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The soulful sound of blues will usher in the Downtown Festival & Art Show weekend Friday, Nov. 15 with a free Downtown Blues Concert at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza from 7 to 10 p.m. This concert is presented by the North Central Florida Blues Society. Big Time Juke & the Joints opens this soul-moving show to get the crowd going with their infectious blues tunes. The R. Mutt Blues Band will follow with “American standard” blues featuring updated reinterpretations of traditional blues classics, as well as their own original blues compositions. Two-time winners of the North Central Florida Blues Society Gainesville Blues Challenge, R. Mutt is representing north central Florida at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis on Jan. 25, 2014. Headlining the concert is Brandon Santini, a Memphis vocalist and harmonica player bursting at the seams with passion and pure talent. He is sure to satisfy one’s hunger for music and culture with his deliciously smooth sound.
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October 2013 Municipal Minutes Available Online

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In Flyte, A Tribute to the Music of The Byrds, will play at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Oct 11 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Mark Miale (rhythm guitar/vocals) and Tony McMahon (lead guitar/vocals), who last season presented Desperado, the “Free Fridays” tribute to the Eagles, have banded together again this year to organize a musical tribute to The Byrds.
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The "City Manager’s Biweekly Report to the City Commission" provides information about significant upcoming activities, projects, and meetings in the City of Gainesville over the course of the next two to three weeks. In addition to brief descriptions on each of the upcoming activities, you can click on hyperlinks for more information regarding the presented topic.
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Contribute to the Making of a Masterpiece: Become an Art Sponsor for the Downtown Festival & Art Show

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Foster creativity in Alachua County by becoming an art sponsor at the 32nd Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show on Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17. Presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the nationally-recognized Downtown Festival & Art Show draws more than 100,000 visitors each year. As an art sponsor, you can make your name stand out among the crowd by pledging a minimum of $50 in advance toward the purchase of any piece of art. To request a pledge form, contact Festival Coordinator Linda Piper at 352-393-8536 or visit

Art sponsors have the opportunity to choose their favorite artwork from a wide variety of original pieces. Once an art sponsor selects a favorite piece, the chosen artist proudly displays a ribbon and certificate personalized with the sponsor's name. Art sponsors are recognized throughout the festival during live announcements from the Plaza Stage.

During the Downtown Festival & Art Show on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the historic streets of downtown Gainesville will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativity, complete with live music, dance performances and a spectacular array of food. More than 250 artists will line the streets from City Hall to the Hippodrome State Theatre to display their art. Visitors will marvel at vibrant paintings, decorative ceramics, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry and breathtaking photography.

While adults explore the booths filled with artwork, children can create their own works of art at the Imagination Station, which features a large selection of free, hands-on activities. They can design masks, create puppets, sculpt clay and paint pictures. The Imagination Station will also feature entertainment including magic shows, puppet shows and musical performances.

For music lovers, the festival features continuous, live entertainment on three stages by local bands, solo musicians and dance companies. The weekend kicks off Friday, Nov 15 at 7 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza with a free Downtown Blues concert presented the North Florida Blues Society. Headlining the evening is Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini.

Since its creation, the Downtown Festival & Art Show has risen dramatically in national rankings. The Downtown Festival & Art Show jumped into the top ten in national art show rankings for the first time, from the No. 13 spot to No. 10 on Sunshine Artist magazine's "200 Best" list of top fine arts festivals in the nation.

Mark your calendar now for Nov. 16 and 17, 2013. You won't want to miss this incredible weekend of arts and entertainment at the Downtown Festival & Art Show, north central Florida's most beloved fine arts festival. For more information, call 352-334-ARTS or visit our website at
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