Mustard Service, Rohna and more will be featured at Orlando Indie Night

(Courtesy of Andres Hernandez)

The Indie Night concert series returns to Orlando on May 31 at The Beacham. The event features live music from a variety of Florida bands, including concert headliner Mustard Service.

Indie Night organizer and founder Andres Hernandez founded the concert series in 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a wave of venue closures. He saw the need to revitalize the local music scene by focusing on community building at the grassroots level.

Hernandez's concert booking experience is based on his own experience as a musician in the industry. He has been booking, organizing and executing events throughout Florida since he was 14 years old. His current band Rohna will be performing at Orlando Indie Night.

The popularity of this musical showcase increases from year to year and with it the size of the event space. From its beginnings at the eclectic and cozy House on Lang to its current home at the 1,300-seat Beacham nightclub, Orlando Indie Night hopes to continue its record of selling out venues.

“The music scene in Orlando is really special,” Hernandez said. “It’s the best of our demographic to design a space of this size.”

This year's Indie Night will feature Miami-based self-proclaimed “zest-pop” band Mustard Service. The five-piece indie act is the first band of national significance to book Hernandez, with over 10 million streams on Spotify in 2022.

According to their website, Mustard Service not only played a few “push-moshing, beer-spilling, gang-breaking, cop-calling, and arresting shows throughout Miami-Dade County,” but performed to a worldwide audience. Their music is cross-genre in nature and creatively embodies their slogan “just looking for a good time.”

“We play what we play,” said singer Marco Rivero Ochoa. “It does not matter.”

Mustard Service's first record, “Zest Pop”, whose name reflects their particular style, was released in 2017, followed by a tour in 2018. Their second and more recent albums “That's life” in 2020 and “Variety package” in 2023 brought them over a quarter of a million monthly listeners. This year will be their first time headlining an indie night event.

“I think this show in Orlando in particular is going to be really special because it has the potential to be something that really hasn't been done before at the local band level,” Hernandez said. “If all goes according to plan, this will be a huge milestone for the Florida music scene.”

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