'All American Song Fest' celebrates holiday on Friday

The Americana All Stars are, front row from left, Tom Holtz, Mike Boulware, Kenny Shore and Don David. In back row, from left, are Larry Thompson and John Alexander. (Courtesy of Americana All Stars)

Published: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 11:32 a.m.

Since the "All American Song Fest" began three years ago, the special edition of the Let's Go Downtown "Free Fridays" Concert Series has served as a musical kickoff to celebrate Independence Day. And this performance is no exception with several bands playing all sorts of "Americana" songs Friday from 8 to 10 p.m.


'All American Song Fest'

What: Musical Fourth of July celebration by the Americana All Stars.

When: 8-10 p.m. Friday

Where: Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111. E. University Ave., Gainesville

Cost: Free

David Ballard, event coordinator of "Free Fridays" for the City of Gainesville, said the local musicians performing this year's show call themselves the Americana All Stars and include Mike Boulware, Dino Campbell, Kenny Shore, Larry Thompson and Don David, as well as assorted special guests.

The musicians chose what songs they want to play to celebrate America, but listeners can expect some protest songs, workingman songs, songs about cities and patriotic tunes including "America, the Beautiful."

"I can't say it's any one style," added Boulware. "But Americana roots music sounds close."

The All Stars have a saying: "From Haggard to Hendrix," meaning they play all kinds of music on the spectrum from Merle Haggard's country to Jimi Hendrix's rock, though "probably not disco," chuckled Boulware.

The song fest plans on keeping a celebratory air, playing to entertain, not push a political agenda.

"In the past we've done some political songs," said Boulware.

"But this year we're just celebrating the place we live and focus on the good."

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