GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The City of Gainesville presents a Gainesville150! Anniversary concert on April 13 from 6-11:30 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville. The concert features four bands that pay tribute to the music of Gainesville’s nine Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musicians; Bo Diddley, Stephen Stills, the Eagles and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, in addition to the headliner, The Bayjacks featuring Tom Leadon of Mudcrutch.
Food trucks, craft vendors, contests, roving street performers and Story Cycle — a unique, mobile-recording booth on a bicycle — will be on site, allowing residents the opportunity to record their Gainesville story for posterity.
The Gainesville150! Music Legends Concert is the first city-produced event in a year-long series of programs, workshops and activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the city’s incorporation. Gainesville150! aims to observe a historic milestone while celebrating today and looking toward our shared future as a “New American City.”
The concert kicks off with a tribute to the Plaza namesake, Bo Diddley, played by former Bo Diddley side-kick Scott Free with Scott Free and Friends.
A Stephen Stills tribute will be played by the band Other Voices. Stills, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988, grew up in Gainesville and still owns the house where he grew up.
An Eagles tribute will be played by Mark Miale, Tony McMahon & Friends. Don Felder, a Gainesville native was a guitarist for the Eagles as well as Bernie Leadon who moved to Gainesville as a teenager.
Two more Gainesville natives, Tom Petty and Benmont Tench, joined with Gainesville residents Ron Blair, Mike Campbell and Stan Lynch to form Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1976. Tom Petty was also a member of the Gainesville group Mudcrutch. The Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute will be played by Heavy Petty.
Headlining the concert are the Bayjacks featuring Tom Leadon — an original member of the Gainesville band Mudcrutch.
GAINESVILLE150! Music Legends Concert is presented by the City of Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-393-8532. For more information about Gainesville150!, contact Nicole Yucht at email@example.com or 352-316-4991. Visit www.facebook.com/GNV15 or www.352Arts.org for a listing of Gainesville150! events and activities.
In April 2019 the City of Gainesville launched Gainesville150! to commemorate the 150th anniversary of its incorporation. Gainesville150! provides an opportunity to reflect on our past, celebrate this milestone in history and look toward a boundless future as the “New American City.” During the anniversary year, the City of Gainesville and its partners will host interactive, engaging and inclusive programs and exhibits – leveraging education, technology, personal experiences and family lore that define the City’s shared heritage. Events include concerts, poetry, history projects, public art exhibits, dance, and community discussions and will conclude with a community-wide celebration to be held in April 2020 to launch us into the next 150 years. Since its earliest days, progressive thinking has defined Gainesville and that same spirit remains steadfast. Gainesville150! showcases the community as a dynamic, expanding city and a great place to live, work and play, and paves the way to a future built on innovation, inclusiveness, excellence, economic vitality and community pride.