Free Yoga w/ Jackie
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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 "Free Fridays" Fast Lane (Funk, Soul, R&B)
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

"Free Fridays" Fast Lane (Funk, Soul, R&B)

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Funk music is a genre which originated in the 1960s when African-American musicians created a new style of music that combined R&B, soul and jazz. Rather than focusing on melody and harmony, funk features a rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums. Fast Lane loves to get in that groove, and loves to get people dancing. As their slogan says, “Take off your feet belt and dance to the rhythm and groove of Fast Lane!”

 Fast Lane features Scott "Skyntyte" Free (lead vocals and lead guitar). Skyntyte’s credentials include tutelage under rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Bo Diddley and Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist, Bernie Worrell. The list of artists he has shared the stage with includes Chic, Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Vernon "Dr. Rockenstein" Montoya (keyboards) studied music theory at Boston College, and is an accomplished jazz pianist, playing in various musical combinations since childhood. Deby Starr is Fast Lane’s female vocalist. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Starr has mastered many genres, including rock, blues, soul and jazz. She previously sang with several Gainesville bands, including Redeye, Fabulous Comatones, Crisis, ClassX and NdGO. Greg Mullins Sr. (bass) hails from Brooklyn, New York, and his musical background was steeped in funk. He has studied with bass great Marcus Miller, and has played with Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band) and Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones). Keith “Kool Breeze” Whitesel (drums, vocals) is originally from Texas, and previously performed with his family around the country, including at Disney World. His drumming is well-versed in funk, R&B, rock and jazz. He previously played with local bands GruvTherapy and NdGO.

 “Free Fridays” is presented by The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. The entire “Free Fridays” 2019 schedule can be viewed at www.freefridaysgnv.com.  The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at ballarddg@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8746.

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Yoga with Tan
Jun
17
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga with Tan

Join Tan Shakti (RYT) for a relaxing open air yoga class in the plaza. This class is based on the ancient fitness science of hatha yoga which integrates mind, body, energy, and breath. We will practice basic postures/exercises that focus on core strength, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and breath control.
All levels, including beginners are welcome to join. Dress comfortably, bring your yoga mat, and any props you may need.
This class is taught for free, donations appreciated.

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  Free Yoga w/ Jackie
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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Free Yoga w/ Jackie
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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"Free Fridays"  The Shakedown (Blues / Rock)
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

"Free Fridays" The Shakedown (Blues / Rock)

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The Shakedown is a five-piece, Gainesville-based band specializing in contemporary blues with a rock and classic soul edge. The band is comprised of stage veterans well-seasoned in a variety of musical genres, but who have a special affinity for the unique expression of heart and grit that blues music offers. The band has some of its greatest influences from blues greats such as Albert King and Koko Taylor to the newer stylings of artists like Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton and Danielle Nicole.

 The Shakedown’s featured vocalist, Michelle “Velvet” Banfield, is “a vocal powerhouse who can rip the paint off the walls with her blistering full bodied voice and then stir you to your core with her soulful, emotional performances.” During her singing career, Banfield has enjoyed success and recognition as lead singer in a funk band, a jazz ensemble, and a classic rock group, but fondly describes singing the blues as “coming home.”

The band has some of its greatest influences from blues greats like Albert King and Koko Taylor to the newer stylings of artists like Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton and Danielle Nicole. The Shakedown’s featured vocalist, Michelle “Velvet” Banfield, is a vocal powerhouse who can rip the paint off the walls with her blistering full bodied voice and then stir you to your core with her soulful, emotional performances. Over the years of her singing career, Michelle has enjoyed success and recognition as lead singer in a funk band, a jazz ensemble, and a classic rock group but fondly describes singing the blues as “coming home”. This band enjoys sharing their genuine love of the music with its listening audience and especially loves to make people dance. Get ready to be moved. Be prepared to get shook!is comprised of stage veterans well-seasoned in a variety of musical genres but who have a special affinity for the unique expression of heart and grit that blues music offers. The band has some of its greatest influences from blues greats like Albert King and Koko Taylor to the newer stylings of artists like Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton and Danielle Nicole. The Shakedown’s featured vocalist, Michelle “Velvet” Banfield, is a vocal powerhouse who can rip the paint off the walls with her blistering full bodied voice and then stir you to your core with her soulful, emotional performances. Over the years of her singing career, Michelle has enjoyed success and recognition as lead singer in a funk band, a jazz ensemble, and a classic rock group but fondly describes singing the blues as “coming home”. This band enjoys sharing their genuine love of the music with its listening audience and especially loves to make people dance. Get ready to be moved. Be prepared to get shook!

The Shakedown also features veteran Gainesville musicians Keith Whitesel (percussion), Frank Bougher (lead guitar), Carlo Schuster (bass guitar) and Randy Hensley (keys/rhythm guitar).

 

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 Yoga with Tan
Jun
24
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga with Tan

Join Tan Shakti (RYT) for a relaxing open air yoga class in the plaza. This class is based on the ancient fitness science of hatha yoga which integrates mind, body, energy, and breath. We will practice basic postures/exercises that focus on core strength, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and breath control.
All levels, including beginners are welcome to join. Dress comfortably, bring your yoga mat, and any props you may need.
This class is taught for free, donations appreciated.

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  Free Yoga w/ Jackie
Jun
25
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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Free Yoga w/ Jackie
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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 "Free Fridays"  De Lions of Jah (Reggae)
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

"Free Fridays" De Lions of Jah (Reggae)

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Closing out the celebration of June as national African-American Music Appreciation Month, “Free Fridays” hosts popular reggae band, De Lions of Jah, to play a concert Friday, June 28, at 8 p.m. The Jacksonville, Florida band has been dubbed “the best reggae band in Duval County.”

 Following in the footsteps of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Steel Pulse and Morgan Heritage, De Lions of Jah fuses traditional roots music with contemporary dance hall and dub influences. The soul of the band and lead vocalist Dave “Da General” Philip is originally from Antigua, which is located in the West Indian Islands. Da General is an experienced reggae vocalist who has produced many CDs over the last 10 years, providing listeners with raspy harmonic chanting and soul-moving songs. He also possesses the ability to sing like classic reggae vocalists of the past, as well as chant live. He displays contemporary dancehall styles that make for a very entertaining and compelling show.

 Da General is joined by a talented group of experienced reggae musicians that together make De Lions of Jah an overall deep-rooted reggae band featuring original music and covers.  The band boasts three self-made and promoted CDs which yielded original recordings like fan-favorites “MUSIC” and “I-95.” The message that De Lions of Jah hopes to spread is awareness and consciousness to the masses, with the sole purpose of uplifting hearts and helping “people to see the need for peace and love” in these difficult times.

 

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 "Free Fridays"  All American Song Fest: Show Tune Shenanigans
Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

"Free Fridays" All American Song Fest: Show Tune Shenanigans

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Showtune Shenanigans will play at “Free Fridays” special edition All-American Song Fest on Friday, June 5. This celebration of America’s birthday is held annually at “Free Fridays” on the first Friday in July.

 

Showtune Shenanigans is a duo that features John Lowe (piano/vocals) who is the director of music and organist at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and local actor/singer/ musician Will Winter (vocals/dance/costumed characters). For the All American Song Fest, the duo has added vocalists Hunter Henderson and Michael Ekbladh, and drummer Rob Rothschild.

 

Themed The Great American Songbook, the repertoire will include a variety of all-American songs including show tunes, Broadway hits, songs celebrating Independence Day and pop hits of  The Beach Boys, Hall & Oates and Neil Diamond.

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  Free Yoga w/ Jackie
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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  Yoga with Tan
Jun
10
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga with Tan

Join Tan Shakti (RYT) for a relaxing open air yoga class in the plaza. This class is based on the ancient fitness science of hatha yoga which integrates mind, body, energy, and breath. We will practice basic postures/exercises that focus on core strength, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and breath control.
All levels, including beginners are welcome to join. Dress comfortably, bring your yoga mat, and any props you may need.
This class is taught for free, donations appreciated.

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  "Free Fridays" Little Jake & The Soul Searchers  (R&B / Soul)
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

"Free Fridays" Little Jake & The Soul Searchers (R&B / Soul)

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 A celebration of African-American Music Appreciation Month occurs every Friday night in June at the Bo Diddley Plaza as part of the “Free Fridays” concert series. Inspired by the dream of late local musicians Richard Baxter and Roland Burns, African-American Music Appreciation Month has been celebrated in Gainesville since 1998.

Kicking off this year’s celebration on Friday, June 7, is Little Jake Mitchell and The Soul Searchers, featuring old school blues and rhythm and blues artist Jake Mitchell. Mitchell is a veteran musician who includes B.B. King as one of his mentors, and who went on the road with James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and the Bobbie Blue Band. His first record was with Chess Records in 1957 on the same master tape as Chuck Berry. Mitchell’s band, Little Jake and the Blenders, was the first African-American group to perform at a Gator Growl celebration in 1960. In 1965, Mitchell performed at the Apollo Theater in New York. He recorded with Impact Records in Detroit, Michigan, releasing the songs titled "Work with me Anne," "Not a Chance in a Million" and "I've Gotta Know." In 1975, he recorded "You Can Make It If You Try" with Newtown Records, the same label as Patti Labelle and the Bluebells. Mitchell also owned his own record company (Golden Hit Productions) in Detroit from 1966 to 1972. Mitchell, who now resides in Gainesville, Florida, is also popular in England where his recorded music is often played in UK northern soul dance halls.

Along with Jake Mitchell (lead vocals), the Soul Searchers include Brian Stevens (trombone), Charles Steadham (saxophones), Doug Meyers (trumpet), Rob Rothschild (drums/percussion), Lavelle Whitfield (drums/percussion), Allen McCollum (bass), Tran Whitley (keyboards, back-up vocals), Bruce Brashear ( Hammond B3 organ), Charles Henry (guitar, back-up vocals), Levi Griffin Jr. (guitar, back-up vocals) and Kenny Eunice (master of ceremonies).

African-American Music Appreciation Month at “Free Fridays” also features Fast Lane (funk, soul, R&B) on Friday, June 14; The Shakedown (blues, rock) on Friday, June 21; and De Lions of Jah (reggae) on Friday June 28

 “Free Fridays” is presented by The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. The entire “Free Fridays” 2019 schedule can be viewed at www.freefridaysgnv.com.  The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at ballarddg@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8746.

 

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 Free Yoga w/ Jackie
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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  Free Yoga w/ Jackie
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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 Yoga with Tan
Jun
3
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga with Tan

Join Tan Shakti (RYT) for a relaxing open air yoga class in the plaza. This class is based on the ancient fitness science of hatha yoga which integrates mind, body, energy, and breath. We will practice basic postures/exercises that focus on core strength, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and breath control.
All levels, including beginners are welcome to join. Dress comfortably, bring your yoga mat, and any props you may need.
This class is taught for free, donations appreciated.

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  "Free Fridays" A Tribute to Stephen Stills
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

"Free Fridays" A Tribute to Stephen Stills

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– Mick Marino, Mark Miale, Tony McMahon and Friends play a tribute to the music of Stephen Stills at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, May 31 from 8-10 p.m.

 As a member of two iconic groups, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash, Stephen Stills was the first person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice on the same night. For Buffalo Springfield, he wrote the protest song "For What It's Worth" that became one of the best-known songs of the Sixties. He is ranked #47 on Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time. Stills lived in Gainesville in the ’50s and early ’60s and in December 2018, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Florida.

 Mick Marino (guitar/vocals), Mark Miale (guitar/vocals) and Tony McMahon (guitar/vocals) are joined by Rob Rothschild (drums), Brad Bangstad (keys) and Ron Thomas (bass) for this special tribute concert. An opening set of Stills’ songs is played by the acoustic duo Gregg Doles and Jim Evans.

 Says Marino about Stephen Stills, “We all have grown up on Stills’ music starting from the 1960s. He is an incredible songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, and keyboard player. His music will leave a mark on history just as someone like Mozart did. There is no doubt. When you have played in monumental bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills and Nash, Manassas with Chris Hillman from the Byrds and of course with Neil Young on so many projects, there is no way you could not be included in the annuls of music history forever. He left a big mark on all the musicians I know and perform with.”

 The Stephen Stills Tribute 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 a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. The entire “Free Fridays” 2019 schedule can be viewed at www.freefridaysgnv.com.  The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at ballarddg@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8746.

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 Free Yoga w/ Jackie
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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Free Yoga w/ Jackie
May
28
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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  Yoga with Tan : *NO CLASS /MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY*
May
27
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga with Tan : *NO CLASS /MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY*

Join Tan Shakti (RYT) for a relaxing open air yoga class in the plaza. This class is based on the ancient fitness science of hatha yoga which integrates mind, body, energy, and breath. We will practice basic postures/exercises that focus on core strength, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and breath control.
All levels, including beginners are welcome to join. Dress comfortably, bring your yoga mat, and any props you may need.
This class is taught for free, donations appreciated.

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The Florida Vintage Market
May
25
1:00 PM13:00

The Florida Vintage Market

#TFVM is a unique shopping experience in the heart of Downtown Gainesville located at the Bo Diddley Plaza, where you will enjoy a variety of vendors curating some of the best in vintage garments, jewelry, and handmade goods!

Just Added!
-BORN TO BATTLE qualifier-
*1vs1 Open Style Dance battle for Cash and Prizes! (Located on the stage during market)*
-Live DJ during market and dance battles!
Food and drinks will be available for purchase!
•Reserve your booth today!
**Limited Spots Available**

-Vendors-
Gazzelli Sport Vintage
Carpi Colos
Dave's Freshly Used
Curated Heat
Feta Vintage
Skitzo Finch Gear
The Crystal Mind
M & G Art Innovators
Ritual Tree Soy Candles
Moody Babez
Slay Finds
GvilleThrift
Always True Co
Deli Fresh Blessing
Art Creation Souvenirs
Neon Moon Apothecary
Uniqüe
Polar Bears Enterprise
Thayer Vintage
Flower Fibers
Everyday in Retrograde
Southern Boho




To register please email gazzellisportsvintage@gmail.com

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  "Free Fridays"  Bridget Kelly Band (Blues)
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

"Free Fridays" Bridget Kelly Band (Blues)

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Inspired by classic and electric blues, the Bridget Kelly Band has placed their unique stamp on the blues genre with high-energy live performances, and a hybrid sound that mixes Texas and Memphis blues with various southern blues traditions. The sultry vocals of singer Bridget Kelly and the incendiary lead guitar work of Tim Fik forge a signature hybrid sound that combines female urban blues with riff-driven rockin' blues guitar. Other band members include a dynamic rhythm section comprised of Mark Armbrecht and Greg Mullins on bass and  Tim Mulberry on drums.

 The Gainesville-based band has been performing at blues clubs and festivals throughout the U.S. Recently, they appeared at the Women in Blues (WIB) Showcases in Memphis, Tennessee during the International Blues Challenge (IBC) week, and at the May 2018 WIB showcase in Gainesville, Florida. Guitarist Tim Fik is a 2018 recipient of a Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation for his contributions to blues education.

 The Bridget Kelly Band was an IBC semi-finalist in 2015 and 2016, and ranked No. 3 in a Women in Music poll conducted by Blues-E News in July 2015. Their second CD, "Forever in Blues" (June 2014), helped the group gain serious media attention, with positive reviews from music critics in the U.S. and Europe, and regular airplay on Sirius XM radio’s B.B. King's Bluesville channel. The group's "Outta the Blues" (May 2016) rose to No. 11 on the Contemporary Blues Chart in 2016, hit No. 1 on the Roots Music Radio (RMR) Electric Blues Album Chart for six weeks in July and August 2016 and was the No. 4 RMR Electric Blues album of the year. Favorable reviews and steady airplay on XM radio, Pandora, Spotify, Jango, and internet radio have helped to expand the band's international fan base.

 In June 2017, the Bridget Kelly Band released their fourth all-original music album, "Bone Rattler," on Alpha Sun records. The album was No. 1 on the RMR Electric Blues Album Chart for 24 weeks. The band's newest CD "Blues Warrior" (released in May 2018) was a top-10 charting RMR Blues-Rock Album and the No. 1 RMR Music Album in the State of Florida in June 2018.

 “Free Fridays” is funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council and Culture Builds Florida. The entire “Free Fridays” 2018 schedule can be viewed at www.freefridaysgnv.com.  The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at ballarddg@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8746.

 About Gainesville150!

In April 2019 the City of Gainesville launched Gainesville150! to commemorate the 150th anniversary of its incorporation. Gainesville150! provides an opportunity to reflect on our past, celebrate this milestone in history and look toward a boundless future as the “New American City.” During the anniversary year, the City of Gainesville and its partners will host interactive, engaging and inclusive programs and exhibits – leveraging education, technology, personal experiences and family lore that define the City’s shared heritage. Events include concerts, poetry, history projects, public art exhibits, dance, and community discussions and will conclude with a community-wide celebration to be held in April 2020 to launch us into the next 150 years. Since its earliest days, progressive thinking has defined Gainesville and that same spirit remains steadfast. Gainesville150! showcases the community as a dynamic, expanding city and a great place to live, work and play, and paves the way to a future built on innovation, inclusiveness, excellence, economic vitality and community pride.

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 Free Yoga w/ Jackie
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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Free Yoga w/ Jackie
May
21
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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 Yoga with Tan
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga with Tan

Join Tan Shakti (RYT) for a relaxing open air yoga class in the plaza. This class is based on the ancient fitness science of hatha yoga which integrates mind, body, energy, and breath. We will practice basic postures/exercises that focus on core strength, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and breath control.
All levels, including beginners are welcome to join. Dress comfortably, bring your yoga mat, and any props you may need.
This class is taught for free, donations appreciated.

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"Free Fridays" Hot Club De Ville (Gypsy Jazz)
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

"Free Fridays" Hot Club De Ville (Gypsy Jazz)

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department presents Gypsy jazz band Hot Club de Ville Friday, May 17 from 8-10 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville. The public is invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to our beautiful downtown amphitheater and enjoy this free concert under the stars.

Hot Club de Ville plays in the style of Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Quintette du Hot Club de France was a jazz group founded in France in 1934 by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli. One of the earliest and most significant jazz groups in Europe, the Quintette was described as "one of the most original bands in the history of recorded jazz." Their most famous lineup featured Reinhardt, Grappelli, bassist Louis Vole and rhythm guitarists Roger Kaput and Joseph Reinhardt (Django’s brother), who filled out the ensemble's sound and added occasional percussive effects.

Free Fridays is funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. The entire “Free Fridays” 2019 schedule can be viewed at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org by clicking on the “Free Fridays” link under the events tab. The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.

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Free Yoga w/ Jackie
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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Free Yoga w/ Jackie
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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 Yoga with Tan
May
13
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga with Tan

Join Tan Shakti (RYT) for a relaxing open air yoga class in the plaza. This class is based on the ancient fitness science of hatha yoga which integrates mind, body, energy, and breath. We will practice basic postures/exercises that focus on core strength, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and breath control.
All levels, including beginners are welcome to join. Dress comfortably, bring your yoga mat, and any props you may need.
This class is taught for free, donations appreciated.

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"Free Fridays" A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn & Female Power Singers
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

"Free Fridays" A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn & Female Power Singers

The band Crooked Counsel plays at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, May 10 from 8-10 p.m.  Crooked Counsel has been in the Gainesville music scene since 1994, and is known for its wide variety of high energy rock ‘n’ roll. Known for their diversity, the band plays a wide range of music from artists of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.  For their “Free Fridays” concert, Crooked Counsel is excited to showcase some of their favorite artists including Stevie Ray Vaughn and female rock singers Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Heart, Annie Lennox, Pink, Adele, Sheryl Crowe, Stevie Nicks and Melissa Etheridge. Stevie Ray Vaughn has been very influential in Rick Hutton’s (lead guitar/vocals) style of playing and Shuri Pass (lead singer) has been paying tribute to the divas of rock for many years.  Joining Hutton and Pass in the Crooked Counsel line-up are John Middleton (keys/second guitar/vocals), Yomi Olatunde (bass/back-up vocals) and Donnie Ray Henley (drums).    “Free Fridays” is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. The entire “Free Fridays” 2019 schedule may be viewed at  www.freefridaysgnv.com . The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at  etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org  or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at  ballarddg@cityofgainesville.org  or 352-393-8746.

The band Crooked Counsel plays at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, May 10 from 8-10 p.m.

Crooked Counsel has been in the Gainesville music scene since 1994, and is known for its wide variety of high energy rock ‘n’ roll. Known for their diversity, the band plays a wide range of music from artists of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

For their “Free Fridays” concert, Crooked Counsel is excited to showcase some of their favorite artists including Stevie Ray Vaughn and female rock singers Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Heart, Annie Lennox, Pink, Adele, Sheryl Crowe, Stevie Nicks and Melissa Etheridge. Stevie Ray Vaughn has been very influential in Rick Hutton’s (lead guitar/vocals) style of playing and Shuri Pass (lead singer) has been paying tribute to the divas of rock for many years.

Joining Hutton and Pass in the Crooked Counsel line-up are John Middleton (keys/second guitar/vocals), Yomi Olatunde (bass/back-up vocals) and Donnie Ray Henley (drums).

“Free Fridays” is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. The entire “Free Fridays” 2019 schedule may be viewed at www.freefridaysgnv.com. The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at etlingrh@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at ballarddg@cityofgainesville.org or 352-393-8746.

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Free Yoga w/ Jackie
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Free Yoga w/ Jackie

It's amazing what the human body can do if you take care of it. Every Thursday at 6pm spend an hour being kind to yourself with CYT Jackie Morone in this FREE combination Hatha/Vinyasa yoga class. Our focus will always be on basic postures and breathing techniques, but I like to incorporate a few dynamic poses for fun and challenge! Beginner yogis are encouraged but all levels are welcome to join. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, any props you may need, water, and an open heart. Donations appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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