Local Daytona Beach Music Scene
Daytona Beach is known more as a motorsports city than a music city. It is the headquarters of NASCAR and the home of the Daytona International Speedway. In the 2010 Census the metropolitan area had a population of over 496,000. Campuses include Daytona State College and Bethune-Cookman University. The local scene is covered by The Daytona Beach News-Journal and Hometown News. The history of the Daytona Beach music scene has not included a long list of nationally known acts.
Daytona Beach Music Acts
Donna Sweeney * Nicole Dolison * Smokin' Mother Nature * Orange Avenue * The Transfers * Shawn Taylor Band * Solarton * The Chill Flow * Tiffany Oshel * Matthew Godwin *
Daytona Beach Local Music Scene History
Ancient City Entertainment organized an online music series in 2020 called "Let the Music Play On." The series is presented by local promoter Ancient City Entertainment. The show brought relief to local music fans who have been forced to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. Music acts that have appeared on the show include Lauren Gilliam and Chelsea Saddler.
The Country 500 Great American Music Fest attracts 75,000 people from around the country every Memorial Day weekend. Other note festivals in the area include Bandshell Concerts and the Daytona Blues Festival. A new entertainment district, One Daytona, opened in December 2017 across from Daytona International Speedway, where you'll find dining, shopping and multiple live venues.
The Daytona Beach Bandshell was the site of Freebie Friday on Labor Day Weekend 2015. Free concerts were performed by Floyd Miles/Karegan Wodz and an Elton John tribute by Rocket Man. Other shows at the beach venue in Oceanfront Park in September were AC/DC Tribute band Highway To Hell and Led Zeppelin tribute band Led-Hed. Bandshell has a capacity of 5,000 and has been the site for many free summer concerts, weddings and other events since it was built in 1937.
DaytonaRock.com is a website that reports on the local music scene of the Central Florida region. The site promotes bands and venues with free event listings. They also publish show flyers. Some of the shows promoted on the site include the Island Rum Festival (8/31/2013), Wilie's Bar and Gameroom Labor Day Party (9/1/2013), Yackums' Murk The Mic and Ironhorse Saloon Bike Week (3/8-17/2013). The site provides an A-Z list of over 50 local artists.
The Homegrown Roots Organization presented its Eight Year Fest on August 17, 2013, marking its eighth anniversary at Cafe DaVinci in Deland. The eight acts were I-Resolution, Ashley Vannoy and Friends, Mic The Prophet, The Sh-Booms, The Oggies, Sabertooth Chuck, Jimbo and the No Shows and Home Grown Roots President Terry Nandlal. Another music festival associated with the Daytona Music Society was teh Halifax Oyster Fest on April 27, 2013 featuring Are Friends Better. Learn more about local music festivals at Daytona Beach Music Society.
The Daytona Beach Music Festival is planned for April and May 2014. It's a jazz amd classical music contest designed to offer music training for youth groups in a fun and safe environment. Participation for competition and awards is open to students from elementry school through high school. Contestants must supply their own instruments. The competition is divided into two divisions: choral and instrumental. For more information visit Daytona Beach Music Festival.