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Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando’s Underground

On display through September 2023

Between 1985 and 2001, the Orlando concert promoter Figurehead invigorated the musical landscape in Central Florida. This special exhibition, Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando’s Underground, tells the story of how the company helped grow the local scene with a focus on underground rock music and the club circuit. Utilizing the extensive Figurehead archive, now part of the Orange County Regional History Center’s permanent collection, the exhibition showcases an impressive display of eye-catching and jaw-dropping concert posters that capture the energy and drive of this era. Musical acts featured include Black Flag, Jonathan Richman, and Drivin N Cryin, hometown favorites Seven Mary Three and Rob Thomas, and many more. Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando’s Underground provides a glimpse into what made this time in the Orlando area so memorable – the bands and the clubs, the community and the chaos.

artwork for Figurehead concerts for the bands Lush, Jonathon Richman, Sonic Youth, and the Rollins Band

Exhibition programs

All programs are subject to change due to funding, grants, COVID-19, and scheduling.
New programming for 2023 is coming soon, check back for details!

Figurehead Opening Bash
Friday, September 9, 6 – 9 p.m.

Lunch & Learn – I’m With Her: Women in the Central Florida Club Scene
Friday, September 2, noon – 1 p.m.

The Story of Figurehead: A Panel Discussion
Saturday, September 10, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Coffee & Conversation: The Hip Hop Scene in Central Florida
Sunday, September 18, 2 – 3 p.m.

Sensory Sunday: The Musical Museum
Sunday, October 16, noon – 4 p.m.

Lunch & Learn – It’s Gonna Be Central Florida: The Boy Band Craze
Friday, November 4, noon – 1 p.m.

Art of the Underground: A Figurehead Panel Discussion
Saturday, November 5, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Coffee & Conversations: Will’s Pub and the Orlando Music Scene
Sunday, November 13, 2 – 3 p.m.

Other Music: A Documentary Screening with Sandy Bitman
Saturday, November 17, 6 – 8 p.m.

Lunch & Learn – Figurehead: Deep Cuts & B-Sides
Friday, December 2, noon – 1 p.m.

Musical Mayhem Family Day
Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Coffee & Conversation: Singer-Songwriters in the Central Florida Music Scene
Sunday, December 11, 2 – 3 p.m.

Totally Nineties Pop Culture Trivia Happy Hour
Thursday, December 15, 6 – 8 p.m.

Coffee & Conversations: Dance Music in Central Florida
Sunday, March 5, 2 – 3 p.m

Totally Eighties Pop Culture Trivia Happy Hour
Thursday, March 16, 6 – 8 p.m.

Coffee & Conversations Series

Each installment will feature a member of the community who was active in Orlando’s underground music scene in the 1980s and ’90s as a guest docent who can share this fascinating history through their own unique perspective. Admission is free. Please RSVP.

Programming Sponsor

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Official Brewer of the Limited Edition Figurehead Beer