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"Downtown Countdown" New Year's Eve Celebration
December 31, 2014 9:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Bo Diddley Community Plaza

The City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will host Downtown Countdown, a New Year’s Eve celebration concert at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The free concert will begin at 9:30 p.m. and run until 12:30 a.m. At the stroke of midnight the sounds of noisemakers passed out to the audience earlier in the evening will chorus in the New Year.

Ring in 2015!

The Impostors

The Impostors, Beatles Tribute Band

A six-piece group comprised of some of the area’s most popular musicians. Band members include Mike Boulware (guitar/vocals), Don David (guitar/vocals), Michael Derry (guitar/vocals), Ron Thomas (bass guitar/vocals), Brad Bangstad (keyboards) and Rob Rothschild (drums). Sitting in for Rothschild on the drums will be Larry Thompson. The Impostors were hatched by keyboardist Mark Loveland and guitarist Michael Derry in 1984. That year, they formed a 14-piece band that played a two-show night at the Thomas Center to a rave response. At that concert, Ron Thomas joined the cofounders with 11 other musicians. Don David joined in 1985, Mike Boulware joined in the early ’90s, Rob Rothschild joined shortly after and the newest member, Brad Bangstad, joined last year. The Impostors play a full range of Beatles’ music from the popular hits of the early heydays, through the experimental era of “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” to the final rooftop appearance and “Abbey Road.”

Couch Messiahs

Opening Band: The Couch Messiahs, classic rock, Americana roots, R&B and country alternative.

Headed by Mick Marino (lead vocals/guitar). Marino is a former Impostor and popular musician at the “Free Fridays” concert series. He has created blockbuster “Free Fridays” concert tributes to the Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones, The Band and Bob Dylan, as well as being the organizer for the annual GramFest, which is a tribute to country rock artist Gram Parsons. Other members of the Couch Messiahs include Paul Goble (guitar/vocals), Kenny Shore (bass/vocals) and Bill Kellogg (drums/vocals). The Couch Messiahs play a wide variety of music genres that includes Americana roots music, ‘60s, ‘70s and some ‘90s music, R&B and country alternative.

The Bo Diddley Community Plaza is located on the corner of Southeast 1st Street and East University Avenue. The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is the designated local arts agency for Gainesville and Alachua County. Its mission is to promote cultural activity and encourage community based cultural resources.

For more information please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746 or ballarddg@cityofgainesville.org.


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