The Kickstand gets the wheels turning on venue project


Published: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Note: Will Kenneth, a Sun copy editor/web producer and music aficionado is filling in for the vacationing Kyle Mitchell, who returns Feb. 7. Kyle Mitchell is gone - on vacation! And while I imagine he's spread out on a beach towel, soaking up UV rays and thumbing through dog-eared romance novels, the local music beat goes on.

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Oteil Burbridge and The Peacemakers, featuring the longtime Allman Brothers bassist, perform tonight at Common Grounds.

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He'll be back in a few weeks. But until we're prying his fingers off my neck for suggesting that he loves sunshine, I'll be mining the musical offerings in the trenches.

First order of business: The Kickstand, whose mission is to teach Gainesville residents how to repair their own bikes and work with at-risk youths, is a forthcoming non-profit bicycle collective partially funded by a thrift shop and live music.

The collective's grand opening at a former discount audio store on South Main Street is still some time off. But preparations seem to be running smoothly so far, though they need volunteers and donations. So if you're interested in helping The Kickstand give back to the community, get in touch with Vyki Englert. She's a member of the board of directors and can be reached at vyki.englert@thekickstand.org. Tell her I sent you.

Music fans take notice: Shawn Dalton, aka Glypher of Gainesvillebands.com, is a member of The Kickstand board of directors. If his name isn't familiar, you'd be hard pressed to find a person more dedicated to Gainesville music. Even though he won't be actively booking shows, his presence alone lends The Kickstand the credibility to be a respectable music venue without turning into some lame rock club.

Glypher says he hopes The Kickstand "throws back to the days of Kriegers" and other warehouse shows. While I confess that Kriegers Warehouse predates my mid-'03 arrival in Gainesville, I'd still like to see more local music move away from bars and clubs.

And I'm glad The Kickstand will be established with community values in mind. The volunteers' enthusiasm is outstanding, and their idealism and commitment to Gainesville is a wonderful, wonderful thing. You can expect to hear more about The Kickstand in the future.

Oteil Burbridge and The Peacemakers are playing with The Pull Out tonight at Common Grounds. Oteil also plays bass for the Allman Brothers (and should've named his band The Pacemakers, which is a much better band name than the kitschy Peacemakers, but I won't fault him for that).

Also playing Common Grounds on Friday are Cutman and Samiam. Samiam have been around forever. Their MySpace page says "as ridiculous as it sounds: Green Day, No Doubt, Offspring and Blink 182 all opened for Samiam!"

I heard a rumor going around that a beloved Gainesville band is jumping on the Cutman-Samiam bill. After making a few calls and getting a confirmation, I can tell you Hot Water Music is on the bill. But ... it's a secret. So don't tell anyone, OK?

If punk rock isn't your thing Friday night, Tim and Terry's is hosting an Action Research show. There are too many performances to list here (nine officially), but, as usual, it's free, and you should go for the good vibes.

Saturday night has a glut of great shows at almost every venue in town. Tres Bien, Mumpsy, Win Win Winter and The Dead Songwriters will be playing The Atlantic. Common Grounds is hosting a reggae/rocksteady show with The Duppies, Elevated and Soundpire. And Indigo Vox will be opening for synth-pop heavyweights Freezepop at Backstage Lounge.

Fans who can't get enough Less Than Jake or Savage Brewtality should help themselves to a bonus cup of Coffee Project. The new side band features Buddy and Jake, who also collaborated in PB&J, and will be playing some of their old songs acoustically.

So if Less Than Jake and Savage Brew are an indicator of anything, you can expect to hear some good tunes Monday at 1982. Also playing are the Orlando-based Natty & The Hangovers, featuring members of Pretty Ugly.

Will Kenneth plays in local bands. He can be reached at will.kenneth@gvillesun.com.

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