“Free Fridays” Presents “The Rhythm of Bo Diddley” Tribute Concert on Friday, June 27


Closing out its celebration of June as African-American Music Appreciation Month, Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” presents a tribute concert to Bo Diddley Friday, June 27 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of naming the downtown plaza after the rock and roll legend. Bo Diddley, a longtime resident of Alachua County, passed away in June 2008. One year later, the plaza was renamed Bo Diddley Community Plaza in his honor. An inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy award winner, Diddley was known as The Originator for his driving rhythms and signature beat. He was a pioneer in developing rock ’n’ roll as a music genre, and influenced bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and many other rock ’n’ roll legends in their careers. Bo Diddley played at the plaza concert series in 2006 to an audience of 4,000.

The tribute band will include many of Bo Diddley's offspring, including daughters Evelyn Cooper (vocals), Terri "Bodetta" Hines (vocals/keyboards) and Tammi Diddley (vocals/drums); son Steven Jones (vocals), granddaughter Ennotaj (vocals), granddaughter Terra Joi (poetry), grandson Richard McDaniel (guitar), great-grandson Darius McDaniel (bass) and five-year-old great-grandson Noah Mitchell (drums). Special guests include original Diddley background vocalist Gloria Jolivet, former Diddley bassist Ron Haughbrook and former Diddley guitarist and musical partner Scott "Skyntyte" Free. Free is currently the guitarist/vocalist for Original P Parliament Funkadelic and local dance band Fast Lane.

The 2014 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. The concerts will play each Friday night this year from Friday, May 2 through Friday, Oct. 24 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, which is located at 111 E. University Ave. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2014 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at