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.
Captive Eddies' influences span from classic rock, reggae, blues, folk, funk, classical bluegrass and jazz. Captive Eddies are Deva Blanchard (guitar, mandolin, bass, vocals), Jody Moore (guitar, bass, vocals), Leaf Blanchard (bass, guitar, vocals) and Eddie Fields (drums, keys).
At 13-years-old, twin brothers Leaf and Deva Blanchard, along with their childhood friend Jody Moore, began playing music together. What started as a race to see who could learn music the quickest soon became a lifelong ambition to create and share good music. After absorbing everything they could from the musicians around them, they found Richy Stano, who had just spent 10 years as a staff instructor at the Guitar Institute of Technology. The three boys studied music under Stano for five years, simultaneously honing their unique styles and songwriting abilities. Eddie Fields, an exceptionally talented blind drummer, joined the boys 12 years ago for a recording session. The chemistry between them was immediately evident, and Fields has been an integral part of the band since that day.
Presently, Captive Eddies pulls from a reservoir of more than 100 original songs, and has performed at festivals and venues from Florida to New York to California, as well as many places in between. Their latest album, “Simple Dream” (released in 2014), features guest artists that include Byron House, Larry Atamumeak and Brent Truit. Byron House has worked with a long list renowned musicians including Eric Clapton, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Larry Atamumeak is known for his work with Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck and Sheryl Crow. Brent Truitt, who produced and played on “Simple Dream,” is a multi-platinum Grammy award-winning musician.
Captive Eddies says, “music is rooted firmly in conscious lyrics that are not afraid to face the darkness in order to bring light to every aspect of the human heart.” They are spending 2019 doing community work, and touring internationally to promote their upcoming album, "Awake."
“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.