“Free Fridays” Concert Series Presents The Detours April 28


The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department presents The Detours Friday, April 28 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 Detours are a local trio that focus on modern, adult pop music. They have a wide range of performing experience, including working as opening acts for top-named artists.

Cindy Kitchens (lead singer) began singing in a gospel group when she was 12-years-old. Her musical influences were a potpourri of artists that ranged from gospel great Shirley Caesar to Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstadt. Kitchens has had the pleasure of being the opening act for Alabama, Pam Tillis and Diamond Rio, to name a few.

Tran Whitley (keyboards/vocals), also known as Tran the Piano Man, was part of Gainesville’s original “California Dreamin’” exodus of the late ‘60s. After a successful music career in California, where he played for eight years in the band Ecstasy, and a move to New York City where he started a software company called Tran Tracks, Whitley returned to Gainesville and has reintegrated himself into the area music scene.

John Lodge (keyboards/vocals) began performing in public with his older brother at age nine. Shortly after moving to Florida from Maryland, Lodge was an opening act for Roy Orbison in the early ‘60s. He put his music career aside and attended UF law school, graduating in 1973. The music bug then reasserted itself, and he began forming and singing in several local Gainesville bands, such as Archer Bank, Silverwing, Grease the Cat and Rumours, before becoming a founding member of one of the longest running local bands, Area Code.

The Detours concert is sponsored by classic rock radio station WIND-FM.

Free Fridays is funded in part by Culture Builds Florida. The entire “Free Fridays” 2017 schedule can be viewed at The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at or 352-393-8746.