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"Downtown Countdown" New Years's Eve Celebration


"Downtown Countdown" New Year's Eve Celebration
December 31, 2016 9:00 PM – 12:30 AM
at Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave.

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department hosts Downtown Countdown, an outdoors New Year’s Eve celebration concert, in downtown Gainesville Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. 

Headliner: The Couch Messiahs


Performing Tributes to Classic Rock All-Stars: The Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, The Band, Neil Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Rolling Stones

The Couch Messiahs were formed in 2007 in Gainesville by Mick Marino (lead vocals, lead guitar). Marino, the organizer of the Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute, has played music with various bands in the Gainesville community for more than 40 years. He also has been the organizer and promoter of the annual GramFest, which celebrates the music of country rock inventor Gram Parsons, since 1999. In past years, Marino has organized some of “Free Fridays” most popular tribute concerts covering the music of the Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones, The Band, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.  Bill Kellogg (drums) was a member of The Berkley Five, who had a Florida regional single “You’re Gonna Cry" in 1965. He was also a member of the Gonzo Gator Band for many years. Kenny Shore (bass guitar and vocal harmonies) previously played with many local bands, including The Archer Road Band and Skatterbrainz, and has opened for the legendary B.B. King. Paul Goble (lead guitar) also plays with the R. Mutt Blues Band. 


Opening Act: Wild Blue Yonder


Popular Covers and Originals 

Wild Blue Yonder was formed in 2015 by Allan Lowe and Jeff Sims, both formerly of the popular band Dixie Desperados. Dixie Desperado drummer Jimmy Millsaps, along with bassist Frank Varosi, complete the band. Wild Blue Yonder has played numerous local concerts and parties since their inception. Combining classic rock ‘n’ roll hits from other artists, along with their own special blend of original songs, Wild Blue Yonder enjoys a multi-generational audience at their shows.

The 2016 Downtown Countdown is sponsored by classic rock radio station WIND-FM (92.5, 95.5, 107.9).

Ring in 2017!

For more information please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746