Free Fridays Concert Series Presents The Summer of ’69: Fifty Years On - July 12


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.

According to Tran “the Piano Man” Whitley, who created the show, “Back at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius a funny thing was happening: Some of the best music of my life was being created and performed. Was there something in the air? Was it the high-octane and velocity of youth? Was it the dreadfulness of war or the excitement of scientific achievement? Perhaps it was the roiling of our political system. Whatever it was, music artists were churning out big-time hits that still resonate in today’s world. My show is designed to highlight the best of those songs and revisit the tone and tenor of a magical moment in time, 1969.”

Joining Whitley (keyboards and vocals) to help re-create that magical moment in time are some of Gainesville’s finest musicians and performers. They include John Sterling Lodge (keyboards and vocals), George Gomez (acoustic guitar and vocals), Rickylee Brawner (lead guitar) and Lavelle Whitfield (percussion). Special guests include Cindy Kitchens (vocals), Tom Holtz (guitar), Little Jake Mitchell (vocals), Silversonic Horns (Brian Stevens - trombone, Doug Myers - trumpet, Charlie Blade - saxophone) and the Lovely Miss Ruth (backup vocals).

Whitley continues, “If you’re an aging hippie seeking nostalgia, an inquisitive millennial wondering what the Woodstock fuss was, or a young music lover filling in some blanks, it’s all wrapped up in 120 minutes of fun at Bo Diddley Plaza Friday, July 12, 2019."

“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 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.