The R. Mutt Blues Band Performs at Gainesville's "Free Fridays" Concert Series Friday, Aug. 8


The R. Mutt Blues Band will sing the blues at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. The band performs driving, updated reinterpretations of traditional blues classics, combined with soulful, passionate originals that pay tribute to the legacy of the blues genre. They are two-time North Central Florida Blues Society winners in the competition to represent Gainesville in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) held annually in Memphis, Tennessee.

The group was formed three years ago by two award-winning visual artists, Richard Heipp and Dan Stepp. The band’s name is taken from the famous 1917 artwork by Marcel Duchamp titled “Fountain,” which was a urinal displayed in a gallery simply signed “R. Mutt.” Fronting the band is Dan Stepp on lead vocals, keyboards and slide guitar. Paul Goble is on lead guitar, and the rhythm section features Richard Heipp on bass and Rsi Pollard on drums.

The R. Mutt Blues Band has opened for John Nemeth, Brandon Santini, Mike Zeto and Little Jake Mitchell. They have backed up blues legends Willie Green, Pete Karnes and Little Mike Markowitz of Little Mike and the Tornadoes.

The 2014 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. The concerts will play each Friday night this year from Friday, May 2 through Friday, Oct. 24 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, which is located at 111 E. University Ave. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2014 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at