Every New Year’s Eve, downtown Gainesville rocks as the New Year is rung in with live music provided by the area’s most popular bands. Local ska/reggae band The Duppies opens the concert at 9 p.m. The Downtown Countdown
begins at 9 p.m. and this year’s headliner is The Savants of Soul, who will play a mix of blues, soul, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, punk and ska. A countdown to the New Year at midnight is celebrated with free noisemakers and merry making all-around. This year's event returns to the Bo Diddley Plaza, located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville.