The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department will host The Beatles tribute band, The Impostors, at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Oct. 2.
The Beatles forever changed the face of popular music in America with their 1964 performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show. The Impostors, formed in 1984, are one of Gainesville’s most popular local groups featuring some of the area’s most accomplished musicians. The Impostors include local musicians Michael Derry (guitar/vocals), Mike Boulware (guitar/vocals), Don David (guitar/vocals), Ron Thomas (bass/vocals), Brad Bangstad (keyboards) and Rob Rothschild (drums).
According to band co-founder Michael Derry, “We've been together over three times as long as The Beatles were, so we're hoping that at some point, longevity will catch up to quality.” “Free Fridays” Concert Series coordinator David Ballard says, “Whenever The Impostors play at ‘Free Fridays,’ they always draw a huge and enthusiastic crowd.”
The Impostors play a wide selection of The Beatles’ favorites from the popular hits of the early heydays, through the experimental era of the “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” albums, to the “Abbey Road” album and the final rooftop appearance. The Impostors are known to occasionally throw in some great covers of other groups such as Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds and more.
The Impostors 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” was delayed this year due to the closure of the Bo Diddley Community Plaza for renovations. The City of Gainesville has purchased a mobile stage which is located in parking lot no. 10 at the corner of Southwest Second Avenue and Southwest Second Street in downtown Gainesville. This is the same location that the Union Street Farmers Market occupies on Wednesdays and is across the street from the Southwest Downtown Parking Garage. The public is encouraged to bring chairs, as there is no existing seating at this temporary site.
The 2015 “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, Aug. 7 through Friday, Oct. 23 from 8-10 p.m. at Southwest Second Avenue and Southwest Second Street in downtown Gainesville. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2015 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org.