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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).

Recognizing Florida’s best events, the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) recently announced the winners of its annual SUNsational Awards during their 23rd annual convention and tradeshow. Four different events produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department were honored with four awards. Jest Fest!, which features world-acclaimed comedy/variety and cirque style entertainment, won first place award for its television advertisement, Hoggetowne Medieval Faire won second place award for its poster, the “Free Fridays” Concert Series won second place award for its Facebook page and the Downtown Festival & Art Show won third place award for its poster.

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In observance of the Labor Day holiday, city and GRU offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 4. RTS offices will also be closed, but will provide holiday bus service. Routes 1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16, 20, 26, 35, 43, 75 and 711 will run between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; no other routes will run. ADA service will be available during the same service hours. Residential curbside collection of garbage, recycling and yard trash will not be affected.
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Access to the City Commission emails, which may be viewed online at, has been restored. Thank you for your patience!

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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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department is excited to announce that new recreational amenities are planned for construction at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park, located at 1500 NW 45th Ave. New facilities will include a picnic pavilion, outdoor fitness circuit and a new playground. Traditional playground favorites are included, such as swings, slides and climbers. Additionally, unique and exciting playground features will be added, such as rope climbers, an oval swing, a zip line and outdoor musical instruments. Once complete, much of the playground will be covered by a shade sail. Adults will have access to a fitness circuit designed to provide a complete workout when users finish the fitness loop. PRCA staff anticipates that the facilities will open by this fall.

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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. 

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shake Rag Cultural Center, Inc., announce that the Thursday, Aug. 24 Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center featuring Linda Cole has been postponed, and will be rescheduled for a later date.

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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to announce a recreation opportunity for a Gainesville family to enjoy a year’s worth of events, programs, tours and more, at no cost! Now in its third year, the Michelle Park Family Recreation Scholarship provides a low- to moderate-income family from Gainesville the opportunity to participate in nature, recreation and cultural activities which are offered by PRCA and other providers in the community, such as the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Arts and the Florida Museum of Natural History. This scholarship was made possible through the generous gift of an anonymous donor.

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