I once thought the world of music was where angels and demons came together in a blend of beauty and pain, dark and light, where they dance with and wrestle humanity.
A musician is a very special blend of talent, ego, and wounds. They’re an artist in a medium that is known for many of the darker shades of this life, yet the rhythms and lyrics birthed from this place speak to more of us globally than any other type of art. Who hasn’t been moved by music?
It was the music at Disney Springs, and the musicians I’ve come to know, that inspired this entire chapter of my life. As a lifelong music lover, it’s amazing to be home again at Disney and surrounded by incredible musicianship.
We thank all the amazing performers out at Disney Springs for their time and their energy. Scroll to the bottom to find some of our personal favorites. Show them some love on their social media and buy their CDs where available. We thank you and I know they thank you!
Bryan Malpass – Any time you can hear Bryan Malpass sing, you should. His voice is only equaled by his sweet personality. You’ll find him playing a mix of country and classic rock at the various stages around Disney Springs, and some days at the margarita bar. A must see.
Drey C – No act at Disney Springs equals Drey C for energy and finesse. Playing Thursday through Sunday on the Marketplace Stage you’ll be treated to covers of today’s pop music in classic Drey C fashion.
Dominic Gaudious – There’s only one Dominic Gaudious and you have to catch a performance live to truly get how special he is. His talent on guitar and didgeridoo are obvious, but his humor and his smile are what puts this man over the top. Playing most weekends at the Sunshine Highline. (by Starbucks and Characters in Flight balloon) Come early because he finishes up around the time most of the other acts are just getting started.
Don Black – Covering today’s pop and Disney classics, you won’t want to miss Don Black and his saxophone. Playing Mondays and Tuesdays at the Orange Node (near the Coke Store and Planet Hollywood) he’ll put a smile on your face. Be prepared to drop your jaw at some of his longest held notes as well!
France & Dave – France sings Motown, pop, and classic Disney alongside Dave Capp and his sax. They bring the joy to Disney Springs with their performances as they connect with their audience with enthusiasm. Schedule for France & Dave varies, so keep an eye out for them while you’re there.
Haze Over Hollywood (Alex Cole & Tonz) – Delivering rich tones and sultry riffs Haze Over Hollywood brings you some original music alongside 70s classics. If you need some downtime to chill out while taking in everything at Disney Springs, seek them out! They’ll have you chilled out and humming along in no time. Schedule varies but they can most often be found Mondays through Wednesdays on the Marketplace Stage and select other days at Exposition Park. (near the food trucks)
La Calle plays latin pop defying you to sit still and merely watch! Between their covers of pop favorites and the rhythmic latin tunes, this is a band you’ll want to see! Playing Mondays and Tuesdays on the Marketplace Stage.
Mighty Swell (better photo coming soon) – If you love bluegrass and country, Mighty Swell is your ticket! I defy you not to feel happy watching Drew’s hands pound the keyboard or Sam’s gift on the fiddle. Playing right now at Waterview Park (next to the Boathouse) Wednesdays to Saturday, their show is filled with great music and a lot of fun.
Nicholas Marks – A man with great talent who will mesmerize you as his hands masterfully control the notes flying from his guitar. If you’re familiar with Jesse Cook or the Gypsy Kings, then you have an idea of the type of music Mr. Marks plays, but he is a man you want to see in person at least once. Playing Wednesday through Sunday at Marketplace Stage.
Nova Era – Classical music with a twist. Sometimes performing as Nova Jazz or Nova Pop, this is a group of talented musicians bringing their own flare to the classics and a few Disney tunes as well. Schedule varies, but they usually play either in Riverboat Square (in front of Paddlefish) or in the Orange Node. (Coke Store/Planet Hollywood)
Right On Key – This acapella group is mostly highlighted during Christmas, but if you have a chance to catch one of their shows, it’s definitely worth the time.