Orlando Party Picks, November 18-24: Big Freedia, Jonesy Collective, Chris Stapleton, AAHZ Reunion | This is Little Underground | Orlando
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Jonesy Music Volume 2 launch party: After rolling out its first music release over the summer, the Jonesy Collective—the Orlando nonprofit that merged to honor the memory of fallen electronic scene character Alex Hwang Jones—is already set to unveil a follow-up EP with this release event.
The music group is a statewide sampling of electronic demos including BoHemian, Fowl Play, Funkshway, Oozoo and Vanguard. Besides the music, expect it to be a completely immersive art that takes place with familial sentiments. The recipient of the proceeds from this event will be the local youth support organization LGBTQ + Zebra Alliance. Good music, great grounds. (8 p.m. Thursday, November 18, Sound Garden at Henao Contemporary Center, $10-$15)
Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show: With an aesthetic that blends classic and forward-looking sensibilities, Stapleton is a Nashville antique product. But the rush of artists like him above ground gives hope that country music hasn’t completely sold out its soul. This triumphant tour was also noteworthy for its impressive revolving door openings, and will feature Orlando station Sheryl Crow and fellow Nashville classic Kendall Marvel. (6pm Thursday, November 18, Amway Center, $46.75-$620)
Big Fredia: The Undisputed Queen didn’t finally appear on the Orlando stage until 2018. But between the large attendance of Fredia and her superstar cast, this glorious appearance was the Circus Maximus of Brigade Maximus, an all-out explosion of rhythms and butts that was one of the top performances of the year. With Fredia’s ever-rising star, you’d better believe that screaming and dazzling will stand out even brighter in this comeback. There’s also an additional $50 welcome and welcome option in case you want to be at her royal court overnight. (8 p.m. Sunday, November 21, Will’s Pub, $25-$28)
AAHZ Reunion: The seminal dance party AAHZ laid the foundation early on to put Orlando at the forefront of the global rave revolution in the 1990s. And with DJs Icey and Baby Anne—the King and Queen of Florida—in the lineup alongside AAHZ residents Kimball Collins and Dave Cannalte, this version of their annual reunion veers toward the distinctive local sounds that thrived from that movement. (9 p.m. Wednesday, November 24, The Beecham, $30-$55)