Cold weather, hot weekend

Don't miss the ska-ed out show with The Duppies and The Toasters at Eddie C's Tuesday night.

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Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 11:06 a.m.

Throw on a jacket and pack everyone in the car, because this weekend you'll want to get out of your warm house to see these events. In fact, there's so much to do, I've extended this weekend to include Thursday through Tuesday to accommodate all of Gainesville's high quality entertainment. Join me in rejoicing.

The weekend starts early this Thursday at Common Grounds with Camper Van Beethoven and the Hackensaw Boys. After their 10-year hiatus, Camper Van Beethoven fortunately decided to reunite and have come out with a new album, "New Roman Times." Their sound, a mixture of alt-rock, psychedelic country, and even a little world music, ensures the show won't be a dull one.

Tickets can be purchased early from Smoke or at for $15. A little pricey for my taste, but if you have the money then go, it promises to be a good one.

Friday is chocked-full of goodness, much like a bowl of Campbell's chicken noodle soup, though I can't guarantee these events will warm your heart and soul quite the same way.

The UF Hip-Hop Collective will be at Santa Fe Community College in gymnasium building V for their annual Soul Cypher dance event. I've had the good fortune of seeing these folks, and their break dancing and emcee battles are amazing. These kids are the real deal, and well worth the trip out to SFCC to get a chance to see them in action. It's a mere $5 to get in, and an extra $5 if you want to take pictures. Their activities run throughout the whole weekend, and events will be held at the UF Reitz Union on Saturday and Kanapaha Park on Sunday. Visit for more information.

Over at Eddie C's, Jabberwocky will be holding their CD release party with fellow hard rockers Monroe Brown and Hollow Days. This is Jabberwocky's first full length, 13-song album. They started out five years ago as a cover band, but in the last two have developed their own dark, hard rock and metal sound and have played all original songs. I wouldn't call myself a fan of dark, hard rock/metal, but I've heard that even I would enjoy them. There will be free Pizza Hut pizza and beer until 10 p.m., so I figure that's impetus enough for some people to get out there. Doors open at 9, show costs $5. Earplugs won't be provided.

The Shamrock has yet another great show this Friday with Daughters of the Revolution and Mama Trish. This is definitely the show for fans of good old-fashioned rock `n' roll. The Daughters have a special place in my heart, and I encourage everyone to give them a listen. The songs are mostly pepped-up rock, with a tiny bit of country and Latin sounds sneaking in occasionally. Get there early and grab a good seat to ensure maximum enjoyment.

Saturday brings us the triumphant and surely much anticipated 19th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire to the Alachua County Fairgrounds. The event runs Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 4-6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

And no, you don't have to be a Dungeons and Dragons nerd to appreciate the fair, or should I say, faire. It's a fun way to spend the day by eating huge turkey legs, trekking through mud, laughing at the insane costumed faire players, and spending way too much money on medieval goods like swords and princess hats. That is coming from first-hand experience, admittedly.

For the last day of my extended weekend, Tuesday brings us Ska Brawl 2005 at Eddie C's. As the name implies, this is a night dedicated to all things ska-related, including Jamaican reggae, rocksteady and dub tunes. The amazing line-up includes Gainesville's own Duppies (classic Jamaican reggae, ska, rocksteady), The Supervillians, The Usuals (making a one-night-only appearance), and New York City's The Toasters.

Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show costs $8- a bargain for such a slew of amazing bands. I only hope nothing horrible happens to me between now and then to prevent me from going, because this sounds like one incredible night.

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