If you like live music in Orlando you probably know about The Crazy Carls, who are huge on the scene there. The high-energy band — named after a kooky mutual friend of the guys — is headed to town for Art Deco Weekend and will perform on the Promenade stage, on the sands at 12th and Ocean, from 4-4:45p.m. Friday. We spoke to lead singer/songwriter/guitarist, Alex Baugh, a 26-year-old Palmetto Senior High School alum, before the show:
You were raised in the Palmetto Bay area. How did you end up in Orlando?
I graduated from the University of Central Florida, so that’s where I built up my fan base and set up shop. We now have a pretty strong Florida presence. We’ve played pretty much everywhere you can think of a ton of times. We’ve gotten out there. We can definitely sell out venues around town.
You have an impressive amount of followers on social media — more than 20,000 on Twitter and Facebook.
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We’re getting known after opening up for national acts, most recently Fall Out Boy and Weezer. We’ve also toured with artists like Big Sean and Ellie Goulding and just finished up a tour with Aaron Carter, which was really fun.
How would you describe your sound?
I would call it pop rock. There have been a lot of influences: funk, a little hip-hop, even like a beachy side. If you have to compare it to a popular band, I’d say Maroon 5 or Bruno Mars.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
I guess as far as guitar playing goes, probably Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also musically, Michael Jackson and Prince, who has actually crawled out of his shell a little bit lately with some appearances. He’s definitely an interesting guy.
What are your plans for Miami?
I’m going to get to the beach ASAP. One thing I really miss. ... As far as our set, we’ll do all our hits and maybe throw even a cover or two in there. There will also be stuff from our upcoming EP, our third, called To The Stars. It’s named off of one of our tracks. It’s just fun, feel-good dance music that a lot of people can enjoy.
More info: www.artdecoweekend.com