The Sound Express:
One of the best surprise performances came from Orlando-based group The Sound Express. Lead singer Henry Black looks like he's barely old enough to pass as Justin Bieber, much less act as the front man for a big-city band. But this kid's got a voice that you just can't help but notice.
With a deep, heavy tone, Black sang the opening verse of "Tied," holding the neck of his bright orange guitar with a familiarity that couldn't be feigned. Bassist James Killgallon and drummer Anthony Manzo, in their matching fedoras, played with the skill of veteran musicians. Mellow guitarist Chris Robinson provided the perfect balance to the band's eccentricity as he silently strummed to the side, letting his guitar do the talking. The band's comfort level with their instruments, their music, and each other exuded across the stage and into the audience.
Heads up Orlando, this is the band you should be keeping your eye on.