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A Tribute to the Music of Stephen Stills at “Free Fridays” on May 31

5/27/2019

Mick Marino, Mark Miale, Tony McMahon and Friends play a tribute to the music of Stephen Stills at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, May 31 from 8-10 p.m.

As a member of two iconic groups, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash, Stephen Stills was the first person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice on the same night. For Buffalo Springfield, he wrote the protest song "For What It's Worth," which became one of the best-known songs of the sixties. He is ranked no. 47 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time. Stills lived in Gainesville in the ’50s and early ’60s and, in December 2018, he received an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Florida.

Mick Marino (guitar/vocals), Mark Miale (guitar/vocals) and Tony McMahon (guitar/vocals) are joined by Rob Rothschild (drums), Brad Bangstad (keys) and Ron Thomas (bass) for this special tribute concert. An opening set of Stills’ songs is played by the acoustic duo Gregg Doles and Jim Evans.

Says Marino about Stephen Stills, “We all have grown up on Stills’ music starting from the 1960s. He is an incredible songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, and keyboard player. His music will leave a mark on history just as someone like Mozart did. There is no doubt. When you have played in monumental bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills and Nash, Manassas with Chris Hillman from the Byrds and of course with Neil Young on so many projects, there is no way you could not be included in the annals of music history forever. He left a big mark on all the musicians I know and perform with.”

The Stephen Stills Tribute 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 a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. The entire “Free Fridays” 2019 schedule can be viewed at www.freefridaysgnv.com.  The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at ballarddg@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8746.