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The Shambles

The Shambles perform at “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Sept. 7 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville.The Shambles are a rock ‘n’ roll dance band that play an eclectic mix of classic rock, contemporary blues, cosmic country music and Shambles dance party music that features  a large repertoire of more than 100 songs.According to band member Hoch Shitama, “This year’s show will lean heavily towards Steely Dan, the Grateful Dead and Bonnie Raitt, with songs from Jeff Beck, The Band, Talking Heads, Chicago and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (collaborations). We loved doing the (Grateful) Dead tribute last year, and will reprise some of those tunes, plus a special version of ‘Truckin’.’” The Shambles will cover Steely Dan songs “Josie,” “Your Gold Teeth”, “Hey 19,” “Time Out of Mind” and “My Old School.”The Shambles are comprised of Connie Brashear (lead vocals), David Cook (keyboards, pedal steel, vocals), Eric Diamond (lead guitar), Conor Galligan (drums), Mike Fender (bass, vocals), Mitchell Jim (percussion, backing vocals), Celeste Shitama (backing vocals, percussion) and Hoch Shitama (lead vocals, rhythm guitar).The Shambles is one of the select “Free Fridays” classic rock concerts that is sponsored by classic rock radio station WIND-FM (92.5, 95.5, 107.9).“Free Fridays” is presented by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. It 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.  “Free Fridays” runs 8 – 10 p.m. each Friday night, from May 4 to Oct. 19 at Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. The entire “Free Fridays” 2018 schedule can be viewed at www.freefridaysgnv.com. 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.

Photo by Suzanna Mars

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