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“Free Fridays” Concert Series Hosts a Tribute to The Byrds Oct. 11

10/4/2013
The “Free Fridays” Concert Series Hosts a Tribute to The Byrds on Oct. 11

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - In Flyte, A Tribute to the Music of The Byrds, will play at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Oct 11 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Mark Miale (rhythm guitar/vocals) and Tony McMahon (lead guitar/vocals), who last season presented Desperado, the “Free Fridays” tribute to the Eagles, have banded together again this year to organize a musical tribute to The Byrds.

The Byrds were one of the most influential bands of the ‘60s and early ‘70s, introducing the rock world to the music of Bob Dylan by recording many of his songs and along the way coining the phrase, “folk-rock.” From their first release, 1965’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” to their final offering, 1971’s ”Farther Along,” The Byrds managed to mix folk, pop, rock, psychedelic and country music on nearly every album they recorded. Few, if any, other rock bands of the era were as stylistically diverse. With eight Top 40 singles between 1965 and 1967, The Byrds rock music chart success was matched only by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. In concert, they were one of the top grossing live acts of the early ‘70s.

Miale and McMahon have formed a new group for this year’s The Byrds concert called Farther Along after The Byrd’s final album, which also includes popular local musicians Ron Thomas (bass/vocals) and Rob Rothschild (drums). All of these musicians are well-established in the area music scene. Miale is a singer/songwriter and guitarist who performed extensively in south Florida from the early 1970s through the mid-1990s in the groups The Barking Spiders and Whiskey Creek, as well as many duos and trios. Since moving to Gainesville in 2004, he has performed as a member of the Susan David Trio and at many local venues as a solo act. McMahon has participated in several other popular Bo Diddley Plaza musical events such as The Allman Brothers and Rolling Stones tributes and many annual Gram (Parsons) Fest concerts. He has opened and played with national touring acts such as Three Dog Night and Angie Aparo. Ron Thomas and Rob Rothschild are both members of the popular Beatles tribute band, The Impostors as well as providing rhythm and percussion for many other area groups.

In addition to Farther Along, two other local bands will also join in on the tribute. Country/rock band Monica Leadon Cooper & Friends, includes Cooper (guitar/vocals) and Jon Alexander (guitar/pedal steel guitar), as well as being joined by Miale, Thomas and Rothscild. Singer/songwriter Cooper is part of the local musical family, the Leadons which includes Bernie Leadon of the Eagles and Tom Leadon, who played in Mudcrutch with Tom Petty. Alexander has played with countless local bands and musicians including Jana Horton and Another Fine Mess, who are also performing. Jana Horton (guitar/vocals), her brother Bill Horton (bass) and Alexander are joined again by Rothschild to complete the lineup. The Hortons are both long-time, established Gainesville area musicians who played in the band Centerline in the ‘90s.

The Bo Diddley Community Plaza is located on the corner of Southeast First Street and East University Avenue. A complete listing of the “Free Fridays” entertainment schedule can be found at http://www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. “Free Fridays” is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. The Cultural Affairs Division is the designated local arts agency for Gainesville and Alachua County. For more information on “Free Fridays,” or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.