So, back in March, local photographer Jim Leatherman began casually uploading to Facebook some of the shots he’s taken around the Orlando music scene over the years. These photos are, in a word, amazing. Not just for the time-machine factor, but because Leatherman is a pretty great photographer. Still, it’s also remarkable to note not just how much things have changed in Orlando over the last few decades, but also how much as remained the same.
There are so many familiar faces in these shots – and not just the guys like a pre-Matchbox 20 Rob Thomas – because so many of these folks are still working hard to contribute to this city’s music scene. Also worth nothing: the high caliber of the touring acts that have played in our humble burg throughout the years. Yeah, Pearl Jam at the Edge … Mudhoney at Beach Club … but was there seriously a festival in town that featured the Poster Children and Volcano Suns on the same bill? Damn. Orlando’s had it going on for a while, I guess.
Jim kindly gave me permission to repost some of the photos here, because I think they’re definitely worth sharing. I hope you’ll agree. And, if you’ve got some archival shots of Orlando’s music scene you’d like to share on this site, please just let me know. I’d love to post them.