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Morningbell is Gainesville's own melodic, multi-layered, psychedelic rock quartet. The band has rooted themselves as a well-established tradition in the Florida music scene and beyond. They return to “Free Fridays” at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, Sept. 13 from 8-10 p.m. Morningbell has been critically-acclaimed and featured at Bonnaroo, MTV's The Real World Sydney, Blender Magazine, Pitchfork Media, The Washington Post and Americana UK.

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department presents the Nancy Luca Band with Anna Marie as part of the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Sept. 6 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza. The public is invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to our beautiful downtown amphitheater, and enjoy this free concert under the stars.

The Progressive Rock Experience pays tribute to ‘70s progressive rock at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, Aug. 30 from 8-10 p.m.

The Forever Miles band featuring vocalist Phillip "JazzDad" Thomas will play at “Free Fridays” Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza on Friday Aug. 23.

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Only one rock concert made such a huge and lasting impression that an entire generation was named for it. Fifty years ago, more than 400,000 members of the Woodstock generation gathered in upstate New York to celebrate “three days of peace and music.”

Ramblin’ Mutts play a mixture of original and classic blues, soul and R&B, with an occasional nod to country music at “Free Fridays” on Friday, Aug. 9 at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville. They are performing selections from their upcoming album that pays a passionate tribute to the traditions of the soul and rhythm and blues genres. They are also playing updated reinterpretations of traditional classics by such artists as Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Otis Reding that honor the legacy of this timeless music.

The Duppies are a high-powered, seven-piece band that 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).

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The band Captive Eddies is playing a concert at “Free Fridays” Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville.

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The band Other Voices and Friends will present California Dreaming, a tribute to the early Laurel County music scene on Friday, July 19 as part of the Free Fridays concert series. In the late ‘60s, some of the best musicians of their generation took up residence in Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon, a mountainous neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills. California Dreaming plays tribute to some of those artists with covers of The Mamas and the Papas, The Byrds, The Monkees, Linda Ronstadt, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

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A concert highlighting the music and significant events of 1969 will be performed at Free Fridays Friday, July 12. The show covers popular hits of 1969 such as "Bad Moon Rising," "Honkey Tonk Women," "Get Together," "This Magic Moment," "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," "Hooked on a Feeling," "Age of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" and more.

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