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Class is in Session: Prof

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This July 2nd, a bunch of tweens and teens will be getting on their skinny jeans and eyeliner because Vans Warped Tour is coming to Orlando!  If you have some free time, you actually should go too to see weird quirky Minneapolis rapper Prof. Sing-songy, upbeat, and hilarious, Prof would be perfect to listen to while drinking a beer in the sun.  Imagine if The Butthole Surfers and Sublime had a baby, and that baby had mad talent for finding soundbites to go with his rap hooks. It’s goofy, it’s fun, it’s good music.  Prof in 2012 was named one of Minneopolis’s best rappers and this year has been chosen to perform at much of Warped Tour’s 2016 run. Check him out.



The Grand Collab: An Interview with Sandra Quinlan

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Photo by Sandra Quinlan

Perhaps you’ve heard of The Grand Collab. Perhaps you’ve been to Will’s Pub  in Orlando’s Mills 50 District on the last Sunday of the month. But do you really know what the Grand Collab is? We sat down with Sandra Quinlan, one of co-founders of this multi-genre explosion event to find out more about the greatest music showcase in Orlando that our readers might be missing.

The Loud Lifestyle: What is The Grand Collab?

Sandra Quinlan: The Grand Collab is a multi-genre showcase that my friend Chris Mendez (aka DJ Cub of the VLA) started back in November of 2014. The shows are held periodically (generally on a bimonthly basis, but sometimes at different intervals) at Will’s Pub and feature 5-6 musical acts. Local emcee Lauren ‘TKO’ Rohan is our awesome host and DJ Cub is our resident DJ. We also occasionally feature live visual art or the occasional vintage popup shop by Dayglo Diva.

TLL: How did you come up with this idea?

SQ: Cub came up with the name for the event and the concept was spawned following a show I put together featuring Cub’s former band Deaf 2 the Industry, Lake Worth punk band Everymen, and local hip hop trio Table for Three. That particular show was held at Uncle Lou’s and we were stoked that the varied bill was so well received by the audience as a whole. It was after that show that Cub and I decided we wanted to collaborate to form a showcase that would bring a variety of different musical genres to the table, and consequently a variety of different listeners to the audience.

Art by Nico Suave, photo by Sandra Quinlan

TLL: Why do you love hip-hop?

SQ:  Given that both Cub and I are both big hip hop fans, we knew it was important to incorporate that into the Grand Collab on a very consistent basis. This is why we’ve made it a point to include at least one hip hop act per showcase. I love hip hop for a variety of reasons, but I feel the strongest reason is because it is both an empowering force and a communal one. As for it being empowering, hip hop has long provided a voice for those society might have otherwise tried to keep voiceless. Like with punk music, hip hop is the voice of the underdog. It has the power to teach, inspire, empower, or just make you dance. As for it being community oriented, hip hop is far more than just a musical genre- it is a culture that Afrika Bambaataa of the Zulu Nation is credited with breaking down into five different elements: DJing, Emceeing, Breaking (b-boy/girl culture), Graph Writing (graffiti artists) and Knowledge. I have a ton of respect for this culture and feel it’s important for the Grand Collab bill to feature hip hop artists who haven’t totally lost touch with this culture.

TLL: What is the best part of the Grand Collab?

My favorite part of the Grand Collab is its ability to tear down the invisible walls that tend to separate music lovers from good music because of the generally clique-y nature of most music scenes. Don’t get me wrong, these so-called clique-y music scenes are beautiful in their own light, as they often bring about this homey sense of belonging among likeminded audience members. I just think it’s important to expand your horizons and expose yourself to different types of music from time to time. In doing so, you can become more open minded and also experience the offerings of other types of music. What is the worst part of it? Honestly, I think the worst part of it is the fact that our show has always been held on a Sunday night. While I truly believe the Grand Collab is one of those Sunday night gems, if you will, convincing people that our showcase is more appealing than a lazy Sunday at home can be extremely tricky.

TLL: What’s your ultimate dream for it?

SQ: While the ultimate dream for the Grand Collab is something myself and Cub are still in the process of cultivating, my current dream for the Grand Collab is for more people to realize its potential and come out to the shows. As with any showcase, the Grand Collab could not exist without an audience. My dream is for the Grand Collab to be an event in which music lovers of all walks of life can connect over good music (and good drinks, of course).

Orlando Nightclub Glitz Ultra Lounge Served With Eviction Notice

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Over the past weekend, Two people were killed and several others were also hurt in a mass shooting inside Glitz Ultra Lounge in Orlando, Florida.

According to Click Orlando, “In a news release,Orlando Police Department Public Information Officer Michelle Guido said one person was shot and killed inside the nightclub. Nine people were transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with gunshot wounds. Of those nine, one died at the hospital; one is in critical condition, the rest were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Two people were seen at another hospital; one with a gunshot wound and the other with injuries sustained at the club.”

Since the shooting, two victims have been identified.

Joseph Villalobos, 22, and Jonathan Avila Rojas, 33, both murdered by gunshots, according to the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner’s Office. The nightclub is now facing several lawsuits from bystanders and witnesses harmed in the incident.

The club has been served with an an eviction notice to the sum of $82,663 in unpaid rent. The notice demands the immediate vacancy of the club within three days.

Read the full story over at Orlando Sentinel.

Listen To Our “Classic Weekend (Loud Lifestyle Edition)” Playlist

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It’s that time of year again for The Annual Florida Classic Weekend! This year, we’ve decided to drop a playlist for the weekend of incoming visitors to play with their aux cords. Sit back, relax and enjoy our playlist from a combination of songs I picked with DJ NaijB below.

Artists featured on the playlist include Wes Fif, Caskey, Kodak Black, Jeezy, Future and many others. Stream below.

Here’s A Guide to Florida Classic Weekend 2015

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It’s that time of year again for the annual rivalry football game between Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Bethune Cookman College to go down. However, that’s a very small part of what brings thousands of people to Orlando every year for this particular event. I could give you the backstory to the weekend but if you’re reading this, you probably already know and I’m not bored enough to include it. Moving on, it’s the weekend full of tailgating, shopping, events and of course, clubbing. It’s also the weekend of absurd traffic for three days straight and this guide should help you prepare yourself a little bit better. Whether it’s your first time or your 100th time, let me help you to avoid searching too hard on the Internet for something to do.


While Kissimmee offers all of these great vacation homes, it’s also a great way to get stuck in traffic for hours all weekend (Also, Kissimmee isn’t Orlando no matter what people tell you). If you just can’t resist staying out there, make it a point to get downtown well before 9 p.m. Trust me, 1-4 traffic is a regular thing but becomes next level when it’s Classic Weekend. It’s recommended to find a hotel downtown to avoid parking, traffic and just about all of the nonsense that comes along with this heavily populated weekend.

I didn’t say hotels downtown were cheap, especially not this weekend, but if you can afford it then you’ll have much less of a headache if you stay in the downtown area.


It’s fair to say parking gets to be a little pricey and insane during this weekend. However, this is not the weekend to try to avoid paying for parking. Mind your surroundings because if your car is towed, you can bet you’ll come out of pocked no less than $200.


It’s highly recommended to purchase tickets well in advance of any after parties during this weekend. It can get expensive (as if it isn’t already) if you don’t plan accordingly before going out.


Florida Classic Consortium Kickoff Luncheon presented by Florida Blue @ Rosen Centre 11:30 a.m. Doors: 12:00 p.m.

Individual tickets are $55 (including lunch) while a table of 10 (eight guests and two football players) is $550. Purchase tickets for the luncheon by calling Florida Citrus Sports at (407) 423-2476.

Florida Blue Battle of the Bands @ Amway Center | Doors open at 7 p.m. | Click here for tickets

The Orlando Classic: Premium “Mixer & Party w/ DJ Biz Markie @ Bar Louie | 7335 W Sandlake Rd, Lake Buena Vista, Fl 32819 | 6 P.M. – 2 A.M. | Click here for more info


The Legendary Artist & DJ Biz Markie is in town to get down with the alumni this weekend. This event features a stellar happy hour from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. including half-price select appetizers & flatbreads, twin bars with an indoor & outdoor patio and VIP Booths with bottle service.

Kodak Black Performing Live @ Gilt Nightclub 740 Bennett Road, Orlando, Fl | Doors open at 9:30 pm | Click here for tickets


Young 18-year-old Kodak Black is performing during the action-packed weekend at Gilt Nightclub. Hailing from Golden Acres Projects in Pompano Beach, Florida, Kodak is known for hits including, “Molly,” “Skrilla” and more recently, “SKRT.” Catch him performing live on Friday and purchase your tickets here.

Back To The Dabb: “Big A** Classic Party” @ Glitz Ultra Lounge 7432 Universal Blvd, Orlando, Fl | 9 PM – 3AM | Click here for more info


 The Network Music Conference @ Double Tree Hotel Downtown Orlando 60 S Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804 | 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. | Click here for more info


This year marks the fifth year of The Annual Network Music Conference’s festivities including panels, networking, live performances and more. If you’re in the entertainment industry or have a desire to expand your knowledge and meet industry professionals, make sure to register for this event. This year’s speakers are set to include Multiplatinum Songwriter/Artist Kevin Cossom, Founder of Ozone Magazine, Julia Beverly, The Chief Executive Officer of Revolt Media, Keith Clinkscales and so many more.

Florida Blue Florida Classic: Florida A&M vs Bethune Cookman @ Orlando Citrus Bowl | Kickoff begins at 2:30 p.m. | Click here for Tickets

The annual football game between Florida rivals, Bethune Cookman and FAMU goes down for the 36th time. 

Miami Invasion Classic Weekend: Trick Daddy Performing Live @ Cleo’s Gentlemen’s Club | 1310 South Orange Blossom Trail Orlando Fl 32805 | 9 P.M. – 3 A.M. | Contact 407-536-1237 or 321-460-9675 For More Info

No I.D. Classic Jam 2015 (Teenage Party) @ Club Space 7040 Kirkman Road & International Drive | 9 P.M. – 2 A.M. | Click Here For More Info

Future Performing Live @ Gilt Nightclub 740 Bennett Road, Orlando, Fl | Doors open at 9:30 PM | Click here for Tickets


Coming off of the successful releases of his album, DS2, and joint mixtape with Drake, Future is headed to Orlando for a full live performance. This performance is one of the most popular events during this weekend and prices will continue to increase closer to the day of the event. Click here for more info.

YeaImMelo Birthday Bash Classic Weekend Takeover: Jeezy & Yo Gotti Performing Live @ Majestic 801 N. John Young Parkway, Orlando, Fl 32804 | 9 P.M. – 2:30 A.M. | Click here for tickets


Guaranteed to be one of the biggest parties this weekend, Yo Gotti and Jeezy are coming to invade Orlando at one of the biggest venues, Majestic. This event is expected to sell out well before the day of the event. Click here to purchase tickets.

Reminisce: A Grown Folks Classic Reunion @ Soiree Event & Conference Center 6394 Silver Star Road, Orlando, FL 32818 | 9:30 P.M. – 3:30 A.M. | Click here for more info

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The Orlando Classic: Tastemakers Official Afterparty w/ DJ Kid Capri & Jagged Edge @ House of Blues Orlando 1490 Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 | 10 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. | Click Here For More Info



The Riding Big Car Show @ Hungerford Field 100 East Kennedy blvd., Eatonville, FL | 2 P.M. to 10 P.M. | Click Here For Tickets

Be sure to check back frequently as I will continue to add events as they are announced!

K.H.E.E.P Entertainment & Merrim Live Bring Ty Dolla $ign to Vain Nightclub

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Bouncing back like we knew they would after some bad business with the infamous Bobbybail-me-out-of-jail-every-weekShmurdaK.H.E.E.P & Merrim Live bring rapper Ty Dolla $ign for live concert at Vain Nightclub in Orlando, Florida last night. In celebration of Dj Chizzle’s birthday, Ty Dolla $ign‘s “In Too Deep Tour” made a stop in Orlando. The show was hosted by Derrick Milano and KG Da Dreamer. Dj Adam Wells and Devastator kept the crowd moving as they spun everything from top 40, hip hop and more.

After last week’s unfortunate incident of Shmurda cancelling for the second time (first time due to flight issues), party goers were doubtful if Ty Dolla would show up. According to TMZ  Shmurda was busted smoking marijuana while double parked. These jokes really do write themselves. Shmurda later released a video on instagram claiming he’ll make the money back easily since he brings in a whopping $40k a week. Are y’all really paying someone with one song this much money a week to perform? Come on.

However, Not only did Ty Dolla $ign show up, but he showed out! While visiting Orlando, he also participated in a meet & greet with Orlando’s Hip Hop Station 95.3.

The tour name “In Too Deep” comes from a song from his latest release, $ign Language. Ty Dolla $ign continues his tour through the end of November. See tour dates below. Pictures from the event after the break. Purchase tickets to see Ty Dolla $ign here.


1          San Antonio, TX                   White Rabbit
2          Austin, TX                              Empire Control Room
3          Houston, TX                          Warehouse Live Ballroom
4          Dallas, TX                              Tree’s
6          New Orleans, LA                  Republic
8          St. Petersburg, FL                State Theatre
10        Gainesville, FL                      Club Levels
11        Kennesaw, GA                      Kennesaw State University * (w/Wiz Khalifa)
12        Miami, FL                               Florida International University * (w/DJ Tiësto)
13        Nashville, TN                         Anthem
15        Charlotte, NC                        Amos Southend
16        Winston Salem, NC              Winston Salem State University * (w/YG)
17        Norfolk, VA                            The Norva
19        Carrboro, NC                         Cat’s Cradle
20        Silver Spring, MD                  The Fillmore
22        Philadelphia, PA                   Theatre of Living Arts
23        State College, PA                  Levels Nightclub
24        Toronto, ON                          Guvernment
25        Montreal, QC                        Petit Olympia
26        South Burlington, VT           Higher Ground
28        Boston, MA                           Paradise Rock Club
29        Pawtucket, RI                        The Met
30        New Haven, CT                     Toad’s Place

1          Los Angeles, CA                    Hard Day of the Dead Festival*
2          New York, NY                        Irving Plaza * (w/Mack Wilds)
4          Pittsburgh, PA                      Altar Bar
6          Detroit, MI                             St. Andrew’s Hall
7          Oxford, OH                            Brick Street
8          St. Louis, MO                         The Ready Room
9          Bloomington, IL                    The Castle Theater
11        Madison, WI                         High Noon Saloon
12        Iowa City, IA                          Blue Moose Tap House
13        Chicago, IL                             Bottom Lounge
14        Minneapolis, MN                 Cabooze
15        Lincoln, NE                            Bourbon Theater
16        Kansas City, MO                   The Riot Room
18        Fort Collins, CO                    Aggie Theatre
19        Colorado Springs, CO          Black Sheep
20        Denver, CO                           Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom


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