Top live music venues in Orlando

While most bands strive to replicate their songs just as they were recorded on an album, the fact is that live music has a raw, jagged feel that cannot be replicated. Homes for sale in Orlando are located near some great venues where artists come to ply their trade, in genres ranging from alternative rock to spoken word poetry. If you have recently moved to the greater metro area, consider seeing a concert at one of these great establishments.

The Plaza Theater

This theater is one of the more well-known venues in Orlando, and is located at 425 North Bumby Avenue. While many international tours roll through here, they are not on the same scale as a celebrity like Katy Perry, and thus most concerts here are cozy, intimate affairs. Upcoming shows include Tab Benoit, Cope and Keiko Matsui.

Comedy shows and other entertainment acts occasionally book performances here, so be sure to check the event calendar to find your favorite genre or artist.

House of Blues Orlando

The House of Blues in Orlando is located on the Downtown Disney West Side, and you can find the exact spot by looking for the 100-foot tall water tower with "House of Blues" emblazoned on it. This venue can be an intimate setting for only 25 people, or can accommodate 3,000 screaming fans for the biggest acts. This is probably your best shot to see a more famous national act.

The Social

The combination venue of the Beacham and the Social is like the dark horse of Orlando. Both are located on North Orange Avenue (numbers 54 and 46), and most of the time patrons can only buy tickets at the door. You must be at least 18 to attend shows here, and people underneath the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Club Firestone

Firestone is located at the heart of the music scene in Orlando at 578 North Orange Avenue. The venue describes itself as "built upon the mantle of electronic music" and has featured famous acts like Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Jewel and Cake. However, the organization prides itself on featuring the best up-and-coming artists, and this is the best place to see a band or performer who might one day become famous.

The outdoor amphitheater holds up to 10,000 people, and is great during the warm summer nights in Orlando. If you've got a weekend free, consider strolling down North Orange Avenue to see a fantastic show here.