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Less Than Jake Home for Wake N Bake Weekend

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The Gainesville-based band has been around the world more than a few times, but on Labor Day weekend you can count on them to perform for their hometown fans at High Dive. 


Less Than Jake relaxes at a hometown hangout, Satchels Pizza.

Less Than Jake relaxes at everybody’s favorite hometown hangout, Satchel’s Pizza.

Does it really seem like Less Than Jake, which began its rise to stardom from simple Gainesville roots, is beginning its 25th year as a band?

“Absolutely not!” said Vinnie Fiorello, the band’s drummer and co-founder with Chris DeMakes. “It feels like the blink of an eye.”

Chris DeMakes performs with Less Than Jake.

Guitarist and band co-founder Chris DeMakes performs with Less Than Jake.

That’s because Less Than Jake, the five-member ska punk band, has maintained a fast and furious pace for the past quarter-century, recording eight studio albums, keeping a tour schedule that would burn out many musicians and creating what Fiorello calls “an unshakable bond.”

“What I do know is that we’ve been through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows together, and that the rest of the dudes that I share a stage with may not be blood, but they are most definitely my brothers and they’re most definitely my family,” Fiorello said.

To show appreciation to their hometown fans, the band is hosting its fifth annual Less Than Jake Wake N Bake Weekend over the Labor Day holiday at High Dive in downtown Gainesville.

The fun begins tonight with Less Than Jake headlining a Night 1 concert that also includes Morning Fatty, Kash’d Out and Dr/veways. On Saturday night, the Night 2 lineup includes LTJ, Peelander-Z, The Busdrivers and Bothering Dennis. Tickets to each night are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

“It’s all to celebrate Gainesville, man!” Fiorello said. “It’s a simple thing. A few years ago, we found that while we were touring a lot, we were neglecting our hometown, that we were neglecting Gainesville.

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