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American Legends Descend on Orlando

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Nick Offerman and The Isley Brothers take stage in Orlando this December.

Sometimes it’s hard to determine where the fictional Ron Swanson ends and where IRL Nick Offerman begins. Both are manly men, carpenters, and even share musical talents. Years removed from Parks and Recreation and his alter ego (more on that in a moment), Nick Offerman treads steadily in stand-up comedy. He’s currently on his third stand-up tour, All Rise.

A sneak peek into Offerman’s All Rise leads one to possibly think that maybe Nick still channels his Parks and Recreation’s Ron and Duke Silver to deliver high brow humor with deadpan delivery … or was art imitating life when Nick breathed life into Ron Swanson on the little screen?

Either way, we’ve added his night in Orlando on December 5, 2019, at the Hard Rock Live theater to our social calendar. There’s no way we’ll miss a night of “deliberative talking and light dance that will compel you to chuckle while enjoining you to brandish a better side of humanity than the one to which we have grown accustom,” per Nick Offerman. Please and thank you.

We suggest fueling up at Bigfire™ in Universal CityWalk™ before the show where steaks are served sizzling fresh off the giant custom-made wood-fire grill that consumes the center of the restaurant. Bigfire uses cherry, oak, and pecan woods to perfect their signature taste, a technique of which we think Nick Offerman would approve. The restaurant’s layout harkens back to summer days by the waters and even has a frame of a canoe in full display, which we know would definitely tickle Nick’s hobbyist side as he’s a professional boat builder.

Shifting gears from comedy to music, the legendary Isley Brothers serenade Orlando on December 17, 2019, at the Bob Carr Theater. (Duke Silver, take note.) Sit back, reminisce, and groove the night away as Ronald and Ernie Isley lay out 60 years’ worth of chart-topping R&B and soul classics such as “That Lady,” It’s Your Thing,” and “This Old Heart of Mine.”

From experience, when Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy® award-winning artists come into town, you do not miss out on the experience to hear and watch gifted musicians perform. The You Make Me Wanna Shout tour, named after their first hit “Shout” which came out in 1959, features their greatest hits. This show, a literal musical biography, tracks the growth and evolution of the brothers from their modest start more than sixty years ago in Chicago, IL.

Throughout their career, the Isley Brothers collaborated with some of the biggest names and record labels in existence. Jimi Hendricks was on guitar with the band in 1964, which proved influential to Ernie Isley who would pick up guitar after Jimi left yet carried Jimi’s style into the music. During the band’s brief stint with Motown’s Tamla subsidiary record label, the band churned out “This Old Heart of Mine,” written and produced by master melody makers Holland-Dozier-Holland, who defined the sound of Motown in the 60s.

It was when The Isley Brothers resurrected their own record label T-Neck and recruited more family members into their lineup that the band finally dominated R&B charts with fifty singles starting with “It’s Your Thing.” As you’ll hear in the songs played at the show, the band moved deftly from doo-wop, to R&B, to a rock-disco fusion in the 70s, and then back to R&B in later years. It’s a journey worth experiencing in person, probably a once-in-a-lifetime show.

As you decide which show to attend—if not both, consider making Rosen Inn International your home base. Even this hotel has history worth bragging about. It was the first hotel in the chain of locally-owned Rosen hotels, re-opening under new management in 1974 with Harris Rosen at the helm. It’s also where Mr. Rosen still has his office. Aside from that bit of history, we’ve got lovely accommodations suitable for the entire family. Onsite restaurants and lounges, swimming pools and an arcade room coupled with superb service have guests coming back each time they find themselves in the City Beautiful. Check out our availability by clicking the button in the upper right corner or by calling 407-996-1600.

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