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"Free Fridays" A Tribute to The Music and Events of 1969

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A concert highlighting the music and significant events of 1969 will play at Free Fridays on July 12. The show will cover popular hits of 1969 such as Bad Moon Rising, Honkey Tonk Women, Get Together, This Magic Moment, Put a Little Love in Your Heart, Hooked on a Feeling, Age of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In and more.

According to Tran “The Piano Man” Whitley who created the show, “Back at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius a funny thing was happening: Some of the best music of my life was being created and performed. Was there something in the air? Was it the high-octane and velocity of youth? Was it the dreadfulness of war or the excitement of scientific achievement? Perhaps it was the roiling of our political system. Whatever it was, music artists were churning out big-time hits that still resonate in today’s world. My show is designed to highlight the best of those songs and revisit the tone and tenor of a magical moment in time, 1969.”

Joining Whitley (keyboards and vocals) to help re-create that magical moment in time are some of Gainesville’s finest musicians and performers. They include John Sterling Lodge (keyboards and vocals), George Gomez (acoustic guitar and vocals), Rickylee Brawner (lead guitar) and Lavelle Whitfield (percussion). Special guests include Cindy Kitchens (vocals), Tom Holtz (guitar), Little Jake Mitchell (vocals), The Silversonic Horns (Brian Stevens - trombone, Doug Myers - trumpet, Charlie Blade - saxophone) and The Lovely Miss Ruth (backup vocals).        

Whitley continues “If you’re an aging hippie seeking nostalgia, an inquisitive millennial wondering what the Woodstock fuss was, or a young music lover filling in some blanks, it’s all wrapped up in 120 minutes of fun at Bo Diddley Plaza Friday, July 12, 2019.

The Summer of ’69: Fifty Years On 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).