“Free Fridays” Concert Series 2016:
Fast Lane: R&B, Soul, Funk
Celebrate African American Music Appreciation Month at BDP on Fridays in June
Fast Lane Plays Funk and a Tribute to Bo Diddley at a “Free Fridays” Concert on June 17
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The band Fast Lane will feature funk and a tribute to rock ‘n’ roll hall of famer and plaza namesake Bo Diddley at its “Free Fridays” concert on Friday, June 17. They will start and end the concert with sets of funk, and include a tribute to Bo Diddley featuring guest vocalists from Bo Diddley’s family in between.
Funk music is a music 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 (bass) hails from Brooklyn, New York, and his musical background was steeped in the 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). Gainesville native, Andre "Dre" Wicks, (drums/percussion) rounds out the band with his poly-rhythmic precision that is essential to the Fast Lane back-beat. The Fast Lane concert continues the national celebration of African-American Music Appreciation Month at “Free Fridays.”
The 2016 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by grants from Visit Gainesville and Culture Builds Florida. The concerts play each Friday night this year from Friday, May 6 through Friday, Oct. 21 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza, at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2016 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.