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The “Free Fridays” Concert Series and the Gainesville Latino Film Festival (GLFF) have partnered to bring the Gainesville community a “Night in El Barrio” with Latin music played by the JP Latin Allstars Friday, Sept. 29 from 8-10 p.m.

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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is hosting Wild Blue Yonder at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Sept. 22.

The Thomas Center Galleries, in conjunction with the Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, announce a weekend of activities as part of the “Year of Cross Creek,” which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the publication of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ “Cross Creek” and “Cross Creek Cookery.” This weekend of free activities includes an evening of social dance, an afternoon of fun and folksy entertainment and a concert inspired by Rawlings’ work. All three events will feature the music of virtuoso mandolin player Sam Bartlett and violin player and vocalist Eden MacAdam-Somer. These events are being held in anticipation of the Sept. 29 opening of the Thomas Center Galleries’ newest exhibition CROSS CREEK RISING The Consciousness of Land and Water.

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This week’s “Free Fridays” Concert, which was scheduled for Sept. 8, featuring The Duppies has been cancelled concert due to extenuating circumstances pertaining the approach of Hurricane Irma. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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The Jewel Box Concert featuring Florida Artist Hall of Fame Inductee Billy Dean has had a change of location from Gainesville to Live Oak, Florida.  Due to extenuating circumstances pertaining to current events, and at the request of the concert underwriter, the concert is being relocated to the Spirit of Suwannee Music Hall, located at 3076 95th Drive in Live Oak. The concert is Friday, Sept. 8 and will still begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.

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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department are hosting The Beatles tribute band, The Impostors, at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Sept. 15.

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The Duppies are a high-powered, seven-piece band formed in Gainesville in 2004. Since that time, this popular ska, rocksteady and reggae band has received the attention of audiences beyond the local scene by touring throughout the United States. Band members include The Duppies founder, Brian Hiebel (lead vocals/percussion), Tony Farah (bass), Ryan Bonner (keyboards), Daniel Kinney (drums), Chris Chiares (guitar) and Jose Pineiro (sax/backing vocals).

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc., is pleased to welcome Billy Dean to the next Jewel Box Concerts at the Thomas Center on Friday, Sept. 8. Dean is a Florida Artists Hall of Fame member, Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association award-winner and Grammy nominee, and this concert is certain to be an up close and personal performance. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. General admission is $20 and VIP seating is $30 at the door. Seating is limited, and tickets may be purchased in advance online at

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Heavy Petty returns to the “Free Fridays” Concert Series with a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Friday, Sept. 1 from 8-10 p.m. Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty is one of the most famous musicians to hail from Gainesville, Florida. Heavy Petty is Gainesville’s own Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band. The band first played on Valentine's night in 2010 at Common Grounds in downtown Gainesville. Since then, the five-piece rock ‘n’ roll band has played many different events and venues in and around Gainesville. Heavy Petty prides itself in playing Tom Petty songs with attention paid to strict interpretation, but also in being able to rock out, have a lot of fun and get the crowd involved.

The concert also features original songs by the group under the band name Hedges. Hedges will have their album “Mixed Signals” available at the concert. To make the album, the band worked with legendary music producer and engineer Don Zientara of Inner Ear studio in Washington, DC. Zientara is best known for his work with such bands as Minor Threat, Bad Brains and Foo Fighters.

Jason Hedges (lead vocals/guitar/harmonica) is the front man for both bands, taking on the role of Tom Petty in the tribute. Hedges is a natural entertainer, and easily gets crowds riled up and singing along. Other members of the bands include Daniel App (lead guitar/backing vocals), Jonathan McCravy (bass), Logan Fischer (drums) and Stuart Strome (keyboards), with Brian Stevens and Andy Lawniczac on horns.

The Heavy Petty concert is one of the select “Free Fridays” classic rock concerts that are sponsored by classic rock radio station WIND-FM (92.5, 95.5, 107.9).

Free Fridays is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by Culture Builds Florida. The entire “Free Fridays” 2017 schedule can be viewed at Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. 
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