With streamers and champagne bottles, Sanford, Florida’s West End Trading Co. was the place to be at the end the year with their annual bash! 2017’s bash was kicked off by Flagman as they set the tone for a show headlined by Orlando-based alt-rock band, The Supervillains!
The entire line-up consisted of all local Central Florida bands!
Orlando based band, Dial Drive further drew in the crowd with their punk rock style. They truly know how to hype up the crowd for this NYE Bash!
Their bassist, Tim Bruder, who is also a vocalist for his band, Abandon the Midwest, and also the bassist for RushmoreFl stated, “It was a really fun night, filled with great friends, great music and a great way to ring in the new year!”
A highlight of the night for me however, were when my good friends of The Trees of Life took the stage. I was saddened to find out that this set ,and their upcoming album release party will be their final sets that includes their original percussionist, Bobby Fields. This is due to him returning to school.
Their lead vocalist, James White stated, “It’s a positive parting of ways. He has been nothing but positive for the group and we wish him the best on his journey.” All of us on Altwire share this sentiment and we wish nothing but the best!
As the night further came to a close, The ProblemAddicts took the stage and their set included a metal twist on their cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me”.
Another major highlight of the night for me is the support the bands give each other, which also included a humorous, yet very sweet display of bromance!
The crowd was all local fans as well as friends of the bands, which made for a very intimate setting for the show.
Finally came the most awaited moment of the night, our Orlando Superheroes, The Supervillains took on the stage.
2017 was their comeback after a 4-year-hiatus, with their latest album, “Nice Things”. They performed some of their new tracks and many of their classics, among them, my personal favorites, “Drinkin’ Tonight” and their covers of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” and Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out”.
For me, 2017 couldn’t have closed in a better way. I closed this chapter in my life, at West End’s NYE Bash, doing what I love the most and sharing it with the Altwire readers and family!
All Photos taken by Omayra Lopez.
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