Here are some ongoing and scheduled events to look forward to in downtown Gainesville in the coming weeks and months. (We update this calendar on a regular basis, with your input!)
Hippodrome State Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place
June 1-24: The Bikinis: A New Musical Beach Party
(For further info, visit the Hippodrome website)
Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St.
May 30-June 10: This is War
July 6-29: Summer Shakespeare: Measure for Measure
(For further info, visit the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre website)
Actors’ Warehouse, 619 NE 1st St.
Through June 3: The Effect
July 13-29: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train
(For further info, visit the Actors’ Warehouse website)
Into the Light: The Rediscovered Paintings and Prints of Louise Leak
Thomas Center Galleries, 302 NE 6th Ave.: American artist Virginia Louise Leak (1940–77) spent her life in passionate pursuit of creative endeavor. The extraordinarily talented printmaker, painter and poet met an untimely death at age 37, leaving behind an abundance of artwork expressing her complex interior life. Leak’s sister, Gainesville resident Jane Myers, has amassed a large portion of the scattered body of work, including paintings only recently discovered after nearly 40 years hidden among the stored belongings of a friend of the artist. Gallery hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.
May 25: Numerous downtown venues, including galleries and other arts spaces, open their doors for the self-guided tour on the final Friday of each month. Hours are 7-10 p.m. (earlier at some venues). Pick up a brochure at participating venues.
Jewel Box Concerts
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with the Melrose-based Shake Rag Culture Center, presents a concert series that takes place on selected evenings throughout the year in the Spanish Court at the Historic Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Ave.
Free Fridays Concert Series
The 2018 Free Fridays Concert Series begins May 4 with a tribute to fallen music legends, including Gainesville’s Tom Petty, and concludes six months later, on Oct. 19, with the UF World Music Ensembles.
The music series, held each Friday night for 25 consecutive weeks, takes place from 8-10 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville.
Here’s the rundown of concerts for 2018:
May 25: The Gainesville Big Band (big band and jazz standards)
June is African American Music Appreciation Month
June 1: Little Jake & the Soul Searchers (R&B, soul)
June 8: 21 Blue with Longineu Parsons and Ted Shumate (blues)
June 15: The Shakedown (blues, rock)
June 22: The Irie Ones (reggae)
June 29: Savants of Soul (soul, rock, indie)
July 6: All American Song Fest: Showtime Shenanigans (All American show tunes) by John Lowe and Will Winter
July 13: Wax Wings (jazz, folk)
July 20: Pine (folk)
July 27: A Tribute to the Music of Santana and Janis Joplin by Crooked Counsel
Aug. 3: Bridget Kelly (blues)
Aug. 10: The Duppies (ska, reggae)
Aug. 17: Heavy Petty/Hedges (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute and originals)
Aug. 24: A Tribute to the Music of Buffalo Springfield by Mark Miale, Tony McMahon and Friends
Aug 31: The Progressive Rock Experience (A Tribute to ’70s Progressive Rock Bands with covers of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Deep Purple, Genesis, Kansas, Styx and Elton John)
Sept. 7: The Shambles (classic rock)
Sept 14: The Impostors (Beatles tribute)
Sept. 21: Michael Claytor & His Friends (folk, pop)
Sept. 28: Gilberto de Paz and Tropix (Latin fusion) in partnership with the Gainesville Latino Film Festival
Oct. 5: Both Sides Now: A Tribute to the Music of Joni Mitchell by Cathy DeWitt and Friends
Oct. 12: A Tribute to the Music of the Woodstock Era Highlighting the Work of Jimi Hendrix by The Relics and Michael Derry and Friends
Oct. 19: UF World Music Ensembles: Jacaré Brazil, Agbedidi Africa, Sunshine Steelers and & Pazeni Sauti African Choir
(All shows may be subject to change)
The Free Fridays Concert Series is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.
If you would like us to add an event to this list, please send an email with all pertinent info to firstname.lastname@example.org. (The event must be open to the general public.)