“Free Fridays” Concert Series Presents Gypsy Jazz Band Hot Club de Ville May 20


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department presents Gypsy jazz band Hot Club de Ville Friday, May 20 from 8-10 p.m. at the newly-renovated Bo Diddley Plaza. The public is invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to our beautiful downtown amphitheater and enjoy this free concert under the stars.

Hot Club de Ville plays in the style of Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Quintette du Hot Club de France was a jazz group founded in France in 1934 by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli. One of the earliest and most significant jazz groups in Europe, the Quintette was described as "one of the most original bands in the history of recorded jazz." Their most famous lineup featured Reinhardt, Grappelli, bassist Louis Vole and rhythm guitarists Roger Kaput and Joseph Reinhardt (Django’s brother), who filled out the ensemble's sound and added occasional percussive effects.

Fifty years after Django’s death, the Hot Club concept is bigger than ever worldwide. The Hot Club de Ville includes original members Marty Liquori on guitar and Dave Forbes on upright bass. Erik Abernathy is the rhythm guitarist and Geoff Fitzhugh Perry, the violinist, has extensive experience in the Gypsy jazz genre as a member of Babik before moving to Gainesville and joining the group. The recent addition of vocalist Patti Markoch has expanded the band’s repertoire and appeal to a wider audience. The band’s songs offer an eclectic mix of swing, samba, bolero, tango, Latin and ballads.

Free Fridays is funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council and a State of Florida Local Arts Agency grant. Providing the band hospitality food in the green room for the May 20 concert is Mojo Hogtown Bar-B-Que. The entire “Free Fridays” 2016 schedule can be viewed at by clicking on the “Free Fridays” link under the events tab. The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.