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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
9/20/2017

The “Free Fridays” Concert Series and the Gainesville Latino Film Festival (GLFF) have partnered to bring the Gainesville community a “Night in El Barrio” with Latin music played by the JP Latin Allstars Friday, Sept. 29 from 8-10 p.m.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
9/18/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is hosting Wild Blue Yonder at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Sept. 22.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
9/7/2017

This week’s “Free Fridays” Concert, which was scheduled for Sept. 8, featuring The Duppies has been cancelled concert due to extenuating circumstances pertaining the approach of Hurricane Irma. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
9/6/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department are hosting The Beatles tribute band, The Impostors, at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Sept. 15.

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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/30/2017

The Duppies are a high-powered, seven-piece band formed in Gainesville in 2004. Since that time, this popular ska, rocksteady and reggae band has received the attention of audiences beyond the local scene by touring throughout the United States. Band members include The Duppies founder, Brian Hiebel (lead vocals/percussion), Tony Farah (bass), Ryan Bonner (keyboards), Daniel Kinney (drums), Chris Chiares (guitar) and Jose Pineiro (sax/backing vocals).

Recognizing Florida’s best events, the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) recently announced the winners of its annual SUNsational Awards during their 23rd annual convention and tradeshow. Four different events produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department were honored with four awards. Jest Fest!, which features world-acclaimed comedy/variety and cirque style entertainment, won first place award for its television advertisement, Hoggetowne Medieval Faire won second place award for its poster, the “Free Fridays” Concert Series won second place award for its Facebook page and the Downtown Festival & Art Show won third place award for its poster.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/23/2017
Heavy Petty returns to the “Free Fridays” Concert Series with a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Friday, Sept. 1 from 8-10 p.m. Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty is one of the most famous musicians to hail from Gainesville, Florida. Heavy Petty is Gainesville’s own Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band. The band first played on Valentine's night in 2010 at Common Grounds in downtown Gainesville. Since then, the five-piece rock ‘n’ roll band has played many different events and venues in and around Gainesville. Heavy Petty prides itself in playing Tom Petty songs with attention paid to strict interpretation, but also in being able to rock out, have a lot of fun and get the crowd involved.

The concert also features original songs by the group under the band name Hedges. Hedges will have their album “Mixed Signals” available at the concert. To make the album, the band worked with legendary music producer and engineer Don Zientara of Inner Ear studio in Washington, DC. Zientara is best known for his work with such bands as Minor Threat, Bad Brains and Foo Fighters.

Jason Hedges (lead vocals/guitar/harmonica) is the front man for both bands, taking on the role of Tom Petty in the tribute. Hedges is a natural entertainer, and easily gets crowds riled up and singing along. Other members of the bands include Daniel App (lead guitar/backing vocals), Jonathan McCravy (bass), Logan Fischer (drums) and Stuart Strome (keyboards), with Brian Stevens and Andy Lawniczac on horns.

The Heavy Petty concert is one of the select “Free Fridays” classic rock concerts that are sponsored by classic rock radio station WIND-FM (92.5, 95.5, 107.9).

Free Fridays is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by Culture Builds Florida. The entire “Free Fridays” 2017 schedule can be viewed at www.freefridaysgnv.com.The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. 
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/16/2017

Reggae band De Lions of Jah, who were rained out after two songs at their June 30 “Free Fridays” concert, have rescheduled to perform Friday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. De Lions of Jah, from Jacksonville, Florida, has been dubbed “the best reggae band in Duval County.”

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
8/9/2017

Captive Eddies will play a concert at “Free Fridays” Friday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville. Captive Eddies' influences span from classic rock, reggae, blues, folk, funk, classical bluegrass and jazz. 

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