The soulful sound of blues will usher in the Downtown Festival & Art Show weekend Friday, Nov. 10 with a free Downtown Blues Concert on the Bo Diddley Plaza from 7-10 p.m. The North Central Florida Blues Society is pleased to announce an evening under the stars featuring three incredible blues performances.
A representative of National Policy Institute (NPI) is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida’s (UF) Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from 2:30 to 4:30 pm on Thursday, October 19th. To assist law enforcement with ensuring public safety in the Downtown Gainesville business district, the Bo Diddley Plaza will close to the public immediately following the Union Street Famer’s Market event scheduled from 4 pm – 7 pm this evening.
The University of Florida’s World Music Ensembles present a “Free Fridays” concert at the Bo Diddley Plaza Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. The event features student and faculty musicians and dancers from UF’s College of the Arts. The lively evening of music and dance also features a guest appearance by internationally-renowned Brazilian percussionist Renato Martins.
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The Gainesville City Commission will host its second Telephone Town Hall, talkGNV, to discuss the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department’s (PRCA) master plan, PRCA Vision 2020. City officials will answer caller questions about the master plan, including future enhancements to Gainesville’s park facilities and recreation opportunities, as well as discuss potential funding methods.
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Kicking off this year’s “Free Fridays” concert series on Friday, Aug. 7 is Little Jake Mitchell and The Soul Searchers, featuring old school blues and rhythm and blues artist Jake Mitchell.
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The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department announces the highly anticipated 2015 “Free Fridays” concert series season schedule. The public is invited to join us for our annual series of free, family-friendly concerts in downtown Gainesville.
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Bo Diddley Community Plaza has closed for renovations on Sunday, March 1. The improvements, which include new public restrooms, an information kiosk, a water wall entry feature, green room and a second café space, will take about one-year to complete. The entire plaza will be closed during construction except for the historic Bethel Station property on the south end, which will reopen under new restaurant ownership in late spring.
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Coming off a string of recent spring music festivals such as the Purple Hatters Ball at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and the Orange Blossom Jamboree music and arts festival in Brooksville Florida, Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu returns to the Bo Diddley Community Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, May 23 at 8 p.m. for a special “Free Fridays” concert. The band has recently added a few new cover songs to spice up the set list and will introduce a few new songs from their upcoming EP due out later this summer.
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Mick Marino, who has in past years organized notable “Free Fridays” tribute concerts, such as The Band (2013), The Rolling Stones (2012) and the Allman Brothers (2010 and 2011), has organized this season’s tribute to Bob Dylan. He has assembled an all-star cast of accomplished local musicians.
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Buffalo Spoonful, a new Gainesville band composed of veteran local musicians, will open the ‘Free Fridays” concert series with a tribute to English rock ‘n’ roll guitarist Eric Clapton.

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