Free Fridays Concert Series

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The region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series features local and regional musical talent at the newly renovated Bo Diddley Plaza. Running from May through October, our concerts under the stars showcase diverse musical acts sure to delight music lovers with classic rock, reggae, R & B, soul, ska, funk, blues, and more. Each Friday night from 8-10 features a new band that brings their original and cover tunes to our Plaza concert stage. Free Fridays–it’s where to be on Friday nights!

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2018 "Free Fridays" Concert Series Schedule


May 4:  Sing Me Back Home:
In Memoriam to the Music of Tom Petty, Glen Campbell,
Merle Haggard & Gregg Allman
By Mike Boulware & All My Friends

May 11:  The Nancy Luca Band with Anna Marie
(Classic Rock)

May 18:  A Tribute to the Music of Jackson Brown
By Mick Marino & Friends

May 25: The Gainesville Big Band
(Big Band & Jazz Standards)


African-American Music Month

June 1:  Little Jake & The Soul Searchers
(R&B, Soul)

June 8:  21 Blue with Longineu Parsons & Ted Shumate

June 15: The Shakedown
(Blues, Rock)

June 22: Fast Lane
(Funk, Soul, R&B)

June 29: Savants of Soul
(Soul, Rock, Indie)


July 6: All American Song Fest: Showtune Shenanigans
(All American Show Tunes)
By John Lowe & Will Winter

July 13: Wax Wings
(Jazz, Folk)

July 20: Pine

July 27: A Tribute to the Music of Santana & Janis Joplin
By Crooked Counsel


Aug. 3:  Bridget Kelly

Aug. 10: The Duppies
(Ska, Reggae)

Aug. 17: Heavy Petty / Hedges
(Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Tribute & Originals)

 Aug. 24: A Tribute to the Music of Buffalo Springfield
By Mark Miale, Tony McMahon & Friends

Aug. 31: The Progressive Rock Experience
(A Tribute to ‘70’s Progressive Rock with Covers of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Deep Purple, Genesis, Kansas, Styx & Elton John)


Sept. 7: The Shambles
(Classic Rock)

Sept. 14: The Impostors
(The Beatles Tribute)

Sept. 21: Michael Claytor & His Friends
(Folk, Pop)

Sept. 28: Gilberto De Paz & Tropix
(Latin Fusion)
In Partnership with Gainesville Latino Film Festival


Oct. 5: Both Sides Now: A Tribute to the Music of Joni Mitchell
By Cathy DeWitt & Friends

Oct. 12:  A Tribute to the Music of the Woodstock Era
Highlighting the Work of Jimi Hendrix
By The Relics & Michael Derry & Friends

 Oct. 19:  UF World Music Ensembles
Jacaré Brazil, Agbedidi Africa, Sunshine Steelers &
Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir

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