becky G, teaming up with Alejandro Sanz for the ballad “NASA,” and winning a Latin Grammy in 2020 for his remix version of “Tutu” featuring Colombian icon Shakira. — Lynnette Cantos
The Fixx 8 p.m., Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd., $32.50-$45, 407-351-5483.
Orlando Jazz Orchestra: “Modern Sounds in Jazz” Lead trombonist Corey Paul has transcribed the music from Cowboy Bebop, a Japanese anime. 3 p.m., Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park, $30-$45, 407-636-9951.
Wilderado, Michigander 8 p.m., The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive, $18, 407-704-6261.
Monday, Sept. 19
Sueco, Lil Aaron 7 p.m., The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive, All ages., $22-$25, 407-704-6261.
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Conan Gray 6:30 p.m., House of Blues, Disney Springs, Lake Buena Vista, $39.50-$90, 407-934-2583.
Flor, The Wldlfe, Good Problem 8 p.m., The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive, $20-$25, 407-704-6261.
Ken Carson 6:30 p.m., The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave., $22.50, 407-648-8363.
photo by Tony Firriolo/Orlando Shakes
“Noises Off” at Orlando Shakes through Sept. 25
Confessions of a Crazed Crooner
Showcasing Kevin Kelly’s easygoing style and smooth delivery of traditional classics with just the right blend of storytelling, conversation and humor. Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave., Winter Park, $20, 407-645-0145, winterparkplayhouse.org.
Presented by Orlando Shakes. One of the funniest plays ever written, this hysterical play-within-a-play is filled with screwball antics, pratfalls and sight gags. Margeson Theater, Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., $25-$57, 407-447-1700, orlandoshakes.org.
Say Goodnight, Gracie
September, 1976: A group of friends smokes pot and chats while getting ready to attend their high-school reunion. Theater on the Edge, 5542 Hansel Ave., $18-$34, 407-309-0106, theaterontheedge.org.
This passionate and engrossing masterpiece tells a romantic and moving story of love, revenge and enlightenment. Theatre South Playhouse, 7601 Della Drive, $25-$30, theatresouthplayhouse.org.
In late-’90s/early-2000s London, four lives intertwine over the course of years in a stinging look at toxic masculinity, modern love, and betrayal. Orlando Shakes, 812 E. Rollins St., $15-$25, 407-613-2991, newgentheatrical.org.
West Side Story
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to 1950s New York City as two idealistic young lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., $14.75-$39.75, drphillipscenter.org.
Frederick Frankenstein hopes to carry on his grandfather’s legacy of bringing a corpse back to life in this popular horror parody musical. Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, $24-$29, 407-846-6257.
Dog Man: The Musical
A hilarious and heartwarming new production following the chronicles of Dog Man, who — with the head of a dog and the body of a policeman — loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture. Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St., $15-$25, 407-896-7365, orlandorep.com.
An 11-year-old boy struggling in foster care after the deaths of his parents discovers that poetry helps him express his feelings about that tragedy and his new life. Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St., 407-896-7365, orlandorep.com.