Sure, the thousands of children who’ve allegedly been conceived as a result of the joint’s carnal formula of loud-ass rock ‘n’ roll and free-flowing beer is a mildly interesting footnote. But what tough customers like you wanna know is the straight dope on Will’s Pub. Not much really, unless you think being a cornerstone and incubator for absolutely everything – everything! – independent-minded in Florida’s music scene in the past two decades is some sort of whoop-de-doo accomplishment or something.
Well, if you are one of those nerds, then it might steam yer specs to know that Will’s Pub is basically a neighborhood bar that was colonized by the music community as soon as it opened in 1995. And that now-institutionalized culture and ethos has turned it into one of the Sunshine State’s most established live music venues and an anchor of the city’s creative district.
With an occupancy of 200, this church of rock has hosted acts as diverse as At The Drive-In, The Decemberists, Maserati, The Queers, Lucero, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, Astronautalis, The Mountain Goats, Butch Walker, Phosphorescent, Hasil Adkins, Bob Log lll, Motion City Soundtrack, King Khan & The Shrines, An Albatross, Dark Meat, The Appleseed Cast, Bowerbirds, Julie Doiron, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Rachel Goodrich, Thomas Function, Against Me, The Draft, Valencia, That 1 Guy, Scott H. Biram, Sam Rivers, Dark Castle, Skeleton Key, Iron & Wine, Aloha, Matt Pond PA, The Mercury Program, The Honorary Title, All American Rejects, The Ataris, Big D & The Kids Table, The Casualties, Darkest Hour, Leftover Crack, Mates of State, Mock Orange, Moneen, The Velvet Teen, Thee Oh Sees, Jacuzzi Boys, Gil Mantera’s Party Dream, Mumiy Troll, Cory Branan, among countless others.
As one of Central Florida’s premier indie venues, we’re always looking for fresh talent and would love to be a regular, reliable, and established stage for your touring roster. Even if we’ve worked together before on past shows or through other promoters, we’re eager to strike up the romance again now that we have a vastly improved music room. After 15 years in the game, we’re resigned to the fact that we’re lifers… so let’s get something good cooking!