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Free Fridays Concert Series: Wild Blue Yonder (Classic Rock)

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is hosting Wild Blue Yonder at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Sept. 22.


Wild Blue Yonder was formed in 2015 by Allan Lowe and Jeff Sims. Later additions include Jim Millsaps (drums) and Frank Velosi (bass). Lowe, Sims and Millsaps are all formerly of the popular band Dixie Desperados. Formed in 1976 in Gainesville, Florida, Dixie Desperados toured the southeastern U.S. roadhouse circuit.  As openers/co-headliners for The Allman Brothers, Axe, Molly Hatchet, The Charlie Daniels Band, Henry Paul Band, Johnny Winter, Three Dog Night, Grinderswitch, Louisiana LeRoux, Doc Holliday, Winters Brothers, Johnny Van Zant Band, Pat Travers and more, they played their brand of southern country rock. 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.


Wild Blue Yonder's new CD, "A-1-A The Southern Way," featuring 10 original songs, was released in August in hard copy and on, as well as on most digital music sites. It will be available for purchase at their “Free Fridays” concert.


The Wild Blue Yonder 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  “Free Fridays” is held at The Bo Diddley Plaza located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at or 352-393-8746.