Orlando Calling: Day 1

The Killers closed out the first day of the Orlando Calling Festival on Nov. 12 at the Citrus Bowl. Headlining the first day, which brought a turnout of about 25,000 people, the Las Vegas band played their first and only public show in the U.S. this year.

The Killers ended on a high note with fireworks following fan-favorite “When You Were Young” one of their most successful tracks to date, winning the band the Best Rock Song award at the 2007 Grammys.

The band included songs from all three of their albums in their set list, including singles “Mr. Brightside” and “All These Things That I’ve Done” from “Hot Fuss,” “Bling (Confession of a King)” and “Read My Mind” from “Sam’s Town,” and “Human” and “Spaceman” from “Day & Age.”

Over 40 bands performed throughout the day leading up to the main act.

Despite The White Stripes break-up at the beginning of the year, Jack White continues to work on his side project, Nashville based band, The Raconteurs. Playing at the main stage of the festival, White’s band opened their set with “Consolers of the Lonely” from their second album of the same name.

The band, known for playing festivals around the world, came to Orlando Calling as one the main acts. They closed the set with the song that started the side project “Steady As She Goes.” The song was born after White and Brendan Benson got together one summer, after the song was done both friends felt inspired to create a full band with Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler.

The Roots, minus drummer Questlove, appeared as the main act on the Authentic Stage. The band’s setlist highlighted the best of their over two decade career. The hip hop/neo soul band is best known for being the house band on the talk show “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

The 80s alternative rock band, the Pixies, who reunited in 2004, decided to make things a little different by making the set list a copy of their album “Doolittle,” even going as far as to perform the songs in order, from “Debaser” to “Gouge Away.” The show’s encore included four songs from their other albums.

Rockville, Maryland natives Of a Revolution, better known as O.A.R, played the authentic stage with songs such as “Shattered” and “Hey Girl” in their set, receiving positive feedback from the dancing crowd.
The band made their set list primarily out of songs from their last album “King,” which was released on Aug. 12, but also added songs from their previous albums.

After an impromptu performance in Church Street, Gavin DeGraw also performed some of his radio hits such as “I Don’t Wanna Be” and his latest single “Not Over You” at the authentic stage.

Folk rock band, the Avett Brothers, described as a combination of the “heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt,’ the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones” by the San Francisco Chronicle, took a break from working on their followup to “I and Love and You” to participate in Orlando Calling.

Kid Cudi, delivered a performance ranging from mellow to up-tempo. Cudi’s set list featured songs from his older mixed tapes as well as a cover of the Jimmy Hendrix song “Hey Joe.” He closed out the set with fan-favorite “Pursuit of Happiness.”

The South African band Civil Twilight worked with a set list made up of songs from their self-titled debut album. The album gained recognition after being featured in “One Tree Hill,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” and other prime-time shows.

The three person group The Ettes played at the main stage. “I Get Mine” was part of the Nashville-based band’s set. The lead singer, Lindsay “Coco” Hames grew up in the Central Florida area and attended Winter Park High School.
The first day of the festival also included Orlando based artist like the all-girl band “Dollface.”