There’s a ton of musical talent in Florida and next Sunday – Sept. 2 – the North Central Florida Blues Society is hosting the Annual Gainesville Blues Challenge at the Dirty Bar (2441 Northwest 43rd St., 352/373-1141) from 7 to 11 p.m.
This is an annual competition and on this evening it’ll determine who represents the NCFBS at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. If you love the pure, authentic, unfiltered sound of the blues, here’s an opportunity to listen as local bands crank it out.
But the music doesn’t stop there (follow me on this one).
Aside from Neil Armstrong, one person I always wanted to meet but never had the privilege was musician Bo Diddley, who called Florida home. He lived in Archer, which is about 15 miles southwest of Gainesville, which at long last brings me to my point. Well, the city fathers had the good sense to name a performance venue the Bo Diddley Downtown Community Plaza (corner of University Ave and SE 1st Street) and it’s where the R. Mutt Blues Band will perform on Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m., preceding the recently-chosen winner of the Blues Challenge who are followed by headliner John Nemeth.
It’s a free show and if you’re not a fan of the blues now, you will be.
And I bet you'll also become a fan of Gainesville.