Daytona Beach knows how to get down. The city hosted MTV's Spring Break for years, has over 7 decades of Bike Week, and more than a couple prominent live music venues in the Daytona Beach Bandshell, the Ocean Center and the News Journal Center. To be clear, there's no shortage of spots to listen to live music in the 386, but sometimes it just depends on what music you're feeling. Sometimes you're feeling a little rock n' roll, or some funked up soul, or maybe you need some good ol' fashioned honkey tonk two-steppin'. No matter what, we've got you covered. All you need to do is read on.
Main Street Daytona Beach is not for the faint of heart. As the bar's slogan goes, "Order a drink and have a seat. You're better off here than across the street." Of course, when you cut across the edge of Main Street you run straight into the old Pinewood cemetery. The Boot Hill Saloon is central to the legendary Bike Week culture of Daytona Beach, and the bands that play here kick out the jams. Experience live music in Daytona Beach focused on the greats from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock n roll and southern rock, and a little bit of country music thrown into the mix as well. The drinks are cheap and the vibe is fun, if not initially a little rough. Nothing says rock n roll than bras of past patrons hanging from the ceiling, and nothing plays to the nostalgia rock n roll's past than the bar's old Polaroids that are tacked up on every wall.
Live music every night of the week. Guaranteed. It's part of what made the Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Club one of the premiere nightlife spots in Daytona Beach. That and it's proximity to the ocean. I mean, it sits right on the sands of the Atlantic. The Ocean Deck offers a good mix of live music in Daytona Beach throughout the week. Sometimes its pop rock, sometimes it's full-on reggae, other night's you're getting a great mix of southern rock n soul. The stage is big, and the bands come in full tilt. Once the dinner crowd thins out, and the opening act has done their number, the tables get pushed aside and Daytona starts dancing.
The Mai Tai Bar Daytona Beach is home to the October music contest The Rumble. Full disclosure, I used to host the event, so I'm a big fan. The Rumble sets the stage for an up and coming band to get a recurring gig at the bar based on crowd support throughout the month-long contest. It's an amazing competition. So good that most bands that make it to the finals are asked back regularly. Like the Ocean Deck, there is live music every night, and once the Daytona happy hour crowd moves on, so do the tables for that coveted dance floor. Expect to hear a wide range from surf rock, to funk, to 80s hair metal anthems. The late night happy hour (9 pm - 1 am on Saturday's) helps to ensure that the music sounds even better than you originally thought.